El Torito - West Covina

4
90 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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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for 45 to be seated even though I made a reservation. My brother in law’s food arrived after everyone had already finished eating. The service was horrible.

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ReginaldB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service from Ricardo

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Even though I made reservations, we waited for 10 minutes to be seated! The hostesses seemed to not know what they were doing...

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SuzanneLG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Despite having a Resevation for 2 Weeks we were kept waiting for more than 35 Minutes. We were told that they were short staffed and 2 People were on Break. Why would you allow 2 People to go to Lunch when you are so Busy? I Drove 45 Minutes to Take My 91 Year Old Dad to Celebarte Fther's Day. My Dad is Diabete. Carlos the Manager said my Dad could sit and have a Salad. I said we came to have Lunch and be Served. I Spent nearly $90 - Not Worth the Money for the Treatment and Slow Service.

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SharonC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

With a reservation for 5 people at 4:45, we arrived 10 minutes early and had to sit in the heat outside for 40 minutes before being seated inside. We were seated next to large table with very happy people loudly celebrating a birthday included banging loudly on the table. Okay that happens sometimes. Our waitress was excellent but way overloaded with tables. She was trooper and still did a great job. Especially considering that the A/C wasn't working and it was almost as hot in the restaurant as outside. Food was good but slow in coming. Staff was very nice but just not a pleasant experience with the wait time and the condition in the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It’s stuffy in there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Roberto was our server, he was friggin awesome!!!

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Keithp
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had reservations at 2pm , we were taken in at about 2:10pm so that was fine . Quite a bit of hostesses upfront , they all kept staring at people as of not knowing what to do .
Drinks were ok , Guacamole took quite a while . Food is fair , meat was tough , beans were cold . Fajitas were not hot and they added potatoes that were cold . Food could have been better looked reheated.

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JasmineJ
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very accommodating Of the party size that we had.

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LilyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, we really enjoyed our date night.

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AmbNicole
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made a reservation and still ended up waiting 40 min to be seated. Employee at the check-in stand was very rude. Our waiter was great and made the experience better.

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CristinaS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, from calling to make a reservation to our waiter and excellent food and drinks!

El Torito - West Covina
Responded on May 13, 2021

We are happy to hear about your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share. - Xperience Restaurant Group

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DonaldA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was promptly served. Our waitress was very courteous and friendly. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

El Torito - West Covina
Responded on May 13, 2021

We cannot thank you enough for the kind words about our restaurant. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we are on the right track! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went for Mother’s Day. Sat us late food just barely ok

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Yailah
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely great, except for the food. Branch was taken away too fast. We should have had the opportunity to have had been offered brunch or order from the menu since we only had about 20 mins to make a run for brunch like if we running a marathon. Then we had to chow down everything before trying to go back and get something else because everything was being removed. Then they ran out of tostadas and they made me ask my server for tortilla chips because they were too LAZY to get a tostada for my ceviche.

I get it, it was Mothers Day, but we RSVP'd way in advance to be treated that way!

I'm very disappointed with the service since our bill was over $200.

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HeatherP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing is that I asked for no onion or cilantro on my tacos and they were still brought that way. After a second set of tacos. But the food was still good after digging out the meat lol

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Date night, we had a very nice evening.

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BrianO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual. Good food and price. Thanks

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vipCooper
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for Americanized Mexican food. Wide selection to satisfy different tastes.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband Reggie’s birthday was great!

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NathanB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Did the Sunday brunch, all the food was good, but could of used more workers serving food, was pretty crowded at times.

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SteveB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The wait staff seemed to not be too knowledgeable.
Restaurant was very quiet and empty when we arrived but by the time we left it was quite full.
Overall, it was nice to be able to dine in a restaurant again.

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kristalL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love el torito, delicious dishes and margaritas! Very good customer service! I highly Recommend this place.

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BrownEyes
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and service were good with the exception that I specifically made a reservation for outdoor dining and they were not able to provide it.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great time. We’ll be back

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Apcontreras4
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for Easter. It was pleasant and organized staff. 2 recommendations- need additional servers on most popular items such as rice bean area. 1 server took too much time with several hungry people waiting in line. Next was Eggs. a server was necessary to get our eggs. Waited over 30 min and by then breakfast items were gone from our plates. We didn’t get to enjoy them. Question why we couldn’t just get our eggs ourself from cook. Popular items such as these need more servers to accommodate busy brunch time. Other than this the brunch was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was for my mother in law’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I had a reservation took a while to get seated. Food took about 40 mins to arrive. Food was ok service was good.

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BrianO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat inside for the first time in a long while. $8 specials are great. Service was outstanding.

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vipbatman9701
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. He greeted us and let us know about the specials. He was efficient. Definitely better than the El Torito in Pasadena! Food was great and everything was brought out promptly. We got the all you can fish taco special. We didn’t even have to ask our waiter to bring us more, it’s like he knew the right time to bring food out! Dessert was yummy! We’re definitely trekking all the way to West Co again! By the way, I ordered coffee ☕️, it was actually hot! They do take covid seriously, we saw tables been sanitized as soon as guests left.

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jesse
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wiped my own chair before I sat down and it was very dirty. I brought my own cleaning wipes.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good! Short wait and food and service was good

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vipCooper
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wife and I shared the Fajitas Supreme. Was plenty of food for both of us. Good food at a good value. Server was very busy but handled everything well.

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JoannaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are still doing Sunday brunch buffet , the food is inside and u go in and they serve it up for u and u take it back to your table outside , so fun

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Was cold they didn’t have enough heaters for outside dine and they apparently were out of guacamole which is hard to believe and then when we wanted to pay it took forever to get the check yet the server kept coming around to see if we wanted anything else even though all they were serving was alcohol we had to literally get up and go inside stand by the cashier until they gave us the check

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BrianO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service. The special pricing was great.

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CharmaineH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

First, there were tables available under the canopy that no one was sitting at.
I asked the lady if we were able to sit at the empty table under the canopy instead of not. She stated that the “waiter” would not be available for “awhile” and she was not sure when they would be back. So we chose to not wait. However, 10 minutes later someone was sat under the canopy and the waiter was servicing them immediately after that.
Mind you I saw the people who were sat there drive up after we were already there.
Other than that the service was okay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

I love the food at El Torito. We went for a Galentines date. My only complaint is that it was freezing. Come on El Torito invest in some outdoor heaters. You have two outside the tents. Who is that supposed to help? Just a shame.

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Reba
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great place to go for Mexican food & drink

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great! The service was great! Overall satisfied.

FAQs

El Torito - West Covina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - West Covina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 966-7516.

El Torito - West Covina is rated 4 stars by 90 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.