About Toloache-Midtown

251 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10012
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Welcome to Toloache (pronounced toh-lo-AH-tchay), chef-owner Julian Medina’s contemporary Mexican bistro located in the heart of the Theater District. Toloache is named after a flowering plant famed in Mexico for its use in love potions. We hope that when you dine with us you too will fall under the spell of chef Medina’s creative cooking, which incorporates seasonal and natural ingredients and more than a dozen types of chilies. Our festive, two-story space features a guacamole and ceviche bar, a wood-burning oven, and an exceptional tequila list, along with elegant decorative elements imported from Mexico. We looking forward to seeing you soon.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Brunch 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday + Monday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - Midnight. (Bar open to 12:30am)

Cross Street:
Between Broadway and 8th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 581-1818

Website:
http://www.toloachenyc.com/

Parking Details:
There is a Quik Park public lot at 1633 Broadway, next door to the restaurant. To contact the lot with questions, please call 212-445-0011.

Public Transit:
Take the C or E Trains to 50th St.; the 1 Train to 50th St.; and the N, R, or W Trains to 49th St.

Executive Chef:
Julian Medina

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Toloache-Midtown Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (187)
great for lunch (104)
neighborhood gem (102)
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good for groups (86)
hot spot (79)
special occasion (69)
great for brunch (46)
vibrant bar scene (45)
late-night find (43)
romantic (32)
kid-friendly (32)
notable wine list (5)
great for outdoor dining (2)
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food5
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Great Find

vip
Dined 2 days ago

at first I wanted to be annoyed that this location did not have the bottomless brunch I saw advertised, but it was only for the other location. After I figured out that one margarita pre-show was enough, I had the best huarache ever! the service was impeccable, as soon as my water glass was half empty- it was full! The atmosphere is really beautiful, i felt like I was in Mexico with all the decorative tiles and flowers. I will definately be going back!

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience4
service4
value2

Tiny entree

Dined 2 days ago

We were shocked when the entree came out. It was tiny.

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

WOW

Dined 3 days ago

the food was amazing, I have never ate such good Mexican food. I was hesitant to go because I can usually cook my own Mexican food but this was off the chart. We had a small issu when we booked but the Maitre D took great care of us. Congratulation t the Chef, if there was a restaurant like this in my neighborhood I would eat there at least ounce a month. The next time I travel to New York I surely will eat there again.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Great food, prices a little high

Dined 5 days ago

I love the fish and shrimp tacos at Toloache! However, I found the prices a little steep considering they charge $14 for guacamole and chips and $14 for two little tacos. But the sangria was awesome! Great place for a dinner before a play. Close toTimes Square.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Pomegranate plus

Dined 5 days ago

Guacamole andmargaritas Alway good Went after an early theater

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Trusty Good Place

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

I have been here many times and the service is attentive but not pushy. The food is delicious. I tried to short rib chef signature dish and it was great. The place is crowded and the diners are loud but it's part of the convivial ambiance.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Incredible Find!

Dined on April 24, 2016

Excellent food !! Fantastic service, atmosphere and price. High end innovative Mexican fare.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

sangria and guacamole

Dined on April 24, 2016

Have both, and then a meal, and you are done. Service was great, ambiance great, food great. I had the chicken and my wife had a quesadilla. Portions not so big, so the guacamole was needed as an appetizer. It was very lively, and I have no complaints. I ate everything. Delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Fantastic experience.

Dined on April 23, 2016

Fresh, delicious Mexican food. Service was incredibly friendly and attentive, considering how crowded and noisy it was. Tables and space very close together, but between the amazing food and outstanding service, definitely worth a visit. Highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner. Tequila cocktails did not disappoint either. Also we arrived 30 minutes late for our reservation due to traffic, and line was out the door. Hostess was very accommodating and seated us in less than 10 minutes.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Enjoyable

Dined on April 22, 2016

Looked for a restaurant near our hotel and found this via OpenTable. 10 mins between making the reservation and showing up but it worked! Nice Mexican food ans some cocktails worth trying

Tags: late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

What a wonderful place to enjoy a quality meal!

