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El Toreo

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3133 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-1305
+1 540-982-2174
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Rocky Mount, Virginia
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129 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

i ordered their largest margarita. i doubt i received any alcohol definitely not top shelf as advertised. when it got home i had 2 more drinks and never felt the effects, so i am pretty sure they served me virgin drinks. the food was average and service good. the atmosphere was cute much like the other mexican restaurants in roanoke.... More 

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Thank James S
Decatur, Alabama
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

My husband had eaten here in the past on business trips. Our family ate here on our way back home while on vacation to NYC. This is a good Mexican restaurant with great food, good atmosphere, good service and is reasonably priced.

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Thank Anita D
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is by far the best Mexican restaurant but I will say we have done lunch here lately and it was better than before!

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Thank Ruthy J
Roanoke, Virginia
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

We are particular about our Mexican food and are cautious on this side of the US. El Toreo didn't even come close... tomato sauce, unseasoned chicken for us the food was flavorless and lifeless. We recomment Allejandros for more authentic cuisine... except their Marguaritas are not good, but yeah other than that.

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Thank Erin C
Leesburg, Virginia
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480 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

El Toreo was pleasant. The decorations and inside are a splash of color. Service was fast and friendly. Guacamole was surprisingly bland. My wife and I shared enchiladas and liked them. We stopped here after driving the Blue Ridge Parkway and rather spur of the moment stopped at the first Mexican restaurant we could find. The parking lot had a... More 

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Thank Keith S
Morgantown, Indiana
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

The place is clean and friendly, the food was good, and the portions were huge. I had enough for two more meals the next day!

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Thank theoldpioneer
Williamsburg, Virginia
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158 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

I have never been in such a flaming, brightly-colored restaurant before. Even the chairs are carved and brightly painted tropical forest colors. The food is fine; not stupendous, but fine and ample. My Hornitos marguerita was fine. So, would a drive 20 miles to eat here - NO. But, if you are nearby, stop by.

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Thank Jeffrey M
New York City, New York
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1,163 reviews
364 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,326 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

This is a cute restaurant near the airport. I ordered takeout from a nearby motel. The shrimp quesadilla was very large and came with rice and chips.

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Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere
Roanoke, Virginia
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721 reviews
433 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

I eat at El Toreo for lunch somewhat frequently. The menu is large, the service is good, and the prices are reasonable. The food is always hot and good....not gourmet but good. I'll keep coming.

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Thank hbhakh
Charlotte, North Carolina
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132 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

Dropped by this place while visiting a friend. Everything was pre-made -- even the alcohol drinks. The chips were great while we were waiting on our food. lol But, even the white cheese dip seemed watered down.

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Thank Keith N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3133 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-1305
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Roanoke
  • Phone Number: +1 540-982-2174

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