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  • Toloache-Midtown

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  • Address:
    251 West 50th Street
    New York, NY 10012
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Toloache-Midtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toloachenyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 581-1818
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Great food, good, prompt service. A little crowded for our preferences , but I suppose that's New York."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great ambience for a first date or to meet up with friends. Lively atmosphere."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went here before seeing a Broadway show. Very good authentic Mexican choices, lively atmosphere and great service!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The best guacamole, margaritas, and Mexican fare in the theater district."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "we went during restaurant week, their restaurant menu was fantastic.. the sea bass entree and chocolate dessert was awesome"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Quick efficient pre theater dinning. The food was good the place was clean and quickly filled up."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We tried the fish tacos and beef brisket tacos and they were both well spiced and flavorful. The guacamole was outstanding, truly unique."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "been to this restaurant several times now and the food and service have always been outstanding. typically more expensive than i would usually spend, but well worth it."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Visiting from Montreal. We reserved last minute through OpenTable. Our waitress very nice. The food was really tasty..my wife had the fish tacos, which had an explosition of flavor. I had the Carne Asada grilled skirt steak, which was really good. The cheese enchilada and potate was very goos as well. I was a little surprised that they charged the Nacho chips...but its not a big deal. A notch pricey and the portions are small."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fresh Mexican, attention to detail. We have dined here many times but we brought friends this time who I know will become regulars. It was my daughter's birthday and they did a beautiful job making her feel special."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I would recommend Toloache because everything about it makes you want to go back. Request the waitress Vanessa for an incredible experience. She was very nice and accommodating. She treats you like an old friend. Even when you need to book a reservation, the ladies are nice. The quality of the food is unbelievable. There are several specialties on the menu that make it unique. The drinks are delicious and you get what you pay for. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This unassuming, small restaurant is fabulous! Great atmosphere and amazing food!! Every bite was delicious. Wish licking the plate was acceptable! Super margaritas!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was my second time at Toloache and it was as good as the first! The Trio De Guacamoles was delicious, we emptied every bowl. The avocado fries - so good! It's in a great location and the vibe is upbeat and lively. Really nice tequila selection - and my daughter likes the specialty mojito. There were very flexible in accommodating her vegan-GF allergies as well. New favorite :)"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food was superb - wait staff friendly, helpful & charming. Best Margaritas (chef's choice). Perfect for an early dinner after a matinee, before evening rush."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I brought my 11 year old granddaughter here before the Wicked performance. The mild guacamole was perfect, as were my drinks. We both loved our meals and the desserts were fantastic! Prices were moderate for NY. I will go there again."
    Dined on 7/30/2014