Toloache-Midtown
Toloache-Midtown

Toloache-Midtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toloachenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125811818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Brunch 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday + Monday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - Midnight. (Bar open to 12:30am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Julian Medina
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadway and 8th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the C or E Trains to 50th St.; the 1 Train to 50th St.; and the N, R, or W Trains to 49th St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a Quik Park public lot at 1633 Broadway, next door to the restaurant. If you show the lot attendant a validated ticket proving that you have dined at Toloache you will receive a parking rate of $15 for up to four hours. The offer is good at all times. To contact the lot with questions, please call 212-445-0011.
A word from Toloache-Midtown
Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina’s contemporary Mexican bistro located in the heart of the Theater District. Toloache is named after a flowering plant famed in Mexico for its use in love potions. We hope that when you dine with us you too will fall under the spell of chef Medina’s creative cooking, which incorporates seasonal and natural ingredients and more than a dozen types of chilies. Our festive, two-story space features a guacamole and ceviche bar, a wood-burning oven, and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We looking forward to seeing you soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Toloache-Midtown reviews from OpenTable diners
390 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (208)neighborhood gem (121)hot spot (93)great for lunch (84)good for groups (84)vibrant bar scene (68)special occasion (62)late-night find (42)romantic (37)great for brunch (23)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (13)great for outdoor dining (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Who Knew?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were completely surprised by the creativity of ingredients in the menu. Even the frozen Margarita drinks offered interesting options. The wait staff were very nice and the food was very tasty. We had selected it because of its close proximity to the Gershwin Theater. We had not expected that it would be such a dining treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrific Food in theater district
    msmouse
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a post theater dinner here and it did not disappoint. The service is excellent, food delicious if not on the pricey side but worth it. It has extensive wine list and tequilla with some wonderful cocktails. IT's mostly small plates but the entrees are generous. The paella terrific, tacos, i had the langoustine salad with kale which was delicious. Make a reservation no matter what time you go; we ate at 5 and by 6 there was a long wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've been to this restaurant a couple of times and the last time I was very disappointed. I've had the steak and it was tasteless. Small portion and for the price was high. Wouldnt recommend anymore.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre theater place
    UnclbarVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Gosh, do these folks have quick service down! The food is terrific and there are no questions about getting to the theater timely. But don't expect to have a meaningful conversation--it's pretty hard to hear a companion with the huge crowd of primarily young people around the bar. Fun place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    Foodiefrom2coasts
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We met some family members who we hadn't seen for awhile, so we were doing a lot of talking and catching up. Our waitress came over many times to check on us to see if we were ready to order. She was very understanding and we never felt rushed. When we were ready to order, she appeared! The guacamole was DELICIOUS! (We ordered the Trio of Guacamole.) Food came out quickly. Great location - we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food is delicious but $12 and up for two small tacos seems excessive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ambiance
    gigigood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The ambiance was good, but the food was mediocre. The servers were romps and polite and helpful. We had a group of four persons, and each ordered a different entree. None of them, including two specials of the day, was very good. Only the guacamole and the complimentary appetizers were worth a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Theater Dining
    showspoons
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love Toloache! Every time I come into the city for a show, I make sure to have luck at Toloache! If I'm coming with a different friend, I recommend Toloache and it never disappoints! The food is fabulous and just the perfect amount, I'm never so full that I'm miserable while sitting through the show! The combinations of favors and the visual presentation are perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunte Choice
    cah251VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Five of us were meeting pre-theater hoping for an enjoyable meal. The noise level was so high no one could hear themselves think. It was also so hot in the restaurant, no one could even breath and nothing was done to make it more comfortable even after many requests. Nothing special about the food. Word to the wise... choose another dining venue.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disorganized but tasty
    GFfoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Despite my open table reservation for 6:30 (with confirmation #) the hostesses could not find my reservation and ushered us to the very jammed bar to wait, where they assured us they would find us when a table opened up. Roughly an hour later we asked why we had still not been seated and they searched again for the reservation, only to find that indeed we were supposed to be seated at 6:30. Fortunately the food was good and our waiter was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our party's gluten-free and onion-free requests. The menu is marked with gluten-free and vegetarian symbols, which is also a help. Note that a basic margarita costs $15 and the food is pricey, too, but (sadly) it is still one of the better options in this area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    CatSam
