El Torito - Monterey

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617 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.

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 617 people are saying
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GenevaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Buffet was good but pozole was cold. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very slow service, food took a long time and was only warm

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RaulM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect, we ordered our food and within 6 minutes we were served. Delicious all the time.

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vipnjrandi
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Found the food, atmosphere and service totally mediocre.
Margarita was ok
Steak fajita was tough
Nothing memorable, except it’s location was convenient to the aquarium.

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AnjuM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was cold! Thanksgiving buffet looked rushed and half hearted! The staff serving and at the front desk were nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Sat in bar on thanksgiving under a speaker.
Bartender with a packed bar was also serving half the cocktail. Was not notified that it was buffet service only before hand.

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TomB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Much of the food was cold. Not a fan of smoked turkey. Tomato soup and ham were too salty. Enjoyed the romaine salad. Great salad dressing. Gravy had a sweet taste. Loved the BBQ chicken wings.

Overall for $37. We didn’t feel there was enough offerings to justify the price.

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TheGvo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was OK, the service was decent, but the conditions were borderline unsanitary - sticky floor, wet and sticky menus, and a ton of flies trying to land on us and our food. Unpleasant.

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MasMargaritas
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great chips and salsa, and great margaritas but they are pretty pricey. Not as strong as in the past. Waitress was excellent. Too dark for a view but it is amazing during the day. Free parking on-site but I got a new door ding possibly there. Food is reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good 😊

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SophieG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Good: We were seated in the bar by window which was nice. Our server,, believe her name was Bee or Brea was very friendly, nice and professional.
The Bad: Table didn't look too clean. Menu that was given to me was so dirty inside and had some salsa all over. Other menu was all sticky.
Worst Margaritas with little or no alcohol in them. Which is sad for a Mexican restaurant.

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cherylB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We had the weekend buffet. It was just okay, they didnt keep the food warm enough and for the price they should have had more seafood options such as shrimp cocktail, crab cakes etc. Right on the water where there is fresh fish. Very disappointed for 35.00 per persion you got basic mexican food luke warm!

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MANNY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HANDS DOWN, BEST SERVICE AND THE FOOD WAS PERFECT!

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KathyC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good , however our server was only mediocre.

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gigi
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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selenerrrrr
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
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 on October 16, 2021
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
2 reviews
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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vipDudley
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice water views, average chain Mexican restuarant.

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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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good love the food

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vipBenG
San Francisco
23 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.

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 617 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.