El Torito - Monterey

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601 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 601 people are saying
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gigi
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and staff was excellent—definitely worth coming back!

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selenerrrrr
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

food and waitress were great. hostess were rude which set a weird setting while waiting for our table

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Bad service, long wait for food, mediocre Mexican food, dirty bathrooms, dirty windows. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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YazminC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful views. Definitely love the Sunday brunch and will be attending again

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Larry
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great food, service, and best margaritas ever!

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NicaD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great views with a bit of a wait due to the size of the place. Worth checking out!!

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TimM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and great views. Kept the bottomless mimosas bottomless.

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Peruana
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It was a good bye dinner for my brother, and the music was louder than my one year old! We couldn’t have a conversation over how loud the music was😳 I love music don’t get me wrong but we were not a the bar we were having dinner!
Other than that everything was great!

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ValO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Flies all over the place and long wait.

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LuisG
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great soup and great burrito

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RaulM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the experience my wife and I had. The food was spot on, delicious. The drinks are perfect. Wow. This restaurant never fails to impress.

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BonnieM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the excellent service we had during brunch.

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LeslieV
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good place to have a bit. Food is not as expensive, is flavor full but if you are looking for authentic Mexican food this is not the place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Restroom facilities pretty messy.

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Butterflymo
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We had a reservation the girl forgot I was there. Then they had no pizza, fries then we ordered then we had to ask about our appetizer and then again they ran out out cheese burger so I had to ordered other food again. The table was lopsided and the drink spilled in my son. Then food got there late and then they ran out of salsa. Never going in a Sunday again usually it’s a good experience but not this time.

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JanetM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. View was beautiful. Margaritas were strong and delicious. Good food and service! Overall great!

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AmyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a fantastic server - Gaby - for our visit to El Torito. She was on top of everything, despite having a busy night and she was so friendly and helpful. She is a huge asset to this restaurant!

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vipBenG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great environment

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff, gorgeous view.

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LizE
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was our second time, meat was like a shoe sad o tuff,

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I hate writing negative reviews but this is our 2nd time coming in the past couple of weeks where the food was not great. The guacamole is always amazing but we ordered the fajitas and the steak was so tough to even bite into, the shrimp had more of a fishy taste, it was missing condiments. Our waitress was amazing and on point with our drinks however, our meal took a really long time to get to our table. That’s no fault to our server, when food is delayed it’s usually the cooks who are backed up. Either way, They definitely need to upgrade on their food flavors.

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Customer
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We have been three different times and only one time we actually had good service. The other two times we went the food was great but our server would take our order and go on break and not let us know. Nobody took care of us. We couldn’t get extra water extra napkins, anything! Extremely horrible service the past two times that we went.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The young lady that was to seating my party attempted to argue with me. The table that she was taking us to was wobbly and the staff were trying to figure out what they could put under one of the legs to make it stand correctly. Therefore, I asked if the two other empty booths where unoccupied and my party could sit there? She said no this is your table and those two are reserved. I informed her I have reservations and I am here so what would be the issue of going down there and just sitting there while the staff is trying to clean and figure out how to fix that table so it doesn’t tip over and wobble on customers. She rolled her eyes and sighed the. stated there’s no difference. I informed her the difference is that it matter to the customer and this has nothing to do with your feeling.

She was quite rude, but I was not going to engage and ruin my evening. Nonetheless, I had an incredible server and we noticed that your runner was running around very busy so we also tipped her as she thanked us. It is very unfortunate that we have individuals on opposite ends of the spectrum working within the same restaurant.

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

May want to think about cleaning up the exterior property and getting the parking scanner fixed, we had 9 cars in our party and had a hard time with the validated tickets to scan.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just wanted snacks.

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JenE
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall, I was disappointed in El Torito. First, the hostesses and many of the waitstaff were not wearing masks (the bussers and some other staff were masked). If these folks don't care to take such an easy precaution, I worry they aren't taking the virus seriously. What other precautions are they scoffing? Hand washing? Sanitizing tables? It was very disheartening.

Second, the restaurant was out of several types of food (avocado, salmon, corn), which meant their menu was significantly diminished.

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vipPlanetcat
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This El Torito hits the spot in Monterey when you're sick of eating high priced sea food or overpriced "specialty" restaurants. It's not as good as the other El Torito's, a bit on the greasy side, doesn't taste super fresh. Service was excellent, even on a busy holiday evening. Prices are very reasonable for the area.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our servers switched on us mid dinner without any introduction which was a little off putting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We where a party of 10. Everything was good but our food took to long. When we notice that our food was taking too long the manager come up to us. He explained the situation and let us feel we where his top priority going forward. He even offer us a discount. With in the next ten minutes out food was here. The discount was very genuineness and we didn’t expect that much. The manager, the waiter, and the staff saved our experience.

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vipRJDB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great server, Gabby. Food was very good. Very noisy but overall great and we will be back.

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vipasin
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Very poor quality of food. Some of the wait staff and front desk staff is not wearing any masks despite the mandate!!

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MiriamT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Sunday brunch was okay. There wasn't too much of a variety of food. I got 1 mole cheese enchilada, 1 green chicken tamale, beans, and breakfast potatoes. Everything on my plate was not hot, it was barely warm. The waitress was great.

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vipDanielle
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was one of the worst dining experiences i’ve ever had. i have never written a poor review to a resturaunt but this horrible experience prompted me to do so. We were appalled with the poor service, bland food, bad customer service and overall terrible experience for our one night in monterey. The food was completely bland and not even served hot-and that was after we waited 45 mins for it. Our server was probably the best part of the night but that doesn’t say much because she was very aloof with the needs of the tables around us as well as ours. We had to ask for water?? Honestly this restaurant needs to go out of business and i wouldn’t be surprised if it gets shut down. It should not be on open tables reservation list as i would never recommend someone coming here.

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Xochitl
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great view of ocean seals and otters! Great Cadallac Margarita. Very noisey especially if you sit by bar and get to hear the blender. Food tops last visit but is not consistent across visits. Fun ambiance but boy are they busy! Employees so stretched. Reserve online 4 hours in advance at least to reduce 45min to 1.5 hour wait.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Did and service was great, restaurant needed to be updated, exterior is kind of rough.

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viprobertm
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service and disappointing food in a loud restaurant on a Tuesday night. We needed to find someone to give us silverware after our food was delivered. Our maskless waiter was unresponsive and seemed to not care at all. Food and drinks were delivered in a very disrespectful way. The food was very disappointing as well

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant- thank you for making it great

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious!! Service was not the best. Tried giving our server a tip in cash and instead of thank you, she pointed to our receipt and asked for the “suggested” amount. Even though she was not very attentive throughout our time there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The cheese on my tacos was a hardened layer, like it had been microwaved then cooled. The waitress forgot my salad.
The view is great — best part.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying El Torito! I’ve been here a year and this place reminded me of home. Amazing and now I have a Mexican cuisine restaurant that I’ll crave weekly.

FAQs

El Torito - Monterey does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Torito - Monterey also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 373-0611.

El Torito - Monterey is rated 4 stars by 601 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.