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El Torito - Monterey

4.0
4
712 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-0611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!

  • Private party facilities

    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Cross street

    Hoffman Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 712 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for Brunch

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  1. GB

    GabrieleB

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Not clean. Despite of the reservation we had to wait for a table an then we noticed that half of the tables were empty. The food was average. The only thing that was great was the view.
  2. L

    christinaL

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views and yummy food. Free parking was fantastic!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The bathrooms smell like sewer and only one stall was available. They definitely need a bathroom remodel! Window views are great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I really don't see any point on making a reservation. When you arrive, you are made to wait until the hostess decides to finally seat you. You ask after several minutes, and all they tell you is that they are prepping your table. 20 min past our reservation time, we were able to be seated, but this was due to us speaking to the manager. He is who went to put tables together for us, seated us, brought menu's, and assigned a waiter. Food took forever to arrive, as well as the 2 Margaritas we ordered. Food quality was not the same as at other El Torito Locations. 😕 Restaurant didn't have spoons, or knives available. We were given disposables as that is all they had clean. Many opportunities given to this location, and quality of food and service is below average
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Great view. Very slow food service. Put in two orders and the second order came out first. Also, didn’t have mahi mahi…seems odd given this is a big seafood area. Seems like the kitchen didn’t plan well for customer demand.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    poor service i waited two hours for my food and was served something i didn’t order
  7. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was cold and dry, had to wait 10+ minutes with our food before we got silverware… and $2 for a side of sour cream is absurd
  8. AG

    AlondraG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Terrible over priced food. Would not recommend or eat again.
  9. V

    Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Greasy food Bad waiter service False advertising on your online happy hour Flying mosquitos
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A little loud, but great atmosphere and food! Service was a bit slow, but we luckily weren’t in a rush.
  11. H

    Hans

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    This place has gone down in pretty much every category when ranking a restaurant. Long story short, we will never come here again. Also, the 3.75% surcharge?
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    My husband’s meal was overcooked (burned) and I was charged for something that was said to come with my meal. Overpriced for what we ordered and the service was slow.
  13. S

    Sasha

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food is alright but expensive. Surcharge of 3.75 dollars ??? In the name of what? Nowhere else in California, we've seen that.
  14. n

    nyroots

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a nice atmosphere for dinner, with windows on the water. Mixed crowd, some noise but not deafening. Food is good with lots of choices.
  15. AS

    AliciaS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was exceptional. The venue is priceless with a spectacular view of Monterey Bay.
  16. RF

    RichardF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No utensils available at the time we were seated. Kitchen lost the order that was placed and then when the waiter reordered both dinners were wrong.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very busy for Mother’s Day. We did have to wait a while, but we went in with that realistic expectation. They handled it well and were still very attentive, despite the crowds. Everyone we spoke to was friendly. We appreciated being able to have a table next to a window. The view was excellent! We even got to see a sea otter out there :)
  18. RH

    RamonaH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very poorly executes buffet. Not enough facilities for the number of guests that were served. Items on the represented menu were not available. The presentation of the food was not very appetizing.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Mother’s Day.. food was cold.. didn’t like that I couldn’t serve my own plate, not wroth the money.. nothing like I remember it to be
  20. F

    Flotenbye

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This has been a favorite for years. Great location and view. On site validated parking. Good Mexican specialties at reasonable prices. Very family friendly. Accommodating staff.
  21. HW

    HollyW

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food, pleasant server, but like most places right now, they needed more servers to handle the tables. Noise level is a bit much but I would still go back again on a weeknight
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Cinco de Mayo Celebration! This is our Family Tradition to go to El Torito on Cinco de Mayo! My chicken fajitas were dry and so were the onions and sliced peppers were over dried. The service was excellent!
  23. A

    Alma

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Me encanto Joseph antendio a mi mesa con toda la autenticidad y el servicio que nos brindo fue excelente!!!
  24. TF

    TylerF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful staff, fantastic food and stellar drinks! To top it all off? Some of the best views you can ask for.
  25. TB

    TaylerB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal and the service was even better. Our server, Jasmine, was the sweetest and so attentive! Anyone who passed our table made sure to ask if we needed anything. I would travel back here all the way from Arkansas just to eat at El Torito!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Took over 1 hour 45 min to get food.
  27. NP

    NatalieP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Buffet food was really bad cold and bad test . Very poor options . Basically just tacos and waffles.
  28. MR

    MillyRLC

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Great views - would definitely recommend!
  29. RC

    RCV3

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service Maria was awesome….. could not ask for a better server. Food was just ok. Did not feel like anything was fresh……unfortunately the taco truck we had at our Easter block party was way better.
  30. RS

    RickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and our server was very nice. Would recommend you eating here.
  31. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I’ve been here several times and have not been disappointed. The service is always good and the food is delicious.
  32. AS

    AlanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    It’s a great place for a date. Probably a little too tight spaced for a crowd. There is also an open bar. It’s a little pricey for food that was something you could get better at any other Mexican restaurant. Either way we had a great time. Service was outstanding! I would go again if I had an extra $200 to spare.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good place to good, good food very good service. Fantastic view.
  34. EF

    ErnieF

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have always enjoyed our drive to Monterey to have lunch at ElTorito. And this visit was equal or better that previous ones
  35. EZ

    EdwinZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was great however I would appreciate a call from Melissa.
  36. QK

    QuaidK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Too slow of service and didn’t receive full order. Couldn’t wait longer to correct. Very disappointed
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful and food was great
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were out of avocados
  39. N

    Negra1219

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Would not recommend. Was there and wasn’t even seated . Waiter and waitress just kept walking past us and didn’t even ask if we had a reservation or if we needed help . Worst service I’ve received . After a while me and family just walked out
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Even though we had a reservation , we still had to wait 15mins… to get out table .. kind of pointless making a reservation if normal wait was 20mins ……

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Torito - Monterey using the Order Online button. El Torito - Monterey also offers 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 712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for El Torito - Monterey

600 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hoffman Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Monterey

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 8:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 373-0611

  • Catering

    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!

  • Private party facilities

    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.

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