La Carnita-John St

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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It's unexpected that the classic nachos, a Mexican restaurant staple, is not available unti 5pm even though it's on the lunch menu. It's also surprising you can get a pitcher of margaritas but not beer - if the restaurant has draft beers and a pitcher with which to serve them, why not offer it accordingly? Be advised! I'd rate higher but for this. Tacos are small but very good.

MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the red ceiling design on the second floor! The nachos and the tacos were fantastic, we especially loved the shrimp and cod tacos! Looking forward to returning in the future!

N
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

First time I see a place where they refuse to split the bills and ask us to do it...

SB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve had better expat La Carnita before. This Friday, maybe because you guys were short staffed, the service wasn’t friendly I did make reservations but ended up sitting at bar by choice we ordered chicken and baja tacos and and got one each. Which we thought was odd coz we ordered dinner and not apps.
I will go to la carnita again as hoping this is just a one off.

C
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere in a great location and prices are fair with friendly and top notch service it’s a winner

OT
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food good location near theatres.

AW
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our service, dinner and drinks were all excellent - would definitely recommend La Carnita (John St).

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my niece and husband here to celebrate his birthday. If I want Mexican, La Carnita is always my go to. The AGM was amazing, she was super friendly and knowledgeable. The ribs are to die for!

J
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Love La Carnita, but my friend and I found it way too loud to have conversation with each other. We had to yell over the music, even after moving away from the speaker. In the end we left to go somewhere else where we could hear each other.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My fave is the chorizo taco

DL
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Work lunch - enjoyable as always. Prix fixe menu has a fast turnaround.

JJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were 8 for dinner on a Saturday night and our reservation was right on time.
Food and drink were delicious and service was excellent.
The restaurant was very energetic but music was much too loud for our crowd.
We will visit again but maybe at an off peak time in order to enjoy a conversation.

JK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, big portions
Great atmosphere

EC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

L’hôtesse a l’entree était plus occupée avec son cellulaire que de servir les clients. Nous sommes arrivés en avance de notre réservation. Elle nous a mentionné d’aller nous asseoir en attendant et qu’elle viendrait nous chercher pour nous assigner une table.

Cependant à l’heure de notre réservation nous avons été la revoir parce qu’elle n’était pas revenue nous voir.

C’était le seul point negatif. Le reste tout était parfait !

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food but the service was a bit slow.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The portions aren’t consistent with what they give out. For shareable plates we got less than normal. Server wasn’t able to hear us because music was too loud - also not attentive. Overall, food was good and the drinks were yummy - just wish the service was little more attentive.

AD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, affordable menu. Great atmosphere and music. Good service!

SM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The music was very loud hip hop which made it difficult to talk.

JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Margs and Tacos in Toronto!!! We went for a late-night snack and everything was amazing!

JB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and very reasonably priced. Shrimp taco is hands-down my favourite. Highly recommend.

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as usual! Friendly staff, quick to get our orders out and yummy! Our go to spot in Toronto.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Initial drink order and appetizers were delivered quickly - as were subsequent taco orders. All were delicious and fresh! Other rounds of drinks were staggered and somewhat haphazard. Table maintenance was non-existent (I.e. dirty plates and dozens of empty glasses left on the table for our entire visit). Our server seemed disgruntled to say the least. We were celebrating the holidays with cocktails and a bite to eat after work, but were not treated as such. We were also billed out without anyone checking in to see if anyone wanted anything else. Went elsewhere afterwards and spent additional hundreds of dollars. Great food, fun atmosphere weak service.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food but hate how they bring it out. We had a table of 8 and everyone ordered 3 tacos. Trying to remember which taco is which is awful.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Food has declined since they first opened. Tacos were not flavourful, tuna ceviche tostada was awful as the tuna was definitely not fresh. The only good item that we ordered was the Miami style carne Asada skewers. Service was spotty as well. Definitely a pass the next time around

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food I’ve ever had. Lively ambiance, young crowd and great staff.

SH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Will go again!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow following up after dinner for us to get the cheque. Otherwise great

BW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Great ambiance and food, but sub par service

TK
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best time at La Carnita !! My boyfriend was visiting from Ottawa and he loves tacos and a friend actually recommended the restaurant! I was nervous because I wanted him to love it, and he DID. The food was absolutely delicious, I’m still thinking about the tacos I had (the carnitas). It was also super reasonably priced! The restaurant space itself is super funky and they played great music, we were bopping all dinner! Our server was super friendly and quick but not overbearing at all! It was an awesome date spot, funky but not too fancy with great food. I can’t wait to go back !!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was great !! Sever was great! A bit cold where we were sitting.

A
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a good time at La Carnita before our show. The hostess was rude when I asked for the table next to the original one we wanted because it was right next to the front door. She reluctantly gave it to us, saying that we were going to be colder at the other table (which she was wrong). Our server was fantastic and redeemed the experience for us! Definitely worth repeating for the food. Maybe better training for the hostess.

AB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Noise level made it impossible to have a conversation and i left the restaurant with a headache.
Service was very casual, very casual. I guess i am old fashion and prefer it less cool and more professional. I would like to be served what i ordered and would expect that everyone receives the food at the same time. In our case, group of 7; over 30 min between first and last person.

M
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I went to the John St. location On a Sunday night with a friend. The place was busy but there were some free tables, so not crazy.
I ordered two different tacos and liked one so I ordered a second portion that came way too full of lime. The line was overpowering the taste of the dish (the tacos had also quite a bit of lime but this second waaay too much). The shrimp taco was ok, I knew it would have been spicy but again I found and imbalance of the flavors that in my opinion spoiled the dish. I have been to la Carnita before but this time they disappointed me. Also, another small thing: when I go to the restaurant I like some sort of care for the restrooms. I entered the first bathroom and found no toilet paper, so I entered the second .. same thing! Thankfully I spotted a roll in a piece of furniture just outside the restrooms and I grabbed it without having to bother the busy people working. The server was nice so no complaints on that side.

IZ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food but way too loud

YT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
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
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
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

n
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

it has a vibrant athmosphere. the portions of the food are real small, but good taste.

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.