Toloache - Upper East Side

4.6
850 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always stellar, love this restaurant!!

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JF
Montreal
103 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
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
2 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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OT
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
22 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
203 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
22 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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F
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food overall and authentic salsa and flavors. But for the prices I would give it 5 stars.

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m
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints, upscale mexican, best guacamole, right in my neighborhood. Friendly service too!

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D
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great innovative Mexican cuisine in a comfy atmosphere with attentive and competent staff. Great margaritas and Mexican beer. Super starters and mains in a wide variety of forms from veggie to seafood and beyond. Highly recommended.

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TC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is really good. This place isn't cheap or reasonably priced but the service and atmosphere are really good and the Shrimp Tacos are really exceptional.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was incredible. The space is small, so it was expected to be loud but on top of the din was an unneeded addition of music that made t even harder to hear each other. The wait staff was nice when we interacted with them, but delayed when it came to service. We were never given chips and salsa; we reordered drinks when dinner came out but they didn’t arrive until we finished eating and part of one of the desserts we ordered didn’t arrive until after the group had finished their dessert. Overall, nice facility and location but the one at 50th was more accommodating and timely.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great last-minute decision to bring our visiting family here for an early dinner. Yummy sopa, fish & a full veggie menu too. Who knew we could impress with authentic Mexican on the East Coast?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente place, food is delicious and good prices

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. White truffle scallop special was one of the best dishes I ever had anywhere.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish and unique. What a great surprise!

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j
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was excellent. Seating is a little tight, but it's NYC. I'll be back!

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n
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always happy with my meal at Toloache, food and service are both very good

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

Very busy but fun

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salsa and spicy guacamole were amazing. Great service, ambience, and flavor.

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L
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is good but manager always seems to make us u comfortable and is not a very nice person so I would recommend going to a different location for the amazing tacos.

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