El Toro Blanco
El Toro Blanco

El Toro Blanco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eltoroblanconyc.com/
  • Phone: 2126450193x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm


    Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am


    Saturday: 10:30am - 12:00am


    Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Josh Capon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We offer a variety of options for large party reservations of 8 or more. Additionally the mezzanine dining area can be booked as a semi private area that accommodates up to 22 guests for seated dinner and 30 for standing cocktails. For more information please email sarah@eltoroblanconyc.com to customize your experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Ave and Downing St.
  • Public Transit: A/C/E @ West 4th Street
    B/D/F/M @ West 4th Street
    1 @ Houston Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from El Toro Blanco
Mexican restaurant featuring a substantial seafood menu of ceviche, tacos and entrees with coastal influence, guacamole bar, and extensive tequila bar.
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El Toro Blanco reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (72)neighborhood gem (43)hot spot (43)good for groups (39)fit for foodies (35)special occasion (29)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (17)vibrant bar scene (16)romantic (14)late-night find (12)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Awesome taco and amazing guacamole
    timberkid
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    great place, great ambiance, great service, the whole experience was awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Disappointed the 2nd time around
    JosephVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food remains delicious but the portions are small and the service was poor. Also, the happy hour specials were only offered at the bar.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Mexican Food
    Blooming2VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The drinks, guacamole and salsa were very good. We especially liked the jicama sticks for dipping instead of chips. A small order of guac is enough for 2 people. The beef tacos were nothing special but the Shrimp with Garlic sauce was delicious. We look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For NYC, below par Mexican
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had been meaning to try ETB since its 2012 opening. There are much, much better places from Empellon to La Palapa, Crema and Suenos to name a few great Mexican places we have dined at recently; we were very disappointed. We got a mix of tacos and the fillings were just pedestrian and, quite frankly, amateurishly spiced and prepared. Nothing stood out in terms of being something you would want to order again. Even one of their signature dishes, the queso fundido with chorizo tasted like cafeteria food. Don't know if the chef was off that night and the owner/manager is on vacation, but whatever is coming out of the kitchen leaves us cold. We are amazed it has stayed open for 2 years.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going down hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food, the service, and the cocktails all used to be much, much better. Everything has gown down a few notches at this place. Used to love it here but wont be coming any time soon now that the drinks taste cheap and the food is barely mediocre.
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  • Strong Drinks, Delicious Food
    fauxfoodsnobVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The drinks were surprisingly strong. The Pico de Paloma was refreshing, but we definitely felt it after the first drink. The food was very good. The guacamole is more than enough for 2 people, which says a lot compared to what you get at some other Mexican restaurants. The Camarones en Mojo de Ajo and the Sonoran Cheese Crisp were both delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go at 3:30 p.m.
    ToughFoodCritic
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Visited for the 1st time on Sunday at 3:30, open table listed available reservation and next available at 5 so we assumed we would be still served lunch/brunch. We were advised that only limited midday menu was available, I asked hostess to ask kitchen if we ordered quickly could we still order from lunch menu. She returned to advise that "all brunch items had been thrown out" and asked for manager who never presented him/herself. Tried to make the best from starting out with bad taste in my mouth. From limited menu food was good but somewhat expensive for Mexican..not sure if I'll be going back to experience full menu anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mex in the City
    pghgal
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    El Toro Blanco was the best Mexican food I've had in the city. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Guac!
    Vic1eats
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Good drinks, best guac ever! tacos (lobster and al pastor) a hit or miss, Camarones en mojo de ajo Really good. We ordered to share and were pleasantly surprised when they brought on two different plates. The roasted tomato and lobster sauce was the highlight of the night. Service was good and attentive. The tables outside were too close to each other and you could hear the conversation from the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good brunch
    ganyc
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was great but there were just some service issues like things coming late or being forgotten. I would definitely recommend and go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    decent food at decent prices. impeccable service; option of sitting in or outside. exceptional short ribs empanandas and orange flan are memorable. first was not greasy--crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. flan was not at all sweet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid mexican.
    djs511VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    such a cute spot! somehow i've missed this place until recently, and definitely plan to be back. the outdoor seating and pitchers of margaritas are a must. loved the sonoran cheese crisp. prices are bit high for the fare but, overall, well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible vegetable enchiladas
    Toro2014VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had some vegetable enchiladas, made of the remains of that day's kitchen basically, cauliflower and broccoli mostly, lots of cream… disgusting. This place demonstrated that is only apt for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bucketlist New York
    BucketlistNewYorkVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is a great spot for a group of friends, ready for a night out! It's got great energy and an awesome vibe. They got great options for food: from plates you can share to individual tacos. Don't miss out on their churros - they are delicious! For pictures please visit @bucketlistNY on instagram.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Restaurant Week
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    First time here for lunch during Restaurant Week. Very impressed. Sat outside on a breezy, not so hot, afternoon. Had the prix-fixe Restaurant Week lunch. Everything was delicious. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good job
