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El Torito

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2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 5
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
So hungry so satisfied

Really hungry after our flight into San Jose. This restaurant was the closest to our hotel (The Plaza Suites). My husband had some kind of special combo plate -- he ate every bite along with two long beers. I had fish tacos which were not fantastic but I should have been more daring in my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
Janlett
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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85 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Really hungry after our flight into San Jose. This restaurant was the closest to our hotel (The Plaza Suites). My husband had some kind of special combo plate -- he ate every bite along with two long beers. I had fish tacos which were not fantastic but I should have been more daring in my selection as hubby's food looked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I wasn't sure about this place as I had never been exclusively to a Mexican restaurant. Went with beef and chicken. My experience was really good. We took a silent corner and enjoyed our food and drinks. Please is definitely on my revisit list.

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Boston, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I kept hearing about this place from my friends who go there for karaoke night on Fridays and their happy hour drinks. So I decided to join them since it was my friend's birthday celebration. I brought a cake and asked our waitress to store it for us. It took our waitress 45 minutes to being our first drinks!! On... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We were there when the San Jose Sharks was playing LA on the ice in Levi's stadium, so we watched the game on TV as we enjoyed the rather strong margaritas. They were having a special margarita prie week-end of $3.00 per drink. For dinner, I had their shrimp enchildas; my husband had their chicken enchildas. We enjoyed their chips... More 

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South Lyon, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

A bunch of colleagues and I stopped at the El Torito for some tasty Mexican food and drinks. The waitstaff was friendly and very attentive to our needs. El Torito serves homemade (at least i assumed it was) tortilla chips and salsa before the meal. The chips were really good. I think the food was good and it seemed that... More 

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Monument, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

In an area that has many great Mexican restaurants, this place stands out as truly mediocre. Yes, the building is run down, the service was poor and the food just OK. What really got me was the waiter told me they don't have sopapillas on the menu. Really?

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Goleta, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Food and drink is as expected and the staff is polite. The facility is very run down though. It seems as if it hasn't been renovated since it opened.

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Love the view of the pond. I like the décor and the food is very good. The Margaritas are to die for. The staff was diligent and accurate and the food was sizzling hot. This restaurant also dose Karaoke and happy hour at the bar.

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Yakima, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Since it was next to our hotel we decided to go in. Very good food and nice service. I highly recommend this place when you visit Santa Clara. They also have 49 parties too!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Mediocre food, below average service, not particularly clean. Basically, if you can find another spot I'd go there. I walked over from my hotel so the location was convenient, but I'll get in my car next time.

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Additional Information about El Torito

Address: 2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone Number: (408) 727-4426
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Clara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Clara
  • Phone Number: (408) 727-4426

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?