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El Toro Cantina and Mexican Grill

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10602 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40223-3102
+1 502-489-3839
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We are from out of town and stopped here based on reviews. The staff was friendly and the restaurant was a fun atmosphere but the food was just ok. We didn't dislike the food, but I wouldn't return. It was just ok.

Thank Courtney P
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

My wife and I stop by El Toro about once a month with friends and family. The atmosphere is fun and even though the place is busy, the food always arrives hot. The owner walks around and checks on everyone! I highly recommend the chile relleno and the spinach quesadilla--two vegetarian dishes. My wife loves fajitas--shrimp and steak--served sizzling at... More 

Thank Marc C
Suburban Chicago
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We happened upon El Toro en route to another place that had been recommended by the staff at our hotel. When we passed El Toro my husband said "their parking lot is so full...it must be good!" Well, he was right, and we were glad that we turned around to go there. Everything about the place was very good, the... More 

Thank FrequentTraveler1
Fairfield, Connecticut
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284 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

My party of four enjoyed happy hour with an extra margaritas for every one order. The cervas were double the size during happy hour. The restaurant is clean and the decor is just like what you would experience in Mexico. The fajitas are outstanding as are the steak quesodeas. I have been here once before and this place is great.... More 

Thank Edwin H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Had a great dinner and 2 for 1 drinks. Food was really good and service very prompt and courteous. Good atmosphere and clean.

Thank Bill M
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

This place is always on target! Great atmosphere, great service, great management and even better food!! Margarita's are pretty good too if you like them, but beware, they are definitely not your grandma's!! Love this place and frequent it often!

Thank Robert B
Dayton, Ohio
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

From out of town and this place sounded pretty good, well not that good for us. Service was great though. Salsa tasted like the can for which the tomatoes came from. Steak was way over cooked, tacos had hardly any meat in them... rice was dry and tasted not very fresh. I hoped for more. Maybe it was a bad... More 

Thank barkonbutts
Indian Land, South Carolina
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

We moved to Louisville from SC and we had a our fav Mexican restaurant there. So we tried a few out here while on a couple of visits to find a place to live. None was even comparable. UNTIL, I kept noticing when we drove past El Toro the parking lots was alwsys full, even the off hours. So I... More 

Thank karenmits
Fairfield, Connecticut
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284 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

At lunch they have a good buffet, but I opted for the beef quesodeos which were exceptional. They offer chips and salsa free at each table. There is plenty of parking and the decor is nicely styled in a Mexican motif. The staff is very attentive, friendly and helpful.

Thank Edwin H
Radcliff, Kentucky
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

We stumbled upon this little Mexican restaurant and decided to try it because there were so many cars parked there. Now we know why. The buffet was great, and the price was very reasonable: $22 for a Sunday lunch for two. The staff was very friendly, too, with quick service. This is one we'll visit again soon!

Thank Susan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10602 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40223-3102
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville
  • Phone Number: +1 502-489-3839

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