El Torito Grill - Brea

4.2
498 Reviews
$30 and under
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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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Augie8
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Got seated in the bar area tables close to each other & loud hostess that sat us. down made to effort to find us another table Chips were stale
The one positive was the happy hour appetizers were ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We have been going here for at least eight years. The food and service has always been great. Since COVID-19 things have degraded drastically. Especially the food. I am considering not going back here again. At least until the cooks are trained

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vipRaymond
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Always a good meal @El Torito Grill.

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JAMORA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time trying the Sunday Brunch and it was a great experience. Will definitely be returning.

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KarenQ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was good- couple of small hiccups- tables side guacamole is not true- comes out pre- made so what goes into it is not up to customers like it was but still good- did not get the butter with the salsas for the homemade tortillas, and the ledge next to where we were sitting was really dusty- should have been cleaned. All in all, a positive experience and will be back-

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didonpegsusmar
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Great service but noisy on the patio because of the freeway so close by. Our waiter was fantastic!

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peanut
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love dining outside on the terrace. A little freeway noise, but everything else was perfect!
I really value these people and their commitment to safety along with the good food and drink! SO very happy to be able to join them again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son’s graduation from high school!

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vipPaulC
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

It had been a while since our last visit to ElTorito Grill in Brea, we want be back. Waiters were more concerned with breaking down large tables from previous parties than servicing new existing customers and were very load and disruptive. Chile Relenos were burnt. Table side Guacamole was prepared in the kitchen and brought out and drinks were weal as circus lemonade! Music was so loud we could hardly talk across the booth!

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ReneM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends and eat. Great food and service.

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lindsayw
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Way too expensive for what you get. Dark, dank and tired atmosphere. Waiter was not around and they were not busy at all. Not a good place for elderly as there is no convenient way to get in the door without very steep steps or a long walkway. Won't go back. Sad.

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Bill
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

consistently very good, not quite the best, but getting there

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Esme
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love the hand made flour tortillas with butter! Food is really good but it used to be better. Not sure why food didn't feel as tasty. We had a burrito that had mostly vegetable and no meet.

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KennethB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was prepared and professional. The food was delicious and the fresh

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vipBobo
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mother’s Day Brunch, tables are stacked up to get more people crammed into the restaurant. Focus more on quality of service & food than getting as many people possible into one room. Felt rushed as many items are no longer available for the brunch buffet. Under staffed, took 15 minutes to get asked for drinks & if there was an option besides the buffet. Haven’t been a fan of El Torito & decided to give another shot as I have avoided the franchise for many years due to bad service years ago. Looks like not much has changed 👎🏼

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RobbyV
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was seated right away. Server was good but not towards the end.

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NatashaH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Adriana was incredible! We felt very welcome and accommodated the entire time, thank you guys so much!

El Torito Grill - Brea
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! We are happy to have her on our tea! - Xperience Restaurant Group

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DavidV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service (our server Denise was awesome) which made for a wonderful meal for Mother’s Day.

El Torito Grill - Brea
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thanks so much for your feedback! We are happy you came to celebrate with us.– Xperience Restaurant Group

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AndrewB
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Early Mother’s Day dinner on Saturday. Place very busy but service good considering how busy. Food good as usual.

El Torito Grill - Brea
Responded on May 13, 2021

We are happy to hear about your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share. - Xperience Restaurant Group

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NicoleC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice Pre mothers day meal. Customer service was friendly and on point, food was good... it was a lovely meal. Thanks

El Torito Grill - Brea
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think about our food and your experience! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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Jerry
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Made reservations and asked for patio seating. Was told there was a Private party taking all the patio. Had to sit indoors. A lot of people were there to eat since it was the Saturday before Mother's Day. Restaurant was crowded for barely opening up from Covid restrictions. Service was slow. Food was adequate. Ordered a combo plate with a Carne Asada taco and barely had any meat in it. Not worth it to return. I'm sad because this place used to be great a couple of years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food poor
Hostess poor
Server - ok

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Peaches
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Celebrating with friends Chose outside for Covid reasons. Very disappointed as ambiance on patio is nonexistent
Although we were seated a little after 4 there was no happy hour menus on any tables outside. I had to ask for them. Service was very slow, maybe because we we almost alone on patio (maybe server was busy inside??)
We had to ask twice for everything from water to napkins and tableware. Never were offered the wonderful house made tortillas. Again, had to ask for them
We ordered appetizers, soup and one person a salad. Everything arrived at once even though we asked for soup to come out first. Had to choose. Did you want to start with soup and eat cold appetizers or did you want cold soup
Have been to this El Torito many times but never ate outside and won’t do it again
So disappointed and embarrassed for my guests

