El Torito - Sherman Oaks

4.4
61 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.
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FrankB
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tacos on taco-tuesdays are excellent. My wife and I will continue to attend

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DebiH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service could improve. No utensils and when we asked it was longer than 5 minutes and our food was getting cooler.

DH
DarinH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good, we sat outside, but had a party of 12 sitting next to u

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved being seated outside in the fresh evening air. Not crowded at the hour we dined, and enjoyed a wonderful meal with great service! Food was perfect as all the others times we have eaten at El Torito! 👍🏻👍🏻

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VeroLulu
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall. Excellent
Great Happy Hour
Great Music
Fajitas 🍤🥘🍷🍸🍹

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overal great experience. We went for a birthday brunch celebration, food and customer service was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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selSel
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Don’t go here if your want to stay distanced safely from others. Loud music so you have to yell to hear across the table. Horrible spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun Friday night experience! Live music. Happy hour from 3-9. Great margs!

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CaliC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We waited over 30 minutes to be given water or our order taken. Then we waited 40 minutes for our food (we were only a table of 3).. then we had to go up to the front multiple times to get our bill. Simple brunch ended up taking 2 hours and they were practically empty.

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KayE
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so lovely to be outdoors, everyone was laughing and having a good time.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great, other than having Ventura Blvd so close. Also was a little uncomfortable when the sun started to overtake the table, but we were almost done anyway. Nice job adjusting to the situation.

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vipMishka
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

when did El Torito get so expensive? Food took a long time to come out - and the last to arrive were salads? My friend ordered her salad dry with NO DRESSING, but it arrived with dressing - clearly wet. The waiter argued with us saying there is no dressing when we can clearly see that there is. Also, what is this "Surcharge" on my bill? The waiter could not explain it and told us they have been charging it for 2 years now.

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SHAIMA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was actually nice to sit out side.We went to support the restaurant, service was good.

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vipaminla
Los Angeles
257 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

El Torito has created an outdoor seating area in front of the restaurant, which works well. Our meals were delicious, and the service took a bit longer, perhaps due to the longer distance from the kitchen.

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RichardS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Had a fun birthday dinner out on the parking lot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table service! Arturo was amazing!

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vipLAFoodie
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service in the new tented tables in the parking lot was attentive and sweet, with an experienced server carefully training and new employee.
It's been so long since I've dined in a restaurant, I forgot that I prefer flour tortillas to corn , and I dislike gooey refried beans. The housemade chips were crisp and the salsa was excellent. El Torito has never been known for great food, but the servers made this experience a welcome treat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I enjoy this El Torito the hosts are always friendly, and I absolutely love happy hour! Only thing missing is my Laker games lol can’t wait til the pandemic is over. Thanks for a great time I would recommend this spot and I always take my friends and boyfriend here. Also there is plenty of free parking and you can even walk off the yummy carbs down Ventura Blvd lol

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Dinner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in parking lot under a tent and it was great. Service was very good and the food and drinks were yummy. They sanitized the tables after every person left. I enjoyed it considering the circumstances! Stay safe everyone

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Dzero
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Well let's see are brunch experience was bad the food was either cold or didn't have any flavor, the service was either band new or just having a off day. I requested an omelet now here is the problem. 1. You need to fill out on a small piece of paper that the server will provide the kind of omelet you want very easy and simple. 2. I gave the waiter my omelet order and the omelet came back wrong the 1st time under cooked the 2nd time and then in the 3rd time everything inside the omelet was burned. Also it took anywhere from 15 minutes to 25 minutes to receive your omelet. The place before the pandemic was great now with the new guidelines I can see why there we're issues but still.

