Playa Cabana Cantina
Playa Cabana Cantina

Playa Cabana Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.playacabana.ca/
  • Phone: 6473527767x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 12:00pm - late
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Dave Sidhu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Keele and Dundas
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Green P on the corner of keele and dundas. Street parking, free after 6pm.
A word from Playa Cabana Cantina
There’s nothing quite like a new culinary experience. Lucky for you, we have five sensational locations, each featuring our own take on Mexican staples. They’re more than authentic featuring unique menus and surprising eats. So stop by, relax and devour some of Toronto’s most exciting non-traditional Mexican fare.



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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Playa Cabana Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (69)hot spot (63)good for groups (46)vibrant bar scene (41)late-night find (27)special occasion (23)great for lunch (20)kid-friendly (7)romantic (7)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Second time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We ate dinner at Playa Cabana Cantina on Tues night -Sept 16th, for the second time and loved it just as much as out first visit. Little disappointed that the Burrito I order last time (with ground beef) was no longer on the menu, but it forced me to try something else-tacos, and they were fresh and delicious!! We will definitely be back a third time when we are in the city again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican food in Toronto
    Baconeater
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Really good place, the ambiance is great and different than other restaurants. The price is really decent too, with many options in the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but don't take your time
    tiff06
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love eating at Playa Cabana but find the seating times to be too rushed. When I go out for dinner I don't like having a time limit to how long I have to eat and enjoy my meal. We had to move to the bar area mid meal and carry our plates over to the bar and finish our meal there. Not ideal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty and accomdating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love Playa Cabana. I've been to the Avenue and Dupont location already and decided to try out their spot in the Junction. Same fun atmosphere and creative taco menu. I made a reservation for a group of 6 a week ahead of time, but at the last minute needed to add an extra two spots. I called back the day of our reservation (Saturday afternoon) and explained my situation and they managed to squeeze in an extra two spots at our table. I really appreciated it because sometimes finding a good place to eat with a large group in TO can be a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cabana Cantina
    MCL07
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Unfortunately, this evening was a disappointing experience at Cantina. Here are a few reasons why: - took a long time for initial drinks - 15 minutes minimum.... Which is the biggest turn off for me when dining out. - forgot to bring second round of drinks...although, I will happily admit the drinks were delicious. - out of 4, one person received their meal separately. I ate it while everyone else was finished. The food was good but nothing special. Washroom experience: -Bathroom door lock broken - yes, it happens... -No toilet paper in one stall and very little in the other. -No paper towels or hand blower available after washing hands from broken soap dispenser. Maybe Cantina was having a bad night- Or not.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Night at The Cantina
    AceEatsOut
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What can you say about Playa Cantina that hasnt already been mentioned? Incredible food great bar menu and amazing staff! If you consider yourself a fan of Mexican street food classics like Tacos, Burritos , Nachos, Guaccomole, Salsa, Ceviche, and dont forget beer than you must find yourself at Cantina! The Tacos are out of this world, whether yiu are jones'ing for a chicken taco, chorizo, fish, pulled pork, veggie, scallop or octopus, Playa Cantina serves it with flair, grace and character. Don't be fooled, make a reservation! This little Cantina packs a decent sized crowd but you dont want to find yourself waiting for a table Only thing Playa Cantina is missing is Corona, if you're looking for a great spot Cantina is it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish Tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had the fish tacos...I was craving them. I was disappointed with them as the fish seemed a bit tough. After I had finished them, the waiter asked how they were as another table had mentioned that they weren't very good. I expressed my feelings about them while making sure to not be too harsh. I found it odd that the waiter would ask if it was "detrimental" but not offer anything to compensate for the "tough, odd batch" of fish that day. My boyfriend enjoyed his food, and I am assuming this was a one time thing...but I do have to say I was quite disappointed with this visit and won't be rushing back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great Mexican food, excellent margaritas and a fantastic crowd! A must see for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • true mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    In a city with amazing restaurant range and during a "craze taco" fad. Playa Cabana is the real thing! While other places use the excuse of been "mexican influenced" This place is it. And best of all it doesn't look stereotypical either, it has a cool look. I only hope they resist the "Cinco de Mayo" temptation [a small holiday in Mexico overblown by marketeers to push drinking] otherwise they will break my heart... Ignorance and or greed is not an excuse to insult a culture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service...
