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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
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 4
    Excellent
  • 13
    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
Margarita Specials, Good Shrimp Enchiladas

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Boston, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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2,503 reviews 2,503 reviews
784 restaurant reviews
1,475 helpful votes 1,475 helpful votes
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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212 reviews 212 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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91 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Sao Paulo, SP
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35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Guacamole was very fine, the rest was ok too, no surprises. Of you go by night, be sure that you are going early, they close at 9, but they keep making noise and cleaning the saloon if you don't go immediately after having your food.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

When we arrived there wasn't anyone at the hostess station. We waited about 5 minutes before with staff members scurring about. We thought they were closing or somthing. After we were seated things got better. The chips were warm and fresh. The salsa had just the right amount of heat. Our entrées were very tasty. We would go Back again.

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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?