Toro Cantina

4.6
291 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
TORO takes a modern spin on traditional Mexican flavors while staying true to classic techniques. Heirloom corn is sourced from Mexico and nixtamalized in-house, and ground to make the freshest tortillas. TORO highlights an extensive tequila and mezcal list, along with a made-to-order guacamole bar set in the middle of the dining room for viewing. Enjoy a meal in one of the beautifully designed dining rooms or on the stunning patio in the warmer months. For larger parties, an event room can accommodate groups of 40-90 guests.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 291 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

As soon as we walk through the door we gave the hostess our name and she confirmed our reservation and then stayed quiet. The other hostess was ready to take us to our table but never said anything nor waved us on so we all just stood there awkwardly until she gave a small hand gesture minutes later. When we got to our table the very first thing we noticed was the sign that said “table has been sanitized.” While the table clearly looked like a child had just eaten at it. Crumbs and stains all over. Then we finally found the QR code after we had already decided to just google the menu. Apparently the hostess thought it would be a good idea to put it in the middle stack of all the plates and not mention it at all when we got to the table. Our table also must have had a rough night be your could visually see that it was not level. And I’m okay with an off-kilter table but this was way off from that. Then after about 15 minutes our waiter FINALLY shows up doesn’t mention any specials whatsoever. Then when he finally came back to take our orders, we had noticed earlier that the online menu and the QR code menu were different, so we inquired about it. Our waiter had no idea the menus were different. Only that they had changed the prior week. And at that point we asked him if there were any specials which there were and we knew there were because their Instagram was more informative than any staff we had deal with then. Also when we ordered appetizers he seemed SHOOK that we wanted both dips that he had just offered us to ordered. Like a table of 4 people could eat guacamole and queso. Anyway. Service was garbage. Ambiance and drinks were great. Food was average. I’d go back to see if they have better service in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The service was very nice as usual but for the first time the food was absolutely terrible. I had the quesadilla and it was like a big chunk of flavorless cheese. It was gummy and unpleasant. A real disappointment actually a surprise to me because everything else I’ve ever had there was delicious.

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, we've promptly shared it with our team. Please email us at info@torocantina so we can communicate with you directly regarding your experience.

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vipMEG09
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation at 1130am when the resto opened up , we are the second group to arrive, we were seated at a corner table per request however the table was dirty( glass marks ,smudges) and was never cleaned up yet from yesterday’s use ( probably an oversight, but still not an excuse esp with covid lurking ) we called the receptionist and she was kind enough to clean the table for us other than that everything was very good we always go here for their rib eye , excellent service from Courtney 👍🏻👍🏻

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for letting us know, Meg. We're very sorry you had to ask for the table to be cleaned. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your feedback, and for the support.

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SteveS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and our server was great. This was our second time visiting-the first time someone in our group was served food she was allergic to after being assured it was safe. The second time, the restaurant charged an additional $50 on our credit card without authorization.

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, we're happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service. Regarding the credit card charge, our general manager refunded you yesterday (2/23). It was a tip adjust made on the credit card when it was supposed to be on the gift card. We apologize for the miscommunication and hope to see you again!

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Steve
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Toro is a different spin on Mexican food in the capital region. The food is legit Oaxacan style food vs. poorly executed Sonaran style found in most Mexican restaurants.

On this visit the chicken enchiladas and lamb barbacoa were excellent.

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to share, Steve! Hope to see you again.

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ScottB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, atmosphere and food was great!

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review!

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vipblueskies77
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. The menu was extensive. The service was fantastic. We can’t wait to go back!

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the 5 star review!

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TonyaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thursday night- 5pm- waited 40 minutes between app and entree which seemed long.

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for letting us know, Tonya. We've shared with the team and constantly aim for improvement. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback.

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kevinb
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food !!! Highly recommended

Toro Cantina
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Ruined my valentines surprise. Made a reservation over a month before Valentine’s Day...requested a window seat. Did not get a window seat or even be seated for 20 minutes after my scheduled time. Not happy with this app or their service. They proceeded to let other people who were also complaining about waiting for so long to get their seats take the seat/ seats that I had requested a month ahead of time. Me and my girlfriend who were celebrating not only Valentine’s Day but our one year anniversary were seated in middle school chairs with a 2x2 table the size of my plate...And I’m sure the people who were seated before me made reservations probably about a week ago and still managed to get a window seat. Very unhappy. Will not be using this app or going back to TORO again nor would I recommend it to any of my friends and family.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We'd love the opportunity to connect, and make this right. Please know we take this very seriously and have/continue to communicate with our staff and managers. Please email us at info@torocantina so we can connect with you personally.

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DianaS
Poconos
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tasty food, and some interesting items on the menu, like chocolate pinãta, which you get to break.
Nice decor, and good ambiance.
Cons, I ordered a bottle of particular kind of Savignon Blanc but I got a different one (and was charged for that more expensive one). And the pink drinks were way too sweet.
Other than that everything was great.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for letting us know, Diana. Please never hesitate to bring up these type of mistakes to your server, or our manager - we are happy to make it right. Please email us at info@torocantina so we can connect with you personally.

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BrittanyC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!! Totally can’t wait to go back! The drinks and food were delish

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! Excited to have you back!

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TonyF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and atmosphere was very good. Service was good considering how busy it was on Valentine's Day. Would definitely recommend.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and leave a review, Tony.

