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The Claycord Online Museum – El Torito In Concord


Look! It’s the inside of El Torito in Concord.

El Torito, for those who might not remember, was located where Lazy Dog is currently located in the Willows Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd. in Concord.

Who misses El Torito?



Sean MATHIASEN May 22, 2024 - 10:20 PM - 10:20 PM

In 2003 and 2004 they had to stop their dollar Tacos on Wednesdays because I came there and ate with girlfriend and would devour like 25 tacos… also I saw B-legit there eating one day

McCoy Jessica May 23, 2024 - 6:43 AM - 6:43 AM

I saw b legit at lazy dog, haha

WC Resident May 22, 2024 - 11:07 PM - 11:07 PM

Years ago, a pair of armed carjackers wanted me to take them to El Torito. I said it was a good restaurant, that I also enjoyed, but their methods were a bad idea. They ended up putting their weapons away and giving me $20 for my trouble when I dropped them off at the restaurant.

prairiegirl May 23, 2024 - 5:45 AM - 5:45 AM

Very interesting, WC Resident! Even carjackers were more polite back in those days. Can you imagine that happening now?

Roz May 23, 2024 - 4:34 AM - 4:34 AM

The food was pretty darn tasty there.

domo May 23, 2024 - 6:33 AM - 6:33 AM

IMHO nothing has really replaced it … some have tried

Dr Jellyfinger May 23, 2024 - 8:00 AM - 8:00 AM

I liked their food and the atmosphere there… very pleasant.
The little ball of corn pudding on the plate was a nice touch too.
I know… a pretty hum drum reminiscence….
I never had any problems with carjackers or gluttons eating all the food.
Guess my El Torito visits were just…. normal, sorry.

Badge1104 May 23, 2024 - 8:48 AM - 8:48 AM

I miss that El torito! Their food was excellent and so was the ambience inside the restaurant.
( the picture you showed was the cocktail lounge; the restaurant looked even nicer)
I never understood why it went out of business.

BWIZZLE May 23, 2024 - 9:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Married at the courthouse on a Thursday morning and dinner with family at El Torito that night 33 years ago. Happily married ever since!

The Observer May 23, 2024 - 9:30 AM - 9:30 AM

My wife and I went to their New Year’s event in 1986, shortly after we arrived in California. The place was really jumping. It became a somewhat regular lunch spot for us, but the number of customers steadily decline over the years until it became pretty dead. It was not a surprise to me when the place shut down. Lazy Dog was a massive improvement.

George May 23, 2024 - 10:02 AM - 10:02 AM

Good food and they had a great happy hour.

S May 23, 2024 - 11:02 AM - 11:02 AM

Bacon wrapped Shrimp !

Aunt Barbara May 23, 2024 - 11:22 AM - 11:22 AM

Lazy Dog is ok,, could be a gold mine except for most of the staff that smoke marijuana and drink the profits in the parking lot and can’t function properly., coupled with new cooks that are novice and never trained


domo May 23, 2024 - 1:06 PM - 1:06 PM

Agree Auntie…. I order the same thing every time I go there (which isn’t very often anymore) and you never know how it’s going to turn out each time… always different

American Citizen May 23, 2024 - 11:26 AM - 11:26 AM

El Torito is missed very much. Their tropical iced tea was off the charts.

quinny May 23, 2024 - 11:29 AM - 11:29 AM

they close all locations the only one still open is in Monterey I missed the good food ,service and prices
please come back !

Bob May 23, 2024 - 5:29 PM - 5:29 PM

Loved their atrium and the food was excellent.

Figured Buffalo Wild Wings would have done better on that site, instead of down the road.

SaucyMarla May 25, 2024 - 10:48 AM - 10:48 AM

Back in the day, we would go there before Homecoming or other dances with our dates, plus birthdays….. ahhhh the memories. We would reserve places like Hungry Hunter for Proms, of course, LOL.

Ranchgirl May 26, 2024 - 6:12 AM - 6:12 AM

Ahhhh. The place where I did all my underage drinking back in the 80s. Friday nights were great.

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