Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant Best of Citysearch

Best of Citysearch
Won for:
Mexican Food (2014)
Nominations Nominated for:
Margarita (2007)
Margarita (2006)
Margarita (2005)

21743 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Map & Directions

(818) 882-3080

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Reviews for Los Toros Mexican Restaurant

Doesn't Recommend
11 months ago

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over a year ago

Family friendly restaurant that serves good food and are fast at delivering your food.

over a year ago

The service was good, food was tasty and they obliged with omitting the chillies from my husbands choice of food. We used a Tesco voucher which made it less expensive but don't think i would want to pay the full price .Its a chain so what do you expect ,the menus are always the same But alas we didn't let it spoil our Day .

over a year ago

the beans are so good. the margaritas are good too, they come with a courtesy shot to get you started!

Recommends
over a year ago

OMG! What a fantastic place. Last night was the second time to go there and it is just so worth it. My family used to go to el torito. Not anymore! For the same price as el torito the value at los toros is way above it! Our waitress was so super nice and even made sure my daughter was ok with her food. We all sampled each others plate and each one was muy delicious! It is definetly our place to go for mexican cuisine. And btw our waitress name was Doris so make sure you ask for her!

over a year ago

I love the service in here. I love that they are so polite and very well mannered in here. There are other Mexican restaurants out there that are so boring and rude.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

It's so loud! Came here for dinner. It's nice that they text us when the table is ready. But...

Don't know where to start. We were seated pretty fast (we were told the waiting time was 20-40 mins). 15mins later, I got the text. So we were seated, our waiter came fairly quickly. We ordered our foods and ice waters.

The table right next to us got their waters (and they arrived the same time as us and were seated the same time as well). Us? No ice waters. We waited, waited, and waited... nothing. I had to ask for waters - again.

So the table right next to us got their foods (and they ordered after us). 15-20 mins later.. no foods for us. I asked our waiter about our foods. He went to the kitchen and came back. He said our foods were almost done.

So minutes later, our foods finally arrived. I took my first bite and oh my.. it was extremely salty! My husband's food was better (still salty but not extremely salty - so still edible). my friend's food was acceptable as well.

Asked the waiter to return my plate, he offered for a replacement, but I just don't want to wait for another 20-30mins for my replacement. The presentation looks good, but the taste is just not right.

Recommends
over a year ago

i love this place great place to have a drink and meet people i cant complaint one bit like these other people that dont like it but keep going back

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

What happened here????? – I'm all for second chances but for the fourth time in a row awful, awful, awful service. Had to look for someone to take our order, forget on anyone checking in on how 'we were doing', and then the bill was overcharged by $25.00. It wasn't even busy! I keep going back because yes, the margaritas are excellent and the food is pretty good, but the other places are looking much better these days.

Recommends
over a year ago

Great Margaritas – Besides a long wait-Great margaritas and ambiance

You have to try the flan

Recommends
over a year ago

Favorite Weekly Spot – I love this place! From happy hour to just having lunch or dinner. This is the first restaurant I visited on my first night in town and I have been coming back ever since! The margarita's are the best I have ever had and the food is ridiculous! There is also a bar area that is amazing for watching games or just kicking back after a long day.

Recommends
over a year ago

my - go to place – I have been going into LT for about 20 years, on the weekends I have to wait, like everybody else. So what, I came for the great food, usually the service is prompt. I can live with i t on a weekend. Faster during the week but the quality of food and drink is always to my liking.

My congrats to Nick&Lucia&Alex& all the staff for making me feel welcome & wanting to return, over &over & over again. I think it 's the best place of its kind in Southern California.....

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Bad Food Bad Service – food was horrible, service was soooo slow. dark and gringy

Recommends
over a year ago

Los Toros - gotta love it – We've been regulars at Los Toros for over 20 years - seen a lot of changes, but we still love it. The place has definitely grown, and is often crowded, but Nick and Lucia have done an excellent job of managing that. The carnitas is still the best around (I make a point of comparing it at every Mexican joint I go to), the bean dip is unrivaled, and the atmosphere is simply the best (how many restaurants in LA can you actually get lost in?). When I have guests in from out of town, the first place they want to go is Los Toros. It's like a mini-trip to Mexico. How many corporate-owned chains are like that?

