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El Torito Mexican Grill

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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 11
    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
Spring Break Stay

My family and I ate at this restaurant by the harbor. It was a nice restaurant with good food. They have daily special which helps if your on a budget. The staff was pleasant and welcoming. The only thing that wasn't nice was the wait for a table. We made a reservation at 7:00 for 5 and wasn't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Wyokid0612
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Casper, Wyoming
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94 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dallas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Nice restaurant and very good Mexican food. ... more than enough to eat. Fast service. Our Food arrived within 5 minutes.

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Casper, Wyoming
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My family and I ate at this restaurant by the harbor. It was a nice restaurant with good food. They have daily special which helps if your on a budget. The staff was pleasant and welcoming. The only thing that wasn't nice was the wait for a table. We made a reservation at 7:00 for 5 and wasn't seated until... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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336 reviews 336 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

If you can get a window seat, the view is spectacular looking out over the yachts in the harbor. The food is excellent as well, We split the Macho Combo or whatever they call it. It has 4 or 5 items (taco, enchilada, relleno, tamale plus beans and rice). Service can be a little off sometimes but generally everyone is... More 

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It was a mid afternoon, late lunch that exceeded our expectations. Service was good, food was very good, and it's right on the Harbor.

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Dana Point, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been to this restaurant several times and I am always disappointed. The service is lacking and the food is salty and inauthentic. We live in Southern California where we can find the best Mexican Food North of the border... this is not it. Their Taco Tuesday is not good. They serve tiny street tacos with little flavor.

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 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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183 reviews 183 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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?