Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
1163 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib bone marrow tacos are unbelievably delicious

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NinaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and margaritas are never a disappointment.
And the outdoor dining is great too!

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vipBethM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always a consistently delicious meal with lovely attentive staff

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vipJR68
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We done out a lot and You rarely find a bad place in nyc but it does take a lot to be memorable. This was one place that absolutely did - very very good. Great find.

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Luv2eat
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Toloache. Lively ambience. Back porch great. Food, drink and service excellent. We enjoy it every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice night and a delicious dinner.

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EdwardH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ate outside in one of the cabins, and the only drawback was when a large truck would go by. Otherwise the experience was great. The We ate the waiter's suggested
menu choices and were very pleased.

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viprobinesq
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and decor, welcoming staff and the best skirt steak evah ! Ceviche was very good as was the margarita. New neighborhood gem for us . Will definitely return!

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vipUESLocal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Worst tacos I have ever had, and I've had them all over.

The fillings were poorly prepared. The chicken tacos had chicken and a large heapful of tomatoes, no other ingredients which seemed very unusual. The carne asada was the consistency of rubber. The beef rib tacos lacked any seasoning at all. The worst part was that tortillas were extremely soggy. I wasn't even able to pick up the taco to eat it. I had to use a knife and fork.

The low point was that when we told our server that we can't even pick up the tacos to eat them, he said that next time we should order a side of tortillas so that our tacos don't become so soggy. Not even an apology, let alone an offer to remedy the situation.

Very negative experience.

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PeterH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not a complaint, the food was very good but when looking back at the waiters recommendations after receiving the bill it was obvious he only recommended the 3 highest priced items on the menu. Again, I thought everything was delicious but he was definitely padding the bill.

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vipnancyl
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. The 4 of us ate in one of the outdoor cabins, which was very comfortable. Our server was attentive. The food was great. Very happy overall.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great get together with friends

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vipMartiM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the courtyard.

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vipTinaW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Outdoor seating in back is fantastic.

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vipJenniferL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tacos were excellent as was tuna ceviche. Would have loved another two churros to use up the delicious chocolate and dulce de leche sauces.

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vipGary
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood find!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Highly recommend!

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Manuka
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food service and ambiance in back garden!! Definitely going back often !! Staff was fun and cared too

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Whitey
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this for Sunday brunch... had good vibes after reading reviews. Toloache did not disappoint in any way. I highly recommend this excellent restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Old standby that has gone down hill. Food quality has shifted. Guac was filled w hard frozen avocado chunks. Fish was past its prime. Lackluster meal.

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vipDavidS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, service, foot and atmosphere amazing!

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Jessica
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, friendly service. The food came out quickly as well

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very ordinary food, service is attentive and friendly.

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marinaa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice outdoor seating, although the patio seemed more appealing than the side alley where we were seated. The food was excellent, my favorite the lobster taco.

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HarvinderB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go-to place for upper east siders. Love the margaritas, amazing food and the friendliness of the staff members. Never disappointed with the experience

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vipGmon
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesar is a good human

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vipJeff
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Host was extremely rude.

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barryk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place.Great food.We enjoyed it Definitely will be back.

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viplindars
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toloache is my favorite. My go to restaurant as it never disappoints. The food is excellent. The staff are attentive. Service with a smile.

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vipnycadam
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I go to Toloache a few times a year, always like the food and service. Sitting inside for the first time since the pandemic was nicer than in the past since they removed a few tables, making it less crowded and not quite as noisy. I'll be back.

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AG23
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and the drinks were awesome. The quinoa paella was really good.

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vipLazypointer799
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, terrific margaritas. FYI the octopus tacos were terrific, however they are a little small. If you ordered an appetizer they would be fine. But I did not and was hungry a few hours later.

We have been to this restaurant many many times and are never disappointed.

One observation: as we are over 50 I have noticed a distinct behavior pattern in some restaurants that involve placing people over 50 in back rooms. As it turned out the room, which was empty when we were seated was filled by a large group soon after we were seated.

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Fooooood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service.
Their short rib tacos are awesome

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vipPlumbster
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Mexican food with a difference - much closer to what I've had in good taquerias in CDMX than much of what passes for Mexican fare in New York.

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Skiviat
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food sucked!!! It truly was incredible awful. The guac was brown which is just gross

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vipajam
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great neighborhood Mexican with Great cocktails and consistently solid food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.!!!

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MarilynH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Toloache for quite a long time, and it was as wonderful as I remembered. Had the Tumbada - first time trying it - and it was fabulous.
It was noisier than I remembered, but we sat in a different location in the restaurant before, and the place was much more crowded last night. But it was tolerable. I definitely will go again soon.

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vipLaurenB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent!

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JoshE
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our first time at the Toloache UES location, having eaten at the Midtown location dozens of times and at the (now-closed) downtown location once.

Biggest issue was, simply, the food: it was similar to the Midtown location, but lacked the polish and the excellence that I think makes Toloache Midtown as good a "high-end traditional" Mexican experience as you'll find in the city. It was...just OK, from the guacamoles to the sides to the tacos.

Service, however, was tremendous, and the little houses built curbside did make for a nice way to enjoy the time spent.

Can't say I'd return to this location, though, if only because Toloache Midtown is that much better....

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 4.7 stars by 1163 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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