El Torito - Lakewood

4.4
27 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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Allen
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need more outdoor heaters and tent for winter. It was cold but many of us brought blankets.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner experience, the service there was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service and food

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AutumnG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They placed us at a table on the rocks in front of the building. The rocks made the chairs and table wobble back and forth. They used Home Depot buckets with bags of sand to hold down the umbrellas which looked tacky. The server was very nice. The women behind the food stations only spoke Spanish and I had to use my broken Spanish to communicate what I would like.

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CynthiaL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was attentive and offered great recommendations. Manager of the night was visible on the floor all night and even served us drinks!

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SherylT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I will come back when covid is over...buffet wasn't the same..just ok.being outside was good..not to hot..never order drinks here...service was good...

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cassandrak
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our waitress was wonderful and great customer service... The hostess was horrible really bad attitude and ignoring me talking to her. This woman needs customer service classes please.. the food was good just pricey

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AngM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had a reservation at 5pm and they still made me wait. They was all over the place didn’t have anything Under control . They took forever to bring the food out, and when we got the food it was cold . It was a terrible service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Covid friendly and excellent service all across the board

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Lacie1b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the most pleasant outdoor dining experiences I have had since they’ve been offering outdoor dining. The waits staff was attentive and accommodating, and the food and drinks were on point!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like the great customer service I had received, my waiter was very great and made sure we had a great time . I would definitely recommend this place to my family and friends and I would come back again . Thank you for everything .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Positive experience my way to was awesome I gave him 100% we didn’t work for anything very attentive service is great everything will start the food was fresh and even though we were 15 minutes late they still accommodated my large party of nine

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FrenchellR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Management and our Waiter was very accommodating, friendly and attentive to our Party of 9. Provided amazing service the whole time. We will definitely be back soon after I deliver this Baby!! Thanx again Guys!!!👌

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Alex
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice quick date spot. Really nice staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spacing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Felt safe and enjoyed my food

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MaxM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The restaurant did not have a variety of food options available for their buffet. Limited options for a high price.

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Steph
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my birthday, and for the most part it was good. However, the entertainment (Mariachi Band) was a little overwhelming. I don't mind a song or 2, but when you sing 3 to 4 songs in a row, it can be annoying. Only because you can't talk to your party because it is so loud, and they're playing right in your ear at the next table. Being in a small, confined space amplifies the volume making it uncomfortable. Other than that, all was well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Bad food experience. The Chips were stale and the carne asada was undercooked and very bloody. I was looking forward to dinner. Overall bad food experience.

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EvelynM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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SCOTTJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noisy but good. The service is slow when they are this crowded. Understandable.

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LAURAP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I come here all the time, but I was not impressed with the holiday buffet. It was not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good overall. Will definitely be back.

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AudrielS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Manager was rude, the Check in girl was snappy , made me feel real uncomfortable,made reservations online the reservations said between 6-30 and 8-30 so I got there at 720 but was told it was actually a reservation for 630 and was seated for the normal 20 min wait a hour goes by no seat yet so I reserved again online to book a spot the reservation came up at 815 to seat us when the time came the manager was reluctant to seat me and my partner due to saying he wasn’t going to honor the reservation,15 more minutes and we’re finally seated in afterwards it was just awkward until we left

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and service was fantastic, will definitely be returning.

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daves
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

ive been taking my family there for Thanksgiving for a few years now and its always really nice. Not too crowded and the food is great, service is fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the service excellent. Not noisy at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Celebrating a promotion

FAQs

El Torito - Lakewood does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Lakewood also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (562) 531-7460.

El Torito - Lakewood is rated 4.4 stars by 27 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.