El Torito - Santa Monica
Nachos weren't that great, looked like a blob of food tossed over. The rest of the menu was great.
Great across the board!!
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.
Enjoyed the outside table. Staff was friendly and efficient. Food was great. Would definitely go back.
Great staff and cultured.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Food was just ok. Guacamole was pretty tasteless, other dishes so-so. Service also just ok.
No menudo 😭😭 Good service
The staff was great and efficient. The food was great.
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.
Very accommodating service .
We enjoyed our birthday party.
All personnel were nice and friendly. Nice atmosphere.
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The service is excellent! The staff very attentive.
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.
The food was delicious, the ambiance was intimate but also lively. And parking was so convenient.
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.
Great food and service!
Had Sunday brunch and it was delicious!
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.
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.
We went to celebrate Father’s Day n we really enjoyed the experience
It was good. Only problem we had was they didn't have our reservation but there was plenty of seating.
It was a perfect Sunday,the service was good and the ambiance was calm and inviting. We loved our experience and will be back.
food was excellent, service was good, although busy.
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.
Love this place. I come here often and will continue to do so and bring my friends.
Everyone was so nice and helpful and the food was delicious! Was our first time doing brunch and it was worth it
So amazing - freshness of the food!
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.
Had there Sunday brunch. Everything was delicious. My friends and I really enjoyed it.
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.
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.
Worst place ever do not go there all staff is rude
Not really good custom service except the waiter and the guy who took us to are table
Waiter was awesome ,quick and friendly ... loved it
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.