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El Torito Mexican Grill

) #47 of 121 Restaurants in Dana Point $$ - $$$ Mexican,
34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
+1 949-496-6311
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good31%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“fajitas” (18 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
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1 - 10 of 176 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

My sister-in-law is local and suggested El Torito in Dana Point Harbor because she said it's easy to get parking and we wouldn't have to worry about reservations for lunch with half a dozen on the weekend. She was right. They dealt with our small...More

Thank maserk
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My credit card was skimmed / copyed here and used later elsewhere! Dont let your credit card out of your sight. I paid with credit card and the waiter took it and walked away. After long waiting another waiter (older) brought the card back. Today...More

Thank Lukki10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are 'Many' El Torito restaurants & grills in Southern California but this is the only one we love! It is in the Dana Point With easy access, plenty of parking & just steps away from the boats in the Marina & it has a...More

Thank suzannerB7622RX
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Located in Dana Point right on the ocean, this is a great place and the food is great. Reasonably priced with great selection and service.

1  Thank postrawb
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I've been here dozens of times....this time took my family and met up with friends. Three kids total. Good kids menu. Amazingly delicious food...I always get the enchiladas!!! Service is okay...bit hit or miss....most times I've been there, the service is great with very friendly...More

Thank SaucyGirl9
Reviewed 2 March 2017

If you are at the harbor you have to visit Adan and Mario! Best Margaritas! Great food. Deals every day! Beautiful view. Great staff!

Thank Nanaforchloe
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Very good food, big helpings. Avoid ordering margaritas, unless you like them with very little alcohol!

Thank BTB420
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We like the old fashioned Mexican style food and the Macho Combo fits the bill. We split it. It has 4 items and we split the dish. Love the place as it overlooks the Dana Point Harbor. Sunday Brunch is very good, plan on a...More

Thank Jerry B
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I have not eaten at an El Torito in a long time. We started out with Margaritas with salsa and chips, and then had a selection of meals - tortilla soup, sizzling enchilada chicken, fajita chicken and chile verde. I was amazed at how much...More

Thank badger1_98
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I'm from Texas so we set the bar pretty high for tex-mex food and this place was good. The food, service and margaritas were great! We really appreciate that they have later hours than some of the other restaurants and we were able to eat...More

Thank Leonard2013
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
elna a
are all entrees spicy?
16 December 2016|
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Response from redgreen13 | Reviewed this property |
No. This is a Mexican food chain and they have mostly undetectable "heat". Except for the salsa. That has a kick to it, but just don't use it. Don't forget to definitely make reso's !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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: 34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-6311
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