El Torito Grill - Irvine

4.4
338 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding his level of customer service was outstanding. The menu lacks more of a variety of foods. The foods they did offer weren’t that great.

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SK
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress Carmen was really nice... I would like to get her again.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. I think that the valet needs to start earlier since we got there at 11:20 and there was no one in the valet to assist us.

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

You can always expect great food and the service to match at El Torito!! The homemade tortillas are the best!

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

Loved our server. Not intrusive but made sure our needs were met.

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h
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Torito Grill never disappoints. My favorite item for lunch is the romaine salad with chicken. It's always so good. The dressing and chicken is what makes it plus all the other toppings. Service always good and the flour tortillas always the best. Hard to stop at just eating one.

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

You could tell on this day that they were very overbooked you could hardly walk in between tables. That was very uncomfortable but the overall experience was great the people that were waiting on us were wonderful.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bday
Great brunch & selection

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J
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh tortillas, chips, and tableside guacamole were fantastic. Salad with chicken was great, love the dressing. Service was excellent.

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S
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bill seemed a little high for a few items like the burritos.

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YB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. The Shrimp Diablo was amazing!

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AN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I have always loved El Torito but ever since they've closed the San Diego locations I have to drive up to OC. I chose the ET Grill in Irvine to celebrate my son's birthday. The front of house staff was warm and welcoming. We were a party of 5 and we were sat immediately (probably because the restaurant was empty). We got our drinks and butter and salsa but didn't get tortillas until our second round of drinks and I had to ask for chips. When the food came two of the guests received incorrect food so the other guests had to wait for the new orders to be made while their food got cold. Then they offered birthday flan which I noticed later that we got charged for. I'm sorry, but if you're going to offer a birthday treat and charge me, how about letting me pick what I'm paying for. I will not likely return to this location. A huge disappointment for a celebration.

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SC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the El Torito Grill for Sunday brunch. It was busier than we expected (definitely make reservations!), but the noise level was acceptable and the food and service were excellent! All of the brunch items we tried were delicious, and I was especially impressed with the made-to-order omelette bar and breakfast burrito bar (the latter even offered fresh-made tortillas!). Our waiter was generous with the champagne pours and brought us orange juice so we could mix our own mimosas. Altogether a delightful brunch!

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l
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday brunch

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JW
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!!! Great food and service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was delicious and service was exceptional.

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VO
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time playing a game while the food was served at our table.
not to mention the food was delicious.



Thank you for the great service and a lovely dinner.
(a party of 7 ladies)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The table side guacamole is always a hit. The food is always good and I like the new menu selections. I always have to be careful to give friends the exact address so they don’t accidentally end up at the El Torrito rather than the Grilll. BIG difference!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos was our waiter and was great. Very attentive. I love going to a place and get service like that! Outstanding!

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OT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, service good for such a busy time with our large group. Celebrating a coworker’s departure with a festive and delicious lunch.

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r
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Tuesday is always great here! No complaints, our meal and server were great!!

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Staff very friendly. Good chips and salsa . Food was so-so.

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AC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant place and good service. Spacious parking (free).

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n
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as usual

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RC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined following our Church Service and had a very nice experience. The server was very professional and went out of her way to please us. The food was excellent.

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JS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a Xmas Eve denner.
3 adults and a child.
We ordered 3 appetizer and 2 fajitas as main. all came out nicely and we all are satisfied.

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RB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Server kept disappearing. Took 30 minutes to receive the check. We paid cash so there was no reason for the long delays.

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SH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I think they may have been overwhelmed by Holiday traffic. Lunch orders took 35 minutes to come out. Some of the items were room temp when the food arrived. Not what I would expect from ETG.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Love the tortillas. Wish everyone would do that! They're so warm and delicious.

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JB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came on Veterans' day because the Grill offered a rare coupon. We go to the regular El Torito as the prices are more reasonable. But the food was outstanding. We will probably go more often because the food and service was great.

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K
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

FOOD - We ordered from the taco bar since it was Tue. It was Good, but our entire group thought it was a little salty. The food from the main menu was much better.
Also, our waiter brought us chips and salsa. Strange because we normally receive tortillas and salsa since it’s El Torito Grill.
BEVERAGES - I ordered a mojito. It was good, but weak. My friend ordered a White Russian and didn’t like it at all. I don’t think they knew how to make it.
SERVICE - The waiter was nice, but very slow. It took 30mins to get our drinks and tickets for the taco bar. He also forgot our table guacamole. After reminding him, he brought it out already prepared instead of making it at the table and asking what we would like included in it. It’s called table guacamole for a reason... Also, we had to constantly flag him down to ask for beverage refills.

This is not the kind of food and service we normally receive. Overall we enjoyed ourselves, but were definitely disappointed in the restaurant during this visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great staff. Thanks guys!

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r
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Taco Tuesday is always great here! The tortillas are amazing! Also, get the churro dessert, it's so good!!

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M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

My family has been coming here for years, usually twice a year as it's not that close to home. But we have always enjoyed the food and the ambiance. Surprisingly things were "off" this time. We had a 5:30 reservation for four people. When we arrived the restaurant was nearly empty. Our server was prompt in coming over initially, but as the meal progressed he wasn't as attentive as he should have been. He never checked to see if we needed more chips/tortillas and salsa, and we had to finally wave him down to get our check. My husband's chicken was tough, and my entree was too. The restaurant got progressively busier as time went on, not surprising, but I think they may have been short handed because it was Labor Day. Perhaps this accounted for our server's lack of attention, he may have had too many tables to cover.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was cold . Was hubbys birthday so I was disappointed

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v
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome!!

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WD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff here is excellent. We got the table side guacamole and asked for extra limes and no chilis. It was the best guac ever! For a business dinner, however, the noise level was a bit much. But it was a Friday night and it’s to be expected. The food was delicious, served hot, and the chips never ran out.

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u
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was quick and nice, the food was great.

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GA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant.
Fresh guacamole is the best.
Great service, too.

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BS
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My honest opinion here it is: I recommended going to El Torito Grille to my co-workers since this location used to serve the most delicious and addictive taquitos which were served with 3 delicious sauces and wrapped in a spinach tortilla wrap and much to my disappointed they were served in red tortilla wraps without the 3 sauces for dipping. I actually had to request the sauces and only 1 sauce was served in the same container which was fine but it did not taste or meet the quality that was once a staple of El Torito. The honey butter with the tortillas was sub-par at best and not the same honey-butter to die for when those were the best appetizer ever served at a Mexican restaurant.

Food overall was sub-par. Not sure what happened to the old chefs that did an amazing job but this will not be my first choice in the future to request a lunch get together.

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