Toloache - Upper East Side
Toloache - Upper East Side

Toloache - Upper East Side

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toloachenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128614505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00p - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chef Julian Medina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lexington and 3rd Ave
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: 4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop
A word from Toloache - Upper East Side
Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina's contemporary Mexican bistro located in the Upper East Side. 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. Along with the authentic Mexican menu and an exceptional tequila list, we offer elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Toloache - Upper East Side reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (64)great for outdoor dining (43)good for groups (35)vibrant bar scene (30)special occasion (22)hot spot (22)romantic (19)great for brunch (17)kid-friendly (16)great for lunch (12)late-night find (6)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Do not miss
    Gothamfoodie1
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This restaurant has great food. Service is friendly and the place is cozy. I have never had a bad meal there. The food is also creative such as in friend avocado. It's delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't like Mexican food
    NYS123VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    That said, Toloache is a go-to for me. From masterfully prepared cocktails to delicious appetizers and entrees to innovative specials. This place is truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place!!!!!!
    PPLauren
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Amazing place for great mexican food and drinks!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderul
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Looking forward to returning. Excellent food, the best mexican food I have ever had. Thrilled I live on the same street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Include a side dish
    Valueboy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food, good service, high prices ok for this quality but a side dish should be included with mains, instead of charging $9 for a side of kale,etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not ordinary
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Let me begin by saying I am a fan of guacamole made table side which does not happen here. Yes, it is fresh, but the portion is rather small. The rest of the menu delivers on its promise. Inventive, but not overreaching, and consistent. And did I ment an excellent collection of tequilas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent again
    YumYumVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food here is so much better than other Mexican restaurants in the city…fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared, interesting offerings, and delicious! The service is always genuinely friendly, solicitous and well executed. The bar does a great job with traditional and updated versions of the standards you'd expect at a Mexican restaurant. Only one caveat…it's reflected in the price, which is to be expected in NYC, but at least you come away happy and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service at this restaurant is amazingly great! The food was wonderful, we will definitely return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tequila List
    rubyfishVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    And the menu selections are so varied and delicious. The short ribs and cod entrees were amazing! Ask to sample the tequila - they will let you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Keeps Getting Better!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Toloache 82 is the Upper East Side's own Cheers...everybody knows your name, service is warm and friendly, the food is exceptional, especially when they have their smoked salmon quesadilla to celebrate Jewish holidays. Also love the paella, Pollo Toloache, the Tumbada and the shrimp quesadilla. And, you cannot beat the extensive tequila offerings! Dining under the stars on the back patio is just sublime. In fact, everything about Toloache 82 is as close to perfection as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just bad
    NYDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    There are good Mexican restaurants in New York. This is not one of them. Bad service, rushed and indifferent. Bland food, which is hard to do with Mexican. It's what a Mexican night at a low end cruise is probably like. I don't know why anyone would go to Toloache.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice enough Mexican
    ELNM
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food especially the guacamole was tasty enough. Limited wine by the glass selection and really over crowded restaurant with tables even in the passage way between the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Other than ok food and space issues the service was good and the churros a must have.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Mexican food
    OliaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Mexican food in the best interpretation. So happy to have in my hood! Delicious, innovative in a beautiful environment. Garden sitting is romantic and fun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hard to review
    WillVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I really don't like giving a less than sparkling review on this restaurant because of all the other glowing reviews, but... The atmosphere was really good and in an upscale neighborhood. We ate on the patio which was more open and quiet. The service was good up until our food was served. We were never offered a second drink or checked on by the main server. His helpers were good, our water was never empty as was the chips basket. My food was sub par compared to other places we eat when we visit NYC. We have eaten at their other place closer to Times Square and it was better in my opinion. Would I go back? Not likely but I would recommend anyone to try it, it just didn't work for my taste, and I like a couple of drinks with my meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great upscale Mexican
    Gringuita
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We really love this restaurant. Outside seating is preferable, esp for the reduced noise level. Inside is louder. Wonderful quesadillas- truffle oil makes it special. Tuna- watermelon ceviche is delicious. Could be more generous on the guacamole, for that price. Service is terrific. Now one of my neighborhood faves
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican experience
    Marjax
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    In our group of six, the food was uniformly excellent, as were the margaritas. Our waiter likewise was excellent, with a very good tableside manner with very helpful guidance and tips on the menu. Toloache UES has an intimacy and neighborhood feel that is missing from some of the larger, high-end chain Mexican restaurants in NYC. Overall experience was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new2trying
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Really delicious food, fantastic service. Loved the black truffle quesadilla. The entrees are a little small so may need to order more than one of the slightly pricey entrees to satisfy your hunger. Tres leches dessert is definitely worth trying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good Mexican hot spot in UE
    JuanCVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had been to Toloache in Midtown West and this Toloache keeps the very good drink and food selection but in a more UE setting - more families and dates. Pros - drinks and food (excellent guacamole) - vibrant scene - outdoor patio Cons - somewhat expensive (esp drinks) - scene dies out early (esp patio due to noise I suppose) Overall recommend as fun very good Mexican.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch Mexican food
