El Catrin

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
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El Catrin has grown to be one of the most popular restaurants in the City of Toronto by delivering on both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a fun, lively well serviced atmosphere in the Distillery Historic District. Boasting a sharing-style menu and one of Canada's largest mescal and tequila menus,
El Catrin offers a unique experience and incredible atmosphere that is just plain fun. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you will taste a little bit of everything.

On the inside, the decor features a breathtaking mural that that took over 100 days to complete. On the outside, El Catrin boasts one of the best patios in the city that is not only enormous but open 3/4 of the year. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you
will taste a little bit of everything.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

This used to be my favourite restaurant- but after this visit it will be hard to get me to go back. Food and ambiance are still awesome, but we had the most horrible, rude server I’ve ever experienced anywhere!! Totally ruined the feel of the night 🙁

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JD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

This is by far one of my FAVOURITE place to eat when I come to the city! I'm from up North and I alway bring work clients when here, the food is amazing the drinks are fantastic and the energy is always awesome... We booked for inside but wanted to sit on the patio the staff made all the necessary changes but due to the VERY SLOW service outside we went back in... I'll not let this experience stop me from coming back... I've been there over 20 times and this is the first time I've ever been able to say anything other then this place is AMAZING. Keep up the great work

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at El Catrin and we really enjoyed it! Server was knowledgeable, food was tasty, and love the decor. We look forward to the next time.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Food took long to come out. Set menu wasn’t great for lunch.

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E
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Hard on if I would recommend. The food is good and has been in past. But the service left me to the point of not wanting to return, and for a place like this I loved says something. Been in service industry for years as a server and as a manager, was so surprised at this experience

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NL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you for another wonderful night at your place

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BE
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service on a busy Saturday evening, and the food was delicious. Portions were a little small, but overall a recommendable experience.

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PB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had probably one of the best servers I have ever had. Food exceptionally good. Great vibe. Fun evening

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic!

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible experience. It started with our waiter messing up our appetizer, then went onto us ordering the tasting menu and after our drinks and everything else arrived, he comes back saying they are not doing it today. Why weren’t we informed of us this earlier? I will not be returning to this restaurant - others had warned me of this place with its terrible service but now I know why for sure.

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ME
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a perfect time at El Catrín for my grandfather's birthday, it was beyond our expectation.

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KL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

The food is good, our server was lovely, but the noise level in the restaurant (boosted by loud music) was intolerable.
Unfortunately, for that reason, I won't be able to return.

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AC
Portugal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Very friendly staff.

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k
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El Catrin defies all the clichés about restaurants in tourist areas. The space is beautiful, interesting and all at once, airy and cozy. The cocktails are creative and, without exception, sensational. Food offerings combine truly authentic Mexican sensibilities with modern, innovative twists – there's no Tex-Mex here! – and the flavors match the lovely presentation. All that coupled with the option of one of the best patios in the city, and attentive, knowledgeable, friendly service, make El Catrin one of my favorite hang-outs in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The staff seemed friendly enough but not so knowledgeable. Our server was friendly, not so knowledgeable, very slow and not attentive. but the server who ran food to our table was very sociable and friendly. The price for what you get does not equal out at all. Unless a client picks this restaurant again I will be avoiding it. Not a terrible place, but for what you receive the menu items should be decreased by $5-8 easily. I’m sure location drives up the menu cost so I am not comfortable tagging on the restaurant for trying to stay in business. Great patio however.

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ME
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excelent service, Maxime made it an amazing evening...the amount of tequila helped too ;-)
Food is authentic Mexican enough for Toronto and Margheritas are just superb!

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KM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The service we had was terrible. We waited 50 minutes before we had our first drink. We were a table of 10 and I also organized another table of 10 who were in a separate part of the restaurant. They had their drinks, appetizers and food all in a timely fashion. I will say this is not the norm as I have eaten here before. Our server was painfully slow! as far as I'm concerned we walked away with money in our pockets as we were easily prepared for 3 drinks...not one each. Important to note...most portions are very small, but the food is extremely tasty...just go knowing you will need to order extra aps or an extra taco or two

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JR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time at this restaurant. We did the tasting menu. You will be full at the end. We enjoyed it very much. The Black Berry and Mango Margaritas were excellent as well. Our server was great. In fact the entire experience from the staff was excellent. Jim

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So so good!!!

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OT
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful decor. Wonderful service.
Brilliant food.

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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

This place is more like a snack bar, good for have some drink and share snacks. Too noisy and the time servings between cuisines for the guests weren’t managed well at all.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and fabulous food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulously Fabulous!

