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El Torito

2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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Ranked #61 of 362 Restaurants in Santa Clara
Cuisines: Mexican
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English first
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
62 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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193 reviews 193 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
787 helpful votes 787 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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393 reviews 393 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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1,123 reviews 1,123 reviews
306 restaurant reviews
778 helpful votes 778 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
56 helpful votes 56 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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Boston
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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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Fortuna, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Great food with nice selection, nice ambiance, reasonable prices and good service. I'm not the biggest fan of Mexican food, but I thought theirs was particularly good.

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