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“Great Southwest/Mexican Restaurant”
Review of El Torito Grill - CLOSED

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El Torito Grill
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 1, 2012

We have enjoyed eating here every year, as I have the good fortune of traveling to Newport Beach every spring for an annual meeting.

It's easy to find, as it's near the Nordstrom's at the Fashion Island Mall.

The restaurant is very comfortable for couples, friends, and/or families.

However, my wife and I prefer the lounge, as we find it more relaxing to sit and enjoy a cocktail. We usually order one of their salads as they are so good. The Gilled Chicken Fajita Salad was quite delicious.

They also serve complimentary chips and salsa, which were very tasty.

We look forward to next year's visit.

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Thank Slubby
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Fashion Island was quite crowded at 7pm on Saturday and could not get into any of the other restaurants. We saw El Torito Grill and assumed it was "knock off" Mexican Food but . . . this was a huge step up from the chain. Yes, it is part of the chain but an upscale version - reasonably priced. Food was authentic Yucatan and Mexican style. fresh tortillas with sweet cream butter brought table side. Most dishes were under $20. Excellent service. The food was a 10+ . Different menu from the regular El Torito.

Thank missmargoann
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

Great service, great sounding menu, outdoor seating and then there was the food.The fresh tortillas were good but runny salsa and butter selections are generally a mess and do not add to the dining experience. Bring back the chips and salsa. The tableside fajita salad did not have much taste but the dressing was delicious. It did not compare to the fajita salad I had in Fresno which had inspired me to order it at this El Torito Grill. It needed more cheese which was sparse enough to be insignificant. The salad had good ingredients but they did not have much taste and the salad relied on the spicey dressing to provide taste. If you had the server add the dressing you might not know the difference but I had mine on the side. The bbq chicken tostada was had bbq sauce and a sweet dressing and lacked distinction. The best part of lunch was the heater on the outdoor patio and the iced tea which was delicious and the Tecate beer. The salad was $14.99 and not worth that price. The tostada had the option for a whole or half size salad and again was not worth the price charged due to size and taste. it was all disappointing but okay. The location at the Fashion Island Mall is convenient but we won't rush back.

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Thank giannaCa
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Chicken enchiladas were great. Best chips and salsa ever and we eat lots of Mexican food. Good service, nice atmoshpere. Will eat there again next time.

Thank lovetosightsee44588
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

I have eaten here often, most frequently with large groups. This is one of the few restaurants locally that welcomes large groups and does a good job handling them. The food is consistently good, particularly the house specialties like table-side made guacamole.

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Thank bblumberg
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