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El Toro Bravo

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123 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3229
831-476-1553
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A beloved old friend

El Toro is like an old and close friend--you know what to expect, and it feels warm and cozy. This is a very casual, inexpensive Mexican restaurant which does what it does well and unassumingly. The formica and metal tables and chairs introduce just the right retro flare, and the Mexican decor is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Carol S
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

El Toro is like an old and close friend--you know what to expect, and it feels warm and cozy. This is a very casual, inexpensive Mexican restaurant which does what it does well and unassumingly. The formica and metal tables and chairs introduce just the right retro flare, and the Mexican decor is just enough and not over-the-top. The portions... More 

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Thank Carol S
Capitola, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Very cute little restaurant near the Capitola beach. Good food and cozy little place. Windows give lots of light and just a short walk over to the beach. I like the Taco-lada and they have really good iced tea. Have always enjoyed eating here and to bring viisitors too. Happy to have this place around for many years.

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Thank Nikki555257
Sacramento, California
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This hole-in-the-wall place is typical Mexican. Our server was delightful, helpful and served out food in record time. I ordered the fish taco special which was one taco made up of two corn tortillas filled with large, moist, tasty pieces of fresh grilled cod fish (not deep fried). It was right up there with the best fish tacos I've ever... More 

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Thank claudia b
Sacramento CA
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116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by the front desk of the hotel we were staying at, and it was a good one. The service was good, and, while the ambience is basic, the price definatly made up for it.

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Thank jonthethird
Capitola, California
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Always jumpin', this spot is a really fresh, delicious, affordable Mexican meal. Super friendly and helpful staff, very quaint and no frills decor, and a couple of tv screens for when the games are on. Love it! Their wine margies are really refreshing too!

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Thank Hoinaholokahiki
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by on our way to Monetary and looked up local Mexican restaurants ... Authentic Mexican food with great service!! Would recommend this Mom and Pop place to anyone!

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1 Thank Tanya D
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This very reasonably priced Mexican restaurant is a great place for an enchilada or a taco post-surfing (or surfer watching). It is casual, quick, and delicious. The crab enchilada is to die for!

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1 Thank Carol S
Sonoma, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We ordered fish tacos to go and ate on the Esplanade while watching the surfers. It doesn't get any better than that. Friendly service, tasty salsa on the tacos.

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1 Thank Loretta C
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72 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great flavor, great authentic food and location is priceless. My favorite Mexican food place to eat in Capitola.

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Thank Santacruztrainer
Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Best tex-mex food I've had. But price has gone up faster than inflation. I always order the chicken enchilada con rice & beans.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3229
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: 831-476-1553

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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