Chula Taberna Mexicana

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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
All reservations are for indoor dining room seating. Our patios are first come first serve! Large party reservation requests: info@chula.ca. Chula is a lively Taberna Mexicana with an amazing selection of tequila, mezcal, beer and cocktails that complement flavorful delicious food. This is a two-story space with 2 outdoor patios & 3 tequila bars, inspired by traditional & modern Mexican cantinas. Saturday and Sunday brunch service until 3pm.
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AS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Busy spot. Very popular resto. The Kimchi taco had some overcooked tofu.

I am not certain if the Barbacoa was actually cooked in a pit as it tasted pressure cooked.

I would come back for cocktails but not necessarily a meal.

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n
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chula never lets me down!! This outing was for Father's Day and everyone enjoyed their meals & the atmosphere!!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

So disappointed. Service was rushed, food was mediocre. Guac had too many black chunks to be appetizing. Tacos were...ok; nothing amazing. The melty stadium cheese on some of the dishes was unappealing. The cocktails were surprisingly below average as well. The Papi margarita was good, but the Mami tasted like rim salt. The blueberry caipirinhas were undrinkable (and we love us some cachaça!).

The location has such potential, but the food and drinks completely tanked it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Nice place with what looks to be a good menu but not the food to live up to it. Good tequila and mezcal menu.

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VA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The food was ok. Not the best Mexican by any means. The service was awful - so much attitude from every server. Definitely would not return and don’t recommend anyone wasting their hard earned money here.

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SL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food! Had the tostado and it was amazing!
Friends had fish tacos....very substantial serving and delicious
Margarita $11....overpriced
I will definitely be back!

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b
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Early dinner on the patio. Service was slow. They appeared to be understaffed.

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PM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably one of the best Mexican restaurants in Toronto. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Price was reasonable.
Only down side would be parking.
I went on a Sunday early so it wasn't too bad. Street parking.
Would recommend it though.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is amazing, great staff and the decor is beautiful...unfortunately it was a rainy night...so we will be back to enjoy the patio this summer!

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual our meal was wonderful. The Mexican street corn was delicious and the selection of tacos we shared were inventive and very tasty. Our friends were instantly sold on the place. Can't wait til our next visit.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I loved the patio and the service was great but unfortunately, the food was just OK.
I would go back for drinks on the patio but not for dinner.

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Love the food. Love the service. Arrived home with a sore throat from having to yell across the table. Not good.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charming and attentive service +delicious food!

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HL
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

The initial service was provided by a bartender who seemed to give minimal effort to accommodating our patio request that day. He kept saying he would check if a seat was available, but never actually checked.
We finally just went outside on our own and sat at one of 3 available tables on the patio.
The drinks were okayish. Just had margaritas. Little too much ice caused some loss of flavour, but it was not terrible.
The food was actually terrible. Nothing mexican about these flavours. The meat is way too bold in flavour and does not even taste like tex mex. It is like over seasoned pulled pork and pulled beef. Not sure if the reason this meat tastes bizzare is due to it coming from the barbecue joint right next door. They are connected somehow because their employees come out of the same exit and take smoke breaks together.

Would not come here again. The food is beyond awful.

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WL
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chula is a hidden gem in Leslieville. Purists will probably say its not authentic, but their twist on everything Mexican Street Corn, Tacos, Burritos, Margaritas, etc. is exceptionally tasty made with fresh ingredients and those little touches that make everything just explode with flavour. Its a regular in my dining out rotation.

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CD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

bistec y carnita bennies were great. classic marg needs a lot of work starting with being served in a tall glass, a big no no.

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UK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The reservation for two from open table literally got us the worst table in the house. Might as well have been in the bathroom and with the wait staff walking by constantly. So we ended up eating at the bar instead. The stools with mid rise backs were extremely uncomfortable. The food was okay but not the best tacos in town by any means. The tortillas were each slightly burnt (we had 6) and just not to my taste. Cool potential spot in Leslieville. But I won’t go back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was excellent and service great.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

We went to try the "enchiladas" but what we got was two flour tortillas burritos filled with meet and beans. I'm sorry but that is not an enchilada. And fo $ 17 bucks + tax it's pricey for what you get. It's very pretentious and not close to what real Mexican food is. It's very smal and crowded. BTW washrooms were filthy.

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YR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Amazing tacos! Taco Tuesdays are great and a great value. Loved the cocktails.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great, Friendly and upbeat service!....went for Mother’s Day brunch....Server ran out to buy regular ketchup for our 6 yr old when we realized they only had spicy ketchup! Pico and Guacamole were amazing! Yummy food especially the pulled pork eggs Benedict. Great coffee....Only disappointment was the Margarita...fine... but pre-fab, lime syrup, hardly any tequila! A more memorable/natural Margarita would really bring in more clientele.

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KB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Food and atmosphere are great but the service is inconsistent. Most times service is good, but when the servers have no time for you and make you feel like you’re bothering them, it can really ruin the overall experience - even though everything else was amazing. I still enjoy going to Chula though and have never had a bad meal. Everything on the menu is great.

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n
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chula NEVER ceases to exceed expectations!! Being a regular, I can honestly say it's quickly become one of my favourite restaurants in the city. I highly recommend Chula!!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & atmosphere! We will be back.

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SD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Chula’s has great food, a lovely atmosphere but the service is just ok. Perhaps just an unenthusiastic server was having an off night, but did not appreciate that on top of the ok service and limited attentiveness, he managed to ask us to leave as there was a reservation for our table. It’s just plain rude. What if we decided to order another entrer? Would they have to make do? Dining is an experience and turning tables so restaurants can yield certain revenue has to be balanced with good service and care, not abrupt requests to the customer. Really left a bad taste in my mouth.

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SK
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We were seated upstairs by the window. There was quite a draft. We much prefer the atmosphere on the main floor.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food, ambiance and service. Our family loves it for both brunch and dinner!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The vibe here is really good and I would recommend for a drink and some snacks, however the tacos were nothing outstanding

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LM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The place and food are excellent except that our table is not stable and our server is odd. She seems like not in the mood or not happy working that night. She came with 2 glasses of water but since our table is not stable she put down the glasses on the next table beside us but before she came back the front person let some customers sit on that table. In the middle of our dinner I asked for water and she said the 2 glasses on the table next to us are supposed to our glasses, like seriously you would say that after being there for half an hour with people sitting already on that table? Seriously it's just a water, you don't need to tell that the water on the nect table is ours when there are already customers sitting and eating there food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was great Alex our server was great and flexible.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The atmosphere was pleasant and when I return looking forward to testing out the outdoor patio. Food was good and the service was great. Will return to try the various dishes.

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AC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is delicious, good prices and great service. The Margarita Habanero is amazing!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go for drinks and good eats.

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NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Our server wanted the table. He asked far too many times if we were ready for the bill. He also let us know that our table had an 8pm reservation. It was a frustrating experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really great experience! Food was delicious especially the cactus dip!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Forgot appetizer special. Remembered after mains delivered. No apologies or follow up. Service does not match food

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Food was sub par. Underseasoned and overly wet, and wet tacos are not a win.

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L
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the greatest Mexican in the city! The tacos are AMAZING!

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service with a smile , great food ,great ambience! The cactus dip is to die for ! We thoroughly enjoyed it.we will definitely go back !

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JM
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The food was good, but a little pricey for what you get. Most of the tacos have a mayonnaise type sauce on them so not a fan. The restaurant was tight, with too many tables crammed in. I felt like we were sitting on top of the people at both tables on either side. Service wasn’t the greatest, though I don’t think it’s a problem for the entire restaurant just the server we had.

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