El Torito - Riverside Plaza

4.1
131 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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PamW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had made reservations for 7 and requested inside. Upon arrival I found that a party over 6 needed to be outside. Turned out great. We were in the shade and it was quiet and the food was good. Can’t ask for more.

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MercedeeG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a great brunch day and i enjoyed my mimosas!

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great friendly food and service! Bella is always sweet

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always love dining at El Torito... The Chili Rellenos are the BEST!!! Thank you

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vipBrendaA
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was spotty. The establishment seems unable to handle high customer volume. I think this is in large part due to Covid. Food was average. My dining companion and I were disappointed at the quality and some of the items looked like they had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while with relation to the cheese.

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CEeeeeP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible I’ll never book with open table again. I didn’t even get to my reservation... says the location was closed at 10pm my reservation was for 10:15... so why have open slots if the place is closed? Come on.

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katb3
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

1) table was not clean - hair and salsa and who knows what else?!? Asked server to clean it and she wiped with a wet rag. No confidence there was any kind of disinfectant used.

2) Menu stated “table side guacamole” and we even made statement to server we were “going to make her work.” Yet, she brought pre-made guacamole that was definitely not freshly made-to-order. If she had told us ahead of time, we would have declined. It tasted like the stuff you buy in a bag at grocery store.

3) prices have increased, no doubt to covid, and there is now a surcharge. Too bad food quality has not improved. Hard shell tacos were very greasy, fell apart and had to be eaten with a fork and knife.

4) only reason we dined there was to redeem a free entree coupon. Doubtful we will return anytime soon.

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Dtaylor19
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Good chips and salsa and happy hour specials

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Jenn
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hosts were super nice and made us feel welcome, we were running about 10 minutes late. Server was very courteous and happy. Food was delicious.

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BubbaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food had plenty cold spots and the chicken was overly salty. When is was time to pay the Bill waiter wouldn’t leave the table, waiting for a card. Racially Profiled ???

-Would NOT recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The waitress was efficient and friendly with our group

El Torito - Riverside Plaza
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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipLindaV
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The service was very slow and the place wasn’t that crowded- seemed to be under staffed the food was mediocre bland

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Though we had a reservation we had to wait an additional 10 mins which is not bad but the hostess was rude from the beginning. Once we got the text that our table was ready, she took me to a table inside, when I pointed out the my reservation was for outside she shrugged her shoulders and said let me see what I can do. After a minute she walked us outside but you could tell she was bothered. She sat us at a table where the sun was beating down, there and it had two chairs even though my reservation was for 3. I asked if we could get something shaded, she preceded to drag the small table to about 4 feet where it still was indent the su and still two chairs. I asked again for a shaded table and she turned to a three tables put together that were shaded with six chairs put the menus down and walked away without saying one word. I said “so just sit her?” She did not respond and left. My husband dragged one of the tables and put it in the spot where she originally wanted to sit us since she had left that spot vacant when she moved the table. We had to move the chairs as well. The waitress came by and at first had a bad attitude as well but quickly changed when she realized we were upset and briefly let her know we were upset at the service received by the hostess. I don’t plan to go back to this El Torito as going out is not only to eat but also to have a good experience. After being quarantined for over a year, the experience, to feel relaxed, welcomed and appreciated is of the utmost importance. The food was okay, the portions were very small and plated on a huge plate which made it look even smaller. But again my focus is the experience and they definitely failed at providing this customer with an experience which will make me want to go back.

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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RyannB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Alondra was amazing. She was attentive and patient and had such a wonderful spirit and attitude. She made our breakfast special.

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! Bella always seats us quickly, and our waiter Lorenzo is awesome!

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Millymil210
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We enjoyed the drinks but the food was very mediocre

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Ijjoe
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I made a reservation 1 month in advance, when i went to check in the stewardess told me to wait and check back in when my party was complete. 10 mins later when my whole party arrived she told me i checked in to late and would not be able to get my table because she gave it away. When i reminded her of what she told me she said there was nothing she can do an if i wanted i could wait another 30 mins to an hour to get another table.

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
89 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service... Thank you to our Server Miriam!!!

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FattieFoodie
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Glad that they are getting back to "normal". We had reservations and arrived 15 minutes early and were seated within 10 minutes. Happy Hour specials were good. Not great but good. Overall it was nice to finally sit down and enjoy a meal outside of home.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great but server kept forgetting about us and he didn’t give us the Happy Hour specials we asked for, but food was amazing

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

Easter and birthday

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The worst experience in terms of quality of food. visiting back at this place the first time after covid and the quality of food was terrible. Taco Tuesday at this place used to be amazing.

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Phyllis
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Vicente! He’s the best server ever! So efficient and so kind!

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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DebbyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great service - But as usual the style of mexican (term used loosely) food the serve does not even come close to authentic. It lacks flavor & has the look of a tv dinner. Only issue is food - I am sure some folks think its good but I am not one of them.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday for a party of 8. We checked in and sat down. Tables were nice and big. We didn’t realize it but kids eat for $1 Wednesdays. We shared The fajitas for 4 and it was delicious and more than enough, we packed up to go. Mud Pie and flan was delicious too!

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GP321
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Hostess was great but Seever was not!

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Chris
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service

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BrissetO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Ordered pepsis. They didnt have.. Ordered mist it was carbonated. Ordered 3coffees were cold. When food was brought it was cold.. Waitress was ok not the best. We were sat outside with no working heaters. Bad bad experience for my first time there

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Bernie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was great as well as Taco Tuesday special.

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vipLoriF
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SEATED US RIGHT AWAY. THE SERVER WAS A LITTLE SLOW, BUT ALL GOOD.

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LeannaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to get out and have good food and great service!

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Our waiter Lorenzo is always Great!

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PaulH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The customer service was great, and the setup for outside dinning was very nice. I ordered the Carne Asada and Shrimp Meal, and I enjoyed most of it, but the Carne Asada was a little tough and chewy, so I did not enjoy that very much. My friend ordered the Spinach Enchiladas Meal and she loved it. Unfortunately it was very windy outside on the evening that we were there and it got pretty cold out on the patio, and where we were sitting, the heaters were not working because, they had run out of propane in the tanks. But even with all of that, we still had a great time because of the great hospitality from the Manager and our waitress (Michelle). I also like the fact that they honor Military Discount....Awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I only go to brunch because of champagne and green pozole. The pozole was lukewarm and lacked meat. It used to be very hot with more meat. We couldn’t get waffles- they said to come back when line wasn’t so long and we were never able to get waffles even when there was No line. They had no bacon- even know Vons is in same shopping center- management should of sent employee to buy bacon. Service was pretty good, our server kept our drinks full. However, she wasn’t very personable and didn’t seem to happy to be there. The table next to us looked difficult and left all food at table without paying. So she might of just been having a bad day- I understand I was a waitress before. We had all of our dishes stacked at end of table for along time, waitress was busy, busboys should have come by to help. We were told our group of 6 couldn’t sit inside but a group of 6 that came after us was told they could sit inside. It was a bit chilly outside and there were propane heaters, however, waitress checked and the heaters were out of propane. Again, management should have had propane- it’s only cold about 1-2 months Riverside.

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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SaraC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Can’t wait to go back!!
Order the fajitas and spicy margarita, you won’t be disappointed.

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 4.1 stars by 131 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.