El Torito Grill - Brea

4.4
265 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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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LW
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very festive atmosphere! The food was delicious. We loved the warm home-made tortillas too!
The server, Chandler, was excellent! He was able to be very attentive even though he was extremely busy with a large party next to us.
Thank you!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

My husband received his dinner 15 minutes after the rest of us. We ordered 3 dessert drinks and 2 desserts. The desserts came after we had drank the drinks. Our food was also not hot.

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e
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Good was not at all at good as a year ago. Just wasn't the same at all. Won't go back for a while. We used to go to often but it was disappointing

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TA
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our table was ready for us at our reserved time. The Store Manager was fabulous very entertaining. Our waiter was also very good.
Food great.

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M
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was pretty great and on top of things. Having fresh flour tortillas on the table was a nice touch. The food was good.

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TM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our all-time favorites. The warm, homemade tortillas and sweet butter are phenomenal. The shrimp enchiladas are the best, so much so, we look at the menu but continue to order them.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love El Torito. Everyone we get , great food & amazing service .

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes... the TRIO players are a great addition to the ambiance.. loved them.

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time user....Made reservations with Opentable and was seated immediately and on time! Saturday night at 7pm. May others were waiting. Food and see was excellent. Many table touches by our server and other staff. Will definitely go back to El Torito Grill-Brea.

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MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Was there on a Sat eve with my family. We had a reservation and were seated right on time. Very crowded even for a Sat with a number of very large groups so noise level was pretty high.

With all that going on the service & food were great, and hard to beat the warm, freshly made tortillas.

We'll definitely go back.

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Q
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Busy Saturday evening, had to wait a bit with a reservation but everyone pleasant. Table service was spotty but the server was very good and brought everything with enthusiasm. Drinks were delayed but tasty if a bit over-alcoholed. Best of all was table-side guacamole - best ever! So generally we enjoyed our dinner, but the service manager needs to be present and managing! Hey, what a concept huh?!

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LS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

our usual meals and all four of us were happy with both the food and service

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is super yummy!! I could eat their fresh, hot and homemade tortillas all day!!

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w
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. This place is always good

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ZR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s dinner date!! Yummy food, great portions and service - as always!

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Bad waiter. Did not bring us chips. Forgot order. Didn’t bring our bill. When we asked front desk to pay our bill they asked us what table number we were... as if we were supposed to know??

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and we were in and out in a hour

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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R
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very good service nice and relaxing was happy with visit

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

it was girls lunch together and our server Scarlet was sweet and patient

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EK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited on a weeknight for dinner and were surprised that there wasn't a daily chef's specials menu. Historically, this El Torito Grill has had some impressive dishes on that specials menu. Still, you can find great tasting items on the regular menu.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Anthony was our server, he was outstanding! He was very attentive, anticipated our needs!

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FD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great staff, and of course wonderful food.

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D
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Salty CARNITAS. Generally overpriced. 2 of the least expensive meals, nothing else; $49 with 15% gratuity.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I got a chicken tostada. It was average. My friend did not like her chicken salad. She asked for dressing because it was dry. Chips and salsa were great. Tortillas that were put on the table were warm and seemed homemade. Delicious. Maybe other items on the menu are better. My friend who got the fajita burrito liked that.

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SR
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and team is always great

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NH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Love the hand-made tortillas! We sat on the patio for a business lunch. The restaurant sits on top of a hill next to the freeway so it was a bit noisy but we didn't notice it after awhile. Serice was great and our waiter was very attentive. Would recommend for a casual lunch or dinner.

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GM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I picked this restaurant to celebrate the holiday festivities with my Booster Club Board. There was something for everyone, including children. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the freshly made tortillas. Our server was attentive! We did not notice that the restaurant had closed, we were having so much fun!

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DG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All of the food tasted wonderful and the portions were good sized. Our waiter provided good service, but was not very friendly and did not really check in on us once we were served.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and drink. I visitied with my husband and mother in law. All three of us really enjoyed food and drink. Good draft beer and cocktails!

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TM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend at El Torito Grill for lunch. The food was outstanding and I love the restaurant’s creative approach to their tacos and enchiladas.

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Z
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hand made Flour Tortilla’s, Fajitas we’re very good. Tamale & cheese Enchilada good. Like all the different hot sauces & butter for tortillas. Good Service. Nice atmosphere

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m
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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r
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The tortillas are everything! So good! The food is always pretty good and Taco Tuesday is awesome. Would recommend and return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salmon dinner was delicious!

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R
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our serve Cesar did an excellent job as well as the entire staff. All entrees were excellent! Best Mexican food in Brea.

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LR
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed. Been here in the past and always enjoyed the creative meals, this time not so good. Our waiter was great but we did not enjoy the food not authentic nor creative like we remember for other visits. Don't think we will be coming here for dinner again.

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Been eating here for years. Very disappointed in the decline of the place.

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l
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Much better than a regular El Torito. Salads are great. Comfortable place. Good service. The best freshly made tortillas you will find.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Grilled Pineapple Agua Fresca was delicious! I would go back just for that! Our server Chandler was also the best! Very attentive and friendly.

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