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El Taurino

Mexican Restaurant and Taco Place$$$$
Pico Union, Los Angeles
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  • nelehelen
    "i always get the al pastor torta and carne asada tostada!"(4 Tips)
    tonyG
    "Tacos al pastor and the tortas de carne asada are the best!"(9 Tips)
    Sandie S.
    "carne asada taco & sope.. love it."(4 Tips)
    Han
    "Try the Carne Asada Burrito - Wow. Authentic Mexican."(3 Tips)
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  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KFebruary 26, 2015
    Torta Milanesa Cubano! Add some Red Sauce. Great for afterhours or after work grub. Safer parking. A/C is on full blast at 11:00 pm?? Tacos shrunk over the years. 2 armed security guards inside & out.
  • Geoff O.
    Geoff OkiOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The torta Milanesa with everything (onions, avocado, crema) plus cheese is everything to me, doused in their special red hot sauce, and washed down with a cold sugary pineapple drink. Open super late.
  • İbrahim D.
    İbrahim DemirJune 16, 2014
    Tried all meat buritto with onions and nachos (meet+cheese) Buritto was perfect. Do not get cheese for nachos as it is not a real cheese. Very crowded and they just speak Spanish!!!
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YeeOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The guards keep their guns "cocked & locked." Which means you'll get shot if you mess around. Buy a "rioja grande" & keep it to have with other tacos. Tacos are like BBQ ribs, its all in the sauce. ;)
  • Sir Sal R.
    Sir Sal ReyesMarch 20, 2011
    If you are in L.A. late at night go to el taurino. It may be in the ghetto but the food kicks ass. Parking is full but its worth the wait. If you can't find parking I.side park at food for less lot
  • Gabriel K.
    Gabriel KimJanuary 28
    They really are the best place for tacos in LA. I always get their Carne Asada Combo Burritos with green sauce and Horchata. Yummy!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneJanuary 8, 2012
    This a good burrito, maybe the best of the burritos. Eat this burrito. Also, for those looking for a bit of that fabled "local flavor," you'll get it here.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FloresOctober 8, 2014
    Best taco spot in Los Angeles. Service is very slow. You will be asked to pay extra for salsa. Do not come here on the Weekend. Mixture of Hispanic and koreans hardly any Caucasians. A lil pricey.
  • Sirenne S.
    Sirenne SanchezJuly 24, 2013
    If you phone your order in, you'll be asked to go straight up to the window. Don't make eye contact with anyone in line unless you like getting the stink-eye. Ha!
  • Kenny
    KennyMay 24, 2014
    had three carne asada tacos with quesadilla and extra onions/cilantro on the side. tasted amazing! will go again soon.
  • debz
    debzOctober 5, 2012
    get extra red sauce (you can get it on the side). you'll either love it, or it'll give you the shits. the risk in finding out is worth it.
  • Gabrielle S.
    Gabrielle SibalJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Torta with al pastor and the carne asada tostada are the items to beat. The barbacoa taco is pretty good too!
  • Erika S.
    Erika ScottDecember 1, 2011
    BEST salsa in town,I'm not kidding.However they do have really bad service & they are so freaking stingy with their SALSA what's up with that.Go if you don't care for the service coz the food is GOOD!
  • Lost In A Supermarket M.
    Jonesing for a REAL Mex burrito downtown? This is ur spot. Carne asada, with the hot sauce, is why Los Angeles rules
  • Numwan W.
    Numwan WannieAugust 18, 2014
    Taco!!!!! One piece is very very small. Hot sauce is good. Try mix with green sauce too.
  • Antea S.
    Antea SheltonApril 25, 2013
    The chicken burrito with rice and beans AND a side order of beans with Mexican cheese! !! HEAVENLY!!!
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AguilarMay 8, 2012
    You have to try the green sause they serve....with anything on this menu...its sooooo gooood
  • tonyG
    tonyGMay 11, 2014
    Tacos al pastor and the tortas de carne asada are the best!
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 28, 2011
    Late night grubbin' is on! The all-meat burritos are full flavored and loaded with toppings!
  • Jeff Q.
    Jeff QuandtJanuary 20, 2016
    Authentic local spot - don't miss the Carne Asada
  • Corleto A.
