Playa Cabana
Playa Cabana

Playa Cabana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.playacabana.ca/
  • Phone: 4169293911
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 12:00pm - late
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Playa Cabana
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 ingredients, and premium tequila-based cocktails merge with a relaxed atmosphere and a passionate service staff to provide a truly authentic experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Playa Cabana reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (59)hot spot (47)great for outdoor dining (35)special occasion (17)great for lunch (15)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (12)romantic (12)late-night find (9)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Excellent
    mavdVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent service from our waiter Roberto. Great food as always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't make it to the table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    so much attitude at the door by the hostess and never made it to the table , was looking forward to the meal, but would rather give my money to a friendlier place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Notable food, satisfactory noise
    eagledink
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Considering how excellent the food was, I imagined the patio would have a much greater 'buzz'.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great place. A little crowded but the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disorganized, Uncomfortable
    Village
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We were left standing without a word as to what was happening with our reservation. We were told we had a table outside, after waiting some more we were told to sit in a corner inside. The table we were brought to was cramped, hot, noisy, & leaning dramatically to one side. Our appetizers arrived (ceviche and quacamole) with one lone bowl of chips. Drinks then took 25 min.'s to arrive. Mains arrived in reasonable time but our server was again nowhere to be found when it came time for our bill. We had to go to the bar to finally get our invoice. Disappointed that we had made reservations in advance and were looking forward to our dinner, only to be seated in such poor conditions- with a lovely server who was far to harried to serve.
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  • Mediocre Mexican
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Why can't people in Toronto get Mexican right. Adding hot sauce to bland tasteless food does not make good Mexican. The fish tacos have no taste. The guacamole is tasteless and too creamy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They Could Spice up their Game
    ShipintheNight
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A pleasant spot, but they seem to be riding on the coattails of earlier success. The food was barely warm enough and the beer was not quite cold enough. The service staff were confused and pretty slow, at an off-peak time of day. On a positive note, the people were friendly and the ambience was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Playa Cabana Review
    webgoil
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Pros: Good food Nice atmosphere Good (fast) service Good prices Cons: I would have appreciated being asked if I wanted a seat on the patio when I made the reservation online. Complementary nachos and salsa would have been a nice touch. Summary: Will definitely recommend to others and return again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was good....some things were notably better then others. Burritos were off the charts amazing. Civeche was adequate but not as good as Hacienda and the corn dish that is supposed to be a house speciality was lousy. Soggy, tasteless, greasy.....But the prices are decent so it's good overall value. But the service was horrible. Our waiter was beyond useless. Didn't offer any help, seemed to be in a lousy mood.....we felt embarrassed or intimidated to ask him any questions. He served us the wrong drinks.. Made it seem like our fault. Half way through dinner he must have realized his tip was in jeopardy because he asked us about 10 times "is everything OK". That was also annoying. Once or twice would have sufficed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I always enjoy the food but service was lousy. Had to track down our server for everything, including ordering more drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    CatS
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had quite a large party to celebrate a birthday this past Sunday. Although Playa does not normally have the capacity to fit these large groups, they were very helpful through the planning process. The manager and our server were both extremely accommodating to all of our requests. The food was delicious and authentic, and the margaritas are delightful! The chicken tinga tacos and the catch of the day fish tacos were on point and tasted like more! Do not skip out on the guac.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shabv
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have been to playa cabana a few times but this time around i found the food this time around not so great. Fish Tacos were blend Ancho Braised Shortrib-Brisket Crispy Tacos - delicous Tres Leche Cake - dry Service was okay, i found the server not that helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and lots of fun
    loshem
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food and lots of fun, try the corn, it's amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunelloVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Waited a Long time for a cocktail. But it is always like this! Food always good
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Lobster tacos
    Jillybean
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love this restaurant for its really delicious, authentic, freshly-made food. The last time I was there I absolutely adored the red sangria; this time white sangria not as much. We seem to be really crammed into the main room this time and could barely hold a conversation due to the noise level. Wished we were outdoors on the wonderful patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    OriginalMS
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Delicious margaritas with a buzz that slowly creeps up on you! Tasty fresh food reminicant of fair your would find on a hopping strip in Mexico. Roasted corn is incredible. Loved my meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nom nom
    SenoritaTaco
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I wouldn't exactly say romantic but it's a fantastic date spot or place to go w a friend or two!!! I have already recommended it to friends!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the point of a reservation?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We made this reservation 2 months prior. When we got there, on time, they had clearly given away our reservation. They told us it would be 10 minutes and asked that we stand on the sidewalk so we weren't in the way. It took 35 minutes for them to seat us. No real apology. When we sat down we quickly ordered the guacamole because we were quite hungry. then 15-20 minutes after that we ordered it again when it was forgotten.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent authentic Mexican
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had dinner the other night at Playa Cabana - the food was amazing. Fresh HOT corn chips with guacamole, tacos, nachos and one full dinner plus an excellent pitcher of margaritas. The tacos were very authentic, fresh, and crisply flavoured - you could definitely taste all the different ingredients. The fish tacos were exceptional. My husband had the full dinner - carne assada - it was a large portion of steak with accompanying side dishes. It was a very enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!
    Celeste
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    It's always busy and energetic, which is fun. if you're looking for a quiet romantic night this isn't the place. great drinks and great service. the guacamole (sp?) is outstanding, as are the chips. I always have the fish tacos and they are fantastic. there are other "groovy" mexican places in the city now, but I feel like this was the first. Started the trend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lacking...
