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Playa Cabana
Playa Cabana

Playa Cabana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.playacabana.ca
  • Phone: (416) 929-3911
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - late
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Playa cabana haa to be one of the best latin restaurants in the city. Food was well presented and flavourful."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Busy restaurant with a happy vibe. Food is excellent..Chicken tinga tacos are delicious, as are the margaritas. Tables are close, very little arm or leg room. Very difficult to get a reservation, so book early."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food is always amazing. Service was ok, two meals came out and 7 minutes later the last two meals came out. The biggest compliment was the noise level. So many people talking I could not hear the people at my table."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Was seated at a cosy table for two at the back for a girls catch-up session over lunch. Delicious guacamole with fresh tortilla chips to share - made very fresh! Ordered the fish tacos which were very flavourful. Loved the slaw on top and the brightness of a squeeze of lime. Fish was tender and batter was crisp! Would definitely order again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very good food but we have two hours limit of eating food from our reservation. :("
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We arrived on time for our reservation, which could not be found. The fact that I received this survey request from OpenTable confirms that we did have a reservation, and I'm not sure why PC can't manage to keep track of this given that they've outsourced the work. We were still seated immediately, but things continued to go downhill. Service was unbelievably slow, although the restaurant was much emptier than usual. Time from ordering guacamole to getting it was TWENTY FIVE mins. Time from guacamole being picked up to entrees dropped off was FORTY mins. Crazy!! PC is also loud and cramped, things which used to be trendy/cool, but are now just getting tired. I'd much rather grab some no nonsense tacos at Tacos El Asador and call it a day."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This restaurant is always consistent. Food is wonderful and well priced. Ingredients are fresh and delicious!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "It was my first time at Playa Cabana and although I would have been there sooner had my first attempt been successful. I enjoyed the food very much and loved the selection of hot sauces on the table. The establishment was quite small and loud but it reminded me of being back in Mexico at one of the small gems you would find. I do not recommend the place for the ear sensitive. I look forward to coming back and also going to the 'sister' restaurants. Thank you for the 'great' food I was so stuffed that I almost did not make it through the narrow opening on the way out."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I was impressed that our table was ready when we arrived. The service was prompt and friendly. We both loved our meals. I would go back in a heartbeat!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've been waiting to try this restaurant for a few months now, and it did not disappoint. Where it lacked in heating, Playa Cabana made up in savory tastes. We ordered the spicy guac, ceviche of the day, fish tacos, and shrimp. All of the dishes were very well done, but I will note that the shrimp is extremely spicy. My boyfriend and I are typically resilient to spices, but the bucket of shrimp left our taste buds burning."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I had a perfect birthday dinner at Playa Cabana with several friends! The food and cocktails were exceptional! The atmosphere was really cozy and a great place to have a special dining experience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We are regulars at Playa Cabana, and get great service every time......we'll keep going back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food is very good but the noise level and the crowding of tables and waiting guests is really awful. If you are ok with yelling across the table and having people running into your table while you are eating then you will be ok here. We won't return but are hopeful that the Hacienda down the street has the same food with 1/4 of the noise."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food ambience and service here is impeccable. Food is fresh, flavors jump off the plate, margaritas perfect! I have already recommended to several friends who share my delight for this authentic Mexican treat! We"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Playa Cabana packs them in, its too bad the tables are so crammed together. Normally the food is excellent but this time the Burrito's came to the table cold. Staff gets stretched thin and I thought the service wasn't as good as usual, I would now avoid a Friday night to see if it was better."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was great! Waitress/hostess were really accomodating as my party came late. Restaurant has a wonderful vibe. My friend is gluten-free and there was so much on the menu for her to eat which was great."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Abolutely the best Mexican in Toronto Lobster tacos are to die for Their Marguerita isawesome not sweet, just right."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been here at least a dozen times and always have a great meal and experience. When our Daughters are in town from Vancouver or Kingston, they always ask to go there. Well worth it. Now so popular they opened two new places, but still like the original small place, lots of character. Rgds A Happy Repeat Customer!!! PS - the Restaurant Critic that gave a so so review, didn't know what he was talking about!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We were looking forward to this dining experience.unfortunately from the moment we entered , we waited for a long time for our reserved table. When we got seated it was very squishy and uncomfortable . Our burritos were cold. When we paid our expensive bill, we went to the washroom to freshen up. There was no toilet paper or paper towel. A place with this hype should adhere to higher standards."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Heard so much about this restaurant and was looking forwardcto trying it outbsince itbis aroundbthe corner from wherebi live,. Found it very crowded to the point where servers were having trouble getting by. Food was ok but not fabulous. Slow service. Wine order was incorrect and I was charged more than my order. Overall, a very poor experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have been searching for a decent pastor outside of Mexico City, most if not all have been a let down, but it is a great way to gauge the caliber of a Mexican restaurant. We have been meaning to try Playa Cabana for some time so I managed to get a reservation for Valentines Day dinner, Upon our first impression it reminded us of a Cantina in Soho NYC. I would say the only two complaints we have were was the temperature was very cold ( stay way from the back table) and the music was too loud causing the couple at the table next to us to yell at each other to hold a conversation. all in all it was the food that brought us there and it is what will be looking forward too on our next visit!