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El Torito

2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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Ranked #59 of 365 Restaurants in Santa Clara
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just give it a try, you will be amazed by the tastes. If you stay at the plaza suites, you can just walk over. It is actually right next to the hotel, so take a nice beer with your dinner when you can walk back to the hotel.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The food is good, it isn't sophisticated food but well prepared. The Decor is terrible and for sure is a factor for possible future visit. The service is OK and fair cost.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

As you enter there is a sign over the hostess desk that warns you the food served may contain ingredients that cause cancer and birth defects - I'm sure they need to display this by regulation, but not something you want to read as you enter! I ate here for lunch and dinner as I was staying in the Plaza... More

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Virginia Beach, VA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Give it 5 of 5. Was traveling on business and showed up here for a late lunch. What I liked: 1. Dora, my waitress was patient, smiling, and helpful as I asked her many questions about the menu. 2. Chicken enchilada, frijoles, and carnitas en tamal (chunks of tender pork in a tamale)—sooooo good and hot. Just the right amount... More

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Chicago, IL
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114 reviews 114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The serving size was decent and food wasn't bad at all. Service was good and the waiter was attentive.

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Sunnyvale, CA
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94 restaurant reviews
799 helpful votes 799 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

El Torito is another of those innumerable Mexican food chain restaurants, similar to Chevy's and Pedros. In fact Pedros is just across highway 101 next to Great America. El Torito is in a high tech industrial park section of Santa Clara, within one block of highway 101 south. We came here on a Saturday, armed with a $10 coupon toward... More

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Lubbock, Texas
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399 reviews 399 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Hungry and too tired to drive far so we came here. Clean interior with murals and framed photos. My Chicken tortilla soup was almost bland in taste and temp. Lots of chicken and veggies in lukewarm broth. The tamale enchilada plate was nothing noteworthy. Not a bad dinner but nothing to recommend a return visit. The second glass of iced... More

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Fremont, California
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313 restaurant reviews
834 helpful votes 834 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We went here with work friends and had a good time - enjoyed their enchiladas. Free parking in lot by restaurant - close to 101 (about 2 minute drive away). Nice and friendly service.

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Winnie, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

After seeing a few of these during our trip through California, we decided to give this one a try. It was good. Our waiter was excellent! The food came quickly and it was very good. Would dude finitely return.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My solo dinner at El Torito was exactly what I was looking for. The service was great and and the food came quickly. I had a fajita combo that came with a cheese enchilada - the fajitas were delicious, particularly the peppers and onions, and the sides were great (guacamole and their special corn cake that is like a dessert).... More

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