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Playa Cabana Cantina

4.0
4
156 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
Playa Cabana aims to bring people together through its food, drink and atmosphere. Start with homemade chips and salsa or the ceviche of the day. Bigger plates include house specials like enchiladas suizas, spicy mole and poblano chile rellenos. Playa Cabana also has a variety of tacos (pescado, carnitas, al pastor and short rib brisket) and burritos on the menu. There is a large list of Playa Cabana�s hand-crafted cocktails and drinks, many available by glass or by the pitcher. Sip the Mexican Iced Tea, made with Tromba blanco tequila, los Arango reposado tequila, triple sec and coke, or try the Mojito Mojado, made with Cazadores reposado 100 percent de Agave tequila, raw organic agave nectar and freshly squeezed lime with soda. Guests can make online reservations for groups of up to six people. For larger parties, guests should contact the restaurant directly.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily: 12:00pm - late

  • Phone number

    (647) 352-7767

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Dave Sidhu

  • Neighbourhood

    The Junction

  • Cross Street

    Keele and Dundas

  • Parking Details

    Green P on the corner of keele and dundas. Street parking, free after 6pm.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 1.3Value

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  1. L

    Lunchin

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The guacamole was amazing! our server was soo nice because I was concerned about having the chips as they were a tad greasy and she brought me soft tortillas instead. She was very very helpful in suggesting other dishes and me and my friend enjoyed our meal very much! Definitely coming back again!
  2. E

    Erez

    Toronto

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2015

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This was my second visit to the Cabana restaurants. This is a great casual place for a date, or going out with some friends. The food is simple but packed with flavours. The mixed drinks and sauces are all house made with some interesting twists. I highly recommend this place to anyone. I hope the expand the vegetarian selection. The scallop taco was not great which was a low point. The rest of our items and I have had were all spectacular. The hot sauces are great. Wine and beer selection is excellent.
  3. F

    Fitchick

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a gem in the heart of the Junction. I have gone there about 10 times now and not one time has there ever been a problem with food or service! The servers have always been very friendly and knowledgeable about their menu and often the neighborhood too! The food...the only way to describe it....mouthwatering, can't get enough, lick your plate clean goodness! Will come back time and time again!
  4. SN

    SugarNSpice

    Toronto

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2015

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent again (nachos and tacos), however, the temperature in the dining room was freezing.
  5. F

    Foodienurse84

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here on a recommendation with my family and we all tried different things including the tacos, enchiladas and burritos and they were all delciious. The prices were reasonable for the portion sizes. The drinks were wonderful although a bit over priced. The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly but not overbearing. Definitely going back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2015

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The guacamole, salsa and chips were good. Everything else was okay.. Special dietary request (vegan) was not accommodated (twice returned for including cheese and bits of beef). Poor timing in the service of our meals as some diners were finished before other meals arrived. As I did not want to post a negative review without giving the restaurant a chance, I did contact the restaurant the day after our meal, spoke with a few people, but after a week I am still waiting to hear from the manager.
  7. G

    Ginger

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staff: Awesome. VERY knowledgeable about their food and drinks. Took the time to explain everything. Food: Delicious and remarkable affordable. Ambiance: Warm, casual, friendly. Worth a return visit? Most definitely
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2015

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I crave on a regular basis their Chicken Tinga Tacos. Top it off with their Arbol Hot Sauce and they are second to none. Always crowded and loud, and loaded with funky hipsters only adds to the fun environment.
  9. A

    Abbey

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I enjoyed trying different Margaritas, the server was friendly and knowledgable...the food was good, but somewhat pricey. I would go back, but probably more so because it's in my neighbourhood..
  10. S

    Sabaudia16

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2015

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This place falls into the category way too many Toronto restaurants suffer from: adding too much "stuff" to their food thinking it's adding to the taste. Well too many onions does not equal better flavour—it's just too many onions! (and it leaves your hands smelling like onions for at least 24 hours). I challenge these restaurants to cook more simply and stop disguising their food with unnecessary additions. They will be surprised! This is all a shame because otherwise the ambiance and service were really great!
  11. AY

