El Toro Blanco

4.3
534 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Mexican restaurant featuring a substantial seafood menu of ceviche, tacos and entrees with coastal influence, guacamole bar, and extensive tequila bar.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food good service!

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RT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic experience. Met friends here on a Friday night to catch up before the holiday. The drinks were well crafted and the food was some of the best Mexican i've had in the city. We ordered a ton, stand out for me was the Mexican corn & shishito peppers. I also had the Fish Tacos. My friends ordered plantains, fajitas and steak tacos. Not to mention we started with the guac and a fresh salad. We left full and happy. Our waiter was very attentive and made suggestions (i wish i remembered his name). The staff was very friendly and always smiling. This was the perfect dining experience with friends on a friday night. I will return SOON!

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RP
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great discovery on Lower 6th Ave- perfect for after Film Forum movie chats or other West Village events.
Loved the creativity in spicy cocktails & retro lounge/rec room decor!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful in every way. Food was atrocious. Was it authentic Mexican - I felt like I was in a Hilton Garden Inn somewhere in Idaho. Nothing tasted fresh.

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B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service good but was disappointed that, despite having reservations, we had to wait 25 min for table.

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UW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was very excited to go to El Toro Blanco for what I hoped would be a real "alta cocina" experience. The music was most suited to a club, with an insistent beat, and very loud. The manager was very nice about lowering the volume, but it still detracted from the experience. The food was good, but not particularly distinguished in any way. With the exception of the very delicious trio of salsas, the seasoning in my branzino had no real discernible ethnicity -- maybe a bite of cilantro in the accompaniment, but that was it. Our server was delightful, though, advocating for us on the noise and very attentive in general.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced small portions. They got rid of their 3 hot salsas that they used to serve with chips and replaced with Pace picante. 👎🏻👎🏻

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks at El Toro Blanco were both amazing. The atmosphere here energetic and lively. Great for an after-work wind down or group hang out!

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LM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to eat at Toro Blanco once every few months and always find the service, food, and cocktails wonderful. This time my son's order came out incorrectly and honestly it was not a big deal. We were in no rush but they were so apologetic from the waiter, to the manager, hostess and then even treated us to dessert which was not necessary but of course, appreciated. Highly recommend.

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E
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was the 2nd time we dined here. Food is fresh and tasty. Their guac and also chips (warm and crispy) are terrific. Also, the frozen margaritas were excellent. The only glitch is the service/kitchen. As happened on the first dine, this time around the waiter or was it the kitchen sent out the wrong appetizers. Overall, good fresh food almost as good as in California. Worth a try !

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p
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Great atmosphere and service was top notch! Will definitely return!

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E
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY GIRLFRIEND & I WENT TO EL TORO BLANCO FOR THE FIRST TIME DUE TO RESTAURANT WEEK
AND MY BIRTHDAY. THE EXPERIENCE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER - THE SERIVICE WAS EXCELLENT, THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE STAFF WAS WARM AND FRIENDLY.
THIS MAY HAVE BEEN OUR FIRST VISIT, BUT IT CERTAINLY WILL BE ONE OF MANY TO COME.

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waiter didn’t pay us much attention waited a while to be served

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LG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The last few visits, the menu has continually changed, while the website has not. There is no longer anything on the menu for vegetarians, although we indicated that two in our party were, in fact, vegans. Very disappointing.

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FA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was looking forward to eating here because I follow Chef C's instagram and it always looks good. However I was disappointed with one thing I had and it ruined the whole meal . The hard shell taco were not crunchy at all the taco shell was old and made it hard to eat I order 2 of each taco on the menu . I would say stay away from it and stick with the salad ( seems to be the best thing) the waitress was really stretched she was doing waitress work and bar back so ordering was a little delayed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved El Toro Blanco. Food was amazing. Drinks were great. We sat outside on a Saturday afternoon in the summer so it wasn’t busy. Service was impeccable. I was impressed. And have spread the word amongst my friends. I’m ready to go back.

