El Catrin

4.4
3755 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
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  • Fun
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Please note on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays we only offer Guacamole and Chips or Salsa and Chips after 11:00pm.

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 an 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 can 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 nearly year-round.
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JJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A gang of 8 friends gets together a few times per year to catch up. Some had never been to Distillery District, and I had heard El Catrin was a beautiful place. True. Food was fabulous, table was in an area where we could hear each other, service (lead by Shawn) was terrific. A few accommodations regarding menu were made possible, and we had a great time ! thanks.

LM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food and the margaritas are fantastic!

HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top notch location in the idyllic distillery district. Gorgeous patio with beautiful rustic seating and lovely twinkly lighting for nighttime IG pics. Interior artwork and design even more enviable than the patio. Delicious fresh mango margaritas, yummy pork tacos and as always the freshest zestiest guacamole prepared at your table. Can’t wait to go back!

KF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Amazing food. Incredible service.

IL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall it was wonderful. The food was great, always is.
The weather was calling for rain so we had to sit inside but its so nice inside. The A/C was on full blast so it was a little uncomfortable and I was frozen the entire time.

GP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Not what it used to be. Used to be a regular. Flew in from Mtl with my family just for that restaurant. They changed their menu and wasn’t impressed... They removed “Love Boat” from their menu - which was the best option out of their menu. Very deceaving. Their half chicken meal was a utter lie. It was barely a chicken breast... and to finally talk about the dessert- chocolate mousse... what was that ? It looked like somebody just put whatever sweet they had left in their fridge... no wow effect. Papaya tasted old and flavorless. Chocolate was bitter. The only thing that catched my eye was the almond brittle... but that also had no flavor. Very very disappointed. I would go back for drinks but not for food. Unfortunately. ** BRING BACK LOVE BOAT*

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sean was great

BC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

WAAAAAAY too loud. Server could not hear our orders and brought the wrong dishes – and also walked away when we asked questions because she could not hear us. Food was good but portions were small.

F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, the food was delicious. Definitely go for the guacamole, although at $15 it’s pricey. The staff and service are great and very accommodating. My only negative comment about the place is that our food came too fast... like within minutes of our order. Suspicious. Made me feel like it was a fast food joint and that our food wasn’t made to order (which I understand as much of their food needs braising).

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

5 year Anniversary

VG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch (delicious selections) on their beautiful patio. Nothing beats summer dining with friends on a pretty perfect patio!

CM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to El Catrin many times and it never fails to please. The service is excellent, very helpful with the menu and easygoing. The food is wonderful, especially the guac, which is the best I've ever had. Lucky me, my husband doesn't like avocados. I recommend the margaritas, but the drink selection is good even if you're not into tequila. You could easily fill up on the appetizers, they are so tempting, but save room for the mains. We choose this restaurant because it was our 25th wedding anniversary, so you know it's a special place.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Waited over an hour for our entree’s. Finally only one entree came. Left without second entree being served.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was so tasty! The flavours are amazing.
Our waitress Pamela was extremely friendly and very helpful with her food recommendations.

RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Got food well before our drinks and quality of food was not as good as I’ve had before. Not sure this is my favourite restaurant anymore if this is the new norm

B
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and fun vibe! Will definitely be back!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We expected better. Service was very slow and inattentive. Food and drinks were OK.

L
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great decor. Super cool space. Nice food. Good service. Distillery district is amazing to visit.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food, service and atmosphere were all mostly great but the music got so loud by 8pm that I couldn't have much conversation with my friends and the civiche wasn't very good.

BC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Took my girlfriend here for a dinner date and we both really enjoyed it. Carmela was very good with her suggestions and the food was also very nice. Will come back in the future.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great selection of very tasty food and drinks. Friendly, casual service.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fun place! Great music playing! Nice staff! I will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Out of the first three options that we ordered. Service was subpar. Food was very good

F
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

The service was horrible. I had to ask multiple times for more water. I also received my meal about 15 minutes after my boyfriend so we didn’t even eat at the same time as he was done before I got my food. We got our appetizers after our meal and I was very disappointed.

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dont like Mexican food much but this place is great. So much so that I went back for a second time. You must try the braised beef - meat & souce outstanding.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Food was terrible. Ambiance was okay. Service was pretty good.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time there - absolutely incredible! We cannot wait to go back to this restaurant. Fish Tacos were incredible!

LH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience! The guac and chip and Mayan margarita are incredible.

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

Usually have a flawless experience here but it fell a little short this time. We arrived between lunch and dinner so it may have to do with the confusion but our waiter completely forgot about several requests we made and every time the tables beside us got cleaned we were squirted with water .. definitely would adjust my times next time and go either earlier or later because with the menus changing everyone working there just seemed a little lost. Hostesses at the front were great and very friendly !

HR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food but terrible service as they removed our food when we stepped out for 5 mins to the patio and didn’t replenish the food. Only replinshed the drinks

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Lunch menu - portions are extremely small for the price. Even though the place was half empty, hostess put us on a table by the employee entrance and waiter station and the employee traffic was so annoying that we could not enjoy your tiny meal. Maybe good for drinks but that's it.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

Food is good cool place, service is so slow our waitress ignored us the entire meal.

KK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, Excellent. Be it inside or outside the place is beautiful, food & wine amazing and wait staff couldn't be nicer or more helpful.

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place, food was delicious good portions, cool funky place, service was impressive. It was our both Birthday, they brought us churros...it was so good.
Definitely go back and tell others.
Prices was reasonable.

MF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waiter let us take our time. No rush. Could really enjoy each bite and sip. Incredible atmosphere to compliment incredibly tasty food.

O
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Incredibly over priced . Tuna Ceviche mostly watermelon. Everything just over the top expensive for the portion sizes.

ML
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was good. Atmosphere is great. Waitress was there when you didn’t need her, and missing when you did, but overall it isn’t something to deter me from coming in the future. Food is expensive and even though it’s tapas style, the portions are a lot smaller than you think for the price. But what food you do get, is great.

HH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 stars! Hands down! Waitress was awesome! Drinks were delicious! Food was authentic and fresh ingredients. The whole experience was great! And to be honest for a Toronto restaurant the cost of dinner for 3 was very reasonable! Love the whole process of ordering different dishes to share and the waitresses recommendations were excellent! Overall experience was something I can't wait to go back too!! Book your reservation early!

OT
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved everything.❤️
Food was excelent, The Place is so beautiful!!! 😍
The service was very good!!! 😃

E
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was good but very disorganized when I arrived, spoke to 3 different people to check in for reservation and then they still reported that we didn't show up...!?! Good tacos and liked that they had gf beer, but confused as to why we didn't get salsa and limes on the side as we did last time. A bit too loud to have a conversation but great server, very attentive, and food came quickly.

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