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El Torito Mexican Restarurant

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18512 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA
+1 949-833-8230
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Mission Viejo, California
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95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This location is a popular lunch destination for businesses in the area. Directly adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, parking is abundant and the food is good and generally served efficiently and quickly. There is a small patio available, and this location easily accommodates medium sized groups of 20 or so.

Thank mjd496
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Had a quick bite at El Torito. Luckily we got out very quickly as well. Nothing in there to retain. Low quality food; low quality service.

Thank Borneo2000
Newport Beach, California
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Great food and service!!! The restaurant is clean and the management and staff are extremely friendly!

Thank tomcarterprod2016
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Really nice Mexican restaurant within walking distance of our hotel. Guacamole made fresh tableside was the best we had on the entire vacation. Fresh made to order tortillas were great as well as the margaritas. The rest of the food was good with a few flavor twists on the standard Mexican fare.

Thank Michael P
North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Walking distance if you stay at the hotel across from John Wyane Airport. Good atmosphere for after work hangout with friends or colleagues. But it is really noise so you'll have to talk loud. Good food, large portion, and nice service. My colleague got the sampler play, too much for him to finish. I got the pork plate and barely... More 

2 Thank Rui W
Placentia, California
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Now 3 stars is termed average by Trip Advisor, and this was in no way average, but it was your typical Mexican restaurant. The shrimp and steak sizzler I had (see attached photos) were flavorful, but nothing I haven't had before. There was a tad bit of spice, but nothing to give the shrimp a nice kick. For the fried... More 

1 Thank flyingrohit
Sacramento, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Came in for dinner. The host looked up but did not engage me. It appeared he was hoping I would just go into the bar. Only after I said hi did he even start to talk. He immediately offered the bar, which was noisy. Instead I asked for the dining room. Waiter came and I asked if they had any... More 

Thank Joe H
Henderson, Nevada
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241 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to eat, drink & relax with family & friends. All you can eat Enchiladas Wednesdays paired with mango margaritas you cannot go wrong.

Thank bwbwbwbw
Washington State
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Very good food, excellent wait staff. Our group was four adults and an infant, and our server was fantastic with all of us. You must order the guacamole that they make at your table. Best guac you'll have all day... or year. YMMV. I was told to stop licking the bowl...

Thank LoneGuzzi
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

My sister and I are visiting from Wyoming and had lunch here. The fajitas and chips are delicious. Carmen our waitress was a delight! Thanks :)

Thank harleyadventures

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18512 Macarthur Blvd, Irvine, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-833-8230

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