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“"Guacamole" salad? Lo siento....” 3 of 5 stars
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El Toreo 2
SR 200, Ocala, FL 34474
352.291.2121
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Ranked #131 of 377 Restaurants in Ocala
Cuisines: Mexican
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Traverse City, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
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“"Guacamole" salad? Lo siento....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Pluses: ample portions, fresh taste. Minuses: nothing innovative or surprising. My companion and I chose two of the two shrimp dishes--Camarones al Mojo de Ajo and Camarones Diablo. The former was to be accompanied by a "guacamole salad," which turned out to be a lot of lettuce, a bit of chopped tomato, and about two tablespoons of guacamole dressing. When my companion asked if he could have a little more of the dressing, he was told he would have to pay for a side order. No manager was consulted, nor did one come to the table to address our complaint. Moreover, a larger serving of this same salad may be ordered separately. Whether this item is large or small, it is a huge stretch to call it a guacamole salad. We suggested it be called what it is, a very basic salad with avocado dressing. Generally, the main courses were fine, but not exceptional in any way. If you are a Mexican food lover and have a fair amount of experience with Mexico's various regional distinctions, you will be disappointed in El Toreo. If what you want is a cut above Taco Bell, you will find it here. The pleasant decor is a mix of quasi-Mexican and Applebee's. Still, the prices for the quantity of food are reasonable, the staff are friendly and efficient,and the two-for-one Margarita ($6.95) is a good value; not so, my Kahlua and coffee with a dollop of canned whipped cream at $7.95. With a wide number of restaurants on SW 36th within one-half mile of El Toreo, you have ample choices.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Manager needs to be replaced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Having been going to the El Toreo restaurant on exit 350 interstate 75 in florida the past few months. Food is good, drinks are good, price is right but the manager or assistant manager is a dud. Not sure who he is because he doesn't wear name tag. Treats customers like they should be waiting on him. Watching Florida Gators on TV refused to change channel for friend to watch, he was watching soccor, friend(paying customer) had to change seats. Will not give you more chips and dip, thinks you should buy meal first. Looking for new Mexican restaurant in Ocala that has better customer service from management.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Magnificent Mexican with Margaritas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had wanted to try another Mexican restaurant in Ocala but it had shut down. El Toreo was more than an adequate substitute and had the additional merit of being a short stroll from our hotel. First, a warning; the margaritas are huge. And very good. We had two each, including an El Presidente (which I strongly recommend) and we had to stagger back. But not before we had an excellent meal. I love ceviche and the one served here was good. I was offered more lime juice as our waitress said that sometimes the kitchen did not put enough for some guests' tastes but mine was fine. Too much lime and you lose the taste of the fish. My wife's chicken burritos were very tasty too. Whatever they did in the kitchen, the chicken a wonderful smokey flavour. The free chips and salsa were a good start to our meal and went well with the margaritas. Definitely worth another visit.

  • Visited October 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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Dublin, Ohio
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Four of us decided to try this since it was new to us and we weren't aware that it's part of a chain. (Ocala's restaurant scene is dominated by chains. ). We were initially encouraged by the high percentage of apparently Latino customers, but we decided later that if they weren't first-time customers also, they must have ordered something different. My chicken flautas were inedible: each of the three contained a single strip of chicken - nothing else - that had charred, burnt ends and the kind of tough leathery middle that suggested a microwave error. One other ordered grilled skewers of chicken and beef that had never seen a skewer and was also overcooked and under seasoned. The seafood enchiladas were edible but nothing special. One of our party ordered a pina colada, which was good; our margaritas were generous and good, but nothing special. The chips and salsa were tasty and refilled when we finished. So it might be ok to go for drinks, chips, and salsa, but you should probably walk next door to Chili's for dinner.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Hope they have better in town”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Not good food and items missing everywhere on the menu. Not to mention they said 2 4 1's on everything. Then come back and tell us it doesn't apply to margaritas. Yes, it's a mexican restaurant...lol. anyway, food was not good, service was slack and atmosphere was weak.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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