El Torito - San Leandro

4.1
116 reviews
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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a good dinner overall and we had a wonderful seat by their large bay windows looking out onto the Marina. It was a very nice evening and my second time at the establishment. My only note would be that there was an accumulation of dust on certain things that could’ve been cleaned.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the table side guacamole and fajitas. Good service. Facilities are a little worn and dated but good food and service. Overall good value.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I would have given 5 stars for the service but the omelette line takes 8-12 minutes for each person because the line is long and they only have one omelette making person with two pans. They need two more pans and another person during crowded times. My omelette was great, however. The ribs were dry and chewy but the rest of the food was great. The menudo was authentic and delicious.

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great friendly servers, food is delicious and the margaritas are outstanding!

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good but sparse on refilling the tables. Our service was terrible...had to hunt down the server several times.

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

My friends and I were celebrating my spouse's birthday and I had made Open Table Reservations so we got seated earlier than our appointed time. It was busy as it was the Saturday of the 3 day holiday weekend so people were waiting for their tables. We ordered 2 plates of 2 enchiladas, and my spouse ordered the grilled seafood taco trio and I ordered the triple combo. Food was A-ok not too spicy or flavorful and I had specifically mentioned in my reservation that it was my birthday celebration and also on the phone when I updated the time of my reservation, but I guess they were too busy to acknowledge it which was a disappointment! We did order flan and sopapillas which were good. Oh well, another year gone by.

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DV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 7 for dinner on a Friday night. It was crazy busy but our service or food was great. We will certainly plan another family dinner at the same location.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got seated in the open bar when we had reservations. It was loud and very disappointing. We ordered drinks and waited 10 minutes to get them so we just left. The service was horrible, and it was Valentine’s Day so our evening was ruined.

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GR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Reservations arent taken in account for. the food wasnt really good

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AB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Maybe because it was Valentines day but still. Server forgot our guacamole (our appetizer) then tried bringing it to us once we were already done with our dinners, I declined. No refills on waters, food took nearly 40 minutes to come out and for those nearly $30 fajita plates the portions were very small compared to when I have ordered it previously. Very disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it and are coming back tonight!

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great weekend brunch. Food is delicious. Took a group of friends for an annual get together and everyone enjoyed it. Will go back!

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g
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Latin music was too loud the view is always elegant I'm sure the tables near the window or overlooking the bay

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I love this spot! Anytime I have visit from outside of town it’s a must to bring them here. However I was very disappointed this last time I always reserve a table with time and never have any crazy demands. I understand you make no promises on seating but myself and my party of 5 were seated in the worst part of the restaurant there was two party’s next to us way to crowded to be able to pass and go serve ourselfs.

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RS
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quick meal before a Warriors game midweek at Oracle. Bottomless salsa and chips were appreciated; Fish tacos we're delicious!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was great and the mimosas were delicious! Had trouble with our waiter after we had a problem with the check and he stopped coming to our table but the manager was great at resolving this issue. Would definitely recommend coming for Sunday brunch!

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great ..service was good .....quiet place for romantic

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food exceeded our expectations. Our food came fast after order. It wasn’t too busy for a Friday night but they did have a few birthday celebrations including song.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First time here and a challenge to find because of lack of signage. Overall the food was okay but charging for sour cream was ridiculous, the margarita was not that great, weak and lacked flavor.. Has so much potential given its location next to the water, we might return but won't rush to do so.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was amazing. The waitress was very understanding. My husband left his debit card at home, he didn’t think much of it at first and thought he’d be able to use Apple Pay to pay for brunch. The restaurant didn’t have Apple Pay so he had to run home about 40 mins away there and back to get his debit card. The waitress never made me feel rushed to pay and I believe was very compassionate.

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LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alejandra provided excellent service and was very attentive to our needs.

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server was rude acted inconvenienced. Not accommodating at all.

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NE
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thank you for the wonderful service my family enjoyed their self great food, very nice staff

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Bad and slow service. Never refilled our chips and drinks. Even when we asked for refills, nope.

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RF
Bahrain
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had a great experience every body super nice food exlent jorge Octavio ask if every thing were good it’s nice when a manager take the time and make you feel spedial

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NW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I went here for Sunday brunch and it was packed! I had reservations so we were seated promptly. The food selection was looked good but NOTHING had labels on them so you didn’t know if it contained pork, beef, chicken ect. The server we had was not good! She barely came to the table to check on us so we had to keep getting up from our table to find her to ask for silverware, glasses, refills ect. When she would come to the table she would act like we were bothering her. Her attitude was nasty! When we asked for the bill she said ok and we waited around for 20 minutes and still no bill!!! I finally went to the front desk and asked someone could they get me a bill so we could pay and leave. We never saw our waiter again. Also it was very hot in the place everyone at the table was sweating including the kids.

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EG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got together with family that came in from out of town, and they had a major good time! It was our first time meeting our cousin's fiancé, and they loved El Torito. The service was amazing, and the food was on point. EVERYTHING was delicious, and we will be back in the future...

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner and enjoyed watching the sunset. Definitely a great place to bring the family. They have amazing food and the atmosphere is fabulous too!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed the food, my waiter just seemed not pleasant until to to pay and go but I still would return

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GU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Although El Torito's is a chain restaurant - the location and view are great which makes this place perfect for a special occasion - the food was especially good that night I had the chile verde and all four of us enjoyed the food- the waiter was exceptional- overall a great dining experience-.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Went for Sunday Brunch, nice view but overpriced for the quality of food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance!

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We've eaten at El Toritos for years and this is the first time the food and drink were below par.
The margaritas tasted watered down - no flavor, and the food was bland. It seems there may be a new chef or the old chef was too busy. We'll try again hoping things have turned around.
Open Table reservations worked perfectly!

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GB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was a little dry. Could have bed. My choice, but I expected Mexican food to be a bit more flavorful

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our table wasn't quite ready for our 4pm reservation but it didn't take them long to get it ready after we arrived. Food was good and seemed fresh

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d
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It's always a wonderful time at El Torito as long as you know that service is on the slow side. Food had been consistent, but this time it was smaller portions and just okay as far as the meal was concerned. If you're looking for a nice place by the Marina just to get together with some friends, I would say the happy hour and drinks are great. Fun place. I would go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Slow service.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice place for lunch but a bit expensive for the food given. I think I had six narrow strips of chicken for the lunch fajitas with a smattering of bell peppers and onions. Beans were mediocre, rice a bit dry but avocado and corn were tasty. Service was excellent. View was wonderful from our window seat but the seats were a bit soft and uncomfortable. The view and staff would bring me back, not the food or the price.

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J
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was spot on and the view from our window seat was beautiful. However, we all noticed that the food wasn’t quite as good as usual for Sunday brunch. The omelettes were either over or under done, the cakes were a bit dry, the chocolate fondue was thin. The tamales were great, as were the carnitas. Clearly it was a mixed bag. We will be back. Perhaps it was just an off day.

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b
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Server very nice but mistakes made on our order and as I've noted this before, doesn't seem to be enough servers for all the tables.

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