Toloache-Midtown

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina’s contemporary Mexican bistro located in the heart of the Theater District. Toloache is named after a flowering plant famed in Mexico for its use in love potions. We hope that when you dine with us you too will fall under the spell of chef Medina’s creative cooking, which incorporates seasonal and natural ingredients and more than a dozen types of chilies. Our festive, two-story space features a guacamole and ceviche bar, a wood-burning oven, and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We looking forward to seeing you soon.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very new ce food. A beautiful t crowded and noisy, but to be expected

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary & enjoyed Toloache very much! Food was great & the service was wonderful! The restaurant is consistently good!

TS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pre theatre lunch. Excellent and timely service. Delicious cocktails. Especially liked the ceviche and guacamole -- tried them all. Innovative takes on Mexican traditional foods, Fresh ingredients

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waiter. Friendly and welcoming place! Food was original and all the flavors came through.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyable meal. Had reservations and was seated right away. Pleasant staff, attentive waiter. My dish had shrimp which I felt was too fishy smelling- As I ate all I can do is smell it which took away from the seasoning and taste of my dish itself. Not sure why that was.
Margaritas were very good.

c
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Toloache numerous times and always bring friends. Each time, our friends indicate how much they LOVE it! Always a hit - never had a bad meal.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing everything!

HD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Angry front desk people
Food was not the best
Over rated

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service4ambience1

The food at this restaurant is great but the set up of tables is atrocious. The tables are jammed together so tightly you are practically having dinner with the people at the neighboring table. The guy sitting at the table next to us was talking so loud I could not hear my wife speaking to me. I will never go here again.

A
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going here for over 10 years. Always amazing.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 13 yo son and I were in NYC for a special mom-son trip. We had a delicious pre-theater dinner at Toloache- midtown. The ambiance was perfect and food was delicious. Staff was attentive and accommodating.

j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LIke Mexican? Want a different twist on some old favorites? Food was so good! So was the service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but the portion was a bit too small.

PB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our experience here we were seated right away . Our server Armando was excellent, offering great advice on our selections. We had the halibut which was terrific, the tacos, also delicious and the lemon cake for dessert. Service was efficient but not rushed .Would definitely come back

t
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

very loud!!! small portions caesar salad inedible

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Overpriced small portions. Had coconut ice cream $10 and it was just bigger than a quarter! Loud and you are on top of other diners. Food avarage. Once is enough.

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic as always. Love the trio of guacamoles and we got a selection of tacos: lobster, chicken, fish and brisket. Delicious! A couple of mojitos topped off a great meal.

MV
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service! I would go back. A little pricey but woth it.

KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST PLACE EVER

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We love the tacos. Service always good!

W
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. But unfortunately, we had to wait 30 minutes for our reservation. There is really no place in the restaurant to stand comfortably to wait and there were quite a few others waiting with reservations.

The manager did buy us a drink for the long wait with the reservation, so that was great! It just seems they need a way to manage reservations where you don't have to wait so long and/oryou have a place to wait (getting in and out of the restaurant is quite unpleasant because it is so crowded near the only door).

S
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Will go back.

c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food - great vibe - great service!! Love Toloache for pre-theater dining

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delish! The drinks were awesome and the service was friendly and courteous. I would definitely recommend. Reservations before a show are a must.

GN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We stopped here prior to seeing Wicked at the Gershwin. We decided to do appetizers for dinner given the variety they had (and also the fact that we had a late lunch and couldn't eat a big meal). The staff was very nice even though we did not order full meals. Everything we ordered was great and the only "issue" we had was that the noise level was quite loud (so loud that we had a hard time hearing each other across the table). The tables are quite close so the noise level (especially when there is a party of 8 next to you) is inescapable. I guess if you are going there as a group, it will probably be ideal but depending on the crowd, it may not be a good place for a quiet dinner.

p
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A friend recommended Toloache to us and we're very happy with the recommendation!

Toloache is an outstanding choice for Mexican cuisine near the theater district (on 50th St at 8th Ave).

The lobster taco appetizer was delicious. So were the Carnitos con (hazelnut) mole (with spicy cabbage) and the arroz con crema (with garlic shrimp, octopus, scallops). And the 15-layer crepe with caramel sauce was a super dessert. They have a full bar - we went with Mexican beer.

Seating is a bit tight but table size is good. Moderate noise - we had no trouble hearing each other.

Highly recommended!

p
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for a birthday, food and service, excellent!

DA
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great energy and atmosphere...very fun vibe. Service and food was excellent, but noise level is high. Sit on the balcony level if you can!

JC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again another outstanding meal. I brought my wife and niece for their first visit and they loved the place so much. Great service, food and drinks. There's no wonder why reservations can be tough to come by on the weekend. We had the guac, various tacos, carnitas mole, and brussel sprouts. All were tremendous. Will definitely be back.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to NYC and we love Mexican food so we did a bit of research and landed at this gem! The service and food was top notch. I'll be back in a heart beat. We almost rearranged our other plans to go back before leaving this bustling city. If that doesn't entice you to try it, I don't know what would!

P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food is good, ambience is fine but real obnoxious attitude. Had a 7:30 reservation and showed up at 7:15. Plenty of empty tables but they wanted to make a point of not seating us until the reservation time...... until my girlfriend made a big stink. The hostess just relished in her power saying, "WE'LL SEAT YOU AT YOUR RESERVATION TIME." Good thing for them they're the only restaurant in Manhattan....... Oh wait, there are a million other restaurants in Manhattan.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Nice presentation on the food. Some if tasted flat. For the prices you pay I am surprised they charge you $2.50 for a small bowl of chips. The margarita was not good as it did not have any fresh taste of lime from it. I don't think it was fresh lime juice. There is no excuse for a good Mexican place to have a Margarita that tastes like it was from some chain restaurant

JF
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was great too. He answered any questions we had, helped recommend things, etc.

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Not as good as our first visit. The food was excellent as usual but the service only so so. Wait staff could have been friendlier. We were seated at a smaller table this time although we requested another. No one was in the restaurant at the time. They said the table we wanted was reserved for 3 or 4 people and we were only 2. I get that but why were we seated there last time with no problem? No one was there yet, same as last time. We got there early so we hoped for a better table. Not a big deal but we liked the restaurant so much it was a bit of a disappointment. Will probably return but not for a while.

LK
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was ok. Nothing to write home about but it’s vibrant, very attentive service and would be a good spot to go to if you’ve got a broadway show to get to at a certain time.

B
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience5

Very bland food. Very. See Mexican good elsewhere. Service just ok.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal at this place. So convenient to the theater district and TiMes Swuare

CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here a few times before shows and are never disappointed. The food is always great and love the margaritas of course! We were very politely asked to switch tables before our food arrived which of course was no problem at ALL, only mentioning it because afterward the manager was nice enough to send over TWO desserts and a round of tequila shots for the table which was just above and beyond. Our server Armando was also awesome and gave great service!

SL
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here whenever we are in NYC! The food is amazing and there is always a new menu!!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! The lobster tacos were so good, tender and buttery. Tried the sampler guacamole and couldn’t decide which I liked better. Great food for the price. Would definitely go back.