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Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
4.7
1287 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina's contemporary Mexican bistro located in the Upper East Side. 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. Along with the authentic Mexican menu and an exceptional tequila list, we offer elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Booked 49 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 861-4505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Julian Medina

  • Catering

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Lexington and 3rd Ave

  • Parking details

    4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 1,287 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Mexican

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  1. AK

    AdamK

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience5

    Overpriced and extremely small portions outside the tacos

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Fathers Day dinner and everyone loved it. The BlackBerry Margarita special was delicious, and the guacamole is easily the best in the city.

  3. KB

    KitB

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’re in NYC for a holiday, sampling all the best restaurants, this was easily the best meal. Get the truffled manchego quesadilla. Perfection meal.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Toloache is always delicious. First time going for brunch and it was fantastic. Amazing guacamole!

  5. JR

    JacquelineR

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service and food was very good. Friendly and attentive staff.

  6. JR

    JaneR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is always delicious and extremely creative and fresh and seasonal. It is a wonderful restaurant and I would recommend it to anyone.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food at toloache is consistently great. The staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I always have a wonderful time

  8. e

    erica

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Noisy and crowded inside. There is outdoor seating which is reasonable. The food was tasty, drinks were strong, nothing over-priced.

  9. J

    Jupe

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had dinner in the outdoors back yard. Great food and service terrific.

  10. J

    Jennifer

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved every thing about it! Food delicious, service excellent and ambiance wonderful! We will be back!

  11. d

    deaglo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The guacamole and salsa dip with chips was so incredible I bought more to bring home. Fish tacos were incredible as well and a spicy margarita was the perfect addition. All delicious and served perfectly! Thank you, we’ll be back!

  12. n

    nydia

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We tried almost all of their tacos and they were really good! Our favorites were suadero and pastor. Their traditional guac

  13. c

    christocino

    Houston

    247 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    247 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Consistently good

  14. v

    vanessanyc

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food and the servers & staff were all lovely...if a bit slow.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration. The food is outstanding!! Everything we ate was delicious!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Quality has gone down and so has the service Horrible experience

  17. MG

    MarleneG

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Toloache never disappoints. The food was delicious. There were four of us and we all loved our meals and cocktails. The service was great as well. Can’t wait to return. Highly recommend this restaurant.

  18. J

    Jenna

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was yummy but overall a bit over priced - but what can you expect in this neighborhood? Margaritas are fresh and strong.

  19. b

    bakedbeans212

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Short rib tacos were delish as was the Octopus ceviche.

  20. SC

    SarahC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A real find. Laid back and excellent nosh Delicate flavours and presentation. Great for Coeliacs too. Heartily recommend

  21. w

    westchesterfoods

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service & food!

  22. g

    gramercypl

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food and service were great however the dining room was a bit noisy.

  23. E

    Eatlinger

    New York Area

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Solid spot for well crafted Mexican

  24. SE

    SusannE

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Great food and service—again. Sound level just short of unbearable.

  25. MW

    MartyW

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time at Toloache and we really enjoyed it. The service and outdoor seating were excellent.

  26. H

    Happy2eatout

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love everything about this place but the salsa is next level!😋

  27. RF

    RicardoF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    Dear to our hearts but this time left a sour note as we were told three times by a waiter who lost interest on us very quickly, that this was the last call for kitchen, drinks and dessert. Then basically told us we had to leave, even though we were way within the restaurant closing time. We were not even invited to go to the bar for them start getting the place ready for closing. The worse part was the attitude of Karina, the hostess, who became rather aggressive and instead of trying to make us happy clients, kept on saying we needed to write a letter to the people who live above, while we were dining inside and not being loud at all. We would have understood if we had been sitting outside. Not a nice scene when you have guest form oversees…. Karina needs to work on customer service treatment….

  28. SU

    SUPER

    New York Area

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    guacamole and chips a winner, love the Skinny Margarita salad with lobster chunks good

  29. TG

    TomG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience all around

  30. D

    Dutchgirl94

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love the menu - healthy and interesting options. Great atmosphere and service.

  31. JF

    JocelynF

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    We have been here several times but the service has steadily declined. The entrees are overpriced but we came back because the guac and margaritas were good. However, the service has gotten to be so poor that we will not be back.

  32. AJ

    AsaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, Great food and The staff was fantastic.

  33. DW

    DouglasW

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend- this will be a regular stop on NYC trips

  34. TF

    ToddF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Without a question, the best Mexican restaurant in NYC! The food, ambiance and service Team are a cut above everyone else in this business. Thank you Chef Julian for sharing this extraordinary experience!

  35. l

    luigi

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything here is both good and authentic: from the guacamole to the huevos rancheros to the shrimp tacos. And they have a back patio that is lovely on a nice day or evening.

  36. J

    Jbnyc

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Took a little while to get the table situation together but the food was fresh and the energy was great!

  37. j

    jcny

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We, of course, went here for Cinco de Mayo!! So fun and festive. The food is always absolutely delicious and authentic. By now I think I’ve had everything on the menu. Never had a less than perfect meal at Toloache. The manager Dan is a big reason why this place is a local hotspot. He is always going 100 miles an hour but has time to greet you by name and feel utterly welcome. He has the keen ability to keep everyone happy and laughing……even if there is a long wait for a table because you forgot to make a reservation.

  38. NY

    NYCenteroftheuniverse

    New York Area

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Toloache We have now been to both locations several times (West 50th and East 82nd ) and the menu and food are similarly very, VERY good. We do, however, prefer the cozy, family vibe at the UES location. The three guacamoles with crudités is a winning starter. The chicken Toloache and shrimp entree are both very good, tasty, fresh and well prepared. While there are many gluten free options, the non-mushroom vegetarian entrees are quite limited, and we wish the vegetarian burrito style entree was back on the menu. The drinks are solid. The service is accommodating and attentive (even on Cinco de Mayo when the UES location was packed beyond comprehension, the staff remained composed, attentive and warm…. showing grace under pressure.) Dinner at Toloache always is a fun and really enjoyable experience with its upbeat vibe, festive atmosphere, accommodating service and yummy food. It’s become a go-to dining spot!

  39. MA

    MaryelizaA

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always Good!!!

  40. L

    Luvfoo

    New York Area

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I wanted to treat myself for Cinque de Mayo, so I went for lunch. I started with a hand shake Marguerita- tasty but $16 seems high for a cocktail. I tried the yellowtail cervache, which the waiter recommended, and it was good. Fish was fresh, but I didn't really like the hot sauce they put on it. The fried piece of avocado was a nice touch, as were the tiny pieces of cucumber- yum. Then I had the beef tacos- they were very good, but only two....so while it was enjoyable, not a lot of food for $55...plus a $10 tip...very pricey for Mexican food I can make at home. But enjoyable, and the place was packed, so I think it's a beloved place to enjoy a fine Mexican meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Toloache - Upper East Side does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Toloache - Upper East Side also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 861-4505.

Toloache - Upper East Side is rated 4.7 stars by 1287 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 49 times today
Google Map for Toloache - Upper East Side

166 East 82nd St., New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lexington and 3rd Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Julian Medina

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (212) 861-4505

  • Catering

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

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