Toloache - Upper East Side

4.6
807 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday 11:30 am- 10:00 pm - Monday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday 5 pm -11:30 pm Saturday: 11:30 am -11:30 pm
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Phone number
(212) 861-4505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Julian Medina
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Private party facilities
Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com
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Catering
Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lexington and 3rd Ave
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Parking details
4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 807 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The jalapeno margaritas were amazing (and strong!), as were the enchiladas and the chicken dish (the first 2 items on the right of the menu) - will definitely return!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. I felt the margaritas and my main dish were a bit overpriced.

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IM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Best margaritas and guacamole. Great attentive and quick service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is solid but portions are small and drinks are weak. Pricey for what you get.

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OT
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, we had the guac for an appetizer, I had the carnitas and my wife had the duck both were very tasty. the only down side is that it is a little noisy

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R
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not your usual rice, beans and cheese Mexican. Dishes are well-flavored and not overwhelming. The huitlacoche taco is great. Carnitas excellent. Dining room can be a bit noisy, but some tables are better, as is the patieo.

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant serves exotic, delicious and somewhat upscale Mexican food. The assortment of exotic tacos (especially the spicy lobster taco) is fabulous and the seafood paella is also really great. The red sangria is delicious. The service has been consistently very good.

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DM
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a regular at Toloache. The staff is always so friendly and attentive and their food is incredible. Make sure you order one of their incredible margaritas with their Frutas Guacamole!

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M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious! Service was a little slow, noise loud.

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J
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Mexican brunch in the Upper east side

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great solid experience as usual. Food superb.

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LR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We sat in the alcove after the kitchen area - seating was tight and the waiter knocked my chair each time he went by. The overall service was mixed - our waiter never cracked a smile and was not welcoming. The balance of the staff was courteous. Unusual service experience .

The food was a mix of spot on - guac was very good - hamachi cerviche was excellent - but the corn was so acidic that it was bad... and thats a favorite of mine. The Cod was tasty but on the raw side for one half of the filet and perfect on the other side. Wish the whole plate was executed properly. The meal ended with Churros - which was just ok... the sauce lacked the density that i had expected...

I see the potential to get a great meal -this ended up ok. the intrinsic value of the meal / experience was just ok because of the inconsistency.

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so delicious with eclectic twist to Classic dishes. This was such a wonderful surprise. We chose it because it had such high ratings from other people.

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

in NYC for a girls road trip to the US Open ........cocktails were fine , food delicious ( altho somewhat pricey for small portions as others have noted ) w a lively atmosphere . Would definitely recommend .

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j
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service with devious sharable dishes. We had so much fun. They made my birthday a special event.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was lit and loud

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r
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to dining there whenever we are in the city. It never disappoints. The shrimp dish I had this time was one of the best entres I've ever had anywhere! It was such a unique combination of flavours and textures, and like everything else I've tried there, the portion was generous and it was a great value. Service is excellent too.

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N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, our meal was delicious. Had several of the ceviches and guacamoles and they were all great! The food always tastes so fresh at Toloache. And the drinks were yummy, too! Staff is always attentive and nice.

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but drinks were unacceptable. Nice atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Way over priced with small portions

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KB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Super fun. Food and cocktails so tasty. We were starving and left very satisfied.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service could be much better

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was terrific. After we ate triple guacamole and queso we were to full for dinner. Very expensive for 2 people but enjoyed it for an occasional meal out.

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j
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

As always, food delicious and margarita potent! We sat on the outdoor patio and fortunately when the rain started the awning was quickly opened.

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A
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit overpriced for the guacamole at 20 bucks for a plate -tacos are fine not outstanding

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food and drink. Service could have been better but that was just one inattentive waiter and the rest of the service staff was excellent.

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AW
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, innovative Mexican food - knowledgeable waiter - his advice was a great help

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite and the service was courteous.

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and staff was attentive.

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AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and drinks! Really enjoyed the experience.

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BB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiters were very attentive and didn't rush you. Food wasn't the typical Mexican food you get on the upper east side. Good vibe.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have to say I feel lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood! Tacos were amazing! Lobster and short rib, is what we had and I already know what I’m having next time. I look forward to exploring the menu further. The staff is very accommodating. They were on top of everything, they definitely added to the meal.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Rude and rushed service. Disappointing considering their prices are through the roof for Mexican and portion sizes are small.

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CV
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the food here and and the atmosphere. It's pricier than other mexican but worth it. Though my friend's tacos weren't the greatest. Otherwise, I will be back.

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WT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

While the food we had was tasty my wife and I headed to their 82nd St location to try their Pastel de Platano with Negra Modelo ice cream - which is listed on their website. Negra Modelo is delicious so were excited for a tasty dessert. Sadly their website is in error and it is NOT on the menu at this location.

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d
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wow-we love this place-bright, fresh flavors and inventive takes on classic Mexican food. We love ordering lots of different appetizers and tacos (the fish tacos are s MUST). Really lovely service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food seemed a bit over priced. Just wasn’t what I expected out of 15 dollar cocktails, 12 dollar guacamole, and 12 dollar small tacos. A little underwhelming but still tasted good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants on the UES! Great drinks too. Cod is amazing!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! So glad we found this gem! They were very accommodating when we arrived early too! Awesome staff and food. Great cocktails!

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C
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone is very welcoming. Our waiter explained the entire menu to my friend who was dining for the first time. Our meals were flavorful and cooked perfectly.

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