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La Bartola, Toronto, ON
Award-winning

La Bartola

4.6
4.6
389 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
In both 2022 and 2023, we received the prestigious Bib Gourmand accolade from the Michelin Guide, making us the first fully plant-based restaurant in Canada to achieve such a distinction.

At La Bartola, we take pride in creating an authentic dining experience from scratch. Our corn-based dishes like handmade tortillas, Oaxacan Tetelas, meticulously crafted from non-GMO heirloom corn and traditional Moles, carry the legacy of ancient recipes passed down through generations.

Every meal we serve is a tribute to the artistry and time-honoured techniques of Mexican cuisine.
Our commitment to using high-quality, traditional ingredients brings flavours to life in unparalleled ways. Each dish tells a story of dedication, honouring the cultural heritage while embracing a plant-based philosophy. 

Join us on a flavorful journey where each bite is a celebration of artisanal craftsmanship, culinary excellence, and the rich legacy of Mexican gastronomy. 

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Vegan, Contemporary Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 792-1550
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ
  • Executive Chef
    Iván Castro
  • Catering
    https://www.labartola.ca/catering
  • Private party facilities
    https://www.labartola.ca/contact
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • 5-Course Dinner "Journey to Oaxaca"

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    * $75 PER PERSON. A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $50 PER GUEST WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR FINAL BILL.* ** TAXES AND GRATUITY (20%) SHOULD BE SETTLED AT THE RESTAURANT.** **Just as with attending a sporting event, concert or the theater, all sales are final. We may be able to reschedule your booking to another date with at least 48 hours’ advance notice. After that time we are unable to accommodate changes.** **We are not able to accommodate allergies or aversions to MUSHROOMS, CORN, NUTS.** **Please give us as much information as possible about your allergy prior booking your reseservation, and we will be in touch if further clarification is required or if we will not be able to safely cook for you.** www.labartola.ca <=== Menu
    5-Course Dinner "Journey to Oaxaca" photo
  • Group Reservation (5+)

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    *Please note that a minimum spend of $60 per guest (before tax and gratuity) applies.* **Just as with attending a sporting event, concert or the theater, all sales are final. We may be able to reschedule your booking to another date with at least 48 hours’ advance notice. After that time we are unable to accommodate changes.**. *Please note that a discreet 20% of gratuity will be automatically added* *This deposit ($50 pp) will be reflected in the final bill, and is not refundable* *One final bill is required *If your table doesn´t reach the minimum spend, a room fee equivalent to the remaining balance will be applied.
    Group Reservation (5+) photo

What 389 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Mexican

  • Toronto

    Innovative

  • Toronto

    Healthy

  • Toronto

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Toronto

    Mexican

389 Reviews
  1. Saskia

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was creative but a bit out of our comfort zone. Wish there were more classic options.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place. The quality of the food is outstanding.

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  3. KimberleyY

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate a five course tasting menu with wine pairings and it was so, so good. I’m not vegan but I love food and so does their kitchen. Quiet environment, friendly, kind, and utterly amazing food.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an exceptional experience at La Bartola. The welcoming atmosphere set the tone for a memorable meal from the moment we stepped in. We ordered from the à la carte menu, and every dish was outstanding, making it impossible to pick a favourite. The attention to detail in selecting and preparing the ingredients is impressive to say the least. The food arrives plated as beautifully as it is delicious. The service was outstanding, and the creative cocktail and mocktail menus offered delicious drinks that perfectly matched our meal. Do not sleep on the dessert here. On our server's recommendation, we had the chocolate cake, despite it typically being my least favourite type of dessert. I am glad I took the risk because it was fantastic (think more flourless chocolate torte-sundae vibes than a slice of chocolate layer cake). La Bartola offers fresh, beautifully crafted dishes in an equally beautiful space. The staff were thoughtful, kind and professional. It was the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, and I would absolutely return for any occasion. The service was excellent, and the thoughtful mocktail menu offered inventive non-alcoholic drinks that perfectly complemented our meal. La Bartola truly excels in every aspect. 10/10 would recommend for any occasion.

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  5. Marco

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Bartola was awesome! The vibe of the place was really comfy and romantic. The food was absolutely delicious (especially the Mole Blanco). Definitely one of the best vegan restaurants in Toronto.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Becoming a regular here. This place is incredible every time.

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  7. noodles

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great vegan options, staff was amazing, definitely will recommend this to all my vegan friends

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, specially for plant based options. We did the a la carte dinner and everything was fantastic. Staff was very helpful and knowledgable about the menu and provided good recommendations based on what flavours we liked. Would definately go back again!

