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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Toloache-Midtown reviews from OpenTable diners
422 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (197)neighborhood gem (121)great for lunch (106)hot spot (95)good for groups (93)special occasion (72)vibrant bar scene (66)great for brunch (49)romantic (45)late-night find (44)kid-friendly (27)notable wine list (12)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As always Toloache did not disappoint. First time I had the hamachi ceviche...I highly recommend it. And the short rib tacos. So good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here before catching a show on our date night. He's been a fan for awhile; it was my first time. It happened to be their 7th anniversary and they were having a party complete with a Mariachi band. The food was absolutely fantastic: very flavorful without too much of anything. Very well balanced. The service given by Victoria was very friendly and professional. Really, the whole experience was first rate! We will DEFINITELY be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    DominoVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great food and service! One of my favorite restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent. There was no wait and the service and food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No hay relación calidad/precio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    La comida no tiene nada de especial, porciones extremadamente pequeñas. El servicio regular, cuando trajeron la cena no teníamos cubiertos y no lo notaron, estaban distraídos , tuvimos que esperar un buen rato para que los trajeran.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mezcalita!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food kind of over price (tacos) very very small. Queso fundido one of the best I've tried so far. Excellent cocktails The mezcalita is a must try, is just perfect!!! For dessert We all shared the chocoflan is delish!!! Service was just ok.. Not bad not great. Overall tasty food great drinks, I would come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Broadway awesomeness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great meal with great service. They asked if we were going to a show and everything was timely. I had a delicious margarita made with grapefruit soda and the brisket tacos were crisp yet tender. Highly recommen!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We've eaten in the UES location but never knew about theater district location. They're very conscious about getting you out in time for curtain without rushing you. Food is really good with choices outside of the usual Mexican menu items. My husband who loves "junk" Mexican enjoyed it as well. It's a little on the pricey side but worth the money. Definitely a place to go back to!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    LouiVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I've eaten here before and the food is always great. However I notice that the guacamole is not as good as it used to be. It's now too creamy with no chunks like it used to be and the plantains were very watery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meatball
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    excellent food and service excited the tastebuds went there for supper before a show and an was an excellent choice pricey but expected it in that section of manhattan and quality of food was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-rated. Poor Service.
    SeattleDiner
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We dined at Toloache on a Monday night after traveling all day. The food was outstanding. Our table enjoyed the guacamole trio, and the carne asada, chicken enchiladas and shrimp entrees. We found the margaritas to nothing special: small, overpriced and just average in quality. Although the food was good, we were disappointed that we had to wait 25 minutes for our table even though we had booked our table through open table. The hostess didn't take charge of the issues and the management didn't seem to care. When we did get a table we were seated upstairs where there were 3 birthday parties at large tables. We had a hard time hearing our waitress and enjoying conversation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tasty high end Mexican food
    Mishler77
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food, good, prompt service. A little crowded for our preferences , but I suppose that's New York.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't eat in the theater district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've accidentally eaten at Toloache twice, both times for its proximity to the theaters and it's favorable reviews given the location. It is not terrible. I had a chef's favorite that tasted much like cafeteria food. There is so much better food in Manhattan. Next time, we'll eat in Chelsea and take a cab to the theater.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great ambience for a first date or to meet up with friends. Lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated Food Mediocre Service Goo
    Mobo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lots of stars and reviews for this place online and that's why we picked it. It was very crowded, overpriced, very touristy and in general the food was very mediocre. They service was very good and very efficient but the food just didn't match the sell. I suspect they have planted many of their online reviews as this place did not match up to the rep.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before theater option
    Bink
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went here before seeing a Broadway show. Very good authentic Mexican choices, lively atmosphere and great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The best guacamole, margaritas, and Mexican fare in the theater district.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • careroll
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was excellent! I was there for restaurant week and had their ceviche, enchiladas, and flan. Every single dish came out perfect and full of flavor. The portions were great. I was very full by the end of the meal. I would eat this whole meal again!! The noise level of the restaurant was very loud though. I was there with a friend and had to speak loudly for her to hear me.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Lunch
    Amazing
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was extremely happy with the food and service. The food order was cooked to perfection and the flan just melted in my mouth. I was in heaven. Our server (Sylvia) was extremely professional and very nice. She made wonderful suggestions and took the time to explain some items on the menu. I was very happy with the time we spent there and will return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointment
    B123VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have eaten many times at Toloache-Midtown. But this experience was very disappointing. The food was fair. The waitress who has served us energetically on several occasions before was less than stellar. Being seated next to the section where the plates are bussed was noisy and unappetizing. Why were we placed there when there were several other tables available? We had a long time reservation, so this was not the problem. Perhaps management is resting on their laurels! We hope this review is a wake-up call to the people who run what was once one of our favorite restaurant in the theater district area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Since you opened I wanted to come in and the opportunity presented itself we had a lovely time! I loved the food and ambience. I found the fried AVOCADO was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and service
