El Torito - Santa Monica

4.3
73 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
What 73 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipkeno2
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Continuing with the outdoor dining situation when we dined at El Torito they did a good job getting the hot food delivered to the table so we could start eating while it was still hot. Unfortunately with cooler air and lower evening temps the food cooled quickly. No fault of the restaurant, but certainly does make going out for dinner difficult.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff reservations , food and the care the staff took to ensure we are all safe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful
Please extend hours of service when possible.
Thank u.

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KevinK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a chain and the service was excellent.

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StephanieN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I kept my receipt to remember our server’s name! She was so great; friendly, checked on us a few times and joked with us. She kept our drinks coming and made us feel welcomed. She completed the experience and tied it all together. The atmosphere was warm and cute with the lighting on the table; we had a little lantern and I was in love with it. I want to get some to put around my apartment now.

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BrittneyR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great customer service awesome had the chicken Ranchero enchiladas

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JunA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My special Chile relleno didn’t come up to my expectations; the carnitas was good but service was really slow.
Not going back, sorry.

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Sassy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It’s great food and great values any good Sunday low key dinner. This place is perfect

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LesJ
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

First off, the restaurant was great. The food was awesome and I enjoyed it. The reason for the low score is that earlier I received an email advertising a lunch buffet that occurred Monday through Friday. I had a choice to go for my birthday and I chose this place. I am sorry to say that I was told that because of the virus, they were not having the buffet. I just wished I would have known and the ad would have stated otherwise.

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vipAllthebest
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Grill Mahi Mahi tacos Friday Special very good, nice margarita w/Gran marnier 😜

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food and service. Will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great. Quiet enough to talk comfortably but with enough people around us to feel some normalcy. Fantastic food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately our server never checked on us during our brunch . We did not receive bottomless mimosas during our brunch which was included in our tab. My michelada was very watery . Lastly our omelette we ordered from the moment we got there was not brought out to us until we were leaving the restaurant . I was really disappointed with the service and overall experience .

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ChristopherK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date had taco that looked good. I had enchiladas which were good.

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Matt
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is good the service was great the tables were clean. I had the taco salad it was so good. I ordered a margarita I couldn’t taste the tequila wish the would’ve poured a little more

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother birthday , great seating , food delicious as always . Just to long to get check to leave

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CherryL
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our Sunday Brunch at El Torito,Santa Monica,we booked the seats outside in front of the restaurant. Food was great although needs to be a bit more warmer specially the hot food . Social distancing of tables,safety protocols in place with servers and we were happy with our waiter who kept on asking for our needs.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful weather for outside dining.
As usual, delicious food and great service.

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vipMomoagogo
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the margaritas!!!!

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Bobby
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Considering the circumstances they are doing a great job. My wife and I went on Sunday 08/16/20 for the AYCE brunch and the service was outstanding. We had a nice table on the semi enclosed patio area and it was nice, just a little warm, but the ocean breeze helped. The food was good and it was an overall pleasant outing. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t have the reservation and told us kitchen was closed. Ruined our night b/c we had nowhere else to go. Next time please make sure the reservations are confirmed if they are listed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and doing the best they can to work within the new dining rules. We were very happy with our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday.

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ARMANDOR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Waiter was very attentive and very accommodating

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STEVEND
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was great except the steak was very chewy

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Carol
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice place to go eat delicious food. Waiters are all nice food service was great. I loved everything about it.

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vipNikkij
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I literally come to El Torito all the time, just a different location. The food here is great, I always get the burrito especial with chicken and my fiancé usually gets the chicken and sour cream enchiladas but this time she got the mahi mahi taco and two shrimp tacos. Everything here is good though. I always get a strawberry margarita but I decided to do happy hour and got a rum and coke.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food

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vipRobertH
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Mediocre Mexican fare served in a parking lot

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vipYvetteS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great experience at this location!

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vipNellyP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation, through open table but unfortunately the manager was very rude and disrespectful and said they have no tables for us. Just liked that she made us leave. She said we could stay but the wait was 45 minutes but we left since she was very rude.

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HerminiaD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience and the ambiance was nice not too many ppl and we were able to pick our table. Service was good and the staff was very attentive and making sure we had everything we needed
Thank you

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vipshopper
Los Angeles
177 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This restaurant has outdoor dining which is what we were looking for.
We were seated at a distance from other diners and the servers wore
masks and gloves. All the employees were attentive.

The food was delivered in a timely manner, and served hot from
the kitchen.

We felt comfortable dining here.

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vipYvetteS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so attentive, the food and ambiance were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No body came to service us even after the manager came to assist my party then never came back.... definitely wouldn’t suggest or recommend this place to/for anybody

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encinogroup
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Liked the seating on the patio. Attentive server. Asked for more napkins, more beverage, etc-prompt response.

Good food.

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TheresaH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I order 2x a week on line ,it was a pleasure to come back to Sunday Brunch
Best food in town

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vipAdman
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was okay. Service was barely existent. Had to request water refills.

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HenryR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service , noise level, was excellent. I recommend this El Torito in Santa Monica.

FAQs

El Torito - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Santa Monica also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 450-8665.

El Torito - Santa Monica is rated 4.3 stars by 73 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.