El Torito - Dana Point
Great margaritas, guacamole, salsa and chips. The chicken tortillas soup was fresh and delicious. Had a macho combo...all great! Service was excellent.
Excelente ambiente para disfrutar de rica comida Mexicana, con familia ó amigos....
Sadly the buffet server was inexperienced and the food that was served was lukewarm. The server had to run in the back to get serving spoons. On the opposite side the taco station had hot food and a friendly experienced server.
The sanitizing station was out of sanitizer (as it was on our last visit to this location. I mentioned it to them but it was never refilled while we were there).
We’ve always loved this El Torito but it’s getting very dog eared, the restrooms are run down and sewer gas emanates from the floor drain. Some of the safe seemed inexperienced. Perhaps because it was a holiday and the regular staff was off? Our waiter Marcos was very good. but we may have to find another mexican restaurant.
El Torito provides quality Mexican food, menu variety, reasonable prices, excellent service and outdoor patio dining equipped with umbrellas and heaters for comfort.
I made reservations on Open Table, only to find out I didn't need to.. I thought we would be sitting outdoors on the deck, instead all seating is in front of the restaurant in the courtyard. We can't wait to be able to sit on the deck again. It's why we love eating there.
I had the Taco Fajitas and was disappointed. The meat was burnt along with the tortillas. Waited 15 minutes to have our order taken. Not impressed and probably won’t return or recommend.
We had a reservation for 7:15. Upon arrival at 7:14, we were told that it would be a 30-45 minute wait. What is the point of a reservation? With other restaurants in the center we decided to try a little French restaurant and it was fabulous.
Always a fun place to go
First, there are many,many finer Mexican Restaurants in the area. We only agreed to dine at El Torito because a friend chose this venue.
The food is mediocre at best for what is usually a plate of slop. Most of our dishes were cold & not well presented or prepared.
Service is ok, but really unorganized. No one working really cares about good service. It’s really about getting orders in and out & then getting a gratuity. No greeting, no one comes to the table unless you call them over, no one really cares about the quality of your meal.
Bottom line, high prices for bad food & service. Won’t be dining there anytime soon.
This was a Wonderful Dinner for our Two Year Anniversary. Thank You
Dirty, smelly, old, bad service
Went down to Dana Point to enjoy a nice evening out for my birthday however this time the service was HORRIBLY slow everyone was waiting over 15-20 mins just to order their drinks etc. The food has gone down hill since March of this year. Didn’t feel clean or as sanitary as other outdoor restaurants feel right now and when my sister mentioned numerous times about my birthday- nothing not even a happy birthday or desert was offered . So over all - 2-3 stars sorry but many people were not satisfied with service as well . Won’t go back during Covid there when there are many other great restaurants doing great patio service during Covid .
It was 90 degrees outside and there should have been fans in the tents where people are eating - No breeze and only sun.
Ate outside front of restaurant due to covid. Service took long time but waiter made up for it
Restaurants should not be using cotton towels to clean one table and then clean the next table with the same rag. Management needs to "inspect what they expect", rather than standing around visiting. Where is the diversity amongst the staff???? Where is BLM? Where are the Asians? Where are the Chinese? Where are the Irish, French, German, English, Flemish, and Caucasians??????????????????????????????
I am very thankful that EL Torito is open and they are all doing a great job.
We got there at 9:15 and we're first in line for Sunday brunch. They brought chilaquiles to our table delicious with fruit I could start to brunch with champagne mimosas.
Great service from Tatum very professional and attentive.
El Torito has always been average Americanized Mexican food and that hasn’t changed.
Convenient parking. Service was prompt. Always enjoy the nachos and salsa!
We had great service. It was nice they took reservations too. We appreciate the extra effort the restaurant has made to make the dining experience work during these unusual times.
We had family visiting from up north, grest good on the patio! We loved it
The food was pretty good but I was not at all impressed by the cleanliness of the restaurant.
They didn’t have my reservation which started the event off on the wrong foot, even though I had the open table confirmation.
The rest of the brunch was fine, our server seemed irritated - hard to tell if she ever smiled - all in all we won’t go back to this location, there is another El Torito by our house and they are always friendly and welcoming
Great Maracaibo band and great service!
This was our first post-quarantine dining experience and it was so nice to be out! The staff was so friendly and happy to have guests back in the restaurant. The floors were marked with arrows indicating flow of traffic and tables were seated in a way to be distanced from others.
Always a pleasure to dine here for brunch. The staff are so pleasant! And when you order bottomless mimosas, they really mean bottomless 😉.
Eight of us had a great Brunch Celebrating my Dad’s 97th Birthday. Our Server was very friendly & efficient and the food was great.
Service was a bit slow. They took a while to take our drink order and also to bring the drinks. I also don’t think they read the reservation notes which stated w e were celebrating a birthday. Other than that, the food is reliably good and the restaurant is otherwise a pleasant experience.
The restaurant needs a total renovation it looks very dingy and old looking.
Usually a good spot but tough night.
Food was delicious & staff was quick & friendly. Felt a little pricey.
I love going to el torito. The steak fajitas we ordered weren't that great this time. really disappointed with food quality:-(
Our server Gloria was excellent! The food was mediocre and the cleanliness and run down facility was atrocious. What happened El Torito? The condition top to bottom of this restaurant shows signs that they are either closing or nobody cares. We are locals and can testify the only reason this restaurant is still in business is because of the marina view. Will never go back.
We have eaten at other El Toritos for Sunday Brunch and this was a little disappointing. It wasn’t bad, just very average. The food was different than the other El Torito brunches. None of it was marked so we were totally sure what we were eating in some cases. The tops of some were kind of hard like it had been sitting out a while. I would not return here. The staff was very friendly, our waiter was great.
The restaurant itself is in bad shape. Very old and dated, needs a serious facelift!
My family of 16 people decided to meet for Dinner before New Years. The staff knew we had a big party and yet were severely understaffed. Such a disappointment. The one waitress we had between 16 of us and the rest of the tables in our area truly did her best. His was not her fault. This is a managerial problem.
Our table of 9 got in fairly quickly and ordered quickly yet it took 1.5 hours to get our food. Some of it was cold, most items we did not like at all. We were really disappointed since there were so many reviews.
Restaurant is run down but may due to not wanting to improve since all of harbor area is planned to be redone. No one at front desk and quite the crowd was gathered before anyone came to seat people. Table service was also slow to non existent. When we finally got food it was very good however.
Terrible experience. Had a reservation for 7pm. We finally were seated at 7:30. At 7:45, we still had not seen a server. Also, had not received chips, water or anything even though tables around us were getting tended to.
Talked to manager after we got up and walked out and he didn’t even say sorry. Terrible terrible service
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OpenTable ダイナー111名によるEl Torito - Dana Pointの評価は4.2☆です。