El Torito - Lakewood

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49 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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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience1

The occasion was a friends birthday dinner. We were seated on the patio/ overflow area which was so loud that we could not hear each other speak. Our waitress was not very attentive. The birthday girl asked for no onion on her enchiladas but got so many that it was impossible to pick them out. So many other things were wrong as well. A disappointing evening to say the least.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

Won’t be going back! El Torito adds surcharge to checks they expect their guest to pay for things that is their responsibility!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service! Awesome food! Will come back in the near future.

MK
vipMandaK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Won’t be going back. Our waitress was new. Bless her heart. She was trying. Drinks from the bar were incorrect. Food was wrong. Her manager comped us a round to apologize for all the screwups but I won’t be going back anytime soon. Maybe if the food was excellent then I could have gotten past the other mistakes but all around a poor experience.

JD
JohnD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, friendly and attentive service, easy to reserve a table.

LA
vipLALyndaD81
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waiter was really nice but our appetizers came out with our meals then my soup was forgotten. We told him about it and that we no longer wanted it, it was still on our bill.

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ErnestB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was our server and was very attentive and even remembered us from a previous visit! Including our beverage preference. We had a great time enjoying a meal with friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and the food is really really good.

AD
AudreyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Love this place. We always come here for happy hour

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Froggie65
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We had an 11 o’clock reservation and after checking in we were told to wait a few mins and watched others get seated before us and after 20 mins of waiting I asked again and I knew she had totally forgotten about us because she asked for the number of people and my name again and she told another host to seat us next who asked me the same questions and we waited another 5 mins and the host took us outside and I advised her we requested indoor seating and had to wait again even though I saw two empty tables that were part of the 25 percent dine in available tables and waited again before being seated. It was frustrating because we were standing 6 feet to her left the whole time to ensure we would not be overlooked and yet we were. I understand they just opened for dine in but they need to be more organized and it was busy but not to the point of a long line forming outside that she could not handle. The food didn’t seem as plentiful and tasted as good before covid. For the price of $25 I would rather eat higher quality food at a Korean bbq or Golden Corral so I probably won’t be going back anytime soon. Our waiter was very nice and friendly so at least that was the good part

JA
JoeAmerican
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I realize we’re all coming out of the pandemic and that it may take time to get back to normal. That said it took a 1/2 hour to get a table WITH a reservation. The service was below par and the food was not up to their usual standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation which wasn’t honored . Got there before our time . Hostess rudely stated they didn’t have any tables . After 29 min of waiting and noticing available tables approached a Male who I’m guessing it was a manager . He said to wait another 5 min. Poorly managed establishment. Wont be visiting that specify location ever again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and the staff was pleasant and very attentive

CC
CherylC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly servers. Great brunch and drinks - I UBERd to and from - well worth it!

NJ
NormaJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I found the food to be cold or luke warm, not hot as I would prefer.

EA
vipEvelynA
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was okay for a chain restaurant but too Americanized as opposed to Mexican. Outdoor seating due to Covid had the wait staff running all around and resulted in a bit of slow service although our waiter was attentive as possible.

CB
CammieB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had a great time!!
Cadillac Margaritas, bacon wrapped shrimp, Mexican caesar salad !!
Need i say more?
Glad they are open for outside dining :-)

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Our Waitress Very Friendly And Amazing.Food Was Outstanding.Only One Problem Was The Jamaica Was Watered Down.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service

AB
AndreaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think there should be another place for waiting customers . During brunch . We have to walk through a waiting crowd with out plates in our hands

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was great. Food was amazing and I love the music they had outside. Very outgoing environment.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly and helpful staff.

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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.

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

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

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

Great service and food

AG
vipAutumnG
New Orleans
4 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

AM
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

OT
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!

OT
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 .

OT
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!

OT
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

MM
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.

OT
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.

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 stars by 49 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.