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.
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.
Great flavours. Interesting combinations of ingredients and sauces - such as the Fried Avocado.
Server was so friendly ! I actually thought she was the owner with how much care and love she had for the business
This restaurant is a hidden gem, one of my top favourites now for tacos, and I thought was better than some of the other popular Toronto spots like the Playa Cabana chain or Grand Electric. ALSO, for people with gluten sensitivities, the taco menu is gluten-free because they use corn tortillas.
Went here on a Saturday night for dinner for 2. I read the previous reviews about the size of the space, which is really small inside so definitely make reservations.
The food was great, we had various tacos and beer, including the barbacoa beef (highly recommend), fish, vegetarian tostada, and (daily special) chicken tostada. They definitely fill up the tacos with fillings and toppings, I was happy with the portion sizes, especially because I like healthy and fresh foods so there was a balanced meat to fresh veggie topping ratio.
It was great value for the price. It is the standard taco price in downtown Toronto (working out to $4.5+ per taco/tostada), and we had 4 tacos/tostadas each, which was enough to satisfy our appetites.
The service was amazing! We were 15 minutes late for our reservation but I had called to let them know we were stuff in traffic and they were kind enough to still hold our table. Our server was really friendly and attentive. The service was fast. It was a pleasant experience. Would definitely come back and recommend to others.
Very authentic tastes and ambience. Cozy on a cold winter night. Tacos are dominant on the menu and really deliver...they are juicy and generous with tasty ingredients. Lots of good-sounding drinks on the list, we had craft beer with the nicely spicy dishes.
We definitely will return in warmer weather to take advantage of the outdoor patio. My daughter the UofT engineering student says she will take her friends and classmates for authentic Mexican and, of course, beer.
Waitress was AmaZing and we will be coming back!!! Only thing I would add is hot sauce. One you guys have is not spicy at all. So update hot sauce pleaseeee...we will be back!
Took my daughter to El Pocho after a day of shopping in Toronto. The food was incredible and the service was fast and friendly. Will definitely be coming back.
Loved this place! Definitely going back.
One would do well to book given the small size of the premises.
I've been to El Pocho many times for brunch on the patio and always enjoy it. This time I booked a group of 8 friends for a Holiday Party. They provided us with a tasting menu for $30 per person and it was simply perfect! The food was delicious as always and was well paced throughout the evening. We got to try so many different dishes, including dessert, and they were able to accommodate our Vegetarians with ease. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming and our server was really sweet and attentive. I would definitely book again for a group event and will absolutely be back for brunch! Thank you El Pocho for contributing to a memorable Holiday Party!!
The entire kitchen is gluten-free so anything that comes out of the deep-fryer is safe for those with celiac. Delicious GF churros for dessert too. Great place for a casual lunch or dinner.
El Pecho is an amazing restaurant. It is small and intimate while at the same time being laid back. The food is amazing. All dishes we ate were delicious with fresh ingredients and amazing flavour. We can’t wait to go back.
We arrived to an empty restaurant which filled up about an hour later. The food came in quite soon after we ordered it, which was good as we were starving! The waitress said that everything was meant for sharing, but the portions were too small for this to happen comfortably. The place was quite dark, so reading the menu was a bit of a challenge - we had to use our phones! The drinks were okay...nothing extraordinary. The margarita was the smallest one I've ever seen! I liked the rustic ambience though. We all thought it was a bit pricey, especially as we left the restaurant still quite hungry, having dropped nearly $200! I will give them another try though. I think they're still trying things out. I wish them well.
This place was amazing. Great food, great price, great service, great ambiance. Will definitely be going back.
The food was fantastic and so were the margaritas!
Despite Toronto being a big city, it is still somewhat difficult to find a dedicated gluten free restaurant where there is no risk of cross contamination. We were fortunate to find El Pocho, particularly on a holiday weekend. The food was excellent, we experienced many of the available menu choices, and overall it was a very pleasant dining outing, and I would highly recommend this location to anyone.
My husband and I love this restaurant, both the dinner and brunch are delicious. Great atmosphere, and love the patio.
A different spin on the traditional taco--that's El Pocho, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Creative combinations to enjoy, although we like the regular menu much more than the group tasting menu (can't beat the chicken and fish tacos!)--but a great place and highly recommended.
Had a leisurely brunch out on the beautiful patio today. My girlfriend and I both had huevos rancheros and they were definitely a cut above: beautifully spiced and freshly prepared.
We gabbed out on the patio for two hours and never felt any pressure to go. The service was attentive but unobstrusive.
The rest of the brunch menu looked so good, we'll definitely be back to try more dishes.
This place is a wonderful addition to the neighbourhood -- a definite step up from the ho-hum fared slapped on your plate for brunch at the usual suspects in the neighbourhood.
My first visit was an absolute pleasure. Took our Mom for a little birthday meal and decided to try this little gem out. For anyone gluten free, you need to eat here! The owners are gluten intolerant so consequently, everything except the beer is ok to eat...even the churros!!!
Cute little plates so you can try lots of options and all reasonably priced. I am not a tequila drinker but I decided to give the drink special a try. Dirty Paloma...me and tequila might be friends after all! :)
I recommend this place for a bit of mexican in a low key setting. Patio is super cute, inside is tiny so get over there before it snows!
Tasty tacos - delicious homemade tortillas. The service was kind of slow but not bad.
Found this placed and reserved a quick table for two at the last minute. Located at quiet part of the neighbourhood, away from the noise of bloor street, but just close enough to walk back to for dessert. The tacos were great! Really recommend their pork tostadas. Cocktails were amazing too -- I would definitely go back for those on their own. Perfect for a date night or with friends. Will come back.