    Lv10
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Last time service was above and beyond this time not so much. Never got our glass of wine. Brought out one taco 10 minutes before the rest so my friend was stuck eating alone at the table and when the others came they were cold and soggy so they had clearly been sitting for the last ten minutes. Shouldn't happen on a Monday night. Also pretty sure my $10 mojito had no alchol in it. Went from a 10 star rating my first go to a 7. I'll give it one more shot (hopefully a different server) before I decide...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was amazing. Atmosphere fun and upbeat. Unfortunately the server we had sucked. Would go back for the good in hopes of a different server
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SMIFFYSGANG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    WE LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, IT! SO MUCH GREAT FOOD, THAT EVERYTIME WE SAW SOMETHING COME TO A NEAR BY TABLE WE HAD TO ASK WHAT IT WAS AND ORDERD IT. WE WERE NOT DISAPOINTED. SO OUR ADVICE IS ORDER EVERYTHING AND SPLIT IT. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    coolcaterer
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food is fantastic - had the tacos. I like that you get to choose from soft, hard, or lettuce taco shell. The lobster taco was good, the ancho braised short rib taco was really good, and the pascado taco was great. It takes quite a while to get drinks, but when you do, its well worth it. They have a really cool choice of cocktails. I love the noisy ambiance. Don't go if you're in a rush. That kind of art takes time. I've been wanting to go for a while and will definitely be back - hopefully soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A++
    Lv10
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    On par with the original playa cabana. Food was awesome. Less crowded. Great staff. My new go to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious tacos! Great times!
    Ritaboutit
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was amazing and the margaritas are good but what really impressed me was the service. Ten mins into being there the strap on my shirt broke. I would've had to leave but I took my chances and made the wild request for my server to find me a safety pin. And you guys have a sewing kit!!! It saved my night (and me from flashing everyone).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always
    mrchunks
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Mojitos, chips and guac, assortment of tacos...all delicious. The Elotes (grilled corn with spices and cheese) are not to be missed, they are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT Mexican dinner & drinks!
    madster
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Recently had a girls night out at Playa Cabana, and had a great time :) The 4 of us split a pitcher of their red wine sangria (delicious) and also enjoyed their margaritas. Their fish tacos are AMAZING. The serving sizes aren't big, which I like, and you have the option of having your tacos on lettuce leaves instead of tortillas, so its easy to go healthy at this place too (if you discount the drinks, of course. So healthy-ish. But still great). The menu also communicates which items contain gluten, another perk for those with dietary needs/wants. Another perk: the waiters are all gorgeous. And the service was on point. Seriously enjoyed dinner and drinks at this place. Definitely going to return with more people in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Marginal to Poor Drinks
    PoeticsOfTaste
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    While Playa Cabana Cantina offers some of the best Mexican food in Canada (a country that has a reputation of not doing Mexican well), their margaritas and sangria need serious and immediate attention. Both could be improved in terms of style, size, and taste. First, they over-ice their drinks (perhaps to cut down on costs), and as a result, they are watered down. Second, they serve their drinks in very small glasses. When I received my sangria in a 4-inch tall glass packed with ice, I was astonished, especially given the high cost. With regard to taste, their margaritas are delicious, but their sangria is just sad; it's reminiscent of children's fruit juice and comes with hardly any fresh fruit. In short, food=good, drinks=disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tacos!