    Corleto AntoniFebruary 6, 2016
    Chaotic number calling are out of whack,, so be ready to wait at least 30 min for your food... So don't come hungry
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiangJune 12, 2010
    Salsa roja (red) is the only way to go. On weekends gotta come here b4 1:30 am or else you get stuck w/ the clubbing crowd
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CastroNovember 26, 2011
    Honestly, I'd rather go to King Taco. You can ask other Latinos if you'd like. I should know
  • AleX G
    AleX GOctober 9, 2013
    Rib plate is delicious! A must have!!!!
  • Steven K.
    Steven KimDecember 26, 2009
    On sundays, get the Consome to compliment your tacos and tamales. It's a soup with garbanzo beans and is great with some red sauce mixed in
  • Lily Ana
    Lily AnaFebruary 1, 2014
    Eat the carne asada nachos. The best ever.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 7, 2013
    Waited 30 minutes to get some carne asada tacos, but absolutely worth it; beware of drunk Koreans trying to speak poor Spanish though if you go late at night
  • Regina X.
    Food was good but they charge for everything salsa lemon everything!!
  • eva f.
    eva felicianoDecember 18, 2011
    The tostada de asada with da green sauce...BOMB!
  • 오미헤
    오미헤January 18, 2012
    i love carne asada tacoz here !! with green verde salsa ! 4 tacoz = $5
  • Walter
    WalterAugust 29, 2011
    You have to get the all meat al pastor burrito !!!
  • Guadalupe M.
    Guadalupe MoralesMay 15, 2012
    Delicious burritos! Tacos, tortas!! Everything!
  • Liz K.
    Liz KimOctober 12, 2011
    best tacos in LA. ever! they confirm your oder in spanish.
  • Bryan
    BryanSeptember 11, 2013
    You need to know spanglish numerics to pick up your order
  • Cindy P.
    Cindy PenaMarch 2, 2013
    Yummy.. Burrito al pastor can't go wrong.
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • AZ Productions
    AZ ProductionsFebruary 29, 2012
    Great tacos! Probably 3-4 will fill up your tummy
  • Marcus
    MarcusJuly 1, 2012
    Try their red sauce it's great
  • Cynthia A.
    Cynthia AguilarNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You love our land...it's no surprise that you love our food...enjoy! ;)
  • Mooyon K.
    Mooyon KimDecember 26, 2013
    Expect to wait for your order for longer than usual time for tacos and burritos.
  • Akimba
    AkimbaJanuary 18, 2014
    Best Asada tostada in town
  • 💎👑🎀Princess E.
    the reason why there's a lot of Asians is cuz it's in k-town...duh! And so what...their giving us latino's business!!
  • Han
    HanNovember 6, 2012
    Try the Carne Asada Burrito - Wow. Authentic Mexican.
  • John O.
    John OhJune 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Both verde and roja salsa is the shit here!!!
  • Fernando
    FernandoFebruary 10, 2012
    There service is slow during lunch time! You definitely need an hour just for lunch!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GamboaOctober 26, 2013
    My favorite Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles! !
  • Adam G.
    Adam GeeFebruary 19, 2011
    Get at least 10 Tacos and 1 extra pata (foot) to go.
  • Ruby S.
    Ruby ScarlettJuly 7, 2014
    Carne asada burrito w/ green salsa and lemon. Mouthgasm.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LeksunthonJuly 13, 2012
    Slooooow service, the food is good if u have 1/2 hr to wait for your order!!
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EcheverriaJune 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Torta de Milanesa is the bomb
  • Sandie S.
    Sandie SsiFebruary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    carne asada taco & sope.. love it. just as good as king taco
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OJanuary 18, 2011
    Try the tamales dulces (sweet tamales)
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OJanuary 18, 2011
    The agua de horchata is delicious.
  • Izzy Le D.
    Izzy Le DoornFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Torta de lengua are bomb.
  • Rosemary G.
    Can't get tacos like this anywhere else.
  • Missy W.
    Missy WJune 24, 2011
    Carne asada tostadas are a must
  • James L.
    James LeeApril 16, 2011
    get the all meat asada burrito + red sauce!
  • Armando D.
    Armando DugallJanuary 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here after you parties hard and the food will be better then ;)
  • Irma M.
    Irma MejiaFebruary 21, 2013
    Try the champurrado it's bomb!!
  • Fernando
    FernandoSeptember 30, 2011
    You came here because you thought this was King Taco. Where is King Taco?
  • Heidi R.
    Heidi RiebsMay 4, 2013
    Favorite Mexican Food in Town
  • nelehelen
    nelehelenAugust 12, 2010
    i always get the al pastor torta and carne asada tostada!
  • Ivan V.
    Ivan VegaMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The costillas are the BOMB!!!
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItMay 11, 2011
    Found Beef taco as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • JT
    JTApril 19, 2016
    Open pretty late! Good tacos
  • Marcus
    MarcusJuly 1, 2012
    Their red sauce is pretty spicy
  • Fernando
    FernandoFebruary 10, 2012
    Don't get the tamarindo drink! Too much sugar/corn syrup!
  • David E.
    David EsquireSeptember 28, 2011
    Be sure to get the nachos!!!!
  • Lailanie G.
    Lailanie GadiaMarch 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I love their tostada!
  • Jay
    JayJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Al pastor + red sauce, FTW
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsJune 8, 2013
    It's aight. Just that. And yeah, the wait is long, but I guess they're making it fresh? Meh.
  • Sohyun C.
    Sohyun ChoiFebruary 23, 2011
    Its hot sause is so addictive that you have to pay for the extra
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChuMarch 16, 2012
    Pretty freaking delicious Mexican food
  • Dj W.
    Dj WERKSFebruary 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the torta de milanesa
  • Cindy P.
    Cindy PenaApril 3, 2013
    It's 11:30am and it's very busy
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChunMay 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Carne Asada Tacos
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AndradeOctober 8, 2011
    Get the. Carne asada burito.
  • Elaine W.
    Elaine WangMay 26, 2013
    Get the tamales!! 😋
  • Erika C.
    Erika ChuidianOctober 16, 2011
    carne asada tostada... NUFF SAID
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos ColmenaresAugust 30, 2012
    The f****** best in town!!!
  • 오미헤
    오미헤January 18, 2012
    major after hourz spot for food !!
  • Juan R.
    Juan RamirezSeptember 24, 2012
    Its not like the old days now they charge you for everything...
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShonOctober 9, 2010
    Get the carne asada burrito. Everyone else does.
  • Grace C.
    Grace ChungNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    tostada and pineapple drink
  • Armando D.
    Armando DugallApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Dont seat next to the doors too cold haha
  • Ramon P.
    Ramon PaulinoApril 19, 2011
    Try the carnitas tacos
  • Martin N.
    Martin NungaMay 6, 2012
    El legitness
  • Ommar
    OmmarApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bunch of hungry paisas lol
  • Ken F.
    Ken FerrellAugust 2, 2013
    Its not that great and there is always a line. #fail
  • Duy V.
    Duy VOJuly 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the al pastor tostada
  • Dan G.
    Dan GutiJune 15, 2013
    Someone murder that phone! 😂
  • Jiho S.
    Jiho SongJanuary 27, 2013
    Too many Mexicans in here I thought I was in K-Town
  • QUEEN
    QUEENDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    King taco is better !!!
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamFebruary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tostadas. Dat be da bomb.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AlonsoNovember 3, 2013
    They don't have molleja anymore!!!! So sad.
  • Ommar
    OmmarJanuary 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sum fine bitches be coming up at this spot lol
  • April D.
    April DJune 13, 2010
    Best mexican food ever!
  • Danny P.
    Danny PerezJuly 25, 2010
    Great after a dodgers game.
  • ica z.
    ica zaApril 10, 2010
    Best Mexican Food in LA !
  • Mane L.
    Mane LopezAugust 18, 2010
    Even then there ain't too many people they take for ever!!!!! 20min for 2tacos WTF?
  • Mitzifaye S.
    Mitzifaye SarabiaAugust 28, 2010
    Lmfao there are too many chinos here they keep poppin outta no where (:
  • John D.
    John DixonApril 11, 2014
    La comida aquí es premia buena mexicana en Los Angeles!
  • Erick R.
    Erick Rangel ArroyoSeptember 27, 2016
    Torta de asada con salsa verde 👌🏾
  • Harrison J.
    Harrison JungJuly 8, 2016
    타코와 브릿도 엄청 맛있어요
  • Juan "Bobby" C.
    Juan "Bobby" CorralesSeptember 6, 2014
    Torta de asada
  • Prima C.
    Prima CJune 3, 2012
    cheek taco, tostada el torino
  • Pablo G.
    Pablo GallegosApril 9, 2015
    Milanesa torta, OMG!
  • HopHeadJim
    HopHeadJimSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Carne asada torta, no beans
  • N G.
    N GameroOctober 11, 2014
    Milanesa torta
  • Missy W.
    Missy WFebruary 19, 2011
    Carne asada tostadas! Horchata!
  • Misael H.
    No puede ser que los limones los cobren como extra
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