El Torito - Santa Monica

4.2
147 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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Chris
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nachos weren't that great, looked like a blob of food tossed over. The rest of the menu was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great across the board!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Food was pretty good. Service was okay. Why I won’t eat at this restaurant again….they did not validate the parking and after spending $130 on food, I still had to pay $17.50 to get out of the parking lot!!! When I followed up with the restaurant, they didn’t care. I also tried contacting the parking company to which I received no response. I won’t be back.

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vipMomoagogo
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!!

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Tasty
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outside table. Staff was friendly and efficient. Food was great. Would definitely go back.

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vipIandtk
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and cultured.

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MimostessHostess
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adan was our server and he did a FABULOUS job! I was concerned because we are a large group and a lot of restaurants have been lagging in service due to COVID, but I am ecstatic to say that El Torito was NOT one of those restaurants. The all-you-can eat buffet was delicious and worth the price! Bottomless Mimosas were constantly coming and Adan was on top of it all. The only suggestion I would make is to pay attention to the line sequence in the buffet section because it can get confusing. Other than that, I HIGHLY recommend this El Torito 100/10.

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WilliamG
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food & service quite good. Comfortable seating in quiet room. Extremely long wait for food. According to our waitress, this was because both the kitchen and service personnel were unexpectedly short-staffed.

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vipMTSM
Los Angeles
128 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hostess (didn't catch her name) was so cordial and helpful. Had long-time favorite server Victor, who always contributes to a delightful time. Had salmon veracruz and veggie fajitas. Perfectly prepared, with the vegetables on the soft side, which is how I prefer them.

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AndreaW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The staff is shorthanded but did the best they could, I didn't get the entry I ordered but like the one they gave me better!!

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TracyB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Unexpectedly the happt hour was dead. Service was slow. Ambiance was far too quiet; no music or anything. We watched a table come and go before we even had an app. A nice happy hour selection of drinks and a few appetizers though.

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LouiseC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was just ok. Guacamole was pretty tasteless, other dishes so-so. Service also just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

No menudo 😭😭 Good service

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RamonD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great and efficient. The food was great.

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David
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No attention by staff. Rushed to order before we even read the menu. Then, followup to check on how things were. Food was tasteless -- not what I expected based upon reviews. Maybe we did not order any margaritas. And, pricey for what we received. Disappointing.

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lucile
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating service .
We enjoyed our birthday party.

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MarR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All personnel were nice and friendly. Nice atmosphere.

El Torito - Santa Monica
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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AliciaC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service is excellent! The staff very attentive.

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RhondaB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I have been to this restaurant several times, but I will not return again. The food has gone downhill. My food was dry and they used to cover my meal with cheese. There were just a few slivers of cheese on everything. The service was terrible. It Took a long time for us to get our food. Every time I’ve been there in the past we got our food much quicker and they were many more people in the restaurant. There were hardly any other customers, yet the service was slow. I was very disappointed with how bad this restaurant has gotten.

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JasmineT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, the ambiance was intimate but also lively. And parking was so convenient.

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Caliwalker
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time taking mom to a restaurant since pandemic. The outdoor seating was full for all res from 4 to 9 pm so we ate inside. Occupied tables were well spaced apart, and servers were all masked up so we felt comfortable. Mom enjoyed the margaritas! Everyone enjoyed their meals & our server was very helpful and friendly. The service was slow but we chalked that up to lack of staffing that I keep hearing about due to covid. Would go back.

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vipalishac
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had Sunday brunch and it was delicious!

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vipAnita
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I'm usually happy with most dining experiences, but Sunday at El Torito was very disappointing. The greeter wanted to seat us at a table that was in a entry way, so we asked to be seated in the main dining room. He showed us the table and said a server could cover this section in 30 minutes. Why in the world would that be acceptable? So he showed us another acceptable table although it was adjacent to the busing station which added to the noise. As for food, a cold steak the was inedible and soggy salad was lifeless. The chicken and carnitas fajitas were wonderful as usual. And our server was efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our original server apparently had to many tables to handle on Fathers Day. I ended up getting another waiter to tend to us. This particular El Torito must be under new management because this is second time there and service is sub-par.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate Father’s Day n we really enjoyed the experience

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KenjiN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was good. Only problem we had was they didn't have our reservation but there was plenty of seating.

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DominicR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a perfect Sunday,the service was good and the ambiance was calm and inviting. We loved our experience and will be back.

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GiaG
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent, service was good, although busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast seating , prompt service and sweet waitress food was nice and hot even though we ordered an hr before the kitchen closed. This is the best el torito I’ve been too so far.

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NomNomEatEmUp
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. I come here often and will continue to do so and bring my friends.

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MattJB
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so nice and helpful and the food was delicious! Was our first time doing brunch and it was worth it

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vipjtcnaples
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing - freshness of the food!

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MRWST
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was incredible! Our server, Victor, had wonderful energy and made sure we were taken care of without leaving us hanging. The margaritas were delish and the fajita platter was the perfect amount of food to feed four! We will most certainly be back.

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RobinD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had there Sunday brunch. Everything was delicious. My friends and I really enjoyed it.

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macbones
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I'm sorry to say our experience was mostly disappointing. One plate of tacos arrived cold, the gin/tonic tasted off, we were charged for an extra margarita, our server was a long time between visits, the food was really salty. The extra charges were taken care of and the cold meal was taken off the bill so I will say that it was managed well. Just wish the experience had been better.

They did do a great job of cleaning and keeping patrons separate, everyone was really nice.

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vipFOODFREAK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service and food quality was horrible. Guacamole had too much onion and was bland. No taste other than onions. Buffalo wings were hard to bit. Overcooked. We decided to leave the restaurant for dinner elsewhere.

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MichelleR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst place ever do not go there all staff is rude

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MichelleB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Not really good custom service except the waiter and the guy who took us to are table

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MartaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome ,quick and friendly ... loved it

FAQs

El Torito - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.2 stars by 147 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.