    yummyintummy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Staff was great and food was delicious. I especially appreciated the interior of the restaurant, it was nice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice lunch dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great service. Nice Decor. Food was Superb. Restaurant week menu provided good options. The tamale was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great drinks, costly entrees
    newtonyc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The drinks were delicious and worth the price, however the food was very overpriced for what you got. The food was good but you can get it elsewhere for much less. Outdoor seating was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honest Review
    AchR
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was mediocre but the drink was good. The waitress was decent. Overall experience was fair but could have been better
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simpatia del cibo messicano
    Davide65
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Abbiamo visitato il locale in occasione delle Week day e ci siamo trovati molto bene, vivace l'ambiente, ottimo il cibo. Fantastici i dolci.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice outside
    AMY123
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We sat outside, which ended up being a great choice on a beautiful evening because it was dark and somewhat loud inside. We split the queso fundito, which was delicious, and each got tacos which we both loved. Very nice, great service, gorgeous neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Birthday Dinner Spot
    IheartfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Had a great birthday dinner here with friends. We shared the guacamole and queso to start, which were tasty, but the highlight was the tasty dessert they served me complete with a sombrero plopped on my head. The interior is modern/trendy and overall really liked the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love Guac...
    rrnyc
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    ...you'll love El Toro Blanco. Best Chile Rubbed Mango Margarita, Lobster Ceviche and Escuela Vieja Tacos. And then there's Chef Josh Capon of SpikeTV's Frankenfood. Cheerful, Talented...A Culinary Superstar!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    mel661
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We Sat outside Drinks, Food and Service was both as advertised...Very Good !
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El toro blanco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food, great service, great outdoor dining. Once made a reservation for 9:15 and didn't get seated until 10:15, so there is that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Sophistication
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In spring, summer and fall, the side walk tables are the best choice as far as atmosphere. The service is attentive and friendly. The food, by far, is the best part. I was not at all a fan of Mexican food, until I ate here and experienced how good it could be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a fabulous birthday party here
    EBK1
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Really enjoyed everything about this place from the interior to the service to the food. Took two family members here for a birthday and had a blast. Tacos were incredible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicioso
    flixgal
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was my third visit to El Toro Blanco and I continue to enjoy the uniqueness of the Mexican menu items. They have amazing cocktails, terrific ceviche, fresh flavorful guacamole, fish tacos, tamales, you name it, it's on offer. The restaurant also offers a weekday prix fixe menu including an appetizer and entree. The service is attentive without being intrusive and the staff is knowledgeable. So if you want to explore the cuisine of Mexico, run over to El Toro Blanco and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Guac/Margs EVER
    JS123
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been to El Toro on many occasions. I went with friends and I went on a date. Very great experience and atmosphere. I recommend the guac, the mango habanero margarita, and Mexican street corn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for sharing
    Apad
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We ordered a few plates and shared everything. Things show up in any order so we just are as it showed up and ordered more as we needed it. Dessert was extremely tasty as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and not a dive
    zeeceeVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I've been there several times, have enjoyed the drinks and food - as well as the service. A waiter saw me using my fork to put hot sauce on chips and brought over spoons. Eating outside is preferable for me as the noise level is not to my liking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tequila
    JillJ
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very extensive Tequila menu and the staff was helpful in making choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dougrich
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Excellent outing. Brendan was an excellent server. We will be back soon.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always fun and lively
    suze
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have eaten here on a good number of occasions and it's always a fun experience with great food, delicious cocktails and intelligent staff. Not to mention the guacamole!
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 185 reviews are from the El Toro Blanco reviews archive.
  • Good atmosphere
    SEG12
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Sexy environment, but flavor in tacos was lacking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Im not a Mexican food critic, don't eat it often enough. Went with a friend who is and wanted real non-Dos Caminos style. I enjoyed everything they served, and my friend the expert vouched for its authenticity. So very good food and ambience. Cute restaurant. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shockingly bad service, decent food
    foodienycVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We ordered guacamole that never came. Iced tea took 45 mins to arrive. Water was only refilled once. Our server never came by to check on us. And all we got was a lame apology and no attempt to make up for it at the end. Food was tasty but far too overpriced for the portion size and quality, particularly given that other "upscale" Mexican restaurants in the area are better at a lower price point. However, the patio was gorgeous and the margarita strong.
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  • lametsfan
    lametsfanVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Josh Capon has done it again! Great food and great drinks, all with great service. If you're craving food from south of the border, but with a creative flair, this place is it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The salsa and chips were better than most high end mexican places. The spicy mango magarita was delicious! We had the guacamole, tuna ceviche, queso fundito, short rib empananas, and the fish tacos and all of it was good. The tacos are very small. The place is a little pricey but I still loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went for Saturday brunch. Sat outside. Great food. Horrid service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.