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El Toro

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Mariankatu 8, Lahti 15110, Finland
03 7825 388
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Steak place

A traditional steak place which has been quite long in Lahti. Good quality food and nice service. We liked it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
jambe2015
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Lahti, Finland
via mobile
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Nuremberg, Germany
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A traditional, tired-looking steak restaurant with uneven food and unenthusiastic, classic Finnish-style service. I had an outstanding fish soup followed by a main dish and a dessert that could have been prepared by the kitchen of a local gas station. Maybe one can navigate here more enjoyably through the dinner with some local assistance for making educated choices of menu... More 

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Thank ArthurD68
Lahti, Finland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

A traditional steak place which has been quite long in Lahti. Good quality food and nice service. We liked it.

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Thank jambe2015
Lahti, Finland
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

El Toro is a traditional Spanish restaurant in Lahti. They serve excellent food, very tasty. Their beef is superb.

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Thank HanneleH
Lahti, Finland
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Place looks traditional, it is decorated on a little bit old fashion way. Atmosphere is nice and there are either big tables in the front of the restaurant for bigger groups, or nice quiet tables for smaller groups isolated with demi-walls. The service and food is excellent !

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Thank marja612015
Lahti, Finland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I usually eat pepper steak in this restaurant, because I like the taste very much :) I have to say it is probably the best steak in the world. El Toro Lahti is the only reason why I do not eat pepper steak when I travel around the world. I do not know about the other foods, because I eat... More 

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Thank Harry S
Helsinki
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Always El Toro in Lahti if you like to eat the steak. tested all other restaurants also in Lahti but always back in el Toro. we like feast on snails and blinis as a starters, all of the main dishes are tasty and high quality, we also like the bovine calf liver in this restaurant. Traditions of high quality, also... More 

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Thank JSFinn
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

After reading positive reviews and comments about the particular restaurant, we decided to have a look. Food across the selection was simply far below the expectations. Tapas served as started was okay, but obviously very much regular pre-prepared components. Eatable, but nothing special. Main courses were as bad as they can get without calling them criminal. Maybe the mistake was... More 

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Thank Pasi T
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Excellent service and food, except only few option of Sherry and no Manzanilla. Worth to go. We did not have reservation, but still they found a table for us. :)

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Thank Jannema
Helsinki, Finland
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163 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This restaurant has looked the same for the last 20 years and is seriously outdated in interior and menu wise as well. A leap to the 21st century would do good for this place as there are no other steak restaurants in the area. The steaks are rather expensive, but you probably won't find better ones in Lahti hence the... More 

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1 Thank aneeltam90
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Traditional steak restaurant, fine decoration and Spanish atmosphere. Not terribly expencive. Several family occations held there. Recommend

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Thank Tiina H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mariankatu 8, Lahti 15110, Finland
  • Location: Europe  >  Finland  >  Tavastia Proper  >  Lahti
  • Phone Number: 03 7825 388

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?