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El Torito Pasadena - El Torito - Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

El Torito - Pasadena

3.9
3.9
149 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.

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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 351-8995

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!

  • Private party facilities

    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 149 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for Brunch

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Good for Groups

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Hot Spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    It was our anniversary and we waited an hour for our food. When we asked about our food it magically arrived. The food seemed old and that it had been under a heat lamp for awhile.

  2. AD

    ADRENAS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Our experience had a few minor issues from the start but we were willing to make the best of it but it wasn’t until we had ordered our food and received our order minus one plate and it was about 10 min later that another waitress came and said they were out of that item what else did we want ? Then we had to wait another 10 min for the new plate, mind you we were not going to eat unless we were all together . We finally decided to talk to a manager which took him another 10 min to get to us and his response was not understanding or customer friendly he said “so what do u want?” It’s not what do we want ? We wanted a good experience . He said he’s be back with a resolution which we still had not Touched our food and he did not come Back we had to tell our waitress and he basically didn’t believe us and didn’t want to deal with our issues. Our waitress was really friendly and understanding but the manager and the lack of communication here is terrible. It’s really unfortunate our experience was not better .

  3. e

    evelyn

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For such a busy night it was excellent. Food is always great!

  4. MU

    MargieU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hands down the best place we've gone to on Mothers Day! The Server was outstanding too.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    My family and I decided to celebrate my mothers birthday here. upon arrival we immediately got a table. Our waiter was very nice and carrying and never once we felt like the waiter was angry or in a rush to get us out which unfortunately happens in other restaurants. We mention to our waiter that it was my mothers birthday, he and some of his co workers came to our table with a dessert for my mother and sang Happy birthday to her, it had made my Mother’s Day. Over all, I love this restaurant and definitely would go back and recommend to my family and friends.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Chicken Flautas aas a suprise delight

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great .

  8. j

    jillg

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice way to start a Sunday! Yummy food and good service. I would suggest going early as they get very busy!

  9. j

    jks125

    Indiana

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    House margaritas were overly sweet and watery. Long wait after ordering for food to arrive. Food was mediocre.

  10. KS

    KayS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Overall good experience. Appetizer quesadilla with chicken had very little cheese. Others in party enjoyed their food. Had to ask waitress to lower the noise level so we could speak to each other during our lunch.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Randy was fantastic. Thank you for allowing us to order off the regular menu early. Everyone went above and beyond. We live 30 miles away but look forward to returning to your location soon ☺️

  12. EF

    ElendaF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for happy hour & taco Tuesday. The food, drinks and dessert were all delicious. Also the server was great, the entire atmosphere was perfect.

  13. AL

    AnhL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’m always pleased when I visit El Torito in Pasadena. I’ve never had an experience where I didn’t feel the staff didn’t try as hard as they could.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience1

    There was a table about 8 people they were drunk one women from that table try to trip my wife when she was passing by, after that she was trying to start a fight with her , they had to many drinks mimosa after mimosa !!

  15. BP

    BruceP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    We went there to try their breakfast, the food was cold, tasteless and looked like it was prepared earlier and kept under heat lamps that did not work. It took the server 10 minutes to bring us our bill after cleaning off the table. El Torito has drastically declined and not worth going to anymore

  16. W

    Willie

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    they need help in this restaurant. my server only seen us about 3 times over the span of a hour and a half and one of those was to give us the bill. i asked for bottomless mimosas and only got 2. the initial one and a refill. so this restaurant needs help.

  17. MG

    MiguelG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Busy day for Valentines. Food was ok. Service on the other hand was good. Greeted immediately, walked over to our table with in a few minutes. Welcomed by a supervisor/manager, then waiter was hustling to get things going.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    It was Valentine's day. Of course they were busy. Our appetizer (queso) was lukewarm at best and a bit grainy compared to what we usually get when we order it. Our food was also lukewarm. Since it was busier than normal we ate what we could then left. We know this isn't the norm. We're chalking it up to the holiday. Normally they're excellent! Service was still good.

  19. e

    evelyn

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Torito was a treat. The service was exceptional even thought they're under staff.

