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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SA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the tacos are amazing!

WL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Please turn down the music at lunch sittings.
Thanks.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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

MC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

:) great tacos!

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US
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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
85 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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

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

AV
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. I highly recommend the nachos.

ML
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried the carnita and spicy mushroom taco - both were great. Good sangria! Also chips with trio dips - guac was OK but have had better. Bathroom was a bit nasty. We've been before and loved it as well, but can only give 4 stars based on bathroom :)

E
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ! Best Mexican in Toronto hands down.. get the shrimp, steak and fried chicken taco! Churros are amazing.. as well as the rose margaritas

JW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, unfortunately from London and can’t enjoy it more often.

KT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, best tacos I had in a long while and those churros... amazing.

s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, restaurant was a bit too loud to have a conversation.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful selections for vegans to eat at and non vegans!

CM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I liked this place just thought we got unlucky with our server. He seemed over it. Otherwise it was good

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal and drinks that I’ve had in Toronto. 10/10

EE
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the chips and corn! Can’t wait to go again!!!!

H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the ambiance of this place. Very casual, easy-going and the noise level is a bit loud but not too loud. Food was fantastic and service was great.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for lunch or dinner. Food is delicious and service is outstanding. Don’t forget to buy the kitchen a beer!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was atrocious.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Atmosphere was great, food was good, service was mediocre from our server- she seemed annoyed with her job. Also arrived and told the hostess I had an open table reservation- she sat us, and then as we were finishing our meals I had gotten a notification that we “missed our reservation”. I mentioned it to the hostess and she just shrugged her shoulders and said she erased it?

SD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Well, the food is great, but what is with the gangster rap dropping N bombs at a volume so loud you can't even hear yourself think? This was at 4pm in the afternoon, with the music blaring such positive lyrics about some guy ing another guys * then shooting him with his gun, with a bunch of N bombs to go around - is this supposed to be an enriching cultural experience? The music (if you could call it that) became worse and worse. Could not wait to leave.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It was just. OK. Wouldn’t return

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food, amazing value for lunch special

J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, perfect spot for food after a show.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in the city. Never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Received appetizers after the tacos ??? They brought extra tacos that we didn’t order and forgot a couple. Waitress did not split bill correctly.

AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Dinner after a play with family

KD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Table wasn't ready when we arrived so we sat at the bar and had a drink and some chips and dips. Service was great. Had to remind host we were waiting for a table. Once reminded, we were sat right away. Took over 10 minutes for a server to touch base with us after we sat down.
Food is good, not traditional Mexican but tasty.
Very loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner

CG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good spot for lunch good food dessert was amazing had the key lime pie popsicle a must

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Went back again because it was so good!

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My experience at La Carnita was absolutely terrible. I have been to other locations and was expecting to have a great evening filled with great food and service, as I have experienced before. We ordered guacamole and nachos, the dish came out with a wonderful piece of hair as the centre piece of the guac. I addressed it to the waiter, he responds unapologetically “ yup that’s a hair” and continues to the kitchen to bring us a new plate. We receive our new hairless version of the dish and of course at this point are paranoid and quite frankly disgusted. The rest of our food comes out and was hairless and delicious! Then comes the bill... Usually, if the dish violates health code I expect the restaurant to automatically take it off the cheque, which is what I have always experienced in the past. Not in this situation. I address the fact that I don’t want to pay for it to which the waiter responds “... but I brought you a new one”, I then explain that it still ruined it for us and we ate barely any guacamole because we were just honestly disgusted. He respond, “maybe you should have told me you didn’t want it” - I did... just without a hair thanks. And it concludes with him saying,“how cute so you ate around the imaginary hair”. Overall loved the attitude... not. Will not be going back and do not recommend!

K
London
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely LOVE La Carnita! What an amazing restaurant, with a great vibe, amazing food and perfect and friendly service from the staff. The corn is a must try, along with the cod tacos! Delicious! We will be back! An amazing first few months in Toronto, this made it 100x better! Compliments to the Kitchen - From one Chef to another! Kirby (England, UK) and Anthony (South Australia)

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place was amazing. I will be back. The food was flavourful and just the right amount. The atmosphere felt authentic and fun. I had to seek out my own cutlery but it was the lunch rush and everything else was amazing.
The key lime popsicle is a must try.

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