El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

USAgain is pleased to partner with El Toro Westgate in the recycling of clothes, shoes and other textiles. With an extensive menu, El Toro provides a wonderful dining experience while offering diners healthier Mexican cuisine options that don’t skimp on quality or taste.

El Toro now serves five locations in the South Puget Sound area:

12914 Pacific Hwy. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Phone: (253) 588-5888
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

5716 N. 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407
Phone: (263) 759-7889
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (Bar 2am)
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

13719 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: (253) 536-9735
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (Bar 2am)
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

“University Place”
3820 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 565-2265
Hours: Sun-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

“Downtown Tacoma”
1128 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 722-5196
Hours: Mon-Thur. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm (Closed Sundays)
Web: www.eltorofamily.com

Born and raised in a town so small that most maps don’t bother to note it, the rural town of Cuautla, Jalisco, situated in-between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, gave rise to Ruben Arias who migrated to the United States in 1970. He arrived at a small Mexican restaurant in San Mateo, California that was operated by a relative. The restaurant had much success in introducing hometown and regional recipes. Here he learned the unique recipe base which would underpin the success of the first El Toro which opened in Lakewood, WA, in the fall of 1979.

With a vision of introducing the Tacoma area to the Mexican dining experience and backed with the hardworking ethic instilled in him by his agricultural small town upbringing, Ruben worked hard to establish the popularity of the first tiny 10 table El Toro. Literally, a one man show for the first year, Ruben would tend the restaurant open to close, preparing in the kitchen the dishes he would serve directly to the tables. Once his recipes and humble charm won the loyalty of his patrons, the word spread and the people came in droves forming lines out the door. At this time he sought the help of his brothers Enrique and Daniel to leverage the popular restaurant and begin a slow but steady growth.

El Toro prides itself in offering great value to its patrons and the convenience for the community to support textile recycling.

USAgain thanks the Arias family for their recycling efforts and working with El Toro has been our pleasure.

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