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EL Sol

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1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-405-8074
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3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 12
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  • 6
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  • 6
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best authentic Mexican restaurant in Toronto?

My wife and I tried the "sample platter" because we didn't know what to try. It was more than enough food for two people at a reasonable price. I'm not an expert on Mexican food and don't know how authentic it is but all of the items were delicious. I would have liked to give this place 5 stars... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
sterdeus
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Toronto
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Toronto
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My husband and I love going to El Sol as it reminds us of a little restaurant we ate at on our honeymoon in Mexico. Be prepared that it takes a while to get your meal, so don't go if you're in a rush. Go when you have the time to sit and enjoy some guacamole and a cerveza as... More 

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Toronto
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I visited El Sol last night with my boyfriend to grab a couple margaritas and a combo platter. Upon entering, you feel like you're transported to Mexico. The walls are covered with colourful suns, masks, and traditional Mexican art. We had a seat and were greeted by a man who gave us a couple of menus and some water. There... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Went to El Sol. This is a Mexican Restaurant that I overheard the waiter say had been around for 18 years. Located at Danforth near Coxwell, we spent a few minutes searching for parking on the Saturday night. Inside the decor is fun and a bit kitschy. We started with salsa and guacamole which are home-made. The waiter provided us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I tried the "sample platter" because we didn't know what to try. It was more than enough food for two people at a reasonable price. I'm not an expert on Mexican food and don't know how authentic it is but all of the items were delicious. I would have liked to give this place 5 stars but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My fourth trip here today and every time has been wonderful. AUTHENTIC!!! Care is taken with every dish and I have nothing but praise for everything from ambience, service and quality. If forced to file a complaint it would be that the kitchen is deliberate in delivering your order. I suggest you order a margarita while waiting or ask when... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I really like this restaurant and the Mole chicken is superb. I have never been disappointed. I really like Mexican food and have had many of the regional dishes from my extensive travel to different parts of the country. The service is a bit on the slow side and adds new meaning to the term "mañana." However, to be said... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is one of the older authentic Mexican restaurants in Toronto. An easy way to know it's not Tex Mex is to look for sour cream -- there's none, because rich dairy is not a staple of non-North American/European cuisine, probably as much because of the climate as because of concern about dietary fat. Having said that (not that I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

My friend used to rave about this place and their tequila. We went there and I just don't get what the big deal with about. I love Mexican food and after having the real thing, this place was really disappointing! Their guacamole was too small and rather ordinary. My dish was a let down. Nothing tasted particularly great and the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Come here often for mothers day,fathers day, and for birthdays, Went here for birthday dinner and recommend the combo platter (they have vegetarian,which is my fav also). Love the decor,though our table was a bit wobbly near the wall. Food was EXCELLENT as always, though a slight bit of burnt taste in one item, but still very good. Only complaint... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A thousand times better than Milagro on Mercer. Better food. Better service. More authentic. Will return.

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Additional Information about EL Sol

Address: 1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416-405-8074
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighborhood: East End
  • Phone Number: 416-405-8074

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that team up to make this district one of the most multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets, tree-lined and bursting at the seams with affluence, often sport farmers markets and street artists, epitomized by the effusive St. Lawrence Market. One of the most gorgeous of Toronto's neighborhoods, it also straddles Lake Ontario in an area called The Beach, where you'll find folks cycling and strolling along the sandy shorelines, getting some sun or enjoying shopping, dining, and pub options. For some fabulous food, the vivacious personalities running the restaurants in the East End's Greektown is only equaled by the fun and authenticity of the street stalls and restaurants at its expansive Indian Bazaar. 'Something for everyone' has never been so accurate.
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