El Torito - Northridge

4.3
67 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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Brunch
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were both great. Weather was surprisingly cold, so eating outside was uncomfortable. Portable heaters would have solved this very well and greatly improved the dining experience. Pricing was reasonable and the food presentation was lovely. The entire crew all had great attitudes and were friendly and helpful.

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Gem30
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to spend time with family and friends. Love their happy hour.

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KevinW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service! Will be going there again soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so simply to make reservations, happy hour is great, food is good and music was fun. Definitely coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just had a great time, the food and service was great. Looking forward going back this Sunday!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my bday 🥃🥃🥃

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Rascal
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A lot of outdoor seating but may not be spaced far enough apart. Glad we had a reservation so didn’t have to wait too long. DJ playing and music was really loud so we asked for a table further away. Food was ok. Had fajitas with a teaspoonful of guacamole and had to request sour cream. Overall, ok to be able to eat food out.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it great time ! And they practice social distancing great price menu !

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ThuvanN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their patio atmosphere and Tavo Tuesday was very tasty ❤

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Genie025
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kids Friendly. Fast service. The food was great and the waitress was friendly and made it enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Slow service food came out cold when it finally did. Drinks to include water took long. Had to remind waiter to bring water. When management was advised, she was very responsive and changed out the waiter. Manager actually took the food portion of the bill off. That’s great but I don’t mind paying for food as long as the experience is good, i am a good tipper too.
First time dining out in CA since the shut down so this was a poor experience.

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BonnieL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

DJ playing loud awful music at the entrance. Almost left at that time We were seated and I asked the waiter to see if he could turn the volume down. Nothing happened. We had ordered our drinks and I still wanted to cancel and leave because of the noise (music). Asked another server to see what he could do. He turned the speaker away from our direction and it helped. The food was good but won't go back there again because of the "noise".

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AliG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible experience, left us for 25 minutes, no one came by. Poorly managed. Ended up just walking out.

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Willisssss
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I give Northridge El Torito 5 STARS!!❤️❤️ Execellent service, food and very clean using all COVID 19 health standards!!!

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sarak
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was very bad. Had to track down our own forks, napkins and another waiter so we could get our drinks. Also my husbands food came after the rest of us where done. Imagine getting your food but you can't eat it because no forks, spoons. 10 min later you just go get some yourself from inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

This place is struggling! The food is not good, the music is too loud, the drinks are weak. The staff is still really nice and accommodating but we won’t be back.

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LizC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great on outside patio even though it was incredibly hot. Food and service was top notch. Thanks!

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vipBbmom
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fast, friendly service

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GinaMarie38
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was our first time eating in an "outdoor/tented" patio setting. The noise level was an issue at first, but only because there was a family who allowed their 5 year old to keep CONTINUOUSLY screaming and screeching bloody murder, for no reason whatsoever! They seemed to think it was just in fun, and acceptable. Yes, I have children. That sort of inconsiderate behaviour is unacceptable! Thankfully, the waiter sympathized, and immediately allowed us to move to the tented parking lot patio. Apparently restaurant staff aren't allowed to ask patrons to please control their children and/or noise level.

The food was very good! We orderd the steak and eggs, the omelette, and the waffles with sausage. The taste and portions were perfect. The service was just a bit slow, but that is understandable given the staffing available these [COVID] days. The server himself was excellent, and very attentive.

The only "negative" thing I have to say is that the tables under the parking lot tent are not sufficiently distanced. They are 6 feet apart - when no one is sitting. They [along with just about every other restaurant we see] have forgotten to take into account the real distance between patrons sitting "back to back" when dining. Tables should be separated by at the very least 12' to allow for "back to back" seating, from one table to the next, from chair to chair, when they are at capacity. Unrelated to this visit, their "To-Go" orders leave quite a lot to be desired. 9/10 times, they will get your order wrong, or hand you luke-warm food.
Using Open Table was actually very easy and convenient. This was our first time making reservations thru OT. I will be using OT for all future dining reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks. Food is always okay. Not the best Mexican food but everything tastes 5-star when you’re drunk enough. Definitely recommend the El dueño Margarita. I really did enjoy the DJ tonight that was a very nice touch to our evening.

