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About Permanently Closed - Frida
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Frida was named one of Toronto’s Top 100 restaurants by acclaimed and trusted restaurant critic Joanne Kates. Frida modernizes Mexican food in a fresh, relaxed and contemporary setting. Review after review agree-Frida presents refined flavors, quality and a fresh taste that sets a new standard for modern Mexican cuisine in Toronto. Quality. Freshness. Creativity. Located at 999 Eglinton Avenue West, midtown and in north Forest Hill, Frida is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday and for Sunday brunch. Ample parking both in the green P next door or on the street.
Toronto, ON M6C 2C7
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bathurst and Eglinton
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music Tuesday Nights-quiet acoustic guitar and vocals. Private up close and personal events-music, chef tastings etc for registered Friends of Frida-sign up on website.
Our chef and experienced catering manager will customize a menu suitable for your guest and the event. Full creative range -From an elegant wedding service to dinner to table stations or a fun taco party, Full staffing and prep also available.
Ample parking available both at the Green P located next door or on the street.
Eglinton Bus stop at front door. Subway-Eglinton station on Spadina located just two blocks to the west.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Frida - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Friendly but disorganized service. Our party of 4 waited 15 minutes for a waitress to come to our table after we were seated by hostess. Then another 10 minutes for water. ( no water glasses on table and no water offered when guests sit down) We got our meal side dishes before our appetizers, and before we had any plates to put food onto. Wanted to love it but found experience too slow and irritating to merit a second visit when there are so many great little restaurants in Toronto.
Food was quite good. The Red Snapper meal was excellent--great flavour, texture, etc.--but should have come with a side kind of side, even a few nachos to scoop up the delicious salsa/sauce. I guess I should have added the side of rice. The Chicken Tostadas were quite good, not at all dry and good textures but I expected a stronger punch of flavour. They were still good but quite subtle. The salsas were excellent with the nachos--all made in house. The churros were really great for dessert.
Overall it was good. What's holding me back from saying I'd go again is the value. Everything was a few dollars too much. The food is good, though!
Our reservation was for 8:30 & from the moment we got there, we were reminded that kitchen will close at 9 & forced us to order everything at once. Didn't even offered us water. We ordered margaritas which 2/3 of glass was ice. Half an hour later terrible ice cold food arrived. We had to sent it back as it was not edible. My husband ordered ribs which half was burnt & the other half was nothing but fat. They never came back to find out if we needed anything or if everything was ok. No napkins & had to ask for it. Basically they threw us out at 9:30 on Saturday night. It seems as we just had to go there & pay them $200 & come back home hungry!
It was an unbelievable & shocking experience!
I really wanted to like this place, but alas, it was not meant to be. This was our (4 of us) first time here for the Summerlicious lunch menu, and I was not impressed. For the starter course I had the lentil soup. It was OK. The starter salad was sent back due to too many spoiled leaves. The Main was pulled flank steak folded in corn tortillas. This was flavourless and meat was chewy. The Mexican sandwich was anemic. Poor portioning as this was very thin.
The Churros, for desert were delicious.
We arrived on time for our reservation and asked if there were any tables on the patio. The staff's response was that there weren't at the time, but as soon as one opened up they'd let us know. In the meantime they sat us at a table near the hallway to the patio and we ordered some drinks.
One of our group asked for very little ice in her margarita, yet they forgot and filled the glass with ice anyway. When she received her replacement, it was rimmed with sugar, rather than salt. The margaritas are very good, when they're made correctly.
We continued patiently to await our table on the patio, but eventually decided to order (figuring that they'd simply bring our meals to the new table after we moved). Our appetizers ranged from very bland (inedible crispy pork skin with corn and shredded pork - but they totally forgot the guajilio sauce) to very odd (ceviche that was cooked over heat). The cold avocado soup was tasty.
Our mains arrived, but one of the beef tenderloin meals was severely undercooked. They eventually took it away and prepared a second one. But by the time the second one was delivered, all of the rest of us had finished our mains, so my wife ate alone).
While the quality of the food was not impressive, the service was deplorable. The table adjacent to ours had corn on the cob, but this wasn't on the menu. When one of us asked, we were informed that this was a side. When we asked if there were any other sides, the response was "yes". The staff was excessively quick to remove dishes, and a couple of times removed them even before we were done eating or drinking. Also, and this should be a note for every restaurant in the world - I hate it when the server removes some of the plates before everyone has finished eating.
