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La Carnita - Leslieville

4.0
4
269 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
Locally designed with the help of some of Toronto’s best street style artists, La Carnita is the spot to enjoy delicious tacos, nachos, fajitas, margaritas, live dj on almost every weekend a handful of mexican 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.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:45 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:45 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (647) 344-0780

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    WE DO CATER. PLEASE CALL OUR STORE NUMBER -6473440780 FOR MENU OR EMAIL US AT 780QUEEN@LACARNITA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

  • Private party facilities

    WE CAN GET YOU DEDICATED AREA IN THE DINING AREA IF YOU DECIDE TO GO WITH US FOR YOUR PRIVATE EVENT. PLEASE CALL OUR STORE NUMBER -6473440780 FOR MENU OR EMAIL US AT 780QUEEN@LACARNITA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

  • Neighborhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Cross street

    queen and saulter

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    TTC Trams and Buses stops near the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Offers

  • DJ on Fridays! + DRINKS & DINING

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    WE GET TRENDING TORONTO DJs TO SET THE MOOD FOR A GREAT TIME WITH FRIENDS, A DATE, OR TO GET YOUR FRIDAY NIGHT STARTED!
  • Happy Hour everyday!! -4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 4:30 PM - 9:15 PM,Mon - Thu - 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM,Fri - 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM,Sat - 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Happy Hour is celebrated Every Day at La Carnita- Leslieville from 4:30 pm to 6:00 PM. Come over and be surprised by 5$ tacos !!!! and 5$ shots
  • New Year's Eve

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 4:30 PM - 9:15 PM,Mon - Thu - 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM,Fri - 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM,Sat - 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    DJ Leon Live on New Year's Eve!!!! Welcome 2023 with Live Music!! Free 1 Piece Churro which is our Best selling Mexican Dessert for Everyone on New Year's Eve at La Carnita - Leslieville - 780 queen street east, Toronto. Come and celebrate with some Tacos, Margaritas, Churros, Chips and dips, Music and some Champagne!!! Your satisfaction is our Priority!

What 269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SP

    StacyP

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for groups!
  2. A

    Alentero

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Really bad experience. Used to love this place. So sad to see it slide completely downhill. Food was bad to mediocre. Service was a mess. Too bad… will never go back.
  3. AS

    AnnaS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My friend and I went to this restaurant before a concert. The staff were very friendly and our server was accommodating; however, the service was so slow. We did end up missing the opening act, which was unfortunate. The saving grace was that the food was delicious. I’m hoping it was just an off night for service.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    You closed early and didn’t even bother to notify us. So we drove in that terrible weather only to be turned away. I expected some sort of compensation for a future visit. I come here all the time. Very unimpressed.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lit food, lit atmosphere
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    The tacos were good, service was horrible, there was a table beside us that was super loud, our table was super tiny couldn’t even fit all our plates
  7. s

    seanm

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great night out. Excellent selection of tequila. The bar manager is awesome! Very knowledgeable woman with a great attitude. Food was awesome and pretty well priced. I recommend this place for everyday dining, date night or friends get-together.
  8. R

    Redbeardandre

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very cold in the bar. Drafty. My date was frozen. Metal stools were freezing as well. Beats were good. Thanks DJ. Apps were tasty. A bit spicy just fyi. I wouldn’t order the chips again. Hard as rocks. The bean dip was yummy though.
  9. PS

    PaulS

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    the food was good; reading the menu I realized that pretty much everything would be spicy for me (although the others in my party love spice). I told the server and asked if the spicy sauces could be left off and she said yes - I couldn't eat the two tacos I ordered (cod and carne) - pretty sure the sauces were on them. I ended up having just chips and guac and the mexican street corn for dinner; it was delicious but I would have liked to be able to enjoy the tacos.
  10. b

    bluebirdy2011

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, fun ambience, good value. Not enough cilantro! Otherwise great experience overall. Perfect date spot.
  11. LK

    LakshaKeshan

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! Kitchen was backed up so our second round of tacos took a while but staff were apologetic and also gave us a round of drinks for the wait. DJ was great, he came and asked for requests and played the genre we wanted!
  12. AB

    AnnaBelle

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We went back after 3 years and we're disappointed. The device was extremely slow and not a lot of acknowledgement from the servers about it. They were friendly and the food was decent, but not was it used to be. The food was not super fresh or well presented. A "medium" experience across the board. There was a live DJ though, which brought a nice energy to the place. One highlight!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    The high top tables are very small. And the front is a very narrow space. The background noise is a little too loud for that small room. Overall the food was great. Everything tasted great just wish the portions were a big enough. A bit disappointed in the cali salad… it says roasted corn as an ingredient but they really only use chickpeas and red beans. corn was decoration for the plate. But the flavour was great.
  14. J

    Joey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing, and even the food/drink runners. It was a company outing and it went by so smoothly .
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tacos were great and got to try a new dessert option
  16. ML

    MargaretL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was superb. We were a group of 8 and he was very attentive. Table was cleared very often and all of the orders were correct., warm and very tasty. Congrats to the cooks amazing job. Will come again
  17. KB

    KatieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food wasn't bad although the appetizer and meal were not warm when served only the churros were. If you are at the high top tables near the bar my husband and I were both cold. I kept my coat on. Food is pricey.
  18. A

    Arthi

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and vibes!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Out of 6 tacos, one tasted good. The others were ok at best but definitely not the quality you’d expect from a place specializing in tacos. Margaritas tasted like the bartender squeezed a full cup of artificial lime into them (completely undrinkable, even after waiting for all ice to melt). Overall very disappointing.
  20. AZ

    AndreZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The dj was online shopping on his laptop jsjsmendmdmd
  21. M

    Maplegal

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food great vibe but very noisy so conversation was hard at times. But like definitely return!
  22. B

    Bfisher

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal staff who were attentive and helpful with the menu items. Great food and drink. Normal prices for the area and type of venue. Will be going back !
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service wasn’t bad, our server was attentive and nice. We were sat in a small table that could barely fit a dish and our drinks, even though we had a reservation and there were plenty of spots in the back with actual tables. Walk-ins after us without a reservation were seated in the back, so I’m not sure what the point of a reservation was. Our food took so long to come and was 100% cold when we got it. When we asked what took so long we were told a big party was before us. The restaurant was barely busy and if that was the case, I’d hope it would at least be warm.
  24. A

    Andrew

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Tuna ceviche tostada was fantastic. Possibly my favorite thing I’ve had there so far. Beyond that meal was great, service prompt and friendly. One of our favorite places to go.
  25. H

    Hopi323

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service were good. The music was so loud, though, it was very hard to have a conversation.
  26. VT

    VincentT

    Puerto Vallarta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Groovy, innovative Mexican tacos. Great service. Great ambiance!
  27. YT

    YTQ56

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Terrible customer service and super poor remediation. I had a party of 10 for a birthday and was left waiting hours for food, was told I would need to pay for the entire bill on one card because management was unable to figure out how to use their machine. The server was extremely apologetic and just starting out but her manager Jamie failed over and over to rectify the situation and compted only the cake cutting? Would absolutely never go back

    La Carnita - LeslievilleResponded on October 14, 2022Our Sincere apologies.

  28. CH

    ChristineH

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food was really not good. Everything tasted mushy and not very fresh ingredients. Servers were friendly but completely overwhelmed with takeout orders so service was slow. Very disappointed after previously enjoying the food at La Carnita on Eglinton E.

    La Carnita - LeslievilleResponded on October 14, 2022Please let us know how can we serve you better . Sorry again

  29. MH

    MarkH

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Horrible service took 2 hours to even order.

