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El Toro Bravo

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123 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3229
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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177 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Solid choice for wide variety of dishes (try the spicy machaca!) and selection of Mexican beer. Great place to relax with friends and have an affordable meal in an unpretentious setting with friendly service, a block off the beach.

Thank brocdog
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

This is our third or forth time here. We stayed in town a few years ago and when we returned to area, El Toro Bravo was tops on our list for a return visit. After a disappointing trip to Manuel's nearby, we knew great Mexican food was just down the down the street in Capitola. Shrimp is a house specialty... More 

Thank Jim B
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

El Toro is like an old and close friend--you know what to expect, and it feels warm and cozy. This is a very casual, inexpensive Mexican restaurant which does what it does well and unassumingly. The formica and metal tables and chairs introduce just the right retro flare, and the Mexican decor is just enough and not over-the-top. The portions... More 

Thank Carol S
Capitola, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Very cute little restaurant near the Capitola beach. Good food and cozy little place. Windows give lots of light and just a short walk over to the beach. I like the Taco-lada and they have really good iced tea. Have always enjoyed eating here and to bring viisitors too. Happy to have this place around for many years.

Thank Nikki555257
Sacramento, California
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This hole-in-the-wall place is typical Mexican. Our server was delightful, helpful and served out food in record time. I ordered the fish taco special which was one taco made up of two corn tortillas filled with large, moist, tasty pieces of fresh grilled cod fish (not deep fried). It was right up there with the best fish tacos I've ever... More 

Thank claudia b
Sacramento CA
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120 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by the front desk of the hotel we were staying at, and it was a good one. The service was good, and, while the ambience is basic, the price definatly made up for it.

Thank jonthethird
Capitola, California
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Always jumpin', this spot is a really fresh, delicious, affordable Mexican meal. Super friendly and helpful staff, very quaint and no frills decor, and a couple of tv screens for when the games are on. Love it! Their wine margies are really refreshing too!

Thank Hoinaholokahiki
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by on our way to Monetary and looked up local Mexican restaurants ... Authentic Mexican food with great service!! Would recommend this Mom and Pop place to anyone!

1 Thank Tanya D
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This very reasonably priced Mexican restaurant is a great place for an enchilada or a taco post-surfing (or surfer watching). It is casual, quick, and delicious. The crab enchilada is to die for!

1 Thank Carol S
Sonoma, California, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We ordered fish tacos to go and ate on the Esplanade while watching the surfers. It doesn't get any better than that. Friendly service, tasty salsa on the tacos.

1 Thank Loretta C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3229
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: 831-476-1553

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?