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El Torito - El Torito - Northridge, Los Angeles, CA

El Torito - Northridge

4.1
4.1
286 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (818) 349-1607
  • 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
    Northridge
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Fernando Valley / Valencia

    Great for brunch

  • San Fernando Valley / Valencia

    Kid-friendly

  • San Fernando Valley / Valencia

    Good for groups

286 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas, an absolute bargain! The food is amazing, the vibe there is very fun, will absolutely be going again! Can’t recommend it enough

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  2. Renee

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great valentine's day special, with a lot of food

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually have a good experience, but we made reservations and arrived early and it still took 45 mins to be seated. The waitress seemed overwhelmed and the quality of the food has gone down.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Very poor service experience. Cold food served after sitting, and major time gap between item arrival times. Waitress yelled at us and saud it's not her problem.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and Service as always. Jose is an excellent way to and enjoy having him service every Saturday morning for breakfast.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was great, hostess went out of her way to help get us sitting fast I was with my to orderly parents mothers birthday turning 70. The food was a little burn the flautas and the crunchy tacos don’t really like to complain so we didn’t say anything. But the employees are great just wish the food was more enjoyable.

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  7. LatishaC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing friendly and courteous staff delicious food!

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  8. DeatriceN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was cold, the Cesar salad was just lettuce and dressing (no croutons) I paid more than $800 for a space for 30. When my family went to go back to the buffet, they placed strangers in their seats. The area where the soft drinks were served was FILTHY!

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  9. TraceyR

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    As a chain it is what you would expect and the food is average. Service was very poor, short staffed and not attentive to table.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. TheGovernor

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Silverware was not clean had to change it and was a blue rubber band in the salsa
    El Torito - NorthridgeResponded on January 19, 2024
    Dear TheGovernor, Thank you for the 4-star review! We appreciate your feedback and are always striving to improve. If there's anything specific you'd like to share to help us earn that 5th star next time, please feel free to reach out. We value your business and look forward to serving you again soon! 

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  11. PaolaJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank You Miguel for your awesome Customer Service. I definitely recommend this place and the food is amazing as always.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Love Saturday morning breakfast.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group and I were all very impressed with the service and appreciate the hospitality. The food was tasty, and the drinks were great. But the friendliness of everyone working there made our stay wonderful. Sabrina was our server and she was most friendly in helping us choose our drinks and out meals. She made our stay most enjoyable.
    El Torito - NorthridgeResponded on January 7, 2024
    Dear Guest, thank you so much for your 5 star review! We appreciate you taking the time to share and look forward to serving you again soon! 

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & service, have been here since 2021. Great parking also.
    El Torito - NorthridgeResponded on January 7, 2024
    Dear Guest, thank you so much for your 5 star review! We appreciate you taking the time to share and look forward to serving you again soon! 

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  15. NavidM

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped by on a weekday with the family. The staff was attentive and friendly. The restaurant was spacious and comfortable. Great value for fair food.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter wasn't great, seemed kinda annoyed when asked anything....But it was Christmas Day....

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  17. FlorD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a step up from previous years! Food was delicious…

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  18. ElviaA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    While the customer service was exceptional, there were organizational issues during our visit. Despite making a reservation, we had to wait an hour for seating. It seems reservations may not be as effective during busy weekends. Additionally, the quality of the food was subpar, especially during brunch. I recommend addressing these issues for a better dining experience.

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  19. CherylT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A touch pricey for the buffet but the food was delicious and our server was on top of things the whole time. It was very goid!

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  20. JohnG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything went perfect. Right when I got there, they seated us. So didn’t have to wait. The Thanksgiving food was great. I really enjoy the turkey and mashed potatoes

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  21. DisappointedV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Sadly something seems to be very wrong at this specific location lately. The last three times I have been here, The wait for a host to even show up to the front has been super long. My daughter and I love to come here for their queso dip and fried ice cream. Cheese was cold and didn’t taste the same . And for our luck, they didn’t have ice cream 😞. It will probably be a while before we forget and decide to come back.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    For starters, I ordered my steak well done, and my wife's, both came redish pink, waitress could use more attentiveness towards tables, and perhaps just a bit less time between the times she takes to come back to each table

