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2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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English first
Goleta, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
53 reviews 53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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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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