About Toloache - Upper East Side

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.

166 East 82nd St.,
New York, NY 10028
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 11:30 am- 10:00 pm - Monday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Friday 5 pm -11:30 pm Saturday: 11:30 am -11:30 pm

Cross Street:
Lexington and 3rd Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 861-4505

Website:
http://www.toloachenyc.com/

Catering:
Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

Parking Details:
4 5 6 subway, 86th street stop

Executive Chef:
Chef Julian Medina

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact events manager at events@ybandco.com

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

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Toloache - Upper East Side Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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3.9

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Authentic (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Casual (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Spicy (5)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

It can be loud but the back tables are quieter. The food is very inventive. Order apps because the tacos are not that big.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I think food can be more cultural Mexican. Service the best.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, drinks, and service! I was so glad we made a Friday night reservation as the place was packed. We’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Some portions are small, quality is fair, food pricing is complete off and comparable to the Mark and other high quality neighborhood places. Spare the quesadillas all together. Decor is improvise, tableware can be better.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always yummy food and drinks! And always a great time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best Mexican food in New York!! The service is great along with the best food I have ever had in a Mexican restaurant. Margarita’s are also amazing.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Toloache is still the BEST thing going on the Upper East Side! The drinks are sublime, the specials are fabulous (try any fish special they offer, especially the salmon and wild stripped bass), the service is attentive without being overbearing, and the ambience is great! So glad they are in my 'hood!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

This small Mexican restaurant on the Upper East Side is a well hidden secret, with an intimate ambiance, great service and delicious everything - cocktails, appetizers and entrees. Many, if not most, of the dishes are gluten free, including all the tacos and others. There is plenty for carnovours, but also for vegetarians, like the wonderful vegetarian paella was to die for. Deserts are delicious and so are the cocktails. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent margaritas, good ceviche and good tacos. Friendly and hard working servers although they seem overworked and it is sometimes hard to get their attention when you want a second drink.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing fresh food. Lovely staff. Enjoyed the outdoor seating. Drinks were delicious. Nicely labeled menu for anyone with a gluten sensitivity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent food and service. The unusual guacamole flavor combinations are great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Well executed tex-mex dishes and creative drinks. Had a breakfast style burrito,where the eggs were perfectly prepared as was the tortilla encasing it. The guacamole was also well prepared though could have been more flavorful. The drinks are creative and well crafted, though they seemed to pour tequila with a light hand. While the food quality is better than most Tex-Mex joints and taquerias, the premium prices would make me pause before returning.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had a very good meal, with lovely cocktails. Staff was attentive and helpful. Food was very fresh.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I visited due to a recommendation of a friend. The meal and service were both great. I loved the truffle quesadilla and the miso fish was to die for - best fish I have had in ages.

Their frozen margaritas were delicious and packed a punch.

Would definitely encourage a visit.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Only complaint was that I felt our waiter was very hostile towards us.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I’ve been here many times and have had many good meals. Drinks are good, as are most of the menu items. I do need to note an exception however. This past Thursday my wife and I met some friends there for dinner, they all enjoyed their meals - I had the “tumbada” and it was just not good. The octopus was reminiscent of rubber bands it was so tough and chewy, likewise the lobster. I’ll go back because I’ve had a lot of good meals here, but this really missed the mark.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent drinks, guacamole, and service. Quest fundido with mushrooms was good- ceviche/hamachi disappointing. Tacos are small and overpriced but good. Short ribs - large portion but could have been more tender. Spicy shrimp good. Chills were recommended- they were good but small- dipping sauces could have been better. Chocolate cake was nothing special. Good overall but not cheap for Mexican food. The restaurant looks tiny from the front but has several rooms as well as an outdoor seating area. Noisy inside.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Amazing, as always. My family and I have been coming here from upstate New York for 15 years. It never disappoints!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (München)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always a treat. We love this place for wedding anniversaries. Best Mexican around.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Just plain disappointing. Not enough choices interesting choices for entrees. We had average appetizers and bland margaritas.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We were disappointed here by the portions..too small for the big prices..would not return...food was OK...but nothing we would come back for..

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great experience but almost a little too loud. Would be nice if they designated certain area for dates or couples that want a more conversation friendly atmosphere.

Tacos were AMAZING!

Overall would definitely go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Food was heavenly. Room was too noisy and burdened our ocnversation.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

So nice sitting out on the back patio for brunch on a beautiful Sunday. Food was very tasty and I'd definitely go back when I'm in town.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Yummy food and great service

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

The service the last two times have been a challenge!!
Love the food and easy go to in the neighborhood.

Loved the outside it was as a beautiful night.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food is horrible and over priced but the car area is nice.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Very good water service - glass constantly refilled. Would have been happier if noise level lower. Looks to be a popular convivial place. Food was good.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We enjoyed an early family dinner before meeting friends. The service was outstanding, from making our reservation, up through and including paying the check. We never had to wait for anything but also never felt that the waiter was hovering. We ordered 4 dinners plus guacamole appetizers to share and found all of our dishes unique, fresh, and robust with flavor. The restaurant was charming and inviting. Don't miss out on their top shelf margarita and house made guacamole - both fresh and delicious! Overall outstanding experience. Highly recommend!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The entree here do not come with anything but the meat. Honestly rip off. They could put a few vegetables on the plate besides garnish. The food is excellent but the prices are high for chicken and shirt rib which are cheap meats with nothing else. Small guac was just ok but again outrageously priced too. Also it took them 15 min to bring our drinks, it wasn't even crowded it was only 6:30.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

A nightmare if you're looking for a relaxing night out. While the food and service are good, it's extremely loud and chaotic. Terrible acoustics and lots of families with young screaming kids make for a stressful experience. I thought the margaritas might help and, while they're good too, they were overloaded with ice and outrageously expensive. This place ain't what it used to be. I would pass next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We visited this restaurant for a birthday. The waiter and GM were very attentive, the food and drinks were delicious, and everything was very fresh. Unfortunately, the birthday note on our reservation note was disregarded. We would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I was seriously disappointed. While the taco selection was impressive, the tacos were not. Surprisingly in most cases the portions were very small. The short rib tacos in particular was tasty but it came out in the broken soft taco, and it was one cube of meat!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We found this restaurant on Open Table and had a great experience. The food and the service were superb. We were offered, and accepted, a table in the courtyard and it made for a lovely evening. The manager was visible all evening, making sure we were happy and that no dirty dishes sat on our table. What a great find!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Place was great. Service A plus. Lots of check in by waiter. Food is always consistent and tasty. Great variety. Drinks are creative and tasty. Same with desserts.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

a bit over priced since portions are small but food was good

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Delicious. We have been here many times , our go to upscale Mexican place. We can never resist the guacamole & chips- the "sampler guacamole". Last night I branched out from their fab tacos to have the lobster, kale, quinoa salad. That was a great choice. Delicious, filling and healthy.

Service always attentive and pleasant. Love this place. Good ambiance and people watching as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great margaritas, appetizers and main selections. Friendly and attentive service. Nice crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Food, drinks, and service were all top-notch. We ate at the bar and Rafael took great care of us. It is not always easy to find excellent Mexican restaurants in this area. Toloache topped our expectations. We will be back soon.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Dinner was fantastic. The black cod was incredible.

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