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The Best Fish Tacos in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 21, 2014

Fish Tacos TorontoThe best fish tacos in Toronto are widely available on menus at taquerias, tequila bars and seafood specialists citywide. This wasn't always the case. But in the last few years local restaurants have almost tripped over themselves to offer what was once a scarce commodity in these parts. Rightly, this list is dominated by delicious So-Cal style specimens, almost always properly double wrapped in a fresh corn tortilla.

Here are the best fish tacos in Toronto.

See also:

The best tacos in Toronto
The Best Mexican Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Burritos in Toronto
The Best Late Night Burritos in Toronto

Seven Lives

Seven Lives

This always-packed Kensington Market taqueria specializes in SoCal and Tijuana-style seafood and offers an impressive variety of tacos styles from the sea. Priced at $5-ish each, skip the fried fish here and opt for octopus tacos, the blackened mahi mahi or the meaty Gobanador packed with smoked marlin and shrimp. More »

Playa Cabana Hacienda

Playa Cabana Hacienda

The menu at this Mexican snack bar now with four locations including two on Dupont, the Junction and Koreatown is constantly in flux taking advantage of fresh seafood in its prime. The pulpo (octopus) is also a good bet here but fish taco purists can't go wrong with the simple grilled or fried fish (3 for $15). More »

La Carnita

La Carnita

This College Street taco bar switches up the menu frequently, though the “In Cod We Trust” taco ($5) is a mainstay. Fried golden and slathered with Voltron sauce and lime crema, each taco is finished with pickled red cabbage, tart green apple and a few fresh sprigs of cilantro. More »

Grand Electric

Grand Electric

The solid roster of tacos at this Parkdale restaurant includes the crowd favourite Baja fish. Sold for $3.60 apiece, miniature tortillas come topped with a fried filet, drizzled with crema, and loaded with finely shredded cabbage and julienned radish. More »

Gourmet Gringos

Gourmet Gringos

This food truck turned fast food eatery sells Baja fish tacos two at a time for $9. Beer battered Mahi Mahi gets a golden bath in the fryer before being stacked atop fresh tortillas and dressed up with housemade guacamole, slaw, and chipotle aioli. More »

Mad Mexican

Mad Mexican

This Mexican food shop in Bloor West Village is known for Guerrero-style fish tacos ($3.50 each) loaded onto house-made corn tortillas with grilled cod, pico de gallo and a Napa cabbage slaw. Pair them with some excellent tortilla soup. More »

Fish St. Market

Fish St. Market

Ultra fresh seafood makes its way onto the menu at this Yonge and Eglinton area fishmonger (with full service kitchen) Try the jumbo chef special taco ($13ish) or request a custom-made taco from the daily catch (MP). Keep an eye out for their food truck coming to Toronto streets this summer. More »

Xola

Xola

Served three per order, the signature taquitos estilo Baja ($15) at this Beaches taco shop are composed of dredged and golden fried pieces of fish garnished with shredded slaw, avocado, habanero mayo and jalapeno salsa for extra kick. Yum. More »

The Gabardine

The Gabardine

This Financial District spot doesn’t major in tacos, though the fish taco here is a menu favourite. Try the soft corn tortilla ($16) topped with a satisfying slab of crusted Ontario whitefish (usually Pickerel) and finished with avocado crema, red cabbage slaw and spicy salsa verde. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

mb / March 21, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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This End Up's fish tacos are definitely worth mentioning too.
not daniel / March 21, 2014 at 01:23 pm
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RE: La Carnita
"This College Street taco bar switches up the menu frequently..."
They most certainly do nothing of the sort, which is both baffling and a shame.
JoeCarterTO / March 21, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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Seven Lives always and forever.
DR / March 21, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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How is the Happy Hooker not on this list?
CB / March 21, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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There are no good fish tacos in Toronto after you've had some authentic ones in SoCal.
Michael / March 21, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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Seriously - who makes these lists? So out of touch!!!

Where is the Happy Hooker??? Clearly gaining an incredible following (for good reason) yet conspicuously absent!

