Toloache - Upper East Side

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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.
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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding tacos. This is the place to have a bite of good food in a relaxing atmosphere. I love the pace.

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

this is my first time at this location. We sat in a very closed off location. Service was ok but I do recommend one of the other two locations. Village the best

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. And fun

LS
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food as always was great. Slow service. Freezing cold seating. Waiter not very attentive; I would have ordered another drink if he came by, which he didn’t.

MA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed siting outside on the patio! I usually sit at the bar meeting another mom for drinks and appetizers. Wonderful food as always, but has gotten pricey!

RH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was exceptional and seasoned to perfection. I wasn't a fan of the flan with the popcorn but overall I only have great things to say. It was my 1st time after a colleague had been. The staff was attentive and made great suggests regarding food and drink choices. I will be back to celebrate the anniversary.!!

MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Expensive small portions. Lousy service. Cute place. Decent food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely aim for outside seating. More quaint and peaceful!

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Toloache!

F
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great guacamole, ceviche varieties and quesadilla options. Many margarita options. Good place for groups.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always on point. Duck dish is amazing.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious but the service was not great. Two parties arrived after us and their orders were taken before we had even ordered drinks. They had their food before we had drinks. I mentioned this to the waiter and he replied “Really?” and then made a lame excuse about our drinks having to be made. Would maybe make sense if the table next to us didn’t have their food already.

AP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toloache, under the attentive eye of its owner and manager, continues to provide exceptional food and service. The ambiance is pitch perfect. It is clear that other diners feel the same way about this always packed restaurant.

CD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks again guys, hey what happened to the casa Migos tequila 🤷🏽‍♂️we need mt back I can’t drink anything else I’m sorry but not sorry :)

JL
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside on a delightful evening. We could actually have a conversation without shouting. Inside the din was deafening.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We not only recommend Toloache but take friends and family. This past weekend my brother and sister-in-law came from Washington to celebrate her birthday at Toloache.

VB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were both exceptional. The service was great. We’ll definitely be back.

K
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fine Southwestern food! Will put this on our return list of restaurants

TD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best grilled corn on the cob anywhere.

Great service.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I found the food and drinks overpriced for the quality. Disappointed overall.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. We sat outside in the garden out back. Service was pretty slow - they seemed very understaffed - but food was delicious.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Margaritas were nothing special and very expensie. 13$. If you order the tacos you only get two and they are very small and expensive.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat outside which was lovely. My only criticism of the restaurant is sitting inside is extremely noisy so I only like to go in summer when we can sit outside!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, excellent service, friendly and professional staff

7
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect but I believe and all of my friends do too that it was a bit overpriced!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food in quite garden at the back. Fantastic margaritas!

LK
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, but the food was just good, not outstanding as we had hoped. The Mexican Paella was disappointing, we will stick to Spanish Paella from here on.

f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yum, Yum. Just too noisy! Seating is a little cramped. But the hostess made every effort to honor my seating request.

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Not a great place to take babies ha - we're now part of the 5:30pm dinner crowd thanks to our little one who goes down at 7. We wanted to come in for some margaritas and tacos before being trapped in our apartment for the night haha. They did their best to accommodate, but we have a little guy who is not quite sitting up in a high chair just yet and we wanted to bring in our stroller. The entrance is not easy for strollers so we recommend detaching your stroller seat and bringing it in with you.
The food is excellent though, and so are the drinks so we'll definitely come back, but maybe with a different solution for our little one!

SV
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nondescript, “secretive” entrance with a cozy interior. Excellent margaritas and tequila choices. Gracious service with authenticity and warmth. Love, love the queso fundito that keeps us coming back. Guacamole and chips with a smoky salsa side-yum! Interesting mains including a good skirt steak and signature chicken dish. Also fun to make a meal of tacos and sides.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside eating very casual and nice on a summer evening.

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside in the garden, the servers were very attentive without being intrusive. The good was very good, everyone in the garden was polite, noise level normal and there was a breeze. Would recommend this restaurant for a quiet dinner or a Family get together.

R
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must for foodies that have enjoyed fine dinning at restaurants in Mexico City's top restaurants. The dinner and brunch menue are a delight of culinary creativity and beyond yummy.

M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always really tasty food and excellent service.

AO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I come every time I come back to NYC after I lived here... meet family and friends.
Food as always awesome but service really inconsistent.
The manager was not at the restaurant so you can see waiters struggling with the amount of people to serve.

t
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great but the a/c was not! We skipped out as fast as we could

ML
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We were sitting in the middle section and the noise bounced off the walls and it was extremely loud feeling. not enjoyable night

JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always only been to the mid-town location. This one was different - quieter, more rustic. But the menu and quality were just as good as the 50th street location. The staff was friendly and attentive. It made for a great way to end our day in the city. I'll be back!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!
Wow!
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Amazing

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