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

El Torito - Northridge

3.8
3.8
189 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 189 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. n

    nataliev

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The food is always a hit and miss. This time it was good. The service was horrible. We went at 3pm and it was dead yet we waited so long to order! We ordered drinks and table side guac. Got our guacamole order, they made it at the table, ate it all and still did not have our drinks. Guacamole tasted good but was made from 2 of the smallest avocados ever seen! Definitely not enough for 3 people like we needed. My taco came out just with meat and onions (was missing guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro and fire roasted salsa as was stated in the menu!). We asked for our receipt and waited 20 minutes to get! Only to realize we were overcharged by over $15 for a whole plate when I only ordered 1 taco. For a bill that came out over $120 bad service but decent food when served right.
  2. MM

    MarvM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    chips were cold and tasted stale...did not have mild dip for chips, only hot dip. food was ok, bit just barely warm. service was very good.
  3. RG

    RosieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been long time I've been Ek Torito loved it!..I will be back Happy Hour in Sherman oaks
  4. TL

    TLUE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    The waitress was friendly. Food took almost an hour to come out, and the restaurant was pretty empty.
  5. A

    Ape4u67

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was new it was her first day she did well and was friendly
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was graduation night so service was a bit slow. Almost an hour before we had food. Server was friendly but it didnt seem that busy that drinks etc should have taken that long. Food was excellent! So were the cadillac margaritas
  7. F

    Funfood

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reservations were not acknowledged including request for a booth. Aware never a guarantee but an acknowledgment would e been appreciated.
  8. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It was okay. I was disappointed that the buffet was not self-serve. They were short-staffed, creating long lines, or no one at all manning stations. The servers at stations made me feel rushed to choose what I wanted and then put way more than I wanted on my plate, and then quickly moving on to the next person. When I go to a buffet, I like to take small portions of many different items so I don't fill up too quickly. The food itself was very tasty. The table service was very good. The gentleman taking care of our table was very attentive -- always there to remove a plate or refresh a drink. Not sure that I would return for brunch.
  9. j

    jamess

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The server stole some of my change and made us wait forever. She was chitchatting while at work. She id rude very very rudem
  10. T

    T007

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    They needed more people making the food line. One person per station. Lines we long and couldn’t social distance. Our table cloths were dirty. No water or chips and salsa were served. The star of the show was our waitress but she could have even done more by bringing new table coverings and water/chips. Wasn’t worth the amount pp.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Friendly staff. Nice Atmosphere
  12. JD

    JuliDB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My review is for the restaurant’s reservation system not the food. This was the 2nd time we made a reservation that this restaurant could not honor. We were called to our table 1.5 hours after our reserved time, but we were already eating somewhere else! The restaurant should only take reservations that it can realistically keep, and put all others on waitlist. Not everyone wants to wait 1.5 hours to eat at a chain restaurant, so the wait time information should be given up front.
  13. c

    cakes

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Came for Cinco De Mayo. Had a reservation at 6:45pm. Did not get seated until 745pm. It was crowded, the restaurant was not prepared. Service was incredibly slow. They ran out of avocado so we couldn’t order guacamole with our chips. Just very poor.
  14. LS

    LuisS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    A was little difficult with the reservation and personal needs more training to deal with public.
  15. WN

    WillieN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My wife had a fly in her margarita and gave the drink back she declined a second drink and they still made us pay for the drink. We payed the bill with no problems but we will never dine there again
  16. B

    Briana

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Great service and food! It is busy so be patient or even better make a reservation
  17. a

    amandar

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and staff was very friendly and on top it .
  18. A

    Ape4u67

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    For 30 dollars it wasn’t worth it you couldn’t even order off the regular menu plus the service was bad the waitresses were all over the place
  19. C

    Claudw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience4
    In all the years I have ordered the chicken sizzling enchiladas, this is the first night that my plate was not sizzling and my rice and corn were just warm. I was surprise to see that the shift manager who brought my food didn’t notice that my plate was not making a sizzling sound.
  20. LK

    LynnK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was tasty. Server was excellent! Poor acoustics…it was really noisy!
  21. CF

    CamilaF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I like the changes, the restaurant is cleaner food still great in my opinion the menu needs a little refinement
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible Service and didn’t get the order right
  23. TO

    TerryO

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Staff was very professional and friendly. Food was great!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I ordered chicken taco Chicken was too dry and burnt & also I didn’t want rice I changed to the salad but salad came late not the same time with the food or before Thanks 😊
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I’ve been to this same location before and had far greater service. On this trip the food was not right, took 1 hr to get the food and $45 mins for the bill
  26. JA

    JosieA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The sitting area we had was dirty. The floor was very dirty. We told our host If. We could have another table to sit because the floor was dirty and around the table. The host cleaned it with a broom. Now the server was not happy that we mention to the host that the table was dirty. Server never got us more drinks. And didn’t ever introduce himself at the beginning. I won’t be going again to El torito after this service :(. Very disappointed because it was not even busy
  27. NN

    NowayNoe

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ari was quick, bubbly, professional and so sweet! Food was hot, flavorful and a good take on Mexican cuisine. Recommend for comfort food and casual dining.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great brunch , affordable compare to other spots!
  29. B

    Bird

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food was received cold. Very disappointing because the tacos were cold and the cheesecake was FROZEN!!
  30. J

    Janana

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went to El Torito for a Sundate to end our busy weeks. I love the margaritas at the El Torito locations which is what prompted us to make a reservation. The portions of the meals are huge and easily shareable. We started off with the chicken flautas appetizer and shared the steak and cheese enchilada plate. The food tasted amazing and was very affordable. We will definitely be visiting again in the future.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve celebration with family.
  32. LG

    LilianaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I still had to wait 20 minutes even though I had reservations
  33. BH

    BrettH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and the service was terrific - especially since it was Christmas and the place was very busy!
  34. MK

    MelindaK

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I'm so glad we decided to go out Christmas Day. The Brunch was wonderful, fresh food and a large variety. Spacing and masks were worn by all and seating was spaced appropriately. El Torito once again does not disappoint!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Food was cold. Restaurant was very cold.
  36. RO

    RogelioO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The service is very good and most of the food is very tasty.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Thanksgiving dinner. Not enough servers. No menú. Buffet only. Disappointed overall.
  38. B

    Baby

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our reservations was at 4:45 yesterday and 8 of us were there 5 minutes before the time. Our table was not ready and they keep telling us that they were working on it. We waited for more than 30 minutes standing for the table to be ready. What I don’t understand is we made a reservation ahead of time and it seems that they treated us as walk ins. The most glaring observation we noticed is that they are not asking for the vaccination records for all diners which is a violation for the LA County ordinance effective November 4, 2021.
  39. MA

    MartinA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service , delicious Thanksgiving dinner and bang for your buck!
  40. G

    carolG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    children running around unmasked, crowded together, loud

FAQs

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 3.8 stars by 189 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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

  • 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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