La Carnita-John St

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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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YT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy and fun always. Everything comes up quickly, I always make sure to stagger my own order to avoid getting everything at once, but that's my only (super minor!) note!

KT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always fast...and the food is Great

AD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was average, I took one bite of a taco and probably ate a spoon full of salt.
Everything about this place was just average

JD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seated right away on arrival. Good for express dining when you need a quick bite .

VM
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I’ve been to this location several times, and while I did love the tacos, service was a bit slow. The noise level was also higher than usual. I will be back, but maybe not on a Friday night.

MN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Delicious tacos. The service was stellar!

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had a great experience. Waiter was very accommodating and knowledgeable regarding dietary restrictions. Tacos were good, nachos are delicious. Music was very loud

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Had a reservation at 4pm on a Friday. We ordered drinks and apps right away. As always, the food was good - chips and guac, street corn, a plethora of tacos, churros and maragaritas. Where it started to go wrong was when we started to be pressured around our time - first when we were still waiting for our food to come (they missed parts of our order twice) and they told us we had 20 minutes left. It didn't make sense that we had to leave when our food still hadn't come. Then second, our server sent the manager over to tell us that, "We have given you over 3.5 hours when we have a 2 hour limit, and a family is waiting for this table. Here is some art." I understand how restaurants work - there is no need to tell us that you did us a favour by spending OUR money at your establishment. Just be clear about your policies and when you are communicating it, be kind. So unnecessary. I normally would choose this restaurant but after this experience I'm not sure if I want to go back - definitely did not feel valued.

G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Tasty tacos. Kind of annoying if multiple people order tacos they bring them all out of trays and don't seperate who's are who's, or label them... Good food, but not cheap.

JR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Nicely decorated restaurant with great food, but the music was blasting so we had to yell to communicate across the table, including with the server. It felt like being at a night club. There is definitely a grungy college bar vibe that I wasn’t expecting. It could be upscale if they just turned down the bad music that was playing.

SM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great place for Mexican food. Service was a bit slow, only complaint.

N
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Our server had amazing recommendations. Would come back for sure

P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Crappy overpriced Mexican food. There’s a ton of better places in toronto

LJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot, great energy, great food, and truly wonderful staff. Loved it

T
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The la Carnita taco is probably a pass, the flavour combination doesn’t work and the mango didn’t taste ripe. The tostada wasn’t too bad though 😊

KT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fast, fresh and the perfect portion. Just wish u could split bills

C
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

We booked for a Wednesday night at 10pm didn’t know we were gonna be kicked out at 11pm- we weren’t told. If we knew, we would have ordered less food. We couldn’t even enjoy the night and we stuffed ourselves fast but we left food uneaten. It was our first time there. I don’t recommend you go that late, as they definitely dont care for business at that location- ( our bill was over 120$, we were consuming, they just stopped us from doing so) too bad. And it was busy but they were billing everyone out to close the door. They played a high core music loud to make us leave... i am still mad about that. It was a night intended to reconnect with a friend and we had too hurry up to eat and drink our margaritas.

KP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican food with some very tasty tacos. Our server was very kind and worked hard to make sure our experience was good. Would recommend to anyone looking for casual Mexican dining.

BH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really enjoy the overall ambience of the restaurant, we all had a great time, will be back soon.

LG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

What a joke. The service is atrocious. We dined for approximately 1.5 hours. The bartender/server didn’t greet the table, look absolutely miserable. Asked us “what do you want?” as if we were wasting his time, took our order and the next time he came back to our table was an hour into the meal. Never quality checked the food, there was no way of ordering another drink because not only did our server not come back to the table to offer us another round, other servers flat out refuse to take an order from a table that’s not in their section. One of my tacos came out at the 1hr 15 minute mark after I had asked for it 4 times. While I’m asking for my missing taco, the server is clearing away my plate, cutlery, hot sauce, etc.
The server did kindly take the long lost taco off of the bill which was appreciated but definitely did not redeem the experience. I’ve been here several times throughout the month of September and it seems that every time I come the customer service gets worse and worse. The food is fantastic but that’s about it. Even my margarita was underwhelming. Even though it’s an affordable price point, I’d rather go somewhere else and spend my money.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food is great as always. They won't split bills for groups over 6 as it's their "policy", though I have gone there with larger groups in the past and have done it. Most groups need to split bills so this should not be an issue l, especially when requested up front.

La Carnita-John St
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi Melissa, We deeply apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to split your bill. It takes approximately 1.5 mins to complete payment for each person. This policy was put in place to cut down on the time it takes a server to finish payments, and increase the amount of time they can spend with our guests. There are sometimes when we are not busy that a server may break this rule for a guest, however we do try to enforce it for larger groups. Again we apologize.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place !

NS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is good but restaurant is overpriced, the bal

KT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet lunch spot to go for a sit down or a quick meal

CB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Mexican Flare. With a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend!

TG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, fun menu, great service , funky atmosphere. What's not to love.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing.

KT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is great...the food was fast and delicious and a good portion size for the price

SA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the tacos are amazing!

WL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Please turn down the music at lunch sittings.
Thanks.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Service was anemic and the music was ridiculously loud. Food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was great but, service was non-existent. I'm not sure if I'd be willing to go back.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall great place! Tacos are made with attention to flavour and detail and it shows the kitchen care about the food they serve.
Music was a bit loud, but a minor issue that didn’t take away from the overall experience too much

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

:) great tacos!

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US
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Meeting up with friends to talk and laugh over tacos? This is your place. On a first date or meeting with a client? I recommend going elsewhere as the music volume would ensure your neighbouring tables can hear everything you're shouting at each other.

c
Toronto
88 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was slow. Drinks were slow. Food was alright. Not sure I would go back.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Issue with the food . The server was argumentative and condescending .

AV
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food here is amazing! Absolutely delicious!
Good quality and worth the money.

However, the service was a little poor and slow. It was hard to get some one's attention for assistance. We waited a while for the server to come take our order, then waited a while for them to come back and ask where the food was and then waited again for the food to come out.

The music was extremely loud for a lunch time as well. Good music but way too loud for the hour.

A
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Would definitely go there again. Gets quite busy after 12pm. Best time to go is at 11:30am.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Loved the atmosphere! Would highly recommend this place and would return again.