El Torito Grill - Irvine
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 2pm- 10pm
9:00am - 3:00pm
I don’t know what they put in their table tortillas but they are ridiculously delicious and one of the reasons my wife picked here to have our anniversary dinner. Add the table side guacamole and it’s darn near heaven.
Each of us had fabulous entrees and the service, the great Norma, was marvelous. We had a beautiful dinner and a marvelous experience. Highly, highly recommended.
The manager and staff did everything imaginable to make our son’s birthday a blast! Happy, upbeat mood and service. Great homemade tortillas as free starter!😋
we were at the restaurant 10 min before the reservation time,
but we needed to wait for 35 min to be seated.
We had a waiter that seemed like he was very new. He could not seem to manage his workload. The restaurant was very busy, but it took over an hour to get our appetizer and about 1.5 hours to get our food--after we complained. 2 tables around us came and went in the time we were there. We called the manager over. He apologized and said he'd "make things right". He sent the chef out. Two of the 4 people at our table still hadn't received their food when he came. We were all sitting and waiting, and he kept asking how we like the food. We had to tell him several times that we were still waiting on the food--like they didn't notice 2 people didn't have food in front of them. He eventually did manage to scare up the 2 entree salads we were waiting on. It was crazy. My food was cold by the time we got to eat. When they brought the bill, it was full price even though the manager said he'd "make things right". We asked about it, and eventually (after another long wait) they knocked 30% off, which was nice after a 2 hour wait for cold food. I got home to find that the restaurant had reported as as "no shows" to Open Table even though we told them 2 times that we had reservations, they took our names and a special hostess sat us. No, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, and I won't be returning.
Haven't been to ET in a long time. Went with fellow workers and it was great, especially the service. Ordered the guacamole which is made table side - wish we had ordered two!
Had to ask for the warm tortillas, which are a big reason for going here. Food was pretty good, and not too noisy on a Monday night
Dirty plates, bowls, utensils.
Warm water no ice, paid $70 for two people for the brunch ate two tacos and a salad.
Everything was empty.
Management and service was terrible.
We always love having our brunches at el toritos. The employees treat us like we are all family and brunch lots of fun. Food is excellent
One of favorite places to eat when we visit this area. Love the homemade tortillas and the salmon.
I met a friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. I had only an hour since I was on my lunchtime and I asked our server at least 3 times for an item, which he NEVER brought. He never refilled our water glasses, and it was a hot day, he never checked on us, or refilled our tortillas or condiments ... we had to track him down to get our bill. It was a very unpleasant experience and the restaurant was not that busy. I don't know why our server was so unpleasant with us.
The server didn’t come to take the empty dishes, the chips were stale, and the it felt like we were bothering him every time we needed his attention.
El Torito Grill changed their menu so many of my favorite choices were not available. I tried something new and it was good. I guess it just means I have to try the new items.
I did ask if I could have them make my favorite carne asada plate, but they said no. I was disappointed in that.
In addition to great food....the service was terrific....and accommodating.
Awesome happy hour, great customer service and great food
El Torito Grill has top notch food. The staff is excellent and the food superb! My only complaint is that there are not more El Torito Grills. I drive about 45 miles to visit the El Totito Grill in Irvine nor that the one near my home closed.
This restaurant was fantastic as always. Its hard not to fill up on the fresh tortillas. The shrimp diabla is amazing. I get it everytime.
Seated in the bar area for happy hour and had lots of fun and the server and bar tender was very nice to me and my family.
Took a few out of town guests. Everyone was happy.
Always a solid experience, gracias huevones.
Service was just ok, seemed like everything was rushed but yet got little service
Love their brunch and the food is always delicious. Very friendly staff and Wences is our favorite waiter!
My favorite thing is the Sunday brunch buffet. They have burrito, quesadilla, waffle and omelette stations. So many delicious dishes like carnitas, red snapper, enchiladas, ceviche, flan, and the delicious corn cake.
Better than regular El Torito. I thought the handmade tortilla was awesome. As for the food the rice, shrimp dishes all had lot of butter to it.....excessive amount used. Entré shirmp dish was super salty and again heavily cooked with butter. I ordered shrimp soft tacos and it was good....but again cooked with lot of butter. WHAT's with all this butter????
I had a salad and found a marble in it. Fortunately I did not bite down on the glass marble. We reported it to the waiter who brought the manager over. They removed the salad from our check.
Our whole table thought the food was bland. No flavor whatsoever. Would I dine here again. No I wouldn't.
The food was great. I ordered the romaine salad with grilled chicken and the habanero vinigarette. It was not spicy. The service was slow, but they were busy for lunch. I would go back again. It has been awhile since I was there, but I do highly recommend it. The home made tortillas are handmade fresh daily.
One of our favorites
We went for an employee anniversary lunch - great food and atmosphere.
The carne Asada was a little too salty. FYI.
Very good food. Although you pay $30 per person which is kind of a lot for what it is. They have the tortillas section (taco, burrito...), drinks, dessert, a small buffet and meat.
Always a treat coming here. The fresh tortillas are the best thing in the world. Service is always very good. I wish there were more of these still around.
Everything was fine until we were asked to pay the bill in the midst of our meal (I was already done but my colleague wasn’t for another 15-20 mins) because the server had to go on break. Server indicated she can’t go on break while there’s an open bill. If this is a company policy, consider changing it or have alternative process in place so as to not inconvenience your guests. We had to Uber elsewhere to have desert.
I want it noted that the server was great and attentive. The food were tasty. Just that one interruption to pay the bill before everyone we were done eating ruined the mood for the rest of our dining experience.
Very disappointing that they decided to unstaff or not care about maintaining the buffet on Xmas day. I love El Torito but this place needs help, no wonder it was like a graveyard there that day.
Service was really good and stick with taco Tuesday- the tacos have homemade tortillas and try the pickled beets
Love this place! One of our family favorites! Will definitely keep coming back!
I reluctantly add this information to my review, but after having frequented El Torito Grill restaurants over the last 20 years or so, I have noticed that the Irvine location seems to be slipping backwards in terms of service levels and food quality. It appears that they may be understaffed and thus left searching or calling-out for assistance during our meal.
Serves large groups which make way too much noise, spoils dinner for smaller parties.