We really wanted to like Frida, precisely because it is a small neighbourhood restaurant. Sorry to say that we won't be back.
Oh, and we never got to sit on the patio, despite seeing several people leave it.
I have been wanting to go to Frida for a while now. I had heard good things. It was horrible. The food was completely flavourless which is hard to imagine for a Mexican restaurant and the service was terrible. It doesn't even come close to comparison with Milagro or the Mexican restaurant in the Distillary. Mad Mexican' s guacamole and salsa is far superior.
Very good authentic Mexican food. I'm originally from Mexico. I ordered tortilla soup and Chiles Poblanos. The only problem is the Chiles Poblanos come with no sides.. You have to order that separate and you pay extra. This then makes your main dish very expensive. I love the food but it's just too expensive for me.
Before going to Frida, I read the reviews. Most of them were very good reviews, but my experience was different. The food was fine (tacos). We ordered two type of cocktails. One was ok and the other was awful . And the service overall wasn't good. Staff needs more experience managing high volume of orders and customers.
food is till good but the portions are smaller and the price still high. They don't serve any side vegetables or rice with the food if you want it you pay extra. Be easy to spend $50 pp with no wine. I was very disappointed. I really liked Frida before the change. Now I will think about returning.
Frida was very busy on a Saturday. Service was good. The Margaritas were fine-went down very smoothly. We had the trout special for Mother's Day. I question the use of the Oxcana cheese with the trout as the three people at our table did not care for it. The ceviche was very good. Generous seafood serving and the ceviche was very tasty-the best food of the evening. My other friend had the vegetarian tacos which looked very appetizing. The one thing about Frida is the need to select sides as their dishes do not include any sides-which is strange. Desserts are nothing special.
I was expecting a great experience but unfortunately the place did not deliver. Small place and the table are too close to each other regardless the number of people. Food quality was ok and almost no taste. Ask for hot sauce but it did not make a difference. Service was infrequent and only one of staff who was not our server was very good. Overall, nice small place but not worth the drive or money. Hit and complete miss this time.
Food was good. Waitress did make two errors in our orders (4 of us dining) and could not explain menu items. One thing is that they do rush you out. It was a Saturday night out and didn't expect to be sent out by 10 when we began to eat just over an hour before. Restaurant may have been open later but because it wasn't busy at that point the staff likely wanted to close down and head out so definitely do not go there if you are eating on the later end.
It took over 1hr to get our starters and was very slow compare to the previous times we dinned at Frida. The food was great like always but took forever to get our food! We arrived at 8 and we left was after 10:30 which normally we are done by 9:30. Probably they were short staff in the kitchen! But food is simply delish!!!
We had party of eight and it took 20 minutes to get drinks even though there were only two tables in the restaurant. Two people in the party only got a portion of their food while one person did not receive their meal at all. We had to flag down two watiers to complain and the kitchen did not prioritize the order. We finally cancelled it altogether but it still appeared on the bill. The tacos are over priced for what you get and the ingredients in the tostados were ice cold...not sure if that was intentional. It was our first and last visit.
Other than the great service I got from the waitress, the food itself was not at all fantastic. Fairly over priced for the quality. Not a lot of variations within some of the plates served compared to other Mexican restaurants I have gone to. Dessert was good though which is why I give it 3/5. Won't be going back there again though.
I finally found pomegranate tequila and that was a plus. We went during winterlicious and it was a great price. The sopa de frijoles, tamal oaxaqueño, churros, pastel de 3 leches were the highlight. The carnitas come in one piece so that was different and the chips too.
I had wanted to try frida for a while and finally went for winterlicious. The meal was disappointing and cost $35 pp. Ceviche was cut too large so was more like hamachi than ceviche. It didn't sit well. I had the snapper for my main and it was very good. The tres leches cake was also sub standard. The restaurant was pretty empty which didn't help the ambience. Service was good until waitress disappeared for a period of time while we were ready to pay and get going. Overall, a disappointing experience.
Tried the Winterlicious menu, I had the Ceviche, and the Tamal Oaxaqueño de Hongos en Salsa Verde, with Churros for desert and everything was delicious.
I saw the non-winterlicious serving of the Ceviche on someones plate and it looked very large, and even the winterlicious portion was enough.
I would go back to try other dishes. I also want to mention that our waiter was extremely kind, and helpful.
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