  20. WR

    WilburR

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Mexican food and good drinks!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food is awesome!

  22. DG

    DaraG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Not sure if this location is struggling to find workers but our server was not attentive at all. He NEVER checked to see if we liked our food or drinks. I literally didn't have a chance to speak to our server for an hour. He totally ignored us for that long. We had to flag him down to get our second drink which was water after we finished our food. We were there to have a few cocktails but only got one because the server never returned to our table after he delivered our first drinks which took 20 minutes and our food was served by the kitchen staff or a runner. I won't be returning for a while.

  23. l

    love2lunch

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1

    This place needs some updating! It is dark, noisy and not inviting. Food is not great, service was good. Will not go back.

  24. CR

    CherylR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    No complaints - enjoyed an evening out!

  25. CW

    CindyW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Prime rib was fatty it was a very last piece and it was cold

  26. l

    lickinggood

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Spacious restaurant which allows for maximum spacing between tables. We chose the smaller room facing the parking lot which was very quiet and intimate. Many excellent menu choices, the fajitas for a family of 4 was an excellent choice and a good value at $59.99. We also had the guacamole custom made at our table to our liking. Very good. The Sopapillas which is similar to a churro cut in pieces and served with ice cream was an excellent choice for dessert. Perfect restaurant choice if you want Mexican food in the Pasadena area, highly recommended.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We got there on time and got seated right away. Our server was outstanding.would definitely come back again.

  28. y

    youkendoit

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    When I made reservations, I wanted to eat earlier but there were no earlier times available. Yet when arriving at my reservation time, there were plenty of tables available and I wasn't even asked if I had a reservation. After being seated and given menus to view, our waiter didn't return to take our orders for 13 minutes because he was too busy attending people who came in after us. As far as the food is concerned, it was served lukewarm. The fish and the shrimp in the fish and tacos were dry and the cotija cheese sprinkled over the top was unappetizing. The shrimp enchiladas were average at best of it was served hot. Our waiter did come by 3 times asking how the food was, but I felt too guilty to be honest, so I just nodded. Because I had a better experience at El Torito at a previous time, it's 50/50 if I would give this restaurant a 3rd try.

  29. SG

    ShawnG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Their food is spicy so order not spicy if you go there

  30. y

    yntbom

    Los Angeles

    153 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Delicious food. Slow service even on a quiet weekday. Had to ask for utensils and missed items from Our order. Server sweet but not sure if he had too many tables.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Thanksgiving

  33. CA

    CindyA

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time! Love the renovation and the food was wonderful. Great kids menu, lots of options for everyone at the table. We will be back!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Our server had many tables inside and outside the cantina, while a couple of other servers seemed to have more free time on their hands, our server was running around in a hurry. I asked for 2 margaritas for myself and my Sister (2 each) since I had a feeling it was going to take a while to get another drink. He only brought us 1 each and I had to flag him down after him passing by us 3 times in a hurry for another margarita. Our chips and salsa ran out before even getting another drink and we were never asked if we would like more. I ordered fajitas and had to flag the sever down again after a while to ask for my tortillas. Then dessert came along and the sever wouldn't brings us a menu so we described what we wanted and it was totally different.

  35. DM

    DMontiel

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Service was great. My carne asada was cold and overcooked. Rice was overcooked.

  36. MH

    MHenry

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Very disappointing experience. The food was cold, nothing came out together, and the service was absolutely horrible! Will never go back.

  37. WR

    WilburR

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great enchiladas, good server, cold Margaritas!

  38. LM

    LauraM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasurable dining/drinking experience! Try to order something different each time and we are never disappointed.

  39. A

    Arcadia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Bad service. Not impressed. Gave us stale chips. Not on their game anymore.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, outstanding meal and attention by our server

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You can order delivery directly from El Torito - Pasadena using the Order Online button. El Torito - Pasadena also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Pasadena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 351-8995.

El Torito - Pasadena is rated 3.9 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 3 times today
Google Map for El Torito - Pasadena

3333 East Foothill Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 351-8995

  • Catering

    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!

  • Private party facilities

    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.

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