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Frida Details

  • 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 (416) 787-2221
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "-went for winterlicious, food was ok, churros a definite highlight, portions were very small for price, wait staff nice, pretty patio in back"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "food was very good, service staff were friendly, a wide variety of menu items that were equally delicious."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I love this restaurant...the food is reliably great...service is good...ambiance is pleasant!!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The restaurant continues to be a gem and the new menu is excellent. We always enjoy our dinners there. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "we tried frida on march 25th for a late dinner at 830pm the service was great but the food was just mediocure.we have good friends who live in the hood so we thought we would give it a try. unfortantly for frida they are involved in the crosstown eglinton construction. what a mess we wouldn"t recommend or go back again"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The experience was very disappointing since we received two recommendations to attend the restaurant. The quality of the tuna in the salad was terrible and full of fat. The chicken dish was not good and they did not offer to replace . The waiter did not take the item off the bill even though it was barely touched. The bill was $130.00 for three people without any liquor . I would never come back back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Note - if you are looking for a full meal, know that you need to order a few items off the menu. All items on menu are like appetizers. I did not stay to eat because I was looking to order a full meal, I'm sure the food is great as I sampled it at a charity event which is what made me want to come. Within you menu perhaps you may want to state which are larger portions have an offer that is a regular size meal. I also recognize I may not understand the overall idea for the type of food you serve. I may try again with a friend. I was there for business meeting."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I enjoyed the tapas style sharing plates. Everything was very good and I especially enjoyed the mole poblano. One of the best I have had anywhere. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food was great however the service was a bit too attentive and the music in the background was more appropriate for a night club. I think this is a good place for groups or a dinner with friends but if you are on a date, it's a little too noisy. The portions are smaller then most Mexican restaurants but I like that because I was full and not over eating. I would rather pay for good food then volume. Will come back again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The service was odd to say the least. I was never really sure who our server was – everyone seemed rushed, scattered and not happy to be there. The restaurant was slightly more than half full on a Saturday shortly after 7pm. We selected 5 (tapas style) menu items to try. The first four items (average at best) arrived within a reasonable timeframe. After our plates were cleared, we were asked if wanted anything else? Yes please, the remaining item from our order and a menu (which we never received). 15 minutes later item #5 finally appeared (melted cheese over sausage). This was a less than satisfying experience based on the quality of service, the attitude of staff and price ($80 for 4 small plates and 1 drink... the cheese was free)."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Mexican cuisine and have been to many different restaurants here and in various Spanish countries. This restaurant met all my expectations - the food was very tasty! Try the Guacamole, it's a must. I went with my family for Sunday Brunch and we had their Huevos Rancheros and their Huevos Ahoghados. Both dishes were delicious; very savory, authentic, and tasty. The coffee is fantastic - they put cinnamon and other spices in it and it's quite delightful. I wouldn't hesitate to return there for brunch, or other meals!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I can't complain about a thing. Everything was good. Nothing was 'great,' or stood out as outstanding, but I have nothing bad to say. Food was good, presented well, but portions might have been a bit small. Decor was Frida inspired, but nothing overly beautiful or artsy. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I'd go again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Visited during winterlicous at 7 and was out of many of the items off the regular menu. So had to choose from the winterlicous menu, food was excellent."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We went with friends, and we were all impressed. Wine list very reasonable - had a lovely bottle of wine our server recommended for under $40(!) - also tried the house margarita and it was delicious. The housemade chorizo with cheese and soft tortilla starter was real comfort food. Tuna and avocado salad which my husband shared with me was very fresh, mole chicken wonderful (my friend let me try theirs) and the pescado with achiote was the perfect balance of flavour with a touch of heat. Chef Hadad's churros are amazing. We will all be going back. Lovely."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The food was authentic, but the portions are tiny. The chorizo with cheese turned out to be mostly melted cheese with a few crumbs of ground meat. The main dish was very tasty - mole - but the chicken was a tiny one, and for the side we got only one tablespoon of rice and a bit more beans. It seemed to be only a sample, and it was disappointing. The best part was the dessert - churro - which was very good and the portion was nice. Will not go there again."