Toca Madera

4.6
1013 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
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Toca Madera, which translates to “knock on wood,” is an intimate 150-seat space that features a creative take on traditional Mexican cuisine. Providing an array of options for every eater, Toca Madera’s menu incorporates a shared-plate format offering locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on organic, as well as vegan and gluten-free options. Farm fresh and seasonal ingredients also serve as the foundation for the extensive cocktail list. Featuring a 100 ft. crystal-quartz island bar, Toca Madera offers the finest tequilas and mezcals, as well as a rotating selection of select wines from around the globe. Open daily for dinner and cocktails at 5pm ‘til late, with Toca Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 11am-4pm.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Organic, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday: 5pm – midnight
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5pm – 1am
Friday: 5pm – 2am
Saturday: 11am – 2am
Sunday: 11am – midnight
Weekend Brunch: 11am-4pm
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Phone number
(323) 852-9400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Bring the magic of Toca Madera to your next event!
We can accommodate on-site catering parties and special events of 10-150+
And offsite catering and special events of 200+
Please contact us for further details!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
La Cienega
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Parking details
Valet parking is $9 and is provided between the hours of 5pm to 2am.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Toca Madera, a healthy Mexican restaurant on a trendy stretch of W 3rd Street, is the place to go if you want a scene but you also want decent food.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Jive environment

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wish it had a dance floor for dancing. But over all it was excellent

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MM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary dinner and first time. We had a good time and amazing food. We definitely going to come back again.

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AM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The food was good although tbe lobster enchiladas needed to be prepared more carefully. The shell pieces were still in there and was not what i expected when i ate. Also the waiter was very nice, he only tended to us once and never came back to ask if we needed more cocktails or water. So with the staff available that night, it should not have been a problem. We shouldn't have to search for 30min for our waiter. The ambiance was beautiful and drinks were on point.

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Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food options with terrific service. Well worth the drive.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flew my momma out for her birthday and took her to brunch. It was amazing and our server was the best!

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JC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Divine but noisy and the service was so so ... perhaps to busy but great food and ambiance !

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R
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food - pretty much top to bottom, very lively atmosphere (perhaps even overly so for a Tuesday night), cool ambience, and (the downside of sorts) a bill to match. Still, would highly recommend and will definitely return.

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JH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was incredibly rude and tried charging us full priced drinks during happy hour. Once we brought the issue to her attention, she didn't even try and apologize.

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GW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was great. Really recommend the Caprese appetizer!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! They were very accommodating to some food allergies. Delicious vegan food.

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H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Just wanted a nice bite to eat for myself after a late appointment ended. Took three times asking to get water. Food came before any drinks. Waitress seemed completely uninterested in helping me or talking to me at all. Literally have never seen smaller tortillas in my life- tiny tiny tacos. Decent taste but had to wait to eat them for a while til I had something to drink. Cocktail was disgusting and the presentation looked like they threw a bunch of kitchen trash on top of some shaved ice. (I’m a craft bartender, I’m pretty forgiving and appreciative but this was bad. The drinks was poorly balanced and the presentation was awful.)
Quality of food was good, what little there was to it. Couldn’t get attn to order more so just asked for the check when she finally came back by. Never was asked why the drink was barely touched or asked how anything was. Pretty dreadful experience.

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GG
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Too loud for dinner hours

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will definitely be back. Great food and fun atmosphere. Just a little loud for dinner.

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TG
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern interpretations of spanish/Mexican influenced dishes extremely well prepared. Combine this with a tremendous talent for mixed drinks and you have a winner. Will always try to come again.

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MK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place
Great food and drinks

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GV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I’ve been, service and food has been great. Vegan + Meat options so something fir everyone. Cool hip vibe. Dj music a little repetitive but that’s a one off - love Toca!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was a delight and food was exceptional

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LD
Los Angeles
306 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A really splendid place. Very edgy and attractive decor and several spaces to dine, including an upstairs. The menu offers some great modern Mexican dishes with creative takes on old standards. Everything was very well-prepared even if the pacing of the serving was a bit off. My main beef, and this is true of so many places these days, is that it becomes deafening once it gets busy, and not only it's oppressive, but you need to yell across the table to be heard. I just don't get why they design restaurants that way these days....unless it's to get people to leave quickly...which we did.

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Service was terrible, waited for 30 minutes to get a drink that never came. Followedup with my waiter 4 times. Bill took another 30 minutes to come.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good.
But it’s too dark sitting on the back on second floor.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome ambiance was really good too.

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AP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Go to a taco truck and save your $

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VL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience, good mexican food, great service, even some good wines. Hard to call the food inspired, but it was certainly fresh, bright, not heavy, with interesting choices.

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b
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It was ok we had a problem with the waitress because she said she couldn’t seat all of my party but when we called the night prior the person on the phone said it should not have been a problem therefore my friends had to stand up the whole night

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TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything, great!
Comfortable, good food, drinks and good music!
The best Restaurant lounge...

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Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was definitely chill, our server gave us great drink recommendations and was very friendly

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AM
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love! Beautiful evening with my friend (her recommendation), my son and daughter, pre college dinner! This restaurant has an amazing feeling about it from the time you walk in! Fun place! amazing service! Incredible food.... carne asada...... the best!!! Tacos perfect size and delicious, empanadas fantastic! Thanks for a perfect evening!!!!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A modern establishment with sophisticated soul and a young vibe. It walks the fine line between divey and classy with a dash of Mexican flare. The rich flavors and unconventional presentation are guaranteed to please, while conservative portions and the pricing structure will make you borderline questioning your decision to come here in a first place. Like a fine gentlemen club, it will leave you with mixed feelings of delight, shame, and regret. Bravo, Toca Madera! You dirty little minx. Oh, and that flaming scull drink was off the chainwax!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On vacation with my husband. Great service & food!

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SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Los Angeles. The food is so wonderful and the service is truly the best in town. Everytime I come here, I have an experience that is memorable and it a party every time. The manager, Geno, is the beacon for his team and they take the lead with their service and friendliness. Well done Toca Madera- well done.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always the go to

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MM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Drinks were very good. Food was well prepared though pricey. Pleasant and professional service though food delivery was a bit slow (place was crowded). Grateful we were seated upstairs. Had an earlier type of rez on a weeknight and it was very loud - and even louder/scenier downstairs near the bar.

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LO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Dessert took awhile to arrive and I missed an appt. but everything else made up for it.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time at Toca. The food is high quality and tasty. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Our waiter, Ryan, was also great and very pleasant. Will definitely visit again!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Service was average. Saw a family with kids and I don’t feel this is a kid friendly environment. Overall good experience.

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MR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Came for my birthday. The place was very ambient good with DJ playing "house/electronic music." This is a very Hip Modern Mexican restaurant. Dishes are very tasty and its best for tapas style, that way you can get as many flavors from a variety of dish. The price is above average, so dinner is best suited for special occasions or to impress a date. The bar however is very much alive, and great for people watching and getting a few craft cocktails. I would visit this bar if I lived closer.

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BC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Waitress was attentive!

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LC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place ever! Food, drinks, and customer service.

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