Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
1025 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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vipNasty
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for some out of the ordinary Mexicali! Won't disappoint!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in the neighborhood! Go give it s visit, order delivery or buy a gift certificate to support these great people!

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vipjzinn
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Mexican food with creative twists. The drinks are delicious, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the food and the place i didnt like that they had a party literally so close to us when they were many empty tables but chose the one next to us and i couldnt even hear my self while im talking

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HilbaniaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthday celebration. Awesome place

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viphopingformore
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We've been here now three times, and each time we have ordered similar things, the "medium" spiced guacamole is wonderful and different, with pomegranate and mango. We usually order three different taco entrees (2 tacos per order for a total of 6 tacos to then be shared for the two of us--so each gets three tacos each). The short ribs tacos were amazing! All in all, good food, although wine prices seem excessively high, and limited choices.

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Elena
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to hung out with friends. Good service and food.

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vipNYCNative
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is always good and drinks go down easy.

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AmeliaH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always love having dinner at Toloache. Amazing cocktails and delicious and unique food options. I highly recommend this place and keep on coming back. It definitely is not cheap but the food is so worth it!!!

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Ganggreener
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great
Best Paella ever !!!

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vipKarenP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun for me and my girlfriends. Food was very good and service was excellent. They realized it was my friend’s birthday without us telling them and surprised her with a song. Was very thoughtful

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vipKitLori
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a reliably good experience. Suitable for all ages and budgets with lots of choices to accomodate various food restrictions.

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vipAnthonyD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We have been to Toalache on Thompson Street, they have a Happy Hour, when we went to the upper east side we asked about happy hour to be told - "we don't need happy hour here" . Watery frozen margaritas and $4 for chips and dip - rip off.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food terrific

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vipUES87
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonably priced. Outstanding service. Can't wait to go back!

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Wendy
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the traditional guacamole and and quesadilla. The carne asada was delicious. I ordered 2 margaritas. I was disappointed with the first one, which seemed watered down; the second one was stronger and much better.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was incredible— nice variety of margaritas for everyone to choose from and incredible fresh guacamole!

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TimD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I first visited Toloache several months ago for brunc on a Sunday. I sat at the bar, in the quiet cozy front room, and enjoyed delicious pozole and ceviches. My return on a Friday night was less pleasant. My companion and I were seated in the very loud back room, dominated by oblivious and entitled patrons - not the restaurant's fault of course, but all too standard for Friday in the UES. Service was good, but the tacos were heavily oversalted. I look forward to trying again at a quieter time.

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Julia
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is so good and I have a lot of dietary restrictions so that’s always a huge bonus. Food is very good but not anything mind blowing. Drinks are very good. I would go definitely to back.

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CarlaC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and food was great! We had a few drinks and plates to share, ceviche was delicious and so were the tacos,so flavorful! It was snowing, so probably it wasn't as noisy as others said, but service was great. Our server was very attentive and courteous.

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mb123
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a wonderful restaurant with great cocktails, attentive service, and delicious food. Would definitely come back.

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vipchristocino
Houston
220 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good Mexican food at a reasonable price. Enchiladas and duck are especially good. Jícama salad also very good.

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vipMkay
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food as always and excellent service. Only negative was noise level which is always high and sometimes desfeningy

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PussKatS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu, excellently prepared, and great service. Very simpatico !

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vipNannan
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yes. Delicious Mexican food. Very nice service and prompt attention to our food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Way to expensive for the quality and size of the food!

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viphopingformore
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good. We had the medium guacamole with the pomegranates (delicious and unusual), and then we shared three variations of the tacos, for a total of 6 tacos to share between two people, which makes a nice meal.

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vipcheshire
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service super; food excellent;

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vipJerseyFoodie
Montreal
112 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not your typical Mexican fare. A little more unusual and creative. Really delicious. Lots of vegetarian options. Great margaritas, too!

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vipDBell
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Thanks to Dan for all of your help! See you next time!!

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Wendy
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I had both the regular guacamole and the "fruited" version with pomegranate. Both were very good. Also, the ceviche appetizer and cod and duck entrees were extraordinary.

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vipjzinn
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful Hanukkah celebration. Toloache's special menu couples with selections from their regular menu made for a delicious and fun family evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was okay, I have been coming here for years and it just wasn’t the same. Not sure if the chef changed but the service & food have definitely gone down hill within the last 6 months

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food and reasonably priced. It your typical Mexican restaurant so no chips and salsa on the table. Everything tasted great but the service was not great. The decor was cool. I would go back for sure despite the service.

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vipJulieS
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved my skinny margheritas and the absolutely amazing steak
we were so lucky that we went on a slow night. Great service and not too noisy!

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TracyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Dined here early Christmas night. For all the busier it was the service was just ok. The food, however, was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the steak with Mole enchilada and it was amazing! As I Mexican I can say the have a great variety of real Mexican food! The staff is very friendly! Perla specially! I’ll definitely come back!

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RobertB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious food! Our waiter made some excellent suggestions!

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isleofnewyork
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really interesting tacos and drinks with novel ingredients and combinations of flavors. I did, however, find the noise level excessive. Fine for a really festive, alcohol-infused date or gathering of friends, but much too loud for a grown-up, civilized dinner. Sad because the food is sophisticated. If only the ambience were less jarring.

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Toloache - Upper East Side does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 1025 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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