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El Torito

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2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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11:00 am - 11:59 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
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Last minute party of 21

Food was average - typical for this chain. But I give them credit for being able to put together tables and space for a last minute party of 21. Service was fine given the size of the party. But the timing of the food service was off and some dishes were served only warm to cool. The staff was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Shane S
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Food was average - typical for this chain. But I give them credit for being able to put together tables and space for a last minute party of 21. Service was fine given the size of the party. But the timing of the food service was off and some dishes were served only warm to cool. The staff was very... More 

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Gilroy, California
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

As with all El Torito's I've ever been to, their food was tasty. I might have visited here on an off day, but the women's bathroom floor was covered with paper products in each of the stalls, there was no toilet tissue in my stall but it did have paper seat covers, and there were no paper towels to dry... More 

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San Jose, California
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257 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Have worked close by this particular El Torito's for over 2o yrs and have been going here for Lunch and Happy Hour for 20 yrs. In all that time have never eaten dinner here. However the lunch menu and food has always been good, and very much enjoy the lunch buffet, nice selection of items and hot taco station. Also... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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Chennai (Madras), India
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37 restaurant reviews
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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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153 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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120 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 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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10 restaurant reviews
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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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?