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El Torito Mexican Grill

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34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
+1 949-496-6311
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

as the title says "Very nice Mexican food with harbor views" We had stopped in for lunch and had a very pleasant visit They made fresh guacamole at our table and it was honestly the best I have had in quite some time. I was also very happy to see they had Tamales on the menu (Oddly they seem hard... More 

Thank Hawiian2
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I start by saying I always consider the fact that it has a very nice water view. That to me is part of why you would ever eat at the Harbor. The food has never failed to please me. I like many of the dishes.

Thank bobbia627
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with our family which was a very large group. Our service was very accommodating and the food was excellent.

Thank Charity D
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They made fresh guacamole at our table and kept bringing us chips. The view of the harbor was beautiful. I loved my steak fajita salad and my husband had the chili verde platter. It was huge and delicious (pictured).

Thank Conniemama
Chino, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for happy hour after an all day fishing trip with my adult children. Had the best margarita ever, the Dueno? Son in law ordered a fantastic Chili Colorado dinner platter that he shared, between the Mexican Cesar salad and the pork dish we left very satisfied. Service was equally as good! We will go back for more!!

Thank Dawn C
Del Mar, California
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for late lunch, and it was beautiful with the harbor view. However, the warm chips they served, first, was a real problem. The salsa was very good, so I kept eating them, then my husband spitted out those chips, saying it was rancid. I smelled the oil of the chips and it was really smelly (to the point... More 

Thank Yuri D
Hull, Massachusetts
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141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The food here is good and won't break the bank. The location in Dana Point is fabulous for the marina view. Service was friendly but they were a little bit confused and seemed to be overlapping one another. They make the guacamole table side which I really enjoy in a mexican dining experience.

Thank dalcy3
Wimberley, Texas
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Have eaten lunch and dinner here several times. Good mexican food. Nice view of the harbor while enjoying your meal.

Thank annacV5721VY
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here for the second time, first one was in 2014 and still great service. Love the authentic mexican food. The manager was very friendly for giving us free ice cream as they ran out of fried ice cream.

Thank benjohilario
Sparks, Nevada
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136 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Arrghh! Over hot spiced food does not Mexican make. This place is a very poor excuse for a Mexican restaurant. Don't waste your money. Food and bar service was excruciatingly slow.. We had reservations, they had our name, and part of our party were seated.. When the balance of our party was seated, they were told we weren't there yet,... More 

Thank sailndayz

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34521 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2907
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-6311

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