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Torito Tapas

4.2
125 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

We believe in good food, sustainable practices, and sharing with the community. Our flavours will warm your hearts and fill your bellies. Come and share some tapas with your loved ones. Chef Valenzuela may even make you something special
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 961-7373
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Luis Valenzuela
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Always a great spot to come and enjoy good food with good friends. There aren't too many places in the city that do tapas well. This place is one.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Overpriced, but food was good. Typical "small plates" where every tiny bite costs an arm and a leg. Nothing special.

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3.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Place was a bit noisy in the front because of Sunday, the street is pedestrian on Sunday and people were playing music on the street and downstairs. We sat in the back terrace. It was a nice terrace.
I had calamari, which was nice and refreshing. Food was nothing to write home about, equally for the presentation. I wouldn't be going back, BUT at the same time I don't have anything bad to say. It was just a convenient spot for me and my friend to grab a quick bite.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2016

The food and wine here is just fantastic, but it is a little telling that it was absolutely dead on 8:00 p.m. on a weekend night. Service was sloooooow, even by actual Spanish-in-Spain standards--empty water glasses, etc, but friendly. Two older ladies actually walked out, screaming at staff for flirting with one another instead of actually assisting customers.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2016

Nice spot that captures slick Euro style and Kensington cache. Don't miss out on the little bar downstairs offering Chartreuse shots.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Service was impeccable. The wait staff really worked as a team and made us feel very comfortable. The squid special was cooked to perfection and delicious! The Papas Bravas are an indulgence worth trying. Would highly recommend this gem in Kensington Market!!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I love the food and the place was perfect for Valentine's Day. Very small, cozy and the lighting was perfect, I found it romantic .
I have been to the toritos before, I was a bit disappointed to find out that the menu was changed and they run out of ceviche.
Other than that it was good.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We lived about three blocks away and haunted Kensington Market. It wasn't until we moved away that we actually went there.

I'm not a huge tapas fan but I might give it another try now that's I've been to Torito. The service was good (though we went early) and the food delicious. Portions were small but I guess that's tapas for you.

All in all, a very pleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Great food at a great price. Got together with some old friends. Wanted to try something new. Torito was suggested by another friend, and glad they did.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

The ceviche was incredible as was the pork chop special. Quaint restaurant with wonderful ambience. I will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2015

My partner and I met at Torito on our first date, so we decided to visit a few years later on our anniversary. The atmosphere was warm, romantic and inviting, definitely perfect for date night.

Our meal was delicious, the service was great, and we will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2015

The food came fast and the drink list is decent. Seating arrangements would not be appropriate for groups. Ambiance is dark, plays on romantic. Washrooms confusing though.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2015

Delish food...Every dish! A little too salty for my friend...especially the ceviche, surprisingly. Beautiful environment...great waitress...not too involved but always handy. Loved it!

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

My only suggestion for improvement is to ensure drinks come to the table! Going back for sure!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2015

The best tapas in the city...amazing staff, always helpful and checking in with customers often. The tapas are generous, delicious, and reasonably priced. I would recommend the bacon wrapped stuffed dates, ceviche, and avocado fries with a big jug of sangria to anyone.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2015

My husband and I enjoy eating tapas, but always find the 'same old, same old'. Even though the menu was somewhat shorter than I've seen at other tapas restaurants, it had plenty of interesting options. We ordered avocado fries, skirt steak with an egg, lentils and beets, oxtail flautas, chorizo and the patatas bravas. The least exciting was the lentil dish, and even that was delicious. Everything else had unique flavours which were truly a surprise and delight. Twice I sent my compliments to the chef: the steak was cooked absolutely perfectly; it was so tender and flavourful and not overcooked (perfect medium rare), and the oxtail flautas had the most incredible flavour. I don't know what magic they did to it, but man it was good. Anyway, I also found the service was great - kind and attentive servers. This is a gem, I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did! Thanks for the restaurant for a great meal out.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Always a menu surprise - this time the avocado fries. And the staff are terrific (they actually seem happy that you dropped by for a meal). It's most definitely a favourite.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2015

One of my favourite tapas restaurants in Toronto. I missed the dates wrapped in bacon which are no longer on the menu, but the ceviche is terrific as are most items. Service is always cordial. This place is a gem

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2015

I miss the old menu, especially the dates! Still one of my fav spots in Toronto :)

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2015

My wife and I went to Toritos last Saturday (May 16th). This is my second time at this restaurant and the first time for my wife. We loved everything about this place. Toritos is located on Augusta Ave, very close to College St in Kensington Market, a colourful, vibrant and diverse neighbourhood, one of the most iconic places in Toronto. Our server Juan did a superb job. He was warm and attentive in his service and spoke with us on several occasions about our food selections and other topics. We ordered 6 tapas and the rib special and we are still debating which one was the best but have not reached a verdict yet. We had Ceviche with corn, Avocado Fries, Croquetas de Jamón Cerrano, Patatas Bravas, Grilled Spanish Chorizo and Grilled Octopus with Chorizo. Each of the tapas we ordered was delicious in its own category. In terms of atmosphere, the décor was nice and relevant to a Spanish restaurant. The music choice was excellent. We listened to a broad repertoire of artists from Spain and various nations in Latin America. The restaurant has an interior dining room and a small but very nice patio. We recommend this restaurant for the superb quality of its food, atmosphere and top notch service. Definitely, we are coming back in the near future.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Just about every dish that came out was fantastic. We were all pleasantly surprised to find this gem in Kensington.
To step it up, servers could introduce themselves and not latch on to the one Spanish speaking person at the table, ignoring everyone else.
Other than that service was attentive, prompt and friendly.
Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2015

