El Torito - Marina Del Rey

4.3
75 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.
What 75 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
TP
TimP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus, our server was friendly, kind and attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The host was extremely rude decided not to even dine at the restaurant

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job with seating. Tables were spaced far apart and felt very safe. Waiter was great.

PM
PaulM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal - Great view of the Marina - very Covid "safe"...

SM
SherriM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s always nice to eat at El Torito’s in Marina Del Rey the view is amazing. Our server Mirabel did an outstanding job she tried to anticipate our needs and did a great job. The food was served sizzling hot and it was delicious

E
vipEric
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good fun visit on the water! Good food and service!

SM
SherriM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great dinner in the outdoor dining area. It was a beautiful sunset and the food was delicious. I’m so glad they have honest employees here at El Torito’s in the marina forgot my purse and when I came back everything was in it and there I really appreciate all the stuff and I’ll be back

C
Curt
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Showed up for a 6:30 reservation. After 20 minutes I checked with the host and was advised that “having a reservation doesn’t guarantee you a table at that time” and waited 30 minutes to be seated. Server had too many tables to tend to.

RM
RhondaM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding. The food, the ocean, the outside heaters just in the right places. Just watch your step if you are wearing heels.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service! Beautiful views and the food and drinks were great! Will be back for their Happy Hour :-)

LG
LaurenG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such an amazing experience. So much space, and they transformed the outside very well. Quick service, great music, and fun ambiance.

s
vipstgactor
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

33 minutes after ordering our dinners with no food on the table we started to walk out of a half empty restaurant, the manager found our dinners and comped our meals. However, it was unacceptable. The waiter never checked on our orders until we flagged him. I have eaten at El Torito before with good results. My experience this time was horrible.

TU
TaniekaU
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Nicolas was our waiter and he was simply fabulous. He checked on us a few times and when he did it ..he had a welcoming disposition. Our glasses stayed full. The food was great and the ocean view seating was simply stunning.

LA
LynnA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Appeared to be short handed. Took 10 minutes to be able to tell someone we had reservations. Everything was fine afterwards.

ED
EliasD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view food was delicious and the service was ok

M
Miss
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I ordered the shrimp enchiladas and I was still hungry. When we arrived there was no host to greet us or to get our table, I asked 2 people for help and we were just left standing there. Finally someone came and the fact that we had a reservation did not matter as they were attending to another group without a reservation get seated and again we were left standing there. The El Torito on Ocean Park had better service and at least their bathroom was clean.

ST
SandraT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The view is beautiful. The food was good. The service so-so. We had to keep asking for refills of coffee and we all got our food except for one person and it took a long time to finally get her food. I was disappointed that it did not have the Brunch buffet that other El Torito's have.

P
vipPrettyview
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The location is beautiful - every table has a view of the water and we were lucky enough to score a booth at the window. Another plus was how easy it was to get a reservation through Open Table on a Saturday night and to modify it when our plans changed. There were many parties waiting for a table when we arrived - it was hard to tell if they had reservations or not - and we had a bit of a wait for our table as well. It was a busy place with lots of families which was nice to see. The menu had many options - both for beverages and food - and the service was pretty good. We both ordered fajitas and were disappointed - the portion size was average, there were hardly any peppers (but plenty of onion) and no other condiments (like pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños) were included. The prices were reasonable.

PL
PeggyL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were expecting brunch as was indicated on the website but apparently they don’t offer it anymore which was a huge disappointment to me and my party.

LA
LynnA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Excellent food. Excellent environment.

HS
HowardS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My food and the service was excellent I had a great time my wife and I.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mediocre Mexican Restaurant, mainly for View to the Marina.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place, One if my favorite places to visit on special occasion

LA
LynnA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service! Always a pleasant experience.

J
Janeeboo
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent, great view of the Marina.

M
Maidalee
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went here on Christmas Day and felt badly for those servers who were working. However, place appeared somewhat shabby and our table did not have napkins or cutlery. We had to request it after our food arrived. I had a blended house margarita which was good and table side guacamole which was also very good. I ordered the Chili Relleno which was just ok. Didn’t care for the red sauce. Probably least enjoyable I’ve ever had. Hubby had cheese enchiladas. Said they were ok. Will not go back here.

LC
LarryC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This El Torito is right on the water with great views. Had our Christmas dinner there, place was crowded for a mid afternoon meal. But service was excellent and wait staff had great attitude considering they were working on Christmas Day.

KM
KimM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The service and food were both good. We had a very nice Christmas meal there. The food was too salty for me, but overall a good time.

SL
SandyL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Location is perfect. Coffee was bad The waitress really didn’t seem to know or care about it. She offered to make fresh coffee and expected to refill cups with the fresh and bad coffee. Food was luke warm when it got to us. (45 mins later) Two plates eggs were not cooked well. My steak was supposed to be well done and it was medium rare. Food was dry unflavorful. At one point I ask for tortillas that go with the meals. She responded it doesn’t come with the meal. I look for the The menu and point it out. Then she offers to bring them. Never apologizing for it.
By the end we just wanted to pay the bil and leave. No dessert or any thing. One other thing she gave me a table to pay the bill and given her self a 20 % tip.
Not cool.
Never going back.

We love the one in Sherman oaks and in Northridge.

FF
vipFaithFamilyFood
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our hostess Lorena and our server Ana were both excellent and took care of everything making for a wonderful evening out...thanks!!

DD
vipDeniseD
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good and how nice to have a view of the boats!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

They did not honor our reservation

MA
MarthaA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was very pleasant, fun and service was very good!

v
venicej
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Hadn't been here in years a d becoming here for lots of years.....

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good location and good food

l
vipluv2dinex2
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was busy and had to wait a while to be seated for our reservation. But they got us a nice table for 10 overlooking the water like we asked. Servers were attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and plenty. We ordered a variety and had a lot to take home.
Restrooms should be checked every hour as it was messy.

C
Chatty
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great. Our waitress was outstanding and most attentive.

AB
AnnetteB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We , had a great time, 2-issues.
1) we took a couple of picture and purchased them, was ready to pay for the pictures with credit card and t HD e guy took us it will be a $3.00 service fee, if I pay with a credit card? The pictures were purchase with cash, this is not right to charge me for using a credit card.

2) My Neice got a $63.00 dollars ticket because she back into a parking space. We didn't see any visible sign posted saying you can't back in to a parking spot

L
vipLarry
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right on time. We had a table by the window. Great view. They took our drink order right away and brought us a basket of chips and 2 bowls of salsa. Fresh crispy chips and mild salsa. I ordered a dark beer and she ordered Kahlua and Cream. Giant heavy glass of beer. She enjoyed the Kahlua. We ordered the Macho Combo to share but somehow they brought 2 whole dinners. When we reminded him that we were going to share, he immediately took the other one away and brought us share plates. The food was well prepared, hot and tasty. Portions were large enough that even sharing, we left half of the tamale.
We were too full for dessert. With alcohol, the bill was only $44 including tax and tip. Just try to get a deal that good in Marina Del Rey anywhere else.

FS
vipFreddyS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant itself really needs to be completely renovated (they recently refreshed it), so don't expect much from the atmosphere. It's very loud now, due to the tile flooring, and the restaurant looks old and run down - despite the updates. (Try to get permits opening the front windows for dock side outdoor dining!)

That said, the sunset views are beautiful and the food is actually really good! We go quite often and it is consistently well prepared. The service is great and the drinks are delicious too.

FAQs

El Torito - Marina Del Rey does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Marina Del Rey also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 823-8941.

El Torito - Marina Del Rey is rated 4.3 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.