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Permanently Closed - El Torito Grill - Sherman Oaks

142 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Good for Groups (174)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (95)
  • Kid-friendly (83)

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El Torito Grill, located in Sherman Oaks, California, aims to provide a revolutionary approach to Mexican dining. When walking in, you will find a casual, warm approach to fine dining. The staff always try to make guests feel as important as possible while serving great food and drinks. El Torito Grill also provides many fresh and health choices that range from light to hearty and is known for feel-good Mexican cuisine.

The menu at El Torito Grill shows both traditional and original aspects, in order to give you something different. Taco Tuesday is a hot afternoon with many tacos priced at only three dollars. You can try the carnitas taco, blackened snapper taco or the shrimp and chorizo. There are also plenty of drink options to go with your plate of tasty tacos.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Latin / Spanish, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(818) 907-7172
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pepe Lopez
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Private party facilities
Treat your guests to a FLAVOR EVOLUTION experience.
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Private party contact
Kelli Shaw: (323) 924-9464
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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.
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Cross street
Ventura Blvd.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on September 25, 2016

Our waitress was horrific. Threw every plate down onto the table and was horrible on checking in on us.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

It was very noisy and couldn't have good conversation. Food was good.

vipRebeccaB (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

Terrible from start to finish. We made a reservation obviously and they called to ask if we wanted outside or inside. I told them outside. When we arrived they tried to seat us on a side patio where none of the tables were even set up an no one else was sitting. They had tables open on the nice side, but said they were reserved. Since it was so dirty, we asked to be seated inside. Although the waiter was very nice, he was not attentive. They brought us the wrong drinks. It took forever to get our food and when it did arrive, it was terrible. My daughter did not even touch her meal because it tasted so bad. Most waiters would have asked if everything was okay? Nope, not this one. In addition, we over paid for terrible food and service. I will never step foot in there again.

vip1MaLeslie (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Host was friendly but forgot to check us in so we were a no show to Opentable. Fixed when we got the email asking us why we didn't show. We always go here after the movies. Also wonder why more El Toritos don't convert the concept.

KenG (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

Had plans to see a movie with a friend, so we decided to meet here for dinner beforehand just out of convenience. Didn't realize that Tuesday was taco day -- $3 per taco! We each got three tacos plus elote (corn on the cob), and we shared the table-side-prepared guacamole. We also each got a Cadillac margarita. In total, we had WAY more than enough food. The guacamole was good, but even though we asked for it spicy, it wasn't particularly spicy. The steak taco was pretty good, though it had some gristle bits in it. The carnitas taco was better -- both in flavor and texture. And the al pastor was my favorite! Note that the restaurant brings salsa with soft tortillas instead of the typical chips. But if you ask for chips, they'll bring those as well. We opted to sit outside, but it was a VERY warm evening, so in retrospect, inside would have been more comfortable. Also, they sat us at a VERY tiny table, even though some bigger tables for 2 were available. We should have asked to move.

vipDoug (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Went to dinner last Saturday nite following movie. Although we have been here many times, we were disappointed. The food was of average quality. The servers were "stingy" on the tortillas (which is the selling point for the restaurant). Our servers, otherwise, were quite good and quite attentive. However, the quality of the restaurant has definitely gone down ill. Were it not for the fact that it is right near the movies, it is not a "go to" restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2016

Delicious meal once again at El Torito Grill. Enjoyed house made tortillas. They have added lime zest and a teeny bit more sugar to the butter served with them. Yum! Entree was a Chicken Taco, Cheese Enchilada, cilantro rice and black beans. Everything was so tasty!

theWilsons (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

We're always happy to eat here - great food and margaritas. This last time it was much louder though and the shouting from the kitchen was very distracting, it's not normally like that.

vipRoxxy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

Food and service were both very good. Our waiter made excellent suggestions.

TonyaC (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

We were a party of 12. Sometimes that can be overwhelming. I'm happy to say the service was great and waiters were spot on. Had reservations so no wait to be seated. Everyone had good things to say about their food. Great place for dinner

AndrewH (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

The food isn't bad but it's nowhere near authentic tasting. It tastes exactly like the El Torito chain restaurants. The service was great.

vipMarinaK (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

Food was good, but service was very sluggish, even thought they weren't very busy. Waiters kept forgetting what we asked for multiple times... If it wouldn't be in a proximity to a movie theatre we wouldn't bother coming.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

The drinks were good. The sampler was great. Just took a little longer than normal to get our food out.

snowboarddoc (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

So as you can see, that says it all. When you visit this place you will want to order everything on the menu, that is how good it is, and as an added bonus the Arc Cinema where you can reserve your own cushy seat is right next to the restaurant.!!

vipNini (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

The food is consistently good. I wish they had never closed the one in Beverly Hills!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

Just not so good. Neither fresh nor authentic. Dreadful service from staff who couldn't care less about delivering quality. I won't go back. Any other Mexican restaurant would be better.

vipabujj (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 3, 2016

Our food was fair to good, at best, and one of the dishes (ribs) was so bad, we had to send it back!
Service was spotty. First it was fine, then in was very slow, then they apologized and paid attention to us!

vipGT3RSbobby (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

Hadn't been to a Torito Grill for many years. We used to like this place. But, after this visit it will be my last.

Connoisseur (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

We arrived to the restaurant and the waiter was not very attentive. We will have to look for him if we needed it something, I think he had to check more often our table at least every five minutes or so since the restaurant was half empty. Sense of urgency is the key. The food was good but the waiting time for the food to be served was wayyyy too long. I tipped the waiter because of good manners, but I do not think he deserved it.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Hubby and I have loved El Torito Grill for years. This time, though, the pepitas in my salad were stale the (always) delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup had a couple of small pieces of chicken in it and hubby's Shrimp Diablo was overcooked. If the past is a fair indication, I know we will have better luck next time!