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El Torito Grill

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Mexican, Southwestern
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951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6944
949-640-2875
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good eats

After a long day of travel, my colleague and I were starving and meeting up with a friend, we decided to stop at il Torito. We couldn't decide what we wanted so we had the fresh guacamole and ordered several appetizers and it was perfect. The food is very good as well as the Cadillac margaritas. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2014
Brittany M
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Carteret, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Carteret, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

After a long day of travel, my colleague and I were starving and meeting up with a friend, we decided to stop at il Torito. We couldn't decide what we wanted so we had the fresh guacamole and ordered several appetizers and it was perfect. The food is very good as well as the Cadillac margaritas. I cant remember everything... More 

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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

From the east cost dweller's perspective, this place is hard to beat. Great selection of food and drinks (hard to pass on the Cadillac Margaritas). Home made tortillas are great, as are the chips and salsa that arrive first. Enjoyed the tortilla soup, barbeque salad, and fajitas. Guacamole is among the best we've tasted, and having it made table side... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Good menu and food lived up to expectations. Service prompt and good value for money (for Newport Beach).

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Birmingham, AL
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

El Torito is a staple when I goto NB. I have been there a dozen times or more and it is always very consistent and you may see Kobe Bryant while you are there! The mole sauce is to die for. The margaritas are fantastic. The breakfast brunch buffet is the bomb. I have never had a bad dish in... More 

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Irvine, CA
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We have always enjoyed the food, drinks and service at El Torito. Try the tequila martini! A real treat.

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Wanship, UT
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had great service and exceptional food. It was located near our hotel and very convenient as we had just arrived.

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Toronto
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457 reviews 457 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
400 helpful votes 400 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

We ate here a few years ago and loved it. This time not so. First of all we had to wait 20 mins. For a seat when the restaurant was empty. It is there way of showing others they are popular. Hate that!!! The food was gross this time. Service was slow as well. The kitchen looked very dirty and... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Used to come for years. Place now is more of a mess. Needs to be upgraded and updated to keep with the times. Food still ok but the experience is lack luster.

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We have loved this place for years, and frequented it whenever we were in the vicinity of Fashion Island. However, on this past Sunday, we showed up around 3 p.m., and the place was a mess! It seems that taking down the brunch is a big deal, so seating is delayed, bar seating was a mess, etc. There were a... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

El torito Grill is a slightly up-scale mexican restaurant. I love their Tomato soup and their sweat corn cakes. Their food has a unique twist to it, and it is very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6944
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-640-2875

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?