PLAYA CABANA BARRIO
PLAYA CABANA BARRIO

PLAYA CABANA BARRIO

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.playacabana.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 901-5188
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Euclid Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
PLAYA CABANA BARRIO reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (68)hot spot (59)neighborhood gem (53)good for groups (45)vibrant bar scene (28)late-night find (16)special occasion (11)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (3)romantic (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We had such a great time. Great Service. Food super!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant! So fun!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    What a fun restaurant! Amazing energy, cool decor, terrific staff. Everyone was so friendly and smiley. Best service I have had in ages. The food was terrific. We all enjoyed everything we ordered. I will definitely go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    jessicaellen
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My hubby and I went here for a date night. The food was delicious and totally reasonable. We ordered way too much, but took the extras to go (note: it didn't travel very well). We had a great time and would definitely go back again, but it wasn't a "romantic dinner", better suited for an energetic group. We still had fun and highly recommend the food. The Torta Coreana was amazing. Baja Tacos - my "spicy" fave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic dinning experience
    mottyshreds
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food. Amazing ambiance. Staff were very social and helpful with picking dishes. All the food was fresh and absolutely delicious. The oyster bar was the icing on the cake. Any person can find something on the menu they will crave as soon as they step out of the door. Simply put.... Check this place out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you take a reservation, keep it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Every Playa Cabana restaurant in the chain is spectacular in terms of attentive wait staff and quality of food and drink offering. That said, none of the four of them are able to comply with reservations made on Open Table. My average wait time has been about 35 minutes at each location. Other restaurants who offer multiple seatings throughout the night gently but informatively advise their patrons when they sit down that when their 2 hour window is up, they can expect to leave unless otherwise noted. I'm not sure if management at Playa Cabana is complicit in not keeping reservations in order to keep the place buzzing, or whether its just incompetent. Add walk ins, and you are left standing in the foyer packed like a sardine can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, great food. All around great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Birthday Dinner
    SotnosRCVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Came here to celebrate my birthday with friends many of whom were new to the place. I've been several times before. They renovated the bar/opening area. Larger bar and single style seating now up front which is good if you are flying solo. I love the new drinks and the oyster bar. I will definitely come back for the oysters and the main food. I had the lobster enchilada which I really enjoyed as I expected. But the oysters are making me dream about it again. Will definitely be returning soon! Gracias Playa for helping me enjoy my special day with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Neighbourhood Dive
    Elsie81
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great concept, and good food. I would recommend this for a fun night out to try something different. It was reasonably priced, and the vibe is divy in a trendy way. If I lived in the neighbourhood, it would definitely be a regular go-to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoided by epileptics
    Cash4class
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    yummy taquitos. Enthusiastic server. Decor is wild, almost overstimulating. Very trendy spot in my neighbourhood, will return. They make some expensive but interesting drinks too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican
    TorontoFoodGuruVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great find after always going to Playa Cabana. This is equal if not better . Easier to get reservations as well. The food is just as good along with some eclectic stuff you don't find in your typical Cdn Mexican restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food
    Momin
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Loved the ambience, the food and the service. Only issue was very small table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Korean spin in Mexican
    Chasemeifucan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food and service. Recommend the calamari. Got a table in the back right beside the kitchen which wasn't ideal but service and food made up for it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip it.
