El Pocho Antojitos Bar

4.5
59 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Mexican snack bar with tequila and rum cocktails, local craft beers, and tasty food.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday:
Breakfast: 9am - 11:30am
Lunch: 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner: 3pm - 11pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner:Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(647) 794-7115
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Bathurst Street
Additional
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch
What 59 People Are Saying
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4.4
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

A great local tapas restaurant. Consistent quality. The new patio will be great next summer.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server Sam was awesome, and really helpful with my dietary restriction. The value for money was good and we both left full. And the fact that the entire menu is gluten-free is so reassuring. We will definitely go back!

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J
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Pretty good food, but a very small selection of items to choose from. I wouldn't say that anything i've had particularly stood out to me, so I'm not certain that I would actively seek the opportunity to go back again. Overall - not a bad place, but nothing spectacular either.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Was unaware when booking, but pleasantly surprised at how small the space is. Prefect for dinner with a friend. The food was all great (all gluten free) and well priced! Will be back again :)

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

All of the food is amazing and this restaurant is probably one of my favourite Mexican restaurants in Toronto

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We celebrated our sons 18th Birthday there and everyone just loved it. 9 out of 13 were vegetarians and they loved the food.

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SG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love El Pocho the food is amazing and the service is friendly and attentive. The patio is gorgeous and the drinks are wonderful

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SW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I have lived in this city for years and only just found this place after a friend recommended. El Pocho is so awesome! The drinks are outstanding and the food is unbelievable. Fresh ingredients and gluten free, these dishes will not disappoint. And you HAVE to get the churros for dessert - they will blow your mind!

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The experience overall was positive. The only issue was the food. While it was cooked perfectly...of the 4 dishes I tried only one had very nice flavor. The other 3 were quite bland.

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AN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was very slow

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DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best in the city. I have never been disappointed. Great value.

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! So dang delicious- real gem. It’s so hard to find well made food that’s celiac friendly, but this place is top notch. The drinks, appetizers, meal, service, dessert, atmosphere- all of it was excellent. I’ll definitely go back next time I’m in town.

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WO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, reasonably priced food with great ambience inside and a nice patio outside. Yummy tacos and sangria. Off the main drag so feels like part of the neighbourhood. Worth trying!

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D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic and my wife, who is gluten-free, was ecstatic to have full choice of the menu and churros for dessert. Great service. Nice to have a small patio in the city that isn’t on a busy road...they are tucked in a bit from Bathurst. Patio is a bit tight...others had to stand up so we could leave our table but small issue given the delicious food.

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SK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Overall, had a good experience here. Made the reservation (8:45pm), but unfortunately was told when we got there that they don't do reservations for the patio. Thankfully there was a free table for us to snag. Patio was full, so service was a bit slow since there were only 25-30 people total, but the food came out nice and hot. Tried a couple of different cocktails and they were tasty. String lighting created a very cute atmosphere for a quaint date night. As they are in a residential neighbourhood, the patio did close at midnight. I'd go here again for cocktails and sharing tacos, and would recommend it for a nice date night.

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CG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place has amazing flavour and great service. Highly recommend.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a wonderful restaurant - amazing food, great prices, friendly staff, lovely ambiance.

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M
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food here is so delicious and it is such a hidden gem.

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DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is our 4th time there and it never ceases to be outstanding. Good value, good food. Highly recommend it.

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f
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative, delicious tacos, and other authentic and current Mexican / Californian menu items. Friendly, attentive, knowledgeable service. On-draft craft beer choices from Muskoka Brewery. Fun, umbrella-covered, street-level patio on quiet street just off Bathurst. Very reasonable pricing.

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AG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I am Celiac and a huge foodie so I definitely appreciated this place being fully gluten free. My server was a bubbly blonde and was amazing! My friend and I had some fruity cocktails, the veggie fries and the chicken tacos. Both of the dishes were delicious and packed the right amount of heat. The only downside for me is that they were out of churros at the time we went and the other dessert offered wasn't tasty. I will be back to try more items at the brunch soon hopefully :)!

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AT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great find, very interesting menu, excellent food, lovely ambiance at a very reasonable price. It’s on my go to list in the neighbourhood for a delicious Mexican meal any time.

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NS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious great service fabulous place for celiacs. My daughter who is 19 had her first churro, what a treat!!

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EW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Can be a bit slow because there is only one server for the restaurant, but the food and drink is so so so worth the wait.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere at this place and the food was amazing!!!!!! Would for sure return!!!

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A hidden gem with incredible food

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MB
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an out of town guest who wanted to see the “real” neighbourhood. el Pocho Antojitos — or as she dubbed it, El Pocket — was the perfect dinning in the ‘hood experience. There’s Nothing like it in Calgary, apparently.
We asked the staff to select 5 dishes for us which provided a casual, impromptu tasting menu. We savoured it all with local beers. Thank you for your hospitality.

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CE
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and friendly staff. Very casual, great value. Unbelievable fish tacos.

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h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Mexican food, killer cocktails.

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SI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El Pocho is welcoming and relaxed. The food is delicious!!! It was a real treat to be able to eat everything on the menu.

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OT
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El Pocho consistently provides exceptional food and drink with warm service and a comfortable atmosphere. I really appreciate that they run a gluten free kitchen, as people close to me have Celiac disease. It doesn’t seem to limit them though, Mexican cuisine is a great fit for gluten free options. They even pull off some really delicious desserts, with the churros being the mainstay.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to El Pocho as a group of three, two of us started with their drink special which was a hibiscus margarita, it was delicious! We then had chips, guac & salsa verde. The chips were fresh out of the fryer and oh so crisp. We then shared a variety of tacos, the fried avocado ones, the veggie tostadas, the fish ones, and the special which was a beef. My favourites were the fish tacos and the veggie tostadas! The tacos are fun for sharing because they come in sets of 2. We sat out on the patio because it was a nice afternoon, and the service with Jill was fantastic. I will definitely be back, maybe I'll try the brunch next time!

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food I will keep coming back. Celiac dream come true gf menu.

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VT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had breakfast at El Pocho on a quiet Saturday morning. The chef and the hostess were absolutely lovely and provided recommendations for the meals we were looking for. The atmosphere is very quaint and relaxed. You must try the mocha - the Mexican hot chocolate mix in the mocha was absolutely amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

We went for Cinco de Mayo, expected more offers in terms of food and drinks but only Tequila. Food was decent but pricey for the portions. Best to go in a small group

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

My wife and I went out to El Pocho for cinco de mayo and were looking specifically for a patio that was casual, fun but with good food. As my wife is vegetarian, we struggle to find places that we both enjoy and are different. The El Pocho did not disappoint. From the call before our reservation time to enquire if we wanted lunch or the dinner menu due to our arrival time, to the authentic drinks and food, it was perfect for a warm Toronto afternoon.

We will be back for sure, maybe next week!

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

Fantastic find. The service was attentive and friendly. The music was great. The food was even better. El Pocho is a great find. I cannot wait to return and sit outside.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Food was average, ambiance was very dark. The restaurant doesn't have very good lighting so if you're looking for a place where you can see the people you're dining with, I'd go somewhere else. Overall, I think there's better Mexican options in the city.

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, expensive but zero errors with orders. Drinks were strong but not over powering and tasted like they should. Small portions but very tasty. Fresh ingredients, quality showed. Food temp was hot when got to table, perfect. Desert portion was generous and again tasty.

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AS
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great flavours. Interesting combinations of ingredients and sauces - such as the Fried Avocado.

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