Recommends
over a year ago

Not for the Faint of Heart! – Good food and drink in a rollicking restaurant! This place is truly family friendly so bring the kids. And remember, LT is well loved by many patrons every night of the week, so tell everyone in your group to show up on time. Parking is a breeze with the complimentary valet. My finicky eater kids love to eat here - especially the Chile Colorado. Go once and you too will be hooked.

Recommends
over a year ago

Great Mexican food! – We've been going there for years and always enjoy the atmosphere and food. The most recent visit was exceptionally enjoyable since we took out-of-town friends and they fell in love with the place. Although I don't drink Margaritas, everyone else in our group raved about them. The food was out of this world and enjoyed by all.

This is a happy place that is relaxing and rewarding. I highly recommend it. Bravo, Los Toros!

Recommends
over a year ago

The Best!!! – Los Toros has been our spot for over 25 years. The original patio is my favorite place to eat, drink and hang out. The food including the bean dip is top notch.

Recommends
over a year ago

Perfect Place to Hang out – I have been going to Los Toros every Friday for the last 20 years and miss it when I can't make it. A lot of fun people, authentic food and great staff that have been there forever.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Horrible Customer Service – It seems like Los Toros' customer service has gotten much, MUCH worse over the last few years. I used to go on a fairly regular basis, but the last few times the customer service was so bad I left and haven't been back. The problem is that Los Toros is a family restaurant, and I believe the family has the wrong people doing the wrong jobs. They're incompetent at running the restaurant and are clueless when it comes to treating people with respect. You can do a search, I am not the only one who has similar complaints.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Terrible! – The bartenders are total jerks and talk about everyone behind their backs.Also the drinks are cheap but way too strong. The margaritas are mixed with white wine in a pre-made jug ,then topped off with cheap tequila.The only thing good about the place is the friendly customers. Overall... I'd say it's not worth the hangover!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Go somewhere else and save yourself from getting pissed off – The staff is so rude. We put our names in for a table for 10 people, after waiting over an hour, we checked on our table they would not seat us until ALL the guest arrived (WHO DOES THIS??). We advised the host (who is the owner's son) that we only had 8 guests, he would not seat us until everyone showed up...things happen and people who say they are going to make sometimes can't. So we advised this guy with the biggest power trip ever that it was just 8 people and we were all there could we be seated. He told us that we had to wait AGAIN now for a table of 8, this is the most ridiculous policy to make 8 people wait, as if he were punishing us for our NO-SHOWS. They talked to us as if we were bothering them. I think he has SHORTMAN SYNDROME with this power-trip he carries. I will never go to this restaurant again., besides the rude staffing, their Mole dinner stinks!!! They should also be investigated for what they put in their Margaritas never had a margarita that made me feel like that one did. This restaurant is totally over-rated, and the owners do not appreciate their customers.

over a year ago

The owner's son, a 16 year old boy, I assure you was simply doing his job. It is our policy not to sit incomplete parties. We do make the exceptions when there is no wait, or there are no more parties waiting. But if your party is not all there we will sit the next one who is. Its unfortunate that you would feel the need to talk so badly about a young man doing what he is told, I guarantee that if you would have spoken to a manager the same thing would have been explained.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

HORRIBLE!!!HORRIBLE!!!!HORRIBLE!!!! – THIS PLACE IS SO HORRIBLE, FIRST LET ME START OF BY SAYING THE STAFF IS THE WORST!

I KID YOU NOT WHEN I SAY THE BARTENDERS ARE JERKS AND SOONER OR LATER THEY WILL END UP GETTING KNOCKED OUT!!!! I ORDERED A PITCHER AND PLACED MY GLASS FULL OF BEER ON THE BAR, I TURN AROUND FOR A QUICK SECOND,TURN RIGHT BACK AROUND AND MY GLASS WAS GONE,SO I ASKED THE BARTENDER IF HE GRABBED MY GLASS ACCIDENTLY TO WASH IT AND HE WAS ABOUT TO ANSWER WHEN OUT OF NO WHERE THE DISHWASHER INTERUPTS HIM AND SAYS "I'VE BEEN WASHING DISHES ALL NIGHT AND NO ONE TOOK YOUR GLASS AND IF WE DID WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT" SO I IGNORED HIM AND ASKED THE OTHER GUY IF HE COULD PLEASE GIVE ME A GLASS AND AS HE WAS OPENING THE FREEZER TO GET A GLASS THE DISHWASHER GRABBED HIS HAND AND WAS JUST TALKING TRASH SAYING I SHOULDN'T GET ANOTHER CUP...EVENTUALLY I GOT ANOTHER GLASS AFTER 15 MINUTES AND IT TOOK US ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF TO GET THE TABLE WE RESERVED...JUST AVOID THIS PLACE,ITS NOT AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD, THEY GOT KIDS WAITING YOU, THE FOOD IS ORDINARY, THE ONLY REASON WHIS IS GETS SO FULL IS THE CHEAP DRINK PRICES OTHER THAN THAT LOOK AROUND,THERE ARE SO MANY BETTER PLACES THAN LOS TOROS...HORRIBLE!!!!