    BearTracker87
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great mexican ambiance. Authentic tastes of Mexico. Tacos are fabulous. Only complaints is for the bar. Grapefruit infused Margarita was terrible and they won't let you mix and match the Dos Equis in the bucket even though the same price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burritos and Tacos
    CfromToronto
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time at Cantina, loved it, food was great, service was friendly, they could improve the service, provide water when you arrive, top of water, small things, otherwise, very cool, will go again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Softie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our dinner was excellent, the calamari with pear salsita was just the right level of spice. Our tacos were yummy. We probably ate too much. The service was a little robotic/wooden, but sitting by the open garage door style window watching the world go by was fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotspot fizzles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Creative ingredient combinations. Service very uneven. One person at our table had to wait at least 15 minutes longer than the rest of the table for her meal. No apology! Noise level made conversation challenging.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mexican
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    From the good to the server it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    When I pulled up I thought "this may be a bit too hipster for me", but it wasn't. Decor is straight out of American Pickers. Aside from the seating being a bit tight in some places, the total experience was really excellent. Maybe we got lucky, but our Waiter, Zack was great for a youngster. All of the food was pretty authentic, especially the cocktails which was more on the savory than sweet side (more Mexican than north american). The food was ALL VERY GOOD. I tried 5 different tacos and couldn't decide my favorite. The guacamole was fresh and hand made. I don't like any seafood and yet my wife's shrimp looked so good, I ate 2 of the 14 large shrimp she got in an appetizer, grilled to perfection I might add. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Steaklover
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything was great. Would highly recommend. Tequila galore
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favourite
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've been at least 5 times. Great spot. I always get the tacos, love 'em. They changed the margaritas - the old ones were better, I liked the one with Grand Marnier. Of the 2 new options, one is too tart (and I typically like a little tartness) and the other is too sweet - they can do better on the margaritas. The Paloma was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    excellent street style mexican food in the Junction, we have been a few times and it is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbeleivable Food
    migs
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Thank you for a great meal. Absolutely loved it. Not from Toronto, but will stop in every time I visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • knmo
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was my second time at this restaurant and the food is amazing, the staff is friendly and attentive but not overbearing. The first time I came with a big group and it was a lot of fun, the second time was for a double date and it was a great environment. Their drink list is very notable and their food is amazing. Be prepared to wait a little bit longer than you may be used to for tacos but they are worth every minute! They are made to order and fresh, the ingredients are insane and they are filling. Everything on their menu is delicious and don't skip out on the churro poutine it is by far the best dessert. Definitely fit for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food
    Chazmeister
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant camed recommended by several friends. Saturday night is too crowded and loud for my preference. This time I went on Saturday at noon and was remarkably impressed. The food is absolutely incredible! I devoured my Enchiladas Rojas, knowing that if i brought it home for left-overs there was no way it could be as delicious when warmed up. My friend had the veggie burrito "Street Style" (means you're supposed to pick it up and eat it with your hands) but it was just so chock full of veggie goodness that she finally resorted to using a knife and fork. She also agreed that warmed up left overs just wouldn't be able to compare to it when it's fresh & hot. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Mikey1234
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a few times before and everything was very good. I went on a first date on Friday night and the server that I got was extremely rude, his attitude was cocky and arrogant and I left feeling embarrassed. Overall the gentleman certainly ruined my night which doesn't happen very often to me. Because of this I will not ever go back again. The restaurant overall was very good the food was very good and the manager at the end of the night spoke to me and he was very polite as well, this just would go to show that one inexperienced server can really have an effect on someone's dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tequila, Tequila, Tequila
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Aside from the great food choices, great service times, food at a good pace and no one rushing you out. As a tequila junkie, i was very impressed with the variety, size of the shot, and the prices were not outrageous. Going back to another location as there will be other tequila choices to make.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic tacos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We went for my hubby's birthday and had a great time! The tacos were amazing! and so many creative variations! I kinda regret ordering a burrito so ate my husband's tacos. The kept the birthday cake cool for us until ready to serve. Great vibe and excellent food! Although they do have high-chairs, we were able to get a sitter at the last minute, which worked out b/c don't think this is an ideal place for kids and limited kids menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mishaps and disappointments
    townies
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our dinner was a series of mishaps and disappointments. We were refused a confirmed table then served rubberized calamari and bizarrely flavourless corn. Taco fillings were lackluster, and the fried versions greasy. Wine options were extremely limited. Service was apologetic and competent buy harried. Noise level was over the top, even at 6pm. Love the neighbourhood, and love tacos, but this place is grim.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    LovingfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food and really great service!! So happy to have a great quality restaurant that is fun in our area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honesty
    Tlolo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I had lunch service. There was construction next door which I understand is not under their control but it made it hard to enjoy or speak to each other. The tacos I had were fine but the sangria I ordered was not made well. It tasted like only red wine and nothing else.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic meal
    hellolalala
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Came here for the third time--this time for a special occasion and with a reservation. We live in the area and enjoy frequenting the local spots. I would definitely recommend reservations, as the tables have more space to accommodate all the delicious food! Loved the grilled squid and fish tacos. Mixed tequila drinks are a little on the pricey side, but taste fresh and so the price is expected. We received excellent service (we did not tell them it was a birthday meal.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I went there for my Birthday Celebration last Saturday, with my best friends' and their baby girl. They not only were very accomodating with her, providing a high chair and a stack of napkins for her so she can see over the table, our server Zach made it a memorable experience. The food was fantastic, however Zach provided 5 star service that you would see in fine dining restaurants. I was very impressed and will be returning in the near future!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    Iskabibal
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I can't thank the staff for making my frds bday the best suprise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Amazing hotspot in the junction with good staff and great food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.