El Torito - Marina Del Rey

4.3
19 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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MM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasant dinner when you're craving Mexican food and a beautiful sunset across the water at the Marina watching all the boats go by. It's really a stress relaxer. Much better than taking medication for it.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We arrived on time for our reservation and waited 30 mins to be seated. To our surprise, the dining area was about 50% full. I mentioned that we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday. All around us we could hear the servers singing to other guests, but no one ever approached our table. It was disappointing.

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s
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptionally good food, their special extra hot salsa is great

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Made reservation; still had to wait on a waitlist to be seated.

Appetizer came after dinner. It was cold and unappealing. Waitress was not attentive. Wanted second round of drinks, but service was so slow that we finished dinner before we could order them. Waitress also did not honor coupon that we presented her with when we ordered. She had to redo the check.

Really poor experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

The Sizzling steak enchilada is delicious.

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LA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No waiting. Excellent food. Good service. Nice environment.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I would have given 5 stars however the waiter for the evening never came to check on my party of 15. We waited for over 20 to 30 minutes for him to bring the check to the table he never showed up. We had to walk to the front and try to gain assistance in paying for our meal. My table still decided to leave a generous tip however was not pleased with the service from the waiter

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R
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Yes I would. But our experience on this night was crowded too crowded.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for 830p. Arrived early. Seated immediately. Short wait. Good food and drink. Great staff. Great experience.

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JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and a great view! Their food is not anything to write home about but it's made up by the hospitable staff and excellent service.

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Friendly, casual place. Good for the kids. Service was a little scattered and slow, but the food was very good. Nice place to sit and look at the water, but perhaps not if you are in a hurry. We will go back.

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was raining badly when we went. Restaurant was not crowded.
Food was ok.

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LA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good reasonably priced food. Comfortable setting. Good service. Convenient validated parking.

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E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The only saving grace for this restaurant is the location and it’s on the water in marina del rey- it’s a nice view of the boats if you get a table with a view. The service was slow and the waitress had nobody helping her on New Year Eve! Very hard to get her attention for more salsa and a fork. :( Validated parking for 2 hours was helpful but way too long of a wait for only a salad and fajitas!

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s
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We were on our way to a movie so appreciated the efficiency of the staff. Their secret extra hot salsa rocks.

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L
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated by a window with a great view of the water. Our server was super efficient and helpful. The food is very tasty and quite inexpensive. It is not that authentic but it is quite enjoyable nonetheless. 2 hours of parking is free with validation. It was fun after lunch to walk down the walkway along the water.

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DB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I've been going to this El Torito for years. On my last two visits, the restaurant was not packed as it has been in the past, yet the food was very slow to arrive. The servers continue to be gracious, but waiting for 40 minutes or more for food isn't great, particularly when there are empty tables. Not sure what's going on, but it makes me think twice about making this El Torito my choice for dinner. Once is a fluke, but twice is a pattern.

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k
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun and great food. My wife's birthday, and she was given complimentary desert.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great never disappoints in that area it's always a must stop whenever I'm on the west coast. However their drinks could be a lot better.

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