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About La Carnita- College

La Carnita is a celebration of urban culture through food, drink, art, and sound. Dedicated to injecting Mexican street cuisine and graffiti with a gringo twist. La Carnita is the spot to grab a taco, a handful of churros, run through a mixtape, and wash it all down with a fresh cocktail or beer.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Monday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 964-1555

Website:
http://lacarnita.com/

Additional:
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

La Carnita- College Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.0

Ambience

4.1

Value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (28)
Casual (17)
Good for a Date (17)
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Comfort Food (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Tapas (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Spicy (10)
Group Bookings (10)
Authentic (8)
Neighbourhood Gem (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-Night Find (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post-theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Child-Friendly (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Seasonal (1)
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Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious food, great ambiance but I left hungry. It was a bit overpriced for what your received. Good place for apps but not for dinner.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing restaurant. Have been going for years but this time specifically the service was spectacular and made turning 30 feel exceptional.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
Food3
Ambience5
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined 5 days ago

I like this place overall.
The vibe is cool, the set up is nice, great menu.
My only comment on my visit was I found the food as a whole overly salty.
If that was toned down a bit I would have scored the food ratings much higher.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

Generally the food was good with lots of lavour though some of the food was served cold. There were great vegetarian options (street corn, tacos, etc).

We were dissapointed in the service near the end of our meal. We were a big group that ordered a lot of food (margarita pitchers, starters, lots of tacos and dessert) but the second we finished our last bite, the service staff kept giving us the impression that we were taking up space. No one thanked us or acknowledged us as we left the restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
Food4
Ambience4
Service1
Value3

 
·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was very quick but felt very rushed. After receiving our starter, server seemed quite aggetated when we asked for more time before ordering tacos for our main dish. Felt like servers were swarming our table to grab plates and glasses before we had a chance to divey up the tacos or finish the drink. I have been here before and the food was as tasty as always but the service really put a damper on our overall experience. I understand the service business and need to turn over tables but made a reservation ordered quite a bit of food/drink and felt rushed right from the beginning.

Food3
Ambience4
Service2

 
·Dined on October 31, 2017

Went here to celebrate my wife's birthday with some friends. Food was decent enough, just wished the tacos were a bit warmer. One of the fish tacos had almost no fish in it, also messed up one of our orders but that's no big deal. Took a while to get refills on our drinks also. So we had to wave down other servers to actually get a drink. Got to say the interior of the place is pretty cool though. The biggest let down was our main server. We had a few other servers help out but they were good.

So here's my main issue. I asked one of the servers that was helping take care of our table if they did anything for birthdays. He said "yes, we can get you a desert. Would you like the churros or tres leches?". Thinking that is was free we said yes because we would not usually pay $7 for three small churros (they were good though). Ended up seeing it was charges on the bill, I was not impressed. Asked one of the servers and he said i did charge it your main server must have. Asked our main server why it was charged since we were under the impression it was free since it was my wife's bd. Then she starting having attitude right away saying "I talked to you on the phone when you made the reservation and told you this!"..... I then informed her we never talked and when I called multiple times to confirm resevation no one answered. Her repley to everything was "oh well".... Oh well?? Went back and forth a bit aboit it. I ended up saying whatever ill pay the $7 but I am not happy about this. Thats amazing customer service.... And thats why I paid the $7 but she received no too. Would have tipped 20% on our $160 bill if she had even tried to give any customer service for the miss understanding. Anyways my wife and I, plus our 5 other friends will not be going back here.

Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I always have a good time at La Carnita. I’ve been to the other locations and this is my first time at the college restaurant. The thing I like about this place is, even though the menu is small, they do it right. Everything they make is great. Not a big selection but the food is excellent. The service was a bit hit and miss. It was a busy night and it seemed like something was going on that caused some confusion. The servers were polite though, which is always a plus. Even with just average service, it was still good. Didn’t take away at all from the experience. I’ll be back soon. Love this place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
Food2
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very very overrated. Rude blonde lady who greeted us. I wish I got her name. Horrible seating set up, we were stuck near the very front doors, where the door kept opening and kept the front area cold. We had nosy people sitting beside us listening every once in a while to our conversation - wonderful! they need to either make their music louder or spread out the tables at the front.

Now onto the food. For the ratings this place has, the food definitely did NOT match! The carne asade taco was a 3/5, the cod taco was 1/5 (very very tangy and sour), my friend did not like her chicken taco either. I had such HIGH hopes for this place, but was let down horribly. The tacos on the appetizer menu at Jack Astor's taste WAAAAAAAY BETTER!

Never ever recommending this place to anyone or coming back.

Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food is amazing but the service is below average.

