La Carnita- College

4.4
214 reviews
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Mexican
Locally designed with the help of some of Toronto’s best street style artists, La Carnita is the spot to enjoy delicious tacos, a handful of churros, run through a mixtape, and wash it all down with a fresh cocktail or beer. Our aim is to serve up a dynamic menu, and connect with the community through our love of art & music.

In the heart of Little Italy, we opened our very first “Westside” La Carnita. This location includes a small but sunny patio, spots to people watch from, and comfortable booths for groups. Though Little Italy is home to many great spots, from here La Carnita was able to quickly become a Toronto staple. By offering an irresistible menu of delicious tacos, tostadas, and sharing plates, while creating a vibrant atmosphere over Westside has remained the place to be for the past 5 years.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at La Carnita College are the best. Always a great vibe and spot-on service. Food is fantastic as usual. I would recommend this place over and over again.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We usually go to a different La Carnita location - but there was no reservations available so we tried this College St location instead. The food, service, ambiance was all great and I think this will be our new preferred La Carnita location to visit!

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AY
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Drinks took a while but other than that it was legit - the tacos were great and the server was friendly!

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AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been many times. Still the best tacos and coolest place in Toronto

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to catch up with delicious food! Service was on point.

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PS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

great food! need a reservation well in advance, however. The service is very fast, but it's extremely loud (we were there on a Saturday night) and hard to have a conversation with the person beside you.

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SC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little expensive, given each taco is small and for $5 at least but it was worth trying out. Very delicious tacos!

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HW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a friends birthday, we were that annoying group that added two extra people with very little notice, and also were late despite changing our reservation to later anyways but the restaurant was super accommodating, moved us to an even better table and we had a great time. The service was good, we got a pitcher of Marg, Mojito and Sangria and they were all amazing. My only negative comment would be that the music could have been louder, definitely will be back, just later in the evening next time!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was very good, the space is very nice, service was good. our only complaint was there was a fight going on about the volume of the music. We asked to have it turned down at least twice but someone would turn it back up again. It spoiled conversation.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only complaint would be that the tables are a little too close together. Although I didn't mind too much because I could care less about who's listening to my conversations. However if you're trying to have a more intimate date, not the place ma'am.

Everyone was super sweet though and the food is AH MA ZING so I will DEFINITELY be back!

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, appetizers took a minute but otherwise it was great

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! Also supper happy to see way more veg options

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RH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ll definitely come back here! The food was great, the food service was very quick, the ambience was fun and the price was decent to. Go eat here!

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner with my hubby. We had a great time food is 10/10!! Loved the atmosphere. It is load but that is what I was looking for. People taking to each other, Socializing, drinking and eating yummy food. I will definitely be going again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Prices are not relfected on food size and quality, its good but not to pay 6 dollars for a taco and 8 for a tostada.

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EE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Would not recommend. Mediocre tacos and very average atmosphere.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The server was extremely rude. She did not let my friend finish her orders.
The music was too loud and we had difficulties hearing each other. We were yelling at each other by the time the food came.
The temperature was set cold despite the fact it was -5 degrees out.
Food is great, though they have increased the price.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun place to drinks 40’s listen to biggie and digg into some tasty Tacos.

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I booked this location for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend on Friday night. 1) they didn’t even acknowledge my birthday, even though I put it in the reservation for occasion and in the notes as well. 2) we got seated right next to the stairs and had to smell the bathroom scent the whole time during our dinner which wasn’t pleasant. 3) my tacos were just okay - which I was surprised with since it’s always so good and one of my favourite places. It was a bit of a let down for my birthday celebrations.

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p
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My only complaint is the smell coming from the washroom to the upstarts otherwise great

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Service was very poor - our water was never refilled. Had to wait for long periods of time to be served, get refills, and the bill.
Food was great however.
Metal seats are not comfortable, try to grab a table with more comfortable seats.

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C
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service and food... just super loud (not the restaurant’s fault). Would definitely come back again! I think this location has the best service out of the three in Toronto.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We got sit next to the door so it was freezing cold. The service was extremely slow, we had to flag someone down to ask if we could order food. I’ve been to all LA Carnita’s plenty of times and this was easily my worst experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Took 30 mins to get a drink, had to ask several times, no cutlery even when asked. No acknowledgement or apology either

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing tacos! And great beer selection!

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E
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Had to wait for table despite reservation. Server was overworked due to bad scheduling, but she was working hard. Food was salty.

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R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was fantastic - we had the pollo fritto and cod tacos, as well as the tuna tostada. The room itself is funky and although it was loud, it was fairly easy to converse. The only issue was that our server was not personable, didn’t introduce himself or ask how we were doing, and really didn’t talk at all accept for take our orders and bring the bill.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overpriced, though the food was good. Really just a glamorized taqurilla, so the prices didn’t match the portions.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud place. Shrimps was really bad. Tacos with steak and chicken good. And they have only two tipes of margarita. Service: just one lady was very nice, and strange that they wearing any tipe of clothes. You can not to know who is stuff, who is costumer. And smells inside fish. Interjer of the place really nice and interesting :) one time in our life, nice to have experiance like this :)

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AB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The tacos are so authentic and the combination of ingredients are amazing! Love the food. Because the food is so good, it gets pretty busy so the service kind of lacks slightly but it’s totally understandable and when you are attended to, they are incredibly friendly and quick.
The only downfall is the super loud music so you end up yelling across the table. But honestly, it’s all relative. The food is amazing, so that’s what matters ! Love this place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

When it comes to food, I liked the one on John’s more. The chicken wings did not taste half as good as the one on Johns

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OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super busy packed night! Waited about 15/20 mins for our table but the hostess was able to seat us next to friends who also had reservations that night which was great! Thanks for accommodating us! Food was delicious. Sangria a bit too sweet but yummy regardless. Will definitely be back!

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Very very loud, could not converse.
Food was ordinary at the best.
Overpriced for what you got.
Very try hard.
Overall I would not go again nor would I recommend.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was delicious. Service is very disorganized, food is very overpriced and the music was too loud.

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L
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great and flavourful but REALLY spicy. Next time I'll ask them to tone down the spice. Restaurant was fun and very lively.

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ZB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food is delicious. Everything else is awful. Plus, its really expensive. 6$ for one taco the size of my hand isnt a goor deal.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server didn’t introduce himself and was not engaging in asking if anything was needed. I honestly thought he was clearing tables not a server. Had to grab his attention for drinks and food. “I thought you guys just wanted drinks” was his response when I asked for a starter after a pitcher was ordered but he never asked so to assume something is poor service on his part.

Music in the front of the restaurant/bar was too loud to have a conversation without borderline shouting but makes for good eavesdropping lol. I enjoy loud music but was hard to hear my partner and as we left around 10:20 the DJ began shouting over the music like DJ Clue.

Second time at La Carnita but first at the college location (John St first time). Food was delicious and consistent with the John location and arrived quickly. Taco/tostada were all very tasty especially the Tuna and Cod.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Unbearably loud music. Like being in a dj booth at a club. Could barely hear my friend sitting 2 feet from me

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ST
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and service was fantastic but the music was so loud! Could hardly hear the person across from you.

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