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HappyPatron
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a long while since I've shared a meal with my friend. I showed up a little early and called from my vehicle to find out if I needed to wait in my car or if I would be able to come inside which the nice lady on the phone said it was fine to come in. Everyone was wearing masks and the restaurant was immaculate! My friend came in after I seated and immediately had nice hot chips with salsa and your wonderful margaritas on ice! Teresa was our waitress and she was so attentive and friendly. Since my friend and I haven't seen each other in what seemed like a million years we couldn't stop chatting and Teresa was ever so sweet and humble when we weren't ready for like 3 times (sorry about that - we started to look at our menus and start talking again!) We finally decided and ordered our food. I had the fajitas combo with the cheese enchilada - mmmm so good! My friend's food looked good and now I can't remember what she ordered - sorry but I know she loved it! We were there for a long while - lots of catching up to do! We noticed it was starting to get pretty full and decided to go. It was a great experience and so glad not only to see my friend but also to see that El Torito in Sherman Oaks was able to remain in business and open up during these strange times. Thank you very much!

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Destiny
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food did not taste good. Hostess sat us at a table that was not cleaned. We had to ask
3 different times so they can send someone to clean the table. Finally after 20 minutes I went to look for someone and had them cleaning our table. Very poor service. I will never go again!! We sat outside. Inside they did not have social distancing, Come El Torito remember there is still Covid-19.

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Star
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our experience was great overall. The food and service was great. The only comment is that even they were enforcing social distancing, two ladies moved from the table that they were assigned to the table next to us. No one told them to move to respect social distancing, they just let them sit there. They need to be more on top of that to protect clients and staff.

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SusannaG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was super great we love it !!!!!!!! Definitely recommend yo my friends

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JoeyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. The only downfall is the parking. With very limited parking, and all the parking stalls in front of the restaurant are reserved for valet, you're forced pay for valet.

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CeciliaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great drinks, great food. Came here for Valentine’s Day and had a great evening. Restaurant was busy and customer service was still great. Definitely will come here again.

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mari
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is pretty good, variety. The service could have been better. Mimosas stopped coming for a bit, thought it was bottomless. Waiter forgot drinks a few times, had to remind him.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Accommodated a group of 14 expertly. Thank you!

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GoharK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner and drinks.

MD
vipMichelleD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Always consistently good but very busy and service slow

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place we just came to celebrate my aunts Bday the mojitos are amazing and the pila coladas are to die for

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Ajax5455
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was good and the service was great. We bypassed the buffet hours and ordered from the regular menu. We don't eat that much, and we brought home enough leftover carnitas for two days worth of dinner.

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italianguy1
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

one drink like a memosa should be included in price w/out refills.

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PALT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were there late in the afternoon so it was quiet, but there were quite a few customers for the time of day. Service was good, but the food was bad. Guacamole made table side had too much citrus which overpowered everything and made the avocados tasteless. Very disappointing. The salad dressing was watered down and, again, tasteless. Realize this is a corporate owned chain, but over the years have had good food at this location, but this time was a complete miss.

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DenaF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The parking was really hectic but the service was excellent!

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vipRedhead44
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating to our party., seated immediately. Waiter had no problem with 6 separate checks and the food was excellent

RM
vipRoxanneM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My sister and friend went for a delicious lunch buffet and had a wonderful time!

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vipJohannaG
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good but not very hot. Service was very good

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BrianH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

The food is much like the superior Brea location. But the service is sub-par. 10 minutes after being seated (with a reservation), we still had no waiter. I needed to flag one down. We ordered right away as we had plenty of time to look at the menu.

The food took at least 30 minutes to arrive. Probably close to 40 minutes. The waiter reassured us multiple times that it would only be a couple more minutes. But after a while, that became meaningless.

The food was hot and fresh. It tasted great. The portion of chicken in the fajitas was sparse. I can usually save half for a second meal... there was barely enough for one meal. Either the other location is more generous with the proteins, or this location is stingy.

While I enjoy the Brea location, I won’t return to this one.

FAQs

El Torito - Sherman Oaks does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Torito - Sherman Oaks also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 990-5860.

El Torito - Sherman Oaks is rated 4.4 stars by 61 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.