    AllisonY

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We ordered guacamole, salsa, ceviche, octopus taco, LA truck taco and grilled fish taco. Everything was fresh and delicious. The guacamole and grilled fish taco stood out as the excellent and the worst, and everything else fell in the middle as good. Guacamole was the best because it was fresh, the ratio of the cilantro, onion, garlic, tomato and avocado was good, resulting in a thick and creamy dip. I noted that the salt was at the bottom of the stone container. The grilled fish taco was the worst not because it was not well made but because it used Basa fish filet, as opposed to Haddock fish filet which was listed in the online menu. Basa was not a meaty white fish. Using it as an ingredient in a grilled fish taco gave the protein of the taco no texture. I could taste the fish, but the loaded garnish overwhelmed the texture of the Basa fillet completely. When I searched for fish, I realized the fillet fell apart when I bit the taco. Hence, if you want to order grilled fish taco, I advise checking with the waitress the choice of fish fillet beforehand. If it is not a meaty white fish, opt for the fried fish taco instead, or none.
  12. PD

    PDED

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, hip vibe - my wife and I LOVE this place!
  13. LD

    LuckyDiner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My group and I were thrilled with our meal and service. We had a 7pm rezo originally but due to bad weather and bad traffic we had to make a call and the hostess was happy to delay our reservation until 9pm -- this was on a Friday night. Service was great - the food was really really good. L.A. Food Truck taco was everyone's favourite. The only slight difference I noticed was that the tacos were much spicier than my previous visits. Maybe due to a different chef on the shift with a heavy hand when it comes to spices...? I tried the Pescado taco and the scallop taco and both were out of this world. The flavouring of the Pescado taco was fabulous - I'm still thinking about it!
  14. B

    Brian

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Playa Cabana Cantina is a great spot if you're craving Mexican. The portions are generous and the food is always fresh. Service is also good. I'm looking forward to going again!!
  15. P

    Pinkolives

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Cantina several times and it is always amazing ! The short rip tacos is to die for and will melt in your mouth!! The only negative thing about the restaurant is the music is really loud which makes it hard to talk to the people you're with!! Try it and you'll be hooked!
  16. G

    Geee

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Seems more booze forward than food-centric. Server was sure to talk all about the cocktail menu, but didn't say anything about the food, at all. Didn't even mention food, except to ask what we would like to order. The food was good though, didn't blow my mind, but good.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing as always. LA Truck is my favourite taco & love the Dave's Margarita
  18. L

    Lilieats

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I like to bring my out of town guests here. The menu is fun for sharing and the food is packed with flavour. Plus the atmosphere rocks.
  19. D

    Danny

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have brought my friends and family here a few times and they really like the way the restaurant looks. The next thing they like is the food. For an appetizer, chorizo nachos are always made perfect. I love the fish tacos, both fried and baked are equally delicious. The alcohol menu is very different and creative. It's a fun menu to get people to try and enjoy tequila if they aren't a fan of it. The music is really loud but this can be good or bad. It isn't a 'romantic' scene but it is a place where I feel like I'm getting that nightclub type of high and wild enjoyment.
  20. M

    Mango

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Cantina is such a great addition to the neighbourhood. Great ambience, good food. I like the look of the new cocktail features but didn't try one. I gave the margaritas another chance but disappointed again. There original margs when opened were great. They current ones are not good which is so disappointing. I have had both 2x now. It was definitely part of why I liked going there, adds to the experience. The idea of 2 options is right but the sweet one is too sweet. Dave's Marg is too sour with not enough flavour. Both are out if balance and need more lime/flavour.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    If you love Mexican food, I'd highly suggest Cantina. The food tasted Authentic - like it was straight out of Mexico. My only complaint would be that they bring your food out very very quickly, right after you order. So unless you take your time ordering and eating your meal, you're in and out of the restaurant. Other than that, GREAT restaurant that everyone should try.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall1food5service5ambience5
    Fun evening with friends. Great food great drinks ! We have been them many times and will Definately return
  23. F

    Faretheewell

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Been here a few times. Food is always great but they do need to work on their consistency. Feature drinks are always awesome! Very different and interesting flavours. Intimate space but it's not too cramped. Food comes out as it's ready so don't expect to all the eating at the exact same time. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was excellent at making recommendations for food and guiding us through the extensive tequila options at this place. Very cool ambiance!
  25. F

    Fran

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2014

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    I dined there on a Tuesday night and I was very disappointed in the tacos. I love tacos and have eaten at every taco restaurant in Toronto. The tacos were way TOO over filled and impossible to hold. Our pork taco was so filled and wet, that it completely fell apart in our hands! We had to eat it with a fork and the brown paper below it melted into the taco. The tacos were also too oily. I did not enjoy my taco experience at Playa Cantina. I dined there when you first opened and the tacos were very good. However, our waiter was excellent and made up for the poor food. I will stick to the taco restaurants I normally go to in Kensington Market. I do consider myself to be quite a foodie.
  26. ML

