Blu Toro

4.1
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309 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Blu Toro Cantina + Grill is a very hip, upscale casual Mexican-American restaurant, bringing together old world Mexican culture and urban comfort. Blu Toro’s open kitchen allows our customers to see the bustling of the kitchen! Our menus offer fresh ingredients, which bring several tasty mouth watering entrees and meals to the table. From homemade tortillas for our fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, to our tasty American entrees like Steaks, Chicken, Halibut, Scallops, and Salmon, Blu Toro’s kitchen takes much pride in each plate going out. Our vibrant bar, which is focused on the finest tequila selection in the Midwest, and handcrafted margaritas, brings a casual upscale lounge area to West Des Moines.
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salgal
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun wait staff

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Valentine
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service is great but the food was just average. My wife and I had the chicken enchilada and chicken/steak fajitas and the taste of each was rather bland. The presentation was nice, but the flavors didn’t excite and you can find similar or better at large franchises and for better value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Good food, service was a little slow. Very nice!

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Papageorgio
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Went here on Valentine’s Day. We were so tightly packed into our table that we could hear every word of the couples next to us conversation and they were not talking loud at all. I could eat off their plate without having to lean at all. It was a joke. They crammed these tables to maximize revenue for one night. Terrible experience

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We have been to Blue Toro multiple times, though this will be the last. While the house margaritas are still good and we liked the shrimp ceviche, the two main courses we ordered were not good. The cheese enchiladas were over cooked and the tortillas were hard and dry. The pork chop was dry and the mashed potatoes have gone down hill significantly from prior visits. The best part of the main courses was the asparagus.

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LR2015
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic-we especially loved the margarita flights and queso! Thanks for helping us celebrate a special birthday-the dessert was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Beet salad had extra chili powder. Told them that I didn’t want extra spice on tacos.. taco was good. Never thought salad also had chili powder on it

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vipekeohb
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A unique varied menu all properly prepared. Shrimp ceviche was outstanding

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basketball63
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and drinks! Loved the margaritas. Service by Austin was very good.

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LauraC
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, appreciated the waiter making sure the appetizer didn't have cilantro since my wife is allergic. Saved a trip to ER!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved our dining experience!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit for us. The service was great, chips and salsa were great. I had the braised short ribs which were very good. My wife had the pork chop which was good but not to her tastes. But the Mexican Brownie desert will definitely bring us back!!!

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VickiG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Appreciated the variety of margaritas they have on their menu and really enjoyed my food - I had spicy shrimp enchiladas with cheese sauce. They had enough heat to be tasty but not so much to be overwhelming. Everyone at our table enjoyed their food and drinks. I think Blu Toro is a great place for upscale Mexican dishes - not your standard Mexican fare. Great place to meet up with friends or for date night with someone special!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This was my second time at Blu Toro. The hostess was unfriendly. The service from the waitress was SLOW!!! The food was decent. The chips weren’t even warm. Overall I would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Great happy hour experience until it fills up. Waiter disappeared after food served.

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DustinS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Chicken fajitas were dry and flavorless, but the environment was cool.

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SuzieK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Spicy shrimp fajitas no flavor, no spiciness. Business casual for dress and wait staff in t-shirt and jeans. Will not return.

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Bobm
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Seemed rather high in pricing. We had 4 people, one was 9 years old, and the bill with tip was $177.00.
Food was OK but not worth the money. They did not have a kids menu either.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The fajitas were bland. I ordered the steak and chicken, neither had any flavor.

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SusanH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our server was new which is and if itself is fine as everyone has to learn- but she could not answer even simple questions about the food or cocktail menu and had to go ask each time. This is a management issue as no server should be on their own until fully trained.

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robertw
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good I have and will recommend to friends and family

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Dirtworm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was expensive, small portions, chicken, meats, and tortillas were dry and little taste. The waiter was great.

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KellyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Ample servings. Tried the flight of mini margaritas and they were delicious. Will definitely be back.

TM
TarynMcF
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Showed up early for our reservation and they had the table already set up with reserved signs. Very impressed! The food and drinks are always amazing and never let anyone down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Accidentally served me flour tortillas instead of corn. Normally wouldn’t mind small errors, but being Gluten free makes it a bigger challenge.

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MamaMuniz6
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Blu Toro and highly recommend it. It's great Mexican food at the high end level. The service is always above and beyond expectations and we've had nothing but awesome experiences here!

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AngieC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blu Torro is always good and great service. Love the short rib and quesadilla! We’ll be back!

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AndreaT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great happy hour specials! A group of 4 from my job went after work and each enjoyed the margarita flight and an app. I had the taco flight; the carne asada was a bit dry but I enjoyed the carnitas and tinga.

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KellyM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Only thing I would change would be expand the menu just a little.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was okay for Americans trying to make Mexican food. It’s definitely overpriced for the quality of the food. It was a one hit wonder for me.

JM
JonathanM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always fantastic! The Jalapeño margarita is a must have if you enjoy spicy drinks. Chips and queso are a great start and the chicken enchiladas with half cheese half enchilada sauce is the perfect dinner. It is a little expensive for mexican food but it is a great way to start a night out in West Glen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, good guacamole (Iowa style) and margaritas. Got chicken fajitas - wish we would’ve gotten the steak. Chicken was kind of bland

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PaulaS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Happy hour margaritas flight was fun! Our table very much enjoyed guacamole and cheese dip. Server was right on in helping with recommendations. Music WAY TOO LOUD!

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ArtVandelay
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food is just ok, service is good and prices are too high. There are smaller, local Mexican restaurants close by that have a more authentic, affordable menu with better service. This place tries too hard to be some kind of upscale Mexican restaurant by upping the price and it doesn't work. Paying $15 for three chicken enchiladas doesn't make them more upscale and better tasting compared to a$9 plate at a real authentic restaurant, that also includes two sides. And the smaller places bring yo all the salsa and chips you want as part of your meal, not some $4 charge for salsa and two other bowls of liquid something..

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NastyNate
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Upscale Mexican food. It’s no Topolobampo but it’s also not Taco Bell. I had the filet with very fresh asparagus and street corn. Old fashioned cocktail was a bit sweet for my taste.

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DawnC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food was good but not for the price we were charged. Meals only came with the item ordered...no rice...no beans...nothing 😖

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Newntown
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

What a disappointing experience. We had good service, great margaritas, nice atmosphere but the food was bland and the menu is ala carte and way overpriced. You get nothing with your main dish and it had no Mexican flavor at all. My husband’s enchiladas were just meat in a tortilla with what tasted like tomato sauce on top...no cheese, lettuce, sour cream, nothing. My quesadilla filling had a strange texture (it was mushy or grainy) and no flavor. It was our first time there and we will not go back.

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Reeners
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The taco flight was absolutely amazing! Sooo good! And the margarita flight was equally amazing! I will defenitely reccomend to others and will defenitely be back! Thank you Blue Toro for an amazing experience!

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KathyA
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and service were good. However, for the price I would not recommend this place. I could go to a Mexican restaurant that is half the price and the food just as good. You're paying for the location and atmosphere.

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Robert
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. I highly recommend the street tacos.

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