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Playa Cabana

4.1
4.1
138 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
The Mexican inspired dishes at Playa Cabana are prepared using the freshest local ingredients. The restaurant serves up authentic food, cooked and prepared from the heart. The menu draws on the ingredients and culinary traditions from many different regions of Mexico. Playa Cabana offers a wide range of bocaditos, tacos served in threes, hefty mouthwatering burritos, and classic house specials. The flavors and preparation of the classic huevos rancheros, tostadas, enchiladas and carne asada will transport you straight to Mexico. Playa Cabana also has a full drink menu with fun and creative Mexican cocktails as well as coffee, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Take the whole family or stop in with friends and try the delicious, authentic cuisine.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily: 12:00pm - late

  • Phone number

    (416) 929-3911

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 138 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 2Value

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  1. N

    Natalie

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2015

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Very busy on weekday dinner. Small place - gets really noisy. Hard to have a conversation. Would not recommend for romantic dinner. Service lower than average with prices higher than average. Food is amassing thought. One of the best Mexican I've ever tried.
  2. N

    Neighbour

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2015

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I was disappointment with the restaurant and the food. The service was so fast that our main meal came before we were half way through our appetizers. It was a clear attempt to get us out of the restaurant. I found the food very mediocre.
  3. M

    Moskie11

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Even though it was a "Tight squeeze"we had a wonderful meal Full of colour and flavour we couldn't stop eating. Along with great service I would recommend Plya Cabanna to all
  4. f

    foodie25252

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food served at this place is well portioned, if not on the generous side (check out any one of their burritos and you'll see what I mean). Most importantly though, the food is also flavorful, fresh and exactly what Mexican food should taste like!
  5. JM

    JuliaM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful neighbourhood place in The Annex. Very crowded, reservation essential although there be a place at the bar. Margarettas are fabulous. The service was prompt and everyone is pleasant. A bit too quick to take dishes away so watch out for that if you intend to finish your food but are just taking a break. The food is delicious. Those churros! Yum.
  6. DV

    DeepakV

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Stumbled on this restaurant by accident and must say one accident I enjoyed. The food was great, my guest was impressed with my find... will definitely come back with the family next.
  7. PP

    PuzzledPatron

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Playa Cabana (on Dupont but not the same as the newer and larger Hacienda down the road) is an intimate (read tiny), vibrant, friendly gem. Superbly authentic Mexican fare, friendly and attentive service and a fabulous ambiance. The bar guys are a riot! Note that it is impossible to drop in without reservations. Interestingly, most of the menu is gluten-free because of corn-based tortillas and tacos. An unexpected surprise for this girl!
  8. M

    Melimelo

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Original, elegant and very flavourful food. Despite its popularity and trendy reputation, service remains courteous and helpful. I love the small intimate space and absence of deliberate decor. Come for the food and the ambience, and you won't be disappointed.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic margaritas in authentic Mexican style. The chorizo tacos are particularly outstanding, although everything we had was also very good. Only critique would be that it's very small and very cramped, so not suitable for large groups.
  10. s

    salmanh

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    There must be some flexibility of receiving a table between 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm as I have tried number of time, even three weeks earlier, but reservations are always either 5.00 or 9.00 pm? Plus, must add some more servers as it take 30 mins to next Margarita
  11. S

    Sangriasally

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Warm, professional greeting. Perfect service; not too much, never waited. Apps came out quick - salsa, guacamole and ceviche. Chips right on. Fish tacos and poblano peppers for mains - yum. Didn't try dessert, too full.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    My friends and I had an enjoyable evening. The food was very good and the service was too. Great margaritas, yummy appetizers and the tacos were tasty - more napkins were required. But the music was very loud and with the buzz at all the tables, it was hard to have a conversation. So if an important part of evening dining with friends is conversing with them, be warned.
  13. s

    sakina

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    other than the wait (we had a 9pm reservation and were seated af 9) loved tbe experience
  14. d

    disappointed1

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Lunch was great. However, when we made our reservation through Open Table we were told that we had to come at noon as it was the only time available (we wanted to come at 1:00). The restaurant was empty when we arrived and stayed that way until well after 1:00. Even then there were a only a few tables taken. This makes me leery of using Open Table as a reliable source for reservations. I'd call the restaurant first before trusting Open a table again.
  15. Q

    Quietseeker

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2014

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    There are some pluses here - very well-prepared food, good variety on menu, authentic, tasty Mexican food and drinks and we had a friendly server. But, this resto had NO working washrooms on site. Patrons were expected to go next door, in the cold, and then upstairs to a so- called staff washroom. Staff did not advise or explain when we were seated. Unacceptable. But the real negative experience was the noise level. It felt abusive. The place is set up with seating so close, it is impossible to communicate without shouting.
  16. N

    Nicky

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going to Playa Cabana. At first I was skeptical when I saw the place because it's not a typical restaurant with big signs or updated furniture. Came here after being recommended by my chiropractor. Loved it and would definitely go back. Portions are decent and prices are reasonable.
  17. c

    cfeather

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just awesome. But make reservations past 7 pm. Great place for a first date. Food was excellent and so was the service.
  18. l

    latdior

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well this isn't my first time and each time I go there I come out satisfied. Happy to see they are consistent with their services and food quality. Al always, outstanding!
  19. d

    dtss

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2014

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    My hubby and I went to Playa Cabana for his birthday Saturday night. The food was great but the noise level was unbearable. We could not hear each other across the table. Mixed feelings as to whether we would go back. It is not the most relaxing place to dine. Too bad because I loved the lobster taco's!
  20. T

