El Torito - San Leandro

4.2
95 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Latin / Spanish
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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
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Phone number
(510) 351-8825
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Mulford Point Dr.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 95 People Are Saying
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BS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server was rude acted inconvenienced. Not accommodating at all.

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NE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 30, 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 14, 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 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance!

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 28, 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
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 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 14, 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 14, 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
13 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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ML
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

good food, good view, gooooooooooooooooooooooooood everything

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O
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Planned a celebration dinner for my Master’s graduation and I was deeply disappointed. I arrived 10 mins past my reservation and was told our table was no longer available. I reminded the personnel that when I placed the reservation it indicated there was a 30 mins grace period. Because I was coming from my graduation ceremony I was late. Then they placed my family in the corner of the bar, over an hour after placing our food orders we were told it would take another hour before our food would be ready. At this point, we were extremely disappointed and left. Never plan to go back or recommend to anyone. We arrive at 8:40pm, left at 10:15pm

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OS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been going to El Torito that was located in Burlingame for over 25 years. Because of the distance (actually traffic) our visits to your facility has been rather limited. But we have enjoyed your Sunday brunch to the fullest, particularly your menudo. Your menudo is just like Mom used to make it for us...this is the main reason why we continue coming over whenever traffic is on the light side.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant! The view rivals something you would see in a high-end restaurant. The food is good. The cocktails are good. The service is good. The price is mid-range. $17-20 per meal. Kids meals are $5.99.

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DH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great but Service was a little slow. it was a very busy morning so it’s understandable, but our server wasn’t very cordial. Tons of options at the buffet that and they definitely have something for everyone. Will be back at some point

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TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Mother's Day Brunch, and had a fabulous time as always!

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SK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there to watch the Kentucky Derby in the bar followed by a Meetup dinner for 9 people. Great atmosphere and excellent service in the dining room. The bartender was able to make me a Mint Julep while we watched the horse race. We were accommodated with a window table in the dining room. Nice view right on the water and watching the planes land at the Oakland Airport. Food is good, although probably not all that authentic - just the usual Mexican specialties made for American tastes. I also like the decor and ambiance of the place.

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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I enjoy dining at El Torito at the San Leandro Marina because of it's location overlooking the Bay and good food with generous portions. Mainly I'd improve upon it by updating it a bit. Also, sometimes the service is slow even though usually friendly.

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Thuringia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Das Essen war sehr lecker und der Service schnell, aufmerksam und super freundlich. Im Restaurant war viel los (Samstagabend), daher auch der entsprechende Geräuschpegel. Der Blick auf die Bucht durch Panoramafenster ist traumhaft. Das Lokal eignet sich für größere Gruppen und Familien mit Kindern. Für Geburtstagskinder singt das Personal zum Dessert.

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N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chicken caesar salad is my favorite

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Monthly brunch group

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JF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

no hostess to seat us, botched the Opentable reservations, street tacos fell apart, wasn't our servers fault

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TZ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

we had a table booked for ten people a week in advance. We had a limited time for our meal and when we arrived, we were made to wait 15 minutes while they prepped tables for us. The restaurant was not busy and we were irritated that this hadn't been done in advance of our arrival. otherwise food and service were good, although rushed since they weren't prepared for us.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The beef for our fajitas was chewy and tasteless we didn’t more than a couple of bites. The chicken was okay.

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CL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice lunch with a good friend. When I made the reservation it asked if it was for a birthday which I answered yes. I don't know if they usually bring a desert for the persons birthday or not but we were not asked about it. No big deal.

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good for brunch. Be sure to start with Pozolea

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation with Open Table.
When we arrived to an almost empty restaurant. We were told by the two girls at the front that even though we have a reservation we would have to wait for 15-20 min.

The service was awful and they did not check us in with Open Table. I’m not worried about the 100 points, but being tagged as a no show.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good seating and great service

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Making reservations are useless for this place. Thought it would speed up the process but the people who walked in got tables before we did. We waited 10+ minutes regardless of having a reservation.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Service was horrible. The waitress argued with my husband because he is allergic to onions. So I asked for a manager and got a discount. Won't go here again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We got to the restaurant 10 minutes early and checked in. Then we waited, and waited, and waited as others were seated, whether they had reservations or not. The two hosts seemed to be deliberately avoiding seating us. At 10 minutes past our reservation time, I was going to say something, but the manager noticed that we had been waiting and intervened. The rest of the evening was fine. Those two hosts need some training, as their behavior bordered on discrimination.

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