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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
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Cinco de Mayo

We went on Cinco de Mayo with friends (4 total)….. Our bad, as the place was crazy! Service was questionable, food was OK and they decided not to honor the regular specials (or the locals, like us) so the place goes back to the back burner for us all. Lots of great

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Marc L
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CA, USA
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Overall we had a great time, good food, great service. Super views as well. The food was well prepared and delicious.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

this food was really great, a little spicy for me but my husband loved it. It overlooks the harbor and we had a window seat. The selection of food was great and they were fast.

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CA, USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We went on Cinco de Mayo with friends (4 total)….. Our bad, as the place was crazy! Service was questionable, food was OK and they decided not to honor the regular specials (or the locals, like us) so the place goes back to the back burner for us all. Lots of great

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Dallas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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364 reviews 364 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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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?