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IreneH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Food and drinks was awesome! I would recommend El Torito at this location:)

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Feelingannoyed
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I made a reservation and when I arrived was told I had to wait an additional 20 minutes they’d text me. I never received a text and then two couples came and were seated. I went to back inside to inquire and that’s when they said we can sit you now. I have no idea what the point was in making a reservation if I was going to have to wait as the others did anyway

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LeslieM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible. Restaurant was very clean. Servers wore protective gear.

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NavinP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must try it, I was concerned but the way they have arranged table , I was feeling good. It’s safe

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vipBbmom
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food came out quick, hot, and tasty. No complaints, excellent service too!

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shannonlynfitness
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So we get there. And say we have a reservation on open table. The hosted says “what’s that? I’ve never heard of that.” I told her I’ve used it before and asked her to look for my name. She was still confused and questioning me, asking the other hosts what Open Table was. Are you kidding me? They finally take us to our table. Sit us down and ask what kind of eggs we want. What? So we say “it’s only brunch right now?” She says “um yeah”. None of this was told to us. We decided to leave. Very confused. We the. Called another El Torito in Sherman Oaks. They explained that brunch was served until 2pm and the regular menu started at 1pm. Our reservation at this one was after 1pm. We were seated after 1pm. We clearly wanted a regular menu. Those hosts here had no idea what was going on. Sad.

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DebbieL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The dj was unnecessary & way too loud .?The food & service was good.

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Shanadee
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service!!

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scottm
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They charge a 3.5% surcharge for extra costs due to COVID. I understand the surcharge but they need to be transparent and upfront about it. I only realized they were charging me when I saw the bill. The waiter was nice to explain it but he told me they were told not to mention it.
Buffet was poorly run. There were no signs saying what the food on display was. Some of the food was stored in the kitchen and you didn't know what was back there until you saw someone else ordering it. Waiter had too much going on to try and manage our requests. For $30/head, I would have expected a much better experience. Will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I was allowed to reserve a table for 7 people. And it was very inconvenient that we couldn’t sit together. We should’ve known before hand that we would be split apart. Will never be back. The person seating us was extremely rude and explained things to me in a rough tone. Don’t allow me to do a part of 7 it u won’t explain the rule prior. Worst dinner for me and my family. It was a very special occasion for me and my fiancé and it was ruined because this is place couldn’t explain it to me prior

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Spooky13
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great the food was great. The drinks were amazing. Overall me and my wife couldn't have been more satisfied with the service we received.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very cautious and clean

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vipGlenn
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Thank you!

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DanielleB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dinner out since covid. Great seating spacing. The staff were so friendly. The food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service they attended my family awesome

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Server was slow. Once we mentioned it he improved. Food was excellent.

JL
JesselL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing. Very polite and professional!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

They might have been having an “off” night but this was our first time here and it didn’t go well. We were seated and put in drink and appetizer orders. It took almost 40 minutes to get our appetizer and by the time we got it we realized that the system at this restaurant is a bit messy so we asked for the check when our server finally came back around. He was nice enough to make an item free since we had to wait so long on everything and didn’t even get to order dinner. Staff seemed nice but worn down and it had a major impact on the experiences of their guests tonight. Table side guacamole is awesome though!!

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vipMfoodie
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The have a great lunch buffet. Lots of food choices and a fair price.

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Barbanddave61
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server, although very nice, was very slow. Food was typically bland. It took almost 15 mins to get drinks once they were ordered.

FAQs

El Torito - Northridge does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Northridge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 349-1607.

El Torito - Northridge is rated 4.3 stars by 67 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.