El Torito - Lakewood

4.5
75 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.
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vipVictoriaD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This review doesn't even warrant a one star for this visit. Totally unacceptable actions on the restaurant tonight. We are regulars at this location and due to plans changing decided to make reservations for Thanksgiving this year. My mom has not felt good all day but went anyway. She went to the buffet ONE time and could not eat her FULL plate of meal. We kindly asked (even though we knew it was a buffet but under the circumstances) could we have a take out container. The server went to info the manager which came brisk fully to our table and very RUDELY stated NO I can't do anymore take outs that she had gotten in trouble for doing the one for the table across from us. Oh really, I guess that if we had of been Hispanic, spoke Spanish and ordered alcoholic drinks then the answer would have been a yes. The food was bland like hospital food, no seasoning at all. The food was cold or luke-warm and not enjoyable and of course we had to pay anyway. Manager needs to have hospitality training to hear what and why her customers were asking for the container instead of being RUDE and inconsiderate to their needs. Oh and by the way dress like what a manager should look like and she definitely was not professional nor did she look professional.

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Mary
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was not really good. The servers seemed like they didn’t know what they were doing and they would give you a very small amount. When asking for more they didn’t even want to serve more. The price was pricey for the kind of food served.

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PattyP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food always great and tasty... loved we were seated right away.. mauricio and staff were awesome.. we will do this again next year if available.. loved the FOOD and DRINKS

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ShalondaR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Food was not very good. Yams were not good, green beans were under cooked.

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dorothy
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my favorite Mexican Restaurant so I wasn't surprised at the good food and service.

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Fernando
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food! Good happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers

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MnM8818
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito in Lakewood was celebrating the 67th anniversary with a huge fiesta! They taco bar, happy hour food and drink specials and a Mariachi Band. The food was hot and delicious! The drinks were very tasty. The Mariachi Band was fantastic and the level of service from the servers and management was impeccable! We had a terrific time and would very much recommend any and all people to experience the vibe!

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JasmineT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Pretty nice brunch, our server wasn’t really attentive because we kept having to flag someone down for refills.

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Lizzzzzk
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever which we didn’t get his name but he was an older gentleman, was awesome! Very energetic!

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tracio
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was so great, there was a big party behind us that was very loud, but that’s fine they were having fun. Our waiter was amazing though!

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lifeskills
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 3 trio platter was too much food for me to eat. The quality was good and price was appropriate for the portion. I would recommend the restaurant.

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sandyfromLakewood
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was overpriced for me, Because I do not drink and the menu was minimal, if I indulged in the mimosas or even the champagne then maybe it would have been worth it, my granddaughter had 3 mini waffles and over juice for 29.00 and I had a salad, beans, rice some meat that they called birria, that was not birria. All total 75.00 for that. Do not think i will have Brunch or anything there again.

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BruceB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy the restaurant and the food. Seriveis great. We'll be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun & friendly atmosphere

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VickyeG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jivoni was excellent. He was professional, attentive and nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waited just a tad bit but everything else was pleasant and delicious

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PVB67
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Great food, excellent service. But the music was much too loud; Could barely have a conversation.

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kimp
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time, the Hollywood theme was awesome and the workers provided outstanding services with a friendly smile.
Kudos, El Torita, yall rock it

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Chanel
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! It's so hard to find a brunch that is all-you-can-eat and unlimited mimosas. Our server was amazing!

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3GrammieGram
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My granddaughter and I had a lovely lunch date there the other day! Excellent service, food was delish!

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PEDROn
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was good food an the service excellent thanks for your service

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FE88
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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Phoenix16
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing! The staff was very friendly and were very welcoming.

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Birthdayspoil
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

FAJITAS WITH POTATTOES, LOTS OF ONION, AND LITTLE GREEN PEPPER.
TACOS HAD NO MEAT, COULD NOT TELL CHICKEN FROM BEEF.
OFF OUR LIST.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMandaK
Los Angeles
15 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.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

FAQs

El Torito - Lakewood does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.5 stars by 75 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.