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SF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Business lunch

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R
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant has gone through changes. My last visit was disappointing but I tried again. Not good this time either. Poor quality heritage pork , fish tacos you need a magnifying glass to find the fish, at $19 to boot. However, the guacamole was excellent. Do not plan to return.

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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I have been to this resturant several times, used to really enjoy it, however this time the service was not good at all. From the beginning a server never came over to the table or anyone with water for over 15 minutes while three tables that seated after us got service, they then proceeded to forget our table for the rest of the night, cocktails took forever, etc. In addition the food used to be outstanding, this time it was just ok.

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P
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been for both dinners and brunches. This time went for Father’s Day beach and as always we all enjoyed everything! One of our favorite Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood

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GW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Was over the top when we went previously so we were eager to return. This time we were a bit disappointed. Food wasn’t as well prepared as before. Pepper appetizer was heavy handed and salty. Rib entree was dry and tough. Rice was over cheesy. We missed the well orchestrated touch of our previous visit. Service was awful. Seems that no one was assigned to tables and it showed. Table next to us was so frustrated in waiting for drinks that they left. Sorry to see this place miss the mark, hope it can get back on track.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was mediocre for the price! The service was so poor. Slow service for everything. I asked for one little thing, it was a special occasion I asked to please bring out desert with a little candle when I made the reservation. I was told no problem we will I’m thinking wow it will be a nice time!! No absolutely not we finished having dinner and didn’t bother to come check if we wanted desert nothing, asked for the check instead took a long time I’m thinking maybe they are bring it out, WRONG nothing was done about it! Wow poor service 👎🏽

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The quality has taken a nose dive

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HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was average, the drinks were watered down, and the service was OK. I got sick when I got home (my two dining partners didn't) and I didn't enjoy the food that much. Had fun and enjoyed myself but have had better Mexican in the city at at least five other places.

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SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Place has gone down hill. Food was horrible and it’s hard to ruin Mexican food

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BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waitress got our drink order wrong (despite coming back to confirm), got our food order wrong (again, despite coming back to confirm).

Food was mediocre at best. Not coming back

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and the food is delish!!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited almost an hour for a tiny portion of mediocre food (tostada salad with salmon and fish tacos).
Food was bland and not very fresh, over cooked too:
Will not be coming back.

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CR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Never disappointed... margaritas are delicious and the food is authentic and so good!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ok good, ok service. All of our food was served before our drinks came. Guac was sub par and tasteless. The real winner of the night was the cucumber mint cocktail

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LJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon entering the restaurant, I got a good vibe. The ambiance of the place was great. Our group arrived early and it was empty- but it quickly filled with happy customers. We enjoyed our drinks and food. Short Ribs were amazing, My Matador was scrumptious. Thank you El Toro Blanco for a Great Nite Out!

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, I️ love the enchiladas and mahi mahi tacos! The churros and guac were also awesome!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Second time j have experienced subpar service; restaurant likely needs to overhaul this, the entire table commented on it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was absolutely horrendous. We were ignored for hours and then given guacamole after about one hour of sitting there. They had no idea who ordered what. It was a mess.

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NP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We often go out for Mexican because a) we are tequila ppl b) I am from Southern Cal, my husband from Austin, and that is comfort food for us both.

That being said, we love trying new spots, regionally-specific spots, and new variations on standard Mexican fare. We heard good things and El Toro Blanco did not disappoint.

Their margaritas were excellent--very well-balanced and you could actually taste the tequila! And the guac was well-seasoned, packed full of flavor and needed no salt or acid to round it out; it was truly pretty perfect.

Our server (Eddie) was awesome and kind and treated us very well. We will def be back to visit him.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Had to wait about 15 minutes for our reservation

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was subpay

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n
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of our go to village restaurants. I am reviewing now because they have changed their menu non-trivially. While people may differ, I much prefer the old menu. My wife and I found it hard to find things we really wanted on the new menu; we had no such problems with the old one. Check the new menu before you go. Is still fine, just less fine (for us).

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Been here few times all good. This time not good. Better places to eat

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