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Et - El Torito - San Leandro, San Leandro, CA

El Torito - San Leandro

4.1
4.1
594 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 351-8825
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!
  • Private party facilities
    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.
  • Neighborhood
    San Leandro
  • Cross street
    Mulford Point Dr.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Father's Day

    Jun 16, 2024 only
    Join us for Father's Day from 9am-2pm & enjoy an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch featuring Tri-tip and Ham carving stations, your Mexican favorites, Omelettes Made-To-Order, soups and salads, dessert bar, unlimited champagne and more! $41.50 Adults/$12 Kids.

What 594 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

594 Reviews
  1. hilly

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service! Loved the Birria Beef Tacos plate and Mexican Caesar Salad.

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  2. RajuM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant has an amazing view, we were there when the sun was just about to set. The food and service is also good.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every year it is the best Mother’s Day in El Torito!!

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  4. MonaC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    They did not prioritize the groups that had reservations causing us to have to complain until they finally seated us 30mins after our reservation time.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They were super busy with a few parties but managed to give great service and good vibes!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We checked in 5 mins early. They told us 15 more minutes which was fine but when we checked in again 20 mins later, they “lost” our reservation and took another 8 mins to get a table set up. Totally fine but the food took almost an hour to come out as the kitchen was backed up. Trying to be understanding since it was mother’s day weekend and our server was great. She kept apologizing and doing what she could.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Sat down right away. Nice setting, friendly staff, took 30-40 mins to get our food. (3 people)

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was the worst food I’ve ever had in my life. This food had no flavor or seasoning.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    La alfombra del restaurante es muy sucia y hace que el restaurante huela mal aparte de que todo es viejo las mesas como que mesecitan renovarse

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we arrived the power was out. The staff went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful breakfast, even though there was no electricity!

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  11. Anna

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Because we arrived at 4:30, we were directed to the bar area, which is not as pleasant as the main dining area where I wanted to sit. Well, it was Friday Night Happy Hour, and there was an extremely loud table of women who ruined the experience for us. We are older people in their 70s, and I was treating my buddy for his birthday. All the noise in the car area ruined the special occasion for us, and o regretted bringing him there. I quietly expressed my dissatisfaction to the hostess before we left and she said ,’Oh, you could have sat in the main dining room at 4:30’. That is not what the hostess who greeted us said. Get your act together, be consistent, and be more respectful of your older patrons who can’t take all that noise!!! We like to go out, but we don’t like to waste money in venues that aren’t respectful of our reasonable needs.

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  12. Edmund

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as usual. We had dinner during happy hour so there were many items that were very inexpensive. The service is also outstanding. Our server was very attentive. Just be prepared for a little more noise given that it is very busy.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time and the hospitality was fire Manuel was very kind and makes the place feels like home so I will very recommend this place

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  14. GaryG1906

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was part of a party of 5. We were celebrating our Fraternity anniversary. Excellent food and drinks. Fantastic service by Valentina. She was very, friendly and efficient. We will come back and celebrate again.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fine, except for we had to wait long time for the food, after that we ordered, the staff were very professional and attentive.

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  16. James

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Today was my wife’s birthday and I booked a reservation early on open table and includes notes on her birthday. I had requested seat by water . Do they read the notes ? It was all bad from seating order an omelet where server was not there and I had another server get her to her while making my omelet took a phone call and disappeared . My table server who questions 2 order of churro pancakes when I had three people at the table . I asked for GM but , got the culinary manager who listened but took no action . I think he was overwhelmed . To make matters worse I had said it was wife’s birthday and nothing done where I had seen at other tables . The icing on the cake was processing of the bill where I had provided my rewards information which not applied . You have incompetent people running the restaurant without using common sense . I will not be returning . This experience had nothing to do with food but , the experience . You can get good food anywhere . What makes you different it has to be experience and mine was terrible . Please contact me on this matter .

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The bartender we had was awesome!!! He catered to our needs in a timely manner and he was very friendly to our entire group. He helped make our reunion more memorable 💕

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  18. ChristineR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great for large parties. Friendly and fun staff.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our experience wasn’t great as our food took very long time …

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  20. Sfnative45

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Chile relleno I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to return.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on February 12, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - San Leandro! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  21. Edmund

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Taco Tuesday so food was very reasonable. The food was delicious. Eduardo was a wonderful server who answered all our questions and was patient with us.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on February 8, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - San Leandro! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  22. OrenM

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cadillac Margarita exactly the same for the past 60+ years and as great as ever. El Torito defined a whole genre of upscale Mexican food plus adding some CA feel to the menu. Service and presentation flawless.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - San Leandro! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  23. TimM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The Family Fajitas was very good and enough for four. It was $75 in the restaurant instead of $55 as shown as the price on line but still a fair price. Service was a little slow to get extra sides of tortillas, guacamole and pico de gallo but plenty of food.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - San Leandro! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They accommodated table by the water upon reservation which was nice. Food was ok but the view ambience and service made it a very pleasant first date. We asked for sour cream and a really nice lady by the food area went out of her way to make sure we get it to our table.

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  25. Donnab

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Couldn't have been happier my table was perfect I reserved by window our waitress was excellent came by several times to see if our needs were met. I ordered steak tacos perfect with enough for lunch the next day and the 10 year old I treated ordered the lemon butter salmon oh what a hit with him he couldn't eat it fast enough said it was subperb!!! And he is a picky eater so that says alot. I will definitely return. Look forward to trying the Sunday Brunch.

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  26. DennyB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    El Torito was great! Hadn’t been there in a really long time. The quality of the food was delicious, and the restaurant is so festive. The view of the water is superb. Will definitely be back again soon.

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  27. MarcR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    El Torito San Leandro is a super nice place to celebrate New Years Day! Brunch or lunch there is becoming a family tradition.

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  28. KavitaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful staff and good food. Always enjoy the visit.

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  29. DavidH

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We’ve been there several times before for Sunday brunch, but will not go again. Food was very poor this time, beans in the buffet were COLD, service was terrible, buffet servers had a bad attitude, seemed like no one wanted to be there. Our waitress was nice and refilled our glasses as needed, but otherwise it was not a good experience. We could save the money and go elsewhere or stay home and eat just as well.

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  30. Blanca

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great until we received our bill and the manager was giving us a hard time because at first they did not want to honor the price that I received a email on they eventually did after a brief argument
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you for telling us about your experience and thank you for your honest feedback. I'm so sorry we let you down and hope to get the chance to serve you again soon so we can regain your confidence in our restaurant by providing a better experience. 

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  31. SangeetaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good location, nice views, good service, should improve restroom cleaning.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on January 1, 2024
    Dear SangeetaS, Thank you for the 4-star review! We appreciate your feedback and are always striving to improve. If there's anything specific you'd like to share to help us earn that 5th star next time, please feel free to reach out. We value your business and look forward to serving you again soon! 

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  32. DebbieD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! We love this place. In fact, we enjoyed the Thanksgiving buffet and came back for Christmas dinner. We always start with the table side guacamole. I had the Baja combo ( my new favorite) hubby had 4 item mucho combo. Enjoyed every bite. Kudos to our server Sylvia V. She's amazing. This is going to be our new tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and of course in between. Nice to have quite a gem near home.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - San Leandro! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  33. NadiaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It used to be my favorite restaurant, I made a reservation the weekend before Christmas to have breakfast with my family. They moved us to the table, we were there for more than 30 minutes and no one ever came to serve us at the table. Come on! It was a breakfast, they didn't even offer us coffee, the waiter never showed up. We got up and went to another place, it must be said that the place was alone, there were not so many customers that no one would serve us.
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on January 17, 2024
    Dear NadiaS , thank you for your review. I'm so sorry we let you down and hope to get the chance to serve you again soon so that we can regain your confidence in our restaurant. 

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  34. LorenaD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Took an hour to get our food. They didn’t even bring the salad or appetizer during our wait

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  35. VeeMon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had two workers that were great and attentive! Great service!
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on December 20, 2023
    Dear VeeMon, Thank you for the 4-star review! We appreciate your feedback and are always striving to improve. If there's anything specific you'd like to share to help us earn that 5th star next time, please feel free to reach out. We value your business and look forward to serving you again soon! 

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  36. pauloremy4

    New Orleans

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A buffet brunch is hard to find post pandemic, but El Torito has it going on...Delicious fresh food, and such a variety and a great price...and bottomless mimosas!!!!!...a true hidden gem
    El Torito - San LeandroResponded on December 11, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - San Leandro! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  37. Byran

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    All around pretty terrible. We were on a weekend ride and decided to stop in for lunch. Ordered carne asada and a taco plate. The food was cold, the meat was so chewy as to be near in inedible. The tacos were ok, but of the same poor quality meat. What killed it was the service. We waited and wait and waited to get a check, asked a few of the other wait staff, finally we get a check. Then wait, wait and wait, until we gave up and walked up front a just paid the bill. Not worth the time or the money.

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  38. Phys

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter/ waitress service made our experience lousy. They didn’t bring water until 2nd request refills we had to flag down someone. They didn’t bring all of our food and we had to ask twice. Service was just slow and subpar for the amount of empty tables they had.

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  39. JenniferG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    My family and I decided to try Thanksgiving dinner here this year. There are several reasons why I would not come back anymore. To start the food was cold when served it the buffet. I mean all of it was cold, turkey, ham, potatoes everything. The advertising pictures of the food are much better than the actual food there.

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  40. FKNB

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We went here for thanksgiving. The buffet was meh. The people working at the buffet were rockstars. We went here to have a nice meal, ended up sitting in the back room next to the parking lot, even though we had reservations. The good thing was the giant bowl of corn cake that you could eat as much as you want! But this was a one and done. Will be back for regular menu but not a buffet.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Torito - San Leandro using the Order Online button. 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 4.1 stars by 594 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Torito - San Leandro

5 San Leandro Marina, San Leandro, CA 94577

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mulford Point Dr.
  • Neighborhood
    San Leandro
  • Hours of operation
    Sunday Brunch: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (510) 351-8825
  • Catering
    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!
  • Private party facilities
    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.
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