El Torito Grill - Irvine

4.1
409 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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vipMargaretM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining. Very good service.
Taking good precautions re COVID

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PamC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful patio lunch but it was a little loud.

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azulheart
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My only recommendation is for the manager who was on duty. He was running around pulling his mask down and talking to his employees near tables and guests. He wasn't doing his part to keep his guests or staff safe by leaving it on his face and by touching it constantly, that was just bad hygiene.

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vipTheWs
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

If you like a serving of spider with your dinner go for it. Apparently cleanliness is not Next to Godliness for these people. Here's a thought with the coronavirus you think maybe a cleaning might be in order for this restaurant.... disgusting

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vipTony
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good but service could have been better.

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DaveR
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito Grill is like no other restaurant I've ever been to. Although it had been a few years since the last time I ate there, as restaurants started opening up, and I saw it on the Open Table app, I thought I was due to return. It was as amazing as I remember it but without the crowds that used to make it a hassle. Anyone should get out there and enjoy it before it fills up again.

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DonnaG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had been here several times before and have always enjoyed the food and great service. However, today we were disappointed and will not be returning. Even though the restaurant was not busy at all, it took nearly 45 minutes for our food to arrive. Assuming that my carne asada should be hot, it was cold as if it had been sitting for awhile. Our server was okay and did the best he could due to it not being his fault that the cook was very slow. As we left, the hostess ignored us we left. Very disappointed...

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The waiter was a disgusting disgrace ..... the place was EMPTY!! And we went in there like suckers trying to support local businesses ect .... we had a party of 4 people , sat outside and this loser was never to be found ... I had to get up and find him AFTER we realized that he literally forgot my order and didn’t even put it in... so there I am .. everyone has their food except me .. and the place is EMPTY !!!! You would think , since business is down and they were empty, we would be over-communicated too ect but no ... this dude is walking around like he has 100 tables , but it was EMPTY in their .... please démodé him or retrain this guy on good old fashion communications skills ... so DISGUSTING

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carmen was our sever. She was awesome! So nice and made the experience fantastic . Thank you. Great food as always

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
79 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food arrived overcooked-not as ordered, cold and incomplete. Took 30 minutes to get sweetener for iced tea.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Covid19 measurements in place and the server was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great price

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dinning in at a restaurant since the quarantine so my husband and I decided to try new restaurant- we definitely made a good decision! Our waiter, Eric, was super friendly and suggested the house margaritas, tortillas with sweet butter, and the fajitas supremes Del fuego - all excellent choices! Probably the best house margaritas and homemade tortillas that I’ve had at a restaurant. In addition, the sampler platter was amazing - everything on it was super tasty! Overall, Eric and the rest of the staff were very welcoming and helped create a positive, safe atmosphere. In addition, all of the staff were wearing mask and gloves and following strict social distancing rules, so my husband felt very safe and comfortable. We will for sure be coming back!

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DannyF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner. Fresh Tortillas are really good and the service is always great.

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DavidP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kimi was great!!

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vipSaddllp
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the best restaurant I’ve been to since March...

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NandoC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot for a quick business meeting. The food is consistently good to great and the fresh tortillas with honey butter are always a hit. They are right in the center of the Irvine airport business district so they are convenient from that standpoint as well.

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IselaR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great place for brunch, there's even Mariachis!!

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Worst experience ever. Buys night with not enough staff.
We order soup and our waiter forgot. We never had the soup. Long wait for food and once we had food, our waiter not even once asked us how was everything. Very disappointed.

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JulieZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It seemed they were short on staff. It took 20 min for our server to even acknowledge us.

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HareshM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall great experience, though it took long time to get dinner. They were really busy being valentine day.

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DMAS
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to spend an evening at El Torito Grill. Service from the time we walked in to the time we walked out. Food was on point and service exemplary. Thank you for a special Valentines Day.

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angieg
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

NOT HAPPY WE ARRIVED 15 MIN EARLY. WE HAD A 1PM RESERVATION. WE WERE NOT SEATED TIL 1:17. BUFFET IS OVER AT 2PM.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic

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LoveNLife
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We chose this location because it’s near the airport. Restaurant was half empty. We had a large party of 10 for out of town family. Service was scant and indifferent. Some dishes were fine (fajitas), with half being luke warm. The black beans were over cooked and dry, as well as the dry chewy tortilla on the fish taco. I suspect “end of the day-last of the pot” was the issue? Not the old El Toronto Grill we used to enjoy. Maybe it was just an off night, but we’ll probably will skip this one in the future. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was poor. We had a group of 9 for a business dinner and we were the only table in the room at the time we sat down and asked for separate checks. The server said yes, but the drinks and food took a very long time. Her excuse was that she had to do separate checks so it took her a long time. Unacceptable. If she couldn’t do it she should have told us so. The food was okay but was not as described when I asked while ordering.

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luv2dine
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Our server was very pleasant, just hard to find and she rarely checked on us. We had to ask the bus boy for everything

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vipAshleyL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Straightforward dining experience. Hostess was a bit off putting. Not a friendly face when you walk in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a favorite and the first time we had an issue with our order taking a long time. Salmon needed to be thawed. The manager took care of us and made everything right so 5 stars overall

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VSam
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

El Torito Grill has gone downhill with regards to food and service. The place was Almost empty for New Year’s eve. Food quality was bad. We ordered calamari for starters. It was bitter to taste. We had it taken back. Tortilla and salsa was ok. Drinks - margarita’s was tasteless. Shrimp diablo was a saving grace. Service was horrible. We asked for an extra plate for entree (to share), never got it. Our server was busy running around and did not stop by to enquire about the food or service.

El Torito Grill was one of our favorite restaurants as the food was great, service excellent and ambiance was great. Sadly, it has gone downhill and we were utterly disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The gentleman at the carving station was amazing! So kind and showed an interest in my 4 year old.

Our waiter left much to be desired. Didn’t check on us at all and never brought my coffee.

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vipSancerreObsession
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was inedible and overpriced, never received a water refill. This place has deteriorated beyond recognition.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Don’t know why but the hostess sat us in the bar area. Food was just ok. My dates steak was not cooked to order and was tough.

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vipJoellen
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Private party no notice ! Rude

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JC337
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Less than 5 tables, took very long time for food (kids starving waiting for their kids meal) couldn’t even spot staff to get refill water, utensils, 20 min to get the bill, and gave up bday celebration since it took so long.

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vipDanielB
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Freshly made tortillas and food is better than any other place in town! Thanks for always being so great. A must stop if you are in the area =)

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Regork
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Parking garage was $8 for just over an hour. Not sure if they offered parking validation. The patio ambiance was poor. It was empty with just a couple employees in the corner. The patio heater was malfunctioning by making weird gas ignition noises. We moved inside which was better. Server was nice and fairly attentive. Ordered chicken and shrimp fajitas but the meat quality was not as good as we’ve had in the past. Love their tortillas. Compared to my last visit, the service improved. Unfortunately, the food quality and having to pay for parking was disappointing this time.

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FoodieInSoCal
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was delicious, and the people working the food stations were friendly and helpful. However, even though it was empty, we were seated in the bar and the bartender was not attentive at all. He only came by to take our initial order. He did not bring the waters we asked for. We had to get them ourselves. Also, he never came to give us the bill, and we asked someone else to have him bring it. Yet, it took another 20 minutes before he came by with the check. We felt totally ignored.

FAQs

El Torito Grill - Irvine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. El Torito Grill - Irvine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 975-1220.

El Torito Grill - Irvine is rated 4.1 stars by 409 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.