About El Torito Grill - Irvine

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.

1910 Main St
Irvine, CA 92614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Mexican

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

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 2pm- 10pm

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(949) 975-1220

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

Executive Chef:
Pepe lopez

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

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El Torito Grill - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
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Good for a Date (5)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Live Sports (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

We went for an employee anniversary lunch - great food and atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The carne Asada was a little too salty. FYI.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very good food. Although you pay $30 per person which is kind of a lot for what it is. They have the tortillas section (taco, burrito...), drinks, dessert, a small buffet and meat.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always a treat coming here. The fresh tortillas are the best thing in the world. Service is always very good. I wish there were more of these still around.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Tapas, Authentic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was fine until we were asked to pay the bill in the midst of our meal (I was already done but my colleague wasn’t for another 15-20 mins) because the server had to go on break. Server indicated she can’t go on break while there’s an open bill. If this is a company policy, consider changing it or have alternative process in place so as to not inconvenience your guests. We had to Uber elsewhere to have desert.

I want it noted that the server was great and attentive. The food were tasty. Just that one interruption to pay the bill before everyone we were done eating ruined the mood for the rest of our dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very disappointing that they decided to unstaff or not care about maintaining the buffet on Xmas day. I love El Torito but this place needs help, no wonder it was like a graveyard there that day.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was really good and stick with taco Tuesday- the tacos have homemade tortillas and try the pickled beets

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Love this place! One of our family favorites! Will definitely keep coming back!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I reluctantly add this information to my review, but after having frequented El Torito Grill restaurants over the last 20 years or so, I have noticed that the Irvine location seems to be slipping backwards in terms of service levels and food quality. It appears that they may be understaffed and thus left searching or calling-out for assistance during our meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Serves large groups which make way too much noise, spoils dinner for smaller parties.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our waiter was funny and responsive. Much appreciated.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The bar area is great. Atmosphere is better than in main dining room.
Good selection of beers and very enthusiastic and fast servers.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Enjoy sitting in bar area.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Overall, nice experience. Got super noisy for a Wednesday evening, but whatever. I think I enjoy their old menu better. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but I'm a creature of habit is all. No reason not to go enjoy a nice meal here.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were a little bummed on the choice of food for the brunch menu. Would be a great place to go if you want bottomless mimosas and you’re very hungry. The restaurant was very nice inside and so was the staff.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This was the first time we really felt like we were being pressed with the up-selling by the wait staff. We were there for lunch during the work day, and just wanted tea and salads, but we kept getting offered drinks from the bar, appetizers, dessert, other dishes to the point of being a bit annoying. We'll go back, but we finally had to tell her we needed to get back to work and to please bring us the check (which also took a while).

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Disappointing service. Non-attentive waiter, and he was not that busy. Did not come back to replenish the tortillas or drinks. Did not check to see how the food was. Did not split the check correctly. Food was cold.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Awesome experience, food is delicious, and so much variety to choose from. You can't go wrong with Sunday brunch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This restaurant has a host of inventive, interesting Mexican and Latin American dishes. In particular, I really enjoyed the mango Chicken. However the surprise of the meal was the elote, which was sweet, spicy, moist, and just a little bit creamy.

The surface was professional, friendly, and fast. And the happy hour, from 3 to 8 p.m., was one of the longest I've come across in a long time. Specials on this happy hour menu were great and offered some wonderful value in addition to the great food.

Overall this Latina restaurant was definitely a cut above the average. I would wholeheartedly recommended someone in the area.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

You really can't go wrong with the ET Sunday brunch. The champagne isn't great (usually isn't at bottomless brunches), but they always keep you topped off and the food is always good with a huge variety. Plus it's great for kids.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was greasy, dessert Flan was great

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

arrived and my reservation was on the list. Once all parties arrived we were sat down at a table . Food was great. Also, The El Torito Grills are the only ones that serve home made totillas.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was delicious and would recommend it to everyone !

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The early dinner and happy hour drinks were nice. But upon seating I had notified the hostess that it was my mother's birthday. She assured me that she would notify the waiter. But no happy birthday for my mom. I was highly disappointed and will not come back because of this. Even the manager came to greet us and asked us what we are celebrating. We told him, mom's birthday. And still no birthday surprise or singing. They lost two customers

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great place for a quick quiet business lunch with excellent food and great service

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. Sizzling fajitas were lit at table and wonderful tasting.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is a very nice restaurant with plenty of seating. We sat in the bar area and the service and food was great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Overall great Waiter had to be asked at least 3 times for water he kept forgetting to bring it And a little slow on picking up dirty plates for brunch

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Best tortillas and honey butter! Server was super nice. I feel happy hour prices could be a little better

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Noisy, stuffy until large parties departed.
Ordered carnitas and cheese quesadilla - was too spicy. Couldn't eat much

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This establishment has really become run down...expected in other areas like Santa Ana...but not Irvine. Table was dirty, lunch was 30 minutes late after asking 3 times where the salads were?

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Service was okay, but food is overpriced for the substandard quality provided.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Quick, no chips n salsa? Good warm tortillas tho

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I had an stomach upset that last the next day after eating

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Small family gathering of 3 people for lunch on a slow Saturday. The drinks, food, and service were excellent. We will return again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy, Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Hadn't been to this restaurant in years, but it's still a pleasant experience!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's Day. It was crazy outside! Had a 30 minute wait with our reservation. Once we got seated you didn't feel like it was so crowded and there was no wait for food. Food was delicious!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This was one of the worst experiences I've had at this el torito grill. They were extremely under staffed and unprepared. It was a nightmare

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 7, 2017

So I decided to take my family for my birthday and early Mother's Day for myself and mother-in-law. Boy, was I disappointed. First off, we were moved three times right away due to seating us at already taken booths. We should have taken this as a sign to run from there! We sat down and ordered drinks (pretty painless), but when we went to get food, we found that the options were NOT the same as the website (my little one was looking forward to pancakes, bacon and chocolate covered strawberries) and didn't have anything she liked. That was fun. :( The other and most notable problem was that the food was lackluster, not replenished when needed and cold when ready to be eaten (had to ask for and then waited for clean plates over 10 minutes). Plates were brought out dirty, accidents were occurring left and right, and overall, it was super unpleasant and we did not enjoy our meal. Our server was delightful (thank gosh for one thing going well there) and had the manager remove my kiddo's meal from the bill as she only ate a waffle. The restaurant seemed dirty overall, and the management did not appear able to handle a large crowd. Needless to say, this isn't a restaurant I would recommend (especially on a weekend for brunch) or ever return to.

Tags: Good for Groups
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