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“Always great Mexican food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Torito

El Torito
Ranked #323 of 526 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
New Orleans, Louisiana
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Always great Mexican food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

Ask for Hermann on Thursdays-Sundays. He is a great waiter and a lot of fun. Try to get a window booth so you can see the ocean.

Visited June 2014
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Agoura Hills, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Was very, very disappointed. The service was slow and not very pleasant. My burrito was cold and I had to send it back.

Visited March 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Smooth Margarita, Low Calorie too!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

Great to find Lite Margarita! Whether or not you are a big Margarita fan, this is a MUST! It was exceptionally delicious! Comes with a shot of chaser too!
The appetizer, adobo chicken & avocado rolls, was surprisingly tasty! It sounds ordinary but believe me it is not. It makes me wonder how they can turn a regular spring roll into something extraordinary. Even the spring roll wrapper is unique. And the filling, very tasty.
They serve free nachos with the drinks. I suspect they make their own of course! They were lightly salted, thin & crispy! Addictive!
This is as authentic Mexican fare as you can get in Santa Barbara!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Chain food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

We gave it a try after receiving a mailing saying it was using authentic ingredients for traditional Mexican food. The cocktail I wanted was supposed to be vodka in a rice drink, horchata. Nope. It was a coffee creamer. Blech.
We did get a lot of food for the money. Carnitas plate, though plentiful, didn't have the spices to
Make
It interesting. The martini was good. But for traditional ingredients, go elsewhere. Disappointed

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just for a quick break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

We stopped there mid afternoon for a drink, we had a coconut and a mango margarita, very good, we ended up ordering guacamole because the chips were so good, and we also ordered the Adovo chicken & Avocado rolls, very tasty. The service was super great, again this was around 4 pm so the place was empty. Will go back again!

Visited February 2014
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