El Torito - Monterey

4
547 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 547 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I brought my kids to Monterey for their first time and searched for weeks for great restaurants that are by or on the water. This place was PERFECT and looked exactly like the pics I saw online.
One of my boys has severe food allergies and Autism and eating out can be very difficult. Our server, Eric, was AMAZING and patient and really went the extra mile to ensure my son’s food was “safe” and I am just so incredibly thankful for his kindness.
We will definitely be back and had a wonderful time.
The food was very reasonably priced and was delicious.

JP
JatinP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service!!! Loved the overall look of the restaurant!!

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RogersW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manuel is an awesome waiter! We really enjoyed the whole experience!

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MinaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was great the service was so so could of been better .

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was slow. I server for around 12 tables. Understaffed. Overall still was enjoyable.

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JasonC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was very busy getting out if the aquarium. It seems most restaurants don’t have the staff but Torito was able to accommodate us. Decent Mexican food but the views of the ocean were amazing!

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AmyM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dee was a great server. Enjoyed atmosphere. Was busy but it was a great experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! We did have an issue with the daily specials- we had to have the check corrected to reflect a $50 savings. All was well aside from that issue.

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SallyQ
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The view is fantastic, and they have their own parking lot, but the floors were sticky and the food isn’t as good as it used to be. The chips, salsa and chili rellenos were good. The beef in the fajitas and tacos was so chewy you couldn’t eat it. They replaced it, but it was still too tough. They comped us a slice of cheesecake that was very good. The wait staff was good

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NarcisoH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the food but I think the price is a little to high, food variety is not what it use to be 2yrs ago less choices .

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Lanie
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go to restaurants while visiting Monterey. You can't beat the view and the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was a great time, the food and drinks were so good. The waitress seemed a little overwhelmed and it seemed a tad bit understaffed. But overall a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and really good value. View was awesome.

MD
MarcelD
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ever there. Was great . Will return again.

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bookiebybay
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a winner
Great choices for all
Super location

JF
JacquelineF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server had a great attitude and was very helpful. Food arrived in expected time. Everything was ordered was delicious.

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DavidD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I could see that the restaurant was understaffed. Service was slow. I know we are recovering from the pandemic, but they need to do something.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The host initially tried to seat our party of 11 in a curved booth with a small table for 4 attached. There was NO way it could work.
Eventually, they sat us in the exact same table arrangement right next to the original location PLUS the original table(s). If it wasn’t for that mishap, we would have given 5 stars.

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TammyB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciated the quick service and delicious food. We definitely want to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, service was a little slow which is normal right now due to employee shortages. A welcome break from Italian or burgers.

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Reservations are a must! Great service. Great view!

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BharatM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Host went out of his way to seat us even though we were over an hour early

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KarenF
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes we had 14 total at 2 different tables . Everything was wonderful and view was amazing

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AnaMora
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

I had a Mazatlán shrimp enchilada, the sauce had great flavor, however, the tortilla almost felt raw and the shrimp was not over cooked but OLD it was hard and dry. The stake in the hot plate fajita that lights up on fire was raw not rare. Part of the stake was raw pink. Drinks, rice and beans were really good.

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edgar
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I'm glad the Sunday brunch is back! As usual food is great. One negative would be the noise level - the reason some servers and customer cannot hear/understand each other.

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KevinM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Server was exemplary constantly available to refill drinks. A tad expensive for brunch but still an enjoyable time.

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our reservation was for 430 pm. We were not seated till 445 pm. I used the restroom prior. The stall did not have toilet paper and not very clean. We ordered chicken fajitas. The chicken was dry. I ordered a Cadillac margarita. It was good. My husband ordered the Modelo Michelada. He said it had an odd taste. It was not like the ones he usually drinks. Our server was excellent.

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vipMaeC
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate breakfast it was delicious. I had the carne asada steak and eggs and my friend had the chilquelas I recommend both dishes. The endless mimosas and bloody Mary’s was such a good deal also very tasty drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A little loud, but food was great and service was great.
If you can sit by the windows, to look out over the ocean, I would highly recommend it

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averageJoe
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Drinks were very good. Food was not bad. Service was terrible. I recommend this place for a party looking for drinks more than food. I would not recommend this place for a family; the trouble is not worth the food.

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CarmelM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I was brought the wrong drink (at least it was a bourbon drink), my husband’s drink had a wrong ingredient (according to the drink menu), our food arrived before any utensils and sat rapidly cooling as we struggled to flag down someone for forks, my husband’s dish had pico de gallo even though he ordered it without and we had to ask three times for the sour cream we had ordered with our meals. Our waitress was very nice, just ridiculously overwhelmed, as they all were! Unfortunate customer service!

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jorger was excellent and also the manager Rigo where excellent they went above and beyond I will definitely recommend and go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waited 30 min after reservation. Another 30 for food. Short staffed, stressed out crew.

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KWDW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

They didn't seem to be ready for us, so big delay getting service. But later service and food was good, no complaints. Restroom needed to be cleaned, floor extremely sticky.

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LORENAA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Extremely overpriced, food was tasteless and bland. Hostess was irritated and it showed. Saving my $150 dollars and will go somewhere else. Not to mention no parking!

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mariap
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent. Would highly recommend. Reasonable price.

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vipapril
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

So many people and so noisy

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FredL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The restaurant was super noisy and our table and chairs was dirty, food and service was good but thy need to clean the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was great. But the service was not, is not ok for the waitress to assume what you want, if you are not sure ask that’s good customer service.

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vipShannon
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good margaritas. Great view. Great spot for happy hour.

FAQs

El Torito - Monterey does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and 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 547 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.