El Torito - San Leandro

3.9
268 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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3.7
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3.8
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GilbertoG
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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IrmaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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KriderGal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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LivMT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
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RozalynnS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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Dovelyn
San Francisco
4 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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RohiniS
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

For a milestone birthday lunch this was our worst experience.

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ChristinaLara
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great to be on doors dining again.

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DYL4517
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was great but the service was mediocre. Dirty table and window. But enjoyed the food and the beautiful golden sunset. Would recommend to anyone who wants to have a romantic date dinner. No place to try any business dinner meeting. Would return when we are in this area. So far the best Mexican restaurant, not authentic but good enough.

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LupitaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

you need more waiters because the attention is terrible

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Karen
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall, my meal was good with a lot of flavor which kinda made up for the overcooked chicken. Just a few minutes less cooking and it would have been juicy rather than dry.

Although I'm not a regular drinker, I ordered a Moscow Mule which seemed to be all mixer ... tasted good, but for $11 I would like to have felt at least a tiny buzz!

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vipJames
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The brunch has a great selection. I would advise a reservation. I had a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes to get into Restaurant. The hostess seemed very disorganized and kept telling people 20-30 minutes wait. I was still waiting outside and had to ask her when I would be seated. The food is served to you and maybe they should be in smaller portions because breakfast foods were cold. The omelet was excellent made to order. The server took my order for this and the mimosas kept flowing. My biggest complaint was the desert the Banana Foster where the Ice Cream was melted and very gross looking.I had my heart set on Desert. I spoke to the Manager Jose and he did not seem to care about my concerns. This was my second time this week at El Torrito and it seemed like two totally different Restaurants. Please contact me on this very important matter.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Sat outside server had too many tables to be attentive. Never brought the water too the table waited over 30mins for a drink and I ordered carne asada and eggs my steak was so chewy. Horrible cut of meat for it be so expensive. Then waited so long after we got the check I literally had to go find my waiter too pay. Overall 1star service

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Horrible service . Waited on food for almost an hour and had to literally get up from my table to ask for a waitress after being seated 15 mins prior . Me And my date literally watched all the waitresses go to everyone’s table before ours. Not too sure exactly why but I won’t be going here again to find out and I don’t suggest anyone else go .

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vipJames
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I asked for seat near water date afternoon. It took a while to get drinks and more time to get chips. I had to ask for napkins three times. The check backs were far in between . I was thinking about brunch for Sunday but, changed my mind based on experience. It took forever to get the check .

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JamesB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Music was way too loud! Service was slow. Food and drinks were good as always.

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KeandraMB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Bad management. Had reservations for my bday. When I arrived, they sat us outside, in the shade, up againat the wall. It was cold there. The roof covers over the tables a little. It was dirting. My family members literally had spiderwebs and dirt hanging over their heads while eating. There was seating available in the sun, but the manager daid they were short on servers that day and sitting there would be too far for servers to go EVENTHOUGH there was a party at the table right next to it. The manager was rude and very non accommodating! It ruined the mood and wasted time when brunch ends at a certain time. It felt like the equivalent of sticking the bkack customers at the least desirable table in the back.
Food was good. Server was nice. Manager useless!!

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

To be fair the waitress was new or at least seemed to be new serving. So everything was very slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food is mediocre. But the views are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waited for 75 minutes even after a reservation

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yoyo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

feels a little dingy. (maybe a deep cleaning?). love the view and the food

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JamesG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

short staffed waiters caused an unnecessary amount of waiting for items and THE CHECK !!

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RosarioH
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service !!We made a reservation for my mom's birthday dinner @8:30 when we arrived the lady in the front told us we had to wait 20 minutes or they could seat us already but in two different tables ! Of course we decline the two tables because we made a reservation to be seated together! So they told us to wait we wait an hour and the rude lady came out to let us know that they were out of tortillas , beans , chicken , fries and pizza if we still wanted to be seated . Because it was late and there’s was no other place to go , we told her that we were going to eat here but all the sudden she refused to service us do to the missing items in the menu . It was my first and Last time here !!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

They were obviously slammed and the kitchen couldn’t keep up, but it’s covid times and things are weird. Took over 45 minutes to get our food, but it was fresh and delicious when it arrived. Good thing we had guacamole to keep us company during the wait.

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FernandoC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, amazing view.Highly recommended. Food was great.

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Sasha
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time and look forward to going back!! While we are all have a bit of angst gathering post Covid I felt extremely comfortable! The restaurant is very clean, the service was awesome and the food was freshly prepared as well as super delicious!

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FabianA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and fantastic, excellent service over and above and super clean restaurant with plexiglass barriers. I felt very safe.

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JayG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service plus the view is beautiful being that it’s water front

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vipMaeb
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch was fabulous with and outstanding view of the water . Our entrees came out at the same time , hot and great presentation.
The Black Diamond Margarita was out of this world . Best I have had .
Great lunch date with my husband . !
Highly recommend this Mexican Restaurant

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Kand
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is always great, we had some delays with our service. Seem like we were forgotten because it started to pick up and get busy and maybe we were assigned to a server that had too many tables to manage. Overall the service was great and the sense of responsive to our request attentive to our food requests and kind.

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Luv3cats
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service. 3 of us dined and all enjoyed our meals. My brother and sus-in-law love El Torino and have their favorites. I have been only 3 times when visiting. Had the pork carnitas Chile Verde style. Sauce was delicious and meat was super tender. Our server and trainee could not have been more pleasant as was the hosting staff.

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EduardoC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was amazing! The waiter were great. I love Mexican food I am Mexican and I think it had some American way into it.

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raiderfan
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

For the free entree the waitress should offer menu besides the buffet would be nice we didn’t get menus

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marquitaj
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

The price was not worth it. The service was ok and inside was freezing cold. I will not be back. I would have spent less money ordering off the menu.

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Treebirdee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We went for the Sunday buffet. Greeters and waitress were very nice. The lady serving us at the buffet very rude and grumpy. Made it unpleasant to pick your food. For all you can eat, 31.99 each, we left hungry because we were too intimated to go to get food. And the 1 small plate of food we got was COLD. So it was very unpleasant. I will NEVER return for the buffet.

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DaveyMofCrockett
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had dinner in the bar, able to watch the sun set. Great service, despite he was supper busy. Wood floor in creased the noise level. Over all had a nice dinner. Great to be out again!

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 3.9 stars by 268 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.