El Catrin, one of the most popular restaurants in Toronto, has built it’s reputation by delivering on traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and well-serviced atmosphere to offer totally transportive dining experiences
Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs Chef Le Calvez’s sharing-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. The decor features a breathtaking mural that took Mexican street artist Oscar Flores over 100 days to complete & the nearly year-round patio has been named one of the best in the country
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Guacamole en la Mesa
Avocado, tomato, onion, fresh cilantro, serrano chili
Banana fritter, dulce de leche, crushed salted peanuts, chocolate and strawberry sauce
Pulled chicken, chipotle tomato sauce, black bean puree, menonita cheese
Food was very good but seats and table was so dirty..
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience, and appreciate your feedback regarding the overall service. We fully understand that there is no excuse for service that misses the mark, so please know that your feedback has been heard. We do hope that you will give us the chance to show you a more memorable visit. All the very best, Stuart K.
I’d say they have the best margarita in TO. Also the guacamole is really good!
Mel, it's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine and drinks! We are honoured to have the best margarita in Toronto! Come back anytime for more margaritas and guacamole. Best, Stuart K.
I bring my friends to this place because the decor is so beautiful. The one drawback is the food. It’s too saucy / greasy for my liking and I love Mexican food. For someone who is new to Mexican or enjoys pub food this review wouldn’t be helpful. Will come back for the churros and the guacamole/chips which are pretty much the best two items on the menu.
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are truly sorry to hear that your experience was anything less than outstanding. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that was not to your liking had you brought it to our attention. We are happy you enjoyed our beautiful setting and our crowd favourites, the guacamole and churros. We hope your next experience is more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.
Unfortunately, I would not recommend El Catrin. While the service was excellent and the ambience perfect, the food was bland and not what I’d consider traditional Mexican. It was disappointing because I’d read so many positive things about it.
Once outdoor dining opens up again in the city, I’d recommend El Catrin’s large outdoor space. Comfortable seating, we were kept warm with heaters, there was lots of space and health precautions were well in place.
Tania, thank you for taking the time to leave an incredible review! We are delighted we provided you with exceptional service and allowed you to feel comfortable on our outdoor heated patio. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future! All the best, Stuart K.
Great experience overall. Food was really good. Had the fish tacos which were amazing! Loved the music and heated patio as well
Great to be able to sit in the open air during covid. Good menu, good service and good experience, thanks.
I love this place, I'll just suggest they have more heaters because it can get really cold. I'm writing this in November 2020. This year we really can use some patios with a good heat.
Even with heaters, feet and hands were frozen.
Perfect spot for an outdoor date night. Food was delicious!
Disappointed about the service and the food. Overrated.
Food is amazing and they have a great patio! Definitely would go back
We ordered drinks and tacos only. My bf was served his tacos first we waited 20 plus mins and had to ask another server for the other tacos as we were splitting them. I watched numerous orders of fish tacos come out after .... Our waiter didn't even apologize on the mess up/ wait
Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. There is no excuse for service that misses the mark, so please know that we genuinely apologize that your experience fell short. That said, we encourage guests to bring forward any concerns they have during their visit so we have the opportunity to make things right. A manager would have been happy to speak with you, had you mentioned anything. We hope to welcome you again to show you a better experience in the future. Best, Stuart K.
Amazing food (especially the guacamole!), great atmosphere and felt very safe and spaced out in terms of Covid. The heat lamps worked really well to keep it nice and warm on the patio despite the cold weather
We had fabulous food, margaritas, and an awesome, gregarious server.
Had a bday dinner here and it was just the nicest :)
Great food and drinks, as always. Good service and atmosphere. Even with the heaters our table was a bit cold, though, and it was 11 degrees so during the winter they may need more heaters.
I was refused access to the washroom as I am unable to wear face masks and I have a medical condition certification from my doctor. I will never go back there and I won’t recommend it for people with disabilities since they are very disrespectful towards it.
