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“My group enjoyed here” 5 of 5 stars
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El Torito
Nispetiye Cad. No:12 Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey (Beşiktaş)
+90 212 265 24 26
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Ranked #3,935 of 11,077 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Beşiktaş
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My group enjoyed here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

I took a group of 49 here, the manager was top class and took very good care of us. As a guide he met me 3 times and gave me some very good advice, then fed my group with a lot of traditional Turkish food which they liked a lot.
El Torito is in an excellent location, is clean with good staff and food.

we found the price to be very good

Sean @ Angel Tours Rome Florence and Dublin

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of the rare good mexican places in Istanbul. Food is delicious and the service is excellent. Another beauty of the...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

One of the rare good mexican places in Istanbul. Food is delicious and the service is excellent. Another beauty of the place is that it is located to close to the finacial district.

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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Worst Mexican food I've had in a while”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

The food was terrible. Try to avoid this place if you can.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“don't bother...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

My daughter has been in Turkey for a year, and loves it, but the limited variety of food has started to wear... When we recently visited Istanbul together, she was excited to see El Torito in Sultanahmet and we decided to have dinner there even though she assured me it wouldn't really be what we get in California. The food itself was okay. Not spectacular. Not terribly expensive, either... in fact, it was generally in line with what Turkish food would cost for dinner in Istanbul. We decided to skip the guacamole made at your table... it was 15 TL-- about $10 -- and she didn't want to be disappointed. There isn't really much corn meal in Turkey, so no tortillas. We got about 5 corn chips on the plate with our dinners. The corn cake was a gooey blob.

The atmosphere was definitely uninviting... the restaurant is a big room with high ceilings and glaring light. The tables are placed far apart and too big for conversation. To top it all off, our waiter was really rude.

If you're used to Mexican food, don't bother with El Torito. Turk-Mex is probably not what you're expecting. If you don't know Mexican food, what you get at El Torito will not be representative -- though the flavors are definitely a change from the typical Turkish fare.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Tex-Mex outside of Houston! Well, in Turkey anyway.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2009

Great margaritas - fresh guacamole made at your table with pico di gallo and jalapenos! It was so good I don't even remember how much the bill was

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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