Toloache - Upper East Side

4.6
866 reviews
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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.
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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a light lunch - crepes, which were very good, followed by churros and flan for dessert- outstanding.

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PW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The avacodo fries were fantastic and so was my breakfast burrito. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. Great place.

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e
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The host was super accommodating when we showed up early with an extra guest. Food was delicious, service was on point. Really happy with this place.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This was the third visit to Toalache. First two were great, though this time however, was very poor service indeed. Waiter was brusque - bordering on rude - was impatient to explain menu items and had to be reminded to bring an ordered drink. After dinner coffee which was ordered was not served. We felt very rushed as if they wanted to turnover the table very quickly. In all, it was not a pleasant dining experience.

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I love this place. But food was very disappointing this time. Not sure what went wrong, I ordered the same Timbada that I always get but it was not nearly as good as the many other times I've ordered it. Our waiter got our drinks wrong as well. I'll definitely be back, but I was taking an important client to dinner and frankly had oversold her on the food...one more try...

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c
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Extremely loud
Overpriced
Crowded spaces

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our faves on the UES - always flavorful food, quick service, and great menu

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Food is great and the atmosphere very happy. It makes you in a good mood

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AK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly owner. Great ambience. Delicious food. Trendy and fun for a group get together. Will definitely return again!

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in NYC!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious!

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t
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch. Great flavor, freshness, service and ambiance. Great staff.

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c
Houston
207 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a late night stack: sublime tacos great margaritas

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming and welcoming place. Very good food. Will definitely go back.

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J
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food! Great menu! I’m a CA girl and know my Mexican food. This was terrific!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious as always. But they were not very friendly or attentive like they were on Valentines day when we spent a lot of money. We went for brunch it was my first meal of the day and I didn’t want to drink on an empty stomach. The waiter wasn’t happy when we didn’t want a starter or drinks. You shouldn’t be nice and welcoming only when patrons spend a lot of money...

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always stellar, love this restaurant!!

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JF
Montreal
105 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had brunch on a Sunday. The restaurant was not crowded, yet the service was on the slow side. But the food was good. Menu says at the bottom "Ask for our vegetarian menu" - but when we asked, the waiter said that many items on the vegetarian menu were not prepared yet, so would take a while if we wanted to order them. It turned out that the regular menu has plenty of vegetarian options; the exchange was just a little odd.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was good food was great and service lil pricy but good over all

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We frequent this restaurant regularly. This time the service was a bit on top of us. And it was disappointing

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place. Best guacamole I’ve ever had, consistently. It’s around the corner from my house so I go often and it never disappoints. Delicious upscale Mexican food and a great assortment of drinks and especially tequilas.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

After our favorite brunch place permanently closed, we were eager to find a new spot. This may be it! Well presented, good quality Mexican food. A bit pricier than we’re used to, but not unreasonable considering the quality, area, and cost of keeping a restaurant open these days. A great first visit.

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RW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

vibrant atmosphere with a great variety of delicious margaritas.
Food is delicious

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BG
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food & service, but over-priced, even for NYC. Have been to other upscale Mexican restaurants here, but none this expensive. Won't go back solely for that reason. Too many other comparable choices for less cost.

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j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As Always the food was outstanding, Toloache is our favorite restaurant in NYC.

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food and drinks were good, but we felt so rushed. We had two cocktails and two courses and had signed our bill in under an hour - we had a 7pm reservation, so I could understand if they needed the table for 9pm. But we were whisked through before 8pm.

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Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great guacamole and chicken enchiladas! We like to eat at the bar. Always an interesting crowd!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, quick service, clean, great lunch date!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Hospitality.
Manager and crew treated us great. It was our first time to the restaurant but were made to feel like regulars.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Generally good but not inexpensive for Mexican (UES rents are high).

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas, great food and great service!

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G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best Mexican in NYC! Great Margaritas too! Special Mexican Chanukah menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican food ever

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c
Houston
207 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always fun. Good ceviche and great tacos. Margaritas are also very good. This s is a great place for a drink and snack after work.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Toloache was fine.
Food was fine. The drinks came too warm, missing something.
Service was nice, and overall, decent restaurant.

A little expensive for what it was.

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

Although all the food was good the portions were rather small.

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SF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!!!

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved everything except the loud birthday party at the next table! Food was delicious!!

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AS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were both/all delicious. The wait staff was super friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend if you’re in the area.

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G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Well-prepared, delicious traditional Mexican food. Great margaritas! Excellent service.

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