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El Pocho Antojitos Bar

4.4
4.4
261 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican

Mexican snack bar with tequila and rum cocktails, local craft beers, and tasty food.

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2 people

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 551-8131

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    The Annex

  • Cross street

    Bathurst Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bathurst Subway Station Walk.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

Family Style Sharing Menu

  • Tortillas y Salsas

    Guacamole, Salsa Picante & Verde

    • Ceviche

      White Fish Marinated in Lime Juice, Habanero Chiles, Red Onions, Tomato, Avocado, Cilantro

      • Elotes

        Grilled Corn On The Cob, House Made Aioli, Queso Cotija

        • Ensalada Picada

          Green Cabbage, Pickled Red Cabbage, Pickled Red Onion, Corn, Jicama, Nopales, Onion, Queso Cotija, Cilantro, Avocado Vinaigrette Dressing

          • Tacos de Pescado

            Battered Fish, House Slaw, Chipotle Aioli, Cilantro

            • Tacos Gringos

              Beef Barbacoa, Queso Cotija, Lettuce, White Onion, Tomato, Crema, Valentina Sauce

              • Tacos de Carnitas

                Smoked Carnitas, Pickled Red Onion, Avocado Sauce, Habanero Salsa, Cilantro

                • Churros & Dulce de Leche

                  House-made Churros Rolled in Cinnamon Sugar. Served with Dulce de Leche

                  Last updated: February 3, 2022

                  What 261 people are saying

                  Overall ratings and reviews

                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                  4.4
                  4.4 based on recent ratings
                  • 4.5Food
                  • 4.1Service
                  • 4.2Ambience
                  • 4.2Value

                  NoiseModerate

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                  • Toronto / Ontario

                    Outdoor Dining

                  • Toronto / Ontario

                    Mexican

                  • Toronto

                    Outdoor Dining

                  • Toronto

                    Mexican

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                  1. RC

                    RahulC

                    Toronto

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined 6 days ago

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    We had specific requirement for dairy and gluten considerations, and it was well catered. Great food, great service. Will definitely visit again!

                  2. GN

                    GalenNH

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined 7 days ago

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Awesome ambiance, better drinks, spectacular food.

                  3. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    vip
                    1.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 20, 2022

                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                    Does not accept OpenTable rewards despite being on the network. Disappointing.

                  4. LL

                    LoisL

                    Toronto

                    7 reviews

                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on May 20, 2022

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    I love this venue; the food, the ambience, the service!

                  5. S

                    Scooppty

                    Caribbean

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 15, 2022

                    overall3food4service4ambience5

                    Great food and absolutely delighted that the kitchen is 100% gluten free. We arrived and were told that they only had the brunch menu. I guess I understand but the brunch menu was pretty limited and we really wanted the lunch menu. Also, no sangria. Will definitely come back.

                  6. DA

                    DeborahA

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    I love this community restaurant on a side street. Great patio.

                  7. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Toronto

                    5 reviews

                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    We really enjoy visiting El Poncho. The food is consistently good and the staff are very polite and attentive. They have built a great outdoor space to enjoy. Leave room for the churros. They are fantastic.

                  8. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    2.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                    overall2food3service2ambience2

                    The server pretty much grabbed my water out of my hands by the end of our meal. Very rude. Claimed the neighbours start complaining about noise after a certain time… we weren’t making noise and had just finished our meals, which took forever to complete. An order of tacos came out an hour after we sat… server blamed it on the kitchen but pretty sure she forgot to punch it in. Service could’ve been better. It felt like she was kicking us out. There were still people in the restaurant so not sure her deal. Still tipped her 20% even after the poor and inattentive service. Definitely won’t be back.

                  9. PK

                    PratishthaK

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 14, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    excellent food, amazing margaritas. had the best time!

                  10. l

                    lenaya

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 13, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Best Mexican in Toronto! Very sweet accommodating staff

                  11. BR

                    BRUCEM

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                    overall4food5service4ambience5

                    The meals are spicy but I'm a wimp when it comes to heat. Just make sure you get a beverage to keep your composure. It feels a bit too cramped on the patio but I understand that they want to take as many people as possible. The service was definitely prompt -) Yes, they are that good. And btw, you'd never know it but yep, they ARE Gluten Free!!

