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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
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

4.0

Ambience

4.2

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (23)
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Tapas (10)
Group Bookings (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Authentic (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Spicy (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-Night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
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Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Service was quick. Food was excellent. Staff had a relaxed vibe and looked like they were genuinely enjoying themselves. Loud and fun place to grab a quick bite

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Cozy, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
Food3
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

As always I enjoyed my meal at La Carnita. I will say though that the other night's meal was EXCEPTIONALLY spicy and not in the way I like it. Both me and my guest had to stop between each bite to drink and allow our mouths to cool. I had Pollo Frito which I've grown accustomed to and this was def different. Also the music is very loud. We could barely hear each other.

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was amazing ! I had 3 types of tacos (cod, chicken, and asada) and their meatballs and everything was delicious. I didn’t look at the prices before ordering drinks and thought the pitcher would just be more cost efficient and I was wrong—$60 for a pitcher seems extremely high. Other than that, I definitely would recommend the food !

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
Food2
Ambience4
Service2
Value1

 
·Dined on December 24, 2017

The hostess was sullen and rude, half the food went back for being too pickled without any taste and they only have one hot sauce. Which is not spicy would not recommend or go back.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Atmosphere was nice. Food was tasty but very overpriced for the portion sizes. Drinks were expensive too but that's nothing new in Toronto. Daily drink deals weren't bad.

We ordered a few tacos without cilantro and after asking why there was cilantro on the tacos anyway, the server told us it comes already mixed into the salsa. Strange that they wouldn't give a heads up on that in case of allergy etc. and nothing was done about it.

Overall, pretty "meh" experience for such a huge price tag. Likely wouldn't go back.

Food4
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We've been coming here for years and just this past visit we noticed the menu had changed. Food has slightly gone down in quality and taste compared to previous visits and prices have slightly increased, however overall still good mexican food, great hiphop vibes

Tags: Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great ambience, great service and yummy food! Tacos were delish!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
Food1
Ambience3
Service3
Value1

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very over priced and the tacos had way to much toppings that made it sloppy. Not the good toppings like meat and beef or chicken but the condiments on it. I found it not very fresh tasting and very over priced. I wouldn’t recommend this place to a friend. My mother and I ate three meatballs and six tacos, two beers and two glasses of wines (9oz). The bill was $115 and it wasn’t even that tasty. I don’t know if that chef that night was rushing or off his meds but the food was not good by far. Also be prepared for loud loud music. Especially if your right next to the speaker.

Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was great, food was delicious but service was slow tonight. Usually great!

Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Music is a little loud, hard to hear / talk to the person across from you. Space is also quite tight- maybe drop a table or two to make it more comfortable to be seated. The table space is also very very tight- hard to fit drinks and a med size plate.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 8, 2017

The best tacos I ever had. I had been in Mexico several times in the past few years and the food at this restaurant is much better than the iconic Mexican restaurants in Playa del Carmen, Mexico City and Cancun . I prefer flour tortillas and they use them here. When I got my tacos I really thought that they were over priced because the size was just like the authentic tacos in Mexico. The difference is that you get 3-4 for the same price if you were there. After you have the first bite you understand why is priced this way. Is like a symphony in your mouth. Just fresh and delicious. Simple Mexican food with a twist that elevate it to a new level. The chorizo and pollo frito tacos are a must try and of course the chorizo meatballs and street corn. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food and drinks were fantastic. The margarita is likely the best I have had, without being in Mexico (and better than most in Mexico).

Food was full of flavour and far above many other Mexican restos that are opening up around town.

I would have no troubles recommending La Carnita to anyone.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
Food2
Ambience1
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

this hot stinky bunker was so noisy i could not hear myself think. i guess if you are looking for designer tacos and bad tasting cocktails this is the place for you. if you want a satisfying meal try another mexican restaurant. dont order Grow A Pear its gross.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Had a great time and the location was perfect for a night out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Tapas, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Quick Bite
Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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.

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