I really enjoy this restaurant atmosphere, service and the food was outstanding. It is a higher-end Mexican restaurant that is a great place to celebrate special occasions. I will be back.
18. El Torito
18512 Macarthur BlvdIrvine, CA 92612
From Business: Established in 1954, El Torito Restaurants Inc. is one of the leading Mexican casual dining restaurants in California. Based in Cypress, Calif., its restaurant of…
I visited here for a dinner. It was raining, windy, and cold outside and I was looking forward to eating inside. I ordered my food at 8:35pm and received my food 10 min. later, but it was NOT how I ordered it. When I took the food back to have it fixed, I had to wait another 10 min. and when I received the food back, they gave me a very small portion of meat compared to the mistake version. And then the young punk cashier kicked everyone out at 9pm, because he wanted to clean up and close the restaurant! He kicked out "5" customers, including me. I told him that I had just got my food and I wanted to enjoy it in doors, because it was raining, windy, and cold outside...he did not care, but kicked me out!I called the owner (Francisco) up through the business card and explained the matter; at which he informed me he would investigate it through the video tapes AND get back to me. However, Francisco never got back with me; even after I left a follow up voicemail and text.
I tried Rubio's Balsamic & Roasted Veggie Salad and give them a passing grade. As I didn't get a meat selection and asked for more avocado, I thought my salad would have a decent amount of it but was I sorely disappointed. During lunch you can always expect a crowd so plan to come early.
Food was terrible. The service was pathetic and server couldn't be bothered to bring drinks, check in with us or get us our bill. I think this place is the worst place I have ever dined in. It is a waist of money and time
The Food is no better than an El Torito. The bar is good though. This place is always busy, but its not all that. Quality is not always consistent. Service seems minimal. Any Mexican joint leasing the space with table service would likely do just as good. My Boyfriend SWEARS by this place--I guess you love it or hate it.