El Caballito Tequila Bar

4.0
279 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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International
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Fit for Foodies
El Caballito is downtown Toronto's only Tequila Bar
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of Operation
DINNER
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - Late

LUNCH:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


SEASONAL
*Patio is first come, first serve only. No reservations available for the patio*
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Phone number
(416) 628-9838
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Elia Herrera
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Cross Street
West of Simcoe Street
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St. Andrew Subway station
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Entertainment
Live music every Tuesday!
Brunch every Saturday starting at 11:00am!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Regardless of the size of your party, El Caballito is the perfect place to host an event. The atmosphere is fun, the food and drinks are fresh and delicious and we have an experienced team of hosts to make sure you and your guests leave satisfied.

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What 279 People Are Saying
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3.7
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IC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

When the band plays "Besame Mucho" and your waiter sings, you know you're in a good place. Great food and great drinks.
Muchas gracias!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good time here. Good service and great food

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AN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed this place! The food was great and as well as the drinks! I recommend the spicy shrimp taco, best taco ever! The low light restaurant but prefer that away. Music playing overhead but still able to have conversations. I would return next time I am visiting.

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FM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food, but a very dark, busy, noisy atmosphere – not ideal for people who prefer a calmer dining experience. So loud at some points it felt like we were eating in the middle of a night club. Knowledgeable servers and amazing cocktails, but barely worth it. Doesn't help that the space is a glorified basement with 0 windows.

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C
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

You've got two options to enjoy your meal - either inside which is dark and cozy, or up on the patio at El Patio which is airy and casual. Both are good options; downstairs is table service, whereas on the patio it's self serve (no table service, order everything at the bar).

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

The tacos were not worth it whatsoever. It was expensive for sub-par tacos. The ambience was nice but I would not come back.

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OL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

The food and drinks were delicious and arrived to our table very quickly. However when we first got to the restaurant the host wasn’t friendly and was sure to let us know there was a reservation at our table after us (in other words “eat and get out”). This made us feel rushed and honestly unwelcomed. We also would’ve stayed for a drink after we ate, however we felt uncomfortable to do this and went elsewhere for a drink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Concert with girlfriends

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D
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food wasn’t worth the price tag. Guacamole had WAY too much lime and the chips were insanely salty. I also got a margarita that had chilies in it - I thought it would be well mixed and subtly spicy however there were legitimate chunks of chillies floating around the drink. Drinks are also overpriced considering the inauthenticity of the taste. I can also make a margarita and throw cut up chunks of chillies in it. Seemed like the kind of drinks I experiment making at home, only mine taste better. We won’t be coming back here. Waste of money.

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CC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good night with my wife, I will recommmend to friends for sure

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Thoroughly unimpressed with the quality of the food and service. THOROUGHLY

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JV
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

good for drinks not for food, unless one is not really hungry. very small portions. staff is really nice. venue does not look clean.

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G
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We stopped here while visiting Toronto for a week. Menu selection minimal, food below average, waiter was friendly. Outdoor deck may have been great for a cocktail but was too busy. More like a stop by for a quick beer post work day. Very casual! Would not go back.

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V
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Very desappointed
Tacos not very good
Cheap food

But the guacamole + nachos was good

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O
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Table we had was ok. Music was way too loud. Ceviche was absolutely horrible. Tacos we’re ok. Service was the best part.

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

The ambiance was great but the food was overpriced and not satisfactory (my tacos were fridge cold and tasteless). The service was quite bad as well our server was not interested in our table and it was very difficult to get him to come back so we could order more. I wish I had a better experience because I love the vibe in there but will not return because of the overpriced food.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Great margarita pitchers. Fish tacos were the best, patio was packed. First floor is casual, upstairs is fine dining.

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SJ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Not the greatest tacos or guacamole + chips (especially with portions), but good service. The highlight is definitely the back patio, otherwise a mediocre Mexican spot.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The drinks were quite expensive. For some reason the mini margarita was the same size as the regular priced one, though they did use different tequila - either way it was a little confusing because my friend had thought she was ordering a smaller drink. Other than that the food was very good and the atmosphere was a fun late 20s/early 30s after work crowd.

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PG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The huitlacoche empanada is disappointing - if you're looking for actual huitlacoche, you're not going to get it there. The supposed huitlacoche (corn truffle) mix resembles more the taste of beans than anything else, and it comes with a mix of corn, zucchini and red peppers that completely overpowers the taste of huitlacoche (if there's any in there), not to mention that it comes with tons of sour cream and avocado. The tacos and tortillas are pretty good though.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I loved the food here and the service was great, but two complaints. 1. They won’t let you make a patio reservation and 2. You can only order corn on the patio.

