La Carnita - Leslieville

4.4
141 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.

Our Queen St. east location is based in the tightly knit communities of Riverside and Leslieville amongst a mix of young professionals and families. Through this location, we’ve been able to connect with East end breweries and small business for many fun collaborations. This location includes a seasonal Sweet Jesus booth created just for the foot traffic of the lively eastside community.

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What 141 People Are Saying
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j
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Not a typical authentic Mexican restaurant (not that there's anything wrong with that). Tacos are one taco per order and are smallish but so good. Way better beer selection than any other Mexican restaurant I've been to. They had all the usual Mexican beers plus a fairly large selection of local beers. I had a Left Field IPA (laser show or something) . Best Canadian beer I've ever had. Just a great dinner.

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RW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

First time eating at this location and it was sadly disappointing. Myself and 10 year old son were seated by the bar at a table not big enough for one plate let alone the several plates I ordered. Steak taco was overcooked which was also disappointing considering how consistent the food has been thus far. I will not be eating at this location again. Yonge/Eglinton location is much better when going out to eat with kids.

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CS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The tacos were amazing and the service was great! We highly recommend this restaurant.

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JC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Everything was great. The only thing that was a little bit of a concern was that the half chicken I ordered as my main, appeared cooked from the outside, but the meat was pretty pink the deeper inside I got, so would recommend a few more minutes cooking to ensure that doesn’t happen again. I didn’t send it back or even mention it on the night and did eat most of it, so you can tell this did not by any means negatively impact my experience there!

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Food was mediocre at best. Drinks were good but overpriced. Washrooms were messy with no toilet paper or soap. We felt really rushed, we were continuing to order off the menu both food and drink the whole time we were there, but we’re told after two hours that we had reached our time limit and had to leave. We were surrounded by empty tables and were still steadily spending money. When we asked why we were being forced to leave they simply said two hour max was their policy. Will not be back, food was not good enough to be rushed through

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n
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The food was alright but everything was so very salty. More focus on flavour and less on salt would go a long way.

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ED
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

We were seated in the bar area and had 4 different servers attend to our table, until we realized the bartender was actually our designated server. She came to take our taco orders while we were still eating our appetizers and had her elbows spread on our table in a very casual manner. When we were done with our appetizers (we had the corn on the cob) she asked us to move the corn from our side plates onto the main serving board rather than just taking our dirty side dishes and replacing them - she said that we should “save water”. The entire serving experience was extremely awkward, the food was so overly seasoned you couldn’t even taste the food and there was a weird cat litter smell through the restaurant.

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

La Carnita never disappoints, the food is always great ! If you're craving some good tacos this is the place to go. They also have great vegetarian options.

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SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great staff!

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MI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cool spot. Good cocktails.

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely tacos and service, a bit noisy - but the vibe is great

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L
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The tacos we're really great. I've had way better for much less. The tacos are quite small and are 6-9 bucks each. Not great value. The apps were really good though.

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BR
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came in a group of four with one not liking spicy food and the staff catered to him and were so polite about it. The drinks were fantastic and you can't beat their amazing tres leches dessert

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WD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Would definitely recommend!

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Ridiculously overpriced. Remember-we are taking tacos here, folks. Hardly requiring the skill set of a Beef Wellington. The sticker price on what is essentially low rent food shouldn’t involve shock.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

The food was mediocre at best and their cocktail drinks were pre-made and tasted nothing like you’d expect.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Good overall but felt rushed from the server from the very beginning. The guacamole was not mashed up. There was half an avocado in the dip that was still in one piece. Had the cod and chicken thigh tacos and both were very spicy.

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OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very loud place and dimly lit which was the only negatives really. Good over all was great. The cod taco not so much though. However the mushroom taco was phenomenal. Churros were great, however a chocolate sauce would have been nice.

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N
Toronto
118 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Part of a chain of Mexican Restos. A little weak overall.

Great service but food not quite where it ought to be.

The space is narrow and forgettable.

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c
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome tacos at a reasonable price. Left super full and had dinner for two under $75. Great service and great pace.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole evening was great. Amazing food, delicious cocktails (Who Shot Ya is delicious) and great service. Love this location, by far best of the Toronto locations.

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

Great service

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

No complaints except we weren’t told in advance we were on a time constraint and were rushed along at the very end by two different servers as they had another reservation for our table apparently.

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o
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

La Carnita was fun. Good atmosphere, nice staff. Food was good too. Great place to have a bite and meet with friends.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Best tacos.

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g
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

This restaurant is really good. It’s based on East LA Mexican food. I’ve read some reviews where people were upset about the music (rap) saying it didn’t fit with the food, but it does. That being said, the fried chicken tacos are so good i can’t stop thinking about them and now i don’t know why ALL chicken tacos are not fried because they should be!

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B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great. Our server was very helpful and knew the menu well. We were bummed that they ran out of churros. It was only 9pm :( so, we didn’t have a happy-ending to our otherwise yummy meal.

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K
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Yummy...again...but still tooooo loud, even though it was a weekday this time, not a weekend when we first went and found it waaaay tooooo loud as well.

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JM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Food was not as good as the other locations. Guac didn’t taste very fresh and tacos all tasted the same. But the service was great.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great Food! Great Music! Great people! Great Food! Great Music! Great people!Great Food! Great Music! Great people!Great Food! Great Music! Great people!Great Food! Great Music! Great people!Great Food! Great Music! Great people!Great Food! Great Music! Great people!Great Food! Great Music! Great people!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great evening. Portions were very large and enjoyable. Hostess was very lovely and friendly.

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JR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Serving cold tortillas on tacos is not the way forward. Although the food was tasty, it was cold and it took away from the experience. Also, having the appetizer served after the mains kinda put a dent on the meal.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Ambiance was great. Loved the music, atmosphere and service.

I was not thrilled with the food and am disappointed because I really wanted to love this place! I’ve had amazing tacos elsewhere in Toronto.

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K
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

We LOVED the food but the noise level was terrible. We found out that the 'ambiance' was supposed to be like that on weekend nights but weekdays are much quieter. It was just soooo loud we couldn't hear each other talk and it was just plain annoying.

But our server was fantastic, the food was amazing and we will definitely be back....on a week night!

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RW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my brothers birthday and were not disappointed. The food was really good and the drinks were amazing. The service was fast and very friendly. It’s a little pricey but overall it was worth it. We had a great time!

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W
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Thanks for making the night special for my wife and I.

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AW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The tables with the benches are uncomfortable and very cramped which takes away from the overall. There is no where to hang your coat so dress lightly. Not sure how people wearing heavy boots and coats in the winter will squeeze in.

Service was slow to greet us but then got better.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Pretty underwhelmed by the food. My daughter is a vegetarian and the options weren't great. Trio of dips was good but I felt like they didn't need to spice the chips as much as they did. Husband had tacos. We both had salads. Mango salad used unripe mangos. Not what the We Are expecting. Churros were over cooked.

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IS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 1

On the night of our visit, the restaurant had a very unpleasant sense to say the least. We had to rush through our meal just to get out because the smell was overwhelming.
We couldn’t enjoy our meal and were disappointed.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was awesome! 😄
So delicious and service was excellent.

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