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El Torito Grill - Irvine

El Torito Grill - Irvine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.etgrill.com
  • Phone: (949) 975-1220
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Pepe lopez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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  • Parking: No
A word from El Torito Grill - Irvine
El Torito Grill features specialty menu items created by the Company's executive chef, Pepe Lopez, including mesquite broiled fish and steaks, as well as Mexican combination platters. Salads and soups are also available for both lunch and dinner. To compliment the range of specialty items, El Torito Grill offers a wide selection of upscale margaritas, in addition to a complete list of Mexican beers and cocktails.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "This place is somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes it's a great experience, and the food and service is great, other times, like my last visit, it's just average. Our server had tables all over the restaurant, thus service was poor. We had to ask several other people for more water, salsa, etc. The food again, was OK. I had the scallop dinner and they were way overcooked. My date had the fajitas which were ok. Too bad because this place has great potential. The salsas are great, food has potential, service needs training. They also need a manager on the floor."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Came in for dinner and drinks. Seated right away although it was busy with large groups for graduation celebrations. Ordered the roasted tomato soup which was served not hot so I am not sure if this was an error or if it should be served hot. I would have preferred hot soup. Ordered a salad with chicken that was prepared table side. It was fair. Kind of tacky that the receipt came back with a long sheet of paper for a survey and online questionnaire. Tacky in my opinion for an upscale venue."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "WE TRULY ENJOYED OUR EXPERIENCE AT EL TORITO GRILL. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD AND OUR WAITER WAS EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE AND PLEASANT TO US. IT WILL BE ONE OF OUR FAVORITES. WE ALSO LIKED THE FACT THAT THE MENU IS THE SAME FOR LUNCH AND DINNER. THANK YOU KINDLY."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I would recommend this to anyone, especially in a group setting."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was ok but there was not a lot on the menu. Our waiter would vanish for 15 minutes and everyone else would become our waiter. The restaurant was not busy at all so who knows what he was doing. The food was warm, not hot as if it came right off the grill."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • " we both had the special fehitas. All the meat was way overcooked and dry. Don't order these."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service was really not very good. The food was "okay". The table-side guacamole was very good. The tortilla soup was very good. The salsa is very good. The homemade flour tortillas were a bit gummy. The enchiladas were not good - they took a corn tortilla, filled it, then rolled it and poured not-very-good sauce over it. As it was not baked, the tortilla was raw, and was not good. The taquitos were greasy and soggy. A taco was served on a flour tortilla - why? Plenty other better options."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Although I had a reservation at 11 a.m., I wasn't seated until 11:25. I don't see the point of a reservation if you're not going to seat us on time. One more thing, our waiter was horrible. dirty plates just sat at our table & we didn't get refills until we hunted our waiter down. A bit disappointed, however the food was amazing."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We made last minute reservations here because we had 6 family members come into town "out of the blue". El Torito Grill was happy to accommodate our large party of 12. They got us to our table very quickly and the waiter(s) that helped us were extremely attentive the entire time. I can't say the food was special, pretty much standard mexican sit-down fare, except for the freshly baked tortillas, which were both delicious and plentiful (the excellent waiters brought us fresh tortillas throughout the duration of the meal). The price was very reasonable too. Overall I would not hesitate to bring a big family with kids here again in the future. Just don't expect the food to be that amazing (except the tortillas! love those!)... "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We went there to celebrate a birthday, to us it was not a celebration. Made reservation days ahead and were put in the very back by the door. We were forgotten by the service crew had many plates that we piled up on the back of our booth. The food was just satisfactory. The home made tortillas were not maintained very well, every time we went up to get more we always got the last one, the taco bar barely gave you any meat in your taco, and very few condiments for your tacos (no cheese..just cilantro and onions) We have had brunch at the old El Torito Grill in Fashion Island and always loved going there, this was no comparison. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Made reservations in here...still had to wait. Service was SLOW. Food was COLD. Not a great experience. I have been to many el toritios and grills. This one was def not to go back to. I'd rather drive further to get better service and food"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "When we arrived at El Torito Grill on 4/20 at 11 I checked in with the hostess who could not find my name on her reservations list. I then said that's odd because received confirmation and she asked if it was via email. I said yes and she told me they do not send out reservation confirmations via email and my reservation must of been for the other el torito. I didn't continue checking my email for it like I should of and instead had to wait an hour for a table of 4 while parties of 7 who came after me were being seated. I called and spoke with the manager Chris about this and he said he would talk to her but didn't offer any discount or anything for my inconvenience. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "LOVE the home made tortillas, and the custom omelets are grand, as is the champagne. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I've been going to El Torito Grill for a while. A good food, nice service. A few times I had Sunday branch there with friends. A very convinient location right in a middle of Irvine. I can highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I made reservations on line, and even got a confirmation from you. However, when I got to the restaurant, there were no reservations received in my name. You did a very poor job in communicating with the restaurant that I spent the time and effort to make a reservation. They never got it."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This restaurant has really great service. The staff did anything for you. I recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Service and food was excellent. Love those flour tortilla's."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We keep coming back because the restaurant consistently delivers its menu and provides good service. Easy option for us to grab good dinner. We were there on a Friday night this time, and the restaurant was packed. The noise level was very high, but our service and food remained the same - nice job! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Great brunch, but wish they would have labeled the items. It was hard to know what you were eating."