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About Playa Cabana
We’re a favourite here on the Dupont strip. Steps from Yorkville and an oasis from the downtown core, we at Playa Cabana offer traditional Mexican fare with a cosy neighbourhood feel. Fresh seafood specials, handmade tortillas, local artisan-made ingredients, and premium tequila-based cocktails merge with a relaxed atmosphere and a passionate service staff to provide a truly authentic experience.
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 12:00pm - late
CAN$30 and under
Great food, so-so service
Very busy on weekday dinner. Small place - gets really noisy. Hard to have a conversation. Would not recommend for romantic dinner. Service lower than average with prices higher than average. Food is amassing thought. One of the best Mexican I've ever tried.
Playa Cabana Dissapointing
I was disappointment with the restaurant and the food. The service was so fast that our main meal came before we were half way through our appetizers. It was a clear attempt to get us out of the restaurant. I found the food very mediocre.
I took my partner to Playa Cabana for valentine's day because he loves mexican food and he hasn't stopped talking about it since. We had the homemade chips, guacamole, flauvas, and both the short rib and lobster tacos. It was incredible and there is no question that we will be going back.
Authentic, Filling & Declicious
The food served at this place is well portioned, if not on the generous side (check out any one of their burritos and you'll see what I mean). Most importantly though, the food is also flavorful, fresh and exactly what Mexican food should taste like!
Wonderful neighbourhood place in The Annex. Very crowded, reservation essential although there be a place at the bar. Margarettas are fabulous. The service was prompt and everyone is pleasant. A bit too quick to take dishes away so watch out for that if you intend to finish your food but are just taking a break. The food is delicious. Those churros! Yum.
Playa Cabana (on Dupont but not the same ...
Playa Cabana (on Dupont but not the same as the newer and larger Hacienda down the road) is an intimate (read tiny), vibrant, friendly gem. Superbly authentic Mexican fare, friendly and attentive service and a fabulous ambiance. The bar guys are a riot! Note that it is impossible to drop in without reservations. Interestingly, most of the menu is gluten-free because of corn-based tortillas and tacos. An unexpected surprise for this girl!
Fabulous as Always
Original, elegant and very flavourful food. Despite its popularity and trendy reputation, service remains courteous and helpful. I love the small intimate space and absence of deliberate decor. Come for the food and the ambience, and you won't be disappointed.
Trying to fit too many people in a very short time
There must be some flexibility of receiving a table between 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm as I have tried number of time, even three weeks earlier, but reservations are always either 5.00 or 9.00 pm? Plus, must add some more servers as it take 30 mins to next Margarita
What did you say?
My friends and I had an enjoyable evening. The food was very good and the service was too.
Great margaritas, yummy appetizers and the tacos were tasty - more napkins were required.
But the music was very loud and with the buzz at all the tables, it was hard to have a conversation.
So if an important part of evening dining with friends is conversing with them, be warned.
Very good food and service but wobbly chairs
The food and ambience was very good, we ordered the 3 chicken tacos and the playa burrito, presented very well and tasted good. The service staff was very friendly and professional. Noise is a big issue , if you have one loud group in the restaurant , its almost impossible to have a conversation anywhere in the restaurant. Also the chair and table we sat on were very wobbly. I understand giving the place a rustic feel but rustic doesn't have to mean old and rotting
I would recommend the place to friends and go back even with these issues because the food and service was great
Lunch was great. However, when we made our reservation through Open Table we were told that we had to come at noon as it was the only time available (we wanted to come at 1:00). The restaurant was empty when we arrived and stayed that way until well after 1:00. Even then there were a only a few tables taken. This makes me leery of using Open Table as a reliable source for reservations. I'd call the restaurant first before trusting Open a table again.
There are some pluses here - very well-prepared food, good variety on menu, authentic, tasty Mexican food and drinks and we had a friendly server. But, this resto had NO working washrooms on site. Patrons were expected to go next door, in the cold, and then upstairs to a so- called staff washroom. Staff did not advise or explain when we were seated. Unacceptable. But the real negative experience was the noise level. It felt abusive. The place is set up with seating so close, it is impossible to communicate without shouting.