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Showed up 10min prior to reservation time. Went to check on status after waiting 15 minutes and was told there was 7 parties ahead of us. Had to wait another 30 minutes. Seems like having a reservation made no difference and we were treated like walk-ins. Not great when you have 2 toddlers.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have had better service at this location, as the server assigned to our table seems out off when our party asked for non-menu items, i.e. water, chips and tortillas. As well, the taco cart meats were uninspired. I will stick to their weekend brunch, as I have had a better experience with this meal option.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Experience was horrible. The restaurant has completely deteriorated from mismanagement over the years and now it’s gotten so bad that the service matches the extremely dim and outdated disgustingly dirty interior. How bad off are they that they can’t even change burnt out light bulbs or change them with the same color bulbs when they do change them?! The reservation was not honored and we had to wait 30-40 minutes past our reservation time. The booth was gross with food remanence from a poor cleaning job after the previous party sat there. The decoration hanging on the wall above our table had a 2+ year old thick grease and dust layer. Our server took forever to take our order and even longer for the bar to pour drinks. Food came out before the place settings dispute us asking for them while ordering. The whole experience was extremely disappointing. The ET Grill used to be a fun outing that was worthwhile dispute some shortcomings but in a post pandemic scenario the deferred maintenance, lack of staff, inadequate training and nonexistent oversight has taken its toll to the point where it is frankly not worth my time or money.

The last part that completely infuriates me is the disclosure on their dirty greasy menus that haven’t been cleaned.. the disclosure about being a local business and charging a % surcharge due to increased labor costs blah blah.. spare us the theatrics! The audacity to charge a premium for something that all businesses that operate here have to face and do not charge for is completely off putting. The optics are horrible to be putting that front and center and disguising it as because they are a “local” business when their website touts them being a NATIONAL restaurant group: “Xperience Restaurant Group is one of the nation's leading operators of casual, polished casual, and fine dining brands.” Subpar service + surcharge = total rip-off; The whole experience was anything but polished and I will think twice about ever returning.

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STEVENR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was delicious but the waiter was very slow and un-attentive. I had to ask a bus person for plates and utensils, drink and tortilla refills etc. He was so inefficient, our appetizers did not arrive until we had already finished our meal and he never gave us the free basket of chips when we were first seated. I have to also say it was not the fact they were busy, he was just a bad slow waiter.

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ARyes
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I had a reservation for 5:15, arrived at 5:10 and was told would have to wait an additional 20-30 minutes for my "reserved" table. About 30 minutes later was seated. Then told do to their capacity in the bar, I would have to sit in the non bar area, which was fine as long as they still provided the same Happy hour menu. I was told yes. Then when I was seated I began to order the Happy hour items and then told by my waiter that they are not honored in the non bar area. What???? I was just told that I can be seated in the restaurant area (not bar) and still be served the happy hour menu. So again, I had to talk with the manager and he said I would still be honored the HH menu items/pricing. Due to capacity issues. Take it from here....after several many minutes of discussing and now not enjoying my time we were finally accommodated and charged correctly. But the point is, it should have never come to this. NOT going back anytime soon. Why reserve, if not going to honor with reservations. The point is, this was a terrible handling and service issue. Many other details left out due to space/time in this review.

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JodyP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We sat there for 10 minutes before Anyone came to the table. We were overcharged for our margaritas. It was so loud in there you couldn’t carry on a conversation with the person across from you

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

A little bit of a ball oa

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YvonneA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We ordered the guacamole and was surprised to find cheese on it. If this is something that is going to be a regular thing, it might be prudent to include that fact in the menu. Those of us that are lactose intolerant might have requested "no cheese." Fortunately, our waitress was able to remedy that.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Denise was a great server. Went out of her way even though it was crazy busy to take care of us.

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MikeM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited 35 minutes to be seated for our reservation, then left for another restaurant. People we arguing with the restaurant management for not being seated. Very crowded!

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Chimchim
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great deals in the bar

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ArtiM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible ! We had reservation for 6:45. I went and checked in and was told will get the in a little bit . After half an hour went to check in for the table , the lady receptionist said I was mad at her . All I asked was how long will it be for the table and we have been waiting already for half an hour. There was some guy who was helping at the reception too. He told me were next and he could empty the table for us . which was totally very rude of him. We never asked for that. After 45 mins of wait we finally left. They texted me after one hour that the table was ready. We are never coming there and will let our friends know about our experience. There were customers after us that were taken before us after they talked to the manager. The reservation was over booked. There were lot of unhappy customers. It was a horrible experience. We are never coming back.

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HenryH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad that one of our more favourite places opened and it was great.

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ChadG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. I especially love the fresh flour tortillas!

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saul
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent as always. A little disappointed with the meal this time. I ordered Carne Asada and Shrimp plate. Steak was hard as a rock. Not sure what kind of steak it was but was definitely not Arrechera. Shrimp and side dishes were great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Server could be more attentive. Bar could be updated. Bar should have music.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moms birthday

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El Torito Grill - Brea does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito Grill - Brea also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 990-2411.

El Torito Grill - Brea is rated 4.2 stars by 498 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.