Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. San Diego
  4. East County
  5. La Mesa
El Torito - El Torito - La Mesa, La Mesa, CA

El Torito - La Mesa

4.5
4.5
204 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 698-7404

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!

  • Private party facilities

    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.

  • Neighborhood

    La Mesa

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Good for Groups

  • East County

    Great for Lunch

  • East County

    Special Occasion

  • East County

    Most Booked

Sort by

Filters

  1. RA

    RobertA

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. Great service. Great food. Everything tasted amazing. Servers on buffet are friendly favorite is the Chile verde I can’t get enough but everything else was so good as well.
  2. SS

    SylviaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, food was delicious! The restaurant itself was nice very ethnic
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food, and the services, most of the people from there, already know my husband and myself. Very happy and satisfied. A restaurant with an A+. I really recommend you will be 100 % Satisfied.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Busy Father’s Day night. The staff handled it well.
  5. L

    Leonard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kudos to our waiter. Inspite of it being super busy, he did an outstanding job in servicing us.
  6. M

    thomasM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    They had their all you can eat costing more than the advertised price.
  7. VG

    VictoriaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really recommend the weekend brunch. Good variety of breakfast favorites.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food did not disappoint. I got the shrimp enchiladas. Everyone else in our party was also satisfied with their food. We went to El Torito for their Happy Hour and they had a good variety of items. The service was great, and all of the staff that we came in contact with were very welcoming.
  9. T

    Toliv75

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Sunday brunch was excellent
  10. NS

    NicoleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gilberto was our FANTASTIC server; we could not have asked for better service. The food was to die for, and the drinks were absolutely phenomenal. We'll absolutely return asap!
  11. LI

    LISAF

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and my party really enjoyed themselves.
  12. LD

    LanceD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good, service was fast, noise level was good compared to last time.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Estuvo bien solo que dedique tiempo al hacer reservación y aún así espere un rato cual es el caso de reservar sino tienen mi mesa lista se supone que por eso reservé con tiempo eso es lo único malo de esta velada
  14. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was good and friendly. We enjoyed ourselves.
  15. M

    Mikki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation with the intent of being seated immediately. But, that didn’t happen. We were seated approx 35 minutes later.
  16. NC

    NiaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The El Torito in La Mesa, California was jam-packed on Mother's Day 2022. Thank goodness for this platform, OpenTable, which helped us with reservations. My Mom & I arrived 2 mins late and were seated at a cozy booth within 20 mins. The ambience & service was great! Not to mention, the food is so tasty & as authentic one can get...north of the border : D
  17. B

    Bleh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We ordered omelets that never came. The food was cold and some were soggy. Our waiter waited on everyone but us.
  18. m

    markg

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went on Mother's day. Buffet was fine, just very busy as you would expect. Waiter was great, but bombed with tables.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We went for an Early Mothers Day brunch. The server was nice, just slow. The food was decent but took a long time to get to our table. There weren’t many people in the restaurant so I didn’t understand why. I didn’t complain and just waited like everyone else. We got bottomless mimosas which were served in really small flutes (smaller than normal sized flutes) but the server only served us 3 mimosas the entire time we were there which was about 2 hours altogether. Our glasses would be empty and we would look around for our server but she would just come when she was bringing food to our table or condiments. I probably wouldn’t go back as the bottomless mimosas is what got me in the door but not having much control of how many you actually get, defeats he purpose.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my family and my daughter's family here to celebrate her birthday. She had not been here and didn't know what to expect. She was so happy. That makes me happy. Jose, our server was everything we could hope for. He's amazing!
  21. D

    Dana

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We love it here! This time we were a big party of 12 and the service was still friendly and excellent. Everyone loved their food and the drinks were great too. I believe our server with Mike or Michael and he was awesome. He hustled and did a great job taking care of us. We’ll be back!
  22. JK

    JeffK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time I've been backed El torito's in the last 20 years food was fantastic had a great time with my family
  23. JV

    JenniferV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most of the food was vert good. The made to order omelets looked a little odd.
  24. RA

    RobertA

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was fabulous. Our waiter was super attentive our champagne glass never got to half. Food was top notch. Best I’ve had in a long time lots of options. Pancakes and eggs/omelettes brought to your table. Chicken verde was the best I have ever had loved it.
  25. CC

    ChristineC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Was way too loud to even talk to table mates. I meet some friends here about every 6 weeks and it was really hard to visit it was so loud. The music could be turned down a little bit.
  26. RR

    RoxyR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Brunch/ bottomless mimosas
  27. DH

    DeniseH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Alejandro was an awesome server. The food was very good. We were seated next to a huge party of about 15 people and it was loud. I'd never had the Sunday brunch buffet and was delighted! Overall, wonderful experience!!!
  28. JF

    JackieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We weren't sure if they're just reusing oil to make their chips, but it was the first time EVER that we didn't like them. The meals were delicious as always. Just might want to clean out the deep fryers and put fresh oil in.
  29. F

    sarahF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Went for Saturday brunch and there was barely anyone in the restaurant and the service was extremely slow. Food and drinks were ok.
  30. LR

    LoreleiR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience3
    I go to E Torito often. The food is always delicious. Last night's service was extremely poor. The waiter was so slow in everything that we had to ask him twice to bring everything. It's the first time so a server having a bd night will not keep us away.
  31. LO

    LOCA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lalalaslla
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I’m usually not one for bad reviews but we were very disappointed today. I made these reservations for my moms birthday and they would not seat us until the entire party was there. I know things have changed since the pandemic but now you have to ask your waiter for so much more and they are busy waiting on other tables that it took a while get what we needed. The food was very salty and/or flavorless. We have been going here for YEARS it’s always our celebration spot but today we were very dissatisfied.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my aunts 50th birthday. Have the best experience and the best service an awesome food
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Urge que tengan personal suficiente y atento
  35. LR

    LoreleiR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, service, and moderately priced. I'd definitely recommend eating here
  36. CE

    CynthiaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delight to have a mexican breakfast and was quiet morning and was seated right away. El Torito's is pleasant place to have a meal and like their menu
  37. E

    Emel

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Torito’s menu selection has definitely upgraded. This is the second visit in less than a month and we were not disappointed. Dishes were plated well and generous portions. 😊 We were taken care of well by our server who checked on us from time to time, and even through the mask, could tell she had a smile on her face. Will return, no doubt. 👍🏽
  38. LO

    LOCA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Great time, food, & ambiance!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff were wonderful! Had an awesome Valentines dinner!
  40. j

    jaimef

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    it was much better before, the food, the service, the price for what we get i would say its not worth it

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Torito - La Mesa using the Order Online button. El Torito - La Mesa also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - La Mesa also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 698-7404.

El Torito - La Mesa is rated 4.5 stars by 204 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for El Torito - La Mesa

5024 Baltimore Drive La Mesa, CA 92041

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    La Mesa

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 698-7404

  • Catering

    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!

  • Private party facilities

    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo