Permanently Closed - El Toro Chino Latin+Asian Cuisine

4.4
113 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin / Spanish

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This restaurant is permanently closed. AT EL TORO CHINO ONE THING IS FOR SURE - AN ADVENTURE IN FOOD AWAITS YOU. WITH INNOVATIVE RECIPES AND BOLD FLAVORS, EL TORO CHINO COMBINES THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL; PROVIDING A UNIQUE AND FLAVORFUL DINING EXPERIENCE. OUR TALENTED BARTENDERS KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT CRAFTING TASTY COCKTAILS TOO. FROM OUR SIGNATURE TORO TIKI TO CLASSIC LIBATIONS, THE BAR IS A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO SIT BACK AND UNWIND WITH FRIENDS. OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH AND EVENING FOR DINNER, EL TORO CHINO INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR GOOD FOOD IN A FUN AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE.
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4.3
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vipkc2015
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We placed our order at 7 and we didn't get our food till 7:50. Thankfully we had ordered an appetizer. Apparently they had a lot of to-go orders and they were filling those before the guests in the restaurant. The couple next to us when the food was brought out had to take it to go because they had to leave. We had to inquire about the food versus the wait staff bringing to our attention it was going to be awhile. We ran out of the water and finished our drinks but, I think because they were not wanting to come by till they had our food didn't offer to fill them till after we had our food.

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vipJoeandBeth
Oklahoma City
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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vipChris
Kansas City
48 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I made an Open Table reservation for 5 PM and arrived at 4:55 PM. I announced that I had a reservation via Open Table and gave them my name. The man at the front acknowledge that and seated us. I spent over $76 with tip and when I left the restaurant I noticed they had CANCELLED my open table reservation, depriving me of my dining points. Very very disappointed. I called and left a message for the restaurant manager to call me back but he never did. We will not eat there ever again.

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JillS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were disappointed. The food took quite awhile to get and it was lukewarm, all 5 entrees. Our server was very nice but food was disappointing.

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vipKatieR
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!!! Brunch on Sundays and we look forward to going back!

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GGlikesfood
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to the bar first and had good cocktails. We went for happy hour, but only a few beers were included. Nothing that we wanted was included. That needs to be re-thought. Our drinks were fine and the bartender was friendly and competent. We ordered enchilada dip with fried wontons.....excellent
We stayed for dinner which included a Cobb salad and my companion had the meatloaf with yummy carrots and mashed potatoes. I would like to try this restaurant again and order other entrees. The waitresses were young and shy, didn’t seemed quite experienced. The place was half empty at 8 o’clock when we left as well as when we arrived at 5:30......on a Saturday night. I hope this restaurant flourishes. The fusion mix is really good.....

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SPOK
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress, Tara, was awesome! The avocado hashbrowns were amazing!

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cruisingfan
Oklahoma City
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We showed up on time for our reservation. After listening to the 2 hostesses argue they didn’t have a table for us, they finally took the 5 adults to a very small 4 top with a chair on the end. We suggested the other empty larger tables and were told those were saved for other reservations. They finally relented and put us at the larger table. We were waiting for anyone to approach and the hostess brought 2 glasses of water (for the 5 of us) and left. No one else ever came to the table. We finally just left. I can’t say anything about the food obviously. They also had a large group in a “private room” to the side. But they were spilling out into the middle of the restaurant. It is not a large building so this was a distraction as well. We looked around while we were waiting and not very many other people had their meals either. Maybe it was an off night for them, but unfortunately, we probably will not try this place again. First impressions and everything.

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KathyY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch here is excellent and service is wonderful. Some of the best coffee I've ever had.

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Becca
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Everything we had was delish!! We’ll definitely be back!

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Anniversary
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Its close and I am glad they are changing the menu, need more variety.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was wonderful! A little mix up when it came to serving our table’s food with another table’s food. But it got fixed quickly! Great service and fun atmosphere, will come back!

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pegmeg
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience2

It was just OK. We’ve dined there before, but this wasn’t their best night. It was so loud that it was impossible to carry on a conversation. Our server did her best but there were no clean glasses for our drinks so it took 20 minutes. The quest was soupey, chips were stale and entrees were so-so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Been here 3 times and it's consistent: appetizers are delicious, but entrees are pretty terrible. It's weird that they can't quite figure it out on the entrees. At least the nachos and egg rolls are good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good. I don’t really see the Latin/Asian fusion vibe they are trying to promote. They are mainly Mexican with some American (they have meat loaf) and some Asian with very little fusion. Our server was just OK. He only had three tables he was attending to yet never refilled my water. We will give it another try.

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AsianGourmand
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fusion food at it's best! Love to have this even if it's in Norman. It's worth the drive from Piedmont. Everything from appetizers to dessert is wonderful!

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Samuel
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my wife's birthday so we went for a quiet dinner. The restaurant was quite nice, the food was exceptionally good. And my wife got dessert for free for her birthday. So, yeah, I'm probably biased 😁.

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BrentA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent find! Service and food were truly outstanding. A hidden gem in Northern Norman.

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Disappointed
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We really wanted to like El Toro... We ordered the special of the day, which was to be a Latin fusion version of Eggs Benedict. Sounded awesome, but was very disappointing. There was a generous amount of shredded beef, but no hollandaise sauce--no sauce of any kind. Eggs were served on top of shredded beef (which sadly didn't have much flavor or spice) on two pancakes, which were also served dry, no butter, no jelly, no syrup. There was very little egg yoke as one egg was served broken. I asked about hollandaise sauce or possibly sugar free syrup for the pancakes? They didn't have any in the restaurant. Left most of the meal on the plate. Servers were nice and friendly, but overall very disappointed.

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vipCorporateluncher
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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SaraM
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special which was a skirt steak with potatoes and a roasted corn with some amazing cheese and spices. Lots of food and delicious. My date had fajitas and they were excellent also. The onions and peppers were done perfectly and the portions were enough for two meals. I didn’t have room for the chili chocolate cake but I love that dessert! Great place!

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MaryC
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Decided to try new place for dinner while in town. Service was moderately poor. Our waiter was prompt seating me prior to the rest of my party then did not come back for 15 minutes. I asked another server to take my order for a cocktail, which she was happy to do. Food was moderate tfare and the meats seemed to be frozen stored and not much flavor. The Asian Nachos were the best thing we ordered. Huge serving and great flavor. Not very busy on a Thursday night so would have expected better service. Not sure if will go back.

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ChelleB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Superb! Our first visit. Interesting choice of flavors for the cocktails as well as our entrees. Management offered a dessert to share for our 23rd anniversary. It was a nice gesture and wonderfully accepted.

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AllenC
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The peach margaritas are awesome & the live music wasn’t overdone. First rate.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Husbands 55th birthday family dinner. First time dining for all except me: big hit, although had to explain the Latin / Asian connection.

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vipMichelle56
Oklahoma City
52 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I reserved a table at El Toro Chino for a gathering of four couples, longtime friends with a range of hearing impairments! It was a Monday night, so perhaps more quiet than usual, but we really appreciated the quiet table where we were seated. The menu offered options that worked for everyone and the wine list was very nice. We had a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server very pleasant. Service a bit slower than usual. Food came out at different times. Slow on drinks. Overall okay.

MB
vipMichaelB
Oklahoma City
15 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I've dined at El Toro Chino a number of times and have never been displeased until this visit. The service was extremely slow. the tables were just over half filled but our meal took over 40 minutes to arrive. I ordered the special which had a small steak. The steak was overcooked and was a bad tough cut of meat that was impossible to eat...it could not be cut with a steak knife. My wife's meal was good and she shared with me but I was set for my choice. I brought this to the attention of the manager and she did not charge for my meal but for me the damage was already done. She offered to have another meal prepared but by now, I had shared my wife's meal and did not want an additional wait.

We had chosen to eat on Friday evening because they had always had musical entertainment in the past which we greatly enjoyed and apparently this has been discontinued...if there had been live music, the long wait would have been more bearable...

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vipSRomero
Sacramento
146 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They work really hard to make it a nice experience, but the food fell a little short. The menu has interesting options but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time and the food was great both times
I plan on going again soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation and arrived on time. They seated us st a table that was completely unstable - it was rocking. We pointed it out to the hostess who then disappeared and did not address our concern. The waitress came to take our drink order. I showed her the table and asked for another table when the manager came to our table with water. I showed him the instability of our table before he placed water on the table. The manager left and returned to tell us the only option was to eat in the bar. We decided to leave the restaurant and passed three empty tables on our way out. It was a very disappointing response to a legitimate concern. I don’t know how they will remain in business if this is how they treat their customers.

JH
JohnH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great food and service for reasonable cost. Excellent location in west Norman too. Overall it was a pleasurable dining experience.

JC
JimC
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Sunday Brunch menu!

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vipPaulK
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The restaurant needed to be darker, louder music, more ambiance. It felt like a Chili’s. The food was good, my salmon salad was awesome (minus the pickled jicama). Tacos were very average, beans were cold. We expected a better experience overall.

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Sturkr
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Specials are usually the best!! Service is impeccable! Favorite local for a special meal!

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Normanite
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent Valentine’s Day here. The special menu was a treat. Each course was presented well and was very delicious. We had only visited this restaurant once before. It will be included in our places we frequent in the future.

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IsabelG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was pleasing and welcoming. The food was fresh and delicious; will be coming back soon!

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BethR
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OU pregame with friends.

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Annie
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dad’s Birthday.

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RobertS
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Not your typical Oklahoma Mexican restaurant. Had shrimp empanadas and shrimp tacos. Both were great. Enchilada dip is pretty special as well. We will be back!

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Permanently Closed - El Toro Chino Latin+Asian Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (405) 701-8676.

Permanently Closed - El Toro Chino Latin+Asian Cuisine is rated 4.4 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.