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Playa Cabana Hacienda
Playa Cabana Hacienda

Playa Cabana Hacienda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.playacabana.ca
  • Phone: (647) 352-6030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

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

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A word from Playa Cabana Hacienda
We’re a favourite here on the Dupont strip. Steps from Yorkville and an oasis from the downtown core, we at Playa Cabana offer traditional Mexican fare with a cosy neighbourhood feel. Fresh seafood specials, handmade tortillas, local artisan-made, organic ingredients, and premium tequila-based cocktails merge with a relaxed atmosphere and a passionate service staff to provide a truly authentic experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Great for after work crowd or big groups that don't mind a loud noise level. Not really a place to go for dinner and have conversation. A little noisy even earlier in the week."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had a group there for pitchers of margaritas and tapas, was a very fun evening. Will definitely go back"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "It took over 30 minutes after we were seated for us to even be approached by a server. We had to ask the hostess who seated us to send someone over to take our order. It took another 20 minutes just to get our drinks. Then out entrees came out 20 minutes apart from each other. We wanted to order more drinks but our server never visited our table again. In fact, we had to ask another server to bring us the bill. This is the worst dining experience I have had in toronto and I am thoroughly disappointed. I have been to playa cabana twice and had a great experience both times. We wanted to give hacienda a try since we live in the area. I will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I had the worst lunch at this location. The veggie tacos were filled with inedible large soggy mushrooms, tiny pieces of poblano peppers and very chewy pieces of cheese. My other two tacos were overfilled with additions making it difficult to taste the grilled fish. Salsa must have been made the day before as the tomatoes were mushy and the sauce watery. The ceviche was watery and lacked flavor. The guacamole was pretty good. How can the food served at this location be so different from the sister restaurant down the street. The chef needs some training from the real Playa Cabana across the street."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything on the menu is amazing, the staff is all very nice. Environment makes you feel like your in Mexico."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Can never go wrong with Playa Cabana Hacienda. The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. The staff are super nice. Cool decor. Never any bill shock either."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food. Good service. However very crowded and noisy! Otherwise fun evening"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The patio at PCH had been open for it's first week and still working out the kinks. It's a great set up, with full on BBQ, lots of bar space, and even the Thirsty Traveller Kevin Brauch was in attendance. There's some work to do to get up to the Playa Cabana standard, but this patio is going to be great once it's cooking like Playa. Love the space and set up."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Small, expensive portions one was ice cold and the other extremly salty. Each drink we ordered had either way to much lime or simple syrup or both! We had to ask for cutlery, napkins and asked more than four times for water!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our server wasn't knowledgeable on the menu and made numerous excuses as to why our food was nearly 2 hours late. Once the good came, it was great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Playa cabana hacienda was great! We were seated on the back patio which was adorable and had a great vibe! Food was good too. We got a selection of tacos-fairly authentic because of their size but would have appreciated more filling. The homemade guac and salsa was the best part, super fresh and tasty. Last but not least, we really enjoyed the fresh lime margaritas:)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It was very noisy during our dinner. I would suggest to request a quiet table, if you are joining dinner with friends."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Waiter had no knowledge of food or beer recommendation. Which doesn't help when the menu doesn't provide descriptions. Food was either bland or greasy."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Hi, I came with my daughter and a friend and the fish tacos were great, and the virgin marguerita (spelling?) was excellent. The server was great with my daughter (5 years old). Constructive criticisms: the real marguerita was very strong, and tasted too strong at first to enjoy; my server didn't know what a negroni was, which is OK, but I had a delicious one at another Playa C so I wanted one here too! The guac was excellent though the tortilla chips weren't that great. I don't know if they were home made, but they were very crunchy, and seemed deep fried. They were too thick for me. Overall, I would come back, and I like your place a lot. The feel there with the neon and the bustle was good. Thanks a lot"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I personally did not enjoy the food, the only item that eatable was the civeche. The tacos were horrible! My husband tried 3 tacos each and definitely will not recommend this restaurant to anybody! This placed was recommended by a family member, yikes! I will definitely not listen to their recommendations again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Second time at Hacienda. Like the original Playa Cabana down the street, service is lousy. Staff are nice enough, just don't seem to be very competent or efficient. Dropped others dirty plates on our table, cleared food before we were finished, food ordered at the same time brought out at all different times, something floating in one of our drinks that should NOT have been. Comped us ONE dessert for three of us due to all the screw-ups - not exactly generous. Regardless of yummy food, don't think we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Guacamole really great. And chips are a carbohydrate dream. My "hot" entrée was anything but. Only disappointment there. Drinks, skimpy on the alcohol? Perhaps."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Braised short rib taco made my tastebuds dance and sing. Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I went out for her birthday dinner and it was an absolutely spectacular time. Right from the moment we arrived we were in love with the place! The frenetic energy (without the sense of being rushed), the great vibe, the cool ambiance and the really great staff just wrapped up this completely noteworthy day! Our server Jordan was on the ball, easy to get a hold of, quick with a great recommendation and a great conversationalist. I had remarked to my partner that I felt like we'd be in and out of there pretty quickly without ever feeling rushed...and I was wrong! When I had thought we'd been there for maybe 30 mins, it turns out we were just hitting an hour of great drinks, food and conversation. No hesitation about recommending!