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“Good - could be great” 4 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 #19 of 120 restaurants in Banff
Price range: $13 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Good - could be great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This has the makings of a great restaurant. Service was good, food was good including the chateaubriand with perfectly cooked veggies. Caesar salad with real bacon. Background music was great. Decor is OK, but could use a little jazzing up and perhaps real plants. I would lose the vinyl tablecloths for dinner. Some tapas could use a little garnish/colour (specifically the manchego). Bread struck me as supermarket baguette. I did notice a number of small children at dinner that may influence management's choices.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bowie, MD
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238 restaurant reviews
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
“Tuesday night tapas, $5 each”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Went for Tuesday tapas, $5 each. I had olives and also a stuffed portabello mushroom. Mushroom was outstanding and huge! Mom had ham & cheese crostini with greens, definitely worth the $5, and my husband had corn chips and salsa. The Tuesday $5 special has limited choices... not all of the tapas they serve. There were only 2 or 3 that had meat. Still, good experience. They serve breakfast 7 - 11am, and their dinner menu is not overpriced. Beautiful inside and great service.

Visited April 2013
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Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Helpful staff - good value food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I ate here lots of times during my 3 month stay in Banff - usually good food, and speedy service - and as we were a big group they organised a buffet style serving for us which was great.

The staff were very helpful and tried to cater for special requests. The bar in El Toro was very nice and welcome after a hard day on the slopes!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Very good restaurant!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We went to Banff and had dinner at El Toro and it was a great experience. Very good tapas and beef steak, as well.

Also good wine list and service.

We highly recommend it!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A local favourite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

I live in Banff, and this is my favorite restaurant in town. For breakfast the breakfast burrito is amazing and for dinner I love to go Mondays for Mexican $12 and Thursday for Chateaubriand for two $55, they also have a fantastic lamb shoulder. My servers have always been extreamly plesent, helpful and enjoyable. The music they play makes you wanna do a salsa dance. It is hands down the best place in Banff for great food made fresh!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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