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El Torero Restaurant

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231 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ 85713-2925
+1 520-622-9534
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Mon 11:00 - 20:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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299 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is OK, but nothing special. The outside looks shabby, and it doesn't get better inside... old and dark. Restroom is needing some renovations, as the sink is about to fall off the wall. She got our order wrong and didn't even offer to fix it when I commented that I couldn't eat it. I would not go... More 

Thank Janet S
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

My go to restaurant for Sonora style food. Quaint but simple place. The other restaurant down the street is always busy. When I don't want to wait I go here. I would highly recommend to everyone.

Thank preciousskinn
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We have been coming to ELTorero for as long as I can remember, in fact I recall the the entrance being the door on the north wall when it was a bar. I reminded Brad the owner of it and he looked at me saying you are old, lol. Anyway back to the restaurant, food and the staff were always... More 

1 Thank onexxxputt
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

Great authentic Mexican food - the 2+2 for lunch can't be beat. Salsa is so wonderful I could drink it - the enchilada sauce is totally out of this world. Been going there for 15 years and still may favorite for the "real deal" Mexican food.

Thank Susan A
Palmdale, California
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

Looking for a Mexican restaurant in Tucson , our first choice had one and a half hour wait. We decided to drive around and find another place checked on trip advisor and got some recommendations and we found El Torero looking at the place it wa very deciveing kind of scary neighborhood outside decor kind I'd deceiveing ,long story short... More 

Thank Earl2013
Rochester, New York
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

I have been going to El Torero since 1979, and it used to be one of Tucson's best family-friendly Mexican restaurants and one of my favorites. Sadly, after my last visit in Sept. and my visit today, today will be my last visit. The salsa was watery, with no chunks of tomato or peppers, shrimp is no longer available even... More 

1 Thank Gap50
Graham, Washington
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259 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

Nailbanger Here Again:I not sure where to begin. After reviewing other reviews ,I was expecting Service to be non existent and Excellent Food. Well I was right about the Service it was seat yourself and we will check on you when I get around to it.The place was filthy and there was very little decor. Table and chairs out dated,... More 

Thank PJ D
Galveston, Texas
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015 via mobile

Sorry about that I don't speak Spanish but I do speak well about the enchiladas at El Torero. My wife and I returned to Tucson after 10 years away and the top of the list to revisit in the old pueblo was actually in the City of South Tucson. Meagan and Shorty have been the waitresses( it is rumored )... More 

Thank ArloAdolphs
Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Old Country Mexican cuisine, one of Tucson oldest and most loved local restaurants located in South Tucson and owned by a local family that also owns other Tucson Mexican restaurants

Thank Richard R
Fort Worth, Texas
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85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

This restaurant is in a back street area away from the "Famous" Mexican Restaurants on South 4th Ave. The outside isn't much to look at, but the food is really great. Tacos just like mom's.

Thank MarkT29

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ 85713-2925
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-622-9534

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