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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 good32%
  • Average20%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
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“fajitas” (22 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 6 days ago via mobile

Really wonderful if you’re from the Nebraska and this is your first Mexican experience or if you’ve never seen the ocean before. So many great choices are available, so you can have fun here, but don’t call it Mexican.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed October 8, 2018

You can find better elsewhere. The service was subpar our waiter seemed like he would like to be somewhere else. The food took sometime and I can't rave about anything we had. Chili's has better fajitas. This is not a restaurant we would try again.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank disneyworldtraveler
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

When taco $2.00 Tuesday is overpriced - you get the picture. Just nothing about the place is appetizing or appealing . Not worth the effort for us! Very disappointing.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Tom M
Reviewed August 19, 2018

The food when it was finally served was good. The booths didn't seem real clean. However, maybe we had a new server, not sure. We had a very long wait, the salad came just a couple of minutes before the main course, not enough time...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Trish G
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Easy parking, friendly staff, child friendly and great Mexican food. Had the ignited fajitas supremas meal and it was fantastic, god taste and very big portion, could not finished it( would have been enough for 2)

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank håkan c
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

From the terrible margaritas with no salt on the rim to the raw bacon wrapped shrimp and lame nachos, this place should be taken off the map. The only thing it has going for it is the awesome views of Dana Point Harbor. Seriously, there...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank sarahkE2202YC
Reviewed July 25, 2018

We had a family dinner here and really enjoyed it. Service was great and they had a good menu and decent wine selection. Walking distance to our hotel.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank sascanlan
Reviewed June 19, 2018 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

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Priyanka N. P
Reviewed June 18, 2018

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

Date of visit: June 2018
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

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank BunnieinOregon
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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
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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