El Torito - Ontario

4.3
172 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Join us on Mother's Day from 8AM – 2PM, for All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch! Visit our brunch stations where we’ll serve you & enjoy a variety of offerings including a Fajita Station, Hot Mexican Entrées, Taco Station, Omelettes Made-to-Order & many more! Don’t forget about the Bottomless Mimosas!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cinco de mayo

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JCRP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great vibes!!! Can't wait to go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Celebrated daughter’s birthday. The location is good for gatherings.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Breakfast was okay, they put a lot of pepper on the eggs but the churro pancakes are really good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very expensive veggie fajitas!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was my partners bday. Nothing was done. Not sure if you guys do stuff for birthdays. But also the server seemed overwhelmed with all the tables he was given. Which should’ve been 2 servers in the area. He did well. My corn tortillas I ordered were not cooked at all. It was a good experience though. Might try again.

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DoreenG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and drinks and awesome service. Our waiter was fabulous!

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snugflow
Anchorage
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Wasn’t impressed. Not what it use to be. Food was just ok

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YollieM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

I don’t understand how this restaurant can offer reservations when I arrived to the restaurant (15 minutes early) the host told me they will let me know at 4 PM (time of the reservation) when the table will be ready. I didn’t get seated after 4:30 PM. People kept coming in and getting seated right away. My server took a while to bring us refills, the food seemed a little cold as well. Overall, not a great experience.

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Angelique
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was served quickly, it was hot, tasty, and good!

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MarilynN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and service

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EileenGarcia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Our Anniversary here on 4/10/2021 and had an amazing time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server Christopher was outstanding. Food was hot and delicious

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MollyG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was cold. Service was slow. Place was way too crowded for social distancing. Every table was packed and some with uncontrolled kids running around in the aisles and being noisy. Will not recommend anymore .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the carne asada was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Table was ready. Great service all night

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here and always look forward to it!

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elisa79
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

It was okAy

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moonridge
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Recently opened the buffet and are still working out the kinks. I get that things aren't back to normal after this past year, I appreciate they're trying.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I come to El Torito very often. This visits complaint isn’t towards my tables waitress because she, herself was amazing and I wish I would’ve grabbed her name. My reservation was originally for 18. With everyone not able to show up we lowered it to 11 adults and 1 child. It ended up being 8 adults and 2 children by the time everyone showed up. There was a heavier set Hispanic lady in a white button up who rudely told us we only had a 2 hour limit at our table especially with not everyone being there exactly at our start time. 3x we were told about this. The final time we were told “so your 11 adults didn’t show up?” I responded with no this is everyone. She responded with, “so not 11 adults?” Again, i said no, this is everyone. And i had to count the 8 adults and 2 children. The lady wrote it on a sticky note and walked away. Then as I am in line For food I hear her tell a gentleman who I am also assuming had a large party and say, “so you’re going to be done by 12 right?” And he just responded with “we might be I’m trying.” I get business is busy and having multiple tables being taken up for a large party can be complicated but, there are ways to go about talking to your customers. I’ve never had this kind of service before at your location and from what seems like a manager at that! Really unprofessional. Other than that food was great. Environment was great as always, and our waitress was exceptionally amazing and kind.

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Vicky
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It is not the same now since Covid but I still love your Brunch

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TanishaD
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch was great. Mimosas were amazing. The staff was also very helpful and friendly.

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JLHII
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and experience was great from beginning to end. All staff, from the manager to the bus staff were very pleasant. They were very accommodating. We will definitely make reservations again soon to enjoy Taco Tuesday. Thank-you Jordon, our waitress and to all of the rest of the staff.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The carne asada was the toughest piece of meat I’ve ever tried to eat.

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JosephH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was AMAZING. Soo move and good. Hostess sat us right away in a warm area. Waiter was Perfect

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

This chicken looked raw, we had a reservation set at 9:15pm and didn’t get seated till 9:40, didn’t get food till 11pm! Most disappointing experience I’ve ever had at El Torito tbh.

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vipSLS4ME
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

El Torito was so unprepared for inside dining customers. Let's start with, we had reservations, and it appeared that the 4 girls at the intake counter for arriving guests just were totally unorganized, in fact they really looked lost. Told them we had the reservation, and were told "Oh we will get to your reservation in a few minutes, please wait outside!" WHAT! we had to wait when there were half dozen cleaned tables that we could have been seated immediately, not wait.
Once we were seated, no eating utensils with napkins were provided, no server coming to the table with chips and salsa and ask for our drink order. That took a good 25 minutes before a waiter noticed we had not been attended to. Was that really how El Torito is now doing business? If so, their customer support base will start falling short and by the reviews in YELP, it seems we were not the only customers to get very poor service.
Now on to the food. Soup for once was served hot. Good job. The taco and chili relleno combo was served hot, however the outside of the relleno was cooked, but the middle, the chili was tough, cheese was not melted and it was cold! REALLY??? We are done with El Torito for awhile. Loved the restaurant before and now it is just unorganized, can't get food servers to do their jobs because it is obvious they are understaffed, and the cooks need replacing in our opinion since they can't COOK!

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DavidC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good place I love the fact that I had a reservation at 3 got there an hour before and thy still were able to sit us down

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SharnessiaW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

The food i ordered was not up to expectations. I had cold food sent it back and all they did was put it under the microwave. Didn't make it fresh

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CherylR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the greatest service.

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SHANICET
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it food and service was good drinks was good everything was great

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JanaeA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maria was our server and she was amazing. She made sure our waters were always full and was very attentive. The food was delicious and such a great value. I will definitely be coming back!

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JohnD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was so nice to actually dine inside again. I look forward to my next visit to El Torito.

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Char
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our party sat for over an hour with no food . 2/4 plates were cold, sent them back 30 minutes pass and the food was still cold. Asked for manager and he offers to get food remade but it was gonna take and 15-20 minutes which is ridiculous .

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clrmtmem
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was great! Delayed service due to outside seating. Otherwise great.

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JosephD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, server was always on point. Everything was good and we will be going back

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IzzaA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Still good after the pandemic but their Margarita didn’t taste the same.

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vipYayi
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son and I ordered from the brunch menu and both entrees were delicious. The server was super attentive and kept replenishing our chips, salsa and water glasses. Check-in time was a breeze with our OpenTable reservation. Thank you!

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BrentB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service and food were average. We came for brunch on a Saturday, and did not feel like we received the best from El Torito compared to past visits. The food did not come out all together and some of the dishes were slightly cold.

FAQs

El Torito - Ontario does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Ontario also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 944-9102.

El Torito - Ontario is rated 4.3 stars by 172 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.