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Toloache - Upper East Side, New York, NY
Toloache - Upper East Side, New York, NY
Toloache - Upper East Side, New York, NY
Toloache - Upper East Side, New York, NY
Toloache - Upper East Side, New York, NY

Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
4.7
1528 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 42 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 1,528 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Mexican

  • Manhattan

    Mexican

1,528 Reviews
  1. IkeC

    New York City

    105 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    105 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Competent service; food better than usual mid range Mexican. Tight seating. Noise level almost painful.

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  2. LaurieM

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the salsa here. My favorite dish is pollo toloache. I LOVE the wonton on top. Consistently yummy at both locations

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  3. ManhattanGuy

    New York City

    87 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Understaffed, crowded, noisy, way too many children. Felt like I was eating at a child care facility. It's a fun place without the loud, circus atmosphere.

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  4. MKM11

    New York City

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My party of 3 had a wonderful evening eating and drinking quality foods and cocktails. Service was welcoming & friendly. Will return in two weeks with another friend!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was authentic and prepared well. Margaritas were served in small glasses with too much ice. Two sips and the drink was almost done.

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  6. DonE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food quality for the price doesn't match. The food was good but if you're looking for Mexican food - a taqueria would be a better fit. Perhaps my own opinion - but Mexican food is supposed to be comfort food - not meant to be swanky, upscale dishes..... again, my opinion. Keep in mind, I moved to NYC a couple years ago from California where I was spoiled by really good Mexican food - so yes, I'm biased for sure - thus far, I've tried at least 10 different Mexican food restaurants in NYC and still nothing compares. What ever happened to Pinto Beans and/or Refried Beans? Do they not exist in NYC? Only Black Beans? Really? All-in-all - the restaurant was "good" - the ambiance was amazing - the service was above and beyond - but for me, the food doesn't do it for me - but again, I'm very specific on my "mexican food".

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  7. Enzo

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Too much noise. It ruined our dinner. Very bad. We were sorry.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. hypercritical

    New York City

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Imaginative food, well presented and great taste. Ambiance is high energy - tables close together, loud. Go for the food not to talk.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love coming here!! Food and drinks are always great!! Thanks again!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Rushed from the start and told we had 90 min. That rubbed me the wrong way from the start. However, the food was delicious and the servers in between were very courteous and polite. Prices justified us staying 2 hrs and there were open tables, as well as crazy loud parties. Don’t rush me if I am dropping money on food and drinks the entire time.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Toloache never disappoints. The staff are so professional and the food and beverages are alway excellent. Often the noise level Is high but we lucked out and our group could converse without much interference.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Routinely consistent and excellent Mexican food. Terrific service. My favorite UES restaurant.

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  13. NYCFOODIE

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was visiting the neighborhood and had a craving for Mexican food. But this wasn’t a typical taqueria by any means. The food here was authentic, upscale, and exceptional. I don’t normally risk eating foods I’m not familiar with, but instinctively I knew I could trust this place to deliver, and they surely did. And I’m not a fan of overly spicy foods. I ordered guacamole with warm fresh chips and was super happy with the taste and temperature of the spices. Really flavorful without being overly-anything except strong on the avocado. Next came CAMARONES TOLOACHE- roasted garlic shrimp, crispy tortilla, black beans, chayote salad, cascabel salsa, queso fresco, which was truly outstanding. The portion was more than ample for a lunchtime meal, so much so I did not have dinner. Cooked to perfection and each ingredient built perfectly into a solid bite. I loved the cool and crisp chayote salad that contrasted nicely with the salsa, which had more heat than I’m accustomed to, but didn’t overwhelm my tastebuds. Quiet dining room. Just enough attention from staff. We lingered after lunch to finish our cervezas and didn’t feel rushed. Highly recommend!

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  14. MAGS

    New York City

    121 reviews

    4.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Toloache UES is a fabulous restaurant. My only disappointment with the food is that it seems the guacamole ($15+) is now being made in advance instead of "to order" in a molcajete (the way it used to be served). Unfortunately, as a result, the guacamole is served in a small bowl, cold and a bit mushy which lessens the authenticity of the restaurant.

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  15. ginac

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, wonderful service, sweet intimate sections for quiet sharing.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is good, nothing special, but the portions are small and the value is high for that

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff management excellent and the food exceptional my wife n I had a great time

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to place for Mexican food. Cerviches highly recommended. Personally I think they are the best Tacos in town. Been a customer for years starting from the Midtown West location and then to upper East side when we moved to the East side.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere with smaller rooms that create intimacy and yet still accommodating of a larger group

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  20. LoraG

    New York City

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Guacamole was great. Margarita was terrific. Server was very nice. Chicken quesadilla was lackluster. Lukewarm and tasteless. I have had better at your restaurant in the past.

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  21. Steve

    Tampa

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Juliana was terrific as well as Perla. Daniel is the best. The people who work at Toloache are the reason we continue to dine at this location.

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  22. BonnieK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We always enjoy our visits to Toloache. The food is delicious and creative. The service is attentive and interested in providing us with a good experience. On the visit, our table was in a drafty location so I was a bit chilled. Also, the room became quite noisy as the tables filled. I'm glad business is good since this is a restaurant we value in our neighborhood. However, the 86 out of 100 noise level according to our app borders on intolerable. Not sure what can be done.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Uniformly consistent and excellent. A wonderful Mexican restaurant.

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  24. LaurieM

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVE both locations. Always delicious! I highly recommend

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  25. DanielE

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food, service disappointing despite many runners and waitstaff present.

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  26. darcyd

    New York City

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    always fun to go to Toloache-good food, good drinks and nice atmosphere. we had a table in the back room so we were able to talk and not too much noise.

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  27. Steve

    Tampa

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always Daniel and his team of hostesses are on the ball. Perla and Rafael are the best bartenders. Service was terrific. Wait staff and bus staff were excellent. Water was always quickly replenished.

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  28. Crazedwombat

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    While the menu may be labeled as Mexican, in addition to standout standard dishes like the chicken enchiladas, it also features a number of incredibly eclectic blends of flavors. We made this a stop before date night at the Met and it worked wonderfully. The portions were far from scant yet not overwhelming. Would definitely return to sample more fare.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Off the beaten track, quiet place. Food was really good, service was extra nice and friendly.

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  30. bbnyc

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and ambiance in a cozy UES location. Definitely try the guacamole and enchiladas!

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  31. TK719

    New York City

    686 reviews

    5.0

    686 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wondering lunch after Toloache UES. The jicama salad was fresh and delicious. The salmon was cooked to perfection. And the chocolate cake was heaven. My server Marcael was exceptional, and made sure that everything was perfect. Look forward to returning.

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  32. JulieM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A hidden gem in the UES. Really great Mexican food!

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  33. MelidaB

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very tasty food, generous portions, friendly service.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Toloache (east) has become our favorite Mexican on the UES. The food is always top notch, the patrons are a cross section of the neighborhood in its most relaxed moment. We recommend it very highly.

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  35. vanessanyc

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another excellent evening at Toloache 82! We sat at the bar -- great service and wonderful food as ever. Very fun but loud... a great neighborhood spot!

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  36. AliceW

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    way too noisy. Had to basically shout -I'm old but my companion was 25 and he had to shout too. I won't come back because of the noise level.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and great service! Highly recommend!

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  38. danal

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! So many delicious drink options and loved the guacamole sampler!

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  39. LouiseN

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our experience at Toloache. We will be back. Louise & Miguel 🥰

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  40. SteveB

    New York City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inviting space, great service, amazing food, a real neighborhood gem!

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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 1528 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 42 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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