El Torito - Cypress

4.3
119 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority in great Mexican food. A festive & hospitable restaurant rich in heritage, we focus on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family, as if we are welcoming them home.

Using the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors, our menu offers a range of quintessential Mexican food, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love. We are known best for our tableside preparations, including our made-to-order guacamole and flame-grilled fajitas, which arrive sizzling to the table.

Our standard is great, and we don’t do anything without passion. Over 60 years, we’ve learned a lot about Mexican food, like how not to mess it up.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Join El Torito for another All-You-Can-Eat Holiday Celebration this Thanksgiving. Book your table to secure your spot today! Go back for seconds (and thirds) for $29.00 for adults, and just $10.00 for those 12 and under. Specialty holiday meal items will be served, in addition to $5 Drink Specials.

What 119 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deysi was amazing. Food was great and everyone had a awesome meal and good time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fine love the food!

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Ch123
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I totally understand that we're in a pandemic so everything I'm writing is based on that understanding. We were excited to eat a buffet brunch and knew going in that it would be a little different and most things were fine. The service was really slow and it took them a long time to bring our omelets and other egg dishes that were cooked to order. (see above original statement). Refills on coffee and most importantly mimosas had to be requested and only if you could catch the server's notice. Then it would still take a long time to come back. The food was good -- the omelet was really good once it came. I wish they would label the food at the buffet with the contents since their vegetable dish has cheese in it and it wasn't noticeable until sitting back at the table. Then I just had to waste the food since I can't eat cheese.

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vipHappy
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

A crowded BUT controlled Mexican restaurant on a weekend night.

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vipHappy
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I liked a lot about this establishment, however COVID seems to have taken some of the charm out of this establishment.

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DennisM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I found our new Date night spot! Awesome food, Vibe and Drinks!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very attentive.
Appropriate accommodation were made due to a very windy day.

Deliciously seasoned food.

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JeffK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place to celebrate Anniversary! The food was very Fresh and Taste.

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vipFoodiejudy
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy this El Torito because they have the best Slow Roasted Carnitas. No other El Torito does them as well as this location!

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Luv2dineoften
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Although the food was good, the service was only mediocre. First, we asked for an outdoor table but we were seated at their enclosed patio. I’m sure it met the standards but for me, it still felt like we were indoors. Second, our server never came back to us to ask us if we wanted refills or anything else. We didn’t see him again until it was time to give us the bill.

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JeffW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was very reminiscent of pre-COVID-19 era. It was very warm and satisfying. The food was excellent, especially the freshly made tortillas.

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musicdiva
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love El Torito outdoor dining! Ate "al fresco", had a great Margarita and lunch. What could be better?

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RobbyV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Oder of our omellets took very long and one was a wrong order. Service was good until our server took a break.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I feel bad saying the service was poor, our waiter was working his butt off, in the beginning he was super attentive, they put WAY too many tables in his station and apparently the kitchen was backed up, you could see there were tons of to go orders going out as well as the onsite dining. Our food was good but it took 2 hours and we had to cancel our dessert order because the kids were losing it.

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AlynR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was great! Julio was an amazing host that made our experience quite lovely! Thank you Julio for the warm hospitality

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pinky
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience4

We had the happy hour appetizers and most of what we ordered had too much baked beans. Wish the description in the menu item would say that it had beans in them so that we know not to order them or request no beans. The drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Waited 15 minutes to order our drinks. Saw our waiter twice since ordering food. Had to ask a bus boy for another beer.

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FrankT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time at El Torito. Gloria is an excellent ambassador.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Breakfast. Chiliques were delicious.

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Daisies4
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening enjoying a delicious dinner. Highly recommend for outdoor, patio dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Reservation at 11:30am got seated 11:45. Waiter appeared at 12:04. Meanwhile we started on buffet before the waiter came to take drink order which inevitably showed up at 12:45. An hour after seating! Forget about the bottomless mimosas we had to beg for more and could barely get waters. Manager notified he may need some help for our party of 14. Disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience3

The food was great. The service was terrible

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We came to el Torito for my dads birthday. We made reservations and got seated by 5:40. We ordered food and it came at 6:40, COLD. The flavor of the food was sooooo bland and kinda gross honestly. But our server was really nice.

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DenaM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have really made the best of a awful situation.

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StephanN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Half of the steak that came with my eggs was not edible:(
Server was having a bad day, so we waited.....a lot

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Drove by the other day and saw all the canopies that they had up and the pretty lights and heaters. They have multiple tents and it seems like just as much space outside as they had inside. W enjoyed our food very much.

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ShelD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gloria is a great server! We’ve had her before and she is so nice and attentive. Food was great as always. Love all the outdoor seating that El Tortito has added. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice outdoor seating. The happy hour is great with great times.

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FrankT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good staff, good service. My special thanks to Gloria, our server. Their care at presentation and service are what keeps us coming back. Can't wait for "dining in" to start again. Dining "al fresco" is not my idea of fun, but it has been declared necessary.

JW
JudithW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. I would come back again.

BE
BENITOJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

The food is not good
The local is too small and nothing more

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday brunch.

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ToniR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arturo was wonderful! Good food and very good service! Thank you!

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MaryN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a good friends birthday. Nice dinner and personable waiter. Of course the dinner has great and happy hour until 9pm!

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AndoraS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Parking lot with tent has zero ambiance. Also VERY HOT. Do not recommend during summer. Food was great and so was service.

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FrankT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you go there, ask for Gloria. You will be assured a pleasant experience, even with the COVID restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Dirty dishes with flys on tray right next to our table had to tell waiteres and waiter twice to move it
Waiter and waited for drinks and water waited waited for order to be taken waited waited for food
Was not busy at all service poor and food poor too
So sad

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LeslieL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

No good horrible service nasty food wait for the table

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service & good food. Nice brunch

FAQs

El Torito - Cypress does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Cypress also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 761-8155.

El Torito - Cypress is rated 4.3 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.