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El Torito Mexican Grill

$$ - $$$
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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
(949) 496-6311
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hull, Massachusetts
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141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food here is good and won't break the bank. The location in Dana Point is fabulous for the marina view. Service was friendly but they were a little bit confused and seemed to be overlapping one another. They make the guacamole table side which I really enjoy in a mexican dining experience.

Thank dalcy3
Wimberley, Texas
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have eaten lunch and dinner here several times. Good mexican food. Nice view of the harbor while enjoying your meal.

Thank annacV5721VY
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here for the second time, first one was in 2014 and still great service. Love the authentic mexican food. The manager was very friendly for giving us free ice cream as they ran out of fried ice cream.

Thank benjohilario
Sparks, Nevada
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134 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Arrghh! Over hot spiced food does not Mexican make. This place is a very poor excuse for a Mexican restaurant. Don't waste your money. Food and bar service was excruciatingly slow.. We had reservations, they had our name, and part of our party were seated.. When the balance of our party was seated, they were told we weren't there yet,... More 

Thank sailndayz
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The margarita's were delicious. I only had 3! I actually enjoyed the food as well. The fajita's were very good.

Thank Trixie D
Redlands, California
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Had a chicken taco salad, a little bland, expected something more spicy. Sat in the bar, service ok, a little slow. Husband had 2 item combo plate, says was ok, the beans were too bland.

Thank Jan B
Dana Point,
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Overall well done. Haven't had a bad time or meal here yet. Love the fresh Guacamole and hot chips. all the dishes are good, and you can season them as hot as you want.

Thank johnsanDanaPoint_
San Clemente, California
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

This waterfront restaurant in DP Harbor is always bustling. Here's what I'd like to know (hopefully it helps YOU): - Weekend brunch is ALWAYS slammed. Reservations or not! Don't go here if you're in a rush, it'll just make you angry. - Handmade tortillas most of the time (VERY good) - Small bar area with bistro tables (indoors) - Great... More 

Thank redgreen13
San Jose, California
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185 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

The grilled lunch was just about ok. So were the drinks. Service was infact better than expected. We were anticipating slow service, as per reviews. But looks like the complaints on slow service have been addressed.

Thank Sandy D
St. George Utah
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81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

I hate to write a bad review but the service here is just terrible. I wrote to the owner after two poor experiences and received a great apology with coupons for free meals, and the two more times we went back to use those coupons we were equally disappointed in the time it takes to get anyones attention, food delivered,... More 

Thank ulebwise

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Kids
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: (949) 496-6311

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