El Torito - Stockton

4.2
82 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.
What 82 people are saying
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4.2
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3.8
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3.7
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nettiema
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome food and service. I would definitely recommend making reservations before going or you may have to wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Needs more ventilation, was 85 degrees in their so uncomfortable

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Lisa
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to eat inside finally. We enjoyed our meal sooooo much. Thank you. I hope all the employees are vaccinated.

I wish you could ask all the customers to be vaccinated or at least sit them in there own room. I am immunocompromised have stage 4 cancer) and worry, I would prefer to only be around other vaccinated people.

But we enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

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vipJimbo
Sacramento
57 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decent filling food. Friendly staff. Our waitress was extremely overworked and appeared to have a trainee shadowing her. When I suggested that her boss should give her double the pay she hinted that other workers called to say they wouldn’t be in for their shift which left her very busy. Not her fault. I will return in the future.

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Pakrat
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there!!! It was so YUMMY!! The Pozole and Meundo was AMAZING! Everything was delicious! I made a reservation on line and was seated at the scheduled time. Our server was the Best!! I will go back for sure. The place was so clean, everyone was so friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience2

I've been to the one in san leandro many times and always been worth the price but this one not so much. The bathrooms smelled pretty bad and need a renovation. The music was so loud had to talk a bit loud to understand my spouse.

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Phys
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. We were well attended to. We reserved a table but the wait time ran 20 minutes past our reservation.

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Sauce
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was delicious, some of it was a little cold but still edible. Waitress was kind of whack.

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Moutan
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience considering COVID restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Reservation worked great and everything was perfect.

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Ramsey
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations at 6:15pm got there checked in then we waited until 6:45 to be seated because I went up and said how long, then we sat took another 10 to ask us what drinks another 15 min for chips and salsa and we ordered waited an hour and no food so we left! I asked the manager why does it take so long, he said “we are understaffed and if you know anyone needing of work to let them know. So we left! Why are they taking so many reservations if they’re understaffed doesn’t make sense!

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious no complaints

El Torito - Stockton
Responded on May 13, 2021

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

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Amar
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for Mother’s Day and boy was it packed. We did have to wait longer than expected but they extended the brunch so we wouldn’t miss it. The food was delicious and our server Cecilia was AWESOME! Look forward to going again for brunch soon.

El Torito - Stockton
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to share your prestige opinion on El Torito. We take pride in giving outstanding service to every customer and we are overjoyed to receive your compliments. – Xperience Restaurant Group

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BrannonA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

El Torito and their staff have been doing brunch for years and have it down to a science!

El Torito - Stockton
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. Our staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. They work very diligently, and it will provide them with great encouragement to keep doing what they are doing. – Xperience Restaurant Group

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mother’s Day

El Torito - Stockton
Responded on May 13, 2021

Thank you for coming to celebrate with us! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch was Awesome yet again. Will continue to come.

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ArleenM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Disappointed. Food server didn’t know type of meat in buffet. Girl served ice cream on a flat plate. Had to ask for spoon. Omelet didn’t have much in it even though I requested 3 items.

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Navigator
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was a wide variety of food choices. Unfortunately it seemed like most of the staff maning the stations were slow or were very new. Ask for flower tortillas from different stations and was given different answers. They had no sugar-free syrup which was disappointing. Waitress never let us know that we could get tea, soda etc including with the buffet & we were charged a surcharge on our bill because of mandated employee wages. We were a party of 5. I think they needed more staff.

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ThomasL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We got there early for our open table reservation and were asked to wait, no big deal. But then they forgot about us until someone asked if we were waiting for a pick up order.
The only way we got to be seated right then was if we wanted to sit in the bar at a high top table. Again, no biggie, but the table was wobbly as hell.

Got the fajita combo, steak was good, chicken was dry. This was also the first time I’ve had potatoes with fajitas on the platter. Also no cheese or sour cream.

But I’d still go back and give them a second chance.

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vipMadhuD
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good service. A bit loud though.

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Tracy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone on the staff are great! So friendly and always checking up on us!

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MariaR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations and never got in. An hour after our reservation then we received a msg!!!

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NoeleneM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have the buffet back. Always a great place to eat

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JaneS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I ordered a guacamole taco in a hard she'll. When I got my taco, it was deep fried. I was expecting a nutritious meal, not deep fried in fat.

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AndrewL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly delicious and fresh. The people working there were friendly and professional and the establishment was clean and they took the necessary precautions to keep the patrons safe.

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KourtneyM
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Only on cook. Server was not communicative about this so it seemed she didn’t care. Food was cold.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Steak was tough

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MartinV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I just moved from San Jose and they have double the food available to eat. That is fantastic, and the price is lower.

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AndreaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good staff was very friendly the only downfall is that outdoor dining it’s super cold outside so your food gets really cold really fast otherwise everything else was great

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Made reservations, didn’t get seated 30 minutes later.

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NormaR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST EXPERIENCE!! This was mine and my family’s first time eating out since the pandemic and we had such a GREAT experience. We ate on Sunday for Brunch and reserved a table on their website around 10am. Following guidelines, great food, pancakes are SO good!!

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Disappointed
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

My first visit to El Toritos was in 1996. My second visit to El toritos was in 2021.
Let’s start with the main attraction.....the food. The food was cold. Food was bland and had zero flavor. Blah!
The coffee was at best, somewhat warm. Even the refill cup was a little warm. Definitely not hot like coffee should be.
I had the omelette with chorizo and it was terrible. Chorizo tasted like low quality, store bought.
I understand the goal is to maximize profits but at $29 per person, the least you can do is make sure the food is quality, tasty and HOT. If the quality and tasty part can’t be achieved.....at least make it hot!!!
As for the service, it was okay. We had to ask for refills.
It will probably be another 20 years before I visit El Toritos again. Thanks but no thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Made reservations didn’t get seated until about 25 minutes later and I had to go back up to the desk to ask otherwise I may been waiting longer

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JodiC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining on taco Tuesday. DJ was playing and they specialty menu is excellent. Recommend the rose margarita and tacos vampiros.

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CeciliaH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was great except we had to eat outside because of the Covid restrictions and I’m not a fan of that that’s the only reason why I gave everything for stars instead of five

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Valentines Day...they have really gone crazy on the price, for there brunch.... for sitting in a parking lot....

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Gilb
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Unfortunately we came on a cold morning and they sat us on the high tops where all the wind was. As soon as we sat down we just wanted to leave because we couldn’t bare the cold even with our jackets. Food was good, might come back just make sure you sit somewhere warmer.

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Shalom
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I love the food! It is always wonderful. I had the Fajitas tacos. But, I do not like dining in the tent, in the winter, with no heat (the propane heater ran out of propane). Other than that, I am looking forward to the end of N.'s lock down. So I can dine inside the lovely restaurant, with my friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour from 3-close was great. We were able to try a few different items from the menu. We will definitely be back.

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ChristiB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thank you had a good time considering the COVID-19 and the server was very good.

FAQs

El Torito - Stockton does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Stockton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (209) 957-6891.

El Torito - Stockton is rated 4.2 stars by 82 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.