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Nispetiye Cad. No:12 Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 265 2426
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Tampa, Florida
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2012

If you want to try Turkish version of Mexican, you may like it. Overall, we were looking for a break from kabobs, but it wasn't worth it.

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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We were in Istanbul with our boys and my parents for 4 days and one night we thought we would try the more touristy area to eat. Big mistake as the food, both mexican and turkish were very poor and the service very erratic with us all being served at different times. We should have known better and have stuck... More 

1 Thank Laura M
Copenhagen, Denmark
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277 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2012

We thought we were visiting a nice restaurant with some different food, not knowing that it was a chain restaurant. The servant showed us their different wines, sold to very high prices ( a lot higher than what you could expect). The 2 dishes we received were small and not the best. One dish was even broken in the rim,... More 

5 Thank Ellen-Mine
Long Beach, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2012

My husband and I finally decided to try the El Torito in Istanbul. We were curious to see if it was anything like the one at home. It wasn't. It was overpriced for what you get. Not chips and salsa. Small portions. Save yourself some money and just eat the local food. I recommend the Lamahcon place near the train... More 

1 Thank DRD1965
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2012

We decided to read first the menu in front of the restaurant and on the street before getting in and having our lunch. After some seconds the waiter on the street, inviting customers to get in, asked us if we have decided, I replied kindly that we want to read the menu first. After some more seconds, he asked us... More 

2 Thank Alessandro C
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97 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2011

We called for evening meal at this Restaurant because it was close to our hotel. My husband choose from the Mexican menu, I from the Turkish. His soup was brought 10 minutes before mine arrived, and when it did it was cold. His Mexican main course arrived whilst he was still eating soup, which the waiter whipped away from the... More 

2 Thank 45Chrissie
Moscow, Idaho
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2011

This is NOT true Mexican food, but if you stick to the fresher things rather than the fried things you can get a great tasty meal. I love the atmosphere and the lime margaritas are excellent.

Thank thebeloved
Seattle, Washington
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2011

After a very long day of walking, we stopped at El Toritos for dinner. I have eaten many times at El Toritos in the US, though not in the last few years. It's odd, because right next door is another small restaurant selling burgers, etc., and when we were there, if you ordered a burger from the El Torito menu,... More 

3 Thank gracie-boo
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2010

I took a group of 49 here, the manager was top class and took very good care of us. As a guide he met me 3 times and gave me some very good advice, then fed my group with a lot of traditional Turkish food which they liked a lot. El Torito is in an excellent location, is clean with... More 

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Reviewed 9 August 2010

One of the rare good mexican places in Istanbul. Food is delicious and the service is excellent. Another beauty of the place is that it is located to close to the finacial district.

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Restaurant Details

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Turkish, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nispetiye Cad. No:12 Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Levent
  • Neighbourhood: Levent
  • Phone Number: +90 212 265 2426

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