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El Torito Mexican Grill

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5024 Baltimore Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-0601
+1 619-698-7405
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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La Mesa, California
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We go here sometimes when we are craving Mexican food. They have lots of variety and the restaurant and staff is nice. It a good place for a group to meet. I'd give their food a "C" rating. Their sauces taste like they came out of a can and are not made from scratch and don't even taste like they... More 

Thank GetAwayGma
San Diego, California
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135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Great food, good service and pleasant atmosphere. Fresh, crispy chips and tasty salsa were brought to our table right after we were seated. The menu has a huge selection, including a couple of good vegetarian options. The Veggie Fajitas and the Carnitas Plate were both very delicious, and the side beans were notably tasty. The portion sizes were large enough.... More 

Thank 2Weevils
Burnsville, North Carolina
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144 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

They are not what they used to be. This was our very favorite place to eat. The salsa is still fabulous, and of course their Ceaser Salad but it has gone downhill. The menu is expensive, servings small and not as good as they once were. The food is OK, but I think it is better to go to Rosaritos... More 

Thank Mootheart
La Mesa, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Usually the service is pretty good, with the exception of a couple of times wherein the server did not offer or refresh my beverage and it took forever to get our check. The food is pretty good, with decent prices, and even better when they send out coupons, via their email club. Many go here to celebrate birthdays and they... More 

Thank Suzie L
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43 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The surroundings are pleasant -- there is the bar-side with sports on TV and a dining side that is larger and a bit quieter. I have been here quite a few times because I know that I will always have (at least) a satisfactory meal and often a really good one. I have always had excellent servers. This restaurant provides... More 

Thank David L
Whittier, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

the food was great staff friendly, the prices are awesome and the location is great...clean bathrooms, big portions,

Thank wespino
San Diego
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This place is great for their Cadillac margaritas. Smooth when they add the Grand Marnier on the side. Easy to drink. Expensive though. Food is decent. The fajitas are delish. Can't go wrong with them..My one gripe is service. sometimes they are too slow or have an attitude like they are doing me the favor by waiting on me.

Thank Kat_919
La Mesa, California
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

We like going to this restaurant for many different occasions, from just two of us or four of us to bringing our entire family from out of town along. We've been going to this location for many years now, but this review is from the last time we were there. Since we are signed up to the e-newsletter, we get... More 

Thank danielandluci
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

Fast service. Fair range of standard Mexican food options. Happy hour is only in the bar so ask before going to a table. Free chips and salsa. Really noisy and the bathrooms could be cleaner.

Thank ILoveACleanRoom
San Diego, California
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433 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

This is a great Mexican restaurant with a great menu and many excellent menu closes to choose from. Perfect for the whole family or out with the gang in the sports bar. Prices aren't bad, so it is a good value.

Thank Perry H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
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: 5024 Baltimore Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-0601
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 619-698-7405

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