El Torito - Woodland Hills

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.
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KevinT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During COVID, this place is still amazing. Hostess was amazing when adding another person to our table. Friendly staff even on a Friday evening and the DJ was a bonus to our surprise.

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slant69
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Veteran's Day special...ordered 3-entre special free for military...Ernesto is a good server..left a good tip since my food was free...

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Gregp3
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great set up. Way too cold to be outside. No heaters by the tables made it very uncomfortable to eat. Probably would not go back when it's cold outside, unless there are heaters. Would not recommend during the cold weather.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I set reservations but walk ups were set before me. When I brought this up to management, I was finally say. I normally love this place but today was not good at all!
Ryan was our server and he seemed to not know what he was doing! I ordered virgin pina coladas but he brought alcoholic pins coladas. Our experience was disappointing to say the least!

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vipDIris
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was disappointed by their food and service. I realize we are in covid and they were clearly short staffed - but the communication from check in through to delivery of food was mediocre.

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Susan10e
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect Friday night. Great service, margaritas, good food and fun music - El Torito is a reliable good time.

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vipArturoV
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Need to have more waiters. Great DJ that make for nice ambiance.

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IrisC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is amazing. Great customer service. The Sunday brunch was delicious and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good times

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Genex818
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is doing an amazing job at working with what they got. I appreciate the fact that they rolled out that green/fake grass looking carpet so that you are not completely on the parking lot pavement.

The staff are friendly and attentive (even while busy). There is a bit of a wait on everything (the round of drinks, your food to arrive etc), but there service is amazing and it's something that can be overlooked.

This restaurant treated me better than Sage Brush in Calabasas. Great job El Torito! You guys are making the best out of these crazy times. The food was amazing as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from manager to hostess to server.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and server was very nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was good outdoor seating was plenty and comfortable considering they’ve had to make due with a tent in part of the parking lot.
Manager was attentive to customers. Overall it was a good experience.

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vipCecehf
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appetizer was not warm and when we told our waiter, they took it away and came back with the same food we had just eaten from, just microwaved. Not sanitary, especially during these virus times. It also didn’t taste good. The chicken fajitas were also not warm although the are supposed to be sizzling, but they tasted ok. Would have been much better warm tho. Nice waitress, but super slow service and we had to ask several times for napkins and salsa. Probably won’t be back unless it’s for drinks only.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great happy hour.

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vipLAFoodie
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was ok as expected. The waiter was new but tried hard to accommodate us.

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LequanT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Looking forward to going again and again

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vipMira
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally I could normally come and enjoy eating out. Great food and awesome drinks , normal and relaxing atmosphere, huge outdoor settings during Covid.

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vipNikoA
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorge is the reason why I really like to go to El Torito

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vipAngelicaK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

With the current pandemic, my weekly go to is El Torito (even before the pandemic). We always get great service and an outstanding Cadillac margarita!

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vipAdman1126
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito is always Great! Great service and food. We go there often.

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EllenM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was amazing, the outdoor seating made us feel very safe, the whole time we were there , we had no worries. I have already recommended to other people in our building.

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DaisyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside seating

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well

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MelanieA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was great the waiter was awesome courteous and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Rosie!

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Foodie33
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy hour menu was varied and delicious
Love the chips and salsa!!!!

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ElmerG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service!

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ClaudiaR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was amazing! She was super nice and was thankful we were there. She was on point throughout my whole dinner.

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FaisalP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is good. Service is subpar. Busy and very informal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful I had a Valentine’s dinner with my family and it was great. Great server, food, and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our waiter was awesome! He was very attentive while juggling two large parties.

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Marc
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent food, but nothing special. My biggest complaint was the bathroom that was filthy.

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MarianD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun - live the brunch but may need to go back for a burger! Looked delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worse restaurant and food Ever!! Customer Service was horrible!!!

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vipCayner
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best brunch in LA - value and offering

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vipSoCalTraveler
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good and plentiful. I had the fajitas, and it's more than enough food. We also had margaritas. I thought they were a bit too sweet ad a little light on the alcohol.

Our server was very nice, and a manager was helping out. However, I thought the staff was way overextended. Our server had tables all over the restaurant, and there was another server who had tables between some of her tables. Not very efficient, so after good initial service, things slowed down, though not because our server wasn't working. She was hustling all over the place.

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vipLarry
Los Angeles
270 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

El Torito has been treated as a joke for many years, like Olive Garden. I used to go to the ET in Sherman Oaks a lot because my office was next door and it was "good", but not quite up to "very good". This was the first time in several years I had been to an El Torito. It has definitely moved up to "very good". All 3 of us were pleasantly surprised by the quality and presentation of the food. Also, although the place was packed, we were seated immediately at our reservation time. Finally, the design is such that even with loads of parties we were able to maintain a conversation without shouting. We will return.

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RonaldH
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

My family has been coming for Thanksgiving buffet for years but this last one was SO disappointing! We got there and the containers were nearly empty. The food that was there was cold! The atmosphere was sad...there were lots of babies crying too. It was just awful. The food was refilled and served hot about 45 minutes later but by then we were done and we are NOT coming back. I strongly urge you to stay away on holidays!!!

FAQs

El Torito - Woodland Hills does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Woodland Hills also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 348-1767.

El Torito - Woodland Hills 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.