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  9. LuisaB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful authentic experience. We had the tasting menu. Each dish was unique and delicious. Is clear that chef Ivan Castor created this experience to bring Mexico to our palates in a unique way. The fact that it was all plant based was a pleasant surprise. The service was outstanding 🌟

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  10. noel

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time. Did the wine pairing and high recommend. Great service. Nice pacing, not loud. Almost a perfect dinner.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super friendly staff, the cocktails were handcrafted and each was a piece of art. The no-meat food was packed with flavor and well-prepared. Definitely recommend!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m a butcher by trade and I loved the all vegan food served at La Barotla, amazing.

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  13. LaurenGrey

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely wonderful food…everything was a surprise pleasure!

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  14. MarianaV

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Not worth the hype - had so much expectations! Disappointing drinks & food.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here three times so far and each has been magical, my favorite restaurant I’ve tried in the city over numerous trips here. Everything is fantastic, particularly anything featuring mushrooms or corn as a star ingredient!

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  16. SarahD

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner. Chose the tasting menu and it was a fabulous journey through Oaxacan cuisine. The La Calenda cocktail (G i n , C l e m e n t i n e J u i c e , T h y m e S y r u p , L e m o n J u i c e) was OUTSTANDING! The menu is vegan so don’t expect meat or cheese, but the way they leveraged plants you would never know. It was truly a stunning meal.

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  17. Disappointed

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, I was unfortunately very underwhelmed by La Bartola. The restaurant is a bit difficult to deal with before even getting there - they require a pre-paid deposit of $50 per person for any "large" groups of more than 4 people. I was pretty surprised by this (I was only reserving for 5 people), but a call and a voicemail to the restaurant to clarify went unacknowledged and unanswered. Upon arriving at the restaurant, no one greeted me for a long while, despite waiters walking past with no food in their hands and no clear destination. No one was sitting at our table before us, but it wasn't ready at the time of our reservation. Once the host appeared, I advised that one of our party of 5 was unfortunately sick, so that took us from a 'large party' to a 'regular' one, so we were not permitted to do family-style dining as we were told we had to do when we were just one more person (and frankly looking forward to). The service was very friendly, but not super effective - we had to ask to order food. We were 4 people, but we were not told that everything we ordered came with three portions (e.g. 3 small accompanying tostadas - why not just add a 4th? It's a chip). We had to ask for a knife to cut the portions so we could all have some. Empty drink glasses were not cleared for a long time, even though our table was overfull, and the waiter came to our table with food. Despite us not being a big enough group to qualify for family-style dining, we apparently were a large enough group to require the imposition of a mandatory 'large group' gratuity at a pretty generous rate of 20%. The food was good, but not amazing (although the mole blanco was delicious and our group's clear favourite). The decor is cute and ambiance is nice. Overall, I would not go back or recommend this restaurant - the food isn't worth the hassle or price.

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  18. Oakvillian

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful belated birthday dinner for my hubby at @labartola.ca in Toronto!!! Magnificent margaritas and mole blanco! Tantalizing tacos! Topped the night off with Tequila and Sangrita! Salud!

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  19. LucasS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favourite restaurant in Toronto. Visited a few times and the quality of the food is excellent each time. The flavours are always amazing and interesting, and they have excellent cocktails. We did the tasting menu this time, and the dishes were spectacular, with a lot of variety. The service is also impeccible, you are made to feel welcome and the staff is very attentive.

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  20. ROEIW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was a miscommunication with the prepaid dinner experience. In the email from open table it clearly states that the $75 fee is including all fees, taxes and the 20% gratuity. Unfortunately when we finished the dinner we found out that we still have to pay taxes and 20% gratuity on top of what was already paid. Otherwise, the experience was great. Food was incredible, service was very friendly and professional. I would come back but would order a la carte instead.

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  21. DFMM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Bartola is bringing a unique experience of Mexican food and culture, with deeply historic and personal food prepared with astonishing skill. Cocktails were tasty and interesting, and the chef’s tasting menu was remarkably well-conceived and executed. We had an amazing time and will be recommending to all.

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  22. Fififoofoo

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Three of us - one vegetarian and two omnivores - had a fabulous 3 hour experience at La Bartola. Food and service was exceptional. Loved everything about it. Will definitely return and would encourage anyone to try it, vegan or otherwise.

