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El Torito Mexican Restaurant

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555 Pointe Dr, Brea, CA 92821-3651 (Lambert Road)
(714) 990-2411
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
It's the GRILL el torito, big difference.

Met a friend here for lunch and I had a coupon, told it was not valid since this was a grill el torito. This is the first time I noticed a difference, I must have always gone to the regular el torito's before. I liked it. It was more upscale with a different menu, prices a bit higher I'd say... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
Chrissie313
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Seal Beach, California
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Diamond Bar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Excellent food & drinks, as well as the service. Fresh made tortillas served as an appetizer instead of chips. The only negative is that it is very loud; they could use some sound barriers

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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Met a friend here for lunch and I had a coupon, told it was not valid since this was a grill el torito. This is the first time I noticed a difference, I must have always gone to the regular el torito's before. I liked it. It was more upscale with a different menu, prices a bit higher I'd say... More 

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Southern California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The lack of training of the staff was very evident in things like staff bringing only 3 waters for 4 people, bringing soup with no soup spoon, bringing fajitas without tortillas, failing to clear used items off the table, bringing the Cadillac margaritas without the shot of liquor on the side, and so on. The staff would then disappear for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The chipotle ribs are good and would definitely get them again. Sweet corn cake is yummy but the portion is too small. I wouldn't recommend the roasted corn enchilada. The sauce tasted like it came from a can.

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Henderson, Nevada, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Although the El Torito Grills are dwindling in numbers, we try and visit one when we are visiting California. There were 2 within 10 minutes from us when we lived there, now there are just a few left. Love the fresh home-made tortillas and honey butter they bring to your table. We must have gone through 4 servings! The food... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

While traveling, we asked my cousin where we could meet him and his wife for dinner. He suggested El Torito Grill in Brea. We are familiar with El Torito and have had mixed experiences at those. Well, our dinner at El Torito Grill was fabulous - both service and food! We were there mid-March, and did a month of traveling... More 

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Brea, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have been dining at El Torito in Brea for many years. Typically it's good food at a reasonable price. I was there this week with family and I have to say I was disappointed in the cleanliness of the dishes. The plates are white and they needed to be scrubbed with cleanser to get the dirt off of them.... More 

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Diamond Bar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Good consistent Mexican food, located next to the 57 freeway in Brea. They have been at this location for around 30 years, and if you go there, you won't be disappointed. Is this the best Mexican food I have ever had? No, but it is very good, and the décor is very comfortable.

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Upland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This place is average at best. There are far better Mexican Restaurants to eat at.. Most of them will do. Really not worth the trip.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Fresh, hot tortillas and salsas - a great start and throughout the meal. Nice decor, very convenient to the 57 highway. Nice bar, nice specials with Latin flair. I had a combo with prawns, beef, chicken, and Linguica that was great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 555 Pointe Dr, Brea, CA 92821-3651
    (Lambert Road)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Brea
  • Phone Number: (714) 990-2411

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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