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“Bon Appetit menu poorly executed, but would try their regular menu.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of El Toro Restaurant

El Toro Restaurant
429 Banff Ave., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1l 1A6, Canada
403.762.2520
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Ranked #23 of 132 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: El Toro after a long day skiing or for your romantic dinner in our warm and cosy atmosphere! Tapas, Cahteaubriand for two or delicious steak will be sure to satisfy all taste buds!
Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Bon Appetit menu poorly executed, but would try their regular menu.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

The serving size in the El Toro Bon Appetit menu were small, more like samples. We'd have enjoyed less selection and more to eat, and would have felt we'd have got better value for the meal. The stuffed portobello was yummy as was the hot chocolate callebaut cake! Unfortunately, the quesadillas were a bit anorexic and were nearly bare on the inside. The server was friendly and very busy. She forgot to order our dessert on time so it would be ready when we finished our dinner, but she came over and apologized. I feel the experience would have been better outside of the Bon Appetit menu.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“GREAT Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Had great service and extremely tasty well prepared food. Most enjoyable experience. Our server was extremely helpful

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxnard, California
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Mexican food done right in Banff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

There is not much Mexican fare available in Banff, but if you have a craving for it, this is the place to go. We went here our first night in town. Nice atmosphere, very cozy and it wasn't that busy even in high season. It appears you can make reservations though if you like. We had a burrito, quesadilla, and nachos and dessert and everything was excellent. They did have other food besides Mexican, but we had a craving for Mexican food that night. Slightly pricey but it was def. worth the quality.

Visited August 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Excellent Tapas!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We were there for the Bon Appetit Food Fetival. Here two of us were able to share 8 things on the menu and then we each had our own exquisite desert.

Every thing we ordered was phenomenal!
The plantains and guacamole
The stuffed potabello mushroom
The goat cheese stuffed lamb meat balls
The tequila cream shrimp
The empanadillas
The asparagus prosciutto and Brie
The wild mushroom on crustini
We ordered more of the empanadillas as that was a favourite and we also ordered ceviche off of the regular menu.

Such a nice experience. Thank you El Torro for tantalizing our taste buds at every bight!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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“Best quesidilla I've had in my LIFE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I had the vegetarian portobello quesidilla, and it was the best one I've ever eaten by far. It was amazing!! Made even better by the generous portions of rice, salsa, guacomole and beans.
Would totally go back there if ever in Banff again!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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