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our dinner was great but there was a wedding party that dominated the patio, which was where we were seated. Their party migrated from inside to the patio, so it was loud and kind of annoying with all the guests pressing up against us. However, they were lovely and bought us shots, so that kind of made up for it. Overall it was a great experience, aside from it being a little crowded. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing! My husband and I dined here for his birthday; he's been bugging me to take him out for Mexican. We are both quite particular when it comes to dining and we were both incredibly satisfied with the entire experience at Hacienda! The food was great, the service was terrific and the ambiance was nice. The braised short rib tacos are a must have as is the ceviche. I would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends and will be returning! :)"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This is a staple stop not to miss. Can't beat the flavours of this menu. Great selection of food and drink. Voted one of my top Mexican resto spots."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "All round great value and fun vibe. The food is delicious and not greasy for Mexican. Great spot to go with a group of 6-8 people. You dont feel like you in Toronto."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We went there the other night as a party of 6. Service was great. Briana was our wait staff. The food was delicious, until the next day. Three of the people in our party had eaten something bad that night at the restaurant. We all had stomach issues the following day. I called the restaurant and told Katrina the manager. She was apologetic. Thought she would offer me something to get me to come back but nothing. So, don't think I would go back. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I have eaten here on many occasions and unfortunately the food on this particular night was not great. I had guests in town and was thrilled to have them experience great neighbourhood Mexican food. They were very disappointed, as was I. Rare for this restaurant. All staff service was fantastic with the exception of our server who seems in a rush to finish her shift. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good food and really good drinks at a great price. Great for sharing, except the churros poutine, you will want one all to yourself!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Gluten free and vegetarian options available. The chips and guacamole were amazing. The atmosphere was very energetic and loud. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The only complaint I have for this place is the noise, it was extremely loud!! So crowded and the music really high. If that bothers you something to think about. Other than that the food was great and the staff super friendly, really helpful and always with a smile in their face. Great food experience!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Love this restaurant on a regular night (with the regular menu) but wouldn't go there on special occasions as the service was mediocre at best and the menu (we went on Cinco De Mayo and there was a special menu) honestly wasn't great. Get the elotes! Best thing ever!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Typical Toronto restaurant with the hostess with iPad in hand, tapas style dining and barnhouse/Mediterranean tire decor. The atmosphere picks up in the evening, but they keep the temperature SO cold you never really get comfortable. We ordered the pablano peppers to start and they tasted like nothing. Then had the spare rib tacos (really good) and the LA tacos (nothing to brag about). All of the other tacos (chicken/fish) had the same toppings so there wasn't much variety. It's a taco place, but not as creative or mouth watering as the menu at a similar (but better) place like grand electric. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Being first timers, our server was quick to review the menu explaining that many of the dishes are 'sharing friendly'. His recommendations were bang on. Loved the food, the service and the quirky ambiance. Make a reservation if going after 6 pm. Packed!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Big fan of this location - love the set up and patio for the summer. Great food"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "food was great. service was really good but got off to a slow start. It took too long for someone to approach our table upon seating. However, service was amazing after that and I am over the rough beginning. the food and the drinks were great. I can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Love this place, amazing food, great music etc. it's always a pleasure to have dinner here."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Tables are too close together it feels like youre dining with the ppl at the table right next to you. Good food thought and decent service"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Dave's margarita was fantastic, the shrimp app, corn on the cob and homemade guac were all amazing. Tacos were incredible. Only downfall to our visit was being seated upstairs at the front in the enclosed patio area. The music sounded like it was coming through an iPhone and it was so uncomfortably hot up there. I imagine sitting anywhere else in the restaurant would have been enjoyable. The food and service were fantastic. We'll definitely come back but ask to sit elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The decor is creative, not cliched. Fun to hear the seats are from a stadium.. But the best treat is the food. We started with sublimely flavourful guacamole and warm freshly prepared tortilla chips. Next chicken tacos and braised short rib enchiladas to share. We were both reluctant to switch plates midway but were just as pleased with the second half. Our friends had the fish tacos, declared fresh and beautifully seasoned and the short ribs tacos, again delicious. We felt welcome and the service was prompt but unrushed and helpful. Playa Cabana Hacienda is a casual dining experience, lively with energetic music, but not in any way rushed. There is nothing casual about their attention to the food. Will return!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "All food is good, some dishes are great. Service is friendly and professional. It's a happening, fun place with good food. Great for a date."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "When you walk into Playa Cabana Hacienda you feel like you've traveled to an eclectic Mexican bar in a foodie's paradise. They offer a variety of tasty starts such as guac & chips, shrimp etc However it's their fresh & tasty tacos that keep me coming back. I definitely recommend the braised short rib taco as well as the guacamole!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Food is good but not really 'authentic'. Never seem to be able to get reservation timing down. 9:30 rez on Sat pm, were sat at 10pm. But price is right, lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/29/2014