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Tocolo Cantina

4.6
456 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Modern Mexican – Inspired, Sophisticated, Authentic Our mission will always be to serve classic Mexican dishes prepared with the sophistication of a fine dining restaurant in a casual and approachable manner. Tocolo Cantina serves refined, modern Mexican food in a friendly, high-service, and casual atmosphere. The restaurant space was designed to merge the modern elements of a California eatery with those of a Mexican cantina to create a warm and inviting feel. It is fit with encaustic tile, copper walls, a lively bar in the center of the room, and a hydraulic garage door that forms an outdoor canopy when opened. We aim to provide the best Modern Mexican dining experience on Long Island. Our menu incorporates both traditional Mexican fare and our own modern interpretations of customary dishes. The menu’s mix of small and large plates, as well as its two large communal dining tables, hopes to inspire long celebrations over food. Since no great cantina is complete without a lively bar and lofty cocktail program, Tocolo Cantina promises to deliver the best margaritas and sangrias around. The bar offers delicious specialty drinks, as well as a large selection of premium tequilas and mezcals. Tocolo Cantina was rated “Excellent” by The New York Times and “Very Good” by Newsday. We strive to deliver the best Mexican food on Long Island.
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Dybo
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was wonderful!
Unfortunately we cannot remember his name but we sat in the front on 12/21.

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JackieH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A few things were off from what we had ordered (sugar on rim instead of salt, flour tortillas instead of corn) but nothing huge and still delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

Ambience and service was good but the food not so much. We have had better Mexican food elsewhere. Chicken fajita was sour and the Mexican street corn was too salty.

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LinneaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first time visit for our family with our mixed experiences with Mexican restaurant authenticity. For now, all five of us are aligned on Tocolo as a revisit option when the hankering hits for Burritos and the like. The Covid partitions are great for reducing noise and allowing easier conversations. When the Covid-crazy ends, would still keep the partitions!

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vipStacey
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff was so friendly! Will be dining there again soon!

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MichelleS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently delicious. I had a pineapple frozen margarita, house guac, carne asada rice bowl and churros. The carne asada is very juicy. The churros come with a caramel sauce for dipping and is absolutely amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivia remembered us after a few months. She was amazing as the first time she served us!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I used to love this place. Went after many months..seemed a run down place. Food was ok. Service was good.

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vipJayPez
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff. The margaritas are also amazing! Very clean and pretty decor inside.

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TightTyper
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phoebe was great! Very attentive and suggested items we hadn’t had from the menu before. We always enjoy going to Tocolo! Food was delish.

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LuluE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Drinks were strong which is wonderful. Plantains were on point. Would be cool to have some live music in there!

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PattiG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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Michael
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It appears that they have downgraded the type of meat used in the steak fajita. Certainly not the gold standard skirt steak. It was very chewy and low grade. You shouldn't expect that for the price they charge which is more than the average price for a mexican restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We were running late for our reservations, we called and they were able to accommodate a later time. We were immediately seated by the hostess, received water and chips/salsa. For a Saturday night and a relatively small venue in comparison to other restaurants you have the option to dine in, we didn't understand the wait to be serviced. We waited over 15 minutes and not even a, "hey, I'll be with you in a few minutes!" We were passed by multiple times before our waiter came to speak with us. When our waiter came and took our drink order, we placed an appetizer order at the same time because we didn't want to risk not seeing someone again for a while. Another 15 or so minutes later, appetizers arrived but we were waiting on beverages.

Food was good, they were able to accommodate an allergy at the table so that in itself was greatly appreciated. The staff was extremely nice when they were being attentive, just wished the service was more frequent so we could conveniently ask for things like utensils. Would visit again though.

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DavidH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a kids bday dinner especially if your kid loves tacos

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vipkellyw
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always great!

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vipDiscerningDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food was ok, menu limited. The waiter service was ok, but average at best. Wait for waiter to get bar drinks was awful. The drinks were not bad. We both ordered entrees and several drinks. My wife asked for a llittle bit of sour cream for her steak fajitas, which were the second highest priced item on the menu after my short ribs. It took a while but finally came, When we got the bill, there was a $1.50 charge for "crema" for the 1 oz. of Sour cream. I spoke to the hostess on the way out and expected an apology, but only got, that's mgmt policy. I emailed the restaurant and got a reply from the "Proprietor" as follows:
"I am sorry that you were dissatisfied with being charged for something that you ordered. It is simply a business necessity that we charge for Crema. It is a very expensive item for us. If I gave my servers latitude to not charge for “good customers”, what do you think would happen? They would give the store away in hopes of better tips. "

Retail Sour cream goes for about .10 an oz and we were not even told that when we asked for a bit of a condiment that we would be charged $1.50. At this point, I would never recommend or return to this establishment!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was not what it used to be. The bathrooms were dirty. The fajitas did not have onions. Our plates were not cleared. The cappuccinos were forgotten until we reminded the waitress. I used to really love this place.

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vipMichaelR
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here after the Van Gogh exhibit and it was SO good. I’ve been on a taco kick ever since but nothing has matched up.

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vipMairaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing margaritas. Very diverse music. Great tacos. Amazing waiter!(forgot his name; could of been daniel or Danny)The host we’re very friendly too.(Forgot his name) I would definitely recommend the birra tacos & the classic guacamole.

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Lety
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time here. Food and drinks were amazing and service was top notch! First time without the kids and I had a great time. Kid friendly and perfect for a date night as well

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swirlsip
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night with the wife. Good COVID spacing

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RyanV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, definitely recommend the birria tacos!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Take the Birra tacos off your menu. Its an insult to traditional Mexican cuisine.

Everything else tasted good though 😁

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Met two friends there for lunch on a Sunday. Food was good (tortilla soup) and my white sangria was delicious. Service was ok. Server was pleasant but took over 15 min to bring out more chips (after having asked 2x). Vibe was laid back. They have great HH drink specials 12-5pm daily which was a bonus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience .

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StephenO
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food and service. drinks are a little weak for the price (13$)

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juang
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my Wife’s birthday and food was great, waiter was awesome! Overall experience was super!
I will come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Drinks and food were amazing - definitely recommend.

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vipLongIslandDiner
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A fun place to eat! Very nice staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Fathers Day

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vipShay
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food at this restaurant was just ok. We ordered wings and they had no seasoning at all. The steak , chicken, and shrimp dinner for two also no season at $45 . The shrimp tacos were good. I had a fresh mango lemonade that was great, but the raspberry lemonade was horrible!! The waitress was on point., and the music was good.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to eat Mexican food for the prices they are charging . I have enjoyed much tastier Mexican food in Longbeach, NY

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vipseafordiner
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tocolo has some good drinks and food. The guac was good and the chips here are really excellent. We had the tinga empanada, not bad but surprisingly bland, would not recommend. We had a mix if tacos, steak, pork and fish, all good. I dont think Tocolo is at the level of a Besito or a Dirty Taco, but its good and solid Mexican food.

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Gigi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tocolo is simply an amazing place! The food, the drinks are delicious. We love going there. Highly recommend! Thank you for such an amazing time always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food quality service and price.

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vipPoko
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Best Margaritas I have had in a long time. Service was great. Food was good. Would return for drinks any time!

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vipjane
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food came out wrong then when correct food came out it meat was dry onions burnt. Very surprised used to always have a good meal. Off night for Tocola

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, definitely recommend the tacos. And churro sundae!

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You can order delivery directly from Tocolo Cantina using the Order Online button. Tocolo Cantina also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tocolo Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (516) 222-0060.

Tocolo Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 456 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.