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Seven Lives - Tacos y Mariscos

Seven Lives - Tacos y Mariscos

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Kensington Market, Toronto
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    This Mexican restaurant is famous for their tacos. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Mandy P.
    "mahi mahi is my favorite, tacos are solid and portions are generous."(15 Tips)
    Ian L.
    "Excellent seafood tacos."(20 Tips)
    "Tried the Gobernador and Octopus tacos."(4 Tips)
    Ben W.
    "Carnitas and Gobernador tacos were both delicious."(5 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon104 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • casual
  • trendy
  • good for a quick meal
  • great value
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  • Khanh L.heart icon on user image
    Khanh LyJuly 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    By far the best taco joint in the city! Be patient it will take some time before you can get your hands on the delicious tacos. Totally worth the wait! Get the gobernador. Definitely come again, soon!
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    Burce ısıkOctober 16, 2015
    One of the best tacos in toronto i got blackened mahi mahi which is a hawaian fish, was superb and camarones a la diabla also delish but too spicy if u usually don't eat spicy, i ll come back for more
  • Mimi
    MimiJuly 19, 2015
    You've got to hit up this spot for legit tacos. Although there's also a lineup, it's worth the wait. There are barely seats inside so make sure you've got a place to take your tacos afterwards.
  • Erin
    ErinAugust 6, 2016
    Gobernador and octopus tacos! So delicious. Definitely will have to wait for a bit and not much room to eat when you get your food.
  • Tobias R.heart icon on user image
    Tobias ReynoldsAugust 18, 2015
    Authentic place! They specialise in fish so all those dishes are great. That said, I do love fried so try their fried fish. Also, the Mexican cola is great!
  • Wendyheart icon on user image
    WendyApril 22, 2017
    Try their grilled octopus tacos! 🐙 They cook the octopus pieces a bit tender, so you don't need to worry about the taco being too chewy. Also, tacos are $6 each now (without tax)!
  • Gabriel S.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel SeahOctober 26, 2020
    Had Ahi tuna and Octopus. They were both pretty good and had generous portions of seafood (especially the octopus). The celery in the octopus gave it a nice crunch.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy ChanMarch 15, 2017
    The tacos are big, cheap (~$5) and delicious! My go-to is the baja fish taco! Don't forget to help yourself to their hot sauce and fresh lime when you pick up your tacos.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BannonOctober 17, 2013
    Taco spot 1 of 3: Seven Lives is a great stop off as part of an afternoon spent exploring Kensington. Their departure from the simple traditional flavours sets them apart from the other taco spots.
  • Maryannheart icon on user image
    MaryannAugust 4, 2018
    Gobernador is to die for! 😋. This place is super busy, and make sure you bring cash!
  • A L.heart icon on user image
    A LNovember 4, 2016
    The poke and chips is my fave, closely followed by marlin. So good. They had to increase their prices this week but they continue to be reasonable for the pile of deliciousness you get.
  • Rebecca R.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca RaiaMay 6, 2017
    They tend to run out of ingredients by the end of the day, so come early and come with cash. Of all that I've tried my favorite was the Mahi Mahi tacos.
  • Luckyheart icon on user image
    LuckyJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All the tacos are great. The hot sauces are tasty and the service is A+. The Jamaica is a great drink to accompany the tacos.
  • Farzheart icon on user image
    FarzJuly 29, 2016
    Actually worth the hype! Tacos are filling and delicious. The baja fish is huge and they don't skimp on toppings :)
  • Natalia K.heart icon on user image
    Natalia KataokaAugust 13, 2017
    Always with long lines, but worth it. Tried the Baja Fish and Gobernador. So good! One is plenty.
  • Maryannheart icon on user image
    MaryannSeptember 6, 2019
    Love The Gobernador. I also liked the place’s atmosphere. The cooks are always singing and upbeat 👍🏼
  • Rosaline
    RosalineDecember 12, 2013
    Really great value. Surprising packed tacos - the gobernador was excellent. I also had the pork burrito which was disappointing. For lunch, 1 taco was enough for me (a girl). Space is really small.
  • Francis B.heart icon on user image
    Francis BenoitMay 13, 2016
    Great and very generous tacos! Great places to share tacos with friends. But there's no place to sit so it must be on-the-go!
  • Heather L.heart icon on user image
    Huge tasty helping of ceviche on a tostada that stands up to all the liquid: it was still crisp in the center even though we waited to eat it after our tacos.
  • Charles L.
    Charles LawAugust 24, 2014
    It's worth the lineup. The octopus, mahi mahi, and vegan cactus taco are delicious, but you can't go wrong with any order.
