We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Torito Grill

$$
Mexican, Southwestern
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6944
949-640-2875
Improve this listing
Add hours for El Torito Grill and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 31 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good eats

After a long day of travel, my colleague and I were starving and meeting up with a friend, we decided to stop at il Torito. We couldn't decide what we wanted so we had the fresh guacamole and ordered several appetizers and it was perfect. The food is very good as well as the Cadillac margaritas. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2014
Brittany M
,
Carteret, New Jersey
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Level Contributor
158 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Went here for just the "Happy Hour" and enjoyed their incredible FRESH made Guacamole and their Fiesta Platter! TONS of food and so delicious! Drinks are reasonably priced and atmosphere was crowded, noisy but FUN! Great service but with so many people also enjoying their "Happy Hour" you need to be a little "patient". I give this place a 👍🏻... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nan2cute4u
Carteret, New Jersey
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

After a long day of travel, my colleague and I were starving and meeting up with a friend, we decided to stop at il Torito. We couldn't decide what we wanted so we had the fresh guacamole and ordered several appetizers and it was perfect. The food is very good as well as the Cadillac margaritas. I cant remember everything... More 

Helpful?
Thank Brittany M
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

From the east cost dweller's perspective, this place is hard to beat. Great selection of food and drinks (hard to pass on the Cadillac Margaritas). Home made tortillas are great, as are the chips and salsa that arrive first. Enjoyed the tortilla soup, barbeque salad, and fajitas. Guacamole is among the best we've tasted, and having it made table side... More 

Helpful?
Thank takemeaway_2010_10
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Good menu and food lived up to expectations. Service prompt and good value for money (for Newport Beach).

Helpful?
Thank 565NOSTAY565
Birmingham, AL
Level Contributor
25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

El Torito is a staple when I goto NB. I have been there a dozen times or more and it is always very consistent and you may see Kobe Bryant while you are there! The mole sauce is to die for. The margaritas are fantastic. The breakfast brunch buffet is the bomb. I have never had a bad dish in... More 

Helpful?
Thank D P
Irvine, CA
Level Contributor
48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We have always enjoyed the food, drinks and service at El Torito. Try the tequila martini! A real treat.

Helpful?
Thank Minna62
Wanship, UT
Level Contributor
43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had great service and exceptional food. It was located near our hotel and very convenient as we had just arrived.

Helpful?
Thank Tonya O
Toronto
Level Contributor
765 reviews
472 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 500 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

We ate here a few years ago and loved it. This time not so. First of all we had to wait 20 mins. For a seat when the restaurant was empty. It is there way of showing others they are popular. Hate that!!! The food was gross this time. Service was slow as well. The kitchen looked very dirty and... More 

Helpful?
Thank FirstClassLuxury001
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
111 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Used to come for years. Place now is more of a mess. Needs to be upgraded and updated to keep with the times. Food still ok but the experience is lack luster.

Helpful?
Thank -_--_---_--_-
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We have loved this place for years, and frequented it whenever we were in the vicinity of Fashion Island. However, on this past Sunday, we showed up around 3 p.m., and the place was a mess! It seems that taking down the brunch is a big deal, so seating is delayed, bar seating was a mess, etc. There were a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mooseman_7

Travelers who viewed El Torito Grill also viewed

Corona del Mar, Newport Beach
Corona del Mar, Newport Beach
 
Corona del Mar, Newport Beach
Newport Beach, Orange County
 

Been to El Torito Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 951 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660-6944
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-640-2875

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Torito Grill and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from El Torito Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?