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El Torito Milpitas - El Torito - Milpitas, Milpitas, CA

El Torito - Milpitas

4.5
4.5
385 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (408) 946-8012
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!
  • Private party facilities
    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.
  • Neighborhood
    Milpitas
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Great for brunch

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Good for groups

385 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was wonderful. She was very friendly and provided Excellent service.

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  2. NancyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was not very good. Service was very good. Dining room was very noisy, making it impossible to visit with my friends. I won't be returning for brunch. Kids must be free, as it was filled with little noisy kids.

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  3. maritess

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and enjoyed the food and the variety of the menu. Though we had reservation we weren’t seated right away and they weren’t able to tell us how soon we would sit, but at the end it was a 15 minute wait and it was fine. I do appreciate the crowd control that when you get to the buffet it was not a long wait to get the food. Over all great experience and I would come back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The food did not take that long to arrive.

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  5. Chofis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, Good service, I love this place.

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  6. kristyw

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding and the drinks were great however the food was lacking flavor. We ordered the fajitas, the chicken and steak was dry and shrimp tasted fishy ,no flavor in the rice and the beans are served in a bowl with so much liquid like a soup almost. Next time I’m going to Pedro’s in Santa Clara.

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  7. pkgfinder

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the birria tacos and the shrimp fajitas. Birria was “ok” and the shrimp was tasty. Guacamole was great! Service was good and we were checked on and drinks refilled.

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  8. JerzyA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, Great customer service! Their Sunday brunch is a must. The food quality and all the different options are great. There is always something good to try.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on February 12, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  9. PortiaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    When we arrived about 5mins before our reservation, our table wasn’t available just yet. Waited about 15-20 until they had a table available. I haven’t been here for years, and I forgot how good the food is here. The food was delicious. Very tasty. I will be coming back here again.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on February 8, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  10. OlgaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we made our reservations for 1:30 arrived at 1:15 and we’re seated by 1: astronaut 25. Although people who did not have a reservation their wait time was up to two hours.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dario was a great waiter! Very attentive. Food was good. My food was missing an item w But Dario quickly fixed it.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on January 19, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  12. AnaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special thanks to the Hostess for fitting me and my family in. I accidentally made my brunch reservation for 9:30 pm instead of am. She was most helpful.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on January 17, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Making a reservation was easy. They seated us right away.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So funnn we went for my grandmas birthday. Everyone got the buffet 5 people total about 170$ we tipped as well stayed for about an hour or so enjoyed breakfast & listened to everyone sign happy birthday 5x. Overall it was exciting would definitely recommend

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  15. DanielT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food was amazing. Definitely will be making this an every Sunday occasion.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on January 17, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  16. SnehalnayanV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service authentic Mexicans food in a lively ambiance Will love to come again and again

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  17. MitchG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My son and I had lunch buffet on Christmas Day and the food was excellent. The server was friendly and attentive. I'll definitely come back and try the breakfast buffet next time.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  18. Linda59

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice variety of food. Food was hot and continually refreshed. Service was very good for such a busy day. Very enjoyable.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on January 1, 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  19. KevinW

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Angel was fantastic! He was always ahead of the game making sure we were taken care of!
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on December 20, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  20. ArvindS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall the experience was fair. Because of end of year parties it was very very loud. Despite reservations we had to wait almost 30 minutes. We were told that reservations just puts us ahead of walk-ins but does not guarantee a table at the reserved time.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on December 20, 2023
    Thank you for telling us about your experience and thank you for your honest feedback. I'm so sorry we let you down and hope to get the chance to serve you again soon so we can regain your confidence in our restaurant by providing a better experience. 

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a reservation which saved us from the long lines but the service was slow which wasn’t a huge issue because I know they were busy but the customer service wasn’t that great. We felt rushed. We were given our check without asking if we wanted dessert and our waiter seemed annoyed that we wanted to add on 2 orders of the sopapillas to go. And when we finally got them after 15 to 20 minutes the sopapillas were cold and look like they were just thrown in the microwave 20 minutes ago. There was no ice cream or caramel sauce and it looked nothing like the photo on the dessert menu. I get that it’s busy and I’m sure our waiter was running around everywhere and this just felt like another thing but I was very disappointed. I didn’t even end up eating them. El Torito is usually my go to and flawless. This experience was pretty disappointing.

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  22. PriscillaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved my first time with my family there and will go again.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on December 25, 2023
    Dear PriscillaG, Thank you for the 4-star review! We appreciate your feedback and are always striving to improve. If there's anything specific you'd like to share to help us earn that 5th star next time, please feel free to reach out. We value your business and look forward to serving you again soon! 