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  23. MarioR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went to La Bartola to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and we had a blast. The service was great. Food was absolutely amazing and I am thankful La Bartola had a tasting menu as I think it makes it easier for newcomers to try what the restaurant has to offer. I have been telling everyone about it! Perfect way to celebrate our special day and we are grateful for chefs and staff at La Bartola.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience here! Our server was amazing and informative, the presentation of the food was aesthetically pleasing and delicious. You could taste every ingredient and they all went so well together. Great drink options! The Cocktails are creative and tasty. Will definitely return and recommend to others!

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  25. Mike

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very nice! Enjoyed the explanations about dishes. Recommendations were good too.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As far as vegan food, I have never had better! I wish they had a few more cocktails on the menu, but the ones we ordered were awesome too

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  27. AmandaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience at La Bartola was truly exceptional. The food was not only delicious, but also beautifully presented. Our server went above and beyond, offering excellent recommendations and providing a professional explanation of the dishes and ingredients. He was also very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.

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  28. AllisonM

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    La Bartola exceeded all expectations. The food was outstanding and creative, and the service was everythibg you hope it would be. Can't wait to go back.

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  29. Paul

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfamiliar foods for us, carefully explained by servers. Much fun.

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  30. HAJack

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great tasting menu options. Interesting cocktails. Friendly staff.

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  31. KimberleyY

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the window seat at the front, which turned out to be quieter than the rest of the restaurant because it was further from the other tables. The food was utterly delicious! Like, lick the plate clean delicious. We ate from the prix fix menu, and I want to go back and eat everything else. Most dishes involve corn and/or mushrooms, which are both ingredients I like, but the artfulness of the favours was so, so good. If you (or your guests) are gluten-free and/or vegan, this is the one. I am not, and I loved everything I ate. Pleasant, friendly and unobtrusive service, elegant and unique cocktails and amazing non-alcoholic drinks. Highly recommended.

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  32. HemalS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time for me to visit La Bartola and was amazed by the service and food. We choose prefixed menu which was $55 per person and worth the value. I, myself worked in Mexican cuisine for 11 years as chef de cuisine and was really happy for what I was having for my dinner at La Bartola. I would like to congrats Chef Ivan for his adventure in Mexican cuisine. I will return for sure.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing vegan Mexican food that I never thought would be that amazing! It was a superb surprise. My wife and I just found out we were pregnant recently and we chose to come here to celebrate as she had been on a vegan diet and the food DID NOT DISAPPOINT! It was fabulous, unique, flavourful and you couldn’t tell it was vegan. On top of the that, the servers were so knowledgeable and recommended great choices according to what we were looking for and they would explain every dish that they brought to us so we knew and appreciated what was in it. Highly recommend it.

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  34. Erin

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar and had the best experience. The ambience was romantic and relaxing. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable and made the best margaritas. The hibiscus taco is a must try. Would definitely go back with friends so they can try the unique food here too. The food was eye opening and flavourful.

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  35. RMCMD

    Toronto

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Initially, we were seated at the bar which was noisy and cold. We had requested a table but the maitre d' said that they were all spoken for. This was a special occasion and we were quite disappointed. He returned a few minutes later and said that they could accommodate us at a table. The server was friendly, informative and attentive. We ordered from the tasting menu and were delighted with the presentation and flavours. We are neither vegetarians nor gluten-intolerant (the menu is plant-based) but this restaurant exceeded expectations and I have no hesitation about recommending it. Their moles and salsas were wonderful. This is not Mexican street food. This is the real deal. We'll be back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful evening. Been wanting to go for a long time and thrilled I decided to go. Real ingredients employed deliciously

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  37. Brandon

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was spectacular. So many amazing flavours. The service was fantastic whereby every dish was explained to us so we can truly appreciate the effort and time that went into preparing them.

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  38. Matthew

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, did the tasting menu which was perfect for a date and a first time at La Bartola. The cocktails were good maybe not worth the price compared to taste. Next time I would deviate from the tasting menu and explore the regular options. The restaurant is very cute and the decor is wonderful. It was nice to sit by the kitchen but the atmosphere was not as warm as the other parts of the restaurant. Overall would recommended to anybody, the female server was so incredible and knowledgeable when presenting the meals. Very warm and kind.

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  39. IstvanG

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience! Well done team! We enjoyed everything!

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  40. Luevcoimky

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal. Great mocktails. Appreciated that everything is plant based and gluten free. I’ll be back!

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FAQs

La Bartola is rated 4.6 stars by 389 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for La Bartola

588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy / College St.
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Vegan, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ
  • Executive Chef
    Iván Castro
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 792-1550
  • Catering
    https://www.labartola.ca/catering
  • Private party facilities
    https://www.labartola.ca/contact
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