Dined on April 21, 2016

What a wonderful place to go eat some amazing food, the waiters, staff and owner are awesome. They made our experience there a perfect one. I highly recommend this place for a good meal before a show or whatever your occasion may be!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Very busy and crowded but treated well

Dined on April 21, 2016

The hostessing staff left something to be desired but this was made up for by our waitstaff who were very attentive and friendly.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service5

Great spot with excellent food near thea ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

Great spot with excellent food near theaters - a great must do choice amid options that are less than memorable.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

favorite place in the theater district!

Dined on April 19, 2016

wonderful food, excellent and friendly service. We love Toloache!

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Good food

Dined on April 17, 2016

The restaurant was very noisy at the bottom. We sat up top and the noise could be heard. The wait staff was very pleasant and informative about the menu. The food was very good with small portions which did not bother me. For people who like to eat lots, the portions may not be enough. The red sangria was lucious as was the guacamole. I would definitely visit again. They also have a nice brunch menu.

Tags: great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great food, cute restaurant

Dined on April 17, 2016

The brunch menu has a nice variety of Mexican dishes, not your standard tacos. I had the truffle quesadillas, which were sublime. We ordered the guacamole for an appetizer, and it was fresh, chunky and delicious. The portions were modest, perfect for brunch with an appetizer for the table. Tables were nicely spaced, giving some privacy of conversation. The service was attentive, but never overbearing. I will definitely return.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Great Time in NYC , then onto "Book of Mormon"

Dined on April 17, 2016

Took my 2 nephews to this restaurant before we headed to see "Book of Mormon"...what a wonderful experience !! They love Mexican food but this restaurant brings it to a new level of creativity ....and so delicious !!! And the desserts were magnificent! And our waiter was attentive and gave wonderful suggestions.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great Guacamole

Dined on April 17, 2016

We were visiting NYC and looking for places to eat that had great food and atmosphere, this is both! The only downfall was that it did get very loud at times.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Very good

Dined on April 16, 2016

Although it is packed and quite loud, the food and drinks were far better than they needed to be. The menu is sophisticated and interesting. I'd go back.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

1st time in New York

Dined on April 15, 2016

Had reserved table as it was 1st time in New York, and as it was a celebration of my anniversary wanted somewhere good. Restaurant is better than good. Had turned up for reservation late as NY traffic played havoc on plans. Was not an issue, happily seated us. Asked if we were taking in a show and when replied yes, service was immediate. Great drink list, needed after hard day. great selection of food. . Very attentive during whole meal, glass was never empty and constantly asking if everything was ok. If I lived in NYC this would be my go to restaurant. EXCELLENT.

Tags: special occasions, late night find, neighbourhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Energetic crowd and tasty food

Dined on April 12, 2016

Liked everything we ordered. The cod fish was superbly prepared and was cooked to perfection. The shrimp entree was very good. We felt it was priced fairly for the area it was located in. You might have to walk up a steep flight of stairs if your seating is upstairs - we didn't mind at all.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent alternative to anything on Res ...

Dined on April 12, 2016

Excellent alternative to anything on Restaurant Row. Highly recommended

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Vibrant Mexican

Dined on April 12, 2016

If you're looking for pretty good Mexican food, spectacular guacamole and margaritas, and an overall fun, lively vibe, this is your place.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Thumbs up

Dined on April 12, 2016

Great Food Good Ambiance Way too loud Tables were too close

Tags: late-night find
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great for pre-show lunch

Dined on April 9, 2016

We liked everything about this restaurant. It was easy to find and because my sister has breathing problems, its proximity to the Gershwin Theater was ideal. We had reservations and arrived early, but were seated promptly with no problems. The waitstaff was very attentive but not overbearing and we were not rushed through our meal. The food was very fresh and nicely prepared (we both had chicken quesadillas) and the guacamole was yummy and nicely seasoned. My only complaint was that I ordered a grapefruit margarita and it was rimmed with salt and cayenne, which I was not told when I ordered it. Thankfully I like spicy but it would have been a big surprise to some! All around a very nice dining experience!

