El Torito - Orange

4.4
163 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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff went above and beyond

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KimS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hi, we sat down on the patio. The table was unstable. (we wanted this table that was spaced away so we didn't move. Noisy with only Hispanic music, no Christmas. Service was slow. The blinds were not tied down because the ties were broken and the little bit of wind pushed them around. Our waiter was a bit aloof. We have been eating at El Torito for over 25 years as a family and this was extremely disappointing. We actually left after we had sat down for about 10 minutes with our ice tea, water and chips. We had not ordered yet.

Sincerely, Kim Specht, Orange, CA

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I think they were short handed. Service nice people but over whelmed and no time to come by to make sure we didn’t need things. Food was delicious though.

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Greg
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside so it was safe. Still love the sweet corn cake. I enjoyed the shrimp enchiladas. Not too many places make them with shrimp.

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JuliaT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, overall services and ambiance. Prompt and well attended even though they were fairly busy.

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Finedining4
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Parking was terrible. There was a big party at a table who were being overly loud. They were treating it as a bar not a restaurant. Management did nothing to quiet them down. Extremely difficult to have a conversation at our own table. We ended up leaving before we wanted to.

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TanyaB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Got sick off of the food. I’m asking for a refund.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Slow service, one lady for all of our section.

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Essie
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the excellent service our waitress gave us, very friendly and accommodating

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Nini
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best Sunday Brunch perfect for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The waiter got my order wrong. I was able to get it corrected but they forgot to change the bill so I almost paid for an entree I didn’t order

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Service was bad
Server was not attentive
Food tasted very commercial not authentic like it use to

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Mom5
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to have dinner with my husband the drinks and food were great our waiter was busy put he kept up with all the tables he serviced we would go back again

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JenniferC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, large portions.

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Nini
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Sunday Brunch to celebrate special occasions. Great food and awesome service.

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Diane
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and food were very good but the music was too loud for our table of 8 to be able to carry on a conversation from one end of the table to the other, even after the staff turned down the volume to accommodate us. We would definitely go back again if we could be seated at a table better suited to a large party who enjoys conversing.

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Dana
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, good value! Four of us sat on the patio off the bar during Happy Hour on Tuesday - not crowded, drinks and food were yummy. Caught up with friends from out of town (all of us have been vaccinated), first experience dining out since the lockdown first started. Nice to get out - things felt safe & clean. Chairs could use an update (truly my ONLY complaint), but appreciated the overall experience here!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food is really good

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WalkThisWay
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

the food was fantastic, from the chips to the salsas, to the entrees. Our waiter was super duper nice and fun but wasn't johnny on the spot for us. Didn't change our experience, we weren't in a hurry and enjoyed visiting with our dinner guests.

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Rejim
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not worth the money. Maybe it’s due to just opening up after COVID, but the food wasn’t worth the price.

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BigHen74
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great margaritas friendly staff...................

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MichelleR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Avoid this place, it wa sorry, awful food, terrible service. A poor waiter dropped a tray of food and it flew right at us! Will never step foot in this place ever again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great relaxing dinner and our server and the rest of the staff were very attentive!

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VirginiaE
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time we went to celebrate a birthday and it was great our waiter was excellent and the food was wonderful

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DonnaA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was Mother's Day, so it was very crowded and considering that it was handled very well, seating was not what I would have liked but they did their bet to take care of us. It would have been great on another day.

I always enjoy El Torito and every location I have been to My Grandson was treating me and I told him next time make it a regular day not that Holiday.

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pingwin
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

the food was cold and didn't taste good at all. I couldn't identify what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good, not great. Service was a bit slow but it was a busy day.
I wouldn’t go for a special occasion but I would for casual dining and drinks.

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1977
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Too many people inside of that restaurant. The food lines were super long. Definitely not practicing social distancing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The ambiance was really good, the DJ was getting the crowd going, truly recommended. What I didnt like was that there wasnt many servers for the amount of people in the patio, we waited a while to see one to ask for extra condiments and other things.

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JacobH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Cinco de mayo

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The wait for food during Sunday brunch is crazy. I’ll never do it again. The food I did get was decent. My omelette was burnt. We asked for water several times before we got it. I will go back to El Torito just not for brunch the service is too slow.

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RayZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good drinks! Definitely a hangout spot to check out!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and drinks are great as always!!!

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Crzb
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Crowded at front entrance no social distancing. I made a reservation but it still took 40 min wait. Ate outside and felt safer than inside. Noticed they were overwhelmed with guests and not enough wait staff. But our waitress was really nice and left her a big tip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Waitress was unprofessional there was 3 heat lamps within 4 steps of each other and non by my table! My waitress took orders from 2 people that came in after I was seated! I asked when another table opens up if I could move as it’s freezing where I was sitting! She said No! I went to use the bathroom and my salad and soda was cleared away. That’s when I asked for a refund as I only took 2 small bites before going to bathroom

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Only one in line to be seated the. Some others came and got seated before me just because they was the same race! The. She sat another 2 people 15 minutes later and remember I was the only one in line when I showed up and it took 15 min for them to seat me

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our service was outstanding the food was okay our table was set in the back next to a private party with a live band which was lovely to listen with dinner

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FoodMan
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great experience once we sat down. Can't say the same before that. Had a reservation on open table for 5:15. Checked in on time yet a group with the same party size walked up with no reservations sat in 15 minutes while we waited 30 minutes to sit. Hope management gets better about reservations compared to walk ups. Seems like a broken system right now.

FAQs

El Torito - Orange does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Torito - Orange also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 939-6711.

El Torito - Orange is rated 4.4 stars by 163 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.