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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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Ranked #65 of 113 Restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Most recent review
- Aug 22, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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264 reviews 264 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Thru window..good view of the marina. But otherwise just okay. Food was typical, meat and cheese American Mexican fare. Not impressed. Service was friendly but dreadfully slow. Would suggest margarita for happy hour.

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

El Torrito is a good chain offering Americanized Mexican food (lots of cheeses on your burritos, etc.) but this place has really disappointed me. I've loved El Torrito for years and the locations with the open window to the food prep area are really fun. This one is just ho-hum. It's dark inside and the food is average and upset... More

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Upland, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had a view of all the boats and the water. The drinks were great. The food and atmosphere was fantastic. Very romantic we hadn't done that in awhile.

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Pomona, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and I arrived Friday June 27 at 11:45 for lunch, arriving just behind another couple who were seated. (The restaurant was not busy at that time.) When the hostess came back she said it would be a couple of minutes before she could seat us. As we waited several more groups came in and were told the same... More

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Orlando, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Food is good - service is average. Person seating guests has a poor attitude and it's not a great way to welcome guests. Our individual server was attentive.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I would say the meal was average, but the service and the location (view of the harbor) make this a place you might want to visit. The restaurant has nightly special Monday-Friday, including several all you can eat. Check on what the special is for the day you want to go. If you are looking for an "authentic" Mexican meal... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Worst dining experience ever. They said if we downloaded their app we could get free guacamole. Three of us tried. The app crashed our phones. We downloaded but they still did not give us free guacamole. We then placed our dinner orders. My order arrived 10 minutes after everyone else's. It was wrong. I sent it back. The bill arrived.... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

El Torito is located in a perfect place down by the harbor in Dana Point. Gorgeous views of the boats and the jetty. It's a great place to have delicious Mexican food and go for a walk after dinner. The service here is always friendly. This has been a favorite spot for my family for years.

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California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This restaurant is one of a big nationwide chain but this one has a nice view of Dana Point Marina. The staff is friendly, the menu varied and changes regularly to keep people coming back. The food is prepared well and is reasonably priced. Just don't expect anything more.

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