El Torito - Westminster

4.4
62 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 62 people are saying
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vipSarahM
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was good. Drinks were good. It was El Torito.

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JOSEPH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Was horrible. Had to wait in line just to get food for over a half an hour. Many items were low or running out. Staff was at a minimum. Will never go under the circumstances again used to be no problem before the pandemic. This was for Sunday brunch for my wife's 60th birthday. disappointing!!

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DawnE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

No complaints! We will meet our family here again and again

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HEATHER
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We did realize they were under staffed but they forgot someone's order completely and got another order wrong and did not offer our child their dessert. The wait was long but again we realized they were under staffed. It was a Mother's Day celebration that we were looking forward to luckily we make the best of everything!

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LeneB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I Do RECALL the NOISE level but you didn't have an Ear drum busting choice! We had a 7:30 reservation and had yet to be seated by 8:15pm. They said they only had 1 person bussing tables and there were tables full of plates and leftover food all over the restaurant. Yet there were 2 managers and at least 3 hostesses standing around watching the DJ. It was Cinco De Mayo and the DJ was playing music so loud that we couldn't even speak with the 6 other family members we had brought. Then we waited and waited but a server didn't arrive for another 25 minutes. When she did come she only gave us the Cinco de Mayo menu and said anything else would take another 45 min. At this point we were all looking at the menu and couldn't hear each other speak. Therefore we left, never to return again!!!!! Southern California is not a difficult place to get Mexican food and we will not return to El Toritio even though we have both been going there since high school 30 years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and loud for cinco de mayo very fun

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was cinco de Mayo and it was busy and wait times for your food were over 2 hours. But they did their best. Over all it was a good experience

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

It was for a birthday.

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TiffanyH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday Brunch was worth the money. Great food, fresh and hot in the buffet area. Our server Roberto was superb.

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CarmA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lots of space so enjoy now while indoor dining is still at 50%.

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AndreaR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt so great to go back to a restaurant again. Brunch was great and the quality is still there. Better line designation would be the only negative but we'll be back.

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ClaraS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Host arranged for a table where my father could walk to without having to go up and down ramps and the least number of steps. Our server was fun and professional. Everything was adequate. Definitely coming back.

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EliciaS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly and a Everything was very sanitary. The staff was helpful and very nice. Food was delicious. Our waiter was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I dont know if I was hungry but dam it was good! Recommend you try the bacon wrapped shrimp with a cadilac margarita. Can wait for the weekend to go back.

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SammyRojas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Menudo was boom!!
Waitress was ok at first but when people started coming she was gone when i need her but overall she did a good job!

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IreneE
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was disappointed I went for lunch to celebrate my birthday the waiter didn’t even offer a dessert for that occasion neither did the hostess even I was wearing a tiara and a birthday sash😟

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SamaraC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Not enough heaters for night time outside dinning.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Pascual was very awesome and attentive during our visit !! Food was very good and we really enjoyed our time there.

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Vicente
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

These waiters ignored me and my girlfriend the entire meal did not check up on us whatsoever. They kept check up on other people who came after us but not us. Their meal came first and everything else too. The food we ate we mediocre. I should have ate at me house that day.

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Kell
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food will dine again in the future

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Brandi
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking a reservation during Covid-19 times can be tricky, but El Torito in Westminster made it easy. We showed up, they got our table ready and we were seated pretty quickly. Service and food was great. They made our special occasion a smooth experience and we will definitely be back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great staff. Would come back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alma was amazing!

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AV111
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Tables and people were seated too close together for inside dining. Should have been more spaced out. Also, they had a DJ playing music but it was SO loud. I felt like I was at a club, not Sunday brunch. Service and food were outstanding as always.

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DwayneS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had two entrees with enchiladas. One was excellent and the other had very dry wrappings.

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kaneb
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loved the taco Tuesday's but I must be getting old because the music was really load.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience3

I’ve always been a fan eating here at el Torito. Not when I was introduced to LORENZO. His table side manner and service is disgusting and horrible. Our orders were wrong and we respectfully asked him where our appetizers were and he said we never ordered them WHEN WE DID IN THE BEGINNING. This place has extremely unprofessional staffs which disgust me. Try asking for someone OTHER THAN LORENZO. What a horrific nightmare I swear.

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MayraB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been out much since March. I had a great time with my family. The food was great and the server was friendly and even brought us chilaquiles that were amazing when we ordered our omelets.

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CherylM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice time, wonderful food and service!!!

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Tulipe
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The well tented area,outside, was comfortable and welcoming. Our server, Marco, was pleasant, friendly and accommodating!🎃
We brought a service animal with us and felt very much at ease while she sat in our laps. No one was annoyed as far as I could tell.lol!
We will definitely come back, and also recommend this particular location to friends and family.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love coming here for happy hour . The food is good, the service is always on the slower side , but I don’t mind!

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MaribellP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The reason I’m giving this rating was because I asked the waiter if he could turn on the patio heater because it was a bit cold. The waiter replied that the heater was just for decoration. “I have one of those at home”. I told him it mattered if he turned it on and he laughed sarcastically.

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MayraB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you El Torito! Service was amazing! Outdoor seating was very nice and well set up. Special thank you to Jose our server for making my birthday dinner so successful and a great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my parents out for brunch for the first time since the pandemic started and honestly we got some of the best service we’ve had dining out. Our server Ericka went above and beyond and made sure we were comfortable the whole time. She was super friendly and explained the new process for our brunch buffet. She is amazing! We Weill definitely be back because of her service !

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TerriH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience3

I made reservations online but when I arrived this location started they are taking reservations this was a problem for me. Why offer a service that the company isn’t going to honor?

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John
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The server maria was terrible last time another server lorenzo had to help us because he saw that we sat at table for 30 min but it was suppose to be her this time she took forever to come back and help us she kept ignoring us we just left before the food came and canceled it . The appetizers tasted old pico de gallo steak tasted like goat how bad and old it was I will never return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Hisband to a nice Mexican diner.

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HelenDANGL
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

WONDERFUL TO ACTUALLY EAT WITH A LIVE CROWD...NOT VIRTUAL...SERVICE EXCELLENT AND FOOD GOOD. THE CHIPS...EH...TO THICK AND NOT A GREAT TASTE. NEED THINNER CHIPS....

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Jack
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

They need a lot of help hour to get your food food comes wrong That’s all I would say about that place

FAQs

El Torito - Westminster does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Westminster also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 898-6621.

El Torito - Westminster is rated 4.4 stars by 62 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.