Recommends
over a year ago

Delicious Food, Tasty Drinks and Great Prices – I always get the Chimichangas. Love the margaritas. Fridays are their busiest nights but perfect on a weeknight or for Sunday brunch.

Recommends
over a year ago

Nothing but positiveness ! – Deeee..licious.. Awesome mango margaritas.. Excellent service .. Outstanding authentic Mexican food...

Recommends
over a year ago

Bean dip!! – My family & friends LOVE this place!! Though, we would never dare to go on a Friday night or weekend...crrrrrazy long wait! Most of the staff is awesome!! We always have the same waiter & he is great!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

The food and drink are good; the patrons are ignorant crackers – The food is hot and flavorful, the kind you simply can't get outside of Southern California. The drinks are strong. It's the locals that make the place intolerable - why west Valley hicks would even go to a Mexican restaurant when they hate non-whites so much is beyond me.

Recommends
over a year ago

Average Food – The food isnt so great. My opinion, it tastes like something you would get from a fast food chain. The drink are watered down.

Recommends
over a year ago

Just average – My family and I used to love this place - we'd brave the crowds to eat here frequently. We took a break and I'm sad to say after a couple of mediocre experiences we're going elsewhere. The food was just average but on the expensive side (no lunch specials). The iced tea was from a machine - seriously, this is a huge restaurant - they can't brew iced tea??? I predict they'll continue to lose customers unless they want to focus on quality, value for the money and good customer service.

To sum it up - go if you want just a margarita and some chips in the bar - don't go it you're looking for a great tasting Mexican meal with friends and family.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Rude staff - medicore service - good food – The staff is so rude.

I would never recommend this place to anyone ever again after my last experience.

I used to go for the food because the food is pretty good, but I've had more than 2 bad experiences with the service staff etc. that I'll never go back.

I wrote a complaint to the manager.

I went on a double date, made reservations 5 days in advance.

When I got there there was no record of my reservation even though I had given my name and phone number to who knows who?

The woman at the front gave me the biggest attitude basically called me a liar and told me she didn't care and I wasn't on there so we had to wait.

It sucked.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Never go to this restaurant, starve instead – I cannot believe what I witnesses in the restaurant tonight. I watched the manager push a guest, I watched the bartender not card one guest, and I had to leave the restaurant due to 2 tables starting a fight with another table. The manager threw out the table that did not start any trouble. I suggest that the one guest presses charges for the manager pushing them. Amazing. I suggest that no one patronizes this restaurant. I suggest that you go to El Presidente, eat at home, or not eat at all rather than go to this restaurant. I will be sure to tell everyone that I know not to eat here. Didn't finish my food due to the ruckus.

Recommends
over a year ago

Great Food, Great Prices, Friendly Place! – Great place to go for lunch for working people and the place is packed at quitting time for drinks.

Has 10 stables for thoese that come on horseback. Very good original dishes. Classic mexican fair.

Recommends
over a year ago

Last of the non-chain, family LA restaurants. – A drunk driver recently left Los Toros and was involved in a 4 person fatal traffic accident.

So,, they are in Big Trouble, and you feel it when you enter the bar area.

Ya might get a drink or two,, and you'll be asked to leave, maybe before you even order.

The Sangria is the best in the world, and will quietly knock you on your butt, so beware.

The bean dip is colossal.

The food?

Well it's like eating sliced then fried baseballs.

No taste, heavy and greasy.

Gone are the fresh made tortilla chips for the COSTCO bulk, no flavor cardboard chips.

Store bought salsa has replaced the once famous fresh made.

No creative imagination to the menu either. Just bold new descriptions written on the menu, same old heavy, greasy slop. Read that: Heavy and greasy.

