La Carnita-John St

4.4
390 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 financial district is La Carnita’s South Central location in a beautiful two-story heritage building. The upstairs makes for an engaging venue, seating 55 guests with its own bar.

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AC
Toronto
69 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The tacos were soggy and cold. The mango salad was nothing more than a free sample and everything very expensive. Personally I didn't like that have sufficient space near the window they put us in some far away corner near the kitchen. Overall I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Efficient and delicious.

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W
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter recommended your restaurant and we loved it! The food, the service, the Sangria - FABULOUS!
I’m from Cambridge but I will definitely be back - soon!
Thanks for a great Mother’s Day with my kids!!!!!
(Then we saw the Raptors win at Scotia Bank Arena. An all around fabulous day. See you again l!!!)

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S
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE AND CRAVE this place. Put tacos in my belly please!
Fish, chicken, steak, cheese you literally cannot pick wrong. So hard to stop eating!
Servers are great and food comes quickly.

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

Absolutely loved the food. Would definitely go back and recommend. Service was great, thanks 🙂

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MJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite places to go - the only thing is the music is just a bit too loud to be able to talk to anyone at your table without screaming.

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LM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great tasting food. Variety of flavours and options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Friendly staff welcoming you and ensuring you are taken care of. Enjoyed the Prix fix lunch menu options.

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BR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, amazing food, good atmosphere. Only negative thing was that the music was slightly too loud, but it was 9pm in a Saturday evening. It would not put me off going back

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CJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We made a reservation for Saturday lunch time, the restaurant was busy so glad we did! Small cozy table, service was friendly, margarita was great! Tacos were tasty with a spicy kick-jalapeño on mine! I would go back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Menu had zero information about ingredients... had to return two different dishes...and the servers acted like they were doing us a favour... some eye contact would be nice...just one girl.. the bartender who came over to our table.. for whatever reason.. the one guy we asked something for pointed out that he wasn’t a server and kept walking...here’s an idea .. HAVE THE NAME OF THE RESTAURANT OUT FRONT??!

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

Food was absolutely amazing. Drinks were fun, exciting and tasty. Employees were kind and pleasant and surprised my boyfriend with churros and a candle for his birthday! Our new favourite spot. My only surprise was the atmosphere, I have to admit I was missing the Latin type music but obviously people love it for what it is. Good work!! Dreaming about the tacos already

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YM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard shell tacos were amazing. Service was quick and friendly. Everything was very tasty, fresh, and well presented. Music/noise level is off the charts though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

One person ordered wings and the other ordered tacos. The tacos came within 5 minutes and then had to wait over 20 minutes for the other guest to receive their wings. They should have held the tacos so they wouldn’t have been soggy and come out at same time as other guest food

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Food was amazing, loved the ambiance.

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BW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was awful. We ordered stuff that didn’t come, we wanted more but it would take forever and they only checked on our table once. They could’ve made so much more money on us but the service was sooo bad. Once was my favourite restaurant, now I’m not so sure!

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NK
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing ambience, staff was willing to accommodate restrictions and needs. Service was a tad bit slow, but other than that, it was fun!

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! The pollo fritto taco is incredible and you must finish with the churros! Come hungry!

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VJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting and very tasty food. Will go again. However, we must have been sitting under a speaker! It would have been nice to have had a conversation over our meal without having to raise our voices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was awesome and so was the company! We will definitely be back!

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H
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Would highly recommend for anyone looking for high end tacos!

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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food. Wonderful staff. Really loud.

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JL
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Music was absolutely too loud. Could not enjoy the music or the conversation at our table !!!

When we requested the volume be lowered a bit, we were told this is the way it is and it would probably get louder.

Not sure why this is necessary ? It certainly did not add up our enjoyment of our dinner, the venue or the event we were celebrating :(

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

So loud! Nice food but many mix ups with a food allergy at the table that should have been given better attention by the kitchen. Lovely server. Good cocktails.

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but the service has rooms for improvement lacking eye contact, slow in response.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it completely.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious!
The stay woke cocktail was amazing

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Excellent food. Accommodating to most eaters. (I am Plant based)Servers were very attentive, but I might say wait a few seconds longer after person takes last bite before removing plates. : ) mostly younger crowd, but as a 50 something person, I would 100% go back to this place!

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it so much, we want to make it our "go to" destination when we are either at the Mirvish Theatres (right around the corner) or the movie theatre on Richmond Street-(a short 10 minute walk)
The food freshness, ambience and service, were outstanding.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

TURN DOWN THE MUSIC. CAN’T DISCUSS BUSINESS. SPEAKER RIGHT OVER TABLE. SERIOUSLY, DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT LOUD. IMAGINE PLAYING SUPER LOUD MUSIC AT TIUR CHRISTMAS DINNER. KINDA DUMB, RIGHT????

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KD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quite loud, but still a cool vibe. Food was good, if you enjoy Mexican its a quick, easy choice before going to the theatre on King- but definitely make reservations!

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c
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yum. Food is delicious. Great location. Great variety of taco flavors. Prices are big city $$$

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Love the variety of tacos and that you can order a variety “plate”. The Mexican corn is delicious!

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JJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food very tasty, especially the tacos.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

had a nice little table upstairs. lucas served us and was lovely. recommended a few things and checked in just enough.
would have loved to have had access to the entire sweet jesus menu for desert.
we'll be back.

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KM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

La Carnita is my favourite taco place in the city - and I LOVE tacos! Highly recommend trying the carnitas or the pollo frito. So good!

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AC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tacos and ribs! Sunday night half price bottles of wine was a great deal.

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

The Mexican ribs were the best!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Great good, but over priced for the portion sized. Seems as if they were under staffed, waitress forgot about us multiple times. Had a bug in my beer and did not even offer me a free one or apologize

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

Tacos and Queso were awesome. Our server was excellent and very friendly. Could have done without the loud Gangsta Rap on a Saturday afternoon.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We made a reservation to eat at La Carnita an hour and a half before attending a nearby theatre. After being seated, we waited for 25 minutes at our table, but nobody showed up to take our order. When we realized that the party at the next table over (who had arrived before us) hadn’t even received their drinks yet, we figured there was no way we’d get our meals in time and made the decision to leave.

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