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Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
4.7
1364 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 861-4505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Julian Medina

  • Catering

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    Lexington and 3rd Ave

  • Parking details

    4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 1,364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Mexican

  • Manhattan

    Mexican

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  1. BC

    BethC

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific, attentive service, delicious food.
  2. L

    Leonasays

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place to go locally.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ottimo ristorante messicano .
  4. s

    ssrs

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent dinner
  5. SQ

    SnoozyQzee

    New York Area

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I loved the shrimp dish and always look forward to their guacamole with warm chips. Consistently delicious!
  6. f

    feed

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good, as usual
  7. JP

    JordanP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food. If not the best Mexican food in NYC
  8. J

    Jakman

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I've been here several times. Service is consistently good although a bit eager to remove plates, etc. I think the portion sizes have gotten somewhat smaller.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent as always
  10. r

    rubyfish

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Returning to Toloache was wonderful. Delicious tacos and Margaritas and we didn't break the bank. Can't wait to go back.
  11. p

    pmm2

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a terrific evening. We had the 3 Guacs, tuna cervice, brisket and shrimp tacos, baccalau, Brussels sprouts and for dessert; tres leches, flan and chocolate cake. All scrumptious. If I have a negative it was the guac with quest wasn’t as good as the guacs. I would definitely recommend and eat there again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The enchiladas were fantastic.
  13. S

    Steve

    Tampa

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service that exceeds expectations. Perla, Rafael, Daniel, and Chef Julian Medina are the best. Thank you for what you do to make us feel so taken care of and special
  14. P

    Paris4

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything great - with the exception of the Manager/Host, who can be exceptionally rude & nasty. Truly the ONLY negative in this picture. Our server, Eli, was wonderful & always brings good energy to the dining experience.
  15. A

    Anewyorkeater

    New York Area

    119 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food good, but very noisy.
  16. M

    Misty

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First timers here and we were pleasantly surprised. Creative menu encouraged us to be bold and experiment trying new flavorful dishes. Our waiter was very helpful and accommodating. We’ll definitely return.
  17. g

    greatdinner

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious as usual. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, courteous and helpful from reception to table.
  18. N

    None

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service for our group of 8 for brunch!
  19. C

    Cherryade

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptionally good food and Margarita specials, quite expensive but worth it
  20. E

    Erasula

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I would recommend this restaurant; however, it is pricey for the amount of food you get. Appetizer size portions with full entree prices.
  21. MB

    MerleB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Delicious food, different dishes than most restaurants. Food was hot right from the kitchen. Service is a bit slow but if you're not in a rush, enjoy your meal.
  22. OG

    OneGalsOpinion

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find—the backyard garden is where it’s at, and the service and food are superlative. Fabulous!
  23. H

    Happy2eatout

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Discovered how much I like ceviche here!!! Amazing!!!
  24. J

    Jeff

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it! Attentive service, fun atmosphere and great food!
  25. CG

    CityGirl

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Toloache is the best Mexican on the East Coast - with the best drinks and the best service. It never disappoints.
  26. P

    Picadillo

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The guacamole de fruta and the suadero tacos were the highlights. Be aware that you get two tacos on a plate which IMHO is not a full meal (even with the guac). The ambiance is a bit claustrophobic and dark.
  27. M

    Mkay

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice outdoor dining experience. Very good food as always and excellent service. We are hoping that the restaurant reinstalls the heat lamps that they used outside last year.
  28. PM

    PatraM

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    This time around we were a bit disappointed with the quality of our meal(s) since the last time with dined with Toloache -- the food was okay and there was nothing special about it this time around or a WOW factor! Service was okay and our server lack confidence when dealing with a food allergy at our table. We did dine outside which was nice with the exception of the smokers about 10 feet from our table on the sidewalk. Beers were cold and the wine was fantastic -- Don't worry, we will stop by again when in town, and will continue to recommend you to family and friends!
  29. MM

    MaryManhattan

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for my friend and she was impressed by the atmosphere, quality of the food and service. A wonderful place to celebrate!
  30. HR

    HarveyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were seated quickly, enjoyed special drink, service is very good and the food is outstanding. I highly recommend it and will return soon. If you like fish the Black Cod was delicious.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & drinks
  32. FO

    FedericoO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great and service outstanding. Great value for your money!
  33. SS

    SteveS

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Never had a bad meal here. Great neighborhood spot!
  34. m

    michaelb

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Friday night, cramped and crowded at 6.45. Food excellent however. First time there but will come back. Generous portions, 2 of us shared three taco orders, the ceviche and the guacamole. In hindsight, two taco orders would have sufficed.
  35. AF

    ArdentFan

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The drinks and food were delicious and certainly authentic. It was a little louder than I expected but that was primarily due to one party -- the luck of the draw. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Our waiter told us at the start that it was only his second day, which we appreciated knowing, but he was very nice and quite expert. My friend and I, who are in another neighborhood entirely, definitely plan to return on a regular basis.
  36. RR

    RichardR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Most enjoyable, and different. Excellent choice of margaritas, which we of course availed ourselves of. And the waitstaff were nicely attentive. Recommended.
  37. s

    susanr

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best authentic Mexican in the city. Haven’t had tortilla soup as good since I lived in Mexico
  38. JK

    JoyceK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    service was terrible that night. not usually like that
  39. HA

    HappyAna

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Wouldn’t go again. The food was average and overpriced. Service was good
  40. P

    Paris4

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great server & always good neighborhood access

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

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 1364 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Google Map for Toloache - Upper East Side

166 East 82nd St.,, New York, NY 10028

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lexington and 3rd Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Julian Medina

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (212) 861-4505

  • Catering

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

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