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“Would Return”
Review of El Torito Mexican Restaurant - CLOSED

El Torito Mexican Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Des Moines, IA
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Would Return”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

We love Mexican food, but are leary of chain Mexican restaurants because we have so many individually family owned Mexican restaurants where we live that can't be beat on food and value.

However, for a chain restaurant, we thought this was very good and we would definately return. It was a little more expensive than some of the locally owned Mexican restaurants, but the servings were large so with the amount of take home we had the price was very reasonable.

Our server was excellent and made it an enjoyable meal. He provided quick, efficient service and was very jovial with us which we enjoyed. The only thing we ever had to ask for was chips & salsa upon our arrival. Other than that, he always asked if we needed anything additional before we did.

Good enough to warrant a return visit from us.

  • Visited January 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good Happy Hour Menu, Slow Service”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

My review title says it all. The bar area, where you can only be served the happy hour menu items, is popular with the after-work crowd and extremely loud. They are very under-staffed causing slow service. The last two times I went there, I sat way too long trying to get the check. Won't return to that location.

Visited November 2012
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Rohnert Park, California
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Couldn't pay me to go back”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

We have eaten at several El Torito's and have always enjoyed them and were happy to see one so close to the Jay Leno show. Unfortunately, we went in! Service was horrible!!! Hostess finally took our order because the waiter never came by. Another table left when they had finished their drinks and waiter had never even come by and they had appointment. Food was even worse! Ordered the chicken tortilla soup that supposedly was suppose to have chicken, cheese, avocado, etc. When it came it was just water broth with several pieces of zucchini and a few tortilla strips. Not one piece of chicken to be found! Would have told the waiter if he ever came back. My husband's beer came after we were done with our meal and never were offered any refills on chips, salsa, drinks or anything. Both of us got sick after our meal.

  • Visited December 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
553 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“Never have seen a chain Mexican this good !!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Okay, so it took 11 months to make it back here from Arizona, but boy was the wait worth it, wish they would reopen a location in Arizona. Such a good place. Missed the awesome lunchtime buffet and ordered from menu. Such good food, such good tacos, such good service, such wonderful Sweet Corn Cakes. Get the extra hot salsa for the chips, costs an extra peso but well worth it. The Flan was excellent as well. Even the iced tea was good here. Very clean place, very popular with people who work in the area. Just an all round great place to eat, highly recommend.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank northernk
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“American Mexican food with good 4pm service”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Enjoyed the food, not too Americanized but good. The guacamole was great and the wait staff was nice and had character. We ate prior to dinner so things were slow and got good service.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank John S
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