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La Carnita-John St

4.0
4
827 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
Locally designed with the help of some of Toronto’s best street style artists, La Carnita is the spot to enjoy delicious tacos, a handful of churros, run through a mixtape, and wash it all down with a fresh cocktail or beer. Our aim is to serve up a dynamic menu, and connect with the community through our love of art & music.

Located in the financial district is La Carnita’s South Central location in a beautiful two-story heritage building. The upstairs makes for an engaging venue, seating 55 guests with its own bar.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (647) 348-1166

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jon Hamilton

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of the financial district is La Carnita’s South Central location. The beautiful two-story heritage building was locally designed and features the works of some of Toronto’s best street style artists. The upstairs makes for an engaging venue, seating 70 guests with its own bar.

  • Private party contact

    Chelsea Hearty: (647) 348-1166

  • Neighborhood

    Entertainment District

  • Cross street

    King St W/John St

  • Parking details

    Paid parking across the street on John.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 827 people are saying

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Server never checked in on us even when it wasn’t that busy. Honestly service was tragically bad. Tacos came out ICE cold. If i was starving I would’ve sent them back. I think i’m done coming here
  2. SS

    SheShe

    Naples

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Service and food great but noice level was tooo high and it was cold. We looked around and other people as we looked around didn’t take their jackets off!
  3. LS

    LeeS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went prior to the theatre and it was great! Amazing Mexican food!
  4. LL

    LauraL

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Awful tortilla chips and salsa that was soggy and old. Terrible beer. Not great food. Loud.
  5. A

    Andrea

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    We had a really hard time making a reservation for a large group of people which is why we had to make three separate reservations for our team. We were given a 2 hour limit and our food was served in the last 45 mins of the time frame given. Food was great, I just wish we could have been accommodated better.
  6. R

    Robert

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The server was extremely friendly and was very attentive to our needs. We enjoy the restaurant because the mood is light and the food is great. Highly recommend.
  7. S

    Samantha

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was delicious however the lighting was almost black - need more light just slightly as I could barely read the menu. Music was also a bit too loud. Server could have been a bit more attentive. We didn’t have cutlery and needed to get up to get it. Overall though very good
  8. NP

    NPatel

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great staff. But way to dark in the area we were seated. Other parts of the restaurant was lit better.
  9. CA

    CalgarianA

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Rush service to get order in without taking care of the basics. Cold food. Cocktail was good.
  10. RB

    RosieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing! Our server was excellent. We had an array of allergies at out table and he was very diligent at letting everyone know the ingredients and what things were cooked in. Kudos. Drinks were yummy too. I would definitely go back.
  11. ND

    NancyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun place, good food, nice ambience, little pricy
  12. RB

    RichmondBhi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great place to for a date or getting together with a group of people. The food is excellent and the drinks are just as delicious, however, the ambiance and overall of vibe of the restaurant is what makes this place special!
  13. KG

    KanwarG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe and the environment. My friends and I enjoyed the space a lot. We will definitely re-visit!
  14. RB

    RajB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tacos are delicious. Great service and accommodating with food allergies
  15. KM

    KitM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server was lovely and engaging, however when our food came, a second person brought it to the table with taco orders for multiple people on a single tray and no explanation on what we were given or whose food was whose. It was an odd game of chance for us to guess. We also asked about the spice level and was told they were mild, and that was not the case, we had two folks unable to finish their food as the spice level was so intense their eyes were watering. At the end of the day, it made for a funny story, but we wouldn't come back.
  16. CH

    CristalH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The customer service here is absolutely terrible. My friend and I were early for a reservation, and they provided no utensils, it took forever literally about 25 minutes from being seated for anyone to come and take our order. Also the only reason we got a order taken is because I asked one of the servers if you could help us, our food then took about 45 minutes and came cold. We wanted to order drinks but said forget it and went to another restaurant because the customer service was absolutely terrible. It's really annoying after a long day of work to experience is kind of customer service especially downtown.
  17. P

    Pamm

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and setting. The drinks were nice and chips and 3dips great. Service great.
  18. SG

    SabG21

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Service was terrible....brought to our take with no menus....ignored for 10mins, waiter looked like he wished he was somewhere else. Music is way to loud for dinner conversation, maybe wait until main dinner hours are over before you crank it up. VERY DARK.... Food was good.
  19. AG

