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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
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  • Good for Groups (45)
  • Great for Lunch (41)
  • Fit for Foodies (33)

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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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3.8  based 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

He restaurant was closed. No notice beforehand.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 27, 2016

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

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Babs (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipgidget (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipMV90274 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipL0723 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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Claire (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

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

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vipHermosaFoodie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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Gerry (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Juan was an amazing server!!

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vipRBTOM (New England)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 23, 2016

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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kamelina (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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vipLowellReed (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 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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Companylunch (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2015

Great service

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vipsbdiner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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Solo (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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vipCarlosRules (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

The chicken was like rubber.

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Brainbrian (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined 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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