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

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  • 22
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  • 11
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  • 12
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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
Good food

Taco Tuesday was great , tried all three, very good. Friendly staff but not as attentive as they should be.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Kelly C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Taco Tuesday was great , tried all three, very good. Friendly staff but not as attentive as they should be.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visit this restaurant every time we are in southern CA. The service is consistently good - fast, efficient and friendly. The food has yet to disappoint us. It's a great location at the marina.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 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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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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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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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
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
Cuisine: Mexican

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?