Frida
Frida

Frida

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fridarestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 787-2221
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jose Hadad
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Our chef and experienced catering manager will customize a menu suitable for your guest and the event. Full creative range -From an elegant wedding service to dinner to table stations or a fun taco party, Full staffing and prep also available.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available and often used for private functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 4167872221x
  • Entertainment: Live Music Tuesday Nights-quiet acoustic guitar and vocals. Private up close and personal events-music, chef tastings etc for registered Friends of Frida-sign up on website.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathurst and Eglinton
  • Public Transit: Eglinton Bus stop at front door. Subway-Eglinton station on Spadina located just two blocks to the west.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available both at the Green P located next door or on the street.
A word from Frida
Frida was named one of Toronto’s Top 100 restaurants by acclaimed and trusted restaurant critic Joanne Kates. Frida modernizes Mexican food in a fresh, relaxed and contemporary setting. Review after review agree-Frida presents refined flavors, quality and a fresh taste that sets a new standard for modern Mexican cuisine in Toronto. Quality. Freshness. Creativity. Located at 999 Eglinton Avenue West, midtown and in north Forest Hill, Frida is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday and for Sunday brunch. Ample parking both in the green P next door or on the street.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Frida reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (17)romantic (9)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Outstanding Experience!
    TravelGirl
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Frida's has become one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. It's been around for several years and I don't know why I haven't stumbled upon it earlier. I went back for the second time in 3 months for a repeat eat of the duck carnitas and churros and both were as terrific as they were the first time. I don't remember the name of the dish I had as an entree but it was also excellent. Consistency is a rare achievement for any restaurant in a city filled with lots of food destinations but Frida's hit a home run! The ambiance was warm and inviting and our server Vanessa was attentive and charming (as well as beautiful). What are you waiting for? Go!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We had a memorable meal, with excellent personal service and delicious food. The seafood and grilled fish are excellent. Frida is now one of our favourite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Mexico
    WorldlyDiner25
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    -Good food -Helpful staff -the wait for food was a bit long, but we were warned by staff -fresh food -went for girls night out dinner -good for sharing -portions were good -ambiance is frida-esque and homely -wish they had better lighting, too many shadows -a snug place, would be hard to do a large group here -delicious food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant!
    Diego
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I was welcomed by the waiter! And I had a wonderful dinner with my girlfriend! The food is wonderful and the service top notch! I'll back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally quality food
    Spinner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good ambiance great for meeting close friends. Menu is limited and selections were not as creative as they could have been. Ceviche was boring. Tacos were not inspired and shrimp were merely passable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    HeatherJane
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were here a year ago and it was very quiet and we were concerned because of the location, it would not do well. Last Saturday it was very busy, which, while noisier, made us happy for the restaurant. The food here is amazing. Guacamole so fresh. Ceviche - couldn't stop eating it. A great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Mexican done well!
    Britni26
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a variety of items from the menu. Some stood out. We had two orders of the pork barbacoa and loved the diablo shrimp (think mexican bbq). The steak tacos were delicious as well. The chill oil on the guacamole was a nice touch as well. Great margaritas! Beautiful decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very unhappy with service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I asked for a fish and was told they do not debone, but can get a different fish. After a VERY long wait, received the fish WITH the bone. They did not have a choice and deboned it for me. Service was VERY SLOW. Our grandkids were hungry and took a long time to be served. Got a discount coupon for a next visit. We will not use it as we are not going to return to this restaurant.
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  • Always Love Frida!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have been to Frida many times and are always glad we went. I frequently dream of the stuffed poblano peppers. I ordered it again! It never fails to please. The fish tacos are also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice little restaurant
    Peiji
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I like the atmosphere of this restaurant, it's not too large or small, quite quaint with dim lighting. The service was very good and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this place for a date, dinner with a friend or even for an anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Authentic Mexican Food
    missbrule
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Being mexican, I know authentic mexican flavour and Frida has it. Every item we ate was just delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend
    XMGirl
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I met a friend for dinner here last week. I loved that there was plenty of free parking along a side street a block away from the restaurant. It was a Wed evening and the restaurant was not too busy, and so we got great service. I ordered the chicken mole and it was good, although slightly undercooked for my taste. I had a marguerita which was delish. In all it's a great spot. I'd definitely go there again, and would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliable
    neighborhooddiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Frida is a reliable upper end Mexican restaurant catering to those who like a little bit more than the usual Mexican fare. The fish is generally excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pleasant surprise
    TravelGirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I read a lot of good reviews on this restaurant beforehand and was expecting to be disappointed and wasn't. The food was great, especially the duck tacos and churros - these were exceptional and shareable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Betsy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed Frida for the food and quiet atmosphere. Patio is nice on a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adelina
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Frida offers authentic Mexicana food, which is fresh and tasty. Frida's Sangria is delicious so order by the litre (Classic Sangria) and definitely leave room for the churro dessert at the end. The servers are well-informed and very friendly, and the ambience is wonderful. Definitely check out this little neighbourhood gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 154 reviews are from the Frida reviews archive.
