Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food and excellent service. We go there fairly often and it is reliably very good,

Main quibble is the noise level which is really high.

Some of that results from the many tiled and other sound magnifying surfaces in the restaurant.

But there was also very loud music playing

Seems unnecessary and tends to detract from otherwise really nice experience

We have mostly stopped taking out of town friends there because we can’t have a real conversation.

MB
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, amazing food and delicious food. We will be sure to return.

w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, great service.

d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mocktail they made me was atrocious, otherwise solid

JS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, spectacular bartenders and best service. Part led on a Tuesday night

DS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!!

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Mexican heaven. When I get the south of the boarder urge I know where to go everything is excellent but go for the ribeye. Service is attentive and crazy enough the noise level adds to the atmosphere. Can’t wait for my next mex craving

DG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Whether for traditional ishes (carne asada and guacamole) or more unusual things like the quesadilla with huitlacoche and truffle, everything was delicious. We love the margaritas and the tres leches cake with lemon. We'll be back soon!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This last time the service was surprisingly slow, with our waiters constantly forgetting our orders. Had been there before without any of these issues. Food was great as always and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere. Just this time, service was slow, with almost 1 hour to bring our food, and then forgetting about our coffee order until we asked about it to another waiter. The place wasn't even that crowded.

k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent, as is the selection of different tastes on the menu. Drinks are first rate but pricey. Service is good, but the extremely high noise level in the back room made it nearly impossible to hear the staff, and really detracted from our enjoyment. It's much quieter at the bar up front, or the patio.

d
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good as usual but so noisy!!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rafael & Perla and that there’s a vegetarian menu.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding tacos. This is the place to have a bite of good food in a relaxing atmosphere. I love the pace.

G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

this is my first time at this location. We sat in a very closed off location. Service was ok but I do recommend one of the other two locations. Village the best

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. And fun

LS
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food as always was great. Slow service. Freezing cold seating. Waiter not very attentive; I would have ordered another drink if he came by, which he didn’t.

MA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I enjoyed siting outside on the patio! I usually sit at the bar meeting another mom for drinks and appetizers. Wonderful food as always, but has gotten pricey!

RH
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was exceptional and seasoned to perfection. I wasn't a fan of the flan with the popcorn but overall I only have great things to say. It was my 1st time after a colleague had been. The staff was attentive and made great suggests regarding food and drink choices. I will be back to celebrate the anniversary.!!

MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Expensive small portions. Lousy service. Cute place. Decent food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely aim for outside seating. More quaint and peaceful!

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Toloache!

F
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great guacamole, ceviche varieties and quesadilla options. Many margarita options. Good place for groups.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always on point. Duck dish is amazing.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious but the service was not great. Two parties arrived after us and their orders were taken before we had even ordered drinks. They had their food before we had drinks. I mentioned this to the waiter and he replied “Really?” and then made a lame excuse about our drinks having to be made. Would maybe make sense if the table next to us didn’t have their food already.

AP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toloache, under the attentive eye of its owner and manager, continues to provide exceptional food and service. The ambiance is pitch perfect. It is clear that other diners feel the same way about this always packed restaurant.

CD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks again guys, hey what happened to the casa Migos tequila 🤷🏽‍♂️we need mt back I can’t drink anything else I’m sorry but not sorry :)

JL
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside on a delightful evening. We could actually have a conversation without shouting. Inside the din was deafening.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We not only recommend Toloache but take friends and family. This past weekend my brother and sister-in-law came from Washington to celebrate her birthday at Toloache.

VB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were both exceptional. The service was great. We’ll definitely be back.

K
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fine Southwestern food! Will put this on our return list of restaurants

TD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best grilled corn on the cob anywhere.

Great service.

AH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I found the food and drinks overpriced for the quality. Disappointed overall.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great. We sat outside in the garden out back. Service was pretty slow - they seemed very understaffed - but food was delicious.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Margaritas were nothing special and very expensie. 13$. If you order the tacos you only get two and they are very small and expensive.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat outside which was lovely. My only criticism of the restaurant is sitting inside is extremely noisy so I only like to go in summer when we can sit outside!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food, excellent service, friendly and professional staff

7
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect but I believe and all of my friends do too that it was a bit overpriced!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food in quite garden at the back. Fantastic margaritas!

LK
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent, but the food was just good, not outstanding as we had hoped. The Mexican Paella was disappointing, we will stick to Spanish Paella from here on.

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