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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 111 Restaurants in Dana Point
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Most recent review
- Sep 8, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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264 reviews 264 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Upland, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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