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  23. Jkriding

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal with great service. Staff was attentive, warm, and the food was delicious for the value you get. Will definitely be going back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    There was plastic wrap in my enchilada. I told the waitress and she took it to show the cook. The manager never came over to apologize or offer any discount. Very bad food quality.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress was really attentive, the food just took a long time to come out.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service and staff was excellent. The ambiance was a little ruined by a large party with several unruly children and teenagers with lack of supervision (totally on the parents, not much the staff could’ve really done ). Perhaps a better initial seating arrangement so the children weren’t going between tables and booths during buffet style brunch were us and plenty other guests were walking around back and forth with plates of hot food? I almost spilled a hot plate of pozole on one small child because she darted in front of me. But again, not on the staff but on the inconsiderate parents.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Relatively slow service. They forgot a few drinks which we had adjusted at the end. Food was good but Value is not there for all plates sizes.

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  28. AdrianR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was amazing and made my 24th Anniversary a memorable one. Our first date was at this restaurant and we wanted to bring back that first date memory. Thanks for everything that was done for us.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited in front of the restaurant for almost 30 minutes to be seated…. The hostess was busy serving drinks and cleaning so she was oblivious to us and the other 4 parties of people waiting to be seated. I walked around the restaurant looking for the manager and when I found him he said he would have the hostess come seat us. 10 more minutes and finally the hostess took us to the worst tables she could find. 20 minutes of sitting with no chips, no water and nothing ordered. The buffet was unmanned so food was all over other food and everything was cold….. disgusting and disappointing. Also ordered food from the menu and it was cold and not tasty. Wasted my money and time that I can’t get back. Most awful experience ever!!!!!!

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  30. KenBen

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Went for my Birthday with Father and several friends, had requested a Booth out of the way since my Father has dementia, a hard time walking, and gets confused easily now and has a hard time focusing and hearing. Was not provided and could not find us one, where we ended up getting seated had stairs and many people around so he just ate and could not talk with anyone. Did not get Chips for quite a while despite it not appearing very busy and they were never re-filled throughout the whole time we were there. Food was not up to your former standards, everyone just thought it was okay, nothing special. Though we are near the Sherman Oaks Location, we come out here because it has always been better with good parking, attentive servers, and good food. Perhaps we will have to re-think are trips out there.

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  31. CarolinaO

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the brunch items. Overall very good service.

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  32. Afis

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Server wasn't present most of the time. Food didn't taste fresh.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food, a bit understaffed but the server was amazing regardless of the circumstances.

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  34. PattyQ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The service and food quality have definitely got really bad. Service is super slow, and food is tasteless.

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  35. SherrieC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Extremely slow service and charged over $8 for birthday flan that we never asked for

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  36. RWJW

    Las Vegas

    75 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for Sunday Brunch and have being going for over 10 years. This was the worst experience ever. Our server, Juan R, was extremely poor. It took repeated requests by me to receive our original order of champaign, orange juice, ice water, chips & sauce, etc. My wife had to request coffee several times and he never asked if she would like a refill. I had to request the complimentary pancakes and they came cold. Also, he was so distracted with chatting with others - it was difficult to get his attention. In order to get the final bill, I had to request the individual cleaning off our take to get him. The basic "hot" food (tacos, rice, etc.) was not warm at all. At the desert area - I requested a sliced banana (not banana foster) with some ice cream. The individual serving said I'd have to wait for all the banana foster customers first.

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  37. BobC

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service, cold food, had to go get our own silverware. Several requests such as hot sauce - requested twice but never received. Overall, very poor.

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  38. CindyK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a CC belated Father’s Day brunch. Very nice experience.

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  39. AmitJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This time the service was very slow. They closed down one complete section and had less servers. They gave us a place where it was completely private but at the same time, easy to forget for server as it is in a kind of space which is aloof from everybody

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  40. AmitJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love coming here. The food is to die for and the chips at disturbing the beginning are just too good to be true.

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You can order delivery directly from El Torito - Northridge using the Order Online button. El Torito - Northridge also offers 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 4.1 stars by 286 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Torito - Northridge

8855 Tampa Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91324

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Northridge
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (818) 349-1607
  • 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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