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Fabulous Margarita! Enjoyed the scallop ceviche. Chicken salad is diet friendly and delicious. Loved the dressing."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Why make a reservation when you wait another 25 mins for your table? This location is poorly managed."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were, unfortunately, seated next to a untensil collection area and had to listen to the guy CLANGING the silverware into a bucket a top volume for five minutes. Our server was good, though, when we asked her to tell him to knock it off. Other than that, great time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoy coming to this restaurant for a Mexican-themed meal. Service is always fast and attentive. Food is good quality."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Been to this location multiple times. Food is pretty much on point, but service varies. This visit service lacked. Two people in our party of four did not get what they ordered so we had to wait extra. Staff was friendly, but lacked attention to detail."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We eat at El Torito Grill often and the service is usually great, but Saturday night the waiter's timing was way out. The hostess seated us nicely in a quiet table as requested. But then: drinks slow to come, guac at table ok, long wait to order, salads served quickly and main course served about 4 minutes into our salads...we almost sent them back. We watched and the waiter could not multitask...one thing at a time. Food was excellent - we'll be back and hope to get the short guy next time."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great custom made (while you watch) omelets, home made tortillas and champagne on the patio. Hard to beat the brunch buffet combination, along with these accompanyments."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The waitstaff was excellent. The quality of food was good. The menu was very differentiated from the non grill el torito locations."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Love the fresh tortillas. It's not your typical Mexican food. High quality and extremely delicious. You can't miss with this place."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Had an average experience here. Host was nowhere to be found and when he did finally arrive answered the phone and kept us waiting. Think if the phone didn't ring we'd still be standing there. The tortillas were killer as usual but this time they were a little burnt. Carne Asada was very good."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "After making reservations we arrived and still had to wait for a table at least 10-15 minutes. They told us open table wasn't the same as calling in for a reservation. They said it just puts us in line for a table as if we had walked in and put our name on a list. It took an hours for us to receive our meal after we ordered it. Good food but not worth the wait."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Didn't see our server often enough...we had to keep flagging him down if we needed something. When he served our food, he literally threw it on the table because he was in a big hurry and when he came around to collect the plates, he grabbed them and took them when people were still eating. We brought a birthday cake and one of the other servers grabbed the cake and started taking it away and there were 3 pieces left on the platter....nobody asked us if we wanted to take our leftovers to go....we felt like they were rushing us through so they could seat more people but nobody was waiting. All the servers were rushing.....I'm wondering if you were understaffed or is that the way it always is?"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I made this reservation a week in advance as we had a large party (12 people). When we arrived at the restaurant, they were not set up for us and did not have the reservation. I'm not sure what happened or how OPen Table works but I will not use this service again because of the above."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Gentlemen, Having been in the restaurant industry for over twenty years and a fan of El Torito for about the same amount of time, I feel compelled to let you know how disappointed I was in my last visit. First of all, the service was fantastic and couldn't have been better! The big disappointment was in the food! How could four grilled chicken salads be so bad?? ALL four salads were almost wilted and the chicken was rock hard. Also, the quantity was very sparse for a high gross profit item."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "If you are looking for the typical Mexican restaurant this isn't it. You will find specialties on the menu such as Chipotle Barbecue Shrimp with pasilla cilantro rice and chicken mole enchiladas. Yes, you can find standards but El Torito Grill always has a special twist to it. You definitely have to try the hand-made tortillas fresh off the griddle with honey butter. It is not cheap so be prepared to pay a bit more. El Torito Grill is consistent though."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The main reason I pick that restaurant is for the handmade delicious flour tortillas. The people are great too. I only recommend putting a little more effort and not forget the kids menu."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Service was great. Tortillas delicious. I opted to try something different - Lobster Quesadilla's. I was not impressed and did not eat them after one bite. I did order a side salad and it was delicious."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Have frequented this ETG many times and totally enjoyed in all respects. BUT...at this past Sunday's Brunch (around 11:30am), it was awful!! So very crowded (thank goodness for our rez) with tables pushed practically on each other; barely room to walk around much less carry a plate; extremely noisy, ruining our anniversary celebration (couldn't hear each other talk); and the food on the most part was lukewarm!!! Maybe it was the day, or the time, or some sort of fluke...but it was very unpleasant. From now on, we're going at other times and hope it's like it used to be!!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Not sure I would rely on OpenTable online reservation again. Made reservation 2 weeks ahead for 20. Received reservation confirmation via email on 2 separate occasions, but got a feeling I should call on the day of & glad I did. Restaurant did not have our reservation. Everything worked out & they were able to accommodate us anyway. Service & food were great."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great experience...as always. Love those freshly-made tortillas. Awesome servers, and ambience...keep up the great work. We also appreciated that they were able to accommodate our large group."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Thought this would be a great choice for our group that included vegetarians and omnivores. I've previously always enjoyed El Torito Grills. There were not good vegan/vegetarian options, everyone's order with the exception of the pepita salad was disappointing. Food ranged from under seasoned to overly salted and oily. The seeds had been left in the chile relleno making it too spicy to eat,fish tacos were soggy and fell apart,grilled veggies were oily and over salted, food was overpriced for the quality. Fresh tortillas,agua frescas and margaritas were good. Server never checked back except to ask if we wanted dessert before dropping check. Would not return to nor recommend this particular location."
    Dined on 9/28/2013