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El Toro

Mariankatu 8, Lahti 15110, Finland
03 7825 388
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Ranked #2 of 53 Restaurants in Lahti
Cuisines: Spanish, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Aug 27, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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Turku, Finland
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

It may be they can make good steaks, but why even have vegetarian dishes on the menu when you have no clue how to prepare and season them. I ordered a veggie pasta, and the veggies were soggy, and the cream sauce was watery. My partner had a chicken dish, and that was very ordinary.

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Lahti, Southern Finland, Finland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Best beef restaurant in Lahti. The place is small and popular, so you should book a table in advance.

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Living in London, I'm not a regular eater of Reindeer. I was keen to try it when I went to Finland, and I have to say, I was super impressed with the Reindeer steak I was served at El Toro. Quite outstanding! I'll certainly keep an eye out for it going forward.

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Lahti, Western Finland, Finland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very good stakes and wine ,but the price was slightly high! Good Service all the way! One of the best Stake Houses in Lahti!.......................................................

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Lahti, Finland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

El Toro has been around for more than 30 years, and is very well known in the area for it's "living legend"; the pepper steak served on a hot pan. If you love meat dishes, you will love this. I've been eating steaks in dozens of restaurants in Spain, and only a couple of them can compete or surpass El... More

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Haemeenlinna, Finland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I visited in El Toro with my wife at the end of February. Skiing World Cup was just started in Lahti. We didn't have reservation, but we were able to get a table. Service was very friendly and attentive after we got seated. Atmosphere was cosy and warm. Tapas as a starter was excellent choice, lot of variety and good... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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129 reviews 129 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

El Toro has been at the same place looking the same way as long as I have been visiting Lahti (25 years) but still it is a very safe choice with excellent food and good service. Their “pepper steak” served in a hot cast iron frying pan is world famous in Lahti and no doubt that this is what you... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is our second visit to El Toro (first one was 4 years ago) and we were glad to find that this place is still doing good. It was Friday night, so quite busy, nevertheless, the service was prompt and very friendly. Unfortunately, basing on previous reviews I decided this time to go for reindeer steak instead of pepper. I... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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166 reviews 166 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I had my first pepper steak at El Toro about 30 years ago. It was creamy tasty and something very special. I went again to this restaurant to taste the same well known portion. It is still absolutely one of the best pepper steaks ever. Price is expensive like all restaurant prices in Finland are. Service was good as well.... More

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Members of the UK Sibelius Society have been coming here each year for our Saturday night meal after the final orchestral concert of the annual Sibelius Festival. There is a good choice of menu, including vegetarian options. The staff are invariably friendly, obliging, and cheerful. Very popular with locals too.

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