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on October 19, 2017

Luckily the tacos were delicious and the beer selection was adequate – this helped obscure the unwelcoming attitude projected by the wait staff. They made us feel like we were inconveniencing them with our presence.. overall a pretty uncomfortable experience.

If food is your focus, then I recommend the eats here – obviously crafted and cared for. If you're looking for an overall good time, there are lots of other places in the city to enjoy tacos.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Love this place! Food is fantastic!

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was great, a bit expensive but quality was there. I knew this going in but I can't understand why splitting bills isn't an option but it's ok, worked out consider the large group ordered very similar items. In the case of people ordering differently it would have made bill splitting hard.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on September 28, 2017

It’s perfect, but the seats isn’t to comfortable. Ok

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Tapas
Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on September 27, 2017

Grossly overpriced and overrated. The tacos and services were nothing to write home about. The cocktails were enjoyable. Wouldn't likely return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
Food3
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Reserved thru open table for 9pm. Waited until 925 to get seated. They were seating groups of two faster even that they didn't have reservations. I guess a group of 2 doesn't spend as much as 3. We had to wait until a table of 2 was available even that bigger tables were free. Very disappointing. Food was average. Service was good.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I love La Carnita, but when we arrived to our reservation the restaurant was closed. Not sure if it was an issue with the app, but we couldn't get food or even a drink when we arrived for our 11:30 reservation on Friday. It was a bit disappointing!

Food3
Ambience4
Service3
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The corn is a must try at La Carnita. This little gem of a restaurant is fun, and the food is so delicious. Great drinks and a fun vibe are a standout, but that corn - oh my. When there is a menu item that stands out that much for me, I know the resto has left an impact.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Casual
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We felt rushed to eat pay and get out

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good. Very good

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great staff, food and overall great time! Had friends from B.C in town and they loved the food--would recommend to anyone!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic, Spicy, Quick Bite
Food3
Ambience3
Service2
Value1

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

too expensive, hard to find, tacos are too small. Didn't know it was the restaurant until we went in

Tags: Bar Seating, Spicy
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on August 23, 2017

Will definitely be back for more tacos! Hopefully they'll have Horchata available next time

Tags: Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very delicious and the service was great. It was very loud, and that would be my only concern with it there.

Tags: Fun
Food5
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food is always great at la Carnita. Love, love, love the corn. The cod and pollo Fritos are my favs... only issue with La Carnita on College is the music is loud, it's usually super busy and so you are having to shout the entire time

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quick Bite, Casual, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food , great service waitress was very helpful and friendly

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I love this place! It's always so yummy.

Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on August 11, 2017

Expensive for the portions and drinks . Great service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Tapas
Food5
Ambience2
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on August 10, 2017

The food at La Carnita is fantastic. The drawback is that it's SO LOUD that it's nearly unbearable - it definitely prevents me from going to this location more often, and I'm torn between the food and the total discomfort. You can't even hear the server or the person next to you screaming at you.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Comfort Food
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Good tacos! Wish they listed the spice level for each one as the chicken one was a bit spicy for myself and my cousin. Churros took a while to come, but delicious. Also the washrooms aren't wheelchair accessible

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
·Dined on August 3, 2017

Try the paletas :)

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on July 26, 2017

Had a blast at La Carnita celebrating my mom's birthday. Have been many times, whenever I visit Toronto (from Montreal) and we always look forward to this spot! Great food-- the Mexican street corn is unreal! And the cocktails! Delish! Great vibe, young ambiance! i would recommend La Carnita for anyone craving comfort Mexican food and a cool vibe. It's a recipe for a good time! Will be back again!

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun
Food1
Ambience1
Service1
Value1

 
·Dined on July 26, 2017

Consider changing the restaurant name if you removed carnitas off the menu.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great food & Fantastic service! Our server was fast, knowlegable & very friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience2
Service2
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 16, 2017

La Carnita offers the ultimate in Tacos. First rate ingredients, sharp flavours and appealing presentations to boot! Service can lag at times and servers should be more attentive. Our one disappointment was the Rosé Margarita pitcher which tasted great but at $30, we should be able to feel some alcohol.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The music was too loud. We could barely hear eachother.

Tags: Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Went for dinner with my son and was surprised at how nice the restaurant was inside!!
Great food and friendly service Would go back again!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Amazing food! Wish they had spice levels on the tacos, I found myself drinking a lot of water. Sangria jug was 3/4 ice 1/4 sangria. Great ambiance!

Food3
Ambience2
Service2
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Terrible rude service, terrible drinks and also overpriced tacos what can i say more ? Never returning to this location again

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Mexican tacos very interesting, unusual and tasty.

Tags: Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
Food3
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I've eaten here several times and this is easily my fav Mexican restaurant in Toronto, however the fish taco was really soggy and closing up our bill took at least 25-30 mins.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails

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