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!
While in Sarasota for the weekend, we used TripAdvisor to find a place to eat. Once again, we were the beneficiaries of all the previous customers. This is a family owned, family run place. How often does the owner come to your table to ensure your service and meal was perfect. Even though it was a busy Friday night, we were seated and served in a very prompt time. Come early. There are not a lot of tables, but it is worth whatever wait necessary. The food was freshly prepared, served hot and very flavorful. The menu had several unique selections, not just the usual. Great choice!
Excellent food with good service. We were impressed that the owner was present both times we ate there. We are from Maryland – where we have good Mexican restaurants, but El Toro Bravo is one of the best!
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.
The owner (Ruben) and his staff always make my wife and I feel welcome each time we visit! Living in Bradenton, it is a little bit of a drive, but the food and the experience is worth it every time! Thanks!
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.
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!