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El Toreador Fonda Restaurant

€€ - €€€Mexican, Latin, Spanish
50 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127-1304
+1 415-566-2673
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“salad” (4 reviews)
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11:00 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
€€ - €€€
50 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127-1304
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1 - 10 of 43 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As one of the most affordable spots on West Portal, it would already rate as one of my favorite places. But then you find that their meals are plentiful and delicious - the best burrito!

Thank Brett H
Reviewed 23 September 2017

As much as I love supporting independent / small businesses in various neighborhoods (and San Francisco's West Portal is a quaint, deserving destination), after having patronized El Toreador for ~40 years, I'm wondering if this great establishment has now run its course. Its festive décor...More

Thank Dukemeister2013
Reviewed 26 June 2017

A long standing favorite. Located on TWO municipal railway lines the M and K, and just a half block down from the West Portal Station where yet a third line, the L, branches away to the sea. Get in line, unless you come midday and...More

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Our friend recommended this place for dinner. The service was good, the chips and salsa very good but our entrees were ok. There was a lot of food but flavours all mixed together. Needed more spice.

Thank D. W
Reviewed 16 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
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...More

Thank Chartreuse
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...More

Thank kimnoreen
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
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
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...More

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
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Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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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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