Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
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1003 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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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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4.6
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4.4
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c
Houston
217 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

N
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

h
New York Area
10 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.

c
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service super; food excellent;

JF
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!

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

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

W
New York Area
48 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.

j
New York Area
124 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.

OT
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

OT
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.

JS
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!

OT
New York Area
4 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.

OT
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!

RB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious food! Our waiter made some excellent suggestions!

i
New York Area
47 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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot and consistently good food and service.

M
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food and excellent service. We go there fairly often and it is reliably very good,

Main quibble is the noise level which is really high.

Some of that results from the many tiled and other sound magnifying surfaces in the restaurant.

But there was also very loud music playing

Seems unnecessary and tends to detract from otherwise really nice experience

We have mostly stopped taking out of town friends there because we can’t have a real conversation.

MB
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, amazing food and delicious food. We will be sure to return.

w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, great service.

d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mocktail they made me was atrocious, otherwise solid

JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, spectacular bartenders and best service. Part led on a Tuesday night

DS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!!

b
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Mexican heaven. When I get the south of the boarder urge I know where to go everything is excellent but go for the ribeye. Service is attentive and crazy enough the noise level adds to the atmosphere. Can’t wait for my next mex craving

DG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Whether for traditional ishes (carne asada and guacamole) or more unusual things like the quesadilla with huitlacoche and truffle, everything was delicious. We love the margaritas and the tres leches cake with lemon. We'll be back soon!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This last time the service was surprisingly slow, with our waiters constantly forgetting our orders. Had been there before without any of these issues. Food was great as always and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. Just this time, service was slow, with almost 1 hour to bring our food, and then forgetting about our coffee order until we asked about it to another waiter. The place wasn't even that crowded.

k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent, as is the selection of different tastes on the menu. Drinks are first rate but pricey. Service is good, but the extremely high noise level in the back room made it nearly impossible to hear the staff, and really detracted from our enjoyment. It's much quieter at the bar up front, or the patio.

d
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good as usual but so noisy!!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rafael & Perla and that there’s a vegetarian menu.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. And fun

LS
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely aim for outside seating. More quaint and peaceful!

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