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El Torito Mexican Restarurant

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18512 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA
+1 949-833-8230
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a quick bite at El Torito. Luckily we got out very quickly as well. Nothing in there to retain. Low quality food; low quality service.

Thank Borneo2000
Newport Beach, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and service!!! The restaurant is clean and the management and staff are extremely friendly!

Thank tomcarterprod2016
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice Mexican restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. Guacamole made fresh tableside was the best we had on the entire vacation. Fresh made to order tortillas were great as well as the margaritas. The rest of the food was good with a few flavor twists on the standard Mexican fare.

Thank Michael P
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking distance if you stay at the hotel across from John Wyane Airport. Good atmosphere for after work hangout with friends or colleagues. But it is really noise so you'll have to talk loud. Good food, large portion, and nice service. My colleague got the sampler play, too much for him to finish. I got the pork plate and barely... More 

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Placentia, California
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Now 3 stars is termed average by Trip Advisor, and this was in no way average, but it was your typical Mexican restaurant. The shrimp and steak sizzler I had (see attached photos) were flavorful, but nothing I haven't had before. There was a tad bit of spice, but nothing to give the shrimp a nice kick. For the fried... More 

Thank flyingrohit
Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Came in for dinner. The host looked up but did not engage me. It appeared he was hoping I would just go into the bar. Only after I said hi did he even start to talk. He immediately offered the bar, which was noisy. Instead I asked for the dining room. Waiter came and I asked if they had any... More 

Thank Joe H
Henderson, Nevada
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231 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to eat, drink & relax with family & friends. All you can eat Enchiladas Wednesdays paired with mango margaritas you cannot go wrong.

Thank bwbwbwbw
Washington State
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Very good food, excellent wait staff. Our group was four adults and an infant, and our server was fantastic with all of us. You must order the guacamole that they make at your table. Best guac you'll have all day... or year. YMMV. I was told to stop licking the bowl...

Thank LoneGuzzi
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

My sister and I are visiting from Wyoming and had lunch here. The fajitas and chips are delicious. Carmen our waitress was a delight! Thanks :)

Thank harleyadventures
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Lunch came very fast. Excellent tortilla soup. Carnitas was very tasty and a large portion. Friendly service.

Thank Randy H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18512 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-833-8230

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