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Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
4.7
1335 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

9:30 PM


Booked 52 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 1,335 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Manhattan

    Mexican

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  1. HR

    HarveyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were seated quickly, enjoyed special drink, service is very good and the food is outstanding. I highly recommend it and will return soon. If you like fish the Black Cod was delicious.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & drinks
  3. FO

    FedericoO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was great and service outstanding. Great value for your money!
  4. SS

    SteveS

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Never had a bad meal here. Great neighborhood spot!
  5. m

    michaelb

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Friday night, cramped and crowded at 6.45. Food excellent however. First time there but will come back. Generous portions, 2 of us shared three taco orders, the ceviche and the guacamole. In hindsight, two taco orders would have sufficed.
  6. AF

    ArdentFan

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The drinks and food were delicious and certainly authentic. It was a little louder than I expected but that was primarily due to one party -- the luck of the draw. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Our waiter told us at the start that it was only his second day, which we appreciated knowing, but he was very nice and quite expert. My friend and I, who are in another neighborhood entirely, definitely plan to return on a regular basis.
  7. RR

    RichardR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Most enjoyable, and different. Excellent choice of margaritas, which we of course availed ourselves of. And the waitstaff were nicely attentive. Recommended.
  8. s

    susanr

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best authentic Mexican in the city. Haven’t had tortilla soup as good since I lived in Mexico
  9. JK

    JoyceK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    service was terrible that night. not usually like that
  10. HA

    HappyAna

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Wouldn’t go again. The food was average and overpriced. Service was good
  11. P

    Paris4

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great server & always good neighborhood access
  12. B

    Biba

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The food and the drinks are excellent. The only drawback is that it's a little pricey, so I don't go as often as I would like...
  13. CZ

    CathyZ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday dinner. The food and service are consistently excellent!
  14. BR

    BobR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend Toloache. The meal was outstanding, and the Margaritas are exceptional. The service was friendly and efficient.
  15. m

    miriamh

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails and food
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience from the minute we checked for our reservation.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best! Every dish I’ve had so far has blown me away. Service is good and the venue is nice.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Super friendly bar tenders & fast service. Definitely a UES gem and you could tell by the neighborhood locals that made it a “hot spot” on a Monday night. Will definitely be back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and cocktails are fine as well
  21. JJ

    JJNYC

    New York Area

    161 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently great food and service!
  22. J

    Jonathan

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Very disappointing on all levels
  23. S

    Steve

    Tampa

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met at the door by Sasha and Daniel. The hostess gave me a warm greeting too. Conversation was excellent and the welcoming made everything a true experience. Why we keep coming back.
  24. LP

    LizP

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! The service is hospitable and attentive and the food is fantastic—especially the lobster tacos!
  25. MA

    MAGS

    New York Area

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, fabulous food - nice outdoor setting, garden area, too. Not your average Mexican food - really delicious. A bit pricey, but worth it.
  26. J

    Julia

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite NYC Mexican food! The truffle quesadilla is amazing as are the birria tacos. It's casual enough for a weeknight or a birthday dinner, but excellent food and margs! Don't change your menu ever!!
  27. JS

    JulieS

    Salt Lake City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    lovely service and wonderful drinks, always a hit! We love Toloache so very much!!!!
  28. PF

    PhilF

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Service was terrible. The waiter had zero personality and paid very little attention to us and we tip heavy we did not that night. We won’t be going back
  29. KS

    KennyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I have been to Toloache - Upper East Side before, but not in several years and it didn't disappoint. I was looking for a UES meetup with a friend that had outdoor seating, and whose cuisine was not generic. Toloache checked all the boxes. Service was super attentive, the garden in the back was a great place to hang out with my friend, and the food was great.
  30. F

    Frequenteater

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent margaritas! Fabulous food! The tostada camarones was outstanding!!! The beef short rib taco just melted in our mouths!
  31. TN

    TaliN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so delicious and fresh. We especially were impressed with the guacamole with pomegranate seeds and pumpkin creamy rice with black truffle. Absolutely beautiful.
  32. H

    Happy2eatout

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Yummy guacamole! Best salsa ever! Delicious hamachi ceviche! Brisket taco amazing!! Great tequila selection! 🥰
  33. g

    globk

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food elegantly served. Great Margaritas
  34. I

    Isadora

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food ever. My friend and I went and LOVED it. Well priced and tasty. We recommend the guacamole, fish and beef tacos.
  35. MW

    MartyW

    New York Area

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best Mexican food we have had in NYC.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always a good meal here. Went with out of town relatives whose comments were “best Mexican food I’ve ever had”and one guest is a graduate of the Culinary Institute!
  37. LS

    LewisS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food good prices
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I usually don’t write reviews for restaurants, but this place is worth noting!! Atmosphere?? Loved it. Staff?? SO friendly and fun. Food?? AMAZING. Mexican isn’t my favorite cuisine, but this is now one of my favorite places in the entire city. The drinks were just as great as the food on their menu. Their salsa is the BEST I’ve ever had, the truffled quesadilla is to die for, and their shrimp tacos *chefs kiss*.
  39. HB

    HBNYC

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Every bite is delicious!
  40. N

    Nati

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food is awful, literally couldn’t even finish the ceviche, they placed it with cocktails sauce, who does that? The drinks had little to no alcohol. And the prices are stupid expensive for what you receive. Worst Mexican I’ve had. Management was highly unprofessional and basically told us that we were wrong and no one ever complains. I find this very hard to believe. I have no problem spending good money on good food and drinks, AVOID THIS PLACE and save your money, your time and your palate!

    Toloache - Upper East SideResponded on August 2, 2022We as a restaurant have a 4.7 rating in food and cocktails.... as well as a 4.6 in service which we are very proud of after being open more than 10 years. We wish you would have given us this feedback during the 2:45 minutes you dined with us before we dropped the bill. We could of rectified any of your concerns. Agreed, we are a little expensive because we use all fresh ingredients. We pride ourselves on service and friendliness and incredible food and drinks. Thank you, Toloache UES Team

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 1335 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 52 times today
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

  • 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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