El Torito - Lakewood
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.
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.
Won’t be going back! El Torito adds surcharge to checks they expect their guest to pay for things that is their responsibility!
Good service! Awesome food! Will come back in the near future.
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.
Good food, friendly and attentive service, easy to reserve a table.
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.
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.
Had a great time and the food is really really good.
Service was amazing. Love this place. We always come here for happy hour
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
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.
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
The food was really good and the staff was pleasant and very attentive
Friendly servers. Great brunch and drinks - I UBERd to and from - well worth it!
I found the food to be cold or luke warm, not hot as I would prefer.
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.
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 :-)
Love Our Waitress Very Friendly And Amazing.Food Was Outstanding.Only One Problem Was The Jamaica Was Watered Down.
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
Customer service was great. Food was amazing and I love the music they had outside. Very outgoing environment.
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Need more outdoor heaters and tent for winter. It was cold but many of us brought blankets.
We really enjoyed our dinner experience, the service there was great.
Great service and food
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.
Our server was attentive and offered great recommendations. Manager of the night was visible on the floor all night and even served us drinks!
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...
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
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
Very Covid friendly and excellent service all across the board
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!
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 .
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
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!!!👌
Nice quick date spot. Really nice staff!
Great spacing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Felt safe and enjoyed my food
The restaurant did not have a variety of food options available for their buffet. Limited options for a high price.
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.
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.
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.