El Torito - Monterey
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Chicken Machaca, Crispy Taco, Beef Barbacoa, Crispy Taco
Tuesdays - Taco Tuesdays
All-You-Can-Eat Tacos. Choose steak*, chicken or carnitas. Served with frijoles de la olla and rice
The food was good , however our server was only mediocre.
Food was fabulous and staff was excellent—definitely worth coming back!
food and waitress were great. hostess were rude which set a weird setting while waiting for our table
Bad service, long wait for food, mediocre Mexican food, dirty bathrooms, dirty windows. I do not recommend this restaurant.
Great food, beautiful views. Definitely love the Sunday brunch and will be attending again
Loved it. Great food, service, and best margaritas ever!
Great views with a bit of a wait due to the size of the place. Worth checking out!!
Awesome food and great views. Kept the bottomless mimosas bottomless.
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!
Flies all over the place and long wait.
Great soup and great burrito
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.
Enjoyed the excellent service we had during brunch.
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.
Restroom facilities pretty messy.
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.
Great experience. View was beautiful. Margaritas were strong and delicious. Good food and service! Overall great!
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!
Excellent service and great environment
Great food, attentive staff, gorgeous view.
This was our second time, meat was like a shoe sad o tuff,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just wanted snacks.
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.
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.
Our servers switched on us mid dinner without any introduction which was a little off putting.
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.
Great server, Gabby. Food was very good. Very noisy but overall great and we will be back.
Very poor quality of food. Some of the wait staff and front desk staff is not wearing any masks despite the mandate!!
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.
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.
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.
Did and service was great, restaurant needed to be updated, exterior is kind of rough.
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
Very pleasant- thank you for making it great
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.
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.
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 602 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.