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El Torito Mexican Grill

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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Sloooooooow service, average food

restaurant has great views and a good menu but fails to deliver. Poor service and average food detract from the experience. There is a reason the area Denny's is rated higher; consider alternatives.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
tokross
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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89 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Yardley, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

restaurant has great views and a good menu but fails to deliver. Poor service and average food detract from the experience. There is a reason the area Denny's is rated higher; consider alternatives.

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London, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We had a reservation for 15 people - including 6 kids under the age of 6 - for 7pm. We were finally seated at 7:30pm. This annoyed me - have you ever met a kid under the age of 6 with the ability to remain patient for that long? HOWEVER. They redeemed themselves with excellent service from our ONE waiter... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Food was cold Menu limited Staff was friendly Food was not good Stick with Texas for Mexican food Hope rest of Dana point is better

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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This Dana Point Location has friendly knowledgeable staff, great food, with wonderful flavors, good margaritas and a view of the local marina if you ask for a window seat. We have been eating here for the past three years when we visit our daughter in College. I have read some of the really negative reviews, but this has not been... More 

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Dana Point, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My daughter and I stopped here after whale-watching; we had the nachos (w/vegetarian beans; the refried beans have lard in them) and I had a Cadillac Margarita to celebrate my upcoming birthday (she was my designated driver). The nachos were yummy and were plenty for the 2 of us. The margarita was delicious (I like them blended w/salt). The server... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I have always liked El Torito but today changed that forever. We went to the restaurant today at 1:45 p.m. and it was fairly empty of staff waiting on customers. We got seated at 2:03 p.m. and sat for 15 minutes before getting a drink or even those dried out cold chips. We did get salty salsa and it came... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This was a Mexican favorite, however we were disappointed. The table side guacamole didn't have salt or pepper. We had to season it and ask for limes. I ordered sour cream enchiladas........they were nasty. My man ordered all you can eat tacos, but only liked the carne asada tacos the chicken was dry.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Took my family to dinner and it was really good! I had carne asada and wild Mexican shrimp and the flavors were very nice. Other family members had chicken caesar salad, the taco and enchilada combo, chicken taco plate and chicken enchilada plate. Everyone agreed the food was great and the chips and salsa were excellent. The cadillac margaritas were... More 

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Pecetto Torinese, Italy
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We had a dinner here, food was in the average for quality and quantity. We had a veggie burrito, not very rich in beans actually, chicken fajitas (dish of the day) and a cheese quesadilla from the kids menu, not very tasteful. The waiter who has taken care of us was funny and friendly and has discounted the kid food... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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279 reviews 279 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This restaurant is in a great location in Dana Point. It's fun to go there and walk around and enjoy the marina. Parking is plentiful. The restaurant is older and barely accessible. From the parking lot there is a narrow ramp on the left side up to the door. That allows you to avoid the stairs up, but not the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: (949) 496-6311

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 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 - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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