El Torito - Woodland Hills

4.2
105 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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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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DonaldC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised. The foid was tasty and really good service. They made my daughter feel special on her birthday.

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SherylL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite the accommodating group! Reservations were for the service side, but we decided on the 'bar' side because it was a bit crowded. We were able to switch without incident. Service was great. Food was delicious!

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vipEllen
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This location had a positive service orientation, everything was possible and the Happy Hour menu is really great. We enjoyed the atmosphere created by the staff and the food was timely, no long waits. I will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding staff , Great food, great seasonal drinks, friendly waiters , recommend 100%

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WestsWord
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

My guest and I arrived on time for the 11:00pm reservations I made via Open Table. After being seated, our waiter approached us and told us the kitchen and bar were both closing so we had to immediately order our meal and drinks. After I explained that I had reservations, the server left and sent over the Manager who reiterated what the server had said.

Consequently, we ordered our meals and drinks. Everything ordered arrived shortly thereafter and when the ambient music stop playing at 11:30pm, I asked for my check and togo boxes since I was not finished eating my meal. The combination of the music abruptly ceasing to play and all of the noice from staffers completing their closing duties was an obvious clue that it was time to leave.

The complete dinner experience lasted 30 minutes. Never again!

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vipMFRFrances
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 13 and our server did a fantastic job making sure we all had our drinks and food in plenty of time to get to our event.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The outside patio seating was quiet and perfect for our family dinner night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Server, elder lady, had an attitude with my party and I. With every other table, I saw her smiling and enjoying herself. First thing she said to us was “3 only?” As in 3 people at the table. No hello, no smile and just plain rude. It took 15 min to get our drinks.

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CUSTOMER
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

MAIN COURSE WAS BROUGHT PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF APPETIZERS -REQUESTED IT BE RETURNED & KEPT WARM - WAS RESERVED LUKE WARM & STALE

ALL DIRTY DISHWARE & GLASSES REMAINED ON TABLE THRUOUT MEAL

WAITSTAFF NEVER CHECKED TO SEE IF ANYTHING WAS NEEDED

OTHERWISE, IT WAS EL TORITO

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vipStroubeL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Very warm inside the restaurant.

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CXP20
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience1

The food was cold and lackwd flavor. Plus i was a little freaked out that the person serving me food didnt have a mask. I get people are vaccinated but people who handle/cooking food should be enforced to wear a mask.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a last-minute Father’s Day dinner here. The restaurant was open so we decided to come to El Torito and as usual the food is consistent you know what you’re getting and the service was great. Our waiter Alberto was sweet, friendly and happy. It always makes your dining experience pleasurable when the wait staff actually enjoys their job and is happy to do it. Very satisfied with our meal and I would say that having Alberto as our waiter made our evening even more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and ambiance was beautiful for Father’s Day

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Fred
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

My daughter and wife took me there for Father's day. All of us were disappointed about the food, shortage of food on buffet, poor quality meats and stews, unprofessional server serving very slopy plates and dumping all sort of foid on top of each other in a plate. All types of food except rice and beans were not up to quality. Salad area was not full. I can't believe that we paid over $100 for the horrible food. I would have been better of going to Taco Bell.
Very disappointing and hope someone will get back to me.
I have been in executive level of restaurant business for over 35 years.
Foad Saffa
925-914-7683

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MarianD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Long lines were no fun but it was fathers day so to be expected I guess. Always enjoy the food and service on their Sunday Brunch

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DT007
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We did the Father's Day Buffet, crowded, not enough servers and food. We need to wait for them to replenish. They taste all the same; Salty. I enjoyed the Fajita Bar because less wait, but they are all the same, salty. Love the Ice cream. We will consider El Torito but Will never do the buffet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Website and emails did not inform us that the regular menu would not be available. They only served Sunday Brunch and nothing else. Very long lines to wait for food. We were not told about drink specials until we asked for our check. We sat at the bar but were not told about drink specials when we sat down.

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EdwardP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little more instructions. There was no Omelet Bar. Had to place order with your server. Didn't know that. A bigger and/or better notice as to what each station was serving would also be helpful. Otherwise, we had a great time our server was great and we had a great time for my Father's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipEdwardG
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The place is dated, the food is good, surprisingly excellent margaritas, service was top notch. Predictable, the interior needs updating, but I was satisfied and I'd return.

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vipTalinB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great margaritas!

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SueB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A woman at nearby table needed Heimlich Maneuver.. no employees around to ask to help her.. her husband was not helpful..
When we needed take home boxes, refills of drinks no one around

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vipRonnie8
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service!! Felt like a party! Great prices too.

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JonathanH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love El Torito! You always get great food, and the Cadillac Margaritas are my favorite. The atmosphere was very festive, with some mariachi singers, and we had a great time with some great friends!

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OxanaR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice building in Spanish style with bright colors, arches, etc. We had good family time there.

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Ilovethebeach
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Does not use the lunch menu as it states at the Website.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food!

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vipArturoV
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It took them more than 40 minutes to bring dessert. Totally unacceptable.

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vipBryan886
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so thankful that they are open. They are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that we are staying safe, while we enjoy dinner outside. They need a few more outdoor heaters, because it gets really cold.

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Dawn
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My server was fantastic, however the food was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Reservation time was not honored and had to wait for quite some time.

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Mxcndood
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

These idiots don’t understand what a reservation is and how it works. I had to leave the place because it was packed and all the customers who had reservations were asked to wait because there were no tables available. People who had a reservation before me had already been waiting for more than 30 min. Managers here are stupid.

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KrystalR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did such a great job on such a busy night! We had a memorable time!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a good experience, took about 10 to 15 minutes to get us a table, after I made a reservation, and took over five minutes to get a waiter, food was at a decent time, food was good, but my steak was hard and dried, I order a mojito and it was alright, usually it’s amusing, this time not really. I understand it was Valentine’s Day on a Sunday so a little more people than usual, but I also believe they could done a little better

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Guffeetax
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was Valentine's Day so it was packed at 3PM and they appeared to be understaffed, only saw a busboy once in the hour + we were there. My wife received her soup with no spoon, by the time a spoon arrived the soup was uneatable, she was quite upset. Otherwise it was El Torito, the food was good and the service not so much.

Since we didn't make any plans in advance for the few places she likes we picked El Torito because they had reservations available and they are local.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best “buffet” in town. I love the stations that serve you, very clean, very well organized. I will be going back for sure. Everything was delicious. I LOVED the pancakes and the birria and the hand made tortillas - so good! The omelet made to order was amazing as well.

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ARMANDOM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I not like see dogs in restaurant because is food

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ALEXISS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Hair in food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vacationyutta
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

i loved the outdoor dining and the weather was nice

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vipShalifaA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience1

Incredibly dirty in general but especially during a pandemic. Unacceptable.

FAQs

El Torito - Woodland Hills does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.2 stars by 105 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.