    Dave
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very tasty Mexican cuisine. A cut above the usual fare, and highly recommended. Little pricey, but great for a special occasion or nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All senses come into play
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and service utilize all of the right senses. The texture of the food, taste, smell, and appearance are superb. Always enjoy our experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food is always exceptional. Service very average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CindyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was recommended by a colleague at work and it was delicious. I love southwestern food and there are not a lot of restaurants on the UES. This will definitely be a favorite. Only downer is it is expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Mexican Fare
    DenPatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Delicious and somewhat unique Mexican fare served by a most knowledgeable, efficient and friendly waiter. A bit too loud for me but the overall quality of the experience muted much of the noise.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican Bistro!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This Mexican Bistro does everything to perfection. Their nightly specials are inventive and delicious. I was especially impressed by the red snapper when last I dined there. The service is warm and friendly, and when weather permits, nothing beats dining outdoors on the back patio!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican restaurant
    Ifi1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was delicious. The guacamole is exceptional and the lobster tacos are a must try
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    our second time here & it was even better than the first! Everything was delicious, which sounds impossible, but it's true! The Costilla de Rey was our new discovery this time, and i'll never get anything else there. it was SO tasty! The guac was good, but the salsa they bring out with it is really something special. We also loved the corn on the cob size and the plantain size. highly highly recommended. The Suadero taco was even tastier this time than last time. and the mojitos were spot on. really, couldn't have had a tastier meal! Service was great, though our main dishes all came out except for our friend's ceviche, and we were all waiting while our warm dishes cooled until she got hers which seems silly. We'll definitely be back soon!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best ceviche and guacamole '
    Kathyazul
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Toloache now it's my favorite Mexican restaurant with Excelent services and friendly hemisphere .. The food Excelent .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Mex comes to NYC
    alanahVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great surprise to find awesome Mexican food on the city!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Mexican Cuisine
    RonaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is not your "typical" taco place. The food is upscale in all the positive sense of the word. Complex tastes, artistically presented.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious! A bit noisy.
    isleofnewyork
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Extremely tasty, with many items I haven't seen at other Mexican restaurants. Tacos were among the most delicious and imaginative I have ever had, filled with interesting ingredients. I wasn't wild about having to shout to be heard two feet away, though. I don't know why Opentable calls the highest noise level "energetic." Annoying or excessive would make more sense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real Mexican cuisine
    chatlunch
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Quality of food was superb. Preparations were authentic. However, for a mid-week dinner in NYC in July, the noise level was deafening. Also, waitstaff appeared driven to push high level tequilas and underestimated portion sizes. Overall, the food was the star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around fantastic experience
    priorserver
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our party of 3 sat outside for weekend brunch at 11:30, the hostess was friendly and accommodating, the servers and bussers were all fantastic, attentive but not too hovering. The food was great as usual; couldn't have asked for a better way to recover from our hangovers! Thanks again for a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Mexican
    CG36VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by the food. We would love to come back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've eaten at the 82nd Street Toloache at least half a dozen times and it never disappoints. The staff is pleasant, the food is fabulous consistently and the only complaint I would voice is that it is quite noisy. Overall, though, I love it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good drink
    Mjdubbs
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Drink list was extensive. Guacamole was very good and tacos that followed seem authentic and very original in their flavors and tastes. Only con was that it was very noisy when we first got there. To the point that you could tell and no one around you would know what you were saying. As it got later though and the bigger groups left, it got much quieter. Would definitely recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    NYCdiner
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Hostess refused to sit us at requested "reserved" tables that remained empty for our entire dinner. Waiter was unfriendly, inattentive, and chatting with co-worker most of the time. Appetizers and soft drinks were small and overpriced. Dinner portion was better, not prepared as requested, and had to be sent back. For the size of the staff and the volume of diners at the time, service was definitely poor and a bit snobby.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Doesn't Get Any Better...
    diniVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    ...than cucumber margaritas and ceviche under the stars! The backyard patio is THE place to be to indulge in outstanding Mexican fare and fabulous service. An oasis in the city!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Beats Dining Under Stars!
    diniVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This UES Mexican Bistro has the very best outdoor patio, where one can enjoy fabulous food, margaritas, and friendly, warm service under the stars! The outstanding selection of tequilas may be among the best in town, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    LillybelleVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    What a surprise! I've walked by many times but never went in but the other night we did and sooo glad we did. Tacos were FABULOUS, as was the guacamole trio. A previous reviewer said the tacos were small so I ordered 4! (2 plates)Not necessary, one order was perfect. The ambience was charming and fun. Thunder and lightening and pouring rain outside and it was still packed inside.Two celebs were dining together and after dinner stopped by the surrounding tables to say hi! That was a fun bonus. We will definitely go back. Service was great- we had a reservation and didn't have to wait even though it was packed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food. Great staff!
    DolceLupoSF
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We we married at City Hall, then held a small sunset reception at the rooftop of the Met. We then had dinner afterwards at Toloache 82, and we couldn't have been more pleased. The staff was so warm and attentive, particularly our hostess, Lady. The food was also amazing. The flavors were wonderfully fresh and complex (the drinks and the entrees) and did justice to Mexican cuisine, that we have rarely found. Thanks you. Thanks for a wonderful ending to our special day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.