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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
+1 949-496-6311
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good33%
  • Average20%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“fajitas” (20 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (12 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was definitely skeptical of trying this place after seeing the hit or miss reviews. However, we decided to try it anyway. The location has ample parking and has beautiful views of the harbor. There are so many places to walk along the harbor that also...More

Thank Priyanka N. P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food & service. Nice location right by the harbor. We go there regularly at least twice a month.

Thank eve782017
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

We always used to frequent El Torito when they had locations in Washington and Oregon so when we saw El Torito on the marina at Dana Point we had to got there for a couple margaritas and chips and salsa. There is a view of...More

Thank BunnieinOregon
Reviewed May 2, 2018

El Torito is my "go to" Mexican restaurant when I'm traveling. It's always good and this one is the best I've been to!

Thank O7161YNstevej
Reviewed April 14, 2018

It can be a risky thing returning to a fondly remembered restaurant after a five-year-or-so absence (I live almost exactly 3,000 miles away), but this El Torito did not disappoint. First, you gotta love the prominent harbor-side location. Next, the "Fresh Tableside Guacamole" is not...More

Thank William M
Reviewed March 27, 2018

El Torito restaurants have never let me down. They are always nicely decorated, comfortable, with great service, and a wide choice of menu items. The chips and salsa are a great start, although the salsa is a bit too spicy for me. This trip I...More

Thank Candice S
Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

This is my favorite place to eat eithe lunch or dinner if I am passing by Erie on I-90 N or S. Easy on and off and I use Yelp to get directions to place. I ordered from veggie part of menu chili relleno with...More

Thank runner1726
Reviewed March 15, 2018

Lots of people were ordering fajitas the night we dined at El Torito. The entire restaurant was coughing from the amount of spice filling the air. Even the staff was commenting on it. Great staff, very attentive, table-side guacamole, and responsive. But the food was...More

Thank ChatWithMatt
Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic place this is! We arrived to enjoy Happy Hour before having dinner to celebrate my birthday. The staff are excellent, welcoming and seating us right away. They gave good advice on the cocktails and served up perfect ones with a big bowl...More

Thank Jensmum
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

A group of four ordered tacos, Tostito, burritos and salad. You can not complain about portion size. The food was very good, not amazing. The views were beautiful. Sadly the service was mediocre and a bit slow. We likely will be back. But we hope...More

Thank d s
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elna a
December 15, 2016|
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Response from redgreen13 | Reviewed this property |
No. This is a Mexican food chain and they have mostly undetectable "heat". Except for the salsa. That has a kick to it, but just don't use it. Don't forget to definitely make reso's !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-6311
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