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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Overall Rating

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4.3

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4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
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Casual (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

We drove two hours away to meet up with friends and before I made reservations they said for cinco DeMayo they where going to have specials I have made reservations 8 pm didn't get my table 20 minutes later and the restrooms very dirty it was a very awful experience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The family I dined with had been to El Torito before, so we went there on their asking. The service was STAGGERINGLY slow, with only one or two waitresses working. Our waitress walked past our table several times, stating that she'd "be right back," and then went to other tables to take their order, chat, box up their left overs, etc. There were plenty of runners and bussers that could have helped her with some of the tasks, including cleaning the tables that sat dirty, but it didn't happen. The food was mediocre at best. We ordered the table side guacamole spicy and it was extremely bland and expensive. The 6 year old just wanted plain rice and we asked the waitress specifically for that. They brought out green-colored cilantro rice and then told us, at that point, that was the best they could do. The food was over-priced for the quality and experience. The only part of the meal I enjoyed was the Mesquite-grilled pineapple margarita. I would sit at the bar for drinks, but I won't return for a meal in the dining room.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Sunday Brunch is between 11:00 - 2:00. We went to the buffet at 12:30, and practicality all the dishes were empty. I ended up with an omelette and a few sides left at the buffet.
An ayce should never have empty dishes. All dishes should be monitored and filled when necessary

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 26, 2017

We had a reservation and had a wait of 20-30 minutes with no apology . For business lunches not acceptable.

Would appreciate a call if reservation cannot be fulfilled.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Took over a half hour for someone to take our order. This only happened after I asked to either be moved to a different section or have another server assigned.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Service has declined. This was our go to place for years. Tortilla was not offered as in the past. Honey for hot tea was provided in a salsa pot. The list goes on. I hope they fix this because I would hate for the location to close.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Our regular, fantastic waiter, Alberto, was not working. After waiting nearly five minutes without a hostess, a waiter gave us a table. Although our waiter was excellent, the romaine salad and chicken barbecue salad, our favorites, did not have the usual distinctive respective dressings, and the chicken was tough. The kid that tossed the tableside romaine chicken salad was a careless amateur. Our waiter empathathized when we commented on the removal of the honey butter for the tortillas . He says he hears the same from more than half of his customers. A disappointing meal at one of our favorite lunch spots.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Food was quality and worth the wait. Came with a party of 8 and Everyone enjoyed their meal. I took a star off for the wait. Server was slammed and it took 30 minutes to get our meal. But with a pile of fresh made tortillas and baskets of chips and drinks kept filled until lunch arrived kept us happy. Not El Torito's pronto lunch but the food is so much better and if you are not in a rush it's a gem!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 28, 2017

We were early; hardly anyone there. Our food took a long time; two of the dishes were served room temperature. The sauce had formed a film and the beans looked like they had sat out for several minutes. They should have been served as soon as they were ready. The two dishes that were grilled entrees came hot. Pretty disappointed. The service was good, refilled beverages promptly, and guacamole was tasty.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 17, 2017

I especially loved dining at El Torrito because the waiter was perfect. I told him that we were going to the theater & needed to leave by a certain time & he truly heard it & we had a wonderful inner & got to the Performing Arts theater on time? The food was great!
Thank you!
Natalia Romana

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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