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CB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We were told that there would be a free birthday dinner for our friend celebrating. When we got there we they told us that is no longer true. We were constantly having get get up to find our server if we wanted to order more drinks or food.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

His place was amazing. Patio gets packed pretty quickly. Music was pretty could and could not carry conversation easily, but the food was amazing and the service was fast! Definitely would go back!

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P
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Having seen El Caballito on numerous food blogs and seen great pictures of the patio and the food, I was really disappointed when I finally went there myself.
I don’t want to come across as being rude, but I felt that even though it didn’t seem like there were many people (I sat inside, so maybe the patio was full) the service was extremely slow and frankly very half assed. We began with the guacamole and chips. I must say that the guacamole was delicious! Super fresh and delicious. Unfortunately we had ordered our drinks at the same time, but only got our drinks once the guacamole was basically finished.
The sangrias we ordered were the worst sangrias I’ve ever had. It clearly wasn’t made fresh, because by the time we recieved our drinks there was already a layer of melted ice in the cups. The sangrias tasted like watered down cheap wine. (I know that every place does their sangrias differently, but I only had 1/4 of a mushed strawberry in my drink, whilst my friend felt like her berry bits tasted very old).
By the time a server got back to us, we were so put off by the experience we opted not to order dinner and headed else where for dinner, which was so unfortunate because I was really looking forward to trying the food.
I’m not sure if that was an off night- but I had a really bad time here.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere for a fun night out with friends! Great service. Pitchers were really expensive though

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The good: The restaurant mirrors Roy Thompson Hall and is very close to the Princess of Wales Theatre makes it an ideal pre/post show venue.
Dim lights with Mexican flair creates a cozy atmosphere.
The food is well portioned with great taste and reasonably priced.

The interesting: Even though it's a Mexican style restaurant, there was no one that spoke Spanish that we could find. Also, the music which accompanied each and every bite of food and sip of every drink was current billboard hit sampler. Quite surprising and unexpected. Nevertheless, splendid variety of Tequila will make your lunch, dinner or just a sit down with friends a pleasant and happy experience.

Would I recommend this restaurant?
That's a YES for me.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Decided to try before going to a concert. Was the worst decision I made. The only good thing about this restaurant was the waitress who took good care of is and the fish tacos everything else was a disappointment

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DM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great option for a Saturday afternoon with friends. The patio is right off of the street, but it gives off a private vibe that makes it feel more cozy.
The order as you go style menu at the food trucks make for easy purchases and not worrying about splitting bills at the end.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Small and comfortable, the ambiance was that of a little taqueria in Mexico - Mariachi band and all! All the tacos were amazing, only made better by the margarita.

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CF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Very packed crowded patio. Good for groups that want to stop in after work. If you can get a seat!
Super loud techno music so not good for a date. Natchos were good.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a good time, but our waiter got a bit distracted and wasn’t as attentive as we would have liked. We would have continued to order food/drinks had her been more prompt in checking on us.

The food was good, our fondido was a bit burnt so it was crispier than it should have been but still delicious.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Good tacos but very poor service. Drinks were small and overpriced.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great Mexican food. Quick Service. Loved the tacos

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AE
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great! The music was a little loud so it's hard to have a conversation. I totally get having music and high energy but lowering the music a few decibels would have been good.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Went last weekend on Saturday night, had a reservation for 8:00pm. Got there on time and when we got there the "bouncer" told us regardless of reservation we had to wait in line (he was very rude and aggressive). We were very confused but waited anyways. At 8:45pm the manager came out and was wondering why people who had reservations were waiting in line and took us in right away. We got in and the restaurant was not clean at all, the waitress forgot to place our order, and there was a hair in our food. Overall terrible experience would not go back.

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Honestly not much good to say. Super disorganized hostess, literally before we had even sat down (after making a reso) we were told we had to leave by a certain time, and then the waiter was rushing us out as soon as we had literally swallowed our last bites. Music WAY too loud. Just overall bad experience

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AD
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was delicious and well received by our group of 14 people ages 14-80. Margaritas delicious, location to theatre fantastic.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and drinks here are amazing! The servers are all helpful and friendly and attentive. Love the ambience. Will definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Andy McQueen was our server, he was very helpful and friendly. We gave him the reigns to order everything for our table. The food was awesome, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere was fun. Will definitely return!

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OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Nice casual bar/restaurant. Small menu and the food was decent. Excellent margaritas. Unfortunately three tables of after work coworkers extremely drunk and loud which made it impossible to hear anyone else.

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