Toloache Thompson St.
Toloache Thompson St.

Toloache Thompson St.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toloachenyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 420-0600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Julian Medina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker St
  • Public Transit: A,B,C, D, E, F trains to West 4th stop, 6 train to Bleecker Street stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garage located on Thompson Street between Bleecker and West 3rd.
A word from Toloache Thompson St.
Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina’s contemporary Mexican bistro located in Greenwich Village. 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 and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We're looking forward to seeing you soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Toloache Thompson St. reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (44)good for groups (34)hot spot (20)special occasion (19)romantic (16)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (12)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (11)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Prices not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I had a positive experience and the food was good. My major issue is this restaurant is over priced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent!! Outstanding!!
    Nate
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I had regular, plain-old, delicious Margarita. My girlfriend had the pumpkin chipotle version. Both very, very good. All of the food was excellent. A couple notables: the avocado fries - these are a must-try, the creamiest fries you will ever taste; the short rib dinner was so tasty and tender, just really good. I will definitely go back to Toloache!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    AcpianoVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I like the location in the theater district a little better. Food was good, but not great. I like other Mexican places in the city more. The margarita was delicious though. And I liked that it was quiet. Giving it a 3 mainly because again the food to me wasn't the greatest and the place was a little too small.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kay2VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had a lovely dinner, attentive service, really good food although a tad pricey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mouth watering
    sandroVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was sensational - short rib bone marrow quesadillas are to die for. Very creative with specials too I would go back just to see what new specials they keep conjuring up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    escapVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Really inventive and delicious! Not your rote Mexican food joint. Outstanding tastes and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disorganized
    RayKay
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    OK food, good cocktails served at random quality. If you are lucky, and manage to talk/hear your waiter (it's seriously noisy in there), then you will most likely end with a good experience - we didn't.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good times.
    Shaunna424VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Between the excellent yellowtail ceviche, guac, and carne asada tacos, the tables with second-floor window views of Greenwich Village, and the decor, Toloache Thompson was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This place was recommended by a Mexican friend so I had to try it out - and right he was! Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely wonderful!
    QueensChick
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a definite repeat spot. The atmosphere was excellent; the drinks were great, the food delicious, and the staff extremely attentive but not overbearing to the pest level. The happy hour pricing is quite reasonable as is the overall menu pricing. A must go see!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Italian4lifeVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was awesome. Love this place. We ordered Pollo Toloache, Costilla and Tuetano and Torta Ahogada and we did enjoy everything but especially the Torta. Great place to hang around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant brunch
    Sofull
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our group spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Toloache, sharing dishes and enjoying the AYCD option. The French toast was outstanding as were the ceviche tacos. Dishes are petite, but soulful. Don't forget the freshly made guacamole, although the "spicy" moniker is more wishful thinking than actual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent mexican food
    KDnyc
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    From the quesadilla to the suckling pig, it was all amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out!
    Carla
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were six girls out in NY to have a good time, and we started at Toloache. The service was perfect, the food tasty and the drinks are made with love.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is Great
    Mahogany
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a great time. Great food - very authentic Mexican cuisine. The Guacamole & Chips is an absolute must to order. The drinks were delicious. The server gave great suggestions. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    RedShark
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The ambience and service are outstanding, food is excellent. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Esteban87
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a bachelor/bachelorette dinner at Toloache for my brother and his fiancee's upcoming wedding and we had a great overall experience. We actually came to Toloache accidentally as I thought I had made reservations at a different restaurant but it turned out to be a lucky break. The food is modern take on real Mexican cuisine (not Tex-Mex, and confirmed by my Mexican GF) and everybody loved their dishes. I had the lechon, and it may have been the best lechon I've ever had. Portions are not huge, but they're filling enough. Drinks (everybody had margaritas) were delicious and service was friendly and attentive. They even gave us a round of shots to help us celebrate the occasion. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE TOLOACHE, GO AND BE HAPPY
    PapaHugh
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I am kinda stingy with the 5 stars, but Toloache deserves every one. The food is amazing, service is super friendly but tight and professional, great space. We have never had anything here that we say "this needs a bit of ____" or "i'd change ____" So much flavor in every dish and everything is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SMaPPer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very good food, but much too loud for families for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was delicious, carefully prepared. Enjoyed variety of proteins and vegetable-based dishes also. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Toloache on Thompson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food but small portions! Got the tacos and just felt there was something missing. I would go back though
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toloache on Thompson
    Hunter
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Another hit from Julian Medina...this is the sister restaurant to its uptown sibling and cousin to the Yuerba Buena's. Great guacamole, tacos and ceviches to start followed by delish entrees. Great cocktails, beers and wines to enjoy with your meal in a nice space with exceptional service by friendly waiters who care. For more, check out http://huntershotandhipnyc.wordpress.com/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The service and food were fantastic and we were not an easy group (10 including kids and picky eaters). Their margaritas are as good as you would expect, especially the one made with the double-barrel aged house tequila. We ordered an array of apps and entrees--the brisket, lobster, and steak tacos were table favorites, and not a morsel went uneaten, even the spicy kale! We were so full only about half of the table ordered dessert, but they brought out additional desserts for the two birthdays at the table, and again, everything was delicious. The pina colada cake was unique. I've been to Toloache midtown and this new location was every bit as good. The others, who were first timers, were raving that they'd definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diinner after a show
    yummy
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at Toloache after going to a show near by. It was a gorgeous day, so they had the windows/doors open. They had extended the menu from restaurant week - so that is the option I picked. Great re-created Mexican food. Everything was delicious. Drinks were interesting and fun, desserts were amazing as well,- very rich.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican food
    Foodiebutnoteffete
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant, though part of a small chain, serves some of the best Mexican food in NYC. My significant other and I are foodies, and consider ourselves quite knowledgable in this area. The quesadilla with shrimp was like a pizzette and it was absolutely delicious. There are three types of guacamole, and all three (we ordered the sampler) were quite good. The taco carne asada was one of the best I've ever had. The service was friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere at the Thompson Street location had an enjoyable downtown vibe. The margaritas were inventive and delicious. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicer ambiance than Times Square
    RichVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Delicious guacamole and taco selection. Great atmosphere including the upstairs. Margaritas are small but tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican find.
