El Torito - Milpitas

4.3
105 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
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
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
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
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
7 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
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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ChristopherL
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
6 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
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
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RicardoFlores
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great the hostess
The server the food

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vipSyndeyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outdoor dining for brunch Buffett was delicious! Staff was super friendly and restaurant followed all state guidelines. Everyone wearing masks, constant cleaning and social distancing. I’ll definitely be back!

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SteveC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Sunday Brunch! We felt very safe with all the safety precautions that all staff observed. Very accomodating keeping our tables close by with our large family.

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BrayanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for National Margarita Day! Seated quickly, served quickly and check on frequently.

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Louise
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated after we waited about 10 minutes which was fine but as soon as we sat, no one came by our table. Two other parties that were seated after us received help within a couple minutes so we decided to wait. We waited 25 minutes and no one came by our table. We eventually asked the waiter if someone could help us and he pointed to another guy who ignored us. We waited a couple more minutes and then left because we were very hungry. We ended up at La Milpa which was amazing and made us forget about the bad experience we had.

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SusanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My husband and I went to El Torito to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. We used to eat at the El Torito in Washington, DC 39 years ago. Our service was poor. The food had a lot of salt and wasn't tasty. We were thoroughly disappointed to say the least.

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RussellW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish tacos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

kids vacation -

Maria Elena was exceptional, she was friendly, courteous and efficient...despite it being a very busy Valentine’s Day night, we have returned twice since then already..Omar the manager is courteous and welcoming as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I was very disappointed at my last experience at this El Torito. Made a reservation here for Valentine’s Day and the service was satisfactory. The food took longer to arrive which was expected for the holiday but it arrived cold. The fajitas were the worst I have ever had. The meat was very tough and not juicy or tender. The enchiladas we ordered had to be sent back and remade because the cheese inside wasn’t melted. The service was ok and the staff resolved the issue fast but didn’t give any compensation for the problems or the food quality issues. I will definitely be going to another Mexican restaurant in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great, and the servers were very nice and accommodating.

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RCar
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food and drinks were great. The service was terrible - we were completely ignored and watched the server start multiple other tables that were seated after us.
Our food was brought out and left on the tray next to us for a few mins before they served it to us.
We couldn’t find our server to get the check. Asked the hostess and nothing was done. Had to ask other servers/runners for our bill. Still had to wait a long time to receive it.

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LuLu
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was tasty and great customer service from the waitress and servers.

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ShayanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations then was not allowed to sit, arrived and was only allowed takeout. Why allow outdoor seating reservations.

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RichardR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Given the environment we live in, they did a great job making us feel safe dining inside

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HandeT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is great restaurant especially at pandemic season. Outside option is big enough and service is fast :)

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Janet
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We didn’t know we can’t order from the regular menu on Sunday morning. Everyone has to do brunch buffet, which I think is not good value. The food was just mediocre and not much variety. Desserts were not appealing. We were seated outdoor but had to go indoor to get food. We had to follow a specific route to go get food. Unfortunately, we had to pass by a couple indoor tables that are less than 6ft distance from us and of course the customers on the tables were not wearing masks while eating. I think they should do better at making it safe for everyone.

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MAYRAR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great experience. Great food snd service I really recomend

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I took family out to introduce the food I used to love for lunch or dinner close to my work place before the Covid pandemic. We ordered sizzling combo and steaks sizzling and others plates. LOL. The food did not sizzling at all. The food just warm, looks aging and not fresh. The family attacked me for the food that I told them delicious. I was so embarrassed and they had bad experience with you guys. However, lady served us well. So disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had only great service, great food and we really love the "Happy Hour" menu from 3 pm- close ...The drinks are fantastic!! Along with the outdoor accomidations and music in the background!! We go at least twice a month!!love this place.❤

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JoeS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed El Torito food. They salsa is prefect

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vipChunichiC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I absolute LOVE this place! My girls and I met here for after work happy hour. The energy is great and the staff are soooo nice! The happy hour menu is better than most! I’ll definitely be back!

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MonicaJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service at lunch time as been consistently better than dinner (especially on the weekends). You still wait a bit but definitely not as long.

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RayL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great food was amazing drinks were also amazing.

LC
LexyC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Customer service was not the best. Very disappointed with how service was.

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 4.3 stars by 105 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.