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El Torito

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2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 727-4426
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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79 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is ideally located and provides a very welcome feeling. A variety of Mexican food is available. Worth a visit by a foodie!

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Thank n_nageswari
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Every time we've stopped here, the food has been good and the service has been excellent. The tortilla soup and salad combo is perfect for lunch, but you name it and it's been good. Yes, you can find a lot of Mexican restaurants and chains, but you can't always find friendly professional service. Whoever has been managing this one is... More 

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Thank Hugh S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

average to above Mexican chain. Large dinning area and good bar. Went for large business dinner. The street tacos where good.

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Thank sleepeatdrink
Tustin, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The food was OK. I know it is a chain but I have had better Mexican at the El Toritos in Southern California. The service was very fast and the orders were delivered quickly.

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Thank Suzfun60
Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Food was average - typical for this chain. But I give them credit for being able to put together tables and space for a last minute party of 21. Service was fine given the size of the party. But the timing of the food service was off and some dishes were served only warm to cool. The staff was very... More 

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Thank Shane S
Gilroy, California
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203 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

As with all El Torito's I've ever been to, their food was tasty. I might have visited here on an off day, but the women's bathroom floor was covered with paper products in each of the stalls, there was no toilet tissue in my stall but it did have paper seat covers, and there were no paper towels to dry... More 

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Thank MarriedWidow
San Jose, California
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348 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Have worked close by this particular El Torito's for over 2o yrs and have been going here for Lunch and Happy Hour for 20 yrs. In all that time have never eaten dinner here. However the lunch menu and food has always been good, and very much enjoy the lunch buffet, nice selection of items and hot taco station. Also... More 

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Thank Rod B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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109 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Really hungry after our flight into San Jose. This restaurant was the closest to our hotel (The Plaza Suites). My husband had some kind of special combo plate -- he ate every bite along with two long beers. I had fish tacos which were not fantastic but I should have been more daring in my selection as hubby's food looked... More 

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Thank Janlett
Chennai (Madras), India
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93 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

I wasn't sure about this place as I had never been exclusively to a Mexican restaurant. Went with beef and chicken. My experience was really good. We took a silent corner and enjoyed our food and drinks. Please is definitely on my revisit list.

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Thank prantapkalra
Boston, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I kept hearing about this place from my friends who go there for karaoke night on Fridays and their happy hour drinks. So I decided to join them since it was my friend's birthday celebration. I brought a cake and asked our waitress to store it for us. It took our waitress 45 minutes to being our first drinks!! On... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Clara
  • Phone Number: (408) 727-4426

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