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El Toreador Fonda Restaurant

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50 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127-1304
+1 415-566-2673
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Good ambiance. Very authentic Mexican entree. Most platters came with rice, beans and salad with a choice of salsa or ranchero sauce.

Thank Ashita P
San Francisco, California
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187 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We have been coming to El Toreador for decades. It's a nice family-owned business started by the parents but most nights, you will see the 2 sons working. One predominately up front greeting and seating customers and the other brother waiting on tables and bringing out the food. It's the only restaurant in the West Portal area that serves decent... More 

Thank Chartreuse
Red Bluff, California
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196 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Service could be better ~ but I have loved this place forever so we will continue to return. The food is what you would expect at a Mexican restaurant but the ambience will entertain and delight ~ walls covered with unusual and interesting things. If we lived in the neighborhood this would be one of our mainstays as Mexican Food... More 

Thank kimnoreen
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1,670 reviews
1,038 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

While this is basic Tex Mex, the food is always well prepared and there is a great sense of fun in the restaurant and I like that.

Thank Alzor S
Milan, Italy
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96 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

You need to call to reserve a table for dinner. The Margarita's are great, the food is abundant and very, very good!! The service is friendly and efficient. The atmosphere fun!

Thank simon m
San Francisco
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I've always wanted to try El Toreador but it was usually full on weekends, but this time it was a weeknight and we got in. We were greeted warmly and seated right away. The waiter introduced himself and was very efficient throughout the evening. He explained agave to us since they don't have a full liquor license. He let us... More 

Thank Iceland4Me
Masachapa, Managua, Nicaragua
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98 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Love the place from decor to the food! Walked in and was immediately seated for lunch and a bowl of chips and salsa was brought to the table while we looked at the menu. As it was not my first time there, I knew what I wanted - beef enchilada with Chile Relleno served with refried beans, Spanish rice, and... More 

Thank aaalfaro
Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Decent Mexican food with a cool indoor ambience. Horrible waiter, and horrible service. He practically threw our food on the table. My strawberry margarita barely had any alcohol in it. Wouldn't return.

Thank IlanaG18
Fremont, CA
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132 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

the mango relleno was a one of a kind find for me - unique combo of flavors- served a bit wet for my taste but worth a try for anyone who likes a mango flavor combo in an entree

Thank nkmunn
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

My husband and I went to this neighborhood Mexican restaurant to get a take-out, and were very disappointed with the quality of the food. Our lunch veggie burrito was nothing but a tasteless pile of boiled white rice with two spoonfuls of beans and a slice of lettuce. Spices, even salt, were non-existent. We were just grateful that we didn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127-1304
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-566-2673

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