    angelfire5106
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    we went during restaurant week, their restaurant menu was fantastic.. the sea bass entree and chocolate dessert was awesome
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    pastalover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My daughter and I were looking for a light dinner after a show and we found Toloache. We were a little late for our reservation but were immediately seated. We were impressed with the service and the food was so good. There were some different items on the menu such as brisket tacos that were excellent.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    fromPA
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had the original guacamole, which was very good. Also the salsa they brought with the guac was exceptional. We also had the fish taco and the pork belly. Both were good. For desert, we had the desert tasting menu, which was a great way to try different options. The carrot cake was a little dry, but everything else was very good. Service was great. We had a really nice meal and had plenty of time to make a show after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Guacamole fruite, JM ceviche, and lobster tacos were amazing. Great sangria. Friendly staff, who made sure we made our theatre evening on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican Food
    grancy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had made a 5:00 reservation and arrived about 15 minutes early. We were seated immediately and asked what time our show started. Service was spot on. We were not rushed and felt like we had ample time to get to the show. The mild guacamole was superb. My husband likes it spicy, so it arrived with a very hot sauce on the side. I ordered the avocado fries and "flatbread" with short rib and marrow for dinner. Although very tasty, it the flatbread could have used more toppings. My husband's shrimp was excellent. We shared the chocoflan for dessert. I liked the flan, but the cake was just ok. I would definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprised
    ginandre
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very well done and I was surprised that such a quality restaurant was in that area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meals
    CAl308
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went for dinner during Restaurant Week. Both of us had fresh, tasty, just right amount of spiced meals. Portions were nice. Staff was friendly and efficient. We'll go back again! Only drawback was coffee maker problem, so no type of coffee available. Hope that was temporary fluke. Love my coffee with dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun New York experience
    Val11
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant and it's lively ambiance. Open Table made making (and modifying) the reservation very easy. It's a very lively and busy place with good food. The guacamole trio is very good, but in a Mexican restaurant when I am told something is spicy, I expect it to be spicy. This was moderate at best (still very complex and tasty though). Quelladillas were good but a bit precious in their description given the very sparse toppings (yes topping, they are not folded). As others have said, the servings are very small but that was what we wanted for a late supper. I'd recommend, but expect subtle, not bold, flavours.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican restaurant ever
    Jota
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    While I miss the days when the managers were Luis and Victor, Toloache has not gone down hill at all since they moved on (I hear Luis is now at the Thompson St. location). The food is still excellent and the service could not be better -- I don't know how they do it. Even when they are VERY busy the service is terrific. The waiters are attentive, friendly and professional. I have taken friends there who say they don't really like Mexican, and they all rave about it. Fantastic place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More Food!
    Trustme
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love the food at Toloache--it's fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented. However, my dish of vegetable paella was tragically small. It was the only vegan dish on the menu. They should offer more vegan dishes and make them somewhat larger. My companion had the codfish and was satisfied, so this is just a nit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food! Great Service! Service is great they asked from the beginning if you broadway show tickets and they make sure to bring you the food fast and track your time so you are not leate for the show and also the drinks they have are delicious. Being mexican myself is hard to find a good mexican place and this place is GREAT!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We live in the area and decided it was time to check out Toloache. The restaurant is not large so the noise level is high. I don't think it would be good for a large group. The service was great and our waitress was attentive. The food is very good but the margarita was just ok, I was abit disappointed. Overall I would go back, but I think I would try lunch next time, the restaurant is right in the theatre district and most of the customers are tourists.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    RonM
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have eaten at Toloache midtown many times and have never been disappointed. It's great for dinner before a show, and even if you're not going to the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service, service, service…
    Mario
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very good authentic mexican flavors. The service was outstanding!!! I went with a friend that have food allergies, the waiter took time to explain to her the different components of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ChuckVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Quick efficient pre theater dinning. The food was good the place was clean and quickly filled up.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a typical rice and bean joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We tried the fish tacos and beef brisket tacos and they were both well spiced and flavorful. The guacamole was outstanding, truly unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, loved it
    LizSmith
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had been wanting to try Toloache, since I work a few blocks away and love Mexican food. I was very pleased with the decor, the service and the food. I will definitely be returning for an evening meal, and this time I'll try the margaritas!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    Watermarklovex3
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was amazing, aside from the salad i loved EVERYTHING. The chefs work hard to keep it as authentic as possible all while being able to put their twist to it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican in Manhattan
    JAP57VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A little leery on what the food would be like given the location. Pleasantly surprised by the excellent food! Not a run of the mill Tex Mex place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate