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Permanently Closed - El Torito Grill - Torrance

3.8
51 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am -1:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm -9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 543-1896
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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
Maricela Daoudi: (562) 431-1532
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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Torrance Blvd
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.2
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on December 30, 2016

He restaurant was closed. No notice beforehand.

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2016

The restaurant was CLOSED!!!!!!! So we, 13 people, were stranded and couldn't eat together.

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2016

Booked way in advance for Christmas dinner for my family of 11.
I received a text message Wednesday afternoon saying they were no longer going to serve Christmas dinner. Try finding reservations for Christmas 3 days in advance.
Not Good.
I would give a 0 rating if it was available

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1.0Dined on December 25, 2016

This was a Christmas Day recommendation that I found through Open Table and the restaurant was closed on Christmas...we drove up and it was a ghost town. Open Table set me up with a reservation for noon, gave me a confirmation number, and reminded me about the reservation on Christmas Day. Fortunately my brunch party was flexible regarding the change but it was an inconvenience and embarrassment .

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2016

I was very disappointed. Food was over Cooked. I had shrimp, my wife
Had Beef & my guest had Salmon. All the dishes were overcoked. Beef was
Super chew.

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2.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Went with my fiancé for the brunch. The hostesses were great; the young gentleman the brought out chips and salsa, and made sure our table was clear was excellent; our server was horrible; she did not check on us once; she only came back to bring us our bill. We had to ask the young gentleman to bring more champagne because the server never bothered to do that. The manager did come over and apologize to us for the service; he comped our lunch and gave me a guest card to come back. The manager was very sincere so I appreciate that.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2016

Great overall I don't like the large party gratuity they force on people. I am bringing you business but your charging me. Maybe pay your servers A living wage.

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2016

The prices are a bit high for the quality of the food. The night we went, there were a few tables of screaming children, which made it difficult to have a conversation.

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1.0Dined on September 23, 2016

I've been going to El Torito Grill for 20+ years. The food has gone seriously down hill. On top off the low quality of the food the last straw was that El Torito Grill got rid of their classic honey butter that they served with their tortillas. No more honey butter and poor food quality means no more me.

I don't mind paying for a good meal. But it's sad to see that prices have gone up so much at El Torito and the value of the food has gone down so much.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Friendly service and delicious food! Handled a crowd of 10 without a hitch.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2016

Went on Sunday, not knowing that the restaurant had a Champagne brunch buffet. Delicious breakfast, lunch and dessert items to choose from. Went there for Gram Gram's birthday and the waiter made it fun and exciting, including a cocktail for the birthday girl. Waffles, Churros, Chile Relleno, cheese enchiladas, shrimp, beans, rice, tortilla chips, chicken, ribs, fish and Italian cannoli's (which seemed out of place), were the choices for the day and it was fun sampling a little bit of everything. Would definitely go back for the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Great food, great service. Fresh, litter versions of typical Mexican food. Great salads, soups and the best fresh made tortillas too.

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Birthday celebration went well. The food was very good and the restaurant provided flan for the people having birthdays

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Prompt service, manager stopped by to say hello. Had delicious shrimp enchiladas. Reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

When I suggest we go to El Torito Grill, many people say that they really don't find El Torito to be that special, I have to emphasize that this is El Torito Grill and not related to El Torito. Even more confusing is that they both have a location in Torrance on Hawthorne Blvd.

The food here has always been wonderful from the homemade tortillas to the tender, flavorful fajitas (I especially love the beef and shrimp combo). The guacamole is made fresh at the table side and the corn cake that comes as part of many of the combo plates is a special treat. Be sure to have both the flan and the churros for dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2016

The Honey- butter with the flour tortillas are a tasty start . The salsas are delicious. Our meals were bee good.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2016

Food was great, service was very slow. I will come back because of the food but service needs to get it together.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2016

Juan was an amazing server!!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2016

Very good food, excellent value. Service was abysmally slow. Other tables seemed to have been well served, however.

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1.0Dined on February 23, 2016

Horrible food ,service and waitresses, never again !!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

This is no ordinary El Torito. You can consider this more like fine dining but still carry on the traditional authentic Mexican food. From home made tortillas and salsita to variety of great drinks. This place is definitely a must!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I have been a fan of El Torito Grill since many visits to the Beverly Hills location in college. I have since visited the Torrance and Sherman Oaks location and am consistently disappointed with the food. All that I ate was not great for our Torrance Valentines visit. The beets in the best Salad were frozen, the filet mignon fajitas had no flavor and I had to send them back as they were not cooked as I ordered, the potatoes on the dish were oddly flavored and cold. The toffee cake was dense and unappealing. Best things on my plate were the beans and the ice cream on top of the cake. The handmade tortillas and honey butter continue to be delicious but do not hold the meal together.

Quote disappointing.

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3.0Dined on September 14, 2015

A feature of this restaurant is the table side guacamole. The fish that was prepared for us was poorly made, missing some ingredients and had large chunks of avocado. We had to send it back. The replacing was made away from the table, which is questionable. .

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2015

Very nice food, service, etc. for lunch. A bit pricey, but the food is good. Plenty of parking.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Great service

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2015

We had the BBQ chicken quesadilla and the chicken taquitos. Both were very good. There is also a special lunch menu. The service was very good and the waitress was very attentive. We weren't rushed and she continued to refill our drinks.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2015

Food was great. Place was nice. Guac was amazing! It was slow but my waiter wouldn't swing by too often. Left without a drink for a handful of minutes at a time. I still would go back though... Birthday flan was to die for!!

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2015

Although I liked what I ordered (per the server's suggestion) more than anything else I've ordered in the million times I have been to ETG, overall the food is good not great. Hard to get my husband to go because he always thinks the food is so-so, even though we both know the tortillas are the BEST in the world. We went for my birthday this year and took my parents because I thought they would love the tortillas. I have not asked them for feedback; we will see if they want to go there again. We had an awesome server, though, and I will continue to patronize the place, even if it is difficult to find fellow diners.

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1.0Dined on May 1, 2015

The chicken was like rubber.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2015

I appreciated that the hostess was expecting me by name after I'd made a reservation. The waiter was nice enough but did not provide good service. He did not bring the water I'd asked for until I asked him a second time. He did not offer a refill on my drink which I had finished and I had to ask for that as well. He may not like this review but I left him a better tip than he deserved.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2015

Great for large groups. Service was awesome. Although took a bit to get main food for lunch since large group, they provided complimentary appetizers and provided refill on drinks. Food is ALWAYS GREAT!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2015

El Torito Grill is just "ok." I ordered the chicken and shrimp fajita, my mom the salmon salad. The chicken and shrimp weren't seasoned very well, and they were lying on a plate of stir fried onions and bell peppers. The plate also came with a small ramekin of guacamole, and beans. I would have expected a side of rice to come with the plate for the price paid. I was disappointed. My mom was happy enough with her salad. The service was ok, nothing to complain about. I give it a 3 star.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2014

El Torito Grill is suppose to be the upscale version of El Torito.... this location fails at that and seems just like an El Torito. The Cadillac margaritas were not made very well and tasted like pure sweet and sour. We sent them back, the next round was better, but still super sweet. The service was lacking, it took too long to order, receive food, refills were not offered (even though they would have made the establishment more money), and the taco guy was very unfriendly (taco Tuesday). The Sherman Oaks location is far superior to this one!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2014

We had a birthday dinner for myself there and the waiters were friendly and efficient. And they sang to me! That was a great treat. The food was great and reasonable. We enjoyed our evening. Thank you El-Torito Grill.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2014

I had a great time at El Torito Grill for my birthday. The environment was great and service was awesome. Good food, people, and drinks!

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2014

All chairs' cheap looking fabric was worn off. Looked miserable. The service was slow also. We loved their Margarita. Too bad they do not serve by a pitcher.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

You don't expect four start cuisine at a Mexican restaurant in LA. But yes. The food was amazing. Think Mexican-French if you can imagine such a thing. From appetizer to dessert this was very Mexican and very haute cuisine. Unique menu, with chef specialties leading the way. We ordered from the specialties. It was familiar but with subtle upgrades in flavor and first rate presentation. If I lived closer it would be a frequent stop. Pricing high for Mex.. very low for fine dining.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Very good mango margarita. The sauce on the enchiladas is very poor tasting - would not order enchiladas again.. Only black beans, no pinto choice. The green (!!) spanish rice had no spanish flavor. Taquitos mediocre (crisp but room temperature (maybe cooked in batches, plated as needed?) and pretty flavorless). The three sauces on the table were neither spicy or tasty. The homemade tortillas (flour only) were very good. Ordered the Especial de la Casa- will not order again. Service slow, no refills on water offered. I have gotten better food and service at the regular El Toritos.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2013

Overall good value / great staff and service

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2013

This is a great place and i go fairly often. My favorite is the tortillas with the butter and different salsas, yum!

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