    La Carnita - LeslievilleResponded on October 14, 2022We apologize

  30. N

    Neil

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Loud rap music, taco had no flavour, paid almost $200 for two people. Overpriced

    La Carnita - LeslievilleResponded on October 14, 2022We apologize

  31. GN

    GirlsNightOut

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    In one word - awful. Didn’t even make it to food. The drinks were either not available or they were trying to sell gin and soda as gin and tonic. And lied about it. Hilarious.

    La Carnita - LeslievilleResponded on October 14, 2022We apologize

  32. DP

    DionneP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Our waitress was absolutely awful. Seemed like she had never been a server before.

    La Carnita - LeslievilleResponded on October 14, 2022We apologize

  33. JH

    JohnHZK74

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Night #2 of Celebrations Week WONDERFUL evening meeting staff and enjoying great Mexican 🇲🇽 foods. Tequila 50% off, soooo buy 2. Thanks for the move to a larger table. We shall be back! Hasta la vista, baby! For now!!
  34. A

    Andrew

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We had an amazing meal at La Carnita. Started with LC Nachos, and while we all like nachos these surprised us with how tasty they were. A hit and not just because we were hungry. We each followed up the nachos with two tacos. Baja shrimp, pork belly, sweet potato, mushroom, chicken achiote, and chorizo. No one was disappointed. For kids there is an unpublished kids menu. My daughter got a cheese quesadilla with chorizo added to it. We ended with an order of churros that come dipped in a delicious caramel sauce. Amazing meal overall though a bit noisy because we were seated right in front of their sound system.
  35. SM

    ShawnM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed La Carnita. Good service and food. Will definitely be returning in the future.
  36. S

    Sandili

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Had to wait awhile for the host to come seat us. One of menus was hard to read, smudged print. Wasn’t sure who our server was but when we ordered and food was served everything was good - several servers came to check on us. When it was time for checking out, we couldn’t find our server so had a to ask a couple of people. Then a different person came over and asked us if we needed the machine and completed to transaction with us. I understand that getting servers is an issue in almost every city but I’m not sure if it was a training issue because our multiple servers were quite nice and professional; perhaps it’s an organizational issue?
  37. CK

    CKBreton

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and drinks. Friendly service.
  38. S

    Song

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We got complimentary wine to celebrate our engagement - a gesture that was much appreciated!
  39. ZB

    ZalB

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Poor service and food wasn’t all great! I mentioned to the server I have a severe allergy and the kitchen staff and server didn’t take that into consideration and I had to point out to them that my food had the condiment I am allergic too. After going back and forth with the server like 3 times did they reelize that the kitchen f’ed up! Secondly when my date ordered a drink, we had one sip of our drink and found it way to sweet and wanted to swap it for another one. They swapped it and still charged us the drink. When I went to enquire about the charge the server wasn’t very apologetic. Our drinks took a long time to come as well. Wasn’t happy with the service at all!
  40. J

    Jules

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Majority of the food was terrible (over cooked corn, stale chips, salty guac, cod taco was mostly batter, rock hard churros) and the service was even worse (inattentive staff, waited forever to order and for staff to bring the drinks, napkins, containers, messed up the bill twice). Over horrible experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

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You can order delivery directly from La Carnita - Leslieville using the Order Online button. La Carnita - Leslieville also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Carnita - Leslieville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 344-0780.

La Carnita - Leslieville is rated 4 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for La Carnita - Leslieville

780 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    queen and saulter

  • Neighborhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:45 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:45 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    TTC Trams and Buses stops near the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (647) 344-0780

  • Catering

    WE DO CATER. PLEASE CALL OUR STORE NUMBER -6473440780 FOR MENU OR EMAIL US AT 780QUEEN@LACARNITA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

  • Private party facilities

    WE CAN GET YOU DEDICATED AREA IN THE DINING AREA IF YOU DECIDE TO GO WITH US FOR YOUR PRIVATE EVENT. PLEASE CALL OUR STORE NUMBER -6473440780 FOR MENU OR EMAIL US AT 780QUEEN@LACARNITA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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