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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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Ranked #74 of 111 Restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
Top Contributor
276 reviews 276 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Dana Point, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Additional Information about El Torito Mexican Grill

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

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