If it’s not good, I will not serve it.
Since 2005, Ruben and El Toro Bravo have been welcoming guests into one of the best dining experiences in Sarasota.
El Toro Bravo has maintained its small town warmth and charm by delivering friendly service with exceptional Southwest Mexican food. Ruben personally travels to the markets to hand-pick only the freshest and most colorful produce for his dishes. You won’t find lard or vinegar being used at El Toro Bravo. Ruben insists on cooking with olive oil and canola oil because they are healthier and more flavorful.
Diners can choose from a wide variety of carefully prepared menu items and can choose from Ruben’s own special sauce creations, red or green (or ask for Christmas – which is a combination of both).
What people are saying!
After reading many very positive testimonials, we tried El Toro Bravo tonight. Best food and friendliest, efficient service of any Sarasota restaurant we have tried over the last two years. We compared this delicious, yet simple dinner to Michael’s on East, Ruth’s Chris, Roy’s, Chart House, PattyGeorge, Libby’s, Tommy Bahama, Dry Dock Grill, etc. All very respected and most professional establishments. I had the Beef Fajita Burrito and my wife had quesadillas and Sangria…All Outstanding! As first timers, our terrific server, Paola, brought us a gift of their famous Fried Brownies…don’t think of leaving without trying it. Enjoy!!
We’ve been here numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is consistently outstanding and always served steaming/sizzling hot. The owner/chef “Rubin” is usually always present and makes numerous rounds during the time you’re there to be sure everyone is happy with their meal and also pitches in to refill drinks, salsa, etc., when the wait staff gets busy filling orders.
Ate at your restaurant twice during our recent stay on Siesta Key- both meals were wonderful! Everyone is so friendly, and the food is fantastic- what more could you ask for? Only one complaint- you are 1,000 miles away from home!!!! Would love to have the recipe for the cinco queso dip- I don’t think we can wait to have it just once a year in Sarasota!
Chose El Toro because of the Trip Advisor ratings. Found it to be small but popular. We arrived on a Thursday evening about 5:30, and the place already was 70% filled, mostly by locals, which is always a good sign. Food was excellent. Tried a New Mexico dish. Wife had a Taco Salad which she enjoyed. Small family run place.
Read the Trip Advisor reviews and thought we would try out El Toro Bravo. Very positive first sign in that the place was full and very positive welcome from the staff so we waited outside for ten minutes or so reading the menu. We (me plus wife and two daughters) all ordered different mains and all really enjoyed them. Great experience and staff really looked after us, especially nice touch for the owner to come and thank us as we left. Many thanks!
For over ten years our family has worked to provide the highest quality Mexican food in Sarasota, made from the finest ingredients available. We are excited to share our new location with you and thank you so much for your support!