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El Toro Bravo

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123 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3229
+1 831-476-1553
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Nothing fancy, but who needs fancy and expensive every time you dine? I enjoy the casual atmosphere and affordable menu. My favorite are the fish taco: double tortilla and generous fish portion, you only need one and can be very satisfied. One criteria when judging a mexican restaurant, is the salsa. They have that covered here. Don't over think it.... More 

Thank 825michellez
San Jose, California
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We went with a group of people and all of us were disappointed. The service, the food, and the atmosphere, was non appealing. The salsa tasted like it came out of a jar. Go to Mijo's across the street for real Mexican food

Thank suzyG95136
Salinas, California, United States
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234 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Wandering around during the annual Art & Wine Festival and stopped in for a bite. Food is served quickly and generous portions but there are other spots with nicer views and ambiance, better food and full bars. This is beer and wine only. If you're in a hurry, this is a good choice. If you have time to spare and... More 

Thank 556danaa
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159 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We came for lunch. After we sat down, chips and salsa, jarred salsa were brought to our table. Plus we ordered drinks. We then ordered the fish taco, chili relleno, and chicken enchilada. The description said fish taco was grilled but I would say not. The fish was very small bits and bland, hidden under shredded iceburg lettuce and a... More 

Thank TCWatson
Goodyear, Arizona
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Delicious food and huge portions. The owner is kind of cranky - and it's funny because you come to expect it. Great place for dinner with the family when visiting Capitola.

Thank Kimberly O
Santa Cruz, California
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229 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Solid choice for wide variety of dishes (try the spicy machaca!) and selection of Mexican beer. Great place to relax with friends and have an affordable meal in an unpretentious setting with friendly service, a block off the beach.

Thank brocdog
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

This is our third or forth time here. We stayed in town a few years ago and when we returned to area, El Toro Bravo was tops on our list for a return visit. After a disappointing trip to Manuel's nearby, we knew great Mexican food was just down the down the street in Capitola. Shrimp is a house specialty... More 

Thank Jim B
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

El Toro is like an old and close friend--you know what to expect, and it feels warm and cozy. This is a very casual, inexpensive Mexican restaurant which does what it does well and unassumingly. The formica and metal tables and chairs introduce just the right retro flare, and the Mexican decor is just enough and not over-the-top. The portions... More 

Thank Carol S
Capitola, California
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

Very cute little restaurant near the Capitola beach. Good food and cozy little place. Windows give lots of light and just a short walk over to the beach. I like the Taco-lada and they have really good iced tea. Have always enjoyed eating here and to bring viisitors too. Happy to have this place around for many years.

Thank Nikki555257
Sacramento, California
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

This hole-in-the-wall place is typical Mexican. Our server was delightful, helpful and served out food in record time. I ordered the fish taco special which was one taco made up of two corn tortillas filled with large, moist, tasty pieces of fresh grilled cod fish (not deep fried). It was right up there with the best fish tacos I've ever... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3229
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-1553

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?