Food was great! Service was great, friendly and helpful.
Coffees at the end we were 50/50 divided. Some were happy some wasnt. We weren’t there for the coffee so it doesn’t matter
The ambiance is amazing! ne of the best patios that I have ever been.
There should be 2 lines, we had to wait for over 15 min in line with many people who did not have reservations, restaurant should have fast tracked those that had reservations instead of making us wait with everyone.
The tasting menu was great value for the money. Our server had to many large tables and it took a long time to get our drinks. Food was excellent.
We felt very safe dining here and that’s what it’s all about these days. We were seated underneath a warming light as though we were McDonalds French fries and enjoyed excellent service and generously filled tacos, margaritas and tequila shots. Quite frankly, the space between tables is a welcome change from Before Times when the table next door could bear witness. It was lovely to be able to chat about everything without a nearby table having to hear the sordid details of our pandemic sex lives!
Thank you so much for leaving a fantastic review, Sharon. We are so glad we met all of your expectations and provided a safe dining experience for you and your guests. Our guests are our top priority. We look forward to welcoming you back for more tacos, drinks and good conversation! All the best, Stuart K.
The service and the food were amazing! I will go back!
Our meal was amazing! Patio was perfect for a warm sunny November day!
El Catrin patio - wow the food and ambience is superb. As usual the waitstaff is overrun as they have been for many years. Owners: ONE more waiter would improve the dining experience and encourage me to visit more than 1x every 5 years.
Tequila Ponche! ;) Guacamole is algo interesting. Pastor tacos not bad, just a bit sty.
Food was fantastic as always. Felt safe & comfortable with the distancing of the tables. Lovely ambiance.
Great service, great food and very accommodating patio with heaters
The best Mexican restaurant in all Toronto!! Best Guacamole and service without comparison!! Definitely my favorite restaurant!! Thank you so much for everything!!
Cesar, thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic review. We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience so much! What an honour to be called the best Mexican restaurant in Toronto. We cannot thank you enough and we look forward to your next visit! Best, Stuart K.
One of the best patios to visit in the colder months with heaters, fire pit and overall warm vibes.
There was hair in one of the food items and in the cutlery. I appreciate the server removing 2 food items from
The menu but I would have expected a nice establishment like El Catrin wouldn’t have been subjected to this.
This was my first time. The ambience was outstanding. Food delicious. Perfect for a heated patio setting. Would highly recommend. Especially for a socially distant option with friends.
If you’re going to their patio make sure to dress warm. By the end of it my feet were frozen as their heaters are on top. Food, tequlia cocktails, service and ambiance were all really good. Definitely get the fish tacos and the sojos! Didn’t like the spicy chicken taco’s as much, they were average.
Very covid safe protocols in place. We got the tasting menu and it took a full 2 hours to finish the whole thing, which isn't good because by the time the desserts came we were all full.
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to making your next visit more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.
Good restaurant to visit with friends. Good food and good service
Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away, Mary. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K
Winter Patio: really well equipped, warm and organized. Good food, especially the Baja tacos.
We're happy to hear that we made some delicious recommendations! It's great you got to enjoyed our Baha tacos. We'd love to welcome you back again soon to try some more flavourful tapas! Until then, Stuart K.
Wonderful service and wonderful food and drink. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience!
Thank you for this exceptional review, Alice! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our cuisine so much, and we hope to welcome you back again soon to discover more favourites. Best, Stuart K.
I had the vegetarian beet tacos and the cauliflower appetizer. Everything was delicious. Lattes are amazing
Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled our veggie options hit the spot. Looking forward to welcoming you back sometime soon. Until then, Stuart K.
Food and drinks were amazing as always! Sometimes the bartending isn't the best but the kitchen never disappoints!
It was a pleasure to have you join us. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We'll be looking forward to your next visit. Until then, Stuart K.
El Catrin is rated 4.5 stars by 4265 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.