El Torito - Milpitas

4.6
140 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my sons birthday and my son inlaws fathers day.
It was a perfect restaurant for these occasions .
The food was great.

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HanibalB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service and atmosphere were great. Fajita need more flavor

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Would be helpful to know Happy Hour & Restaurant seating are separate. Great service & menu of variety. If you miss Chevy’s from your childhood, El Torito brings back the memories & the taste.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made it out on a much needed date night with my wife of 21 years!!!! Having the table ready and not having to wait to be seated was the perfect beginning to what was a beautiful night out with my love!!!! TY

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super fun restaurant with great started chips and salsa. Marco was a great waiter. Will definitely return, theyre drinks menu looked good if thats your thing

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service is slower here. If you have nothing else to do then it's not so bad. Food is good. We came for my moms birthday and requested twice they surprise her and sing to her. Nothing. They sang to other tables though. So it's up in the air if you come for birthdays. Atmosphere is nice.

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food
And great environment
Definitely looking forward for a new visit
Thank you

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FlavorSearching
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Slow service, small portions, poor quality & quantity. Chips were bits of pieces, order was not correct. Explanation of surcharge was inadequate. Will not be returning. Very disappointed. Used to frequently this restaurant years ago.

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KrizziaL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat at the side Patio and loved out waitress ...she was so kind and checked on us often , chips and salsa came as needed (same my bottomless Mimosas lol)
Kids and husband were so impressed with the food flavors , we will be back soon . Family friendly and the music was so cool too

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SteveC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took us in a little early then our reservation was great

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AmritaD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best ones in the Bay Area! Food is excellent. Correctly priced. Such value for money. Service is excellent! The interiors are very nice with arches and pockets of tables. Soo there’s privacy yet it’s open. Been there twice and plan to go more times!

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DoloresR
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUR WAITER WAS GREAT AND ACCOMMODATING. FOOD WAS DELICIOUS AND HOT!

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XochitlM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Covid precautions are seen all over the restaurant. Service was exceptional and food was pretty good. Price was a bit steep if you don't eat "enough" at buffets.

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LiCa
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at the restaurant was terrific. *Delicious* food and fantastic service. I highly recommend the tacos, menudo, enchiladas, fresh salad and fajitas. Just thinking about them, I am hungry again!

The only little hiccup was the reservation system. Reservations for Sunday brunch were offered at 8:30 am, so that's what my family selected. We planned our 45 minute drive carefully to be on time, however, when we arrived at the restaurant they announced they opened at 9:00 am. We waited until 9:00 and everything was else was superb.

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SandraB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good and the service was great !

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vipSmooth01
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito was excellent! The best Mexican - American food I've had in the Bay!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my son’s pre birthday celebration.

We enjoy eating at el Torito because of their delicious food, ambiance and customer service.

They keep everything clean and sanitize so it makes my family and I feel safe that measures are serious in this establishment.

We will return.

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vipincognito
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food great. My third experience.

Unfortunately, despite arriving on time, noting we had a reservation to the host, and pointing out our reservation, El Torito told Open Table we were a no show. No good deed every goes unpunished.

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CharisseO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Mothers Day celebration! Service was good, had to ask multiple times for things but was still satisfied. She was very nice, but I understand it was really busy.

El Torito - Milpitas
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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Eileen
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito gave us a great Mother's Day brunch that didn't break the bank. Great food and service!

El Torito - Milpitas
Responded on May 13, 2021

We are happy to hear about your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share. - Xperience Restaurant Group

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ChefBPC1981
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sunday Brunchs food was good, but service was good but sparce. I would definitely try again.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service , great friends! What more could you ask for? Great happy hour!

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NarendraP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good experience.The service was excellent

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EVBC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very COVID-19 guidelines observant. Love the little corn cakes. Kathy, our serve, was terrific. Attentive without being intrusive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was not good at all, our servicer was rude and eager to taking orders and not patient. He also kept whispering remarks under his breath. Not at all happy with this location, but since it’s close by we don’t really have a choice of another location.

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RussellW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good value. Not crowded. Hard to judge with COVID hanging over you. Thanks Trump

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Tamayo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go to place where all family members enjoy what we eat. Great corn cakes !!

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AnaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The buffet was a little disorganized.
Hard to keep 6 feet apart with so many people getting their food. The food tasted ok.

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Smokey
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as I remember it..... Friendly and delicious!

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ErikaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place good food but not very organized put more arrows on the ground

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MelissaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great range of choices on the buffet. Good value! The service we revcived from Maria Elena was great and she had a great personality & was very attentive. We are looking forward to going back soon!

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oOKLSOo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. Service was stellar. Our server was very attentive, keeping our mimosas full and was very friendly and helpful. Our empty plates were promptly picked up. The brunch station servers were great and funny too.
All in all i enjoyed our lovely delicious easter brunch.
The outdoor dining area is nice, some is tented some is not, there are patio heaters for warmth if necessary. We sat inside at a table near the bar area that was nice and comfortable.

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Lin99
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly and prompt service. Lots of food choices and very tasty. Great for quiet friends gathering or families. Definitely recommend!

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LYNDAR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First meal out since the plague hit. Feel way safer after vaccinations. I had a chili rellano and a Mex caesar, both great. Husband had street tacos and they were salty. I had a Margarita and it was outstanding.

Waiter was kind of a dope, but very nice. Seating arrangement felt safe for the times.

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vipTheFoodieInMe
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I'm neutral on this place, guac is around 16-17$ which is the same price as Zazil at Santana row, and not that yummy, a good place to go for a casual quick lunch/ dinner or meetup with friends. it has a dive bar kinda feeling, not great, not bad eitther.

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ChristopherL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Value for the food options. They are doing a great job keeping everyone safe and following guidelines

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yummy2eat
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the buffett

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MarieB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday Buffet Brunch was expertly prepared and served. Service was excellent, food was delicious!

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KevinS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I got the feeling that the wait staff was not ready for in door dining again. We were sat down at our table (party of 7) and were given 4 menus to share. There was no silverware of napkins on the table. We were served chips and salsa and drinks were brought out at a slow pace. The food was served and I had to ask for the silverware and napkins. The noise level was extremely loud around us. Not the fault of the restaurant but other patrons were just overly vocal. The food was great and overall we like El Torito.

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BeatrizV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loving this place everytime I visit is even better. I'm so glad they open....

FAQs

El Torito - Milpitas does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Milpitas also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 946-8012.

El Torito - Milpitas is rated 4.6 stars by 140 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.