La Carnita-John St

4.4
420 reviews
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Mexican
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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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AB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in the city. Never disappoints!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Received appetizers after the tacos ??? They brought extra tacos that we didn’t order and forgot a couple. Waitress did not split bill correctly.

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AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Dinner after a play with family

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KD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Table wasn't ready when we arrived so we sat at the bar and had a drink and some chips and dips. Service was great. Had to remind host we were waiting for a table. Once reminded, we were sat right away. Took over 10 minutes for a server to touch base with us after we sat down.
Food is good, not traditional Mexican but tasty.
Very loud.

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

Birthday dinner

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CG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Good spot for lunch good food dessert was amazing had the key lime pie popsicle a must

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Went back again because it was so good!

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

My experience at La Carnita was absolutely terrible. I have been to other locations and was expecting to have a great evening filled with great food and service, as I have experienced before. We ordered guacamole and nachos, the dish came out with a wonderful piece of hair as the centre piece of the guac. I addressed it to the waiter, he responds unapologetically “ yup that’s a hair” and continues to the kitchen to bring us a new plate. We receive our new hairless version of the dish and of course at this point are paranoid and quite frankly disgusted. The rest of our food comes out and was hairless and delicious! Then comes the bill... Usually, if the dish violates health code I expect the restaurant to automatically take it off the cheque, which is what I have always experienced in the past. Not in this situation. I address the fact that I don’t want to pay for it to which the waiter responds “... but I brought you a new one”, I then explain that it still ruined it for us and we ate barely any guacamole because we were just honestly disgusted. He respond, “maybe you should have told me you didn’t want it” - I did... just without a hair thanks. And it concludes with him saying,“how cute so you ate around the imaginary hair”. Overall loved the attitude... not. Will not be going back and do not recommend!

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K
London
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely LOVE La Carnita! What an amazing restaurant, with a great vibe, amazing food and perfect and friendly service from the staff. The corn is a must try, along with the cod tacos! Delicious! We will be back! An amazing first few months in Toronto, this made it 100x better! Compliments to the Kitchen - From one Chef to another! Kirby (England, UK) and Anthony (South Australia)

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This place was amazing. I will be back. The food was flavourful and just the right amount. The atmosphere felt authentic and fun. I had to seek out my own cutlery but it was the lunch rush and everything else was amazing.
The key lime popsicle is a must try.

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EB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great atmosphere although a bit too loud for my liking but great vibe. Staff very attentive and cordial. Food was great overall but a bit pricey for what you get.

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JE
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food, the service was perfect. Only issue is the noise level - with the music and noise from other tables, it is very hard to have a conversation.

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DL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Welcome to the team lunch for new colleague - lots of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Food (as always) was spectacular - so fresh and yummY! Despite the restaurant being pretty quiet, our prix fixe lunch plates came out one at a time (as they were prepared) which yes, means hot fresh food for that one individual, but also meant that there was about a 10-15 minute delay between the time the first plate was set down and the time our last team member received their food which is my only complaint about the meal - definitely awkward timing *and* our starters came out after we had already received (and mostly eaten) our mains. So not sure why that happened but timing wise it was not ideal.
Service was good otherwise.

This restaurant is noisy - loud music and very busy/bustling - not a bad thing but just be prepared for it.

Will come back again but probably only with a smaller group so we don't run into this issue with team eating at different times and other people not being fed (or even being able to enjoy starters) until after everyone else finished their meal.

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in town for the Lion King and made a reservation at this hip establishment. The drinks, although a tad pricey, were delicious and the food, outstanding. The unique taco offerings (our fav was the Baja Shrimp and Carne Asada) were so unique and packed with flavour. The scorpion wings we had as a starter were on point too. Service was fast, food arrived quickly and we didn’t feel rushed out. Although the seating was a bit tight the atmosphere more than made up for it. We will definitely be coming back to this awesome gem! We are already looking forward to our next visit. Advice - make a reservation as this place is very popular and incredibly well located if you are seeing a show at the Prince of Wales theatre.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

A lot of the food was cold when it got to us and our server was not very attentive. However, the steak taco was delicious.

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CF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Carne asada and shrimp tacos were an absolute delight

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DO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Had send a dish back because it smelled .
Chicken was over fried and burnt . Service was nothing short of hostess just getting by her day job and gratuity was charged on group if 5 which includes 2 kids . I would’ve liked the option to choose my percentage at a level of service and food I received . Was a disappointing experience for Father’s Day

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TC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent and quick service, as always. Food is delicious!

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N
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The only downside to our visit was the constant fire alarm going on in the background. Everything else was great and delicious!

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b
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Well priced lunch menu and fast service. would go again

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l
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Food was excellent, but service absolutely sucked. Inattentive and our food took about an hour to arrive after ordering... bad day, bad waitress, not sure. It wasn't busy, no excuse

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RS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Very noisy place. Waiter forgot about us after taking the order. We never saw him again. Food portions are very small. For the price, you can get larger portions elsewhere. This is not a true Mexican place. I would call it fusion Mexican

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A
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We come here a lot. Always delicious. Definitely recommend.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly the food was really great but the one thing preventing me from giving 5 stars is that we reserved seating a week in advance and the location of our table was terrible. It was randomly in the middle of a pathway on the second floor. Every 2 seconds somebody was walking past us which was very disruptive and prevented us from having a good time. As soon as we saw another couple leave we quickly asked to switch seats. Up until that time I was not having a good time.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

I was rather disappointed. Service was apathetic at best. Food was OK. In fairness, I didn’t order tacos which is probably what they’re known for. I ordered a salad which was OK. But ridiculously small for a meal size salad. The restaurant was also very very loud. Acoustics are terrible. I probably wouldn’t go back.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our dinner. Service was very attentive and kind. The food was unbelievable! Will be returning for sure. Pretty dark inside tho something to keep in mind. We liked it, kinda romantic edgy vibe but I can see some not admiring the lack of light as much as us. Great place to bring a date. Loud and not too awkward!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Really good

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We were there for a late lunch and we able to get the lunch special which was a great option and came with the churros at the end... simply amazing! They come in a caramel sauce that is outstanding !

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AC
Toronto
85 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

The tacos were soggy and cold. The mango salad was nothing more than a free sample and everything very expensive. Personally I didn't like that have sufficient space near the window they put us in some far away corner near the kitchen. Overall I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Efficient and delicious.

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W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter recommended your restaurant and we loved it! The food, the service, the Sangria - FABULOUS!
I’m from Cambridge but I will definitely be back - soon!
Thanks for a great Mother’s Day with my kids!!!!!
(Then we saw the Raptors win at Scotia Bank Arena. An all around fabulous day. See you again l!!!)

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S
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE AND CRAVE this place. Put tacos in my belly please!
Fish, chicken, steak, cheese you literally cannot pick wrong. So hard to stop eating!
Servers are great and food comes quickly.

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FH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the food. Would definitely go back and recommend. Service was great, thanks 🙂

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MJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

One of my favorite places to go - the only thing is the music is just a bit too loud to be able to talk to anyone at your table without screaming.

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LM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great tasting food. Variety of flavours and options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Friendly staff welcoming you and ensuring you are taken care of. Enjoyed the Prix fix lunch menu options.

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BR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, amazing food, good atmosphere. Only negative thing was that the music was slightly too loud, but it was 9pm in a Saturday evening. It would not put me off going back

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CJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We made a reservation for Saturday lunch time, the restaurant was busy so glad we did! Small cozy table, service was friendly, margarita was great! Tacos were tasty with a spicy kick-jalapeño on mine! I would go back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Menu had zero information about ingredients... had to return two different dishes...and the servers acted like they were doing us a favour... some eye contact would be nice...just one girl.. the bartender who came over to our table.. for whatever reason.. the one guy we asked something for pointed out that he wasn’t a server and kept walking...here’s an idea .. HAVE THE NAME OF THE RESTAURANT OUT FRONT??!

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing. Drinks were fun, exciting and tasty. Employees were kind and pleasant and surprised my boyfriend with churros and a candle for his birthday! Our new favourite spot. My only surprise was the atmosphere, I have to admit I was missing the Latin type music but obviously people love it for what it is. Good work!! Dreaming about the tacos already

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YM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Hard shell tacos were amazing. Service was quick and friendly. Everything was very tasty, fresh, and well presented. Music/noise level is off the charts though.

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