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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
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
Very pleasant surprise.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
tjauction
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Charles Town, West Virginia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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91 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Charles Town, West Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

restaurant has great views and a good menu but fails to deliver. Poor service and average food detract from the experience. There is a reason the area Denny's is rated higher; consider alternatives.

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London, United Kingdom
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178 reviews 178 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We had a reservation for 15 people - including 6 kids under the age of 6 - for 7pm. We were finally seated at 7:30pm. This annoyed me - have you ever met a kid under the age of 6 with the ability to remain patient for that long? HOWEVER. They redeemed themselves with excellent service from our ONE waiter... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

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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90 reviews 90 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?