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AmandaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We went for my fiancé’s birthday dinner. We both didn’t feel the meal was worth the price. It was a nice restaurant to try out (because there is so much hype over it being new) but we will stick to our usual Mexican restaurant. A small margarita was $13, guacamole was $14 and a chicken burrito bowl was over $20. Honestly - Chipotle has a better burrito bowl. Like I said, it was nice to see what the hype was about and the restaurant is beautiful inside, but we won’t choose to dine there again.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Amanda. Please reach out to us at info@torocantina so we can connect with you personally.

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JoseB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend. Top of the line food and service. Very pleased with everything.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you Jose! Hope to see you again!

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SamK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been to Toro several times, and we are yet to be disappointed. Great food and great service!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you so much, Sam!

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DebbieF
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

My sister and friend and I decided to check this place out Friday 2/12 and we each spent $45 just for lunch. We each got lunch and 1 drink and the food was just ok. I was kind of upset to not be blown away for that kind of money for lunch. My sister just got a burrito with nothing else included. Not even a side of sauce or guac. Waitress was wonderful but we won’t be returning for the money we spent and what we got for our money.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Debbie. Please reach out to us at info@torocantina so we can connect with you personally.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was very good! seating placement (back by the kitchen) was not good at all! Shoved in a corner watching the bus girl run past our tables the entire time. Not appetizing to say the least. Not what we expected for out first visit.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Hi there, we're sorry your experience was less than exceptional. We'd be more than happy to accommodate a seating request for your next visit. Please feel free to email us at info@torocantina so we can connect with you personally.

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TheLynns
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Mexican restaurant in the area. The food is delicious and everything is so fresh. The drinks were amazing as well! Our server, Caydyn was attentive and very professional. They also gave us a sweet card for our anniversary as well as this amazing Mexican brownie at the end of our meal. We will be back again soon!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We're excited to see you again!

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Sanhyoh
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food but amazing homemade guac, sauces and torillas!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

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CarlyZ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were fresh and amazing! Definitely worth it!!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review, Carly!

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HelenV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guacamole was the freshest I ever had. All the food was fresh.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you so much, Helen!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was lightning fast, staff was friendly and very helpful with the menu! In a moment of irony, we heard an ad for Taco Bell nacho fries on your radio but otherwise the music was a great addition to the atmosphere. Will be dining there again very soon!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for the 5 star review!

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Kayla
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The margaritas and guac were amazing!!!!! Shrimp tacos were very spicy but still really good! Overall great experience and loved the setup/decor inside.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you so much for leaving a 5 star review, Kayla!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The setting and decor along with the food and food service was exceptional as always. There were three hostesses who were very disorganized and cause a mob of people waiting for tables and take out orders entire evening with no social distancing. The front of the house management needs work to match the overall caliber of the restaurant and cuisine.

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Please feel welcome to write us at info@torocantina with more details, so we can continue to improve.

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AubreyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was fast, and the free chips and salsa were a great touch! I had the shrimp tacos and a side of crispy potatoes and they were a little spicier than I was expecting but great service size and delicious! I will definitely be coming back!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you Aubrey, hope to see you again in the future.

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MatthewD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, attentive service, only reason for the 4 stars is they were very busy and seemed a bit short staffed but a very good experience

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Matthew. We hope to see you again.

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MitchG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Reliable decent food . expected premiere dining and am sorry to say just average, left a bit to be desired!

Toro Cantina
Responded on February 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Please feel welcome to write us at info@torocantina with more details, so we can continue to improve.

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vipMEG09
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Lunch with family at the heart of Wolf road , always coming back for their excellent rib eye, lovely interiors and on the spot cleanliness , as usual excellent service from Caydyn , I was also given a tour with Autumn for the place can really accommodate exclusive functions following health protocols , it’s one of our fav restos in Albany ❤️

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KimR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great value. From drinks to apps to dessert, everything was excellent. Great server too!
Love, love the churro cart.

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WendyD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The high top seating was horrible. Practically seated at the bar in the most uncomfortable seats on the planet. Tacos were good. Guacamole was really good. Churros presentation didn’t match the ambiance. Specialty cocktails mediocre. Server was very nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Food was to expensive for what we got

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always

Toro Cantina
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!

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ShandiD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and the staff are all absolutely wonderful! I can’t wait to go back again!

Toro Cantina
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you so much, Shandi! We appreciate your support!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We sat at the bar, Jason was great. Food is good, though expensive. Definitely an upscale environment. Carne Asada tacos are delicious! Plus amazing presentatio

Toro Cantina
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we'd love to hear more about your 4 and 5 star food/service rating in comparison to your 2 stars for value. You're welcome to tell us more by emailing info@torocantina, we appreciate it.

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DreamT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my birthday and the food was so amazing I had to come back for taco Tuesday to try their birria tacos. As expected they were amazing. Me and my boyfriend started off with the sweet guac and I ordered a pineapple refresher. Then we enjoyed the birria tacos with some sweet plantains. Then finished off with the churro cart that came with 3 delicious sauces. The service was great and the restaurant is beautiful and very covid safe. Can't wait to go back to try their brunch!!

Toro Cantina
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We really appreciate the support and will be sure to share with our staff.

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ChristinaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Authentic high quality Mexican and steaks. Great vibe.

Toro Cantina
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you, Christina!

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ljuman82
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Toro several times during COVID and I always feel very comfortable dining there. They take the health precautions very seriously. The food and service has always been exceptional and we’ve dined there for brunch, lunch and dinner and the service has always been very quick. Staff is extremely friendly; one of our favorite places to dine at!

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Victoria
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entree’s were delicious as always, but the drinks & dessert nachos bring me back every time!!

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Katrin
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! The surf and turf burrito was outstanding. Salsa was excellent. Would definitely comeback again. Service was also outstanding.

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Toro Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 291 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.