Over all, this restaurant is one of the last of the non-chains in the area, is rough around the edges in a way we may all love,,, and certainly worth several visits if only for the cocktails,, if you can get one anymore.

Recommends
over a year ago

LT's, Best in the Vally – Pay no attention to anything negative said about LT?s in posts below. I would agree about the parking being difficult for some. I have no problem, tip the valet well, visit often, and wave your hand when you walk out the door. And the valet will have your auto in a flash. Like many say food is great and priced well. Drinks are also well priced and tap beer is always COLD. I do take great offence to post below talking #@*! about the locals here in Chatsworth. Which I am very proudly to be one. LT?s is a very safe place with plenty of security. Unlike most Mexican restaurants in the Valley, which are flooded with trigger happy cholo?s. So go to LT?s sit down enjoy the great bean dip, salsa, and chips. Order a pitcher of Papa Nick?s Margaritas and enjoy the company of Chatsworth locals. And don?t forget to? high five security, don?t drink and drive, and have your pets spade and neutered.

Recommends
over a year ago

Strong Mexican hangout – First the pros. Food is mostly good, I usually get it piping hot. The menu is not expensive at all, except for dishes with shrimp. Many a la carte items are dirt cheap. Bean dip, salsa and chips are excellent. (Watch out if you're vegetarian, the bean tip has pork in it!) Good atmosphere in nearly every room. Mariachi guitarist will sing you a few traditional songs for a few bucks. Drinks are SUPER CHEAP! Pitchers of imported beer are only 6.50! And these ain't no tiny pitchers. Margaritas are also reasonably priced and very strong, though they do not use the best Tequila. (Margaritaville tequila is in their standard.) Sometimes my buddies and I go just to have some chips and dip and a few drinks and come away paying practically nothing. They can accommodate very large parties which makes for a good time if you're celebrating a birthday or another event.

Now for the cons. The place has practically no FREE parking. I say free because the majority of the actual parking lot is valet. If you don't want to pay for that, you will probably be walking a block or two after you park on the dimly lit streets surrounding it. Waits can be very long. Contrary to what people say on here, you can NOT make reservations before arriving. They will only do it if you show up in person ready to be seated within an hour or so. I've had many times when they told me it was a 45 minute wait for 4 people, we come back 50 minutes later, and it's still another 30 minute wait. This happens Thursday through Saturday. Hostesses are rude and unapologetic when it's busy, so don't bother them too much. Tons of locals invade this place and make it less than charming. People tend to often get wasted, causing it to be loud and raucous. Service can be spotty, especially on those weekend nights.

Overall, a nice place to get cheap drinks and reasonable food, as long as you don't mind long waits and loud locals.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

never never never again. . . – A local spot in the neighborhood . . .is a little to local. The party I dinned with dealt with a sexist/ arion brotherhood table near us to whom the restaurant security high fived. These local skin heads hang out here I guess. So now I know. . .not to go here. Ironic, didn?t think skin heads like Mexicans. . ? now I know and would like to let anyone know. DON?T EAT HERE. the food normal...average.

Recommends
over a year ago

Best Happy Hour Around, Get there early, very crowded with happy people – This became mine and my sisters favorite place to relax, visit and have a good time talking to others

making new friends. The Bean Dip is very good, the Tacos and Enchaladas for $1.25 can't be beat.

Parking never problem for us, the valet guys are always quick to take our car as soon as we get there.

It's a busy place for a reason, it's great.

Recommends
over a year ago

Great food, drinks, and great place to mingle – We've been going to Los Toros for years. Contrary to previous posts, food is great, drinks are tasty, strong and dirt cheap. Happy hour at LT is a must after work, they got specials on margies and domestic beers.

In response to the poster saying that LT uses Rose wine to make them pink, the real reason is because there is grenadine in their margaritas. Oh, and by the way, LT actually doesn't use premade margie mix. They actually make their margies from their own house recipe. (too bad they won't tell us what's in it!)

Make reservations, this place is always crowded.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Worst service ever!!! – I have been to this establishment exactly twice. The first time, we realized they had a patio (I am a smoker).We were lead to our table by someone who didn't look old enough to shave and it was in the middle of the patio in August in Chatsworth at about 2:00pm. ( no shade...110 degrees).There were plenty of tables in shaded areas of this patio, so we asked to be seated at one of them.At this point, our server became visably "put out" but seated us and then promptly ignored us....we left after waiting about 30 minutes and trying to get our servers attention twice.We tried again about 1 month later and were again seated and ignored while the gen-y wait staff stood around and talked to each other in the practically empty restaurant...We tried to get their attention twice, left our menus on the ground and informed them we would not return, to which we were met with not even eye contact....Their food??? I have no idea....We were never served even tap water....I don't know how they stay in business.......

