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"El Torito Mexican Restaurant (Cannery Row)" Top 5 Page for this destination Monterey Restaurant Tip by Ewingjr98

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by Ewingjr98
  • El Torito Mexican Restaurant (Cannery Row) - Monterey
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    by Ewingjr98
  • El Torito Mexican Restaurant (Cannery Row) - Monterey
  • El Torito Mexican Restaurant (Cannery Row) - Monterey
  • El Torito Mexican Restaurant (Cannery Row) - Monterey

Maybe the best happy hour in Monterey. Monday through Friday 4pm to 8pm get any appetizer for half price, house margaritas are $3.75, draft domestic beers are only $2.75. Their appetizer menu includes just about everything from quesadillas to nachos. Monday through Thursday there are additional specials from 4pm to 10pm... these include $2 off their Cadillac margarita on Mondays, 99 cent chicken or steak tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 99 cent fish tacos on Wednesdays.

We enjoyed a few margaritas and a meal of 1/2 priced quesadillas ($3.75 for chicken and $4.25 for steak during happy hour!) while watching Monday Night Football on their numerous TVs spread throughout the bar area. We showed up early in the first quarter and by the second quarter, all of the bar tables were filled as were many of the bar seats--definitely a popular spot for football.

The food was excellent, the service very good despite the big crowd, and the margaritas were tasty. Highly recommended.

El Torito is part of the US's largest Mexican restaurant chain (besides Taco Bell!) with about 100 "El Torito" restaurants in California, Arizona, Oregon, Japan, Turkey, and UAE; 46 "Acapulco" restaurants in California and Oregon; 5 "Casa Gallardo" franchises in Illinois and Missouri; " 1 location called "Las Brisas" in Laguna Beach, California; 1 "El Paso Cantina" in Torrence, California; and another odd location called "Who Song and Larry's" in Vancouver, Washington. In 2005, El Torito's parent company called Real Mex purchased the 100-restaurant nationwide Chevy's chain, giving the company a total of about 250 restaurant locations.

Address: 600 Cannery Row
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Phone: 831-373-0611
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Mexican

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2007
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