La Carnita - Eglinton

4.2
207 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.

Located in the North end of the city at 130 Eglinton Ave E. La Carnita's Uptown location is a beautiful open concept, where guests can cozy up in the Winter or enjoy the wrap-around patio in the Summer. Our menu includes a variety of delicious tacos and tostadas with gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as many shareable dishes. Our extensive cocktail program includes all the classics as well as daily drink specials.
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MG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was wonderful. Very attentive to special requests. Food was delicious and presented nicely. Portion size was good.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

they didn't have any of the dishes offered on the promotions for the valentines day menu, which i found very disappointing because its the only reason me and my boyfriend went our fo dinner...
the service was awful and we waited a long time between meals and for the bill to arrive. our appetizer came last when we ordered it first and everyone in my section looked annoyed to be honest !

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DJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say... best tacos I have had in Toronto.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited an hour and 20 mins for cold food delivered to our table twice. We didn't recieve any cutlery even after the third time we asked. Server put the blame on the kitchen staff and bussers saying they were short staffed and really busy; I still don't see how that was my problem, it sure didn't effect the tables seated after us getting their food on time. Left my phone number for the GM to contact me and I'm not shocked he or she still hasn't. Over all worst dining experience ever.

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KD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Server was great and he gave us the space and time we needed plus great recommendations
The only complaint was the noise level and uncomfortable chairs

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch special!! Pollo frito is the best

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BF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Server kept our change assuming it was a tip. When we asked for the change he confronted us saying “No tip?” Since we were upset at this confrontation and trying to avoid it escalating any further we walked away. The the server proceeded to yell out “fuc* you!” as we headed out. It was a party of 7 and everyone left a more than decent tip on their bill. We were waiting for our change to then leave out tip but since he decided to keep it even after we had told him we required change we decided that this sense of entitlement and bad service did not deserved to be tipped. Additionally this server took almost 10 minutes to approach the table when we sat down. Another 15 minutes to take our food order, had rude responses to our minor requests and not once asked how we were liking the food. Overall terrible service from this individual however everyone else is very quick and professional and the food is pretty good.

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J
Toronto
109 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Taqueria, not a restaurant. Tacos are nice though. Lots of beer and tequila options.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food drinks everything!

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

Food was tasty - loved the chorizo taco! Service was slow and place was pretty noisy.

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CG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for my anniversary. Requested specific table, when table was taken up by another pair for 4+ hours, we were given free apps and the table next over. Good recovery, friendly people working there

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JH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Probably one of the better Mexican fusion restaurants in Toronto.

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FA
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came for the food, stayed for the ambience. Delicious vegetarian/ vegan options.
Our waitress changed halfway through the evening. The first one forgot to bring one of our dishes, and the second seemed to want to rush us out the door even though we were still chatting and drinking.

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AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food continues to be excellent and on par with the downtown location. I’m not a fan of the family style service: hard to distinguish for who’s taco is who’s and all the food comes at once so you feel force fed, finishing the meal in 15 minutes rather than enjoying it and your company. Server was fantastic. Vibe is not as warm as the downtown location.

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A
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. The tacos are made with lots of ingredients that work well together and are different from any of the tacos I've had elsewhere in the city.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

So yummy! It’s suxh a beautiful space, and the food is so delicious. I’m a vegetarian, so finding a taco place that has more than one option for me can be difficult. La Carnita has so many options, and they’re all beyond DELICIOUS! Happy girl

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CH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Attended for my bday celebratory dinner on a Friday night with 5 of my friends. The place felt energetic. Was seated in the basement area. The food was amazing!

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BF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. A couple more vegan options wouldn’t hurt though. Really fast service and as always great drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and also having our Christmas get together. It was a great menu with something for everyone on it.

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KP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very attentive staff paid attention to dietary restrictions. Great food, will definitely recommend to friends

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FM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, good vibe, service was good and not slow! Second we’ve been there! Would go back!

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TS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Affordable great food. Consistent quality. Food is not fancy but delicious. Low key restaurant that you can go every week. Fresh ingredients to enjoy

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I have been here several times, I get the sense some of the food is pre-made and they warm it up or add sauce. For example, I had the wings and the chicken and sauce was cold. The tacos are ok, I really like the steak, chicken and mushroom. The Mexican Street corn is awesome!The entrance to the restaurant is close to some seating areas. It’s cold and they should have a heater for people who are seated near the door. Otherwise good experience.

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

Good restaurant but very loud, some tacos on the menu were good but the corn I ordered was burnt. Staff was very nice .

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was cold when served.

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KK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff were fantastic, food was great, definitely recommend!

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L
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food here is decent and it's in the neighborhood so have been a number of times, but think this time will be last. The service is a little too cool to care and quality checks and recommendations about the menu were pretty much non-existent.

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GR
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Good food and service. Very limited menu, prices high for tacos and terrible ambience. Kind of felt like eating in a warehouse.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely experience, great menu, the ingredients are very fresh and authentic.

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was subpar and too expensive for what it is.

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F
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, service and ambiance

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Everything was okay. The locations downtown are much better. The service was less than average, nothing too extraordinary nothing went above and beyond. However I expected the servers to at least grasp the basic knowledges of serving. I’m a server myself so it’s safe to say I’m pretty fair in my evaluation and know what’s acceptable and what’s not. I had asked the server what their taco feature was that day and the server had replied they aren’t too sure, gave me a general guesstimate of what it was and told me it was good. Personally I would not have given that answer, it’s the servers responsibility to at least know what their daily feature is before starting every shift. And if they do not know, tell their table they would find out. After that you would have expected them to check out all of their daily features in case another person asks. When I asked the server what their feature dessert paleta was, they again did not know and just gave me a guesstimate answer, which is just half assed service. I’m not usually high maintenance when I’m dining out but if you can’t master the basic fundamentals of being a server such as learning the daily feature written on the menu then please work on that, if it’s something I can do you can do that as well.

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CM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It was ok .usually the Carne asada and mango salad have a lot more flavor. This time around they were pretty bland.
Music is wayyyy too loud. It's not a club. I should be able to talk to my friend sitting across from me without yelling at her.

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n
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time here. The food is always on point.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good for Yonge and Eglinton

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FN
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the place was super cute, it was pretty dark in there though, not the best for taking photos, of food or friends. The food was good, but personally for me was really spicy. I have a pretty low spice tolerance and I asked for very little if not any spice and I still died lol They also bring same type tacos in one plate so it wasn't like a plate of the tacos you ordered. overall is good though, definitely more for people who like spice though!

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good spot for a date. Service could have been better - our waiter left halfway through the meal without letting us know which led to spotty service and a bit of confusion.

Food was good, as were the beverages.

Bit pricy.

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KU
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, server was relational and had awesome suggestions. Ambience was very cool, good lighting and space at our table. Definitely recommend the tacos and corn!

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JD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was amazing especially the Mexican street corn which is a must have. The place was extremely loud but this was expected because of the younger crowd. My only concern was that the customer service could be a bit better. Cutlery was not placed on the table and it took a bit longer than expected to get a table even after making a reservation. I will return though and recommend to more friends.

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AN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had 3 tacos (tuna ceviche, cod, and mushroom tostado). To my great surprise, the mushroom tostada was my favourite. There was so much flavour packed into each bite. We also ordered chips and guac. The guacamole was excellent. I took some home to let my mom try.

The drink menu was extensive. We tried the rose sangria and that was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and fun.

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