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!
Great food and wonderful and great prices. Will go back here every chance we get. Loved it.
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!!
This place is a hidden gem. The food was wonderful and our waiter was friendly and very prompt with our order. The salsa (made from scratch I heard) and chips were delicious. If you love Southwest Mexican you’ll fall in love with this quaint little restaurant. The New Mexico enchiladas are incredible! The owner came out and personally greeted us, then came back after we finished and thanked us for coming. We’re already planning our next trip to El Toro Bravo!
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!
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!