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We loved this restaurant so much we had to go back a second time! The margaritas were amazing, guacamole was some of the best I've ever had and food was delicious. Others had commented on the guacamole being a small portion but we felt it was a very generous serving. The salsa has a smoky taste that was surprising at first but quickly became our new favorite. The service was amazing and very attentive. My friend didn't care for her chicken quesadilla (had a sweet taste that was unexpected). The server noticed she hadn't eaten much of it and asked if it was ok. She told her it was fine, just not to her liking. We fully expected to pay for the dish but they had taken it off our check. Very classy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and vibrant flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Lighter and brighter than traditional Mexican food in a beautiful and upscale setting. Portions are adequate but not generous. Definitely worth visiting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fodd
    MACG
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I'm Mexican and Toloache is really "Haute Mexican Cousine".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    Ktodine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had dinner at Toloache on a Sunday night. The place was very busy due to the proximity of Times Square. We had reservations so no problem getting a table. Having a love for Mexican food, I have to say this place did not disappoint. The quality and flavors were fantastic but I do think the portion sizes could be a little better especially for the price point. Our server, Alex, was outstanding! I would not hesitate to go back just to have those fish tacos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were in NY from Dallas with our granddaughter with tickets to see Cinderella. We chose this restaurant because of its proximity to the Broadway Theater and the good reviews. We arrived at 5:35 for a 5:45 reservation and were seated within minutes. The service was great and we were able to enjoy a wonderful leisurely early dinner. Their margarita's were excellent and we know margaritas. This was perfect for pre-theater, but I think it would be a great place to dine any time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Diane
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've dined here many times and have always been pleased. It's a great place with great food and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner
    MoochieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is the second time our group dined at Toloache and we enjoyed it as much as the first time. Good drinks, friendly waitstaff, and great food make for a fine dining experience. It's location is ideal for pre-theater dinners and the hostess made sure she knew our curtain time when seating us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food but CHILAX !
    gotfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was my second time dining at Toloache-Midtown. Our reservation was at 3:35 on a Friday. Early enough I thought that we would be able to relax and enjoy our food . But we felt very rushed, even though there were empty tables everywhere.the waitress kept asking us if there was anything else she could get us while I was still eating. I finally asked her for the desert menu so she would get the hint that we weren't going anywhere. I'm not sure if they want the young hip clientele to be seen there or they just want to turn the tables fast. I would still recommend this restaurant to a friend, and just tell them to take their time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tight qtrs but true gem
    CH1205
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Delicious from cocktails to tacos. Been for dinner only 3 times and loved it all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but $$$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Always great food...service is hectic during the rush and a little uneven, but friendly. The prices, however, are getting steep Lunch for 3 with a shared appetizer, 3 entrees, 1 drink and no dessert was $150.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely recommend
    Vinny
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Went here for my first date, the ambiance was excellent as well as the service. We went upstairs where the tables had candles which was a nice touch. The only thing I would improve is the food and the tables, it wasn't bad but it was definitely expensive for a small portion of food and the tables were a bit small. Overall, I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican nr Times Square
    kp1234
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Positives - The food and service was great - really authentic and flavoursome! The frozen marguerites and mojitos! Negatives - the restaurant is quite small so you are very crammed in which can feel a little claustrophobic! The chips and guacamole to start with were overpriced, costing just as much as a main meal!! Make sure you book!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Guacamole
    LitiVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Visited this restaurant from an online recommendation from Neil Patrick Harris. Neil, I must disagree that this place has the best guacamole. We were seated right by the kitchen and the servers bumped into my friend on every pass. I know it's tight, but don't seat people and disregard that they are a paying customer. The guacamole, even though prepared fresh behind us, had no distinctive taste. The chips tasted like they came right out of a bag and were cold and stale. The drinks weren't much better. Margaritas tasted watery. Entrees were good, fish tacos crispy with good taste. Ordered Mexican coffee and had to ask for it again when our dessert was almost gone. I think I'll go elsewhere on my next visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Krystal
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great place--lively. Food is outstanding. Margaritas excellent. Desserts are a must try! Service was super. My new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Brunch at Toloache
