El Torito - Tustin

3.8
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$30 and under
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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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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service !

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Bilal was awesome, he was always busy helping other tables but never left us wanting anything. The best service we've ever received at this location and we frequently visit for lunch and dinner. This was a very enjoyable Mother's Day dinner.

Thank you Bilal.

Joe Trejo

B
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I had reservations at 12 and did not get seated until 1. Maybe don’t accept as many reservations if you can’t keep up. I would have made reservations elsewhere if I knew I was going to have to wait an entire hour. It was very disorganized.

C
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Went in Mother’s Day, I understand it’s one of the busiest days of the year but we had to wait an hour and a half past our reservation time. Once we sat we were offered water, after that the server didn’t come back until we had to ask another server for champagne. Once we got our champagne it was warm, not cold at all. We were never offered refills for our water, dirty plates all over the table and had to wait 20 min for the server to bring out the check once we asked for it. Like i said I understand it’s busy but this was overall one of the worst restaurant experiences I’ve ever had.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst experience for brunch on Mother's Day I have ever had. The place clearly over booked tables so the wait, even with a reservation was +1 hour. Crowds so large you could not hear your name being called. When we finally made it to our table the buffet was cold, many of the trays/dishes were empty, lines continued to be large on the inside, the servers were clearly in over their heads. Running around everywhere trying to get to everyone. One of them even bumped into my mother who was sitting at the booth and spilled cold drink on her because he was running down and overly packed walkway to get to his other tables but was so oblivious to it all that he didn't even notice. Horrible, horrible experience not worth a single dollar spent. I apologized profusely to my mother and mother-in-law for such a terrible experience and will be taking them out again for a do over this weekend.

s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Thanks for completely ruining our Mother's Day El Torito! ZERO STARS!!! What a complete disaster!!!! When we arrived and saw upwards of 50 people standing around outside. we were told it would be roughly 45 mins past our reservation, which although is ridiculous we could have survived... BUT then we were told by the angry mob outside that many people had been already waiting for over an hour past their reservation time with no indication that they were any closer on the list. Not only did you ruin a day that was supposed to be special but you had and zero regard for people who had taken the time to reserve in advance. Good thing my family was ok with fast food. Wow!!!!!

SL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked reservations for 10:30am for Mother’s Day. There was a huge overflow crowd when we arrived. The restaurant appeared to be extremely overbooked. We and other parties with reservations were repeatedly told they’d be seated in 20 minutes. There was a leaf one man with reservations for 9:45am still had not been seated by 11:10. That’s when we left.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Over an hour wait despite reservation, for Sunday Brunch on Mother's Day

RM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Not a good Sunday brunch at all. Food was bland. Spanish rice was more white then Spanish. Beans had no taste. Enchiladas were small and soggy. Red chili beef wasn't even chili and has potatoes in it!

SS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Would recommend the Tustin El Torito location for brunch for sure. We have been to the one at the Orange Outlets and Yorba Linda, always to crowded, loud and just not worth it to me. Chose Tustin and we were very happy, better selection of food, not crowded or loud. Staff was very attentive and accomodating. We will be returning tho this location.

J
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time for my 49th birthday with my wife her daughter and her children thank you for the excellent experience

KS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

They lost my reservation and we're not knowledgeable about food ingredients. We had an allergy in our party and the server could not help figure out any good accommodations.