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El Trompo Taco Bar & Cactus Grill

#342 of 6,709 Restaurants in Toronto
#379 of 7,233 Places to Eat in Toronto
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Chinatown
Mexican, Bar, Pub
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277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-260-0097
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 25
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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  • 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
Tacos in Toronto

Some locals recommended this spot for the tacos--fun hole-in-the-wall spot (my favorite) with super friendly staff and very fast service. We had the Al Pastor tacos, guac and margaritas. Hit the spot on a hot day! It's a smaller space with some outdoor seating so be prepared for close quarters and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Some locals recommended this spot for the tacos--fun hole-in-the-wall spot (my favorite) with super friendly staff and very fast service. We had the Al Pastor tacos, guac and margaritas. Hit the spot on a hot day! It's a smaller space with some outdoor seating so be prepared for close quarters and a noisier environment.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Hard pressed to find a great taco in this city, despite all the mexican restaurants. These tacos are simple, authentic, delicious and well priced! Our favourite place to eat! Grab a seat on the patio, and a margarita - enjoy the people watching.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Great service, mui frio cervezas, great tacos, the pork and pineapple ones are to die for. Will go back again soon....

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Tried this busy little restaurant one evening in the area and the Mexican food was authentic. We tried the pork and beef tacos, both tasty and good. Portions were small and the tacos were around $10 each order of five. Service was good and the place was very busy in the evening.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I recently visited this little hole in the wall and what a great surprise! The homemade soft tacos were very tasty - we had a mix of 3 types. The guacamole is delicious! Next time I am having the nachos as they looked amazing! There is a cute little patio and the waitress was lovely! It was a great experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Nice place to stop and hang out. Lots of Spanish speaking people here eating. We only had the chips and Guacamole (fresh and delicious, $7.00 plenty for 2 people.) But the food looked and smelt great!

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Toronto, Canada
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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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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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Bar, Pub
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?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
Chinatown
Toronto's main Chinatown has the honor of being the largest in North America. Gaping down across Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area is a wonderful medley of shops and restaurants, busy signs and bright red gates, a destination for foodie fun. Chinatown's streets are always bustling, packed with people and outdoor stalls hawking fresh produce and products. The restaurants and authentic marketplaces that shoulder in against each other display shining roast ducks and menus studded with dumplings and noodle bowls. The air is pervaded with music. different languages, and the smell of fried food and mouth-watering desserts. Chinatown's restaurants represent a broad range of fare, from traditional Szechuan and Shanghai foods, to other Asian delicacies, including some of the top Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean spots in the city. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down tea house or a bubble tea to go, Chinatown is the spot to enjoy an exciting walk and the promise of leaving satisfied.
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