  • Good food and service
    sammyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The service was good and so was the food, but the grilled calamari was a little salty for my liking and the salad was over dressed. It's in my neighbourhood so I'd go back and try the tacos next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    CIFB
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had a good time, food is okay. Waiter was really nice.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Service- good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The servers were very sweet and attentive. The food was inconsistent in portion size and tastiness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely great
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I select Frida for Summerlicious 2014 with 3 of my girl friends. From walking in the front door to exiting, it was just fantastic. The staff was awesome. The food and drinks was fantastic. I would recommend Frida.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great spot
    Rogue
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went here for lunch during Summerlicious and it was fantastic. Loved the foot, particularly the pork carnitas appetizer. The patio was excellent, tucked away in the back, perfect on a nice day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A very enjoyable experience. Excellent food and different than other restaurants. Very Mexican.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Summerlicious
    yyztravels
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our family of four dined at Frida. We had read about how good the food was. We were totally disappointed. Cevice was wet and tasted like ketchup. Halibut main was a miniscule piece of fish, not an attractive presentation and uninteresting. Desserts a bust too. Thumbs down all around. And too expensive for what we had.
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  • a keeper for good food
    contessa
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Presentation aced with each crafted plate ...plus bold flavours and delicious food each and every bite! Loved house special coffee as well maybe hint of cinammon ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frida
    Steph123
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Delicious food. We felt they were trying to be too fancy. To me a Mexican restaurant should be loud and fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best tacos in town
    rdhledao
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Frida is a very cute and small place but they have the best tacos in the town. Very friendly service. Also the cute little back yard patio makes it even cuter for summer nights.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rea!l not fake Mexican
    JaneSpotting
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I am a foodie and can honestly say the chef here is top notch. Perfection to every dish, and authentic ones at that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summerlicious
    Jahz
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went here for summerlicious. Food was small portioned but good. Love their tacos! Drinks were also very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a wholesome filling experience
    jamaicanchica
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Brought my husband for his BD and he will find it difficult to top. I've never been to a restaurant that I couldn't find a fault with. But Fridas was fantastic, the service was so impeccable, the food well timed and the margaritas perfectly done. The churrus were transcendent. The Mexican music in the outdoor patio area created just that atmosphere for romance and relaxation. I felt like the food gods were smiling down on us, every dish was beautifully appointed and bursting with flavor. There's always hot sauce available on request and when that's added to your taco it's an avalanche of flavor! Amen.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vespa
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    -went for winterlicious, food was ok, churros a definite highlight, portions were very small for price, wait staff nice, pretty patio in back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iheartfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was delicious, however the portions were quite small. It's a bit expensive for what you get. The service was great. There was a small mix up with our order and they offered us dessert on the house.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fridas experience
    ooblah123
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    food was very good, service staff were friendly, a wide variety of menu items that were equally delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I love this restaurant...the food is reliably great...service is good...ambiance is pleasant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious Mexican
    pjdj
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We hadn't been to Frida in two years - had kind of forgotten about it. Went there with friends to celebrate my birthday and the waitress remembered me from the last time! The duck tacos are amazing. Everyone really enjoyed their food and they brought a piece of Kahlua cheesecake with a birthday candle for us to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Margaritas
    JimtheRealtor
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The margaritas were excellent, and the chips & salsa were very nice (obviously made in house). We also had the Shrimp & Cod Ceviche (the cod tasted fishy so either it was past it's prime or it was salt cod instead of fresh) and the Guacamole as appetizers. To be honest, I make better guacamole at home - this was pureed and so smooth it could have been green sludge. Entrees were nice tasting but only the steak (which was quite nice) came with vegetables. The other two diners both had the pork chop & belly which were small and didn't come with any veggies. As we ordered entree size (not appetizer size), I would have thought these would have been a more complete meal. I'm not so fond of the menu this visit, it was better last summer.
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  • fourteen14
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The restaurant continues to be a gem and the new menu is excellent. We always enjoy our dinners there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat great, but not late.....
    foodiewannabe1975
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We very much enjoyed our food. We were surprised at 9pm that we were being told that the kitchen closed in a half hour.... The restaurant closed at 10pm on a Friday night. The service was great, and the food tasted wonderful, we were just surprised / taken back by the hour in which the restaurant closed, however they took a dinner reservation for 5 at 8:30pm. Would go back, but would just ensure that we had enough time on our next visit.
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    special occasion
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  • Frida fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Food was delicious but out of many fish dishes... only thing available was shrimp dish and calamari, Pollo Pibil & Tinga Poblana con Crema was also not available which we read review on and very much wanted to try... disappointed. Child shouting in dining area when we arrived, surprized no one asked them to attend to child. Needed guidance with menu and first waiter was not able to help out - second was knowledgable. I would skip the cheese & chorizo dish - it was like chewing rubber and hardly any chorizo. Duck & beef tacos fabulous/best margarita ever/guacamole really excellent/would go again but not on a Sunday night as they were out of many things. But waiters were obliging and apologetic. And what we did eat we enjoyed immensely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious specials
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I've dined at Frida a few times and it never disappoints! I highly recommend the duck mini tacos, and the specials are always delicious. Don't forget to finish off the meal with some churros or rice pudding. I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Get2go
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Everything was great but the service could use some help.Once we got our food we were never asked how everything was.Nuce to see how busy it was.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.