Toloache - Upper East Side

4.7
1093 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1093 people are saying
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteve
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rafael and Daniel are awesome. They make the experience superb. The food is beyond expectation. Beautifully presented making the eye appeal drive the taste.

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vipSusanW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and welcoming! And the food has gone from great to excellent!

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vippeterk
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good Mexican food ---with thoughtful recipes. Recommended.

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HarvinderB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Mexican food place in UES. Never been disappointed and always look forward to catching up with friends and family over amazing margaritas and food.

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EliseD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Only outdoor seating was available .

Had requested a modification to the paella, which The waiter assured me wouldn’t be a problem; however, it was not prepared as we had discussed.

Very Disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cesar our waiter was EXCEPTIONAL the food was delicious!

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vipwolfabj
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood spot, without a doubt!

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vipLMD10028
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The hostess was a hot mess. Switched reservations, couldn't find our reservation, took me the wrong table and then directed a member of our party to several wrong tables. The manager was barely holding it together on a rainy night. He essentially accused me of lying about my reservation or making it at their other location. When I showed him the reservation in my app, that wasn't sufficient, and he wanted to see my confirmation email. All because the hostess checked someone else in on my reservation. No one apologized.

But, I've been coming here for years and will return. Service is good, food is good, and value is good. Part of the appeal of Toloache has always been the atmosphere. The outdoor huts in the front offer great privacy but zero atmosphere.

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MarioL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's quite authentic Mexican food, the ambiance is not so charming, but the food was.

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NancyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have always enjoyed a great dinner and drinks here!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and location. The ambience was fun and appropriately distanced from each other

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vipNYCGal
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and staff very nice and accommodating. We had a private outdoor room - it was comfortable and safe.

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vipNYMC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Overpriced, low-quality food. Extremely small portions. Manager was not wearing a mask.
Many other Mexican food options that offer a better meal and ambiance.

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vipJohnandSteven
New York Area
229 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

VERY underwhelming. Visited the 50th and 8th Ave location many times and based on this, was looking forward to the UES dinner. Starter and main courses all lacking flavor. The beef dishes – both of them - burnt. The staff were not able to reasonably cover all of their tables. Air conditioning not working properly. Interior dated like an old pub. In the past six years we have made over 1,100 reservations on OpenTable (we also use Resy and Seven Rooms) - we go out to dinner regularly. Most of our experiences are a 5 and some are 4. I am sad to say this was one of our worst dining experiences ever. The only five star element is that the servers were working as hard as they could and were very friendly - five stars for them and thank you to them.

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vipSeanF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spicy guacamole was delicious! And the back patio is really beautiful and secluded

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vipbruceC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great! The service was fantastic! Highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the outdoor seating set up. We had our own little space with a heat lamp. Service was quick and friendly. Accommodated allergies easily.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff, good food. Great for a date

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vipMarianaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, very courteous service, nice decor! I'll visit again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner great service

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AvaE
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such delicious food! Great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cinco de mayo

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vipMichael2
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Kitchen does pretty good job with the food but service/wait staff awful. And every little side is extra here.

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vipDiner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent Mexican food at reasonable prices and relaxed atmosphere.

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Miks
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food came slow... that was the problem. Waiters were lovely, and food is subtle and delicious.

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vipDaraG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy lunch with friends. Wish there were some lunch specials but otherwise everything was terrific. Love the outdoor dining out back.

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vanessanyc
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Suchgreat service... and great margaritas too! Steve sat us in a quiet room and was so attentive. Everything was delicious! So great to be back at the neighborhood gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel is a great host! The place is immaculate, the food is delish!

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SusanG
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is informal and friendly and even in the midst of social distancing the restaurant manages to maintain a lively ambiance.
Food is always good and the margaritas are great.

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vipCCNYC
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Love the yurt.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood staple! So delicious, great service and drinks!

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sharonc
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal - cooked perfectly, great service and excellent cocktails, too.

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BenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Hard to find good Mexican in NYC and this is a solid option. A little on the pricey side but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor private dining. Food consistently excellent

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DavidR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was great to be back. Can't wait for the bar to be open again.

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vipCustomer
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am only writing text in this box so I can submit this review. OpenTable makes it annoying to submit reviews.

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viplasnisnyc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toloache is a fantastic restaurant and a must go to. The manager is exceptional and his suggestions are spot on. Their guacomole was so good!!! The special blood orange margarita was to die for. The skirt steak was so tasty and delicious. I am so happy to find a place that makes a skirt steak this perfectly. This is one of my new favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.

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vipHUNGRY22
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, strong margaritas and great service by Perla! The private outdoor cabins made us feel safe during covid. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wooden boxes were awesome and private. Perfect with the heater for a cold April night and the sliding window is genius! Awesome margaritas and guac. Now I can say I’ve been to all locations! #outdoorboxesarebest

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 1093 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.

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