Toloache-Midtown

4.4
5939 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina’s contemporary Mexican bistro located in the heart of the Theater District. 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. Our festive, two-story space features a guacamole and ceviche bar, a wood-burning oven, and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We looking forward to seeing you soon.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We had hoped to have a great Mexican flavored dinner.....this fell far short of our expectations.....

My friend's husband had several Mexican restaurants in another city and I live in Southern CA....I guess we should not try to do Mexican in New York....

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great guacamole!!!!

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TM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good, the waiter was nice
However the noise was outrageous.
We couldn’t hear ourselves speak.
One other thing- we had a 8:30 reservation and were not seated till 9:30

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JF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great experience and delicious food! I recommend it!

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E
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, fresh, different! Love this place.

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c
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Super solid and creative Mexican food. Service is always outstanding.

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AS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was fantastic and their margaritas were scrumptious as well. Our server was very sweet and friendly. My only complaint was the noise level! Part of this was the fault of other diners who were loud. But they forced us to speak louder too so the noise escalated. I thought it would be quieter on a Monday evening.

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DG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service for a decent price.

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S
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Two main courses arrived cold, and therefore marked down. Once sorted then food was great but really poor service to send out food to be served when not properly cooked. Could be great but was disappointed.

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JB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Toloache is a family favorite when we’re in the Theater District, and has never let us down: very friendly crew, and many delicious dishes, from mild to wild! (It is a bit tight on space, and the noise level’s pretty high, so do factor that in if any in your party are particularly sensitive to those, er, ‘features’!)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wicked & dinner!

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was confusing. We had five servers and asked for drinks at least twice. Not sure we were asking for right person. That said, the food was delicious!

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SG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and service. The cocktails are good as well.

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B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We hd the tacos of suadero and the cactus fries. The tacos were good a bit salty. The cactus fires were ok. (I love cactus).

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wait staff was helpful and extremely friendly. Both dinners were beyond delicious. I highly recommended the 16 layer crepe dessert!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. The ceviches were delicious! Will definitely come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great and the guacamole was amazing. Felt a little rushed and the tables were really close together.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Delicious food!

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l
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great spot.. close to theaters ..really good food and service was very good

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MN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Caveat: If you are in midtown and need to stay in midtown to see a show or play, then by all means go here for a nice meal and decent drinks. The price is not great for what you get, but this is the theater district so you have to factor in location. I would never choose to go here unless I was doing so for proximity. We had lobster tacos and chicken quesadilla with a side of guac and chips, plus a beer and cappuccino. It was about $35 each, which is ludicrous until you remember you're basically in the most over priced part of the island. Go here if you're hard up for Mexican food and you're about to see a show, otherwise better/cheaper options abound.

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AB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good late night spot - but don't think the food was as good as the location on the UES. Found the Guacamole a bit watery and loose and the tuna cerviche not as well sliced as had before.
That being said, it was a fine dining experience for the location and time.

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DP
London
12 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Absolutely delicious food, especially the tacos OMG Devine!

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TH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The guac and tacos are amazing. specialty margaritas are delicious although a bit pricy. A great place to eat before or after a show. This is our go to place when in NYC theater district.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Food, taste and quality but We noted in our open table reservation we were celebrating a birthday- nothing was done:(

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and good value. Right next door to theatres!

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was amazing and everything tasted so good. The portion is small though. The servers were nice but very slow...took a little too long to grab a check...

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our server was excellent. He gave wonderful food and drink suggestions. We will definitely return when we are in the area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service was just ok

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NH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

While the restaurant was going to get busy. It was not when we arrived. Even so, the entire service was rushed. We had a 430 reservation for a show that started at 7. No need to rush except perhaps to fit in more tables. We did not stay more than our allotted hour. While the food is good, it’s not revolutionary. And yet the prices are expensive for what you get. Granted we did not order extravagantly as we were not starving, but it was crazy expensive for what we did order. We were not there to save $$. But we were also not there to fritter it away. It was our second time dining there. Don’t think we will return any time soon.

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f
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. Not your typical filler of beans and rice. Descriptions of food sound higher and, but ultimately comes down to the taste, which was excellent. We had cocktails, appetizers, mains, and desserts. Did not disappoint.

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DT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food at reasonable prices and so convenient if you are headed to a show. The guacamoles (all three) are incredible! We loved this restaurant so much we came back twice in four days!

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FF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. I am from out of town and have been here a few times. I took some NYC natives with us this time and they now have it on their go-to list. The people running the restaurant (including waiters) couldn't be nicer and accommodating and the food and drinks are fabulous. It is how every restaurant in NYC should be...but isn't.

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EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to this restaurant a few times now and it never disappoints. The food. The drinks. The atmosphere. Even when I was the one to make a mistake in ordering they took full responsibility and rushed to bring me the correct meal! Can’t wait to go back

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LB
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and drinks really good. (Apps/sides priced a little high in comparison to entrees?)
Service is exceptional!
Fun place with terrific food!

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Favorite!

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Although pricey for the portion, it was the Best Mexican food I’ve ever eaten.

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderful service and food was ok. Little pricey for what it was.

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RP
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful Mexican flavors, refined. Love the creativity of bar and kitchen, with excellent service. Thanks for making my birthday feel special!

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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant is high energy, but the two levels help diffuse noise. Tables are somewhat crowded together. The food was superb. We had a vegetarian paella and a roast chicken breast with corn and tomatoes. Both were really tasty and interesting. We started with a guacamole made with certain fruits. This was a real find.

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GM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Hi - we arrived on time for our 12:30 reservation- ordered the prefix and had to beg for our check and dessert course at 1:50 ! We had informed th waiter that we have show tickets for a 2 pm show .

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