El Torito - Pasadena

4.2
92 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! My husband and I enjoyed our date night here.

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AmberE
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They don’t take opentable ): so maybe this should be taken off as an option

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing waitresses was so nice from the hostess to the food experience here was amazing

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ElizabethV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always very friendly….when we realized happy hour was only in the bar area..the waitress offered to move us and They quickly accommodated us. Food and the drinks tasted great! I really like how spacious the dining areas are and it never feels cramped. Thank you!

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LauraM
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch was AMAZING!!!! Great food and fantastic service for me and my family. I highly recommend El Torito Pasadena!

El Torito - Pasadena
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Cancun7
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was horrible. Definitely will not return to this location. It was cold. My sisters beef/chicken fajitas were inedible. The beef was like charcoal and the chicken was drier than the desert I can’t believe they would send food out that is visually obvious is wayyyy overcooked.

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AlvaroG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Usually very good food here, but, this time, the meat on the taco salad was chewy! I didn't complain, so no action was required.

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SilviaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice hostess and server

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JanetP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Will be back and looking to book a party there for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Need to be reh I’m

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Erickad
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the ambiance was magnificent! Everything was covid safe and the service our waitress Maria was fantastic!!!

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Michelle
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Reservation was made through opentable for outdoor dining. Front desk explained they do not have access to the reservation and can’t see the request for outdoor dining. I was assured that I would get an outdoor table. Some time passes and my group is taken to be seated, indoors. Had to explain for the third time that the reservation was for outdoor dining. After some time has passed we are finally seated. My group is split up into 2 tables. They explained the tables can’t be put together because the floor is uneven. At this point 40 minutes have already passed since my original reservation time and my group is hungry. The food was cold and bland. Unfortunately I will not be visiting again.

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Elveejay
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for Sunday brunch
March 2021

Sat outside, in a tent.
Price for the Sunday brunch at the Pasadena location is now at $30 per person.

Overall good food, good service

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

I recommend the food it was very delicious. I would love to celebrate with my family one day.

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LUISF
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was delicious with a lot of variety

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Jcq310
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Came here on 3/13/2021 to celebrate my March 10 birthday. I offered the 3 tacos plate. It was served on a cast iron pan but food was cold. It was patio dining only, quite cold outside. We were told The heater ran out of gas. My sister in law asked for more chips which never came. Mango margarita was mostly ice, no taste. We know Covid-19 has many restrictions. But it was a disappointing meal.

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vipFromAltadena
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Not enough servers - food came out unevenly and slowly. Would have ordered another drink if I’d had a chance.

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JeffK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My date and I sat in the cold, not near a heater like only the end tables in this parking lot tent, for one and a half hours waiting for our food. Others came and left, then a bag of 'to go' food was placed on our table. UNBELIEVEABLE!
Then my date and I went to my car to eat the food and the steak I got was uncutable, let alone eatable.
What a freaking disaster. The worst all around resturant I can ever remember going too. The worst!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our only son, Army soldier is home from leave, deployed overseas - Germany 🇩🇪 had dinner with family at his favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Never again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Had made prior reservation for Anniversary we were not sat until 1/2hr after reservation time, we noticed that there was an open table else where and asked if possible to move there we were told No yet another table asked to be moved and moved them, there was a hair in my food told the waiter did not care whatsoever, asked for another set of utensils and took them a while to get that to us had to ask another waitress walking by. One of the utensil sets brought to us was dirty. So that was our Anniversary experience.

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BlancaS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my best experiences in the last two years in “Brunches” . Everyone was so nice , hostess, waitress, the chefs who were attending the food, they all made us feel special!
Food was delicious!
The place was clean and with all the health and secure procedures.
I highly recommend it!
Price was great 👍🏻

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RosieZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There's a Female employee there with a really bad attitude and how she carries herself is very unpleasant and unprofessional

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good has gotten better. Get all you can eat brunch

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viplafoodiegirl
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had reservations and waited about 15 mins for a table.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went once LA allowed outdoor dining again. Good food & drinks. Wish they had more outdoor heaters

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thegrrrreat1
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

They are not open for dining, there was no need for reservations. You order and if you want they let you sit outside on there tables. But nobody serves you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never again... food was garbage, service was terrible, overpriced!!

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LusineA
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was bomb! I forgot his name though...great service

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Dissapointed
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed. We got there and they had an emergency remodel in the kitchen. Fortunately we found another place nearby (El Portal) that was delicious and delightful.

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vipMariaS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations on the open table when I got to the restaurant they were closed after I got a confirmation text and email

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Bobby
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went for the Thanksgiving day buffet and had a reservation for 7:15pm but arrived at 7:00 and wasn't seated until 7:20pm. No big deal. The closing time was to be 8:00pm. At 7:50pm they started taking items away and by 7:58pm there was nothing left when I went to get turkey which was just a carcass from 7:30 on and never replaced. I didn't complain because it was partially my fault for reserving so close to closing but I feel they should have mentioned they were going to start breaking down. Most buffets I've been to stop replenishing items at closing or shortly before and then leave them out for a while after and most restaurants when they close at xxx they stop seating at that time and don't literally close at that time. As I said previously partly my fault just a little disappointed over poor communication.

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jillg
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a little pricey for the items they had available. I feel that their Sunday buffet has many more options available to its patrons then they did for Thanksgiving.

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ChristineU
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Covid 19 having affect on everything overall these days

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Diana
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, our server Norma was very kind and attentive. Food was delicious as always!

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MaryI
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience3

I was thrilled that the city of Pasadena has decided to continue to allow outdoor dining. Our server was diligent to refill drinks before they were empty and checked on us regularly to make sure we had everything we needed. My husband tipped a higher percentage than usual because of the great service.

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Shelleysanaerikalindagrl
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was really nice. Seated quickly and service was great

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RosieZ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

A server who thinks she runs the place not even a sup or mgr. Has a really shifty attitude and is rude. I've been to that location twice might be the last

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GabyB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love happy hour is til 9 PM.. appetizers and drinks are delicious!!!!

FAQs

El Torito - Pasadena does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Pasadena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 351-8995.

El Torito - Pasadena is rated 4.2 stars by 92 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.