El Torito - Riverside Plaza
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.
Cheese Enchilada, Beef Barbacoa Enchilada, Chicken Machaca Enchilada
All-You-Can-Eat Tortilla Soup & Mexican Caesar Salad
Our signature Mexican Caesar Salad served with our House-Made Tortilla Soup
Sautéed fresh spinach, pasilla chiles, onions, pico de gallo, melted jack cheese and fire-roasted tomatillo sauce. Served with frijoles de la olla and rice
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.
we had a great brunch day and i enjoyed my mimosas!
It’s always great friendly food and service! Bella is always sweet
Always love dining at El Torito... The Chili Rellenos are the BEST!!! Thank you
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.
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.
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.
Good chips and salsa and happy hour specials
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.
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
The waitress was efficient and friendly with our group
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Great food and service
The service was very slow and the place wasn’t that crowded- seemed to be under staffed the food was mediocre bland
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.
Great food and service
Our waitress Alondra was amazing. She was attentive and patient and had such a wonderful spirit and attitude. She made our breakfast special.
Always great food and service! Bella always seats us quickly, and our waiter Lorenzo is awesome!
We enjoyed the drinks but the food was very mediocre
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.
Always great food and service... Thank you to our Server Miriam!!!
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.
Great but server kept forgetting about us and he didn’t give us the Happy Hour specials we asked for, but food was amazing
Easter and birthday
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.
We love Vicente! He’s the best server ever! So efficient and so kind!
Great food and service
Great food and service
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.
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!
Hostess was great but Seever was not!
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
Service was great as well as Taco Tuesday special.
SEATED US RIGHT AWAY. THE SERVER WAS A LITTLE SLOW, BUT ALL GOOD.
So great to get out and have good food and great service!
Great food and service! Our waiter Lorenzo is always Great!
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!
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.
Great food and service
Yum! Can’t wait to go back!!
Order the fajitas and spicy margarita, you won’t be disappointed.
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.