El Torito Grill - Sherman Oaks

El Torito Grill - Sherman Oaks

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.etgrill.com/
  • Phone: 8189077172
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Pepe Lopez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: El Torito Grill offers our catering services anytime anywhere with a great variety of plated luncheon or dinner as well as lavish buffets.Whether you choose to host your next business or social event at a personal residence, outdoor locations or our beautiful restaurants, you may rest assured that any gathering with us is a truly fun and memorable event that suits your goals, occasion and budget.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ventura Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from El Torito Grill - Sherman Oaks
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.
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El Torito Grill - Sherman Oaks reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.3
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • nohonosher
    nohonosher
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    El Torito is a great place for large groups and easy dining. the staff is always amazing. We often go here with a handicapped person and they always work so hard to accommodate her.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Enjoyed the tamale and chicken enchiladas very much although it was a little too loud and hard to have a conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I always enjoy eating at El Torito Grill! The food is consistently good, the servers are friendly and the atmosphere is energetic. I'd recommend the Shrimp Diablo, if you like spicy, or the Fajitas Supremas. Also, get the fried icecream.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    ShaedaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Disappointed. Sat down to lunch and waiter comes over to take drink order but while we are giving our order he walks away and doesn't come back but goes to serve other tables. After 5 min we got up and left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, poor timing on service
    Bluetag
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Steak nachos were great, so was the BBQ chicken tostado. The service was spotty, though. We ordered nachos as an appetizer to share, to be followed (of course) by the main course. The waiter, after turning in the order, told us that nachos took longer to prepare than the entrees we ordered, so they all might come out at the same time. Even though we asked him to hold the entree order, they did in fact arrive at the same time. How hard would it have been to have turned in our appetizer order first, and then our entree order?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale Mexican Cuisine
    Stealth
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    There's no refried beans here, or horchata, just an upscale menu that is both refined and refreshing. Enjoy the pre-meal warm tortillas and the outside view of people watching. Once the main course comes I'm sure you'll find it enjoyable, whatever you order (try the mesquite ribs). You'll pay a little more, but here I found it worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 90 reviews are from the El Torito Grill - Sherman Oaks reviews archive.
  • Ok
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Miss the one in BH and service is always lacking when I go here.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anythingforaparty
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Enjoyed the food. The selection was accomidating to the fact that we had some restrictions on what my guests could eat.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so experience
    QurlyGirl
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    It wasn't extremely busy but the service was slow and the drinks we ordered came after our meal was served. The food was fine nothing spectacular but wasn't expecting it to be since we had been there before. Also, when I made the reservation I had noted we were celebrating a birthday and would have thought the hostess would have told our waitress but nothing mentioned. We ended up getting dessert elsewhere as my kids were looking forward to ice cream at Ben & Jerry's.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    gigi
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My husband I drove out to Sherman Oaks to meet some friends for a late lunch on Sunday afternoon . We had a coupon that we had printed off an e-mail for 2 margaritas and 2 combos for $20. When we presented it to our server, we were told that they didn't honor that coupon as their El Torito was an El Torito Grille. When we took a look at the menu, we realized that the selections were very different from the regular ET. Not a problem. The food was excellent. Especially the steak and shrimp combo. Our server offered freshly made flour tortillas along with 3 different sauces. Yummy. We will make the long drive again.... it was that good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Torito Sherman Oaks
    love2eat
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great food but terrible service. Had to ask for items repeatedly before finally getting them. They bring chips but no salsa, waitress brought wrong drink, etc...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tacos
    LexionnVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Went there with a good friend. We ended up not ordering off the menu as they had tacos as a buffet. We were surprised of how good they were and how inexpensive it was overall. I would go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great experience!
    Snowflake981VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Bad service, mediocre food at best, the restaurant was a mess and the servers didn't care!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • room for improvement.
    Andres
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    My wife had the BBQ ribs which she loves at this place. I had the shrimp a la diabla which were bland, dissapinting and will not order again. The guacamole trio we enjoy and roasted tomato soup was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New place for brunch
    valleymomVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I received an email announcing El Torito Grill was now offering Sunday Brunch. I took some family members there to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries. It was an excellent choice. There was a large variety of foods, attractively presented. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and lovely
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Pretty restaurant. Food was great. Upscale version of El Torito.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Genie025
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I read a lot of reviews on Yelp & Open Table before deciding on this place for valentine's Day But I'm glad I decided to just go despite the reviews. I had reservation that I made thanks to Open Table. We got there exactly at that time & we got attended right away. Everyone else had a wait time for 20 minutes. Once seated our waiter came right away with fresh made tortillas, Sweat Butter & 2 different kinds of Salsas. Which were awesome!!! So different from chips & salsa. The food was so flavorful. I absolutely love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • if you have a problem do not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    if you have a problem do not count on the manager to resolve it
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great For the Movies
    yummy
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We always eat at El Torito Grill before the movies. Very convenient and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always have a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I always have a wonderful time at El Torito Grill! The food is consistently good, the service is always prompt, and the food always tastes great! I recommend the fajitas supremas, the guac and the deep fried ice-cream.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I absolutely LOVE El Torito
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I absolutely LOVE El Torito Grill! The food is consistently good and the place is always SO full of energy. My issue arrises when I ask the waiter THREE times to ensure there is NO CHEESE in any of my meals. I was very clear before ordering that I have an ALLERGY to dairy. The first meal that comes out is dripping with cheese (I ordered soup) I send it back and he brings another soup "without" cheese. But wait, this one had cheese as well, but instead of it being mixed in the soup, it was all sitting at the bottom. He obviously just poured the soup out and used the same bowl for the new one. After giving it back again, I told him I wasn't going to eat anything. He was nice that time and brought me a full meal without cheese.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mucho Noisy!!
