Toca Madera, which translates to “knock on wood,” is an intimate 120-seat space in West Hollywood that features a creative take on traditional Mexican cuisine. Providing an array of options for every eater, Toca Madera’s menu incorporates a shared-plate format offering locally farm-sourced ingredients with an emphasis on organic as well as a full, separate vegan menu with gluten-free options. Dishes offered include: Tableside Guacamole, Wagyu Hot Stone, Sashimi Agua Chile, Ensenada-Style Fish Tacos, Barrio Crudités and Mixed Mushroom & Sweet Corn Tacos, among other dishes. Farm fresh and seasonal ingredients also serve as the foundation for the extensive cocktail list. Featuring a 100 ft. crystal-quartz island bar, Toca Madera offers the finest tequilas and mezcals, as well as a rotating selection of the finest wines from around the globe.
“Toca Madera is a personal evolution in hospitality for Amrou and me,” says co-creator Tosh Berman. “Stemming from a passion for service & design along with our extensive history in nightlife, this venue is a representation of our maturity within an industry that we have made our life’s work.”
The 4,500 sq. ft. restaurant and lounge includes a retractable roof and interior patio, creating an open-air dining environment. Architectural features include Arabesque accents, handcrafted custom woodwork and numerous fire elements, all contributing to the alluring and unique aesthetic. With its modern organic cuisine and farm fresh seasonal cocktails, Toca Madera makes for a sexy departure from the traditional Mexican restaurant experience.
“Toca Madera was conceived around a communal dining philosophy, and the menu was designed to have choices everyone can agree on, drinker or non-drinker, vegan or paleo,” says co-creator Amrou Manaseer. “There’s something primitive about sharing a meal with friends, old and new, under the stars and by the light of a fire – it’s something that we lost a long time ago but don’t realize how much we miss.”
Toca Madera is an ideal destination for a sensory-engaging escape from the everyday, and delivers a distinctive, memorable experience from the moment you walk through the door.