    BobB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It was a great experience eating brunch at Toloache. The Banana French toast was very tasty as was the steak and eggs. We will definitely return again some day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food -service could use work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Overall food was great - drinks were tastey. $14 for guac is a little high - but the other menu items were definitely worth it! Tacos were super delicious (just had the spare rib and pork belly) and so was the truffle "quesadilla" which was more of a round flatbread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jtgleck
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food, service and a fun place. Just watch the dip at the top of the stairs as several people nearly fell into our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent foot, a bit loud
    ThriftyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great lobster tacos and Queso w/chorizo. Not ear-splitting loud, but hard to have a conversation across a table
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for 'hood with tricky eaters
    Saigray
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Theater district is not know for foodie options and the good Hell's Kitchen spots are usually small. So when I needed to find a place for a birthday dinner there for a family including gluten free, veggie and just picky, I was stressed. This was perfect - food was high quality, well thought and prepared but not precious. They had no problem adapting menu items and the waiter was friendly and funny in the face of our complex ordering. Was a bit loud and crowded and took a while to be seated despite reservations but I can roll with that if the rest of the experience is smooth and yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic find
    cansrt
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Charming mexican restaurant with a great and lively atmosphere.. busy restaurant with people still coming in even when we were leaving at 10pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The best mexican in town. Have been there several times and I only want to go back. Great mexican food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy!
    campianoVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My wife loves the food and margaritas at Toloache but I think we were both a little disappointed this trip by the crowding and the noise. We went pre-theater and we have gone before at less packed times. For pre-theater they have tables jammed together (you're 6 inches from another 2-top) and the noise level is really high. Food is delicious, drinks are pricey as I've said before, so if you want quick, really good Mexican food with no atmosphere, this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mexican Food
    cjalVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Just visiting for the week. Saw the reviews for Toloache and decided to try. So delicious!!!! I only wish the restaurant was in L.A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Mexican Contemportary!!
    Plumpkett
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We found this spot nestled in Time Square amongst a lot of places that did not seem like they would provide the same amazing experience. This was our first dinner on our honeymoon and the dinner was so flavorful. The guacamole and hot salsa were extremely satisfying, the drinks were strong, and the dinner dishes were even more impressive. I had the Pollo Toloache and my wife had the Scallops with a Quinoz risotto. Both were fantastic dishes very full of flavor. The scallop was the most perfectly seared I had ever encountered. The servers were attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are on a date and want to impress someone with fine cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    22CML
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went here late night after a show, and from the moment we walked in everything from the hostess showing us to our table to the waiter bringing us our check was spot on. The staff was extremely efficient and quick without being pushy at all. They were all very nice and helpful. We both got margaritas which were great. My girlfriend's got a quesadilla, and I got the pescado and brisket tacos. We split the avocado fries, which we had never seen before. Every single thing was amazingly fresh and delicious. We live in Baltimore but will definitely be back next time we make it up. Thanks for a perfect experience, Toloache!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place has the best food around town. We been there a few times and it keeps getting better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    HPdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent Mexican food that is not the typical Tex-Mex. Every dish we had was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best so far
    MarinhoVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I won't go to other restaurant when I want to have Mexican food. This is the best so far.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty tacos
    55TbirdGirl
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Tacos (lobster and brisket) were light and full of flavor and the black beans and rice were as good as I have had in south Florida. You only get two small tacos so order some sides! We also ordered the chips/salsa and plantains- both were good but compared to the other food a little underwhelming. Ambience - very loud (but most restaurants in NYC are) and a little cramped. We sat upstairs- a bit of a steep climb for my aging relative. Great location though-right next to Gershiwen Theater. Overall, this restaurant deserves its stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sardineland
    adanacsimVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We have been going to and enjoying Toloache for several years, but after this experience we shall think hard before returning. It might or might not be that Toloache has changed its table arrangement. However, even on a midweek evening the restaurant was so crowded and noisy that it was impossible to relax and enjoy our meal. The food was well prepared as always but it seems that portions were smaller and prices higher. It was amazing that the kitchen and waitstaff were able to keep the food coming at a fast clip in the midst of the chaos. When you feel relieved just to get out of the restaurant to the relative calm of the busy Manhattan streets you know you haven't had a satisfying experience. I guess this is the price of success.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic