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El Toro Margarita Island

3805 Ballybunion Rd, Bloomington, IL 61704-4569
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Ranked #111 of 226 Restaurants in Bloomington
Price range: $12 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Aug 25, 2014
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a typical Mexican joint. It is not an authentic restaurant. The menu is very good with many specialty items. The free chips and salsa are awesome especially the salsa. All the ground beef dishes are super plain. Rice and beans standard. I always get the steak. This time I got the steak fajita quesadilla which was very good.... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had dinner tonight at El Toro with two other people who both ordered the chicken fajitas. One of them commented that his fajitas didn't have a whole lot of chicken. I had the tamales mexicano, which had 3 large chicken tamales smothered in the white liquid cheese sauce. They were overall pretty good. The building has really kind of fallen... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

El Toro is a great local spot for Bloomington/Normal, but also quick and easy for the local subdivisions. BIG menu, not outstanding, but so much better than most Mexican food in the area. Good sized portions, fast service - fresh chips-n-salsa. Great for the family or just the a quick dinner before the movies. They can also do take-out.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

First red flag should of been no cars in the parking lot. The steak fajitas were terrible. No seasoning and very small and overcooked pieces of beef..the rice was bland and mush..even the margarita was sub par..cleanliness was also an issue with dust all around the booth we were in. Will not be back to this facility..

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Bloomington, Illinois
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94 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

We enjoy eating lunch at El Toro once a month or so. The service is friendly and prompt. The warm chips with mild sauce were brought to our table within a minute of our sitting. The portions are generous. My favorite is the beef fajitas with flavorful grilled onions and peppers. The restaurant serves Pepsi products with a full bar... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Stopped here tonight when passing through Bloomington-Normal. We ate outside on the patio which overlooks the golf course. The building and decor both indoors and outdoors are quite nice. The food, on the other hand, left something to be desired. We had combination plates which included tacos, enchiladas, tamales, beans and rice. Overall, these items were hardly memorable. The taco... More

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Heyworth, Illinois
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7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

This is our favorite Mexican Restaurant in Bloomington-Normal. We have been there for Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner. Service is always good. You can easily get out of there in 30 minutes for lunch and they have weekly specials including a $4.25 Speedy Gonzalez. More than enough food to compliment the free chips and salsa. They will bring hot salsa... More

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Bloomington, Illinois
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94 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

El Toro Margarita Island is fun. My family and I eat here every other month or so. The staff is friendly. And, the margaritas are large. I enjoy the steak fajitas with rice and beans; my spouse likes the quesadillas. The complementary chips and salsa are tasty. The restaurant is handicapped accessible.

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