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El Toro Restaurant


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Irwin’s Mountain Inn, 429 Banff Avenue
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Made-from-scratch Spanish, Mexican and Canadian dishes are available at this stylish restaurant in the heart of the Banff Avenue hotel district. Popular dishes for sharing include tasty tapas and classic Chateaubriand, featuring the best cut of AAA certified Canadian beef. Regulars appreciate El Toro’s winter specials; many choose to dine on Sundays year round when 10% of sales are donated to Grace Centres in Ethiopia, an organization that funds programs to improve the lives of children.


The interior at El Toro includes ‘street lamp’ columns with rich wood and leather furnishings. Patrons enjoy the subdued lighting, Latin music, cozy booths and views of Tunnel Mountain.

Menu Samples


  • Eggs Benedict: choose between classic smoked salmon or back bacon. The Californian with guacamole and tomato. Feta & Spinach with two poached eggs, English muffin & homemade hollandaise sauce
  • French toast, raspberry or blueberry crêpes, pancakes, omelettes, scrambles, breakfast croissant
  • Breakfast Burrito: scrambled eggs, fresh salsa, peppers, onions & cheddar in a warm flour tortilla. Add Valbella chorizo sausage
  • The Combo: scrambled eggs, pancake, French toast, bacon strips & sausages
  • Caesars, shot of Bailey’s & mimosas served after 10am, all for $7


  • Tapas: manchego cheese flambé, beef crostinis,  seared sea scallops, sauza cream prawns, quesadilla, house battered calamari, seafood ceviche with prawns, salmon & scallops
  • El Toro Platter: marinated olives, prosciutto, calamari, gourmet paté, assorted cheeses with crackers, plantain chips with guacamole
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli: tomato concassé, cream, fresh basil, parmesan
  • Salmon Filet: homemade fruit salsa on a bed of greens with roasted potatoes
  • Braised Lamb Shoulder: El Toro’s best seller! Slow cooked and tender, served on mashed potatoes with chef’s choice of fresh vegetables
  • AAA Certified Canadian Steaks: tenderloin, mashed potatoes, grilled tomatoes and spinach or striploin, baby roasted potatoes and vegetables
  • Chateaubriand for Two: choice of roasted red pepper or cauliflower curry soup, Caesar salad or El Toro signature salad, 16-oz AAA Alberta beef tenderloin, vegetables, potatoes & béarnaise. Served au jus & carved at the table
  • Mexican Menu: enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos. Fajitas: chicken, beef or prawns & vegetables. All served with homemade salsa & guacamole, sour cream, refried beans & Mexican rice
  • Desserts: berry nest, homemade whipped cheesecake, banana flambéed, warm callebaut chocolate cake, cheese plate

Breakfast: $9 – $16

Dinner: $12 – $36

Drinks: wines $40 – $80, 35 choices

$8.50 – $12 by the glass

Breakfast 7 - 11am
Dinner f4:30 - 10pm
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