El Torito - San Leandro

4.2
82 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Waterfront
  • Casual
  • Scenic View
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 82 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Very good food. Slow service.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

good food, good view, gooooooooooooooooooooooooood everything

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The chicken caesar salad is my favorite

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Monthly brunch group

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always good for brunch. Be sure to start with Pozolea

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1.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Good seating and great service

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place for drinks and food. Our waitress forgot our drinks but was on the ball the rest of the time. Shrimp tacos are bomb

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The fajitas were so tender-perfectly cooked after they lit them table side.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

I appreciate this gem. The food is flavorful and well-prepared. The staff is helpful and courteous. We've gone two weeks in a row for brunch on Sunday and it actually got better from the first week.

May I say, I'm not a waffle person but the waffles are amazing! My friend enjoyed the omlet bar enough to stand in line twice. Delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I strongly recommend that you have a reservation. It will get crowded at times.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Service is second to none each time we meet at El Torito

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Restaurant closed - no notice

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Buffets can be a whole lot of food. Period. Thankfully, the brunch buffet at El Torito is not only plentiful but tasty and definitely family friendly. If you book your table, you just might luck out and enjoy a view of the Oakland Airport. Did I mention bottomless mimosas are part of the holiday buffets?

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1.0Dined on December 10, 2017

One item came wrong on a combo plate, no plate to eat with the fajitas, the music mix was bizarre from Mexican, rap, Christian, and country. But I think the rubberband in the taco salad might have been a big miss.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

It's always a great experience at out favorite place! Here is a pic of our view! Just gorgeous!

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a great spot for a before or after airport meal!
Always friendly and efficient and tasty!

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2017

We were a little disappointed with El Torito this time. The music in the bar is so loud that conversation is almost impossible without yelling at each other. Then, we were seated at a table near the bar, so the music from the bar and the music playing in the dining area were competing with each other. The hostess kindly moved us to a table near the back of the restaurant and, thankfully, that took care of the loud music problem. Also, there appeared to be a taco bar set up that looked delicious, but our waitress didn't say anything about it to us, nor was there anything on the menu about it. The food was very good, as usual, and our waitress was very nice.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Usually, I enjoy the food here but I had ordered a chicken tamale and there was hardly any chicken in it. Also, the taste of the taco wasn't as good as usual - not sure what happened this time.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

I have to say booking an online reservation was very easy, and our accommodations were slippery. The food was great! I would definitely utilize the service again !

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