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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6311
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Ranked #57 of 110 restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Most recent review
- Apr 6, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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72 reviews from our community

55% Recommend
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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
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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San Diego, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Started with a lost reservation for a large party. Then 2 peoples food never came out until others were done eating. The food was good but service and experience will keep us from coming back!

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Temecula, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Great food and atmosphere, the service was ok slow and sometimes forgetful but the food made up for it all, it may be because the water can make you too relaxed and at home maybe? But overall we enjoyed the moment we spent there dining!

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Portland, Oregon
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88 reviews 88 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

It was not very pricey for the location of Dana Point Harbor. We had a window over looking the marina. We had the margaritas and appetizers. It was good but not great. Good place to hang out for a nice day on the water.

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Grants Pass, OR
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

All we wanted was tacos. We were seated in a beautiful booth with a view of the harbor. That was very nice. We waited ForEveR for our food and when it came it was far from bueno. Tasted like it had been microwaved about a least 3 times. Will not go back.

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