                  12. RB

                    RBBW

                    San Francisco

                    5 reviews

                    4.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    Great food, lovely neighbourhood place to grab a bite!

                  13. c

                    carolyng

                    San Francisco

                    8 reviews

                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Fabulous service-great cuisine and spicy margaritas rock!

                  14. C

                    Citydweller1

                    Toronto

                    3 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Excellent under rated Mexican restaurant in the Annex. Every dish was excellent but the fish ceviche was divine.

                  15. BW

                    BillW

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    vip
                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great Gluten Free Churros

                  16. SW

                    StuW

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Food was amazing. Service was great. Margaritas were especially delicious! Would definitely recommend!

                  17. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    San Francisco

                    1 review

                    2.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                    overall2food3service1ambience2

                    Took 50 minutes to get my margarita and chips/guacamole… pitiful service.

                  18. M

                    Madmax

                    Toronto

                    3 reviews

                    2.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                    overall2food2service3ambience3

                    I used to like this neighborhood spot but it was very crowded and the food was disappointing on my last visit. The barbacoa tacos were tasty but there was a large, gross tendon (or something) in one. The texture of the chicken was also weird and unappetizing (I couldn't stomach it). The black bean tacos were too spicy to enjoy. The tacos came out incredibly fast, and we were out of the restaurant in under an hour. The patio was totally enclosed in plastic, I suppose because of the unpredictable weather in Toronto, but it would have been nice to be in open air on a warm night, like the night I was there.

                  19. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 3, 2022

                    overall4food3service1ambience2

                    Service is pretty bad. We weren’t advised of spice level. And a super spicy tostada was given to a child. The child was crying because the spice was so strong and they weren’t expecting it. Also when we advised the server that one diner was vegetarian, they suggested they eat fish tacos! The staff need training

                  20. R

                    Rmharkin1

                    Glasgow

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on May 1, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Fantastic meal as always! Amazing food and the best spicy marg around!

                  21. SS

                    SamS

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Delicious and fun vibe! Would absolutely come back.

                  22. S

                    Shelly

                    Toronto

                    8 reviews

                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Always amazing food and cocktails, very attentive service, and a great patio. Looking forward to my next visit.

                  23. JL

                    JulieL

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience2

                    It was an awesome experience, it was a bit cold in there even with outdoor heaters.

                  24. A

                    Arivmac

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Tacos were delicious! A little spicy but delicious

                  25. MM

                    MagM

                    Toronto

                    3 reviews

                    4.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                    A friend and I had Friday night drinks at El Pocho. Overall, we had a nice night. The chips and guac were fresh but we didn't try much food. The tequila and mezcal options were great and the patio was enclosed and heated - quite comfy even in cold weather. The odd part of the experience is that we were celebrating my birthday and the restaurant knew it. After we had paid our bill already, we were asked if we'd like a birthday shot, which we agreed to happily! Then we were asked if we wanted another one afterwards. We thought this was a lovely birthday treat, but as we were getting ready to leave, we were brought a bill for those birthday shots... It was odd, as we thought they were being offered as complimentary birthday treats. We weren't expecting to be charged for them. Some clearer communication about that up front would be strongly recommended.

                  26. AM

                    AmandaM

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                    overall3food4service2ambience3

                    They were definitely very short staffed last night but for such a small place better organization may help alone

                  27. MB

                    MatthewB

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 5, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    El Pocho is always amazing. The food is delicious and service is excellent. Everything is very speedy!

                  28. CI

                    CeliacInTheSix

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 3, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Start to finish everything was wonderful. Fantastic staff, delicious brunch and everything was gluten-free ❤️

                  29. B

                    Becca

                    Toronto

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The food was amazing. The service was quick and overall we had a great time!!

                  30. TL

                    TinaL

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                    most seating is outside but they have a covered heated patio. Food and drinks were very yummy we will be back !

