El Torito - La Mesa
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.
Chicken | Steak
House-Made Tortilla Soup
Our original recipe made fresh throughout the day! Chicken broth, tender chicken, garden-fresh vegetables, jack cheese and fresh avocado
Chips & Salsa
Had 30 mins wait with reservation. Went for Father’s Day and had a overall good experience. Staff was attentive.
Always like to eat here when in Southern California
Great place!!!! Been coming here for a while and never disappoints me!! Saturday and Sunday's are buffet lunch... thank you!!
Great food and very quick service!
Had a wonderful experience from beginning to end.
The menudo is outstanding as all of the other food. Fajitas are freshly cooked right in front of you.
Usually Carlos takes care of me but this time a female (I didn't catch her name behind the bar) took care of me and did a flawless job of making sure I had everything I needed. Great as always.
Very good food and drinks. Prices were great also.
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the drinks! – Xperience Restaurant Group
Had a wonderful brunch with family. Great service and food. They did follow all Covid guidelines. Can’t wait to go back!
It was nice to get out Abby is a great addition to the staff
Thank you El Torito
The options and quality of food was great. Our waitress was amazing. The atmosphere and energy within the restaurant was perfect. The line for the buffet was expected but worth it.
We were seated next to 2 big groups in the very back...they were celebrating a bdays so it was way to LOUD...we didnt enjoy our food cause we ate and rushed out of there and for $65 for two buffets we couldn't enjoy it..we asked to be moved and was told there was too much of a wait...just Irritated
I usually come here at least once a month, yesterday was a horrible experience I had family come in to town for my birthday for brunch a total of 7 of us. We were told 3 times by a lady by the name “Maggie” that we had to leave because our two hr time limit was up?!!! We were not told that there was a time limit in the first place mind you there’s 7 of us and my family came all the way from LA to celebrate my birthday just too be rushed from our table, and lady was not nice about it either very rude! I asked for manger Maggie told me she was to busy. The waiter also was not friendly. Our normal waiter was on vacation. Horrible customer service there is a way to talk to people Maggie doesn’t have good customer services skills! Should be trained properly!
Great menu choices for food & beverages, waitstaff, Adrian, very cordial & helpful. Manageable prices, good service and good free parking warrant return to La Mesa
A very nice afternoon, our food was terrific and server very accommodating. The only thing would be the music was so loud my friend and o had to raise our voices to hear each other.
Food was excellent we had a great time!!! Service was great
We cannot thank you enough for the kind words about our restaurant. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we are on the right track! – Xperience Restaurant Group
The restaurant cancelled my reservation I waited over 30 minutes after I thought I had a reservation waited for the food just horrible
We were seated right away even though it was Mother’s Day. It was very noisy, as expected due to the holiday. Had to ask a couple times for ample salsa. Food was just OK.
Extremely crowded for Sunday brunch with COVID modifications. People couldn’t serve themselves. I think this slowed things down a bit. I would have had a more pleasant experience if they limited the number of patrons in the restaurant. Each food station had a line to wait to get food. Food tasted good and our waiter was very friendly and attentive. Just the lines and noise level was not to my liking.
Brought my family here for Mother’s Day and she loved it! The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly! This place made us feel very welcomed, even with how packed it was. I would just suggest to make a reservation when the holidays come around because it can get full very quick.
Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you and family loved our services. Our staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. They work very diligently, and it will provide them with great encouragement to keep doing what they are doing. – Xperience Restaurant Group
Smelled like old oil used to make tortilla chips as soon as you walked in the door. Very noisy. Service/Waiter great. Probably won't go back.
The service was really bad. They took forever to even take our drink order which they messed up twice. Then they also messed up my food order.
Cinco de Mayo tacos, tortillas kept breaking apart. My reservation was @ 0700pm and had to wait 30mins for a table. Other than those two things everything else was fine.
Although I did enjoy the food and felt the prices were fair, the service was lacking IMO. The server seemed rushed and was not very personable. It also seemed like he was spending more time and was friendlier at other tables. We did have our two young children with us that night, so maybe we were pre-judged based on that.
I might give them another chance but I would prob go on a different night (this was a Sat)
I use to go to the bonita location for many years, a few weeks after they close bonita location, we tryout this one La Mesa location. But the food services it wasn't the same, so we stop going there for about 3 years plus, then this Sunday may 01 /21 we decided to go and give an other tryout. But And again Food wise just not the same. Service was okay. And the question that I ask myself. I would tryout again I don't know. If the Quality of Chenge maybe I give an other try... thank you. .!!!!
Our waiter was EVERYTHING and ok the food was bomb! It’s so fresh and when you reserve a table there’s no wait!
Very good food, but the waiting line for access to food was a little long
Our server, Alajandro, was outstanding. He is a very hard worker.
The food was great, our waiter was excellent, the only problem was the host. When i arrived i gave him my name and reservation time and told him that the two people i was meeting should already be there. He said “no” without really looking and seated me. I sat there for about 5-10 while they brought me water and chips and i finally asked a server if my dining partners were anywhere else in the restaurant and i described them to her. Yes, she said, they are here and i will take you to them. Really annoying of the guy at the entrance to not even care to look. I would recommend this place with the caveat to be careful if you are meeting someone there.
Let's hope when Covid-19 is over El Torito can gain back it's previous standing.
As it stands now....it should've stayed closed. Service, I felt like the server was doing me a favor and didn't want to me to order out of sequence. The food was alright but not particularly memorable. We were going to order more Tequila but again I felt like I was putting the server out. They may have been short handed and it was later in the afternoon on a slow day.
El Torito's has excellent food but no atmosphere to accompany the delicious food or the hefty price you pay for that food. A little investment in updating the tables, decorations, and especially the carpet would make El Torito's a fine dining experience.
the food was delicious, the service was outstanding
We did not think the food was worth the money, presentation was not so good, omelette was small. Waiter did not bring condiments, pepper, ketchup, hot sauce.
When we tried to use our coupon he said it was not pertaining to our meal.
We presented a different one but realized our first one was the correct one, but he did not apologize for his error.
Just disorganized at check in ,too long of waits to get food from the buffet.
I enjoyed how easy it was to make my reservation through the app and loved the food and service!
Nice, casual, friendly, and the food is always good.
Waiters are the BEST!!!
Food is great.
I love this place 💕
Love El Torito, it has been a Family favorite for many years when we would visit in Arizona. Now it is a must every time we visit California.
We dined indoors and were seated in a booth too close to the open front door, so it was cold. The restaurant realized this and had a heater, but it wasn't helping, so the waiter moved it in front of us. He also gave us excellent service. The ladies in the next booth, especially one lady, talked so loudly that it was hard for us to communicate. Perhaps a different seating location would have made the experience better. The flaming fajitas platter was very good! More beans needed, though. Good margaritas.
Food came quickly. Service was great. The food was a little on the clicker side but was still delicious.
El Torito - La Mesa does offer 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 4.3 stars by 110 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.