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24301 Avenida de La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3641
+1 949-951-9137
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

Love to stop by when I am in California. I enjoy the chicken fajitas. Large enough to split with a companion. Made with lean chicken breast. Staff is always friendly and accommodating. It is my go to when I have a taste for fajitas and chips and salsa.

Thank Debby M
Surprise, Arizona
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233 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

Been here a couple of times for dinner which was OK. Came for brunch and was impressed with the selection and quality of food.

Thank Fred K
Laguna Niguel, California
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

So, I used to go to El Torito for Sunday Brunch when I was in college because the champagne was plentiful and the food was consistently good. Plus, anywhere that is all you can eat when you are in college is truly a winning proposition. It has been many years since i have been but I went today to see... More 

Thank Jon_The_Handyman
Laguna Hills, California
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137 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

Went to ElTorito and I was impressed at the improved quality. I had Chili Colorado (pork in a robust mild sauce with rice, beans, avocado and the quality was fine, but the price was $16 plus the usual tax and tip. Same price for Chili Verde. They eliminated the traditional combinations, offering instead a "design your own" where you had... More 

Thank Pat B
Little Suamico, Wisconsin
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122 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Service was great and fish tacos were full of mahi. Was disappointed that they no longer have shredded chicken. It's called machaca chicken, which has eggs in it.

Thank OnlyWifey
Laguna Woods, California
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I have gone to this restaurant when I am in the mood for a Mexican but not too Mexican dinner. I like the Mexican Caesar Salad and the Chicken Quesedilla. They have good salsa, sometimes hotter than others. I have found that the tortilla chips are sometimes fresher than others. They have a good Guacamole. The American/Mexican menu has all... More 

Thank Vince F
Laguna Hills, California
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137 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Been twice recently - both very poor experiences. They changed their sweet and sour vendor, and the mix vendor for the flavored (mango, strawberry etc) blended margaritas. My guest immediately noticed the difference - that was disappointing. She sent the first one back and the second tasted the same so she sipped but was disappointed. The cadillacs that I enjoy... More 

Thank Pat B
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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262 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

The service was good and the food was tasty, always enjoy Mexican food prepared by Mexicans, just seems more authentic.

Thank DJ_World_Traveller
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Have eaten here a couple of times while staying in the area. We used to have an El Torito in the area we moved from, but it closed years ago, so we were very happy to have an El Torito so near to where we were staying. We enjoyed our meals very much both times. Nice atmosphere & very friendly... More 

Thank Liz24California
Laguna Beach, California
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219 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

The worst meal ever. Sent my dish back after receiving a plate of fat. Salsa is good and Margaritas are average. Skip it and go elsewhere.

1 Thank Kelly R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24301 Avenida de La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3641
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 949-951-9137

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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?