This is a wonderful place to host a group celebration. I threw a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend with 8 of her friends here and it was a hit! Tapas is a great way of sharing food amongst a large group like ours. Top marks go to foods like the ceviche, the chorizo, the tortilla and the patatas bravas. Also get the sangria, it's ace. Catch a nice day and be sure to check out the back patio, uber cozy with some lively but not boisterous dance music and hip hop. Big thanks to Torito for being so accommodating in the prep of this surprise! Would come back here again.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2015

The food was amazing with an attentive and helpful server. I am half Spanish and haven't been able to find a tapas place that is good enough but the food here was excellent. The only problem was that there was only one other table full so I don't know if it was because we got there at 10:30 PM or if its usually quiet during the night. I would definitely recommend this place for the food and the hands on staff.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2015

Really enjoyed the food, but found the portions to be small for the price paid. Service was great - the server was kind enough to sneak us in under the limit for half-price Sangrias.

The haddock Ceviche with Taro chips is highly recommended and the Patatas Bravas were very flavourful.

I would not return here simply due to the value proposition (we went to a neighbouring restuarant afterwards as we were still hungry), but would not discourage others from going.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2014

We had a great time here for my birthday dinner. Free corkage in Sunday really helped keep the cost down.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2014

Excellent traditional tapas- no fancy fusion just good Spanish food- only disapointment was churros

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2014

Service and ambiance were great. Food unfortunately was underwhelming. Lacked flavour and were small in portion size. The descriptions of the dishes were much better than the dishes themselves. Great wine though. Might be best for drinks and snacks, but I'd go elsewhere for a full dining experience.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Great, great dining experience, from the excellent food to lovely staff. The quality of the food is consistently great, the wine list is commendable (they have nice bottles direct from providers that you can't necessarily get at the liquor store), and everyone working there is really knowledgeable and friendly. Nice atmosphere - comfortable yet cozy - and busy but not overly loud. We went to Torito Tapas for a birthday celebration, and the kitchen kindly whipped up awesome "birthday churros". Torito Tapas is a total gem.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2014

We came here for my birthday as a large group. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. Everything we tried was delicious! The staff were very friendly and professional. They even surprised me with complementary churros with a birthday candle after dinner! I would highly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2014

I very seldom write reviews but our experience was exceptional and I wanted to let others know about this gem of a restaurant. It was my boyfriend's birthday and they did everything to help us celebrate: a cozy table for two with space so we could sit beside each other if we wanted, a birthday "cake" (churros) with a candle, and super accommodating wait staff. Our server was charming, helpful and sincere (and took a great photo of us to boot). The tapas themselves were scrumptious with just the right quantity so you could try a number of them without getting stuffed. All in all, a delightful experience. Look forward to trying the outdoor patio!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2014

"Torito Tapas, has a wide rage of great dishes such as Steak Frites & egg / Lamb meatballs &
White Bass Ceviche but the avocado & zucchini fries was too salty for my liking.

As for atmosphere it was quite & nicely lighten space with great patio.

I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone from a student to a senior, single party to business occasions.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2014

Been here before with locals and it was alright but this time I took some out of town friends here for dinner and was embarrassed by the lack of service...our server was not friendly, not attentive and she seemed to just not want to be there. Disappointed and embarassed for recommending it.

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1.0Dined on July 1, 2014

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

although i have been to toritos in the past, i only remembered the paella standing out in my mind... this time, every dish was better than the last... well, the rabbit paella may have still been best of all... but it was pretty amazing. will make the trip across town again soon.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2014

Torito Tapas was outstanding! I read reviews before bringing my best friend to dinner for her birthday and I'm so happy I picked this place! I love Kensington but I could not believe I had never gone to this restaurant. The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive but the best part...the food! Every bite was incredible...if you go, which you should, definitely try the avocado fries! Plus, the outdoor patio was so intimate yet inviting, clean, modern, and still authentic. I'm definitely going back soon.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2014

I booked a reservation because my husband and I had gotten a gift certificate from foodie friends of ours as a wedding gift. One of the best meals I've had in Toronto in ten years even though a leaky pipe dripped on my head the entire time the food was so good I let it go. Although a more touchy customer would have surely been bothered by it as it's kind of gross. But the waiter was fantastic and the food was superb and great compliments to the chef. The owner however should fix the pipes as that was disgusting but that should not reflect the excellent food and service. I will be back (in a different table) for sure. Very impressed.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2014

I came across Torito Tapas when I was on the lookout for a Spanish tapas restaurant in the downtown core. The food was great - the bacon wrapped dates were sweet, but delicious. I wouldn't say that this place particularly stood out to me, but everything was above average.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2014

Food was great, service was excellent, atmosphere was good. Definitely worth checking out.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2014

Realllly slow service for a half-empty restaurant, but delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2014

This restaurant has fantastic food!!! couldn't find one thing on the menu that was not exceptionally prepared and that didn't taste delicious. The beer selection on the menu is great and pairs nicely with the food, the host was very knowledgeable and the washrooms were clean!

PS - you must try the dates stuffed with almonds and cheese wrapped in bacon (best thing I've ate this year)

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