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The experience started bad from the time we were seated. We ordered our drinks first, waited for about 15mins for the drinks to come but then another 10-15 mins for the server to show up and order appetizers. Afterwards we waited for a long time for the appetizers to show up. The guacamole wasn’t done at table-side which is not what I had before in El Torito (or as advertised “table side”). When the server brought it out, it was all darken like it was prepared for while already and sat there for a long time, definitely wasn’t fresh at all and it was a big disappointment dish. After we finished the appetizers, the server hasn’t showed up so I had to go find him & request him to come place our entrees orders. By the time entree orders were placed, it was nearly an hour since we were seated. Our clients had to leave in 20mins but entrees were not done yet, so I had to find our server again and requested to put a rush for our entrees. When the dishes came, it was only 10 mins before our clients had to leave. The dishes showed up only lukewarm and beef slices on the plates were obviously dried. Ended up my clients had to pack their lunches to go since they’ve waited for too long time and had no time to eat. Last but not least, I gave my loyalty number (Xperience Rewards) to the server to earn “points” during CC payment (also called “chips”), but the server didn’t check with me and went ahead applied my reward for this lunch. Overall it was a very disappointed experience for myself and my clients experience, likely I’ll not come back again.

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  24. ZhangJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is OK, but the service is poor. No extra spoon for share food
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on December 9, 2023
    Thank you for telling us about your experience and thank you for your honest feedback. I'm so sorry we let you down and hope to get the chance to serve you again soon so we can regain your confidence in our restaurant by providing a better experience. 

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  25. LeonardoL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always el torito doesn’t disappoint whenever I go for Sunday buffet. Foods are awesome and services too.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on December 11, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was back to back he didn’t miss once. Food was hot and good drinks were amazing.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on December 3, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  27. OlgaG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food and Service. Made reservation a head of time so no wait.

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  28. AaeCee

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carlos our server was so great! He was kind, attentive, and professional. The food was delicious. I couldn't have done much better myself with the Thanksgiving Buffet, which is a big compliment. I appreciated that there were other things to try as well. We will probably come again next year if we are in town because it was a great value and so much better than trying to do it all myself. Also a huge thank you for accommodating my dog on the patio. It's so hard to find places to take her, so we really appreciate that so much!!

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  29. StevieT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great servers, big screen tv's, we had a great time for our 6 or 7th Thanksgiving at El Torito!! They really know how to put on a fiesta!

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  30. MIkeM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    If you don’t partake in the mimosas, $ 36 is kinda steep for the food offered.

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  31. LocalVoyager

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, large portions and priced reasonably. Their cocktails are great too- they have a full bar and seating area. It gets really busy in the evenings especially Fri- Sat and the service becomes slower because of this reason. Other than that it’s always a great experience with El Torito

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  32. SayedZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booking was so easy on line , Table was ready , the server did a good job by offering the menu and serving the food on time , she was so active and make sure that every thing is okay and asked us about our feed back about the food
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on November 19, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Todo bien, solo mal sistema de extracción de aire, la ropa se impregna con olor a comida.

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  34. Mamasue

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was very good even though they had no not three servers. These people are hard workers! The buffet looked very good, but I had the Birria tacos, which were delicious! My friend had a quesadilla which looked equally good. Can’t wait to go back to try taco Tuesday!

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  35. LukaL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I made a reservation through OpenTable. I remarked the reservation was for a birthday celebration. The night went well. We loved our table waiter. Good food, good drinks. However, there were zero birthday gestures at our table while other tables had birthday singing from all the waiters/waitresses. The next day, I got an email from OpenTable asking if I had a no-show to my reservation. This shouldn't happen. Lesson learned, with some restaurants, you have to "remind" the host.

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  36. GREGL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday Brunch with Mimosas. Our server Angel was absolute outstanding despite the crowd and business.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on November 5, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  37. PaulG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite restaurant, great food! Making a reservation was fast and easy.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on November 5, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was very pleasant and friendly. We had a great meal.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on October 30, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  39. LeonardoL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love going for Sunday brunch, lots of foods to choose from. But as always menudo is my favorite. Services are also good, fast and friendly servers. I’ve also liked their lunch buffet. Next time I will try will be their breakfast. But all in all I am always satisfied whenever I come in this location.
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on October 25, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and customer service . Very friendly people
    El Torito - MilpitasResponded on October 29, 2023
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your recent experience at El Torito - Milpitas! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see you again soon!!

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You can order delivery directly from El Torito - Milpitas using the Order Online button. El Torito - Milpitas also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Milpitas also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 946-8012.

El Torito - Milpitas is rated 4.5 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Torito - Milpitas

477 East Calaveras, Milpitas, CA 95035

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Milpitas
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (408) 946-8012
  • Catering
    Bring the flavor of El Torito to your office or off-site event! We can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000 and everything in between!
  • Private party facilities
    Show your friends, family, and co-workers how to throw a real party with El Torito. Book one of our rooms, patios, or semi-private dining areas for your next celebration, event, or meeting.
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