    MLR23

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love their meat and seafood taco combos and they offer lettuce wraps to substitute flour tortillas!
  27. l

    littlefoodster

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2014

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    I know the food here is great... that's why we go to the Playa Restaurants as often as we do... unfortunately, I don't really like that we had to wait for 45min. even though we made reservations. Besides the apologies made there was nothing really done to make it worth the wait. We then had to order in a hurry because the kitchen was closing. Again the food was great but a 9:30 meal turned into a 10:15 seating ...
  28. CH

    CaitlinHillier

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I you're looking for a great time, upbeat music, amazing atmosphere, and even better food, this is definitely it. Let me stress that this is NOT mainstream Americanized Mexican food; home cooked, fresh food made from simple ingredients.
  29. G

    Gregj

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Referred to this place by friends and have to say the food is absolutely amazing! Service was very good and attentive. Would go back in a flash!
  30. C

    Callie

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tasty food, attractive decor, good service makes Playa a great place to share a meal with friends.
  31. h

    higgyliam

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant itself just looks cool and any bar that has a wall of tequila, well I think just speaks for itself...lots of very smooth tequilas, amazing margaritas great mojitos and tons of speciality cocktails depending on the night make it a great spot for drinks to start your evening. But the best thing about this place is definitely the tacos a great variety and some of the best authentic tacos I've had in the city. The best are AL pastor if you like a lil bit of spice or pulpo which is octopus and chorizo(best ever!) Tons of flavor in any taco you choose the only thing i would be careful of is the short rib they are a lil too greasy. Needless to say this is def a gem in Toronto and my favorite of all the playa cabana locations.
  32. C

    Ctm28

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2014

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Went to Cantina with two friends who had never been before. They loved the decor when we walked in but the greeter was not very friendly and it took a few minutes before our server attended us at the table (although it was a Monday night, early dinner so the place was quiet). When our server did speak to us she was not friendly either but quite brusque. The food was all amazing although our main meals all came as ready and not for us all to eat at the same time. Had my friends waited for mine to arrive their's would have been stone cold. The food was all amazing, really outstanding! That's why I will probably go back but I wish the owners would speak to their staff about being more welcoming and friendly.
  33. SM

    ShayneM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was taken here for my birthday, and the servers were very knowledgeable, the food OMG!! best food in Toronto, let alone best Mexican. I highly comment coming here, but I did notice many families there struggling to find food for kids. This is Mexican and it is spicy, and this is a tequila bar, that servers boom food, but where they shine is the drinks. Not recommended for people under 19 (maybe push it into the teens, but any children under 13 will be frustrating)
  34. l

    live4food

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    2 hour limit should be revisited. What about tables that aren't drinking, sitting at bar is not a great alternative. WAY too loud. Couldn't hear the person across from me
  35. F

    Foodadventurer

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite place to go for Mexican!!!
  36. L

    Lisako

    Toronto

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I'm a big fan of the Playa Cabana chain and this one did not disappoint. Sampled all of their tacos, and they were all delicious. We had made a reservation and were seated right away which was good, however, our waitress was not the most attentive.
  37. T

    Tezzi

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We ate dinner at Playa Cabana Cantina on Tues night -Sept 16th, for the second time and loved it just as much as out first visit. Little disappointed that the Burrito I order last time (with ground beef) was no longer on the menu, but it forced me to try something else-tacos, and they were fresh and delicious!! We will definitely be back a third time when we are in the city again.
  38. B

    Baconeater

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2014

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Really good place, the ambiance is great and different than other restaurants. The price is really decent too, with many options in the menu.
  39. t

    tiff06

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I love eating at Playa Cabana but find the seating times to be too rushed. When I go out for dinner I don't like having a time limit to how long I have to eat and enjoy my meal. We had to move to the bar area mid meal and carry our plates over to the bar and finish our meal there. Not ideal.
  40. e

    evrythngbacon27

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Playa Cabana. I've been to the Avenue and Dupont location already and decided to try out their spot in the Junction. Same fun atmosphere and creative taco menu. I made a reservation for a group of 6 a week ahead of time, but at the last minute needed to add an extra two spots. I called back the day of our reservation (Saturday afternoon) and explained my situation and they managed to squeeze in an extra two spots at our table. I really appreciated it because sometimes finding a good place to eat with a large group in TO can be a challenge.

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Playa Cabana Cantina does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Playa Cabana Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 352-7767.

Playa Cabana Cantina is rated 4 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Keele and Dundas

  • Neighbourhood

    The Junction

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily: 12:00pm - late

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Green P on the corner of keele and dundas. Street parking, free after 6pm.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Dave Sidhu

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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