La Carnita- College

4.3
196 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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SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 9, 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 3, 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
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 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 10, 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 January 1, 2019
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
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing tacos! And great beer selection!

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S
Toronto
1 review
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 18, 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 16, 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 14, 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 6, 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 18, 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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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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 30, 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 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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T
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

La Carnita is one of those places you book and plan to eat. Going on a whim allows for a large risk of you not getting seated! The place is packed any time of day, so always, always reserve your table — can’t stress that enough!

It was absolutely worth the visit as service was attentive and food came quickly. And speaking of food... wow! Great combination of flavours! It’s what you want in a good, solid taco or mango salad!

A plus is that they have Mexican beers! Haven’t had them in a while so it was refreshing to taste the flavours again.

All in all, great time and food!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A bit loud, and very busy. Food was very good, and good vegetarian options.
Disliked how the bills come as one and are not divided.

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LL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I always want to love La Carnita but being in the service industry myself, I have high standards.
Our server seemed lovely but she was absent a lot of the time. She could easily have gotten a higher bill by asking if we wanted another round of drinks. Instead we sat there with empty glasses for most of the evening.
It is very loud and hard to have a conversation, unless you are okay with yelling.
The vibe is fun and the food is great.
The only other problem we had was that there were no gluten free options or keto options for my gf.

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VP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, not somewhere I would go on a first date as it can get messy... but had a great time!

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe a little loud for any intimate conversation..
But great food and cool, casual atmosphere for a fun night out

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the tacos at la carnita but they were out of their fried chicken taco as well as wings. 8:30 isn’t a super late dinner and I’ve come in many times before to menu items that are out of stock. Very disappointing for a restaurant that is constantly booked/has a long wait time. A bit noisy as well but still somehow nice intimate ambience

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, very fresh and tasty, especially the fish tacos!! Sangria seemed to have been watered down though...But the service was efficient and friendly. Would return for sure.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a regular day at la carnita great tacos

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to other locations before, but I’m happy to have found this one! Much easier to get a table and less people here, creating a more intimate time. The server was attentive and really friendly. Much better service than the busier locations

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The drinks were overpriced for the size. Waiters couldn’t answer any of our questions. Tried four different tacos that all had too little meat and too much sauces. The nacho chips were stale and chewy.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food to try: in cod we trust, pollo frito, mexican street corn.+ taco of the day: (was vegetarian, cheese and micro greens)

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P
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the food really outstanding and different. On the expensive side considering that for dinner you will have to order at least 3 / 4 dishes. Every dish are 3 small portions but very tasty and delicate
I would go back and I would suggest it to all

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SM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I find this place over rated. The taco's were just ok for me, I've definitely had better! The corn was probably my favourite and the churros are really good but it's not somewhere I would go back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good but service could have been better. No air conditioning and the place was too hot

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TG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This was my third time here and honestly have to say it will also be my last.

Food was pretty terrible. Ordered guacamole and chips and you basically get a tablespoon of guacamole and 1,000 chips. Also, it looked and tasted more like one of the ready made guacs you would get at a grocery store.

Had the chicken, cauliflower, cheese and chorizo tacos and all of them were stone cold when they got to the table. So I’m assuming they’re mass made and ready on standby in the kitchen for the servers to just grab and go. Needless to say I think all our tacos had been sitting there for awhile, because they certainly weren’t warm or that fresh.

Service was so-so, but nothing exceptional. Our server didn’t mention any specials, and only came around once to our table.

This used to be one of the go-to taco joints in the city. Maybe it was just an off night, but with so many other taco options out there now, I say avoid Carnita and go someplace else.

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LD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good experience, nice food but drinks are small and music was too loud (hard to talk to someone). Their fish taco is very tasty, brings me back.

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TP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food, significantly louder than other La Carnita locations I’ve been to.

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TF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was just OK.

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