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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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Ranked #66 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 11, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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77 reviews from our community

54% Recommend
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English first
Upland, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

guacamole was great and custom made for us!!! Hostess told us about the special that was available while we were there.

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Southern Cal
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125 reviews 125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is a big box chain that has seen it's best days. Taco Tuesday for the crowd but not the tacos. In an area with such great Mexican food this is the wrong place to go. Great view but worn looking decor and corners that never got cleaned.

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Athens, Greece
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

On a Sunday afternoon it was very crowded but the personnel was very efficient taking care of everybody. Food recommendations from our waiter resulted very good, margaritas were perfect. We had a good late lunch experience.

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