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El Toreo

21 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1905
+1 626-793-2577
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good49%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
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21 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1905
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

What a great place. Totally authentic and great atmosphere. It seems like it was a local favourite. Lots of great music and amazing tacos. Super fun

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I recently went here with a few friends, two of which were from Mexico. Everybody thought the food was great. The green salsa is super spicy so beware. I unknowingly loaded a bunch onto my chip and regretted it immediately. The salsa is really good,...More

Thank alli_sun_T
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Obviously tourists and visiting business people are not their target customers. A few locals wondered in but I think most were family members. The food was below average; the hot sauce tasted sour; and the chips were thick and stale. The waitress was nice enough....More

Thank Claude Y
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

This was our first meal on the west coast and it did not disappoint! Amazing, authentic mexican food! The green salsa was bangin!

Thank lfarmer2
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I've been passing by this restaurant for years and never bothered to stop in to try it out. Just by looking at this place from the outside and when entering you know this place is stuck in time, just the way I like it. Hopefully...More

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We went here on a Saturday afternoon and were the only ones in the place when we first arrived. The food was decent, but didn't wow us and considering the many options for Mexican food nearby, we don't feel a strong need to return.

Thank ee978
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Run by a Mexican family, it wo u ld be hard to beat the quality here! Not a chain, very good smothered burritos and enchiladas. Well worth dropping in.

Thank Chip L
Reviewed 7 March 2016

It was Saturday night and everything was jammed and I just wanted food without a wait. Quirky place with plain Mexican food- good portions but food a little bland. Kind of a homey place just a few booths and a row of 2 seat tables...More

Thank yogamamma
Reviewed 20 November 2015

We got there right at 11:00 on Sunday and they treated us like royalty. I highly recommend this restaurat

Thank Randy C
Reviewed 17 August 2015

I was by myself and looking for a place for lunch, and did not feel like going to one of the many fancy restaurants in Pasadena. El Toreo is very unassuming from the outside but the menu looked good and not very expensive so I...More

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1905
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-793-2577
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