Tags: great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

One of the best Mexican restaurants in N ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

One of the best Mexican restaurants in NYC...alway great

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Delicious!

vip
Dined on April 6, 2016

Great menu. Fresh ingredients. Good service, too! Portions on the smaller side.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience1
service4

Have been here many times and usually en ...

vip
Dined on April 5, 2016

Have been here many times and usually enjoy it. They've started really packing in the tables. Everyone is literally on top of each other and conversation is impossible.

food4
ambience3
service5
value4

Perfect place before a show

Dined on April 4, 2016

This place has great food for not overwhelming prices. More notably here, it has excellent service. When I checked in, they asked what time the Broadway show I was seeing was so that they could cater service to that timeline. The Oaxacan cricket tacos might have been more novelty than gustatory revelation, but still cool. Meanwhile, the Bohemia-braised brisket was awesome. Get that. On our way out, the manager poured me and my date a small snifter of Mescal on the house. Very few better ways to help a great review.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Inventive Mexican Food

Dined on April 3, 2016

One of our favorites in NYC for before or after theater...or anytime. The menu is very inventive with many tasty small dishes as well as main courses. The wait staff is always friendly and attentive. Only thing that keeps it from 5Star across the board is the noise level which can make it difficult to have a conversation when it's crowded or there are large tables of celebrating groups...other times it's fine.

food5
ambience4
service5

The ceviche was delicious. Melted in you ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

The ceviche was delicious. Melted in your mouth. Guacamole is. Perfect The sangria is awesome.

food4
ambience4
service4

Delicious Mexican food in a fun atmosphe ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

Delicious Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. Yummy margaritas!!

food5
ambience4
service5

Delightful pre theater meal. Service was ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

Delightful pre theater meal. Service was excellent. Good and atmosphere very enjoyable.

food5
ambience5
service4
value3

Toloache is still very good authentic we ...

vip
Dined on March 30, 2016

Toloache is still very good authentic well priced Mexican food. Excellent location and service.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Olé! Olé!

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Since discovering this Mexican gem several months ago, I have gone there and recommended many times. Always a good vibe, great food, interesting and tasty cocktails... and fun! I asked a true Mexican friend where he liked to eat when he wanted authentic Mexican food and without hesitation, he recommended Toloache. I'm glad I listened!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4

While the food and service are fine, the ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

While the food and service are fine, the seating upstairs was so crowded as to be a fire hazard. It was impossible to exit without weaving our way around crowded aisles. With the prices being relatively high, our party would suggest that the restaurant give up the income from a few tables for the sake of safety. We would also appreciate complimentary chips and salsa, as is typical at other Mexican restaurants. We certainly will return, as the food is excellent, but hopefully our suggestions will not go unnoticed.

food5
ambience3
service5

Best service ever, but those margaritas ...

Dined on March 25, 2016

Best service ever, but those margaritas make people go crazy and start screaming. The food was VERY good!

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Delicious as alwayas

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

This is the second time I go to this location for lunch, and it is always pleasant with great food. I highly recommend the guacamole that comes with pomegranate seeds, and the fish tacos are delicious (they come with sides!). The avocado fries are a good idea but lacked a little flavor. Staff is friendly and I really appreciate that they don't rush you. Look forward to going back!

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value5

Very good food

Dined on March 22, 2016

The food is very good and tasteful. It is a little bit loud inside but very cozy. The service is quick and friendly.

Tags: kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Experience

Dined on March 21, 2016

Friendly, fun, attentive staff. Great guacamole. Pretty women and great drinks. Enjoyed a special birthday dinner here with my parents and sister. Can't wait to make it back.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene

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