Toloache - Upper East Side

4.8
1051 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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vipCustomer
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am only writing text in this box so I can submit this review. OpenTable makes it annoying to submit reviews.

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lasnisnyc
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toloache is a fantastic restaurant and a must go to. The manager is exceptional and his suggestions are spot on. Their guacomole was so good!!! The special blood orange margarita was to die for. The skirt steak was so tasty and delicious. I am so happy to find a place that makes a skirt steak this perfectly. This is one of my new favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.

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vipHUNGRY22
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, strong margaritas and great service by Perla! The private outdoor cabins made us feel safe during covid. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wooden boxes were awesome and private. Perfect with the heater for a cold April night and the sliding window is genius! Awesome margaritas and guac. Now I can say I’ve been to all locations! #outdoorboxesarebest

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service- wonderful!

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vipAnewyorkeater
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had our own cabin outside. Food was tasty and well done. Service was good.

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DinniGordo
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the basics with a twist--fruit in the margaritas, nice texture to the guacamole, shrimp that are large and juicy. Service is friendly without being pushy. I love the place!

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vipabigail
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Toloache is always one of my “go to” Restaurants.

The food is consistently good, the staff is as friendly as you’ll find anywhere and both the outdoor and indoor dining are wonderful

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vipAlisonT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the glazed miso cod.

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vipAidanFitz
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing - house made guac and chips so good we ordered a second round! Main courses (burro, seafood paella, quesadilla, cod) were all excellently cooked and had great flavor. House margaritas helped it all down nicely.

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vipDonielleM
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding!

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JasonG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Server was amazing, food was mediocre. The outdoor seating was super warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican in the city! Great service too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always fabulous. Yummy margaritas. Super seevice

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vipJessicaB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious! The server was so so sweet. The owner came by a few times and was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Best Mexican in New York for sure. We are from Mexico and have never tried such delicious plates in Manhattan before. The huitlacoche quesadilla is just wow. The meats are extremely tender and the pineapple mezcal cocktail was so great. We had dinner outdoors and felt so cozy, warm and comfortable inside the cabins they have constructed outside. Just GREAT.

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jamesW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were not able to provide us with a safe seat after we had made a reservation. We needed to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal pandemic outdoor seating (private booths), delicious food, and good service.

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vipBrianG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as always and sitting in the outdoor heated tables was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous spot!! From the incredibly knowledgeable and fun service to the unparalleled food it was perfection! Also, the music was super fun and the Covid guidelines were followed to a t. Highly recommend!!

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vipjennys
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back from indoor dining and everything was excellent- food, service, COVID protocols. Excited to be able to dine indoors again so we will definitely be back!

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vipUpperEastsider
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing set up out back with plenty of heaters! Wait staff was lovely and food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every weekend for Sat brunch as well as during the week for dinner.
We love the outdoor dining facilities they have set up the service and the food are truly excellent!
We are fortunate to have this restaurant in our neighborhood!
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vipDonielleM
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor experience: We ate in Toloache 82’s outdoor cabins yesterday. Each cabin is 100% enclosed and there is no air flow between rooms, plus the doors slide shut (no cold curtain issues). We were TOASTY warm with the heater blasting and actually had to crack the window - and it was 31° out. As of 1/30/2021, the only dining options were in the cabins - so you don’t risk accidentally booking an outdoor table.

The meal itself: the food and drinks were outstanding! We went through several rounds of their margaritas, including the cucumber-jalapeño, roasted pineapple-jalapeño, and watermelon. All were delicious, if a bit pricey for the size. We loved the fruita guacamole, which was a totally unique take on a classic and will be what we judge guacamole against in the future.

The real winner of the meal was the Suadero tacos. They were mouthwatering and completely overshadowed the other fish tacos (which were also great by themselves... but cannot compare to the suadero). The moisture made the corn tortillas a little tricky to manage, but it was totally worth it. We finished with some fresh churros with chocolate and duche de leche sauce. A pricy meal, but 100% worth it. We will be back!

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JasonG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor dining on the back patio. Great heat lamps and rather quiet, as to be expected during this time. But overall a very good meal!

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vipUptowngirl
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is an easy outdoor dining evening...informal, food is delicious and doesn't crash when it goes cold in this weather. Staff super friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing recommend 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

When we arrived, it appeared the manager or owner was hosting. They didn’t have our reservation, he went back inside to check came out asked me to pull mine up (not a big deal) then he said you know we are only open until 10pm and sort of gave us a look. I told him we knew (it was 8:30). I just kinda got the vibe he didn’t want to serve us. We did get a table the waiter was awesome, food was good , drinks were so great! I had the de la Calle. Just generally not welcoming with the mix up at the door. Two bigger groups in the back were very very loud and we left before they were done so I don’t really understand the we close at 10 comment.

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vipSusanW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food. Extremely safe and warm environment. Lovely staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, service

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great margheritas! And the staff is always so welcoming. One of my favorite meals in NYC when I visit from Paris.

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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.

FAQs

Toloache - Upper East Side does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.8 stars by 1051 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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