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El Torito

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2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    3 of 5 stars
Good for large groups looking for drinks and quick bites

average to above Mexican chain. Large dinning area and good bar. Went for large business dinner. The street tacos where good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2016
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

average to above Mexican chain. Large dinning area and good bar. Went for large business dinner. The street tacos where good.

Thank sleepeatdrink
Tustin, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The food was OK. I know it is a chain but I have had better Mexican at the El Toritos in Southern California. The service was very fast and the orders were delivered quickly.

Thank Suzfun60
Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank Shane S
Gilroy, California
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134 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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 

Thank MarriedWidow
San Jose, California
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309 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 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 

Thank Rod B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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 

Thank Janlett
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank prantapkalra
Boston, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 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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3,549 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 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 

Thank mini
South Lyon, Michigan
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269 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
11:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?