    Johnno2704
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Toloache is a small gem in the West Village. It does a modern take on Mexican classics and has a hot little tequila and mezcal bar as a bonus. Service is helpful and friendly. You will have a good night here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we got to this place.
    snackcracker
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The staff are very friendly and always check back to see that you are happy with the food and service. Have dined there on 3 occasions and was accommodated with window seating requests on all occasions. Drinks are great. Have brought some very picky diners here to try this place and all of them have gone back after their first visit. Have enjoyed all of the meals, the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eh..
    LittleRed
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great ceviche, everything else was average. Note to self, don't order wine at Mexican restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Win!
    OmeletteDuFromage
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Looking thru Restaurant Week menus, Toloache definitely stood out. I loved that they had a fish, meat & chicken entree. They had great selections for appetizers too. The restaurant itself is not a stereotypical Mexican spot. It has a very contemporary and relaxed ambiance with great friendly staff. The food was amazing! Every dish was well seasoned and delicious. I would definitely go again and try different dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • top notch Mexican
    argentVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I really think its one of the top Mexican restaurants in town. Comes highly recommended from an iffy-foodie like myself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicioso Comer
    lbnnyc
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Chose the restaurant from listing for Restaurant Week, and from seeing good reviews. We were not disappointed as the food was delicious and we received excellent service. The pricing is comparable to other relatively expensive Mexican food restaurants, and measured up to an good, albeit expensive Mexican food dinner. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite neighborhood find!
    FANDXVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went during Restaurant Week knowing nothing about the place and were pleasantly surprised by how close to perfection it is. Visually it was one of the most beautiful neighborhood spots we have been to - both the bright, warm interior and the view of Thompson Street that was exactly what you expect the Village to look like on a summer night. Food was also visually beautiful but more than that, it was impeccably and creatively prepared (quinoa salad a standout - fish and steak close behind) - Everybody on the staff was friendly (not overly so), competent and extremely attentive in a very natural way - they all genuinely seemed to love what they do and proud of their food and restaurant. It was a totally wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • So good, so fun... great time!
    live2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The service is impeccable and Luis runs a tight ship. Food is wonderful, guacamoles are luscious, and the drinks are great (especially the frozen margaritas)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Lunch
    BKOK
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was my first time at Toloache and I am so happy that I found it thanks to Restaurant Week! The food was beautifully prepared, very authentic and delicious. The ceviche and mole were perfect. Our waiter made some wonderful suggestions and the service was impecable. I'm so glad to discover such an excellent and authentic Mexican kitchen right in my hood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Toloache Thompson St. reviews archive.
  • Way overpriced
    Francesca
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good, nothing to write home about. But the portins were small and it was just way too expensive for the overall quality and portions. We were a group of 6. 2 people only ordered 1 app. We had 5 drinks. Our bill was $313. I wouldn't go back just for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I Should Have Dined Here Before Now
    Raivenne
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Boy do I regret not trying this place sooner. The open windows facing the street on a summer Friday night was perfect. Surprisingly moderate noise levels considering the open windows and that the place was nearly packed when we left, conversation was easy. The wait staff was attentive and good with suggestions. Their Mango Margarita was perfect; enough tequila to know there's definitely some in there, but not so much as to give pause. The medium guacamole was a delightful surprise. Semi sweet with with mango, pomegranate and habenara sauce on the side giving it that perfect kick of heat. I threw the prix fixe aside, went for the seafood paella and enjoyed every single scrumptious bite. I will most certainly return here soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    SaJJ
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went to this place on Thursday for resturant week special dinner. It turned out to be the best we ever had. Food was excellent, service was great, romantic and energetic. Great dinner for $25 per person. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the food, Not the drinks!
    Steve64
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I loved every courseI of my $38 RW dinner. Whether what I had was authentic Mexican I do not know but still the pork tacos and fish main course was tasty and interesting. My gf liked her fish tacos very much. Even our side order of rice and beans was out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, I had a real problem with the drinks. I'm not a tequila expert but I've done my research. I specifically asked for reposado or silver tequila in my drink and said I was willing to pay to make sure I got it. I was charged $15 but I'm quite sure I was given the cheap tequila. My drink had a harsh taste to it. I have found this to be the norm in many Mexican restaurants. I still highly recommend Toloache but just be careful about your drink orders!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good addition to the neighborhood
    ravensarrowVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It's been tough to find actually good food near NYU. This place is a welcome addition. Wish I could see more huitlacoche though... Service was very friendly and fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.