La Carnita-John St

4.2
260 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • 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.

Located in the financial district is La Carnita’s South Central location in a beautiful two-story heritage building. The upstairs makes for an engaging venue, seating 55 guests with its own bar.

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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: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
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(647) 348-1166
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Jon Hamilton
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Cross Street
King St W/John St
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Parking Details
Paid parking across the street on John.
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Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Located in the heart of the financial district is La Carnita’s South Central location. The beautiful two-story heritage building was locally designed and features the works of some of Toronto’s best street style artists. The upstairs makes for an engaging venue, seating 70 guests with its own bar.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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3.9
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4.1
Ambience
3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Very good food and restaurant. Music being played was maybe not the best choice. - it was hip hop

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Service was terrible. We waited 50 minutes for food.

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VP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Such a great spot for dinner :). I was blown away by the great flavours in the carne asada tacos. Definelty will be coming back to this food joint! #impressed

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B
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Was hoping for a birthday mention/celebration. None was mentioned after submitting reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great Atmosphere! Amazing food!!!

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M
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

They should really work on the menu and focus on service

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I made a reservation for 9:30, we weren’t seated until 9:45. The server was rude and we had to wait consistently for anyone to come by and help us. The food was also cold. I wouldn’t recommend.

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A
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had an issue with some food. It never arrived and we had to follow up twice. Also my mango salad was green and very sour. Our server was awesome and helpful.

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S
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, above average experience. Staff and servers are friendly. Split our Sangria pitcher a but while pouring and without hesitation offered to provide an additional glass of sangria.

Food Review: Guac is good. Nothing special, but the chips are unique and tasty. Cod taco is on point: delicious. Pulled pork could be better as well as the fried chicken. Stick to the cod.

Great vibes.

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p
London
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for a quick bite before the theatre, food was quick and fresh, not to mention delicious! Great vegetarian options and delicious cocktails.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

The whole experience was average. The food was ok, the drinks were nothing special and it was very noisy. The service was friendly but rushed and confused.

Not my kind of place.

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, loud and energetic. Great food. Fun for groups

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Reasonably priced. Service could have been better.

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LZ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The taste is not good enough. I’ve tried their popular food but I dont want to recommend them to any of my friends.

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VG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food here is OUTSTANDING! Super fresh, very very flavourful! There were three of us and I didn’t like that all of our tacos came on one tray (we didn’t know which was which) but when we figured it out it didn’t matter! It was sooooo delicious!

I also found it quite loud (hard to have a conversation) and quite dark. It was daylight when we went and I had to turn towards the window to be able to read my menu. Lol! But none of this mattered after eating the food. It was really really great! I’m already going back next week!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Very loud music and very dark - could hardly see the menu or my plate of food!

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E
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terribly crowded with servers and patrons pushing past you while you eat, dark and loud, food was salty and cold. Servers were absent and not pleasant. Will never return.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Our server was really friendly, upbeat and helpful. Tacos and guac are good. They even made some (minor) mistakes to our tacos and the way they dealt with it was great. Good go-to spot in this Downtown neighborhood.

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CT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Music is typically extremely loud, hard to hear talking, since this is a restaurant I would suggest rethinking the volume, ( is an issue at both John and College). Both times we cut our visit short to have dessert and drinks at another place due to volume. I would choose a different restaurant just based on this .

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B
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went pre-TIFF on the recommendations of family. First let me say that the food is fantastic. But the music is extremely loud to the point that my chair was shaking and could barely have a conversation without yelling at one another. Clearly meant for a much younger crowd but at 5!! pm perhaps they could have toned it down a bit. The server could have suggested or even encouraged us to get more food as we did ask. A salad and one tostado per person was light especially when they completely forgot our oder of chips with 3 dips. Would love to go back just for the yum cali salad but until they cater to all age groups think will pass.

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AM
Cologne Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Ottima cucina messicana interpretata in maniera dello Zeitgeist. Buona lista delle birre artigianali e cocktail a base di Tecquilla.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food and the 3-course lunch special was great value.

The service was very slow however considering the restaurant did not see very busy - 35 minutes for some chips and tacos was a bit long and we did not expect a working lunch to be an hour and a half long.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great people.

Do yourself a favor.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Seriously amazing food, & reasonably priced. The atmosphere was great - nice and relaxed with plenty of space between tables. Wonderful service from everyone we dealt with. Highly recommend.

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JC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

40 minutess to get drinks, longer for food, but they comp'ed the entire bill. Would try again

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HG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Nice Tapas Mexican food with some great vegetarian options... Service was just OK... one had to remind a couple of times on the orders placed...

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Table wasn’t ready for 20 minutes even though we had reservation. Food took forever. Waiter basically ignored us.

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V
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great location and food . We loved the variety of options it had

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The bean dip was stone cold and had no flavour.
The taco/tortilla shells were stone cold.
The guac had no flavour (onion, salt, lime would have helped!)

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KR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good fun food- originally a food truck o it's finger-licking and colorful platings.

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

They didn’t have my open table reservation listed. Thank god they had a table available. Also did not have the birthday cake I had requested by phone the morning of. They gave me 4 churros with 1 birthday candle instead and charged me full price.

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JT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The service was very slow. Food was brought out in a staggered way. My date got his food 20 minutes before I did, and all I ordered was a salad.. no cooked food. The tacos my date had were tiny and not filling at all and not worth 10 dollars each. My salad was tasty. And I did love the guac and chips. They were amazing.

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b
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great. The fish tacos and carne asads tacos were great. The wait staff were great. The door staff should be fired, they had zero customer service skills. Also, I made a reservation. Please don’t call me to confirm and threaten to take my spot because I didn’t reply back. Defeats the point of making a reservation.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome good and service! Lovely flat rate lunch menu option.

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KM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Overall my experience was great, but I wished the wait staff would have checked up on our table once in awhile

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JW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very energetic (loud) dining experience with small tacos imdividually priced. We were waited on by a half dozen servers (no consistency). Felt like we were dining in a club - certainly fine for some but just not our thing.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The food was not all that great and very pricey.

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c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

Way to loud - service was slow

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SR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food was incredible, and would have given 5 stars if not for the service. The server did not return to check on us after food was delivered and our drinks sat empty for long periods of time. He only returned to ask us if we wanted another beer once. In truth, if he had kept coming, our bills would have been much higher.

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NW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

The food was great and exactly what we were looking for but service was lacking. Drinks were ordered initially and only 2 of the 3 drinks ordered arrived. Appetizers were ordered as well as main courses but all of the items arrived at once meaning the guac and chips were eatin while the mains were cooling off. Food arrived before the missing drink arrived. Server wasn't overly helpful when asked what was recommended and overall it just felt like we were rushed in and rushed out. If you want good tacos and don't care about the experience....this is your spot.

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