Recommends
over a year ago

Chatsworth Landmark! – Los Toros is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. I have been there over 20 times and it has never let me down. It?s usually busy and everyone is always smiling and having a great time. The bean dip will keep you coming back. Everything there is good, even the shrimp cocktails. The drinks are strong too. Try the Papa Nick?s Margarita and you wont be disappointed. They also have a place to tie up your horse if you live in the area. Be prepared to wait about 45 minutes on Friday and Saturday night. Also, there is a great coupon on their website. Enjoy!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Special Features: Bad Food – The way I see it... The only good reviews reported on this restaurant MUST come from the owners or employees. Sure, the bean dip is ok, but thats it. Contrary to what people think, the margaritas are not good, theyre just strong. Ever wonder why their margaritas are pink? I did and I found out why. Los Toros uses rose wine instead of margarita mix. Wine gets people drunk faster, and it also causes terrible hangovers. Now lets talk about the service. It's hard to believe that the servers work for tips. I figure they would, at least, want to show up once in a while. It's worse than pulling teeth trying to get a waitress. The food is always cold and soggy. I think it's standard procedure to dip all the meals in a bucket of cold water before serving. The parking is so bad that by the time I find any I'm typically closer to Mexico than to Los Toros

Recommends
over a year ago

I love Los Toros, they have the best drinks, and the best Bean dip. I reccomend to all my friends if they want to eat real Mexican Food. I'm actually going there on Friday 9/1/06 for happy hour.

Recommends
over a year ago

Best Bean Dip in LA! – Great food, great Margueritas! Service is good, and prices are low for the quantity of food you receive! I have eaten everything on the menu and don't have a favorite I like it all! The Appetizer Platter is a #1 recomend!

Recommends
over a year ago

Love Love Love – Seriously, I'm going to get married here ;0) Gotta love L.T.'s! Have a Papa Nick's, make some bad decisions, wake up fine and ready to do it again. Kisses to everyone at L.T.'s.

Recommends
over a year ago

Amazing – I've been going to los toros for at least 8 years and I find los toros to be a very traditional mexican restaurant. the food is not like your average mexican restaurant that is "mexican american". the ambiance is amazing in every one of there 5 or six rooms that they have. we recently had my inlaws 25th wedding anniversary party there and everything was great. we must have had 100 people at that party, now like the angry woman said partking is difficult to find but there is a valet. there margaritas and bean dip are to die for, we go in there almost every friday and hang out at the bar while we get a seat, the wait is always long on weekends so get there early!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Never again – We had our Company Christmas lunch at Los Toros and it was a disaster, lunch was served an hour late, there was not enough food in the buffet, and the service was very very slow and not friendly.

The service was not very efficient and pleasant in our previous visit there.

Not recommended for parties, in particular(parking problems as well), and the food can be found in other Mexican restaurant with much better service.

Recommends
over a year ago

You never leave hungry... – The portions are huge, the food is great, and you'll pretty much always have leftovers. The bean dip that comes with the tortilla chips is addictive, and I wish they sold it for me to take home. There is often a wait on weekends, but it's worth it. The service is kinda average, but again, the food is excellent.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Horrible – Really bad service, waste of money and time! Taco bell is better

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review by Kim Cooper – Opened in 1967, this family-friendly Mexican restaurant offers menu items inspired by staff and regulars, patio seating and beer in iced mugs.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Worst Service ever experienced – About 10 of us in the bar ordered Margaritas. 10 minutes later some waiter comes by and very rudely states that we have to leave the bar area because a private party is coming in. RIGHT NOW!! OK...what are we supposed to do with our pitcher, drink it in the parking lot? So we found ourselves another table, we asked a waiter if its ok that we sat there (we really didn't have a choice) and he said, yeah, no problem. 45 minutes later, no waiter. We overheard the hostess in Spanish tell the waiter to ignore us because we cut in line to get our table. WHAT??? So we tried to explain the situation to several waiters, bartenders..whomever. Nobody would even talk to us.

Talk about unprofessional and rude. I'll never go back there again.

 

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