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El Torito Mexican Grill

34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
+1 949-496-6311
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good33%
  • Average20%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“fajitas” (19 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (11 reviews)
Opens in 8 min
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Torito is my "go to" Mexican restaurant when I'm traveling. It's always good and this one is the best I've been to!

Thank O7161YNstevej
Reviewed 14 April 2018

It can be a risky thing returning to a fondly remembered restaurant after a five-year-or-so absence (I live almost exactly 3,000 miles away), but this El Torito did not disappoint. First, you gotta love the prominent harbor-side location. Next, the "Fresh Tableside Guacamole" is not...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 28 March 2018

El Torito restaurants have never let me down. They are always nicely decorated, comfortable, with great service, and a wide choice of menu items. The chips and salsa are a great start, although the salsa is a bit too spicy for me. This trip I...More

Thank Candice S
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

This is my favorite place to eat eithe lunch or dinner if I am passing by Erie on I-90 N or S. Easy on and off and I use Yelp to get directions to place. I ordered from veggie part of menu chili relleno with...More

Thank runner1726
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Lots of people were ordering fajitas the night we dined at El Torito. The entire restaurant was coughing from the amount of spice filling the air. Even the staff was commenting on it. Great staff, very attentive, table-side guacamole, and responsive. But the food was...More

Thank ChatWithMatt
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic place this is! We arrived to enjoy Happy Hour before having dinner to celebrate my birthday. The staff are excellent, welcoming and seating us right away. They gave good advice on the cocktails and served up perfect ones with a big bowl...More

Thank Jensmum
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

A group of four ordered tacos, Tostito, burritos and salad. You can not complain about portion size. The food was very good, not amazing. The views were beautiful. Sadly the service was mediocre and a bit slow. We likely will be back. But we hope...More

Thank d s
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Monday night, the harbor lights beautiful for the season, why is the restaurant almost empty? Because the food was terrible. It was fajitas night and 2 of us ordered the steak fajitas, hardly any peppers or onions, steak overdone and tough but the beans were...More

Thank Lydia747
Reviewed 11 December 2017

We went for happy hour on Friday evening, sat in the bar area. Good price on drinks ($5 Margaritas) and we enjoyed our food. Service was a little strained, seemed to be understaffed for a Friday evening. But our server worked hard and seemed to...More

Thank TJMueller723
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Really good food and drinks. We had a window seat which overlooked the marina and was quite pleasant. Service was good. Overall appearance of the restaurant was good. Appears to be a well-managed establishment.

Thank briandenike
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elna a
16 December 2016|
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Response from redgreen13 | Reviewed this property |
No. This is a Mexican food chain and they have mostly undetectable "heat". Except for the salsa. That has a kick to it, but just don't use it. Don't forget to definitely make reso's !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-6311
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