La Carnita- College

4.3
239 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I really want to give La Carnita a 5 star rating. The food is always great, and ambiance is great. Brought my friends who have been dying to go and was their first time. The hostess was really nice and seated us as soon as we walked in. But the service from the waitress was horrible. Had to ask if we could order a drink, had to ask if we could order food, no help with the menu as to what would be good sharing. Just interest in taking my order than actually engaging and making this a good client experience. I’ll go back again because the food is awesome, hopefully I just get a more engaged server next time!

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A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing! My service was awesome, a bit too loud but it’s fine

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MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

WAY too loud. Server brought salads held up against her chest. Male server wore cut off shorts that were way too short. Not a pleasant experience, sorry.

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NM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was just a little loud but other than that very good

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Way too loud. You can't hear your dining companions. Food is not as good as it used to be. Service staff is good and pleasant.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, staff, and vibe

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WN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tacos, great atmosphere and fun staff. Recommend to anyone looking for a trendy laid back restaurant

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H
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service!

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V
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Great environment and service. However the guac tastes store bought, tortilla
Chips served cold and a bit stale. Huge disappointment from the tacos the sauce/protein or topping ratio is way off.
Both my tacos were overwhelmed with sauce and just did not taste good. Would not return to pay $5 per mini taco just for it to be filled with sauce.

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JP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A great restaurant for tacos and social settings. Food is good and reasonably priced; drinks are great but disproportionately expensive! As long as you keep your eye on the tab La Carnita is a great place to go.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Staff was very accommodating of our larger group. Food was delicious!!

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CL
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

service is lacking at both king street and college location. The king location has better location but barely. Food is amazing at both.

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KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved every aspect of this location, food, service....it will be my new favourite.
But don’t count me as an “old person”, just because I say that I can’t hear my girlfriend across the table from me because the music is too loud. I am there to eat great food, and spend time with friends....but if I can’t hear them.......and NO...I don’t need a hearing aid.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. the food was ok as three different tacos we ordered had the same flavour profile and were over salted.

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RN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a great night. It was my husbands birthday and his first visit and he loved it.

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CO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Carnita never disappoints with their amazing tacos, you won’t need to eat a lot because each taco is rich and so flavourful, you will leave satisfied for sure. Best for smaller groups as it can get a little loud but they also accommodate large groups too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at this location and the churros were a hit with my picky daughter

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time at La Carnita, from the moment we walked in to the moment we left we felt so welcomed, at home and comfortable. It was an ideal environment to celebrate our loved ones' bday and can't wait to return.

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J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good as usual service was excellent!

Very loud but I know that going there!!!

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Honestly I was a bit disappointed. The atmosphere wasn’t nice. It was load Music wasn’t to my taste. Expected Latin music, cinco de mayo. We couldn’t eat some of the food. We had ribs. Those were fantastic as was the street corn.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible for a group, was told day of reservation they don’t split bills for groups, 2 hour max and auto 18% gratuity which all would have been fine but it took over 45 minutes to get our first drink order and over an hour just to take our food order. Politely informed a manager and she was extremely rude and unhelpful. Would not recommend for a group (we were group of 12 for a birthday - which they also do nothing to recognize) due to poor service and rude, unprofessional management.
This is coming from someone who served for years and never complains!!

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CM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very happy with the overall experience at this restaurant. Food and service was great. My only criticism would be the light fixture over our booth was extremely dusty and there were dust bunnies hanging off the light over our table. Not very pleasant to look at and you don't want dust flying off into people's food. Should be cleaned daily.

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service extremely slow. The only Mexican dish was the guacamole

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
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 on April 19, 2019
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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot for tacos and cocktails! I would suggest making reservations as it always busy.

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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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