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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.90mi
  2. Distance: 1.05mi
  3. Distance: 1.32mi
  4. Distance: 1.35mi

About El Torito Grill - Brea

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.

555 Pointe Dr
Brea, CA 92821
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Monday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 2:00pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 2:00pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 2pm- 10pm

Sunday Brunch:
9:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Lambert Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 990-2411

Website:
http://www.etgrill.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Pepe Lopez

Private Party Facilities:
Treat your guests to a FLAVOR EVOLUTION experience.

Private Party Contact:
Suzanne Ohman: (949) 306-2795

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

El Torito Grill - Brea Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
People Watching (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

I used Open Table to reserve seats
I noted on the reservation it was my sons birthday
Dinner service was slow. Then we got our chicken fajitas. Wow six strips of chicken.
Then the Waiter disappeared
We figured they must be getting the crew together for the birthday thing-
Nope when he reappeared he walked up and handed us the bill-
We just figured it’s time to go
Then to top it off they reported to Open Table we never arrived for the reservation
Made it for 6pm
Arrived 603

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Romantic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

First time there. Food was very good. Had the chicken Mole and it was excellent. Mole sauce seasoned great for my taste. What was a pleasant surprise was the tortillas. They have an open station in the restaurant where staff have the equipment to make fresh ones. You get hot fresh tortillas to your table. The hot ones were almost the best part of the meal. And their complimentary to boot

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a wonderful time at El Torito Grill in Brea. Our server was excellent (I'm sorry I can't remember her name) She was super friendly, helpful, and fast. The food was tasty and came out in a timely manner. We were there for a birthday, and they helped our table sing and celebrate very well. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent service. Nice interior decor and comfortable oudoor patio. There were six of us and each ordered different entrees. Generally small portions at relatively expensive prices as compared to similar Mexican restaurants.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Walked in to find out that my open table reservation was not found in the system, they were still able to see us with a very minor wait. We had sat down to find out that we didn't have an assigned waiter, a different waiter picked up the slack and we enjoyed a dinner. Minus drink mixups and last of silverware all work out my the end of the evening.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2017

One of my favorite place to eat in Brea.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was ok and was over priced. Our server was very nice.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

I made reservations on line for brunch but unfortunately was not accepted. The hostess did sit us quickly on a table.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 2, 2017

On taco Tuesday be prepared to wait half an hour to be served to order

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Love El Torito!. Used the on-line reservation for this occasion because we had a party of 8. I confirmed our reservation when I arrived, but unfortunately was forgotton. Waited about 45 minutes and was finally asked by a "seater" whether we had checked in. Walk-in are placed on a written list. On-line reservations are on a ipad that apparently isn't checked again after you arrive

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Love the food, great service, and pleasant ambiance. Highly Recommend this place for any occasion.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Its ok for quick dinner. Pretty noisily. Not enough staff. Manager comes around to check which is appreciated.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This is our go to place for special occasions and date night. Would eat here more if it was closer to home. The food is amazing! Unique menu items along with traditional favorites. Service is always great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had a great time for a birthday celebration. The staff was very attentive even though it was a busy Friday night. Everyone's food was very good and it came out and was served in a very timely manner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The tortillas are amazing!! Drinks and other menu items are all good too.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Hadn't been here in almost ten years. Love this location in brea. Great drinks and homemade tortillas.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Go for the drinks and to socialize. The food isnt that great.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The place is a bit out of the way. Thank goodness for navigation. The food was pretty average. The service was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Love the food and service. I have always had a great meal here.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Good place to eat any ocasión
And special ones too 👍

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We hadn't been here for about 6 months. Food was great and Violet, our waitress was awesome. This El Torito is lively and has more traditional Mexican food. The fresh hot tortillas are a treat! Be sure to order a Cadillac margarita on the rocks!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Quickly becoming one of my favorites!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Table was ready when we arrived. Staff was very accommodating.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 18, 2017

This place is great, the food is the best and the service is awesome. I have been going there for years and always A quality.
My only big question is why did you change the honey butter for the tortillas, please bring it back

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The kitchen brought two of the four meals with the wrong items, but the restaurant brought the correct items and waived the bill for the two meals.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The Saturday dinner was for the Mother's Day celebration. The restaurant was crowded but the service was excellent, didn't wait for a long time for the food or drinks. The Reservation made everything easy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2017

10/10 experience. Love this place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food for my friend and I was spectacular. My salmon was cooked perfectly. The salmon and the vegetables were also very tasty. My friend loved her chicken enchiladas and we both loved the tortillas. The guacamole made tableside was "okay". I had to re-mix it because it was salty in sections. It could have been more - I guess the avocados were small.

The chips and salsa tasted very fresh.

I haven't had food this good at a restaurant in a long time and I go out often.

Keep up the good work!

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 5, 2017

What a great place to celebrate Cinco da Mayo. Tasty food and drink. How fun it is to hangout for the festive day there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Reunion with colleagues

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food is healthy and served well. Comes out quickly. The server was superrrr slow with addressing our needs and we were having to remind him multiple times but it was a good dinner.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Deliscious gourmet high end Mexican food. Everything was deliscious. Service was awesome. Friendly and professional staff!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 20, 2017

This is the best place to be during happy hour. Cheers

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The wait staff were extremely attentive and kind. We enjoyed being there. Our party was the last to leave and the staff did not make us feel as if we had to leave at all. Can't wait to come back!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great salmon, prepared very deliciously and very tasty! Tableside guacamole was awesome!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great, though one of the side dishes was forgotten

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 24, 2017

This was a celebration of my wife's birthday, however, due to an earlier appointment, we could not arrive for dinner until later in the evening. I had checked out other LA / OC County hilltop / view restaurants for this occasion, but they couldn't accommodate our late arrival time. Although ET Grill didn't have a hilltop location, they had somewhat of a "mini-view." What they lacked in a view, they more than made up in every other aspect. When we arrived & were greeted by Brandon, we immediately felt welcomed & special. He remembered me from a phone call that I had made enroute & was so accommodating...insuring that we were seated precisely where we wanted in the patio...even angling the table & chairs to afford the best view & insure that we were at a comfortable proximity to the overhead heater. The food was at perfect temperature & delicious. Maria, our server, was very cheerful & attentive to our needs. To our delight, around 9.30pm, we realized that we had a good view of the Disney fireworks display from our table.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Wonderful service! Food was great! Could not have been happier.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 10, 2017

We love going to El Torito Grill, however, if it is a 'date night' be wary of sitting near families with small children. The acoustics were quite loud in the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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