    Pi314
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was completely overrated. The most notable disappointment was the grilled calamari-- way too oily with little (if any) acidity. The tables were also positioned too close together, so much so that I was trapped in my seat when the two neighboring tables became occupied. The server was pleasant, which was this place's only saving grace.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • enjoyable food experience
    tacosrock
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I came here with two of my friends and we ordered a lot of food. We had the chicken wings, the ceviches, the guacamoles, oysters, and three different types of tacos: the fish taco, lobster taco, and short rib taco. The food choice is more Mexican than being Korean fusion Mexican. Food taste great, the portions are large. It's interesting to have turnips on tacos. Our waiter was friendly and suggested the food choices for us. Definitely enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Space, Great Taste
    ChefAsh
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Having been to all of the other Playa Cabana locations I decided to try the new melting pot of Mexican Korean. The Ambience is energetic and draws you in, transporting you from the world outside the small cozy restaurant. Playa could stand to adjust the near seizure inducing flashing lights. They wear on your eyes and psyche after a short period. The food is largely similar to the other locations with a little bit or Asian influence. The Kalbi style ribs were stellar, the tacos were tasty but over stuffed, churros poutine is exactly as satisfying as you would expect
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    steakaddict
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had the Torta Coreana, Lobster and Short Rib tacos. Finished with the Churros.... all I can say is wow and thank you. I will be returning. The hot sauces were excellent both packing a punch of flavour and fire. Great service, great value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Playa Cabana Barrio Coreano
    fuschiabird
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Had a post-work girls night celebrating a friends belated birthday. Top notch friendly service. We had drinks, chips with guac and different tacos - always very fun atmosphere and nice casual evening out without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun fusion
    luv2eat4evr
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The chefs seem to be having fun although the wait staff seem stressed. I've been only twice now but would call it my favorite spot in Korean business district
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A trendy place with yummy tacos
    TOfoodlady
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I went out to Playa Cabana on a Thursday night and from the moment I walked in, I felt like it was actually a Saturday evening. I was spending some time catching up with a few contributors to the blog I manage. The atmosphere was upbeat, cool and very trendy. My table couldn't stop ogling over the decor! Our server was friendly, knew everything about the menu and was easy to talk with. The food did take a little bit long to come and by the time everyone had their tacos, which were delicious, some portions had gotten cool. Regardless, the meals tasted good (we all shared our tacos to get a variety), the wine was delicious, the margaritas were strong and satisfying and I think we'd all definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great addition to Playa C
    incognito80
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved the vibe, service and food - if you're a fan of the other Playa Cabana restaurants in the city, this one will be right up your alley! Special mention to the decor (which form the outside reminded me of a scene from Blade Runner!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seated an hour after our reso
    eat2live
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our reservation was for 8:30pm on a Friday and we didn't get seated until 9:30pm. The manager gave us a free round of drinks, free guacamole and chips and free desert, which was very nice. However, having to wait an hour past our reservation was extremely off-putting. The food wasn't mind-blowing, so overall I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great Mexican
    SotnosRCVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was my fifth time at a Playa Cabana restaurant and my second time to Barrio. I decided to take a friend here for dinner and he really enjoyed it. He is usually picky with his food but he ate all of it. He had the 3 carnitas tacos while I had the fish tacos and the pulpo taco. I've had both before and was satisfied again. I highly recommend the place if you enjoy Mexican flavours done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed.
    TODiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very expensive plates with small portions. The korean inspired dishes were pretty good, but overall none of the food was anything special. I've had better Mexican for far cheaper in Toronto. The drinks were also very expensive and not very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food - LONG wait!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food here was very good, for the most part. The homemade nacho chips taste just like ones that I had in Mexico when I fell in love with shrimp ceviche! We waited a long time for our food - probably close to an hour to get our mains after we placed the order. Our waiter was good, gave the reason for the delay that the printer in the kitchen hadn't printed out the order....then he said that part of our order would be "out in a few minutes" but that became at least 30 minutes. We had a reservation for 8pm, and were finally eating our mains at 9:30. The saving grace was the food - nachos, guacamole, beef tacos & beef/short rib sandwich - really really good. We'll go to another Playa Cabano next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Miss the Korean flavour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I liked my dinner at Playa Cabana Barrio but I much prefer the old menu with the Korean flavours
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Koreatown Mexican
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really love the Koreantown influence on classic Mexican dishes. Pork bulgogi tacos were great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All good
    Rtraub69VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Small intimate room with interesting wall decorations Service was very friendly and attentive.Not rushed at all and perfect timing between courses. Food was perfectly done especially the clamari which were the best ive hade in a while. My only regret was that is a small limited menu and two of thew items were already sold out at 7 pm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun restaurant tasty food
    realdeal
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Good restaurant if you like Mexican food with a Korean twist. Fun atmosphere and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be returning.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, quick service. Try the octopus taco. Go on an empty stomach and get one of everything!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican with a Korean Influence
    TallInToronto
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love that this little Mexican restaurant has embraced the neighbourhood that it's in and welcomed a Korean influence into its menu. What a fantastic concept. The service was incredible. Really felt like our server genuinely cared about us and our meal. Great mojitos and pork bulgogi tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food; Great People
    TOobserver
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great flavour combinations and a wonderful staff. Can order as individual meals or choose dishes (ie: tacos) as samplers for a group. Although not for those seeking a quiet night out, I would highly recommend a visit. Did I say sangria? Although small groups of two can likely get in, I'd book ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barrio C.
