Torero's Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 800 W Main St

    Durham, NC 27701

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  • 919-682-4197

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Coming from California where Mexican food is really good I was disappointed for along time with Mexican restaurants here. Till we ate at Torero's. It is SOOO good. We eat here about 1 time a month. The only negative is I don't really care

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★★★★★

Coming from California where Mexican food is really good I was disappointed for along time with Mexican restaurants here. Till we ate at Torero's. It is SOOO good. We eat here about 1 time a month. The only negative is I don't really care

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The food is not good. It is bland and the salsa is not fresh. I go only for the free kids meal and then, I order food that can not be messed up like cheese quesadilla. Drinks are tasty.

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★★★★★

The food is not good. It is bland and the salsa is not fresh. I go only for the free kids meal and then, I order food that can not be messed up like cheese quesadilla. Drinks are tasty.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Amercanized to the 18th power

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Entering Torero's puts you in the mood for munching on Mexican. The decor appears to be traditional Mexican, and the food may be somewhat Americanized, but, well, most customers are American! The menu offerings are tasty and inexpensive, and business is usually brisk, especially at lunch time.

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★★★☆☆

Entering Torero's puts you in the mood for munching on Mexican. The decor appears to be traditional Mexican, and the food may be somewhat Americanized, but, well, most customers are American! The menu offerings are tasty and inexpensive, and business is usually brisk, especially at lunch time.

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If you like sitting in a booth with a view of five TV screens on at least two different stations then this is the place for you. Absolutely tasteless food will compliment your aural experience of trying to sort out the various TV audios versus the piped in hispanic music. English is also not understood here very well.
All in all, don't bother - go to El Rodeo instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you like sitting in a booth with a view of five TV screens on at least two different stations then this is the place for you. Absolutely tasteless food will compliment your aural experience of trying to sort out the various TV audios versus the piped in hispanic music. English is also not understood here very well.
All in all, don't bother - go to El Rodeo instead.

Pros: nada

Cons: decor, food, sound

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The prices were excellent. The food was quite tasty.

My wife had the chicken fajitas and they were excellent. Big portions and perfectly prepared. I had the chicken carnitas de pollo and it was wonderful. The salsa and chips were decent - the salsa was a little bland.

The service was very good. We were seated promptly and attended to regularly. My only gripe was that our waiter didnt really seem very personable, but thats only a minor quibble.

We havent been to too many Mexican restaurants since moving to North Carolina, but this sure beats the overpriced Margarets Cantina in Chapel Hill and the generic On the Border chain on 15 501 in Durham.

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★★★★★

The prices were excellent. The food was quite tasty.

My wife had the chicken fajitas and they were excellent. Big portions and perfectly prepared. I had the chicken carnitas de pollo and it was wonderful. The salsa and chips were decent - the salsa was a little bland.

The service was very good. We were seated promptly and attended to regularly. My only gripe was that our waiter didnt really seem very personable, but thats only a minor quibble.

We havent been to too many Mexican restaurants since moving to North Carolina, but this sure beats the overpriced Margarets Cantina in Chapel Hill and the generic On the Border chain on 15 501 in Durham.

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I'm going to take the opposite view. I love Mexican food and Durham has many really good Mexican restaurants to choose from. However, having just finished a meal at Torero's on W Main Street it is my opinion that this is not one of the good ones. The thing I like about Mexican food is the combination of spices, flavors, and textures. My dinner this evening ("Dos Amigos"on the menu) was the most tastless dinner that I have eaten in a good long time. The salsa verde tasted bland like one would expect a paste of water and flour would taste. And the meat was tough (overcooked) to the point of being too hard to chew. Nothing, no flavor, tough to chew. The chile colorado was only minutely better. And, the meat was, in and of itself, fairly tasteless. I would rate this as the second worse meal that I've eaten in Durham -- ever. At checkout, when I was asked "how was your meal?", I gave my honest opinion and nothing was said; no remarks, no questions, no response at all. Maybe other people will like Mexican food that tastes like nothing, but it's not for me. I've had better Mexican food from the frozen food selection at the local grocery, much better.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm going to take the opposite view. I love Mexican food and Durham has many really good Mexican restaurants to choose from. However, having just finished a meal at Torero's on W Main Street it is my opinion that this is not one of the good ones. The thing I like about Mexican food is the combination of spices, flavors, and textures. My dinner this evening ("Dos Amigos"on the menu) was the most tastless dinner that I have eaten in a good long time. The salsa verde tasted bland like one would expect a paste of water and flour would taste. And the meat was tough (overcooked) to the point of being too hard to chew. Nothing, no flavor, tough to chew. The chile colorado was only minutely better. And, the meat was, in and of itself, fairly tasteless. I would rate this as the second worse meal that I've eaten in Durham -- ever. At checkout, when I was asked "how was your meal?", I gave my honest opinion and nothing was said; no remarks, no questions, no response at all. Maybe other people will like Mexican food that tastes like nothing, but it's not for me. I've had better Mexican food from the frozen food selection at the local grocery, much better.

Pros: Convenient parking

Cons: The food was awful

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Been here for many a lunch. Good food, big selection to pick from. Portions are generous and the service is fast. The price is very reasonable.

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★★★★★

Been here for many a lunch. Good food, big selection to pick from. Portions are generous and the service is fast. The price is very reasonable.

Pros: Selection, service, price

Cons: Atmosphere

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Their food is consistently good, and the servers are always smiling and friendly. This is a favorite of mine, and I go here often! Try the cheese dip.

2
★★★★★

Their food is consistently good, and the servers are always smiling and friendly. This is a favorite of mine, and I go here often! Try the cheese dip.

Pros: really good food, inexpensive, quick seating

Cons: poor ambience

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Imaginative menus - not just burrito based food, but a selection of spiced meats nicely presented. Cheap domestic beer specials. Busy, but no wait on Thursday night.

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★★★★★

Imaginative menus - not just burrito based food, but a selection of spiced meats nicely presented. Cheap domestic beer specials. Busy, but no wait on Thursday night.

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They have the best salsa known to man! The food is always great and the service is so fast!

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★★★★★

They have the best salsa known to man! The food is always great and the service is so fast!

Pros: fast service, great salsa

Cons: the smell of food, stays in your clothes, !!!!

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If you're used to eating at El Rodeo or El Dorado, you should try Torero's for a step up. It falls in the same price range, though the menu isn't generic and they've put some thought into their offerings. Good mix of college kids and families most nights.

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★★★☆☆

If you're used to eating at El Rodeo or El Dorado, you should try Torero's for a step up. It falls in the same price range, though the menu isn't generic and they've put some thought into their offerings. Good mix of college kids and families most nights.

Pros: Somewhat Authentic, Cheap

 

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