Big fail!
Jeff / March 21, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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Its not Toronto, but Che in Hamilton has the best fish tacos I've had to date. Lived in Toronto for 2 years, still can't find anything that compares.
taylor / March 21, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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noooooo playa cabana ain't even all thattttt
Andrew / March 21, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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Big Daddy's has an amazing catfish taco like damn
AmeliaJJ / March 21, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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Don't forget Pancho Y Emiliano in Kensington. Best Baja fish tacos in the city!!
Bobby / March 21, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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7 Lives or die. I haven't been there all winter cause the weather has been sheeeeeiiiiiiiiittttt. All these other spots need to bow down.
Mandy / March 21, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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Pacific Junctio Hotel
Bobby replying to a comment from CB / March 21, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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I disagree I've had fish tacos in LA and in my opinion 7 lives is better.
toni / March 21, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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Not really fish, but the squid tacos at Banh Mi Boys are among the best I've ever had (speaking as a SoCal native).
Janelle Falconer / March 21, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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I don't think you've been to Asada Mexican Grill.
jon replying to a comment from CB / March 21, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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Hey CB. As a regular visitor to San Diego I urge you to try Seven Lives. A very close representation of SoCal fish Tacos. Which is not a stretch since the chef is from there. Awesome!!
Jeremy / March 21, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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El Catrin, pacific junction, Happy hooker... You guys fail.
jenna / March 21, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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this end up is NUMERO one and it's not even on the list?!! stupid blog TO popularity contests....ugh
Jenna Mosely / March 21, 2014 at 04:40 pm
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The best fish taco is between my legs.

The End.
megr / March 21, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Pancho Emiliano in Kensington. No contest
mara / March 21, 2014 at 04:50 pm
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Maizal in Liberty Village. Lovely service and fantastic food made from scratch.
In Love With Jenna / March 21, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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Jenna, will you marry me?

PS: pretty sure that your comment just won you the interweb.
Cassandra / March 21, 2014 at 05:39 pm
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FISHBAR!
fishyfishy / March 21, 2014 at 05:42 pm
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Went to Maui in January, crushed some fish tacos out there.

Divine.
pat replying to a comment from AmeliaJJ / March 21, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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Pancho Y Emiliano is terrible
Come at me BRO! replying to a comment from jenna / March 21, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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This end up can't be on every best of list they need to decide are the best sandwich? Best Late night restaurant? Or best fish taco? PICK ONE YOU CAN'T BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE!!!! ;-)
Anilee / March 21, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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The VERY best fish tacos are at JOEY'S at the Shops at Don Mills!! From someone who goes to Mexico every year and KNOWS fish tacos!
joel / March 22, 2014 at 12:26 am
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Seven Lives wasn't always packed until it got blown up by blogto. Blogto. you make already popular places intolerably popular. Please stop.
Rachel / March 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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Haven't tried many of these places, but I really love Drift's fish tacos!
Evelyn / March 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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You forgot La Mexicana Restaurant!
Andrew / March 23, 2014 at 07:05 pm
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Mad Mexican must be paying for placement on this list. Their fish tacos, and all tacos for that matter, are complete shit.
AC replying to a comment from Jenna Mosely / March 25, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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I'm glad that you said, "The end." and not "Period."

You might want to check out the list for the best tubesteaks.
Marysa / March 26, 2014 at 08:38 pm
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Seven Lives just blew my mind - absolutely the best i've had in this city!
tiina / March 27, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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ASADA MEXICAN GRILL needs to top this list! St. Clair W, west of Christie. The fish tacos are great, so are the shrimp tacos. Actually everything is great--authentic flavours, great service. I sometimes get the secret menu item: the vegetarian alternative to fish tacos -- their avocado tacos, yum.
Emma / April 27, 2014 at 11:06 am
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seven lives all the way. baja fish is to die for!!!!!
Alex / August 11, 2014 at 09:37 am
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La Carnita Really? Who makes the list, yeah most of this tacos list aren't made by Mexicans, the only that really enhance the list is 7 lives, definitely the best, and yes missing Pancho y Emiliano, Asada, el Caballito
John / August 12, 2014 at 09:59 am
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This End Upppppppppp.
Brad / August 13, 2014 at 10:48 am
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Oyster Boy has amazing fish tacos. Best. Ever.

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