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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
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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121 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Happy hour daily from 3-7pm, great prices on drinks and food. Only thing is, the kept telling people it was a 20 minute wait when half of the tables were empty. And, at peak time, it can take 30 minutes to get your food. Drinks are premixed so can be a bit shy on the alcohol side and most food... More 

Thank Hvhighexp
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The great thing about this place was the adjacent private parking and the sea side view. Food options were neat. We had the family size fajita with steak, pulled pork, chicken and shrimps. The cocktails were nice. Service was good. The crowd was mostly a family crowd.

Thank Siddharth R
kalamazoo, MI
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a couple of disappointing seafood meals at recommended local restaurants, we drove past El Torito, a favorite chain from past travels in other locations. Felt a little guilty for going here when we could have been giving another seafood place a chance , but we just wanted some guaranteed good food. That's what we found. Went at happy hour... More 

Thank travelerkalamazoo
Monterey, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife loves burrito especial,so when we saw el torito we were there great service and great views! Waves crashing on the windows really cool!

Thank markusamable
Woodside, California
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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 

Thank ckrogers
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 7 January 2017

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 

Thank CocoHawk
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 2 January 2017 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 

Thank Joyce G
Ankeny, Iowa
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97 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 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.

Thank Jenny M
Oakdale, California
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112 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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 

Thank Michelle K
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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

Thank Samuel G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, 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
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
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?