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El Torito

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Mexican, Southwestern
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600 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1027
+1 831-373-0611
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Woodside, California
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went looking for a place to eat and found that the kitchens for the ones we had chosen closed at 7:30. It was windy and pouring rain so we chose El Torito for convenience. The interior isn't bad but the food was as far from good Mexican as could be. My burrito was bland and heavy. I could hardly... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went for dinner based on a local recommendation. We had called ahead for a reservation and were seated in 10 mins of our arrival. It went downhill from there. It took over 10 mins before wait staff stopped by our table, and only then because we caught the attention of one passing by. That waitress (lovely... More 

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El Dorado Hills, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered and 25 minutes later our grandkids dinner came. 30 minutes 2 more dinners came. 25 minutes later 1 more dinner came. Our son's didn't come so ask waitess. A lady came 10 minutes later and ask what he ordered over an hour ago. He told her and she brought it in a few minutes. It was "all you... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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96 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here on a bus trip to Carmel. We had excellent food at reasonable prices for the area. The service was awesome. Happy hour starts at 3. Free chips and salsa. Excellent view of the ocean.

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Oakdale, California
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110 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We've been to other El Toritos over the years and haven't been disappointed. Sadly despite the gorgeous location this is the place to Avoid in Monterey. The tables were sticky. My husband's food was not only cold and burned, but the meat was old, and obviously not even cooked that day. Our waiter was the only bright spot.. We won't... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Great place, nice view to the pacific. My wife cannot eat spicy stuff: so she requested to have everything on side, but they made a mistake and she could not eat. My son and I liked it. The manager was so nice she did not charge at all for my wife's order. Really great service

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Anacortes, Washington
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Great location by the sea. Good values for happy hour which goes until 7 p.m. . Reasonably good service. Terrible systems. Almost nobody in the bar. And yet we waited forever for food and drinks. Food came cold. Can you imagine. In a Mexican restaurant, food usually comes by hot pad and a warning that plate is very hot.

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Thank rlburr
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

The food was mediocre at best, the drinks were excellent, service was good, the view was spectacular. The ambiance is why you eat here. Being from Texas, it's hard to impress me with Mexican food. It's a great location, so it's a 3, the food...1.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Great selection of food, service was excellent, staff very friendly and accommodating. The view is absolutely Awesome. While eating our Thanksgiving meal we were entertained by numerous birds and a seal eating his own lunch.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

What can I say, we came here because there was free parking. That was the best part of the experience. We were tired and hungry and the kids needed out of the car ASAP. We figured this would be safe enough. It is difficult to mess up chips but they managed. Old oil in fryer must be to blame. Just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1027
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-373-0611

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