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EL Sol

East York
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1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4J 1N4, Canada
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Burlington, Canada
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner with friends and although between the four of us we had mixed opinions due to service, the mole was absolutely fantastic and I would try this place again. Walls and ceiling jam packed with Mexican art and masks. Back area is a little shop, front area for dining. Really unique and an authentic Mexican experience.

Thank Jen D
Toronto, Canada
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

We go to El Sol every few months for a hit of excellent Northern Mexican food--much needed warmth in our cold winter weather. Yes, the service is slower paced than in many other restaurants--order an appetizer which comes quite quickly (the guacamole is great) and chat with your companion(s). Above all enjoy the relaxed experience. I had fantastic beef tostadas... More 

Thank Holly G
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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391 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

I did not expect this restaurant to be that authentic and pleasant to dine in Service is slow but the food is so good and the portion is huge. Guacamole is a must with nachos as a starter. They have souvenir shop and wall full of antique and mexican novelties.

Thank Arabianman
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

First of all - DO NOT go to El Sol if you are in a hurry. Service is slow, and you will get frustrated. Better to chose an evening when you have nothing else planned, then you can relax, enjoy a Mexican beer, and anticipate the great food. The food is good, and it seemed pretty authentic to me (not... More 

Thank Julie W
Toronto, Canada
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142 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Have eaten here many ties for years. Wanted to give an updated review. Nothing has changed, which is a very good thing! Food consistently high quality - fresh, as sit down or to take away. I highy recommend the meat or vegetarian platters to share for 2 people. Some people call it el-slow but I prefer waiting for quality food,... More 

Thank Luke242
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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 

Thank Jenn77Toronto
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

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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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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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 

1 Thank 416Toronto647
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4 reviews
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 

Thank sterdeus
Mendoza, Argentina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4J 1N4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East York
  • Neighborhood: East York
  • Phone Number: 416-405-8074

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

Staying in East York

Neighborhood Profile
East York
East York includes a portion of old, industrial Toronto. Densely populated but incredibly safe, it boasts some of the city's earliest gardens and gardening clubs, attracting green thumbs everywhere. The tranquility of the Don Valley River area, which is rich with Toronto's oldest and tallest forests, is supplemented by the large ensemble of authentic and refurbished Edwardian homes, giving parts of East York allure. The other draw is for foodies: lovers of Bangladeshi fare will find authentic restaurants and markets in the area, with raw spices and desserts. East York also represents a lot of Toronto's Serbian food culture, and recently, has had an outcropping of solid microbrewery stops. For families, the science center is a favored weekend stop.
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