La Carnita- College

4.4
161 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Good for a Date
Locally designed with the help of some of Toronto’s best street style artists, La Carnita is the spot to enjoy delicious tacos, a handful of churros, run through a mixtape, and wash it all down with a fresh cocktail or beer. Our aim is to serve up a dynamic menu, and connect with the community through our love of art & music.

In the heart of Little Italy, we opened our very first “Westside” La Carnita. This location includes a small but sunny patio, spots to people watch from, and comfortable booths for groups. Though Little Italy is home to many great spots, from here La Carnita was able to quickly become a Toronto staple. By offering an irresistible menu of delicious tacos, tostadas, and sharing plates, while creating a vibrant atmosphere over Westside has remained the place to be for the past 5 years.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of Operation
Sunday - Monday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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(416) 964-1555
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

Private Dining

Located in the heart of Little Italy is our very first LC location. This is where the once pop-up based concept became a reality and where many people in Toronto first got to know us. Though we're surrounded by some amazing neighbours La Carnita stands alone as a Mexican offering in the area.

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161 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
60%
Very Good
22%
Good
15%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
Food
4.0
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Love the food really outstanding and different. On the expensive side considering that for dinner you will have to order at least 3 / 4 dishes. Every dish are 3 small portions but very tasty and delicate
I would go back and I would suggest it to all

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SM
3.0Dined 3 days ago

I find this place over rated. The taco's were just ok for me, I've definitely had better! The corn was probably my favourite and the churros are really good but it's not somewhere I would go back!

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OT
2.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was good but service could have been better. No air conditioning and the place was too hot

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TG
2.0Dined 7 days ago

This was my third time here and honestly have to say it will also be my last.

Food was pretty terrible. Ordered guacamole and chips and you basically get a tablespoon of guacamole and 1,000 chips. Also, it looked and tasted more like one of the ready made guacs you would get at a grocery store.

Had the chicken, cauliflower, cheese and chorizo tacos and all of them were stone cold when they got to the table. So I’m assuming they’re mass made and ready on standby in the kitchen for the servers to just grab and go. Needless to say I think all our tacos had been sitting there for awhile, because they certainly weren’t warm or that fresh.

Service was so-so, but nothing exceptional. Our server didn’t mention any specials, and only came around once to our table.

This used to be one of the go-to taco joints in the city. Maybe it was just an off night, but with so many other taco options out there now, I say avoid Carnita and go someplace else.

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LD
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Good experience, nice food but drinks are small and music was too loud (hard to talk to someone). Their fish taco is very tasty, brings me back.

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TP
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food, significantly louder than other La Carnita locations I’ve been to.

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TF
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

It was just OK.

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KB
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

It was great, our server was very accommodating and the tacos were incredible

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Delicious food. Thank you soo much.

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TG
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Not horrible but the food has declined noticeably since I was last there.

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RK
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The carne asada taco was really good, as well as the ceviche taco. The chicken meh. However, the pitcher of house margarita, of the chart. It hit the spot and worth a return trip just for the margaritas.

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TQ
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

All the staff including the host were so friendly and positive. The food was outstanding. We really enjoyed our dinner there.

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CK
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Server was awesome and super friendly, accommodated a group of 7 people no problem, food was spectacular.

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CS
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Worst customer service at the college location. Very unfriendly staff and lack communication. The eglinton location is much better. Would never go back to that location.

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NF
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The kitchen and wait staff looks like they all have pride in what they do- and it shows in the food that they prepare and serve, so kudos to them. The menu is well put together with just enough variety/options. Even made the vegetarian/vegan options look appealing- which let's be honest is hard to do. Best tacos in Toronto, even beating El Catrin in my opinion.

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GC
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Amazing food as always...music WAAYYY to loud !!! ( you can barely hear the people you're sitting with). Tone down the volume and this place would be perfect !

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CC
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Had dinner here with friends on my birthday. Was so pleasantly surprised at how accommodating they were when I unexpectedly had way more guests than I had reserved for originally! Thanks La Carnita.

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w
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The dessert is the best. The service has gone diwn

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VM
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I can’t rave enough about the crispy cauliflower and crispy cotija cheese tacos. So. Dang. Good! This place is also amazing for people watching! Love it!

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OT
3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was amazing as always, we frequent the spot a lot as it’s our ritual for date night each week.... this is the first time that I actually left the restaurant feeling like I didn’t want to come back. Our server was in a terrible mood and I mean we all have our days but if you were that miserable serving food then you shouldn’t be working as a server.

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SD
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was really good but the music was WAY to loud, made it really hard to have a conversation.

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a
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Amazing food and service as always.

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MD
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great tasting tacos, energetic atmosphere. Came here for Cinco De Mayo, wouldn’t have done it any other way.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Tacos are great, sangria is even better!!! The corn is to die for however the service could be better. Had a reservation with my boyfriend , we were one of the first people there at 5pm, they sat us in an awkward table right beside someone when the whole place was empty. We asked to be moved, she moved us one seat away. We’ve been here many times but not sure if we will reserve in advance as walks in got better seats and service.

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OT
4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Food and service were excellent but music was a bit too loud (we were seated under the speakers).

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AS
3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Tacos were fantastic... service was sub-par, little urgency.

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C
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Been there before. Good food as usual but service could have been better (friendlier and more attentive) and two items we ordered they were all out of (a beer on the menu, and the meatballs).

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JS
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fun spot for a friends' get-together. Food was tasty, but pretty overpriced.

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IL
3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The tacos weren't as amazing as I was expecting them to be. Between my friend and I, we had a total of 5 tacos (each priced at 5.95) and they were average-tasting. The cod taco was too zesty but I'd recommend the Cotija taco. Also, we were placed near the speakers and the tables were so close that the guy next to us coupled with the blasting Cardi B music made it difficult for my friend and I to hear each other. We also had the chips with the 3 dips, which I highly recommend! It was deliciously balanced (sweet, spicy and zesty). The best part of our meal were the churros. OH MY DAYS, were they delicious! I wouldn't come back for the tacos but I might just come back for the chips and churros.

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MP
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Always great food and atmosphere. Fun times always. They did run out of my three fav tacos but it was later in the evening and the alternatives were still great. So I was happy to try something different.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food, service and ambiance.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Service was amazing as always. Took some friends here for the first time they loved it. The bar staff making off menu pitchers (were to be offered on menu the week after) of mojitos for us was more then we could have asked for!

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g
4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The restaurant never disappoints...everything on the menu is so tasty!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

One of our favorite spots, service was a little slow but they were busy

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OT
3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The margaritas were not balanced. A bit too tart. The chips for the guacamole were too condimented. Tacos de carne were well made but too small for the price. The cgurros so dry and too much cinnamon. Service was polite.

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BT
5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Ive been twice now and both times the food was delicious and full of flavor. The atmosphere was laid back and fun and the service was great. My only complaint would be that $13 for a margarita (or $60 for a pitcher) is a bit steep. The margaritas were very good though.

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AS
5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Arrive at 6 and stayed til close. Love this restaurant

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AV
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Super nice place! Loved the food and drinks! Definitely would come back here when I visit Toronto again!

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OT
4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was good but better at the John location

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AR
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Brilliant food for a fantastic price! The staff were lovely and the place has a vibrant atmosphere! Be sure to book in advance as it's a busy place!

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