    Terry

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it.. Good service.. Great food.. Small place that was a bit tight.. But definitely worth the squeeze.. Will be going back soon!
  21. G

    Ghurk307

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Another great night at Playa Cabana! The margaritas are excellent, just the right amount of tart to offset the lime. The chips and guac are always so fresh and tasty. Once again I had the shredded beef tacos. I know I should try something different, but they are so tasty! I love that the beef has been marinated and the slightly crispy tortillas.
  22. t

    thechewreview

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I always have the chicken burrito and it never disappoints when it comes to amazing flavour and quality. I will just say that since they originally opened, the portion size has definitely decreased. The fish tacos are also always a hit, and especially great for sharing. On this visit, I decided to try something new - the braised shortrib crispy beef tacos. They were absolutely delicious! The crispy shell was freshly fried and the beef was extremely tender and tasty. My one disappointment was surprisingly the chips. Even after we sent back our first set of tortilla chips for being stale and chewy, the second was not much better! Hopefully next time, they're a little more careful about the length of time they keep each batch of chips for.
  23. JS

    JohnSpags

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Playa Cabana is an excellent Mexican restaurant. Delicious food and buzzing atmosphere made for an enjoyable meal!
  24. LR

    LindaR

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2014

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Had the crab cakes which lacked crab and were tasteless. The burritos were barely ok. Stodgy and overcooked. Way better burritos to be had at lots of other places that don't purport to be authentic . Very noisy.
  25. DT

    DiscoveringTDot

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No wonder my friends have been telling me to go to Playa Cabana. This spot has amazing food, service, ambiance, and the vibe is pretty relaxed too. I loved it!
  26. SR

    SRTinTO

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun, energetic atmosphere with delicious food and friendly service.
  27. j

    jwjwjw

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Service was great, food was good but restaurant was super cramped and loud. Would be great for a rambunctious boys night out but not for a date.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our first time at Playa Cabana. The food was really fresh, not over salted and delicious. Great energy in a tiny space with a relatively young crowd (20-30's). Staff were very personable and made every effort to make our experience a very good one.
  29. l

    lee83

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    booked a table thru opentable 2 days before, was seated at the bar for some reason -- and continually bumped into and told to move by wait staff that were in a rush to serve OTHER people. ordered an app that NEVER came (guacamole - so intensive. asked about it twice), drinks were slow - wouldve ordered more but nobody came. mains took over an hour. they were good, but we were extremely ready to leave by that point. so basically, if you've got nothing to do all night, ENJOY but otherwise, good luck. this was also a wed night, and yes, was busy, but book more staff if you need it. fri/sat must be nightmarish
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    We were disappointed by the slow service and late seating after making a reservation 3 weeks prior. The food was delicious when it arrived, one of the items was cold. Wine was excellent but expensive and waited a long time after ordering. Overall good experience, but should seat less people or hire more staff.
  31. l

    letyeu

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food and drinks were great. I'm still thinking about the crispy braised short rib tacos. Place was packed on a Saturday at 5pm. Service was good in the beginning but I noticed plate clearing throughout and post-dinner service was very slow (after we declined dessert, we waited at least half an hour to get our bill) towards the end for us and the table next to us. But I would go back for the food...
  32. W

    Winelover

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had a great dinner, food was amazing, the corn was the best corn we have ever had.
  33. m

    mavd

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service from our waiter Roberto. Great food as always!
  34. M

    Medellin

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    so much attitude at the door by the hostess and never made it to the table , was looking forward to the meal, but would rather give my money to a friendlier place
  35. e

    eagledink

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Considering how excellent the food was, I imagined the patio would have a much greater 'buzz'.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great place. A little crowded but the food is very good.
  37. V

    Village

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2014

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We were left standing without a word as to what was happening with our reservation. We were told we had a table outside, after waiting some more we were told to sit in a corner inside. The table we were brought to was cramped, hot, noisy, & leaning dramatically to one side. Our appetizers arrived (ceviche and quacamole) with one lone bowl of chips. Drinks then took 25 min.'s to arrive. Mains arrived in reasonable time but our server was again nowhere to be found when it came time for our bill. We had to go to the bar to finally get our invoice. Disappointed that we had made reservations in advance and were looking forward to our dinner, only to be seated in such poor conditions- with a lovely server who was far to harried to serve.
  38. f

    foodie

    Miami - Dade

    314 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    314 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Why can't people in Toronto get Mexican right. Adding hot sauce to bland tasteless food does not make good Mexican. The fish tacos have no taste. The guacamole is tasteless and too creamy.
  39. SN

    ShipintheNight

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    A pleasant spot, but they seem to be riding on the coattails of earlier success. The food was barely warm enough and the beer was not quite cold enough. The service staff were confused and pretty slow, at an off-peak time of day. On a positive note, the people were friendly and the ambience was nice.
  40. w

    webgoil

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pros: Good food Nice atmosphere Good (fast) service Good prices Cons: I would have appreciated being asked if I wanted a seat on the patio when I made the reservation online. Complementary nachos and salsa would have been a nice touch. Summary: Will definitely recommend to others and return again!

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Playa Cabana is rated 4.1 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    The Annex

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily: 12:00pm - late

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

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