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El Torito Mexican Grill

€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern
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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
+1 949-496-6311
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Branson, Missouri
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744 reviews
531 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We like the old fashioned Mexican style food and the Macho Combo fits the bill. We split it. It has 4 items and we split the dish. Love the place as it overlooks the Dana Point Harbor. Sunday Brunch is very good, plan on a wait. Reservations are taken to minimize the wait time.

Thank Jerry B
Reno, Nevada
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have not eaten at an El Torito in a long time. We started out with Margaritas with salsa and chips, and then had a selection of meals - tortilla soup, sizzling enchilada chicken, fajita chicken and chile verde. I was amazed at how much food there was, in particular the chile verde - enormous platter. Prices were very reasonable... More 

Thank badger1_98
Houston, Texas
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117 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm from Texas so we set the bar pretty high for tex-mex food and this place was good. The food, service and margaritas were great! We really appreciate that they have later hours than some of the other restaurants and we were able to eat here; the other places closed about 10pm so by the time we arrived for late... More 

Thank Leonard2013
Upland, California
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Dana Point Harbor/Mexican chain restaurant. The front windows have a beautiful view of the marina and all the boats.

Thank bruce4magi
Woodbridge, Connecticut
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

as the title says "Very nice Mexican food with harbor views" We had stopped in for lunch and had a very pleasant visit They made fresh guacamole at our table and it was honestly the best I have had in quite some time. I was also very happy to see they had Tamales on the menu (Oddly they seem hard... More 

Thank Hawiian2
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

I start by saying I always consider the fact that it has a very nice water view. That to me is part of why you would ever eat at the Harbor. The food has never failed to please me. I like many of the dishes.

Thank bobbia627
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We visited with our family which was a very large group. Our service was very accommodating and the food was excellent.

Thank Charity D
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84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

They made fresh guacamole at our table and kept bringing us chips. The view of the harbor was beautiful. I loved my steak fajita salad and my husband had the chili verde platter. It was huge and delicious (pictured).

Thank Conniemama
Chino, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Stopped in for happy hour after an all day fishing trip with my adult children. Had the best margarita ever, the Dueno? Son in law ordered a fantastic Chili Colorado dinner platter that he shared, between the Mexican Cesar salad and the pork dish we left very satisfied. Service was equally as good! We will go back for more!!

Thank Dawn C
Del Mar, California
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We went for late lunch, and it was beautiful with the harbor view. However, the warm chips they served, first, was a real problem. The salsa was very good, so I kept eating them, then my husband spitted out those chips, saying it was rancid. I smelled the oil of the chips and it was really smelly (to the point... More 

Thank Yuri D

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-6311

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