El Torito - Marina Del Rey

4.1
143 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipChrisB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and very friendly staff, the food was fantastic, and a great table location with an awesome view of the marina!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I had a reservation for 6 pm and arrived nearly 10 minutes early. There was a large gathering of people outside waiting. No ones tables were ready at the reservation time apparently the reservation is only an “arrival time” then you have to wait. Our service at the table was extremely slow so slow. He was a nice guy but the whole ordering and getting food was snail paced. Then there was a woman who stood up and started yelling crazy talk about the service to the entire restaurant. That was very stressful bc staff just stood around and let her go off for a long time and now a day you have no idea if someone is going to go off the deep end. It was not a good evening.

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vipSherriM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy glad we made a reservation . Great service and delicious food

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StephanieE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I tried to make a reservation with El Torito directly and they would not let me. I am so glad we made a reservation through OpenTable. When we arrived there was a very long wait so we were happy to be seated right away with our reservation. We had a table looking out at the water so that was nice. The food was good and the waiter was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view and great service.

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ArtM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had stopped going to El Torito sometime before the pandemic because I thought the menu choices were limited and the food was only so-so. For Mother's Day my wife wanted to go back there, mostly because of the ocean view. I saw something on the menu, Slow Roasted Carnitas, that I hadn't seen before so I ordered it. It was by far the most delicious meal I'd ever had there. We went back last evening for my wife's birthday dinner. I ordered the Grilled BBQ Burrito, another menu item I hadn't seen previously. It was just as good as the Carnitas. I don't know when this happened but they've definitely stepped up their game.

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DonnaI
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The last few times at El Torito have not been the best, this time was even worse. Our waitress was never available. The food was minimal, what I ordered was good, Shrimp wrapped with Bacon, my daughter ordered Fajitas, which were also good. However my son, received raw meat and was unable to eat his and we had no one to tell (as our waitress was missing in action, my grandson had the little amigos fried chicken (it was very dry and old tasting. Finally, we sought the manager and he did his best to appease us, I cannot imagine how many he had to appease last evening....for no one that we could see had any type of service. We ate outside on the patio, perhaps inside was better.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Service was really slow. Waiter kept telling us that they only had one cook today and when we got there there were not many customers. The view was great, the staff was nice. The food is just mediocre

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Gentleman7337
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It’s a nice place to watch the boats & water at the marina if you get window seats. The value is good, not expensive and affordable. The food is a little better than average. The service is above average, quite attentive in checking our table. Overall I recommend this restaurant.

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artdiva
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great but the restaurant could not find the reservation. Fortunately they were not too busy so by the time we had a drink at the bar they were able to seat us.

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vipDiane
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was very slow and my friend and I both got sick after eating here.

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LiliaM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have a great dinner with the family..
Food and service was great.

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ChristinaH
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I haven’t been to this El Torito for years but I think the taste of their food is not the same as before. The Buffalo wings was very salty and dry, the bacon wrapped shrimp was too sweet. Anyway, service was good and the view was amazing!

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vipJMarshall
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at the El Torito restaurant in Marina Del Rey, California on Thursday, May 13, 2021. It’s located in the marina in Marina Del Rey and the view is out the window as I was eating my lunch was relaxing and tranquilizing! The manager with there is great. The service is great; the food is great; I highly recommend it.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Even with a reservation we had to wait 45 mins to be seated. Overall the service was poor. I would have been better off going somewhere else.

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GilbertY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Although extremely busy which was understandable due to it being Mother’s Day, the food quality and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The place and service was great. The food was okay, breakfast is not El Torito’s strong point apparently.

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LoucyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great location and great drinks. We are planning to go back for Sunday Bruch.

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KatieP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I normally go for happy hour and have a good experience but Cinco de Mayo was apparently the wrong time to go. The service was horrible. We sat at our table for almost an hour without our food and drinks. Our server was dismissive and spilled my margarita when we were already ready to leave because it was so cold and windy. Everything was also overpriced for the holiday. I love the happy hour appetizers and margaritas, especially the queso and mini chimis but this bad experience was almost enough to make me not return.

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FRENCHIE
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food excellent service .outdoor patio lacking ambiance.Is in parking lot,breezy close to Marina bu a green rug or other to cover asphalt and parking lot would really add as would a few trees around the fence

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a great waiter by the name of Ahmed, he was FANTASTIC!

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GLORIAA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall your menu is not good for people watching their sodium consumption! I had salad topped with shrimp. The shrimp were extremely salty!

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Soph
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The restaurant could have used some décor enhancement in the patio area. As it is it's just table and chairs on a concrete pad. Not very inviting.

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VeniceCanaldining
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were at El Torito for lunch with friends, sitting outside by the water and it was a beautiful day.
Service was good and food was good too, nothing special about the food or out of the ordinary for Mexican food but was good and tasty.
Do recommend and we will be back.

SM
SharonM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food came out wrong and cold, service was slow... really bad experience!

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CaliforniaJoy
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was expecting a served buffet, we got a menu

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vipCarvin
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Wait time with reservations was way too long.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service. Don’t think I will return. Very upsetting to be ignored. Smaller portions weaker drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at el toritos was wonderful , we was able to sit and eat by water

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vipLucy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had to wait 20 minutes with a reservation

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vipDavidJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fantastic service, thank you Merribelle.
Good value. A fun evening. See you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The food lacked a lot of flavor. And considering the price of guacamole for the table I expected a lot more than was given. The margaritas were good. The view is stunning. I just wish the actual food would have been good enough for us to want to come back because the vibe and the area are worth it, but the food wasn’t.

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vipJasmine
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend Dining - good social distance and health measures. Indoor dining was good since we were there early . Outside dining available and perfect on a beautiful SoCal day. The food was delicious and the staff was very responsive . Looking forward to return for more churros pancakes! Oh, and great view of the marina too .

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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vipNatalieB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location, great food

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vipTiff
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! By far the best Mexican food in the marina. Always consistent
Thank you El Torito! So glad you survived thru the pandemic.

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vipSherriM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was Amazing everyone was so helpful and happy really enjoyed it and it was so nice to be able to sit inside again

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ClaudiaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and the service
Thank you guys

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vipZulemaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time, all the staff was very friendly and attentive. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure our food was on time, the drinks were delicious.
We will definitely go again soon

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Deeb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The food was disgusting the service was slow the restaurant was freezing cold they sat us next to someone that was extremely loud.... The floors were slippery

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 4.1 stars by 143 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.