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2720 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231
+1 941-924-0006
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Ranked #14 of 860 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $18
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Description: When it comes to Southwest Mexican cuisine, there is only one place in Sarasota that creates a one-of-a-kind dining experience that keeps visitors and locals coming back for more. Family owned and operated, El Toro Bravo combines fresh, flavorful food along with honest prices and outstanding service.
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Boca Grande, Florida
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138 reviews 138 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I am honestly a bit confused on the "top" rank here. 14 out of 800 plus restaurants is a tad misleading. I would say this place is your average Mexican restaurant. Nothing more. The best part of our experience here was the extremely friendly, polite & efficient staff. The hostess needs to be trained a tad more, honestly have never... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is a small family run Mexican restaurant in a rather nondescript strip mall but it is an absolute gem. The food here is absolutely top rate as is the service. The restaurant is not large but it is clean and well organized. The food arrives steaming hot and is as good as it gets. We have come here 3-4... More 

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lancaster,pa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

ONCE AGAIN TRIP ADVISOR steers me to a great meal. while staying at Siesta Key we decided to have some Mexican food checked out TA reviews led me to EL TORO BRAVO where the food,service and staff were excellent. DO NOT let the fact it's located in a small strip mall deter you from having some great Mexican food. Pedro... More 

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Stopped for a tonic water at 11.30 after walking for two hours and returned at 3pm for a few beers and food. The owners wife chatted for awhile and we ordered food that was good value as were the beers. Great place to hang out right by the Marina would go there again if in the Seychelles.

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Saraota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Hands down the best Mexican restaurant in Sarasota. Had the Tampiqueno Steak and it was delicious and the sauce was to die for. Everything we ate was bursting with flavors. The wait staff and owner were very friendly. This restaurant is a must try.

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Toano, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I was very impressed with this restaurant overall. It had a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere, and the decor was inviting. We were at the restaurant later in the evening when the crowd had thinned out some, so we were seated quickly. Our server was very prompt with serving our drinks and taking our orders and he was very pleasant.... More 

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Essex, Vermont
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

El Toro Bravo was packed Friday night, but they found a table for us quickly. Service was quick, friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, price reasonable.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Located in a strip mall in Sarasota, from the outside, there was little to suggest the experience of dining here. Arriving at 7:30 on a weeknight, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. (They do take reservations both online and by phone). We were served chips and salsa. The salsa was a smoky tomato salsa, the chips were thin, crisp... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Don’t let the rather shabby strip mall on Stickney Point fool you. Inside El Toro Bravo is cozy, warm and lovingly decorated. This was one of the best Mexican food experiences my family and I have ever had. Chef Ruben is a master host and brilliant at what he does. His food is complex, delicious and beautiful. We enjoyed the... More 

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Sandusky, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We eat at a lot of Mexican resturants, this is one of the best. Very small and quaint. I had the stuffed Sophapilla, delicious! The staff are very friendly and attentive. We even received a little free dessert because we were first time customers. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.

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Additional Information about El Toro Bravo

Address: 2720 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone Number: +1 941-924-0006
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

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