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PC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and a lovely place! Loved the corn appetizer and the pulled pork and shrimp tacos. The restaurant is very cool looking and I was happy to take my cousin from Poland.

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The drinks and the service were excellent. Atmosphere was great. A wonderfl room. On the food side the flavours were a little bland. The ceviche had no flavour at all which is hard to do with Lime as your main ingredient. The same problem with a good number of the entres and apps. The corn was fantastic with a great late kick of flavour and heat. The deserts were perfect.

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IL
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Tasting menu was a good choice for variety of dishes. The best way to judge a restaurant is whether you would go back ? El Catrin is definitely a restaurant that I would go back too.

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p
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good
Love the location

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

We were ignored and had to constantly get our server’s attention. Drink order was wrong and server was nowhere to be found.

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B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great, as expected. Service was excellent, also as expected from previous visits. This place is great!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you to Justice, Brittany and Zara for helping out with the balloons. Our servers did a great job providing insight into the menu and recommendations. Highly recommended!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

our experience was made great by Pamela who was taking care of us

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N
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner, with help from our server, Justin. The menu includes lots of sharing items and Justin explained each item and how we should order. His knowledge of the menu was perfect and we had a terrific dinner. After enjoying guacamole, four of us shared esquites (charred corn), la milpa (beets, mixed greens, avocado and dressing), molotes (plaintain stuffed croquettes), and quesadilles. We had just the right amount of food and it was served fast and was delicious. The wine menu is extensive. We will definitely be back so that we can enjoy dessert. Reservations are recommended as the place was packed.

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ricardo is by far one of the best restaurant servers I have ever encountered! I have been to El Catrin multiple times and he makes each visit that much more memorable. He is so knowledgable about the menu and recommends the most delicious items that appeal to some tricky dietary needs. It feels like he genuinely wants his guests to enjoy every minute of their visit to the restaurant! Thank you Ricardo!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My wife’s birthday. Server was very pleasant and attentive. Food was really good, although I would have loved to see a bit kore variety. Portions were of decent size but could have been 20% larger.

House beers were also pretty good and they have some tough competition with Mill Street just around the corner.

We love the environment and the vibe. Overall, although not a straight 5 Stars for a hair, a very solid and well-deserved 4. Looking forward to seeing the improvements take can take them to a 5.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Yummy and good service

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SP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This wasn’t the first time my husband and I have been to El Catrin. We usually go for the tasting menu so we can try a few different dishes we normally would never order. But this time the tasting menu had changing... for the better. Just wish tacos were included. It’s officially my favourite restaurant. Absolutely love it.

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DL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super delicious food, attentive staff and fast service - would definitely recommend and come back again!

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OT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to El Catrin many times but introduced friends for their first time. They were super impressed with the unique ambiance, delicious food and wonderful service. Thanks for another great dining experience.

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CK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

I booked a reservation for seven people to celebrate my husband's birthday. The reservation was for 8:15 and we arrived at 8:32. When we entered the distillery district, someone in my party actually commented on how much of a ghost town it was. When we arrived we were told that our table had been given away as we had exceeded the 15 minute grace period. We were told that I had been called twice after the fifteen minutes (as is their policy) and the table had been given away accordingly. I had been called once at 8:20. The strange thing was that the restaurant was by no means full. They were able to seat us at a different table but not until after we had been lectured by both the hostess and the manager.

We sat down for our meal at our new table which was tight but perfectly fine. The upstairs portion of the restaurant was completely empty and there was an eight person table that had booth seating in which there were three girls parked next to each other occupying only one side of the table. Our meal was enjoyable, our server was very nice and helpful and everything we ate was good. The churros were a definite highlight! I asked the server to bring the churros with a candle in them for my husband. When they arrived with the candle the manager came over and said sorry for the confusion and that the churros were on the house. This was a much appreciated gesture but he definitely made it seem like the birthday celebration aspect was done by the restaurant and not requested by me.

All in all none of it was a big deal but the service was all a bit strange. I can acknowledge that I am at fault for not giving the restaurant a call, but I have never been given such a hard time for being late, even at much more upmarket or trendy restaurants. With that in mind, while I wouldn't avoid coming back the food an ambiance were not so amazing that I would go out of my way to come here either.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our server was super friendly and the ambiance was amazing! We made reservations but realized they were only for the indoor space so we waited in line for the patio since it was a nice night - totally worth it! The food was delicious - Definitely start with the chips and guacamole and end with the churros and dipping sauces! The portions were small but we were surprised how stuffed we were having tried a few things. Will definitely be back again to try the rest of the menu!

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