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El Toreo

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21 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1905
+1 626-793-2577
Today
11:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 - 23:00
Tue 07:00 - 21:30
Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 07:00 - 21:30
Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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334 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went here on a Saturday afternoon and were the only ones in the place when we first arrived. The food was decent, but didn't wow us and considering the many options for Mexican food nearby, we don't feel a strong need to return.

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Thank ee978
Sandpoint, Idaho
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130 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Run by a Mexican family, it wo u ld be hard to beat the quality here! Not a chain, very good smothered burritos and enchiladas. Well worth dropping in.

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Thank Chip L
San Diego CA
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

It was Saturday night and everything was jammed and I just wanted food without a wait. Quirky place with plain Mexican food- good portions but food a little bland. Kind of a homey place just a few booths and a row of 2 seat tables down the middle. There was just 1 older woman who was waitress/cashier maybe the owner.... More 

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Thank yogamamma
Pasadena, California
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

We got there right at 11:00 on Sunday and they treated us like royalty. I highly recommend this restaurat

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Thank Randy C
Lafayette, Indiana
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

I was by myself and looking for a place for lunch, and did not feel like going to one of the many fancy restaurants in Pasadena. El Toreo is very unassuming from the outside but the menu looked good and not very expensive so I went in. Simple diner atmosphere with old posters on the walls. I had the Burrito... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

Meh. I've had worse. Beef taco was okay, cheese Enchilada tasted like cheese covered in barbecue sauce. Beans and rice were okay. Chips were stale. Flour tortillas were not fresh. Bean tostada tasted like (rhymes with grass). Atmosphere . . . Normally, most dive restaurants that I frequent have great food. This place, the food was mediocre at best. Save... More 

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Thank Keith R
Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

Surrounded by upscale eateries that charge an arm and a leg this little place serves good Mexican food at an affordable price. Not gourmet by any stretch, but a great place to get a basic taco or burrito

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Thank RickStarratt
Pasadena, California
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176 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2014

So so Mexican food that'll do when you're far away from your favorite place. The place retains a good degree of "diner charm" and fits snuggly into the Old Town scene. I would hop on the Ventura Freeway and go to Casa Vega for more fun and much, much better food.

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Thank Chimp_Baxter
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

This is a very small restaurant with a homey atmosphere: typical of the many great Mexican restaurants all over Los Angeles. Good food, nice people. A nice break from the more upscale (and expensive) places in Old Pasadena.

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Thank Jon P
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

Stopped off on the walk to the Rose Bowl. The building is a little rough but the food is excellent. Simple and fresh. It was an enjoyable meal with good service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:30
Friday
07:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1905
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-793-2577

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