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El Torito Mexican Grill

$$ - $$$Mexican,
34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
+1 949-496-6311
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good33%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“fajitas” (18 reviews)
“taco” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

Very good food, big helpings. Avoid ordering margaritas, unless you like them with very little alcohol!

Thank BTB420
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We like the old fashioned Mexican style food and the Macho Combo fits the bill. We split it. It has 4 items and we split the dish. Love the place as it overlooks the Dana Point Harbor. Sunday Brunch is very good, plan on a...More

Thank Jerry B
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

I have not eaten at an El Torito in a long time. We started out with Margaritas with salsa and chips, and then had a selection of meals - tortilla soup, sizzling enchilada chicken, fajita chicken and chile verde. I was amazed at how much...More

Thank badger1_98
Reviewed February 1, 2017

I'm from Texas so we set the bar pretty high for tex-mex food and this place was good. The food, service and margaritas were great! We really appreciate that they have later hours than some of the other restaurants and we were able to eat...More

Thank Leonard2013
Reviewed January 14, 2017

Dana Point Harbor/Mexican chain restaurant. The front windows have a beautiful view of the marina and all the boats.

Thank bruce4magi
Reviewed November 25, 2016

as the title says "Very nice Mexican food with harbor views" We had stopped in for lunch and had a very pleasant visit They made fresh guacamole at our table and it was honestly the best I have had in quite some time. I was...More

Thank Hawiian2
Reviewed November 24, 2016

I start by saying I always consider the fact that it has a very nice water view. That to me is part of why you would ever eat at the Harbor. The food has never failed to please me. I like many of the dishes.

Thank bobbia627
Reviewed November 23, 2016

We visited with our family which was a very large group. Our service was very accommodating and the food was excellent.

Thank Charity D
Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

They made fresh guacamole at our table and kept bringing us chips. The view of the harbor was beautiful. I loved my steak fajita salad and my husband had the chili verde platter. It was huge and delicious (pictured).

Thank Conniemama
Reviewed November 4, 2016

Stopped in for happy hour after an all day fishing trip with my adult children. Had the best margarita ever, the Dueno? Son in law ordered a fantastic Chili Colorado dinner platter that he shared, between the Mexican Cesar salad and the pork dish we...More

Thank Dawn C
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
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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