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El Torito Mexican Grill

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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629
(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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Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are in a hurry then this is not the place to eat. Beautiful view of the Dana Point Harbor. I enjoy the chicken fajitas. The service is ok. Not the best place for customer service.

Thank Debby M
charlotte, nc
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had dinner with a friend here while visiting the area. I ordered the shrimp fajitas. The food was pretty bland and boring. Service was decent. There are better places for Mexican food in the area.

Thank travelbug242
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First time at Dana point and found this resturant! Right on the marina, staff very friendly, amazing view. Birthday lunch for my husband with family.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Naples, Florida
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent place for dinner. It overlooks the marina at Dana Point. An added plus was due to the very good food. The service was good but not the best; but no one minds due to the location. This is a favorite place of ours when visiting southern CA

Thank cbhello
Capistrano Beach, California
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is your typical El Torito with touristy Mexican Food. Not bad food, just touristy food. Has a full bar and a great view. Happy Hour is nice.

Thank shallbru
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we checked in to the host station they said it would be a 15 minute wait. There was another party waiting in the lobby and it seemed reasonable. They were seated and we continued waiting. At 30 minutes I checked with the hostess again and she said it wouldn't be much longer. Then another party came in, checked in... More 

Thank Wendy G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great for a special occasion family dining (wait a few extra minutes for on the water seating) we went for a family birthday dinner and watched the sunset on the harbor for a fraction of the cost of two miles away Laguna Beach. We got to the harbor early and enjoyed walking around the marina. The service was great and... More 

Thank Susan Haines L
Chino Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoy spending the day at Dana Point Harbor watching the boats come and go. Since we usually stay late to miss the traffic (since we live an hour away), we like to stop here to warm up, even in the summer! We never go wrong ordering the chicken tortilla soup and house salad with the delicious avocado cilantro dressing.... More 

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Ramona, California
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132 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for families, couples, great Mexican food, service and Margaritas. birthdays. Right on the harbor in Dana Point and great shopping right there.

Thank Eileen C
Orange County, CA
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have friends that miss blue margaritas where they live in Denver. This is always a stop when they're visiting. They love the location and was walk the marina when we're done indulging. The is generally plenty of seating, most with marina views. Service is always quick and attentive.

Thank chinadoll418

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, 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
  • 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?