La Carnita-John St

4.3
354 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.

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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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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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The Mexican ribs were the best!

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JL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Great good, but over priced for the portion sized. Seems as if they were under staffed, waitress forgot about us multiple times. Had a bug in my beer and did not even offer me a free one or apologize

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Tacos and Queso were awesome. Our server was excellent and very friendly. Could have done without the loud Gangsta Rap on a Saturday afternoon.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

We made a reservation to eat at La Carnita an hour and a half before attending a nearby theatre. After being seated, we waited for 25 minutes at our table, but nobody showed up to take our order. When we realized that the party at the next table over (who had arrived before us) hadn’t even received their drinks yet, we figured there was no way we’d get our meals in time and made the decision to leave.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance. Welcoming. Fun! It is always a delight.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed our lunch. Beverages a little pricy, but at least they were different than you’d see at most places. Service was great. Asked for some alterations to the food and they had no problem with accommodating. Only complaint, was that we found the music a bit loud making it hard for conversation.

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TP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere with tasty eats, but not the best value.

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NL
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience and good food. The tacos were good, overall a little spicy...corn and nachos with guacamole. Great drink selection and good service. Churros were very good!

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j
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Unfortunately, making a reservation didn’t seem any different to walking in. We had to wait 35 minutes for our table to be ready even though we had a reservation made weeks in advance. We were also a larger group so there were a lot of us waiting around. We had to constantly flag down our server to order as she was not very attentive to us. Overall quite a disappointing experience especially for the price.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food at this restaurant was absolutely fantastic! What we loved was being able to order multiple small items so we could taste a wide variety of the offerings. Every bite was a flavour explosion! One thing to be aware of is that the hip-hop vibe is quite pervasive. We were totally cool with that, but it might not be for everybody. This was the dining highlight of our vacation!

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TO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food simple but tasty. Food prices reasonable. Server had a large number of tables but was efficient and pleasant. I realise that wine is probably not overly important here, but the list is tiny and very expensive for the wines offered. A bit self-consciously hip.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Hostess did not care if we had a reservation, was rude. Server was rude, disinterested and never returned change. Quesidia? was terrible, tacos were okay. Venue was crowded and incredibly loud.

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Not my favourite Mexican restaurant downtown but still a good experience. Food was good but I found it too spicy!! (I'm a wuss - though I don't have this issue with other places). Service was good, the guy was super friendly and helpful when ordering. I would come back

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a pleasure - fabulous service, great food, quick food arrival (important at lunches!) - would definitely recommend & come back myself!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

- it was very cold upstairs, not sure why but we have to eat our meal in our winter coats. That's not okay.
- service was very slow
- we never got water refills

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great place to share a lunch with friends. never felt rushed but always taken care of. food was great. service excellent and courtesy. will definitely come back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

delicious food. Great drinks. Fun evening.

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Food could improve
And please give heads up to reserved tables that you’ll only get 2 hrs for that reservation
If you come and tell me 10 min to leave ??
We were spending good money at your stablishment, and we were kicked out.
Never coming back

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service were very good. I especially enjoyed the fish tacos. The restaurant occupies an old, interesting building. Unfortunately, it isn’t well insulated and the room temperature inside was almost as cold as it was outside.

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SF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

the rudest server I have ever witnessed. lots of attitude - pretty disgusting

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had never been here before and our waitress was so helpful at recommending items on the menu! My husband also has a gluten allergy so she let him know what was available to him. Food and drinks were delicious!

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

La Carnita was amazing, great drinks and the tacos were very flavourful. The prices were great as well, close to the theater.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a reservation for 9pm.
Showed up at 8:30pm, was seated immediately.
In less the 5mins, my order was taken.
The food was delicious and service was great.

Definitely would go back. Definitely would recommend.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Took 20 minutes to be seated. Received a table right beside the main door and it was cold because the main door kept opening and closing. We reserved the table 8 hours before so we thought we would get a better table. We asked to be moved but was denied. Waitress accidentally spilled drink on my friends white sweater. Fire alarm went off for 20 minutes ‘for testing’ during our dining experience and we were directly beneath the alarm.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food ! Drinks were amazing. They just need to.work on the diet pop situation

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food was incredible and prices are pretty good. Service was really bad. We didn’t get half our order and after taking our order no one came by our table for over an hour to check if we wanted another drink, how the food (what bit we received) was, or if we needed anything else. We also received the wrong tacos. Was really disappointing this used to be our go-to place in the city.

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M
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Friendly yet inattentive. Had two servers taking care of us so this shouldn’t have been the case.

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MR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was not representative of traditional Mexican cuisine. The queso fundido, especially, was not even close to the real dish.

We were sitting at a table near a window and it was freezing. We asked to move to a free table and were told it was reserved so we ended up sitting at the bar.

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JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to go before the game ... $5 tecates on special very fresh ingredients... loved that the tacos were sold in singles which allowed us to try more than a few different kinds ... really enjoyed the Cali salad our server Kayleigh was friendly and attentive ... fun atmosphere

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great staff and amazing unique tacos - signature drinks are definitely worth a try!

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RH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Incredible food and drinks. Highly recommended. Can’t wait to try more

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Always a great pick for tacos and mexican cuisine. Has such a fun and lively atmosphere on weekends!

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OT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This is our fourth time here but this time we tried the new menu and it was fantastic! Food is always fresh and absolutely delicious!!
Great service and great experience overall.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service!

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Service was absolutely amazing...such nice people. Go there now! Go there often!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Our tacos and mango were great, but I didn't think the service was good (other than the person bringing refills of water). When my friend and I weren't ready to order right away, the waitress just ignored us for the rest of the time we were there. We probably would have ordered another drink or a dessert, but the waitress never asked.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

The server paid us little to no attention and was unable to list any of the drinks or ingredients aside from tequila. I asked what the liquor in the sangria was and they couldn’t clarify, and when my friend ordered a bar rail drink they looked very confused. The atmosphere was awesome but our server’s distance and cluelessness really put a damper on the experience, maybe they were new. The chips appetizer was amazing and the build-your-own tacos were yummy but not presented well. I’d go again but not spend anything on alcohol, not worth it!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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GT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Carnita came highly recommended by a local. Being from Texas we were skeptical, but everything was unique and fantastic!

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n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great evening, good food, great atmosphere. This is my second time here, and didn’t disappoint. It’s good for large groups as well as small. Relatively easy to get s reservation

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