El Torito - Sherman Oaks

4.3
105 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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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Robin
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Server was awful. I ordered the all you can eat fish tacos. They never brought any more after the first three tacos were delivered. Waited 30 minutes. Nope nothing. Kept saying it’s coming in 10 minutes….

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun casual dining

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vipEleanorP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a great time dining at El Torito! One friend had dietary restrictions and the staff was very accommodating. Everything was fresh, delicious and attractively plated. Convenient parking was a plus!

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CamilaF
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Helpful and cordial personnel clean place a day and night from the last time I was there.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antonio was an amazing server. Definitely asking for him when returning.

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LAFoodie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The frozen fruit Margaritas were great as always. Food was ok, nicely plated but not remarkable. Portions seem to be shrinking a bit. The standout was Jessica, our friendly and attentive server. She guided us to the best choices, got both orders perfect, forgot nothing, checked in without being intrusive and made it a very pleasant dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Parking is horrible, service not good.

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mveebuff
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

It was not a very well organized Mother's Day Brunch. It was VERY crowded inside without any social distancing in a tiny space. The food was fine was we got it, but I don't think I would return for a special occasion again, at least not in this current pandemic climate.

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SepiY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It took almost 45 minutes to get our food and it wasn't busy when we got there! The food was so salty, we barely finished out meal! Our waiter didn't tend to our table much! We were pretty much forgotten about! Terrible service and food!

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YvonneB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were excellent.
Our waiter was excellent.
I would definitely recommend my family and friends to dine there.
I’m looking forward to my next visit myself.

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NewH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite location of one my favorite restaurants no complaints!!!!

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vipaminla
Los Angeles
263 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Three of us went to El Torito for a 5 pm dinner on Cinco de Mayo. Even though it was on the early side, the restaurant was already busy. That said, we were able to get sat and served quickly. Our server was friendly, and between her and another server, our table received plenty of attention. The food was outstanding. My only real comment is that the large Cadillac Margaritas weren't particularly strong; I expect more for $16.

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Janeeboo
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cinco de Mayo celebration. Food and service excellent as always.

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WillTill
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always, taco Tuesday, we’ll b back

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vipDeenDeen
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Seating was spaced nicely for Covid protection and although the server was exceptionally kind, the service was super slow. We were there for over 2 hours and didn't even order any appetizers. Food took over an hour to come out. Not sure what was going on, and really trying not to complain because everyone is doing the best they can right now, but....

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vipFrankB
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

margaritas are great. the food is really good. it is a fun place to eat at. the atmosphere is festive. I will definitely keep going back until if ever i am disappointed

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MARCOSR
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buena comida y un servicio excelente. Lo voy a recomendar con mis amigos

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JustinM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samantha our server did a wonderful job and very attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. Service was great!!

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AbduzZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I like this place - always did! And of course the food is good.

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vipRyanC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Taco Tuesdays

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Eyeland
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good service was great. The restaurant wasn’t packed they did really well in keeping the table distanced.

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DebiH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The buffet was easy to access. Everyone in my party enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere. Even the weather was perfect!

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vipFrankB
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

seating indoor and outdoor is widely spaced food is very good. We will definitely book another date

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TerriG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

There were not many diners but it took a very long time to get even just water. The food was ok but there are much better choices nearby.

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Lakers24ever
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The brunch buffet was great, however, they should consider more choices on vegan or vegetarian option.

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TravelAddict
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice outdoor area to enjoy a wonderful meal. El Torito has delicious food and drinks, and the service is always good. We look forward to our next visit!

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Kyle
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service. Very friendly and fast.

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vipWorldTraveler
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good Mexican food! I’m a vegan and I still enjoyed my meal. Good drinks and staff was ok.

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DAVIDS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

the food was tasteless and chicked was rubbery and obviously microwaved. the lettuce in salad was not fresh and not edible. my guest did not eat his soup due to the bad taste. will never go to El Torito again

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Gman
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent, but the service was a slow, which is not the fault of the server or bus-people because the restaurant was crowded.

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ElGringo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Me and my family have frequented this El Torito a couple times , we always come to this one (pre-Covid).
This was our first time back since LA has reopened everything, maybe it’s Bc they are JUST opening back up, but the service was absurdly slow, the food came out cold, and soggy. Couldn’t even pick up my fish tacos. It would all disintegrate. Rice was cold, beans cold. Soup cold. Our drinks were kinda weak.
Everything we ordered/asked for took 30minutes to get. Even the check. Our waitress was sweet and looked like she was genuinely working hard running back and forth- I don’t blame her.
We come here all the time, it’s a shame we had such a negative experience this visit. Not sure if we will be back

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vipFrankB
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday is great the tacos are excellent the margaritas on par. As a matter of fact we have made another reservation for the 30th

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday was yummy and fun! Our waiter was great, food perfect, sat right away, fun music , clean and spaced out! I’ll be back soon!

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Arpaa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Service was very poor!! I had kids with me and they were cold it took them half an hour to put me on a table where there is heat. Then we moved to that table there wasn't enough chairs for us we literally had to wait for minutes for someone to realize we have no chair and we are standing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were great. We were stuffed. Loved the Sunday brunch.

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vipAlyseB
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is authentic and delicious. Seating outdoors works.

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LESLIEF
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Outside dinning. Great drinks. Still fun even in pandemic.

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EllenH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Server was excellent Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My child’s meal was uncooked hamburger meat bloody uncooked . Food value not fair

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 4.3 stars by 105 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.