    BobbyUncle
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Only thing didn't like was that the waiter touched me five times on the shoulder. I didn't like that. He also asked me where I lived, which I didn't really want to share with him. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for girls night
    FoodieL
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Friendly service, really personal and efficient. Atmosphere reminiscent of all playa cabana restaurants. Kmex slaw is good. Fave taco is the beef because the meat is done in an amazing Korean BBQ style. Chorizo Verde and Spicy Carnita also really good. Not the biggest fan of the chicken one. Don't miss the tres leches dessert. Menu on chalkboard... Easy to read and environmentally friendly. Menus posted all around so easy to see no matter where you are. Love this place, will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere, food, service
    tellingtales
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've been to this restaurant three times and it is always good. The guacamole is sometimes not as good as others, but on this visit was packed with avocado. On a previous visit it had a bit too much onion. I highly recommend the shrimp taco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Korean/Mexican didn't cut it
    Foodmonster
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The only thing I would go back for is the KFC bibimbap. Everything else was just okay - nothing special. Although the drinks weren't watered down, they kinda tasted the same. We ordered 3 different drinks and didn't notice much difference! I would just stick with the original Playa Cabana at Dupont - can't go wrong there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alright
    Lovefood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good - I was just expecting to get wowed.. Which only the bill managed to do. Service was excellent - except hostess who gave us the crappiest / crampest table in an almost empty restaurant. Our server graciously moved us - but I saw her seat 3 other couples in the same place ( they all were moved as well). Good margueritta as - but over priced. A bit of a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mmmmm tacos!
    Yumyums
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Our waitress was excellent and took the time to go through the entire menu. She brought me a free dessert after she had recommended one forgetting about my gluten allergy and it was so noisy that I couldn't hear her describe that it was a flour-based cake. That being said, there are a lot of options for anyone who can't have gluten. I would recommend being familiar with the online menu because they don't hand them out and your table, like ours, may be in a bad spot to see the large chalkboard one. Non-stop nachos, lemonade and chorizo/chicken/Baja tacos were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 84 reviews are from the PLAYA CABANA BARRIO reviews archive.
  • Escape from ordinary.Fun.Great food
    HW519
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    You ask yourself how could Mexican and Korean food co-exist? This place nailed it! The decor is very imaginative and sets a great tone. Nicely done cocktail menu. Menu is designed for sharing, and our party of 6 shared tacos, fried chicken, pork ribs, a cowboy steak sliced up to share, and a yummy slice of tres leches cake (w 6 forks). The music and noisy crowd made it feel very hip New York, and the tastes were a mix of Mexican spice and Korean sweetness which came together in all the right ways. Service was exemplary. Attentive, personable and engaging. It so happens the owner, Dave, was onsite, and added to the fun by joining us with some tequila shots. The night though, belonged to our server Kate, who made it so much fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavours and quality
    dave
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Quality of cooking stood out at Barrio Coreano and it had to stand pretty high to rise above the margheritas, the over-flowing tacos, and quality appetizers. The lamb rib and fried chicken app's were cooked very nicely. We had 4 tacos and all were very good. We had the cowboy fajitas - ok, not great. Meat cooked inconsistently, a lot too rare, although good flavour. Veggies nothing special. Impressive when it arrives. I am not a corn tortilla super-expert but they seemed good to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    Sandra
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was on vacation in Toronto and I was looking for a good Mexican restaurant to initiate my husband. The service was amazing, as soon as we arrived the staff was friendly and smiling. The server, she took the time to explain the menu in detail and explain the way it worked. The food was just spicy enough and the selection of tacos are modern. My husband loved the fish taco, but all the tacos we ate we good. Also, if we wouln't have tried this place, we wouldn't have had the chance to discover the great neighbourhood. I absolutly recommand this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic