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El Torito Mexican Grill

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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mike the fixer.

Food was fine, view very pleasant, service good. Drinks.... Micheal F. the manager gets the very good rating. He fixed the foul drink issue, and saved the night.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ellie may m
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was fine, view very pleasant, service good. Drinks.... Micheal F. the manager gets the very good rating. He fixed the foul drink issue, and saved the night.

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Thank ellie may m
Surprise, Arizona
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121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a Mexican Food chain. Very mid flavor, high priced drinks, and only a tiny view of the harbor from the bar area.

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Thank Vicki D
San Clemente, California, United States
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174 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate in the bar and I had good time . Our drinks were nice , we had dark and stormy seas and our food came out quick and was very tasty. My wife had shrimp tacos and I tried the steak burrito. The process were good and the place seemed well run , I would go here again and... More 

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Thank Kelly C
Salem, Oregon
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On vacation, from out of town. We ate here four months ago, and it was good. But very noisy in the section we had lunch in. Came back again today, and got seated in same section. This time, was not only noisy, but COLD. When people leave their jackets and coats on, the wait staff or manager should realize it's... More 

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Thank Lamkid
Newport Beach, California
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188 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We should have left when after waiting over 15 minutes for a wait staff to come to our table, she went to another table of people who came in after us. The service was poor and slow. The food (And we love Mexican food) was hardly fit to eat. I gave it a one star, only because I couldn't give... More 

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Thank Andrew N
Laguna Beach
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144 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We went to El Torito on a Saturday for lunch. It was jammed, but we got a table for two in about ten minutes. We waited another five for a server, who was very pleasant, got our drinks and food order, chips and salsa. Service was more than adequate, particularly given the load she was under. The reason that this... More 

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Thank LagunaMike
Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Good chicken fajita salad prepared at table. Very good for diet. And really good bacon wrapped shrimp app, well not so good for diet but tastes fabulous.

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Thank seafox58
Laguna Beach, California
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137 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

El Torito in Dana Point overlooks the harbor, so it is great for lunch, brunch, or whenever the sun is out. The harbor and boat lights at night are also beautiful, and an attraction in its own right. The food is your standard El Torito fare, so it is uniformly good and satisfies your urge for margaritas, chips, salsa and... More 

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Thank James J
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is a very nice El Torito. Very good view of the harbor. Very well trained staff. The food here is always good and the chips and salsa, delish. A must for me! Don't be afraid to eat at this franchise eatery.

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Thank Barry K
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

After making a reservation and then showing up and them losing the reservation they said they would get us in within 20 to 30 minutes because they were supposedly super busy. We ended up on waiting over a hour and then when they took us to our table the restaurant was half empty. So much for being super busy. It... More 

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Thank Marie N

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?