                  31. ZH

                    ZofeyaH

                    Toronto

                    8 reviews

                    5.0

                    8 reviews

                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                    overall5food5service2ambience5

                    The food was phenomenal. Seriously I have never had better tacos. Even my boyfriend who is really picky with tacos (hes mexican so has crazy high standards for tacos) said that these might be the best tacos he's had in Toronto. It was bursting with flavour and the meat was so tender and juicy. My only complaint is that he had ordered a dish that came on top of fries, but received tacos instead. This was no biggie but when we brought it up our waitress responded with "no you didn't otherwise I would've punched that in". Mistakes happen but that was pretty disappointing since were both certain he ordered what he wanted. Other than that this place was a 10/10.

                  32. JB

                    JB55

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    1.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                    overall1food1service1ambience2

                    The meat in our taco was rock hard - over cooked and dry. It was like a jerky taco! Guacamole was good. But tacos were not worth it

                  33. EG

                    EmmaG

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Good food, not too expensive, and the server was super nice! The heated patio is nice for colder evenings as well.

                  34. SM

                    SamanthaM

                    Toronto

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My family and I love El Pocho. The food is great and service is so friendly. This restaurant is great for celiac.

                  35. m

                    maryc

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    We absolutely loved this spot for dinner! Everything that we ordered off the menu was delicious! We cannot wait to come back to sample more menu items once the patio opens up!! Super happy that everything on the menu is gluten free which made ordering as a celiac that much easier and inclusive.

                  36. L

                    Ljh12

                    Toronto

                    2 reviews

                    1.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 11, 2022

                    overall1food4service3ambience1

                    The food and margaritas were tasty, comparable to other popular Mexican restaurants in the city. The waiter was nice, food was delivered promptly. My biggest issue was the heating in the outdoor patio (sadly). We were very excited for this experience and it was awful. It felt like being in a dry sauna. It was so hot that when I placed my hand on the wooden table it burnt me. The overhead heater was so intense my shoulders and head were also burning. We asked the waiter if something could be done and he said they would turn it down. Other customers around us were also complaining. Things improved and then they turned it back on again full blast. We asked the server about it again, as everyone started to complain, and the response was that it gets cold on the other side of the patio. We rushed to finish our food and drinks to get out of there as soon as possible. It’s unfortunate because we were planing to stay for the full 1.5 hours and have more drinks, they lost revenue because they didn’t listen to the customer. The worst part of all was that if we had left without ordering we would have still been charged $50/person for short notice cancellation! I had to provide a credit card to make a reservation because of this policy. I can safely say that I will never eat here again. Really too bad, we were excited to make this a new fave spot.

                  37. l

                    lenaya

                    Toronto

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 4, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Hands down, best Mexican in the city! Still dreaming about the fish tacos!

                  38. DT

                    DavidT

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 27, 2022

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    An absolutely beautiful experience with absolutely mouth watering Antojitos and extremely freindly and courteous staff. An absolutely delightful experience.

                  39. RD

                    RaminD

                    Toronto

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 26, 2022

                    overall4food3service3ambience4

                    Like the feel and atmosphere of the place. Service was good. However the portions were extremely small. Two small, bite sized tacos per serving was disappointing for the price. Food tasted good but felt more like appetizer in size. Drinks similarly were good but on the smaller side.

                  40. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on February 25, 2022

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    Food is tasty, however portions are small. Good choice of cocktails, but all of them are pricey! Overall good place for small gatherings, but I do not recommend if you are hungry. You can get more food within the same price range anywhere else.

                  Safety precautions

                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                  • Physical distancing

                    • Limited number of seated diners
                    • Distancing maintained in common areas
                    • Extra space between tables
                  • Protective equipment

                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                  • Screening

                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                  FAQs

                  El Pocho Antojitos Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 551-8131.

                  El Pocho Antojitos Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 261 OpenTable diners.

                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                  Google Map for El Pocho Antojitos Bar

                  2 Follis Ave Toronto, ON M6G 1S3

                  Additional information

                  • Cross street

                    Bathurst Street

                  • Neighborhood

                    The Annex

                  • Hours of operation

                    Dinner Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm

                  • Cuisines

                    Mexican

                  • Dining style

                    Casual Dining

                  • Dress code

                    Business Casual

                  • Parking details

                    Street Parking

                  • Public transit

                    Bathurst Subway Station Walk.

                  • Payment options

                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                  • Additional

                    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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