Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
1182 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
What 1182 people are saying
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Tasty2
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant setting, really good variety of Margaritas, lovely service, thoughtful outdoor seating with heat lamps.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Drinks are very small volume and very high price.

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vipchristocino
Houston
236 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently good.

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laMer
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant place to eat & clearly very popular. The staff was friendly, helpful & actually checked our vaccination records (a good thing!). Our classic Margueritas were good. We stuck to the classics for our food & enjoyed it. Plantains were great!

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vipmariela422
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was even better!!!

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RogerNYC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you must undertake the grueling journey to the stiflingly posh environs of the Upper East Side, let Toaloche soothe your wounded soul! The best margaritas in Manhattan (do the De La Calle), tasty food (do the Fruitas Guac, the Queso Fondido, and at least one ceviche), and great service. Sit at the bar if you can, as the regulars are a blast and the bartenders are thoughtful, funny, and incredibly helpful. Just a fantastic neighborhood joint...

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SueC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious here. Guac is outstanding and their smokey liquid salsa is to die for!! Bravo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Portions were child size

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vipAOnate
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday for coworker

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CarolineM
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a good neighborhood standard. Everything is better than average and errs on the bland side. Got the "spicy" guac which was barely spiced at all - milder than Rosa Mexicano mild. The margarita was good enough to have a second, but not a third. The huitlacoche quesadilla was delicious, but the truffle masked the huitlacoche. The tacos were fine. The evening was about friends and conversation, and the food was totally good enough.

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AnilC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service. The cost was high for the cuisine but assuming overhead for the location is what drives up the price

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Ginger
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Guacomole= excellent
Margarita= quite weak
Short rib tacos= nothing special
Large rat on sidewalk at lunchtime= NOT GOOD! I didn't want to mention this to the friends I was joining because they're from out of town and would've freaked out

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vipAnthonyL
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very tasty. The service was okay, perhaps a bit stretched by staffing issues? A beer we ordered was never served, but was on the check. They did of course take that charge off after I pointed it out.

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vipfoodgasm
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had great meals we felt were crafted well

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vipwolfabj
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place on the UES. Creative fresh Mexican food.

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vipUESLocal
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio is great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food- great vibe too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
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
16 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
3 reviews
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
71 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
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the courtyard.

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vipTinaW
New York Area
19 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
23 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
5 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
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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 1182 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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