    AileenG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Food good but too cold. Service slow and indifferent. Too dark to read menu. Too loud to talk.
  20. h

    hawwes

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Staff was friendly but quite slow, the music was blaring, and the food was subpar. casual places can still be good but this fell short. Better tacos and ambiance at Anejo on King for similar $$
  21. N

    Nightout

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Had a wonderful meal here! The music was loud at first but then someone turned it down and it was more manageable! Always find this place tends to have the music too loud. But the foods so good, so it’s totally worth it!
  22. J

    Jackie

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was great, service was a little rushed and the noise level was loud but overall good value!
  23. RM

    RamonaM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Truly loved my girl’s night out at La Carnita. Great music, bomb bartender and good food!
  24. TB

    TheBoy6

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Kitchen took way to long between starters and main, so much so table next to us received starters at same time but had left before we received our tacos.
  25. M

    Marni

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Our server had trouble hearing my order, l repeated my order to him but it still arrived incorrect, and lukewarm. However, the food was very tasty and l was impressed with the nice portion of cod in my taco. We never saw our server again, and had to flag him down for utensils. And again later, to receive our bill.
  26. E

    Elleinad

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was terrible. We had to ask to order our mains after an hour. We had to ask for more drinks, which were all just placed on the end of our table. Some appetizers took 40 minutes to come to table. We had to ask multiple times. Servers and bartender were not friendly.
  27. t

    tacoooolover

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a really great experience here! Got tacos, drinks and apps and everything was delicious
  28. VF

    VeryFrequentTraveller

    Toronto

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Tacos and 8 spice shrimp were excellent. Not sure why heat was on? Beautiful day temperature wise. Extremely hot upstairs. Music was a bit loud to carry on conversations
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Service was horrible. Made us wait a long time to get our food and also messed up our orders. Brought the nachos 30 mins after we finished our mains instead of bringing it first as an appetizer. Food didn’t taste good. Tacos were too soggy and had bad flavouring.
  30. KC

    KristinaC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the Mexican Street Corn App and the Thurs night Reef and Beef Fajita special. Both we delish!
  31. MB

    MattB

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    We got seated on the second floor. The hisar never got us the menus we had to ask neighbour table to share with us. Host was too busy talking to the waiters. We did wait a long bit for any of the waiters to come and pick up the order. Good was very good and once we got our order tough it came at the right time. Overall left a bad impression
  32. c

    christina

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Corn salsa was not tasty. The corn must have come out of a can. Noise level is insane… can barely hear my partner speak! Tacos are yummy! Service was very good. We arrived at 5:50pm, and our waitress reminded us to that certain cocktails were half price until 6. She had no problem ordering us two rounds so that we made it before prices changed:)
  33. S

    Stephanie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food is great but the service leaves much to be desired.
  34. C

    Clecia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was so good! Wish I lived close by so I could go once a weeek! :D
  35. PM

    PeterM

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We’ve been to this location several times and always have had a decent meal and service, however unfortunately this time was different. Service was very slow, unfriendly and forgetful. Neighbouring tables all felt the same. The food was ok but prices have been severely jacked almost making it not worth it. Music and vibe inside is cool, but all sizzle no substance.
  36. N

    Noreen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were very good. The only downside for me was finding the place. I couldn't find the name on the restaurant
  37. C

    Collincaledon

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music a bit too loud to enjoy talking with dinner companion.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Amazing flavour.. authentic food. Decently priced. Will definitely visit again
  39. DP

    DonP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service was great! Music was loud and it could be better if it was Latin music playing.
  40. CH

    CheyenneH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The tacos are so darn good. All of them. Great atmosphere. Lovely spot for some pre-theatre nosh.

FAQs

La Carnita-John St offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 348-1166.

La Carnita-John St is rated 4 stars by 827 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 17 times today
Google Map for La Carnita-John St

106 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E1

Additional information

  • Cross street

    King St W/John St

  • Neighborhood

    Entertainment District

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Paid parking across the street on John.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jon Hamilton

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (647) 348-1166

  • Private party facilities

    Located in the heart of the financial district is La Carnita’s South Central location. The beautiful two-story heritage building was locally designed and features the works of some of Toronto’s best street style artists. The upstairs makes for an engaging venue, seating 70 guests with its own bar.

  • Private party contact

    Chelsea Hearty: (647) 348-1166

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