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El Torito

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40517 Margarita Rd, Temecula, CA 92591-2859
09:00 - 21:30
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Sun 09:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Murrieta, California
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272 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

They have many good happy hour deals. The margaritas are on special along with several good, large appetizers. The service and atmosphere in the bar were great too.

Thank kaj20
Murrieta, California
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969 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We dined here 10/4 for lunch. As it was taco tuesday we were going to have the all you can eat taco's, but our waiter told us about the "all you can eat buffet" that was available for a dollar less. Needless to say we had the all you can eat buffet. There were refried beans, Spanish rice, sweet cornbread,... More 

Thank SoCalOregonian
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I arrived near the end of the lunch buffet. We both had the buffet - great chicken tortilla soup, freshly made tortillas as well and cheese enchiladas and salad were just a few of the items offered.

Thank Fred C
Brentwood, California
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

The food was pretty good and the salsa was perfect and the chips were warm and fresh only down side was service is a little slow even on a Wednesday lime tonight when the place was pretty empty

Thank Timothy Y
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

This is our second visit to this El Torito. On our first visit the waiter kept referring to me as "bro". I am a customer not his bro. He didn't seem to know how to address customers because he had other slang terms for nearby customers. Today the waitress was pleasant enough but soon she disappeared and when she did... More 

Thank rramy
Murrieta, California
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

So pretty much buffet of brunch, you have your Mexican style breakfast buffet along with a dessert area, a spot for salads, soups, and a waffle and omelette station. Endless champagne, good idea to take a uber there and back home. Lots of parking, wheelchair accessible, and family friendly.

1 Thank AlexHealey94
Temecula, California
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416 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

I have been to almost every El Torito in Southern & Northern California. I went to the Original growing up. Since I am a flight attendant, I kinda get around the globe. Our server was great & offered my husband a less spicy cream sauce. However, the beans had literally Tabasco poured on them. When did every major chain of... More 

Thank Bev B
Fredericton, Canada
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175 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

The ambient is nice, the waiter was a good guy, but the food was not that real Mexican one. And the price was not that low. I think there are others restaurants like this that are better.

1 Thank ebarock
Chandler, Arizona
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2015

Our waitress was great, and the food was good. Many dirty tables, not cleaned the entire time we were eating. This is very distracting when one is trying to enjoy a meal. Do not know if bussers were ill or busy elsewhere?

Thank Arizona_Heat03
Newport, Oregon
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142 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2015

This family style American Mexican eatery has been around the southern California area for years. While many other restaurants have come and gone, the El Torito continues on. Having dined at one or another El Torito in the last few decades, I include this one equal to the many others I have visited. A wide variety of American Mexican food,... More 

Thank Hattie748

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40517 Margarita Rd, Temecula, CA 92591-2859
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Temecula

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?