La Carnita-John St

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CAN$30 and under
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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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

We booked for a Wednesday night at 10pm didn’t know we were gonna be kicked out at 11pm- we weren’t told. If we knew, we would have ordered less food. We couldn’t even enjoy the night and we stuffed ourselves fast but we left food uneaten. It was our first time there. I don’t recommend you go that late, as they definitely dont care for business at that location- ( our bill was over 120$, we were consuming, they just stopped us from doing so) too bad. And it was busy but they were billing everyone out to close the door. They played a high core music loud to make us leave... i am still mad about that. It was a night intended to reconnect with a friend and we had too hurry up to eat and drink our margaritas.

KP
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican food with some very tasty tacos. Our server was very kind and worked hard to make sure our experience was good. Would recommend to anyone looking for casual Mexican dining.

BH
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoy the overall ambience of the restaurant, we all had a great time, will be back soon.

LG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

What a joke. The service is atrocious. We dined for approximately 1.5 hours. The bartender/server didn’t greet the table, look absolutely miserable. Asked us “what do you want?” as if we were wasting his time, took our order and the next time he came back to our table was an hour into the meal. Never quality checked the food, there was no way of ordering another drink because not only did our server not come back to the table to offer us another round, other servers flat out refuse to take an order from a table that’s not in their section. One of my tacos came out at the 1hr 15 minute mark after I had asked for it 4 times. While I’m asking for my missing taco, the server is clearing away my plate, cutlery, hot sauce, etc.
The server did kindly take the long lost taco off of the bill which was appreciated but definitely did not redeem the experience. I’ve been here several times throughout the month of September and it seems that every time I come the customer service gets worse and worse. The food is fantastic but that’s about it. Even my margarita was underwhelming. Even though it’s an affordable price point, I’d rather go somewhere else and spend my money.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is great as always. They won't split bills for groups over 6 as it's their "policy", though I have gone there with larger groups in the past and have done it. Most groups need to split bills so this should not be an issue l, especially when requested up front.

La Carnita-John St
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi Melissa, We deeply apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to split your bill. It takes approximately 1.5 mins to complete payment for each person. This policy was put in place to cut down on the time it takes a server to finish payments, and increase the amount of time they can spend with our guests. There are sometimes when we are not busy that a server may break this rule for a guest, however we do try to enforce it for larger groups. Again we apologize.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place !

NS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good but restaurant is overpriced, the bal

KT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet lunch spot to go for a sit down or a quick meal

CB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Mexican Flare. With a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend!

TG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, fun menu, great service , funky atmosphere. What's not to love.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing.

KT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience is great...the food was fast and delicious and a good portion size for the price

SA
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the tacos are amazing!

WL
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Please turn down the music at lunch sittings.
Thanks.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Service was anemic and the music was ridiculously loud. Food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great but, service was non-existent. I'm not sure if I'd be willing to go back.

MC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall great place! Tacos are made with attention to flavour and detail and it shows the kitchen care about the food they serve.
Music was a bit loud, but a minor issue that didn’t take away from the overall experience too much

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

:) great tacos!

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US
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Meeting up with friends to talk and laugh over tacos? This is your place. On a first date or meeting with a client? I recommend going elsewhere as the music volume would ensure your neighbouring tables can hear everything you're shouting at each other.

c
Toronto
87 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was slow. Drinks were slow. Food was alright. Not sure I would go back.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Issue with the food . The server was argumentative and condescending .

AV
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The food here is amazing! Absolutely delicious!
Good quality and worth the money.

However, the service was a little poor and slow. It was hard to get some one's attention for assistance. We waited a while for the server to come take our order, then waited a while for them to come back and ask where the food was and then waited again for the food to come out.

The music was extremely loud for a lunch time as well. Good music but way too loud for the hour.

A
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Would definitely go there again. Gets quite busy after 12pm. Best time to go is at 11:30am.

NM
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! Loved the atmosphere! Would highly recommend this place and would return again.

MM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. I highly recommend the nachos.

ML
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried the carnita and spicy mushroom taco - both were great. Good sangria! Also chips with trio dips - guac was OK but have had better. Bathroom was a bit nasty. We've been before and loved it as well, but can only give 4 stars based on bathroom :)

E
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ! Best Mexican in Toronto hands down.. get the shrimp, steak and fried chicken taco! Churros are amazing.. as well as the rose margaritas

JW
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, unfortunately from London and can’t enjoy it more often.

KT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, best tacos I had in a long while and those churros... amazing.

s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, restaurant was a bit too loud to have a conversation.

AW
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful selections for vegans to eat at and non vegans!

CM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I liked this place just thought we got unlucky with our server. He seemed over it. Otherwise it was good

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal and drinks that I’ve had in Toronto. 10/10

EE
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the chips and corn! Can’t wait to go again!!!!

H
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the ambiance of this place. Very casual, easy-going and the noise level is a bit loud but not too loud. Food was fantastic and service was great.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for lunch or dinner. Food is delicious and service is outstanding. Don’t forget to buy the kitchen a beer!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was atrocious.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Atmosphere was great, food was good, service was mediocre from our server- she seemed annoyed with her job. Also arrived and told the hostess I had an open table reservation- she sat us, and then as we were finishing our meals I had gotten a notification that we “missed our reservation”. I mentioned it to the hostess and she just shrugged her shoulders and said she erased it?

SD
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Well, the food is great, but what is with the gangster rap dropping N bombs at a volume so loud you can't even hear yourself think? This was at 4pm in the afternoon, with the music blaring such positive lyrics about some guy ing another guys * then shooting him with his gun, with a bunch of N bombs to go around - is this supposed to be an enriching cultural experience? The music (if you could call it that) became worse and worse. Could not wait to leave.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It was just. OK. Wouldn’t return

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