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El Torito - CLOSED

29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2329
+1 805-963-1968
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor21%
  • Terrible9%
24 Mar 2016
“El Torito needs help, por favor!”
12 Nov 2015
“Nice snacks and drinks”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2329
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1 - 10 of 66 reviews

Reviewed 25 March 2016

Oh if we could turn back the hands of time 30 years when this was a great place to eat. The revolving management door, the corporate attitude, the less than mediocre food and service makes one yearn for the old days. But alas, the new...More

Thank oldfresno
Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

Ignore the poor reviews. I liked this place. Enjoyed drinking at happy hour good place to stop watching the sunset. Service was great and snack food was good. Would definitely come again.

Thank LeWidniiCritique
Reviewed 30 October 2015

So we had lunch at el torito and it was really good, service was good too. cocktails good at reasonable prices.

Thank sbartglass2014
Reviewed 29 September 2015

This restaurant is right across from the beach ans the wharf. Our food was really good and priced well. Staff was playful and attentive.

Thank verifind
Reviewed 31 August 2015

The must worst hospitality ever for a restaurant of mexican food!!!!!!!... I had to wait for the soup of the day more that 25 minutes and have 2 waitres that really not want to work, because the bartender was who take ours order!! untasty food.

Thank Kikaremora
Reviewed 12 August 2015

This old standby in Santa Barbara has slipped to an embarrassing low. We found sticky tables, unbussed tables, littered floor--and waiters dancing with drunken patrons to a too loud band. We skipped any dinner, but ordered desert--which was terrible. One "fried ice cream" contained NO...More

Thank TomGauthier
Reviewed 10 August 2015

We went one afternoon and sat on the patio to enjoy the weather and the view. It is right across from the pier, and a great place to sit and drink after a day at the beach. The service was a little slow, but we...More

Thank Taylor P
Reviewed 5 August 2015

The service levels were about average for Santa Barbara - the speed of the food delivery (upon ordering) was LIGHTENING fast. The beer was cold and the flavors of the food were average. I would come here again with friends, but it wasn't particularly special.

Thank sfdann
Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

For Mexican food lovers.... Fresh, tasty, and fairly priced. We happened on "Taco Tuesday" and really took advantage of the all you can eat deal. Note that the "default" meat is hotter than usual, some of our family had to request personalized spice-less meat.

Thank B B
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Hats off to our server the bartender!! He handled the whole bar plus making tons of drinks for the restaurant. Excellent service. Our Bloody Mary's were great!! Food was very tasty and loved those bacon wrapped shrimps!! Rosted pasilla chiles w/the manchego cheese & bacon......More

Thank Sara0116
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2329
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-963-1968
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