El Torito - Pasadena

4.6
120 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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vipyntbom
Los Angeles
145 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Delicious food. Slow service even on a quiet weekday. Had to ask for utensils and missed items from
Our order. Server sweet but not sure if he had too many tables.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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CindyA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Love the renovation and the food was wonderful. Great kids menu, lots of options for everyone at the table. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our server had many tables inside and outside the cantina, while a couple of other servers seemed to have more free time on their hands, our server was running around in a hurry. I asked for 2 margaritas for myself and my Sister (2 each) since I had a feeling it was going to take a while to get another drink. He only brought us 1 each and I had to flag him down after him passing by us 3 times in a hurry for another margarita. Our chips and salsa ran out before even getting another drink and we were never asked if we would like more. I ordered fajitas and had to flag the sever down again after a while to ask for my tortillas. Then dessert came along and the sever wouldn't brings us a menu so we described what we wanted and it was totally different.

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DMontiel
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great. My carne asada was cold and overcooked. Rice was overcooked.

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vipMHenry
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very disappointing experience. The food was cold, nothing came out together, and the service was absolutely horrible! Will never go back.

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vipWilburR
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great enchiladas, good server, cold Margaritas!

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LauraM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasurable dining/drinking experience! Try to order something different each time and we are never disappointed.

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Arcadia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Bad service. Not impressed. Gave us stale chips. Not on their game anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, outstanding meal and attention by our server

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KelliB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good. The service was great!!

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LauraM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new "Vampire Tacos" were excellent and the Flan, as always, delicious!! Our Server, Randy, was outstanding!

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GregV
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Sunday brunch here and I really enjoyed it! The staff adjusted well to COVID protections and we were seated sufficiently apart from other parties to be comfortable. Noise level ok, we were just about done when the family of 10 came in. I'll definitely return and recommend to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

I love going to this restaurant but I was very disappointed on the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We were seated quickly but service took forever. I can’t believe how long it took to get drinks. The food was also a long wait and it was mediocre at best. Another long wait for refills and an even longer wait for the bill. What could have been an easy 30 minute lunch easily took an 1.15.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great date spot! quiet, dark with nice music to set the mood. Loved the food, atmosphere and the cheese cake of course!

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think about our food and your experience! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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vipBradH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food quality not what it used to be

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Poca variedad de comida mexicana y muy simple

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AllienO
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

VERY HOT IN BAR AREA FOR BRUNCH- WE WERE LITERALLY SWEATING

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. – Xperience Restaurant Group

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KimB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience4

The staff was extremely friendly and attentive and the manager was checking on service as well. Service was prompt and food was good. We keep going back.

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Its useless to book with opentable if they accommodate someone w/o reservation. We came in first but they attended the group w/o reservation who just walked in. After being seated our server was Mario who appears to be always rushing and does not pay attention. He messed up our order and took a long time to attend to our needs but noticed that he takes his time with other tables. This is by far the worst service we received. We should have just went somewhere else to bring our business.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Billy
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We came for the Sunday Brunch. The prices have gone up to $29 per person and there is a surcharge. Most of the food was served at room temperature and nothing was hot. Everyone in my party agreed that we would have been better off going to a taco stand. I could taste the freezer burn on the carnitas and the enchiladas were cold and old. This was the first time in my life where my churro was soggy instead of crunchy. All of the food could have been from the day before because that's how it tasted. I would not recommend this place and will never come back to this El Torito location. Parking is easy at this location and if you make a reservation you won't have to wait long. The place was packed, but the food was awful. I have no idea why anyone would want to pay so much for food that is this awful. El Torito management, you need to make your food hot. There were no burners under all of the meat dishes. Your orange juice and horchata tasted like they came out of plastic containers.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and great margaritas!

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mikeA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Made a reservation. For indoor dining was sat at the bar. When asked if we could sit in dining room they said it’s a wait. So that was disappointing.

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CurtisC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed my dinner . The service was good. I would definitely be back !

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TeresaF
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The total experince was very good. The food was good but there wasn't has much as variety as there was before covid, as I remember.

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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
7 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
Responded on May 13, 2021

We are happy to hear about your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share. - Xperience Restaurant Group

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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
3 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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Ericka
Orange County
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

El Torito - Pasadena does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.6 stars by 120 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.