El Torito - Cypress

4.2
194 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.
What 194 people are saying
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MiaA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love that there are so much space in there and no waiting to be seated !

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LilibelleR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Place was just too crowded and long lines on the food stations.

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BillB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was the best experience that we have ever had at an El Torito Brunch. May have been do to the limited capacity due to Covid protocals, but in any case we really enjoyed ourselves more than in the past when it was always very hecktik and difficult to get through the lines for food. We would have to say that El Torito did a very good job of keeping the various food stations filled and due to the limited capacity organized seatings lines were not long. Our server, Daisy, was great. She delievered our omlets quickly, brought coffee and kept our Champagne glasses full and used plates cleared.

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BethU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I ordered 2 shrimp tacos and 1 fish taco which should have been grilled. I ate the shrimp tacos snd it was okay but when I got to the fish tacos it was horrible. The fish looked like it over fried not grilled, really hard like it was a leftover fish and reheated. It was awful because I couldn’t even chew it, it’s like a piece of wood. Never coming back. ☹️

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server seemed a little overwhelmed with the 4 tables he had, apologizing for the service each time he went around. Not sure if it was the kitchen but no sense in getting all u can eat tacos when the second set comes almost 30 minutes later. Guess it's to be expected as we come back from all the closures.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

On time with the reservation. However it took forever for waiter to take our order and once it was taken it took an hour to get the food when we got the food it was cold and different from our original order called manager was very apologetic remade our food and didn’t charge us. The cook never informed the waiters or the manager that certain items were not available and was making up his own substitutes. Our waiter seem to be missing in action had to call over another waiter that were very helpful. Maybe just a bad day to go...

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Debster
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The easier was very attentive and the food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not great, been to other locations were food is better. Disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I made reservations for two for 6:30, waited for almost 30 min. more. No sense of direction between manager and employees. My food was something less desirable. The only enjoyable last of my dinner was the lady who was cleaning the table.

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MayraS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So far all of the food I've had at El Torito has been excellent. I had the sopes on the Happy Hour menu and they were soooo good. I actually had them as my meal. The coconut pineapple margarita is delicious too. Our waiter/server was very friendly and attentive.

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Bambi
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The lines at the buffet were a bit long and the food was okay. We received great service from our waiter though which made the experience better.

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GloriaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good food and service I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were seated and after 10 min I had to get up and find out why no one had approached our table. A manager said that another manager would be there due to a miscommunication. Manager finally came and took our order. 1 minute later a waiter comes and is completely wrong about the order. The manager didn’t even remember my daughters order! The food finally came like 15 min later and it was cold. My daughter couldn’t even eat her fries because they were cold. Her father ordered the all you can eat tacos with Mahi mahi and they brought him 3 shrimp! The waiter tried saying that it was mahi mahi but it clearly wasn’t. He just took the three tacos and the waiter said he would bring the mahi mahi tacos. My rice and his rice were cold. It was just a terrible experience! The waiter came with the tacos and we just asked for boxes because we just wanted to leave. He did give us 20% off the check but we were there to eat good food and didn’t care about the cost. It took almost 20 minutes just to get the check paid so we could leave. I wouldn’t recommend this place at all!!!

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ZachB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The BBQ burrito was cold and I tried my best to eat it with no success.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

They do not honor same day reservation through Open Table so we had to wait.

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vipJenniferG
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Arturo was our server and he was amazing. We always love his service . Thank you

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Mahlon
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The food was lukewarm when it finally arrived at the table. The noise level was to high due in a large part to loud music constantly playing. Conversation was impossible with anyone except the person sitting next to me.

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MelodyC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly customer service. Delicious food and variety of food choices.

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Mike
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had reservations for 1 o'clock Easter Sunday for 12 people but our requsted table had other guests at it who weren't quite ready to leave. But Caesar handled the situation quickly and seated all of us at a great table within minutes of us arriving. Everything was great staff and all 😉👍

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch

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LauraA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed the breakfast buffet on sundays and Easter was exceptional! Not only did we get sat right away with our reservation, each table was greeted with delicious stack of pancakes. The food was perfect and the staff was amazing! We walked out with a gift card for our next visit on top of the amazing hospitality! I can’t wait to go back for brunch

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vipKENL
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A regular spot last 20 yrs. This time not so good. Took a while to get order in. Then took 30 mins to get food. When food arrived it was cold. Server took too long to get food. Food sent back and partial food was still luke warm when returned.

Because it’s so close to home, we’ll go back. But hope they fix this medium problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Our waiter was very rude and not very accommodating.

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vipCrystalM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was not tasteful - my paloma tasted like cheap alcohol

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Nezzy
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

All service looked miserable. And the only time we saw good service was when one of the staff family was there and was treated like VIPs and like they were the one people in the building.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gloria was great. We like coming to this location. Also the Mexican Ceasar salad is really good.

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Nena
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The waitress didn't remove our plates once we were done, despite the restaurant was not busy. We didn't have space for dessert plates on the table. The experience was okay.

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PeggyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I got an e mail inviting me for a free entree for my birthday. Made a reservation and arrived. Was seated at table and told I could go to buffet. I stated I wanted to order off the menu. Ordered a marg for me a beer for hubby. Needed food. Was told I would have to wait an hour and they were not sure if I could have chips and salsa and changed our bill taking off buffet for 2.. Finally got some chips and salsa and ordered another drink each and table side guacamole. Coulnt wait any longer to eat so I asked for 1 buffet I got a spoon of cold beans a spoon of cold rice and two halves of a cold cheese Enchalada. Was not impressed at all so I did not go for more. Showed my email for an entree and was still charged $55. .. totally NOT worth it

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LisaG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very busy! Good for them.
Seating in parking lot not too bad.
Server Eduardo was excellent!

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NoemiV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Took an hour after our reservation to get seated and the service was lacking somewhat

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12345
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

We waited 45-50 past our reservation time. Our waiter was great but there wasn’t enough staff. Clearly do to the capacity restrictions 15 min reservation time slots are not reasonable. Kitchen is competing to serve DoorDash vs. the patrons at the restaurant. Be prepared to wait even if you have a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great Gloria was our servers and she was so busy and still took great care of us.

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TriciaD
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started out with pancakes with a few pieces of fruit on them and of course butter and syrup. The pancakes were delicious and are brought automatically to your table. You fill out a slip of paper for your omelet or egg dish. We had omelets and they were exceptionally good. The rest is very similar to El Torito before COVID. They were very busy for Sunday Brunch so I recommend Reservations. We had GREAT service. We felt very safe in a booth with plexiglass on all three sides. It was so nice to enjoy a meal inside again! Plenty of food and Bubbly for $29.00 each. I would definitely return!

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MimieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was awesome that is why we go back as often as we can.the staff is always friendly and attentive

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StephB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were sat at a dirty table, sticky, trash and chips smashed all over the floor. We asked to move, which the manager accommodated right away. But the cleanliness was not much better. We waited 10 minutes but we were never approached by a server so we took that as a sign to leave. Customers want to dine at a clean establishment, especially during these times. Super disappointed.

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jenniferw
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite the circumstances due to Covid, the staff did their best to make people feel comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Server was overwhelmed took a lifetime to get drinks

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AngelaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast and great! Food and drinks were tasty!

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DaynaMack
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a good variety at the buffet. Each station was manned by 1-2 people. Once we were seated we put in our made to order omelets which arrived in 5 minutes. Our server Griselda was very attentive and made sure our champagne was full!

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 4.2 stars by 194 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.