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“Good quality, better service” 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 #16 of 124 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!
Edmonton
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good quality, better service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I found the menu to be priced right in line for Banff. The quality was good, not exceptional. Very good service

Visited February 2014
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birmingham
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Avoid like the plague!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We should have taken notice that this place was about a tenth full when everywhere else we tried was full to capacity!
The whole experience was bad. Our table was so wobbly that you had to hold on to your drink! The cutlery was from the 70's, old and scratched and not very clean. The draught beer was off and I had to send it back and go for a bottled beer. The 'tapas' if you can call it that, was very expensive for what you get but we tried it. Without fail every dish was bland, tasteless and amateur - to the point that we would be confident of making better at home!

Without doubt, the single worst meal we have ever eaten. It was food, just not like normal people know it!

Do not waste your time and money with the tapas items, maybe try your luck withe the other items that they offer.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton Alberta
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Breakfast was great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had breakfast at Irwins for three morning straight and found the breakfast to be well presented and tasteful. It is a very nice setting. Though the morning I had pancakes the butter patties were marked 5% butter only. I am not sure what was in the other 95%. I believe for the prices charged it would have been nice having real butter. Other than that they would have got a 4 star rating.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Best Burger Ever!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I'm somewhat of a burger fanatic and I have to say this is the best burger I've ever had. So many distinct flavours but all complimenting each other. I can't say I've ever had such a complex and amazing tasting burger. If there ever was a gourmet burger this is it.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Apex, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“we love tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Everything tasted great. Our favorites were the lamb meat balls, stuffed mushrooms and a new menu item: panko crusted goat cheese with raspberry coulee. Yum!

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