First time going to Playa Cabana. At first I was skeptical when I saw the place because it's not a typical restaurant with big signs or updated furniture. Came here after being recommended by my chiropractor. Loved it and would definitely go back. Portions are decent and prices are reasonable.
Great food but super noisey
My hubby and I went to Playa Cabana for his birthday Saturday night. The food was great but the noise level was unbearable. We could not hear each other across the table. Mixed feelings as to whether we would go back. It is not the most relaxing place to dine. Too bad because I loved the lobster taco's!
Another great night at Playa Cabana! The margaritas are excellent, just the right amount of tart to offset the lime. The chips and guac are always so fresh and tasty. Once again I had the shredded beef tacos. I know I should try something different, but they are so tasty! I love that the beef has been marinated and the slightly crispy tortillas.
Great, as usual
I always have the chicken burrito and it never disappoints when it comes to amazing flavour and quality. I will just say that since they originally opened, the portion size has definitely decreased. The fish tacos are also always a hit, and especially great for sharing. On this visit, I decided to try something new - the braised shortrib crispy beef tacos. They were absolutely delicious! The crispy shell was freshly fried and the beef was extremely tender and tasty. My one disappointment was surprisingly the chips. Even after we sent back our first set of tortilla chips for being stale and chewy, the second was not much better! Hopefully next time, they're a little more careful about the length of time they keep each batch of chips for.
This was our first time at Playa Cabana. The food was really fresh, not over salted and delicious. Great energy in a tiny space with a relatively young crowd (20-30's). Staff were very personable and made every effort to make our experience a very good one.
good food, terrible service
booked a table thru opentable 2 days before, was seated at the bar for some reason -- and continually bumped into and told to move by wait staff that were in a rush to serve OTHER people. ordered an app that NEVER came (guacamole - so intensive. asked about it twice), drinks were slow - wouldve ordered more but nobody came. mains took over an hour. they were good, but we were extremely ready to leave by that point.
so basically, if you've got nothing to do all night, ENJOY but otherwise, good luck. this was also a wed night, and yes, was busy, but book more staff if you need it. fri/sat must be nightmarish
Come with patience for a great meal
We were disappointed by the slow service and late seating after making a reservation 3 weeks prior. The food was delicious when it arrived, one of the items was cold.
Wine was excellent but expensive and waited a long time after ordering.
Overall good experience, but should seat less people or hire more staff.
We had the best family dinner, celebrating a special birthday and a reunion of our family being together. My son has been away for over a year and when we sat down to dinner - the four of us did not stop. It was the perfect place to get together. The people around us celebrated with us instead of being angry at us for being a bit loud! We have never been there before but certainly plan to go back soon!! Thank you for allowing us a great night we won't foget.
Great food, inconsistent service
Food and drinks were great. I'm still thinking about the crispy braised short rib tacos. Place was packed on a Saturday at 5pm. Service was good in the beginning but I noticed plate clearing throughout and post-dinner service was very slow (after we declined dessert, we waited at least half an hour to get our bill) towards the end for us and the table next to us. But I would go back for the food...
Playa Cabana Mucho Buena!!
We have finally found a Great Mexican Food place in Toronto. We love the atmosphere of the place, the aromas coming from the kitchen, it felt like you were walking into someones home (which in this case it was someone's home...once). We started with the Guaca Fresca. You have not had Guac until you have this. Avocado, Lime, and everything else they put into it, is just pure Guac perfection. Along with those homemade corn tortillas chips, We could not stop munching on these until they where gone. Tacos were next Short Rib-Brisket tacos and Lobster tacos. Both absolutely delicious. Tacos were very filling and you get three of them. Our waiter, sorry I forgot your name was awesome. We will be back to try more and we will be back soon.
Horrible service, average food
We decided to go to this restaurant as we wanted to eat traditional Mexican with an modern flair.
We reached the place at about 8:45 pm as we have made a reservation in advance we had no worries on waiting for free table. It took them 30 min. to get us a table.
The place has bright colours minimal design and it looks clean and tidy. I wouldn't say it is kid-friendly. The first thing that you will notice, which made us disappointed, was the very loud music, so loud we couldn't intimate conversation. The place is hyped!!
The food is below average except the freshly made chips and salsa.
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