    acprod
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Better than average chain with a large menu. Great margaritas and fresh guacamole made to your liking at the table. I split the chicken fajitas with my girlfriend and that combined with the specially prepared guacamole was more than enough food. The problem with this particular El Torito is that it's situated in the Sherman Oaks Galleria and gets the movie crowd. It was so noisy and chaotic Saturday night that I couldn't wait to leave. If one goes during the week when it's less crowded, the experience would be more pleasurable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post Theater Munchies
    TarzanaDave
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    As we exited the movie theater, we all had the same feeling gnawing at our insides: HUNGER. There are several upscale restaurants nearby. We tried all of them but they all had 45 minute waiting times. Open Table showed that the El Torito Grill had availability in 15 minutes so I made the reservation. I called a minute later to ask if there was anything sooner than our reservation and was told to come right over, NOW! So, the wait went from 45 minutes without a reservation, to 15 minutes with a reservation to zero minutes. To make it even better, the food was hot and delicious. Our server, Raffiel, was friendly and accommodating. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a just ok NYE dinner
    COLDTACOVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Cold rice, cold tacos, holes in the booth seats....hey at least we got a reservation for NYE.
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  • Terrible and inattentive service
    DoreeVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Terrible and inattentive service but wonderful night manager who fixed up the mixed up order, the mixed up bill (charges for things we did not even order). After the female night manager came to help our original waiter was all over our table. Will not go back for dinner but will try lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too busy on fri night
    KGdinnerzVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We come to the grill a lot and last Friday we received terrible service. Usually the service is pretty good but even though there was not much of a wait outside, our waiter was obviously handling too many tables. He was tough to track down and difficult to keep his attention once he came to us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the Food!
    crob3888
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    If what you seek is Gourmet Mexican food, El Torito Grill has it all. Our group tried the carnitas (incredibly juicy), the lobster quesadilla (fantastic flavors), the shrimp enchiladas (fresh and delicious), and some tequilas. They were a delight. Service was slightly slow, so don't come here in a rush expecting to get in and out in less than 30 minutes. Take your time, enjoy a drink, savor your food, and you'll be just fine. Oh, and the warm tortillas that they serve every table as an appetizer are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • total disaster
    Uno1VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    It took the totally incompetent staff more than 45 minutes to locate a table and seat us.
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  • alwasy good for lunch with friends
    LunchWFriendsVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    prompt, friendly service and tasty food gets me coming back here time and time again. don't miss the freshly made tortillas.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portion size was just right.
    LunchWFriendsVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Portion size was just right. Service was great - not intrustive, but friendly and professional (anticipating needs).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall decent mass market food
    CharlesLA352
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Good food. Really bad service. Waiter made 4 mistakes, forgot drink order, forgot to bring parts of order etc. I think it was just the waiter was inexperienced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient
    SandebVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    If you are going to Arclight movies at Sherman Oaks Galleria but too noisy and food blah.....
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  • Not your typical Mexican Food
    valleymomVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    As a rule Mexican food is not high on my list of favorites, but El Torito's menu has such an assortment of temptations. The ribs are delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food okay, great customer service!
    Sallyslaphappy
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    You can't really go wrong with El Torito as far as the food. Where it shined was in the customer service. The wait staff was totally swamped, but they were on it. I also had a coupon that I couldn't print, and the manager just had me email it to him right then, and he honored it with a little more of a discount. This place is obviously a hot spot, so if you're looking for a vibrant place on a saturday night, go here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have eaten at El Torito
    YolandaVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    I have eaten at El Torito Grill several times in the past, but our last visit was very disappointing. I ordered the romaine salad with chicken. The portion was very small, the presentation was unappealing and the salad lacked substance. The rest of my party was equally disappointing and the service was very spotty.
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  • Had a 6:30 reservation. table
    Waiting
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Had a 6:30 reservation. table was not ready when we arrived. We told the hostess we would be waiting in the bar. We bought a round of drinks and thought it odd we had not been called yet at it was after 7. My husband went to hostess and she said we called your name and no one answered. He reminded her we said we would be in the bar, and she replied, "oh yea". we finally sat down closed to 8pm. we were greeted right away with water tortillas and table side guacamole, but no waitress. She finally took our order and the food took a long time too. we watched several tables around us order, receive food and finish before we got ours. The food, when it arrived was good, but we had eaten so many chips waiting no one could really enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • happy Hour aint happy
    dleeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I had a reservation and wanted to sit on the patio, but when I arrived, because my friend has asked for a booth, she said the patio was reserved (it was half empty). When we finally got a seat on the patio, we might has weel have been in the desert as we got terrible service. The waiter was ueber slow, confused and disorganized. My margarita was pure alcohol and their beans are watery.
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  • Love El Torito Grill
    SUprvar
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    It is centrally located between us and my in Laws, good food for Kids and adults alike, good Margarita's and the service is excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Galleria
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    WE often meet our Valley friends at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. We don't like huge restaurants, Cheesecake FActory, P.F. Changs, etc. It's always so hectic. We will definitely be returning to El Torito Grill next time we have friends to meet. Great service and good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    worm
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    We like going here for the dinner and drinks before a movie.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.