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The waiter mentioned that they leave the Sangria (the classic not the raspberry one) out for 48 hours before service. Definitely what I'm ordering again if I end up at Frida again. Ordered the tuna salad appetizer (my friend and I loved it; one of my other friends got one of the other appetizers and she wished she got the tuna instead). The blackened chicken was good, but didn't stand out like the tuna appetizer. For dessert we all got churros, but it was a bit too sweet for all of us (and with the sangria = headache by the time we left). It's a pretty nice place and the service was great. We had an additional guest last minute, which they happily accommodated. No attitude in the service whatsoever which made it an overall good time."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Usually Great food but they came short on their winterlicious lunch menu. i would still go back"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "the winterlicious menu was $20, the dishes: burrito app, the chicken sandwich, fish tacos, ceviche app, and the two deep fried desserts. All in all it was rather underwhelming, if you get the burrito and chicken sandwich you will have a decent amount of food as both are larger and come with refried beans. The ceviche was fine, shrimp and fish. The fish tacos were nothing special. 2 small tacos with battered fish and lettuce, sauce on the side. I think i would have been hungry still if i hadn't eaten one of the portions of refried beans. The desserts are deep fried dough, sugary and tasty. Given the price and the lackluster food I can't see us going back."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The food was really good! I can't generalize their whole menu off their winterlicious one, but from what i've tasted, it was probably one of the best tasting restaurants i've ever tried for summerlicious/winterlicious."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I went to Frida for Winterlicious (lunch). The service was good but there was also no excuse. We were alone in the restaurant for a while. The tortilla soup was good. Just good. The enchiladas were very good. Mains: We tried the fish tacos and torta de pollo. Big disappointment when the plates arrived! 2 little tiny tortillas and they were just ok. The sandwich looked so uninspiring, I did not try it. Everything was too small to share. We had the churros for dessert. Was an ok portion for a dessert IF you had gotten normal portions for the mains. I left this restaurant hungry. If Winterlicious is meant to draw new customers, it was an epic fail. I don't care to find out if their regular portions are bigger, I'll never go back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Mexican restaurant, authentic mexican food. Portions were small (we went with a party of 6 during Winterlicious for lunch)...and the quality was not spectacular either. I had the anchilladas as appetizer and they were vegetarian, not too bad, was a bit cold though. Entree was fish tacos, they were about the size of half my palm and they only provided 2 with some sauce on the side. Not sure if it was intended but it felt more like a starter for me. Dessert was churros, which was the best dish that day. Deep friend cinnamon-sugar fritters, they were made really well."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food this time was OK but not that great. The quality was there but not the quantity."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Dropped by for lunch and was extremely happy with the quality of the food and service. Will be back for dinner for sure!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Being winterlicious I expected the menu to be quite vague however the enchiladas were not what I thought they would be nor the heavy and bland tamale. I have eaten here before and love the food and atmosphere, unfortunately this time around was a big miss :( SORRY Frida!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Been going to Frida for a while, and unfortunately they took the best thing off the menu: the chicken tostados. The Ceviche app was not good at all (boring. Shrimp and refried beans. Bleh), my main was AWFUL - the carmelized onion taco. Terrible. The mole chicken was very good, but unfortunately I only got to taste it as it wasn't what I ordered. The atmosphere was odd - weird, quiet vibe to the place. Not like how it's been in the past. I used to travel a distance to go to this place, but doubtful I ever will again. The margarita was good..."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food was generally good, authentic and excellent flavours but they were still using the December menu which is tapas/small plates style. Had we know we would not have gone as this style can be quite expensive considering that plates average $15 you are advised to have 3-5 plates per person."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Only note for ambiance. ..on a quiet night the music was too low. It made the restaurant seem too quiet and a bit awkward as you could hear the other two tables conversations. Music just a few notches louder would have made all the difference"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I was very impressed with the Frida menu and found it was amazing for the price. The tapas style made for an intimate experience, I'd highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We greatly enjoyed Friday the other evening, especially their new tapas menu that allows slection of several small portions of wonderful Mexican fare. The sauces and dips were terrific as were the beef tacos, enchaladas and Chili Relenos. We can highly recommend this small treasure of a restaurant."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We tried 6 dishes, all of them really good, but small portions and very pricy."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "I must've missed that this restaurant was a tapas style one. Food was good but very small portions and of course the bill ended up running very high. Good for couples, not groups. Good for drinks and light eating. By no means a place to go eat a hearty mexican meal."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Overpriced, unexciting food. Wait staff did not know how to translate dishes for customers. We should have been suspicious when we arrived and there was no one else having dinner there."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Menu was a full Tapas bar menu, I guess we missed this in the website….portions were small and very $$$$$…….. four of us shared 5 dishes and the total was was $200.00"
    Dined on 11/30/2013