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything here was very heavy. Not at all what I would expect from a Mexican restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Being a mexican food fanatic, Playa is easily one of my favourite places to eat in Toronto. The chips are always fresh and hot, as is the guacamole. The playa burrito is by far one of the best plated style burrito's I've ever had. The shredded chicken, refried beans and salsa roja/verde are simply divine - moulding together to create a rich flavour combination with just the right amount of kick. My only complaint on this visit was the octopus tacos. The hype surrounding these warranted a try on this visit. Unfortunately, the jalapeño salsa was so overwhelmingly spicy that I couldn't taste the octopus itself - pretty hard to judge an octopus taco when you can't even taste the octopus! Regardless, I will obviously be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Food was good, service was okay as the waiter did not fully understand us. Also felt a bit rushed because the restaurant is very small and very busy."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We made our reservations at Playa Cabana. Due to faulty organizing (my fault) we arrived late and lost our table, the hostess was extremely kind, she hooked us up with a table at one of their other locations and totally saved our night. We've dined here many times and know that the food is very good, but this experience was a 5 star for service!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Without fail, Playa Cabana was amazing. We brought my in-laws for a birthday lunch - they are not adventurous diners and were worried about eating Mexican food. They were pleasantly surprized and loved their food, and delighted that they could have everything "super mild". Thanks again Playa!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "What a fun place to enjoy dinner and the food was even better than the atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food is amazing, no low fat! But hey, it is worth every calorie. Expect to wait in narrow entry even with a reservation. Restaurant is very crowded, they could do without a table or two. It is just too packed. Overall experience was good, but you have to be in the mood for crowded and waiting for table and food."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food is fresh and flavourful, five stars all the way. Understand why its packed and hard to get a reservation. But tables are really close and its really loud and you need to scream to converse."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Our visit to Playa Cabana was fabulous, thanks to the outstanding service---what a wonderful server we had! Of course, the food was fabulous food, as always. However, it was our server who really made the meal memorable."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The place is always jam packed with hardly enough place to sit let alone put a purse or jacket down somewhere. But, it's worth it. The food is subtler than most Mexican fare. So fresh tasting....Service is decent given the lack of space and busy bustle. Wine was excellent and surprising since you don't expect it out of a small Mexican joint. the patio is wonderful in the summertime."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Went for my Birthday with my husband. Made rez almost 2 weeks in advance. Got there and there was NO HEAT. We decided to leave. No one tried to stop us or explain why we hadn't received a phone call to let us know. I said something on our way to the door to the hostess about how annoyed I was and she was kind enough to call up the street to their other location, Hacienda, to see if they could accommodate us. Luckily they were able to and we had a fantastic dinner. The food was amazing and the service was great but it's such a dilapidated building that they need to have space-heaters everywhere and NO heat in the washroom at all. I can't recommend Playa Cabana. I would recommend Playa Cabana Hacienda BUT only in much warmer weather."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We went to the Playa Cabana on 14 Dupont Street, even though we had made a reservation for the one on 111 Dupont Street (something about the latter being renovated at the time). Were we ever disappointed. Not only is the menu completely different, the prices are also different (much higher). The mojitos didn't even taste half as good as the ones at 111 Dupont. And the service was lousy (maybe it was just out waiter), the clientele too corporate for my taste, and the place was just too big (not very warm). Will not be going back."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Great food as always! Fun atmosphere :) Love this place! Great start to a fun evening :)"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Small cozy restaurant with amazing smelling food...quirks of art and wine list on board...and the cute red sign of cabana which incidentally became a great conversation / icebreaker for our date."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Great food, amazing service! This is a small, compact restaurant.......make sure you have a reservation, and even then, you many have to wait to be seated."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Playa Cabana used to be my go-to for good Mexican in the city. I was severely disappointed by my last dinner there. They seemed to cut back on the quality of ingredients and service was rushed. We were just getting started on our apps, when the main courses came. We had drinks, ateapps and main courses in 35 minutes. There was also a mistake in our order. Seems like the love in the cooking is all gone from this place, it felt more like a factory than a good local resto. It really just felt they wanted us in and out. What a shame!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Probably a better place to go to in the summer (patio looks like it would be great). Overall, as the title says it was good but not great - in taco/mexican battles of Toronto Playa offers a good experience but definitely lags behind Grand Electric and La Carnita. Despite that we still had a good meal that doesn't break the bank (~$60 for a drink each, appy to split and a main each). If you are craving Mexican this is a good spot."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The host seated us near the bar cause our table "wasn't ready" despite reservations. However, a look around proved that many tables were empty as it was not that busy. We were moved again to the bar where the bartender pushed drinks on us, not allowing us to chat and enjoy the evening on our own while our table was "getting set up." (Again, there were many available tables.) Finally thy seated us on awkward, wobbly and uneven stools on a long table. Others came in without reservations and were seated in nicer tables with comfy seats. Service from the bartender was awkward and pushy."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "We eat her often it is one of my favorite places to dine. The food and service are always excellent and I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to eat authentic Mexican food."
    Dined on 12/28/2013