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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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Ranked #75 of 112 Restaurants in Dana Point
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

Food was cold Menu limited Staff was friendly Food was not good Stick with Texas for Mexican food Hope rest of Dana point is better

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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This Dana Point Location has friendly knowledgeable staff, great food, with wonderful flavors, good margaritas and a view of the local marina if you ask for a window seat. We have been eating here for the past three years when we visit our daughter in College. I have read some of the really negative reviews, but this has not been... More 

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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
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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109 reviews 109 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
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279 reviews 279 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 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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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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