El Torito - Sherman Oaks

4.5
119 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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VEHO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very noisy even though the restaurant was not crowded.

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Daniel
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I set a reservation with the specific note attached that it was my wife's birthday. But... no birthday song or anything. :/

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vipCarola
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

quick service, food was yummy and the pineapple coconut margarita was a little too sweet.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menudo was delicious! Quick service

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vipaminla
Los Angeles
269 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was courteous, attentive, and quick. Our meals were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Since Covid every time we have been there the food is getting worse. The carne esada couldn’t even be cut with the knife. That’s how bad and chewy it was. It was the worse quality meat I have ever had in my life. My teeth couldn’t chew the beef. It was like a rubber. My partner beef was the same. My sister’s beef fajita was complete over cooked so she barely ate it. Her spicy margarita was waterie with no sweetness. The restaurant was overly crowded and not enough people to attend to guests.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never to here because the parking is bad.
I love the food

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican restaurant I have ever been to!
Outstanding!!

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our sever was excellent! The value for Saturday brunch was really good. I will say the chilaquiles needed more seasoning. However, the rest of the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great. We enjoyed their chips and salsa.

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vippatron2
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed getting out at a casual dinner with good food and drinks

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JIMMIEB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and salsa same as every el torito restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server may have been over worked but it took so long for us to even order then another long time for us to get our food. Tables around us that sat after us were served ahead and our server said it was because they had a different server and it was the order the kitchen made it. Also the bathrooms and just overall cleanliness was pretty rough- coming out of a pandemic we were hoping for a better experience. It was great for our kids and they had tons of options on the menu and I felt pretty spread out inside.

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vipaminla
Los Angeles
269 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to El Torito to make use of a breakfast promo. Our food was delicious and our server was courteous and fairly attentive.

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Robin
San Francisco
5 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun casual dining

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vipEleanorP
Los Angeles
6 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
Los Angeles
2 reviews
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
5 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
12 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
269 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
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

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 4.5 stars by 119 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.