  • Ian L.heart icon on user image
    Ian LeungJuly 18, 2015
    Excellent seafood tacos. Blackened mahi is great. Ceviche is excellent. Octopus was kinda weird.
  • Erin
    ErinSeptember 10, 2016
    Bit of a wait and it was hot. Tried the Gobernador and Octopus tacos. Really big, full tacos - so much so that the shell on the pulpo fell apart. But the tacos were good. Not much room for seating.
  • Foodie58
    Foodie58June 28, 2013
    Mahi Mahi taco, made with a dry spice rub is a knockout!Also try one of the Agua frescos.. hibiscus and strawberry were two of the flavours on offer today
  • Lauro A.heart icon on user image
    Lauro AndréJuly 8, 2018
    Chicken grill tacos are so flavoured, they’re delicious as shrimps tacos! Best I’ve ever tried in Toronto!
  • Desmond F.heart icon on user image
    Desmond FooMay 24, 2015
    The octopus (pulpo) taco was my favorite, over the gobernator and the mahi-mahi.
  • Mandy P.
    Mandy PoonAugust 20, 2014
    mahi mahi is my favorite, tacos are solid and portions are generous. ceviche is huge and delicious. come hungry
  • Carl D.heart icon on user image
    Carl DesautelsMay 26, 2018
    Come here, and then come back for the rest of the menu
  • yvonnnneeee
    yvonnnneeeeApril 22, 2015
    octopus,blackened mahi mahi and the carnitas :) have the sauces as well!!
  • Kimi G.heart icon on user image
    Kimi GeramiNovember 3, 2018
    Tried chicken taco and tortillas with guacamole. All perfect
  • Darcy
    DarcySeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Easily the best fish tacos in Toronto. Beware the "hot" sauce however. My mouth & head were on fire after 3 scoops. Was still worth it though.
  • Ben W.heart icon on user image
    Ben WedgeMay 26, 2017
    Carnitas and Gobernador tacos were both delicious. Try the hibiscus drink too!
  • Simran D.heart icon on user image
    Simran DassJuly 10, 2022
    Loved the Gobernador & Pulpo tacos. Will be coming back
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 18, 2014
    Tiny seafood taco shop doles out massive flavor in Kensington Market. Be prepared to take your food to go.
  • Kviksilverheart icon on user image
    KviksilverNovember 27, 2015
    Wow, awesome tacos... Grilled octopus is the best...
  • Trevor W.heart icon on user image
    Trevor WidemanSeptember 28, 2014
    Mahi Mahi tacos are something special. The Habanero salsa will eviscerate your innards the next morning, so be warned.
  • Anissa H.
    Anissa HartJuly 4, 2013
    I had the catch of the day (steelhead trout) and it was amazing! Highly recommend!
  • Yao H.heart icon on user image
    Yao HuangJune 23, 2017
    Delicious tacos! Not to be missed if you happen to be in Kensington Market.
  • Sharon F.
    Sharon FungNovember 12, 2015
    The octopus is so juicy. Shrimp is very spicy and mahi mahi was so flavourful
  • David F.
    David FalcaoJuly 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Gobernador was the best taco I had in my whole life. Flawless.
  • Charles C.
    Charles ChanJune 23, 2013
    Had the blackened Mahi Mahi... Damn good. Little bit of a wait if busy, but well worth it
  • Gabriel S.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel SeahOctober 26, 2020
    This taco place has a more creative menu than usual. The taco shells, though soft, were very oily, which might bother some.
  • Prashant B.heart icon on user image
    Prashant BaviSeptember 20, 2015
    Everything- seriously all tacos are good!! Try their hot sauces to transform your tacos
  • Tara R.
    Tara RAugust 18, 2013
    great flavours, everything is super fresh. definitely try the fresh juice too!
  • Arturo C.heart icon on user image
    Arturo Cardenas MartinezApril 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You should be able to throw a dart at their menu and eat whatever dish it hits! (Aim at the gobernador one)
  • Nishan K.heart icon on user image
    Nishan KumaravelJune 15, 2018
    What’s good here..tacos uh tacos tacos tacos
  • Mitchell B.heart icon on user image
    Mitchell ButlerOctober 23, 2016
    I get the baja fish and the carnitas when I can only choose two.
  • Skeeterheart icon on user image
    SkeeterFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Two tacos are probably enough. Three if you're starving.
  • Douniaheart icon on user image
    DouniaDecember 13, 2017
    My favourite lunch spot of all time. Definately worth your while
  • Jackie G.
    Jackie GJune 2, 2017
    Such a great spot! Impressed even this hardened New Yorker :)
  • Billy S.heart icon on user image
    Billy SchwartzMay 25, 2013
    Baja Fish and Shrimp Tacos with Lime Cucumber juice.
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