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El Trompo Taco Bar & Cactus Grill

#579 of 6,572 Restaurants in Toronto
#636 of 7,033 Places to Eat in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown Toronto
Mexican, Bar
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277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-260-0097
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Monday
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Tasted Authentic

We just returned from some time in Mexico and we were craving some Mexican food. This place did not disappoint...in fact if I closed my eyes, I could take myself back. The pork tacos were delicious and the guacamole was good. A great lunch stop, the place was packed but the service was friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
Kara2007
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Toronto, Canada
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We just returned from some time in Mexico and we were craving some Mexican food. This place did not disappoint...in fact if I closed my eyes, I could take myself back. The pork tacos were delicious and the guacamole was good. A great lunch stop, the place was packed but the service was friendly.

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My Girlfriend is from Mexico City so this is Her and my opinion. We fully agreed that this is a very rare opportunity to have a meal from home. Service is excellent and the waitresses are from Mexico so fluent Spanish is available. Food is fantastic. It's a small place that fills up fast. We have been planning on going... More 

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Toronto, ON, Canada
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The sandwich board sign in front of the shop said $5 fish tacos. I had really good fish tacos in Los Angeles area and Chicago before. The taste was great BUT the size was not. I kinda felt ripped off because the soft taco shell was smaller than i expected. The staff and cook appeared to be authentic mexicans.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A very cold night in Toronto saw us stumble (oops) into this place. Lovely waitress, nice carafe of house wine and some delicious tacos - all food seemed to come with pineapples, this initially made me think of rubbish Hawaiian pizzas - absolutely not. Great atmosphere, great flavours. Not masses of food but plenty for most - I'm just greedy!

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Aurora, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The patio at El Trumpo is one of the best places to "people watch" anywhere in Toronto. Even better, the margaritas are fabulous and the food is great. We usually order a few dishes and share. Last time we were there we picked up a jar of their salsa. Great spot in the market

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are craving some amazing Mexican food this place is a must. I have been here several times and it never disappoints! The food is delish and arrives at the table quickly. It is a bit of a hole in the wall decor wise but as soon as you bite into that first taco nothing else matters. Did I... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I had been searching for a Mexican style breakfast in the city and I got very lucky when I found this place because the food is amazing. Cactus salad was a unique and tasty dining experience for me. And the chili sauce that came with the eggs was great.

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Barrie, Canada
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125 reviews 125 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This restaurant is in the heart of the Kensington Market. There is a small patio for outdoor dining & a small indoor dining room which was full! The decor is quirky; much like we've seen in Mexico. The kitchen is small & open. The menu is extensive; lots of authentic dishes as well as those that are well known to... More 

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Paris, France
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307 reviews 307 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a familiy-owned business. The restaurant is located on 277 Augusta Avenue in the heart of Kensington Market. The patio out front was full, so, we opted for a table inside. It was hot out but cool inside. The decor is bright. For appetisers, we had the pico de gallo (salsa with fresh tomatoes, onion, coriander and lime) and... More 

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Pickering, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I have been to El Trompo so many times... and I end up getting the chicken tacos every time, simply because they are so delicious... I want to try new things and all, but I always get a craving for the fresh chicken, soft tortillas.. topped with cilantro and a lime on the side. Staff are always very welcoming and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • Phone Number: 416-260-0097

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?