Toloache - Upper East Side

4.6
883 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Appetizers were good. Steak wasn’t cooked to temp or properly. Cocktails good. Service excellent.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The food and drinks were really good. Ambiance was really nice. Also, the three taco mahi mahi special was fantastic and hope to see it on the menu again. My friends and I can’t wait to go back again!

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D
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Be aware that this restaurant is as.ays very noisy, but the food is usually worth it. Not so this time. The shrimp atop the shrimp quesadilla tasted of iodine, and perhaps wasn’t as fresh as it should have been. The chicken enchiladas reminded me of a chicken pot pie just wrapped in corn tortillas. Disappointing, as this was my go to for Mexican in the neighborhood.

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SQ
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

High end Mexican food and cozy restaurant. My Mexican friends reconnended it and say it's authentic. Every bite delicious!

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TK
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food always tastes great. Not sure why it all has to be delivered at the exact same time - especially when you order 15 small plates....

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AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, excellent food.... an all time favorite.

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A
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was good. Restaurant full and noisey. Service very slow probably because of fullness. French fries were great!

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LK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Maybe at an off time but the tables are very close together and it's incredibly loud. Definitely not as good as it was when it first opened.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Loved our evening here!!

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a friendly and delicious find. Love it!! I’ve been here twice and sat at the bar both times and followed the recommendations of the very knowledgeable bar tenders.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good great service

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DF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. This is our new go to place for Mexican food for dinner.

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c
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent as usual; service great- his suggestions were right on

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and yummy food. Great ambiance though it was a bit loud at peak dinner time. Very kid friendly as well.

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AG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent brunch spot

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

Back of restaurant way too loud

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

We had a light lunch - crepes, which were very good, followed by churros and flan for dessert- outstanding.

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PW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The avacodo fries were fantastic and so was my breakfast burrito. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. Great place.

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e
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The host was super accommodating when we showed up early with an extra guest. Food was delicious, service was on point. Really happy with this place.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Simply the best Mexican in NYC

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N
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

This was the third visit to Toalache. First two were great, though this time however, was very poor service indeed. Waiter was brusque - bordering on rude - was impatient to explain menu items and had to be reminded to bring an ordered drink. After dinner coffee which was ordered was not served. We felt very rushed as if they wanted to turnover the table very quickly. In all, it was not a pleasant dining experience.

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c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I love this place. But food was very disappointing this time. Not sure what went wrong, I ordered the same Timbada that I always get but it was not nearly as good as the many other times I've ordered it. Our waiter got our drinks wrong as well. I'll definitely be back, but I was taking an important client to dinner and frankly had oversold her on the food...one more try...

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c
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Extremely loud
Overpriced
Crowded spaces

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our faves on the UES - always flavorful food, quick service, and great menu

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Food is great and the atmosphere very happy. It makes you in a good mood

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AK
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly owner. Great ambience. Delicious food. Trendy and fun for a group get together. Will definitely return again!

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in NYC!!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious!

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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch. Great flavor, freshness, service and ambiance. Great staff.

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c
Houston
207 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for a late night stack: sublime tacos great margaritas

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming and welcoming place. Very good food. Will definitely go back.

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J
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the food! Great menu! I’m a CA girl and know my Mexican food. This was terrific!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious as always. But they were not very friendly or attentive like they were on Valentines day when we spent a lot of money. We went for brunch it was my first meal of the day and I didn’t want to drink on an empty stomach. The waiter wasn’t happy when we didn’t want a starter or drinks. You shouldn’t be nice and welcoming only when patrons spend a lot of money...

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always stellar, love this restaurant!!

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JF
Montreal
105 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had brunch on a Sunday. The restaurant was not crowded, yet the service was on the slow side. But the food was good. Menu says at the bottom "Ask for our vegetarian menu" - but when we asked, the waiter said that many items on the vegetarian menu were not prepared yet, so would take a while if we wanted to order them. It turned out that the regular menu has plenty of vegetarian options; the exchange was just a little odd.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was good food was great and service lil pricy but good over all

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We frequent this restaurant regularly. This time the service was a bit on top of us. And it was disappointing

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place. Best guacamole I’ve ever had, consistently. It’s around the corner from my house so I go often and it never disappoints. Delicious upscale Mexican food and a great assortment of drinks and especially tequilas.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

After our favorite brunch place permanently closed, we were eager to find a new spot. This may be it! Well presented, good quality Mexican food. A bit pricier than we’re used to, but not unreasonable considering the quality, area, and cost of keeping a restaurant open these days. A great first visit.

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RW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

vibrant atmosphere with a great variety of delicious margaritas.
Food is delicious

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