El Torito - Cypress

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$30 and under
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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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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The server was overwhelmed, seemed to have the whole restaurant to herself. My brother is very allergic to tomatoes and the dish he ordered didn’t say anything about tomatoes. To top it off the hostess complained to me in the bathroom about how she just hates working and she’s “so over it”.

LC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Even though we had a reservation we found ourselves waiting 45 minutes to be seated because they did not have the reservation although I took a screenshot of the reservation we made on OpenTable. They kept telling us they were setting up the table and I finally the sat us in a random location where the server took a long time to get us our drinks.

LH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and service. Whenever we want Mexican food that’s where we go. It’s our favorite restaurant

l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this location. It is much more open. That being said, it is loud in there. It's a fun and festive loud. Mariachis and Mexican music adds to the fun atmosphere. They are very organized and prepare well for a popular Sunday brunch. Every employee I interacted with was very pleasant.Unlimited mimosas.....hello!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My Mother’s Birthday

T
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Extremely poor service. Half of our guests received their dinner 15 minutes after everyone else. Took forever to receive our drinks and our check at the end. It was a special occasion and it was a terrible experience. We will not go back again!

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great!!! Food was great and quick!! The only reason I gave only four stars for overall experience ,due to the fact that I thought when you reserve a table, that means you skip the wait time.But wait time was only ten minutes to be seated at our table so the wait wasn’t long 😊

CP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately the only time I could reserve for our party of 8 was 2:15. We were seated at a temporary table they set up and was uncomfortable and tight for all of us. The music speakers were right on top of us and was blasting loud which made it difficult for us to talk without yelling. Being we came almost at the end of the brunch, the food was not hot and out of several items, which eventually were replenished, but not when we first went to get our meal. Our server tried, but being so busy, we had to bus our own dirty dishes to an empty table next to ours. We usually go to the Huntington Beach El Torito and had a better experience than we had this time.

ML
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was excellent, but there was a major problem getting the food out. The manager apologized and said there was an issue in the kitchen. She made it up to us

j
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Brunch, it was so delicious. I especially liked the huevos rancheros.

CD
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Took 45 minutes before we saw anybody. Not even water for that long.

TQ
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the buffet! Our server was attentive. She consistently came to pick up used plates and would ask us if we needed anything else. The food was fresh. So much variety! I have been to El Torrito Buena Park in the past years. But Cypress has a better layout. If I could suggest anything it would be the waffle bar. It was extremely hard to spoon out the whip cream. Perhaps to place like an ice cream scooper or have a large spoon and another utensil to push the cream onto the plate. I am returning on Easter and taking my extended family of 10 to eat there. This will be their first time at the Cypress location. Thanks to all your staff for such excellent service!

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've loved El Torito for a long time, they never disappoint. Food is always very good.

ML
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent! Very friendly and attentive! When we went they had an enchilada special which was awesome!

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Service by Gloria was even better!

MB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only did we have exceptional service but my father accidentally dropped his bottle of nitro glycerin and they found it and returned it to us! Thank you for giving my sister a birthday to remember!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The hand made tacos were so good, limited selection but over all pretty good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my cousin to brunch to celebrate 2019! We enjoyed El Torito‘s brunch because we haven’t been there in 10 years and the food is amazing and the service was great!! We can’t wait to go back.

M
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except the seating. I had reservation for a party of 14 and 6 kids and had to split them into three different tables because they couldn’t accommodate everyone in one table. Would’ve been nice to have kept the whole family together as it was our annual end of year brunch together.

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gloria was great! Steak sizzling enchiladas were delicious!

F
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place different variety of food when you go for the Sunday brunch . We had an excellent server

O
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty good but the service took forever...it was a busy night but sat with no water/chips for over 20 minutes. There should have been more servers since it's the Holiday Season. The servers were friendly but just super busy.

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our meal was fine. Food isn't quite as good as I remember it being, but was fine. Our group enjoyed it. Place was very crowded. Tables close to the buffet had chairs and bags sticking out so getting around them was difficult. Overall the lines at the buffet were packed. People were pushing and shoving to get through. One guy knocked into a woman and spilled her entire soup, looked back and kept on walking. Food trays were empty and took time to replenish. Also, the taco line was all over the place and people would cut in front of others, and since the line direction was sort of backwards, after getting your tacos you needed to cut back through to get your toppings. And when the staff was asked if that was how is was supposed to be, they said yes and didn't want to make the line in the other direction. Service was just meh. Plates were not picked up and left sitting till the end of our meal. Our drinks were not refilled, except for those who had mimosas. Also, we were charged for 8 persons, when we only had seven. Server was irritated at having to redo the bill and almost insisted that we had 8. The charge for music was also high I thought. And it wasn't considered a donation. They demanded money and were very forceful in getting you to pay for two songs. Uncomfortable situation. Overall the meal was fine. No hurry to go back though.

BT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was awesome! So many choices. Everything was good. Can’t wait to go again.

T
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited over 1 hour for table with reservations. Would not recommended