    ALo78VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This place use to be high quality food & service. The past two times I've gone, it's lacked what it once had. The vibe is 'we're a money maker' which has led to lower quality overall. Much better spots in the city to get better Mexican food with great service and good vibes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid in the summer
    Michael
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    It's a popular restaurant that's surely making great revenue, obvious from the $14 pina coladas and lineups. For the love of God, please invest in ample air conditioning! Our table was right off the kitchen and truthfully the experience was ruined by the excruciating heat. Add in a server that took an order incorrectly and a lengthy wait for our food and you have a visit we'd like to forget. We didn't even mind not being given dessert menus because we were eager to get out of there. My ceviche tasted like a lime salad, the poor seafood got lost. The steak tostada was delicious however. Fish tacos needed a bit more sauce and acid to bring the dish together. I've braved through heat for amazing worldwide dishes before - wouldn't do so here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    eater
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    "I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cara
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good foot, great marguerites, and best guacamole....but..it took forever for our first drinks to arrive - the pitcher sat at the bar for at least ten minutes. We knew the waiter had another table that was taking a long time to order, but then we saw him take another 5 minutes to enter the order, instead of quickly bringing us our drinks. We had pretty much finished our appetizers by then. Our server was not so friendly. He kind of had an attitude that he was doing us a favour. Also, we were asked to have the bill brought to us so they could make room for the 9p.m. reservations. If you want to dine leisurely, best to probably tell them that as it can be busy and crowded.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Playa Cabana is always a pleasure to go to... a casual atmosphere with delicious food, and an amazing cocktail list. If you can get a seat on the patio (which is small, so not always guaranteed-- try to show up early!) you're golden :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had the guac, crab cakes, burrito and the steak tortillas, all of which were delicious. Servings were very generous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Price
    esperanta
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I enjoy this place - in terms of food, ambience, and great drinks. However, I think some of the food items are over-priced and I do not understand why the prices of drinks have increased so much in recent months?? Pitchers of margarita or Mojito Cubano have increased by 70%.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic service at Playa Cabana
    Foodfun
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    There were a few surprises from the kitchen as there were ingredients (avacado) that were not listed on the menu. They were quick to apologize and help remedy the situation. Same thing happened with our salad where cheese was added but not listed. Otherwise, it's a great spot, our waiter was very friendly and the place, although tiny is packed with a fun crowd. It's a casual atmosphere and we would definitely go back - making sure they were aware of any allergies or dietary needs so there would be no surprises!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first date at Playa Cabana
    inlovediner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I went to Playa Cabana for a first date and I had a great time. There's lots to choose from and the small restaurant creates a very romantic atmosphere and forces you to be close to you date. The food was delicious, and perfect for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Mexican
    nixrenee
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was our first visit to Playa Cabana and it won't be our last. We were early and our table was ready. Our server Sergio was attentive and gave us great suggestions about drinks and meal choices. We were not disappointed. The tacos and burritos were amazing. The serving size was perfect. There was so much flavour. Dessert was fantastic! The churros melted in your mouth and leche cake was way lighter than I expected. I would definitely recommend this place to other people (I already have) and I will check out the other 3 locations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste has been changed
    patientlady23
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I've been to all the locations restaurant. I've tried barrio coreano, Playa cabana, Cantina, and Hacienda. Above all, the Playa Cabana was the best, so I went back there again. But it was not same taste as before, and the service as well. We've ordered a lot of food, but no one comes for clean the table nor asking if we need anything. I understand, the place is very busy, but I would not recommend to go there again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    luvfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Reminded us of our recent trip to Mexico and all the yummy food we had. Each dish was great and so were the micheladas - Great ambience and flavours!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    latdior
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We were a group of 6 and we truly enjoyed it. Best thing to do is to call in advance to reserve because the place gets filled quickly. I mean who doesn't enjoy such good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    diningdiva1
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were a party of 5, seated at a very small table for 4 (one chair crammed at the end). It's great to accommodate people, but not at the expense of crowding and making one uncomfortable. Also affected the 2 people at the table beside us. It was extremely noisy - almost impossible to have any conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food was absolutely fantastic. Restaurant is a little crowded, but overall it has a cool ambiance. Food is just out of this world though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is a bustling restaurant where everyone always seems to be having a great time. Awesome margaritas and all the food either myself or friends/family have tried have been excellent. Especially love the guacamole with fresh chips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guinevere
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Absolutely no complaints. It's very busy, so you have the sense that you're part of a scene. Mohitos were delicious enough to have two. Tacos -- one carnita, one pollo -- were tasty and filling. I recommend a bowl of guacamole with corn chips to start.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grill Broke
    ETLB
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Reserved a table by the window. Nice waiter. Had predinner drinks and chips with guacamole. Put our dinner order in, about 20 min. later our waiter told us their grill broke and there would be no dinner. He apologized profusely. We could only order their salad...my husband needs a meal. So we got the bill for our chips and guacamole and drinks and left. We are not from Toronto and I understand it is not their fault but it really did make for a much longer evening....trying to find another restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but disorganized & small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was good, but when it came to getting the table we reserved, that's another story. Our reservation was for 9pm & so were about 15 other people's! We were all just waiting. People had been waiting over an hour. I understand that the people with 7pm tables were still seated, then don't take 9pm reservations. The restaurant is small & the design is very congested. Everyone was standing in line and the poor servers were trying to get by with the food. The hostess was nice and trying to accommodate everyone, but it just wasn't happening. Half the patio was empty & they still didn't seat anyone. When we finally sat down, the server was very efficient & the food was good. But I don't think I would return given how disorganized it is!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not my fave this time round
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Been a while since I was here. Enjoyable as always but service lacked this time and food wasn't as great as prior visits however will return
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.