El Torito - San Leandro

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298 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MariaCFuentes
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Had a Reservation for father's day at 8:pm, got there early at 7:15 and still wanted me to wait for 10 more min. Wen it was 8:15. Disappointed 😞

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SharonP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food presentation on the plates. Food was hot and service was very good. Servers were polite and friendly.

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CelinaH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything very good 😌
Lo único que le falta un poco mas limpio!

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TerriT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Father’s Day

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JanakR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambiance & excellent service at good prices. Worth going there!

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AuntBead
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food has maintained its quality since the pandemic. Covid protocols are clearly in place. No waiting was a big bonus.

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FranciscoB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

AC was out of service otherwise woulda gave it 5 stars.

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PATRICIAQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food2service1ambience5

Our server was very busy so our wait time to order desert, ask a question or just check out was a bit much. We had to ask other workers for help with these items. And, we did not receive any type of apology from our server.

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cindir
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of people and staff seemed a little overworked, but still very good and attentive. Hospitality great from each staff person. Food yummy and generous. Gorgeous view. Thank you for being open and continuing to be a great place to eat and meet with friends and family.

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ErnestoC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Waitress or lack thereof was horrible. Either she woke up not wanting to wait tables or had a personal vendetta against me because our busy busboy waited on us the entire time we were there... I wish I had asked for his name, an attentive older gentleman who made my mom’s birthday celebration brunch very pleasant.

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kellyj
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Servers totally forgot about us, time-after-time. We had to keep going to find them for help. To be seated, to get menus, to get drinks and on-and-on.

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BLynn
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Getting a table by the window is quite popular here. Hence why I made a reservation in advance. Only to be told all the window seats were taken when we arrived. As soon as we sat down in another booth, not even five minutes later a table by the window opened up. We should have been able to get that table. Instead the people behind us without a reservation, got it. I felt kind of slighted but overall the food was delicious and our server was wonderful.

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SGbas
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We asked our waiter twice for a water and orange juice but seemed to always forget, yet was serving all other tables around us. They had him also working the bar so there is the issue of being under staffed. My friend ordered the huevos rancheros and received on her plate a strawberry that was molded! The strawberry was cut in half so the cooks did see the strawberry, but still proceeded to serve the plate. Health violation right there. Not coming back ever again.

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RenaN
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

first visit since the pandemic and it wasn't what I use to enjoy. food was cold and the servicer was unfamiliar morning menu as she stated.
will return for buffet.

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FREDN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

GOOD FOOD, GOOD VIEW. BEST BACON WRAPPED SCRIMP I HAVE EVER HAD.
I EAT THERE OFTEN.

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Coco
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my server Loren D!!!! She was amazing!! Definitely coming back!!

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Mandy
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from entry to exit. Our waitress was so busy but took care of my table very well. The food was fresh and great portions were served ! I can’t wait to go back.

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CaliRN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are Amazing!! The view is Spectacular!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice resto

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Staff was not attentive in bar area. Very slow service and did not check on our table if we needed anything after we got our drinks and food.

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RonaldV
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Authentic Dining Experience ! Amazing Views, Great Service! Food was outstanding. We ate Everything on Our Plates !! Compliments to The Chef !!!

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RajuM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the view, which made it so relaxing. Had a great time with friends and were able to hang out for a long time, there was no pressure to leave, also we were there in their off peak time so it was great. Their service was great.

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Arun
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

enjoyed the view by the sea, service was exceptional

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GregoryG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious...service is great the view is spectacular

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MeganB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate in the Bar at a table of five. We enjoyed our time because we did not feel rushed. We had our usual Ignited Fajitas and Caesar salad.

El Torito - San Leandro
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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GilbertoG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Disappointed in the lack of management waited 30 min over my reservation time, the bathroom was what help me get the courage to get out and leave before I even got seated. there is a lack of management and a lack of bathroom sanitary standards BUT the food looked and smelled amazing my respects to the the chefs that keep that place open

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Elizabethb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing very attentive and sweet and helpful

El Torito - San Leandro
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for your review and we appreciate you taking the time to share! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The regular brunch menu has been modified for COVID safety, no buffet lines, but they made up for it with the yummy Churro Pancakes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation was at 8:30 was not seated until 9:20

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IrmaA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had a reservation via opentable and was not honored. We waited for 45 minutes. Food was really bad. No more visit to this place.

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LaurieR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was great, the atmosphere was nice and they were very Covid safe. I would highly recommend!

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LivMT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love being able to make a reservation and have such a beautiful view for a family night out for dinner. Always great service, overflowing chips and salsa, and bomb food.

El Torito - San Leandro
Responded on May 9, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think about our food and your experience! – El Torito Team

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KriderGal
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience2

I love El Torito’s, especially their Chicken Taco Salad. Our dinner service was a little slow and loud tonight, due to a large family with little kids celebrating a birthday. But the food was excellent as usual.

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RozalynnS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess had a hard time finding the reservation by name as they didn't register the Confirmation # given by Open Table. (Even when showing email) however, they had our table ready with the accomodations asked for on web site.

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SamL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

My reservation was not recognize/accepted by EL Torito. The attendant claim I did not have a reservation and had to convinced her by showing my confirmation. Even after all that they made us wait for a table. I was not the only one. Other people had similar problem. I don't think they were ready for the Cinco de Mayo event.

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CatherineG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was listed as fajita chicken salad but onions and pepper were not sautéed. Chicken was grilled but cold. I am guessing tableside cooking has been nixed but no explanation given. Used to be my favorite item on their menu.

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ReynoldL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, crew, place, view by the window.

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Dovelyn
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was fantastic, but the restaurant was too loud. If they'd lower the music, people wouldn't have to speak so loudly to be heard. The food was tasty and there was a wide variety of options.

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alisas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Bertie was upbeat and a good server. He did wear multiple hats and was very busy.

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RohiniS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

For a milestone birthday lunch this was our worst experience.

FAQs

El Torito - San Leandro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. El Torito - San Leandro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 351-8825.

El Torito - San Leandro is rated 4 stars by 298 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.