El Torito - Riverside Plaza

4.4
63 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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Nov 26, 2020

Join El Torito for another All-You-Can-Eat Holiday Celebration this Thanksgiving. Book your table to secure your spot today! Go back for seconds (and thirds) for $29.00 for adults, and just $10.00 for those 12 and under. Specialty holiday meal items will be served, in addition to $5 Drink Specials.

What 63 people are saying
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Christina
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the outdoor dining with a dj /music. The wait staff was very pleasant l! Definitely going back

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JamieA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I made a 11:30 reservation, we were on time but didn't get seated till 12:20.

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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AnthonyR
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! Great Sunday brunch. Service... Absolutely 5 star host.

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipCOQUI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

My overall experience nice and definitely due to the server. I made a reservation early in the day for 6pm. I checked in with the host and come to find out they honor same day reservations. Which makes 0 sense because they should just block out same day reservations that way it doesn’t even lead you on. However once we got sat our server took exceptional care of us. She was so busy that night but managed to give us great service.

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good food, great service. Felt comfortable in this time of covid. Felt safe. #goodtimes

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Great service. We all had a good time, but it was really loud since we were sitting right by the speaker.

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always so good hear

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday party

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Punkyg1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great manager on shift , very helpful .. a little slow on food service .. but everything was GREAT !!!

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MamaD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Seating was nice, outdoor had a lot of shade for the warm day, food was good with short lines for brunch, but service was a little slow.

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Lollie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Sunday brunch!! Yummy food and outstanding service.

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CristinaM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was great, just wish our tables could have been closer together

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except the load overbearing music on Tuesday nights, otherwise all good!

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JennifferJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiting was not too long since I had a reservation. The food and environment was great, my parents loved it! The waitress was very attentive and followed the sanitary precautions. It was nice to go out, enjoy and feel safe! I will definitely go again

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RosemaryD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food was great but the greeters in the front seems as if they didn't know what was going on. I had a reservation for two but we had to wait to be seated. It took about thirty minutes until we were seated. I believe this was only because I went to ask how much longer it was going to take.

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JoseP
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Showed up at 7:17pm Made a reservation for 730 on open table and was told that we would have to wait for 35 minutes. The person said That they would try to accommodate us that it's hard to keep Up to date with the reservations. So we waited and still was not Called. Ended up going somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat anytime of day.

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Tanyam1025
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El Torito is one of my favorite places to eat and drink some great beverages! The atmosphere is awesome too!

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LarryB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed, remembering our pre-virus visits. The chicken was burned and dry. The tacos had large chunks of fat/suet. The guacamole was 1/3 the amount we remembered and cost more. To top it all off, there was a mysterious "surcharge" added to the bill. Not a very pleasant experience overall.

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GraceG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made This reservation and they did not honor it. Then they took my name down with a FIFTY minute wait time. And i was never called for my table being ready. Horrible service. Expected more from them

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LilDickens
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great time just a little hot. Maybe some fans would be nice but our server was amazing and food was great!

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ShaquentaRailey
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i wasa wonderful family experience, they allowed us to bring our own cake it was great!

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank you... Always enjoy dining with my granddaughter!

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CheriB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They expanded the patio and it was so nice and spacious. Our waiter was amazing!!
Great prices with happy hour extended.

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JimH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating with great service / staff. Well prepared meal exactly as ordered. A little breezy on the patio - but hey we can dine out during the pandemic. The music on the patio was a little loud for my taste but was pleasant none the less. Will return and use Open Door to reserve a table.

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MarcF
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great dinner outside. Service was superb.

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Dana
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined outside on their patio. They need more personnel to serve and sanitize because there was a lagrime. They do keep everyone distant eating and they are careful with cleaning and serving. More fans , to keep flies away, would be helpful. Very pleasant atmosphere.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Michelle provided great Service ..Thank you!

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaceful & unhurried, relaxing atmosphere, good food & service. We went at 9 am, before the crowds.

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Dana
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The red sangria and the pineapple smoky margarita were outstanding. The tacos and enchiladas. We would recommend that you ask for the enchiladas be made out of corn tortillas because the flour tortilla gets soggy with the sauce.

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vipRHONDA
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress who was very patient and friendly. She even helped my 95yo grandmother with her food. Thank you so much. Great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinning with family and kids

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LivingLife
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Always good food and Service. I will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the breakfast buffet. They way it was carried out was well done for current changes in dining. Waiters did a great job with the conditions and were so friendly. We had a great experience! We also loved and appreciated that fresh food was brought out for the buffet all the way to the ending time instead of running out of items.

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MargoL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, loved eating outside. Waitress was helpful and always there when needed.

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DaleneS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service, a little pricey but not too bad.

FAQs

El Torito - Riverside Plaza does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Riverside Plaza also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 684-6816.

El Torito - Riverside Plaza is rated 4.4 stars by 63 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.