La Carnita-John St

4.3
327 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.

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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MR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was not representative of traditional Mexican cuisine. The queso fundido, especially, was not even close to the real dish.

We were sitting at a table near a window and it was freezing. We asked to move to a free table and were told it was reserved so we ended up sitting at the bar.

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JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before the game ... $5 tecates on special very fresh ingredients... loved that the tacos were sold in singles which allowed us to try more than a few different kinds ... really enjoyed the Cali salad our server Kayleigh was friendly and attentive ... fun atmosphere

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff and amazing unique tacos - signature drinks are definitely worth a try!

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Incredible food and drinks. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to try more

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great pick for tacos and mexican cuisine. Has such a fun and lively atmosphere on weekends!

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OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is our fourth time here but this time we tried the new menu and it was fantastic! Food is always fresh and absolutely delicious!!
Great service and great experience overall.

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

Fantastic service!

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Service was absolutely amazing...such nice people. Go there now! Go there often!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Our tacos and mango were great, but I didn't think the service was good (other than the person bringing refills of water). When my friend and I weren't ready to order right away, the waitress just ignored us for the rest of the time we were there. We probably would have ordered another drink or a dessert, but the waitress never asked.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The server paid us little to no attention and was unable to list any of the drinks or ingredients aside from tequila. I asked what the liquor in the sangria was and they couldn’t clarify, and when my friend ordered a bar rail drink they looked very confused. The atmosphere was awesome but our server’s distance and cluelessness really put a damper on the experience, maybe they were new. The chips appetizer was amazing and the build-your-own tacos were yummy but not presented well. I’d go again but not spend anything on alcohol, not worth it!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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GT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Carnita came highly recommended by a local. Being from Texas we were skeptical, but everything was unique and fantastic!

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n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening, good food, great atmosphere. This is my second time here, and didn’t disappoint. It’s good for large groups as well as small. Relatively easy to get s reservation

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T
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Best guac I’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot! Tacos were good too (a bit spicy for me). Margarita drink was amazing, split pitcher with friends. Overall good restaurant, would come back for sure :)

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F
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was really good! The servers were attentive at the start and then just disappeared. As well better training should be had regarding food restrictions or allergies. If I order vegan or dairy free tacos I likely don't want them served on the same platter as non vegan ones. As well some lighting would be nice

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing, great atmosphere and service is usually great!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The only positive thing I can say was the hostess who’s very helpful in getting table ready for us.

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CK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time eating at La Carnita on John Street. The food was amazing. The service was incredible as well. Will definitely be going back.

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SG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to eat with even better vibes ! Would highly recommend this place to go and eat with friends family or new people your meeting!

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Taco heaven . Tasty tacos, great cocktails. Love being able to order one taco at a time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Requested upstairs seating. Was told no one was being seated upstairs. Kept seeing different parties coming up and down the stairs.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Server was rude. Also waited half an hour just to get the bill and pay

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit louder than usual, but that's mostly due to NYE attendees starting the fun early. Always great food, smiling service and affordable prices, meaning I'll come back again, and again, and again!

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, service was acceptable, but overall a great place to celebrate the holiday season! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something a little more adventurous. The tacos we had were excellent. Some of the best I've had in the city. The Who Shot Me? and Margarita were also excellent. Only complaint would be the speed of service, but on a busy Friday night during the holidays, I can totally understand why.

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TR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun spot. Ate lunch pre theatre. Food was delicious and great service. Only con was music was a little loud with explicit language (especially for lunch time, we were dining with our 3 children). That being said, would still recommend going. Not cheap though, Lunch for the 5 of us was $130

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was cold. It came out within a minute of ordering which implies it wasn’t fresh but rather reheated. Service was atrocious. I still had food on my plate as they were trying to take it away. The server hovered until the last bite was in my mouth and promptly took my plate (as the food went into my mouth). We had to get our own utensils and clearing the table was more urgent than allowing us to collect our coats and bags.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was an ideal venue and meal for the whole family. We all love Mexican food and the teens also appreciated the trendy atmosphere. John St location was perfect for us. The food was superlative, from apps to dessert. Service was pleasant and mostly prompt. Seating was comfortable and decor was interesting without overwhelming the food. Definitely recommended and we will be returning for sure.

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W
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Quick bite before a Leaf game.

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WE
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

La carnita used to be my favorite restaurant until i did a large party reso and then my view of the restaurant completley changed. La carnita is not suited for large party events. They do not offer separate bills and would like each person to calculate their bill and put partial paymenta towards the final bill. The food comes scattered so its up to the customer to remember what they ordered rather then the server. It takes very long for the food to cook and when it did come it was cold and bland.


The service was okay but the manager in the beginning was very very rude and stern with regulations it was after my sister had a chat with her in regards to ther service we recieved that she had a change of heart. Before that we wouldnt catch her even coming to our table to check up on us since she was frequently chatting with her friends often. Over all i would never ever do a large party at la carnita again.

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P
Melbourne / VIC
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really tasty food and a good venue for a day to day meal out 😊

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and vibe, great for a cocktail or two. The tacos were ok, but not as good as some other taco restaurants. Especially considering the price.

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SG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Too dark, too loud, food was "meh", toilet was a mess.....and NO COFFEE? Yikes.....
Was hoping to eat authentic Mexican...
But just looking around I could see who your audience is....and that is not me.

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r
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing!! The music was a little loud; combined with conversations in a ‘live’ room made it difficult to hear the servers. The prix fix menu was perfect for our team lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food. Service was great. Mexican street corn was amazzzzing

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RT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Music playlist was on point but bit too loud. Also there should be a door to block the cold air from outside - people left it open for long periods and it got very cold

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Wwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too loud. Lots of people were having a good time, but if you want to have a conversation with the person you are with sir riiiiiiight next to you:). Notwithstanding that the food was awesome and our server was AWESOME.

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MF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was substandard, tacos were tasteless. Mediocre at best

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time and was superb! Food, service, vibes all together were very enjoyable!

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

Great food and great service, always.

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VA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food our server was pushy trying to finish us quickly and the place wasn't packed

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