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El Catrin, Toronto, ON

El Catrin

4.5
4.5
5385 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Reservations are booked for indoors only. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.


Please note, during the Distillery Winter Village November 17th to December 31st, there are limited reservations available. Please call 1-416-203-2121 or email us at reservation@thedistillery.ca for any further inquiries or questions.

Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs an ambitious, wide-ranging, tapas-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. El Catrin has built its reputation as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Toronto by offering transportive dining experiences, serving traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and award-winning atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 80 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 203-2121
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact directly.
  • Private party contact
    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363
  • Neighbourhood
    Distillery District
  • Cross Street
    Parliament & Mill Street
  • Parking Details
    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street
  • Public Transit
    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto

    Mexican

5,385 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love to come here, very good drinks and their menu was new but still pretty good, as a Mexican I really like this Mexican food

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  2. Shawn

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The service today was a bit of a miss compared to normal and what we would come to expect from El Catrin. It won’t impact our want to return just a bit disappointing.

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  3. MarcA

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was mediocre. Service was just ok. No value.,,,

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The portions were so small and the price was high. We are not going to try this restaurant again.
    El CatrinResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. It is disappointing to know that our portion sizes weren’t suited to your preferences. That being said, we hope we can impress you more the next time you choose to treat yourself. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  5. DishaJ

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love going to this place for their great ambience, drinks and food. The staff at the same time are equally warm and helpful. To live to see happy faces and that is what you get while dining in here. Thanks for a great time every time I visit. Plus the Mexican place which has fair enough of vegetarian options. Also, the drinks are really well made. Cheers!!!

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  6. DistilleryFan

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great decor and ambiance. For us, it was good to have delicious vegetarian/vegan options available. Very friendly and efficient service.

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  7. SaquibC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance with good service and food. A bit on the pricey side

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  8. Trueman832

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ElCatrin has been a favorite of mine for over 10 years now. The food is great but the ambiance is why we go. The black light day of the dead theme at night is surreal. Daytime it also has a unique vibe, a real local gem. The menu is modern and varied, the bar is second to none, and the service is always pleasant.

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  9. Tini

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and we had excellent service from Jose.

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  10. Ellie

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The order for my husband was wrong because either the noise level was too high or if you don't pronounce the Spanish pronouncuation the waiter can mix it up with something else on the menu. I wanted Adobo shrimp and I got Acopolco shrimp instead. The chorros was very greasy. But overall the decoration and vibe of restaurant is really pretty.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was wonderful and I will be back

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good ambiance, but service and food was lacking. It was my girlfriend’s birthday. We had a reservation and it was in the notes, yet she didn’t even get one “happy birthday” from the staff. The beef tacos were a massive lump of shredded beef with nothing else on it. Very unrefined. Looked like a dog’s breakfast.
    El CatrinResponded 6 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, and joining us for your girlfriend's birthday. While we're delighted you enjoyed the ambiance, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit the mark when it comes to service and your Birria Tacos. We take great pride in delivering outstanding, friendly customer service, so we're quite surprised to hear your experience was anything less than outstanding. Please know that your feedback has been heard and passed along accordingly to ensure this doesn't happen again. We hope you consider giving us another chance to demonstrate the amazing service we're known for and you deserve. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Cauliflower dish...honestly mouthwatering. Tuna Tostades were beautiful to look at, better to eat. Messy fun. I wanted a few spare chips or tostades to rescue the fallen Tuna chunks into my mouth.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good! Food was just okay. The margarita flight was excellent - I would come back for drinks but go elsewhere for food. Beautiful decor.
    El CatrinResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our Margarita Flight, decor, and service. However, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit the mark when it comes to your meal. Please know, we would have loved to replace anything that wasn’t to your liking. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals. We hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  15. SamanthaM

    Saskatoon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Roasted Coliflor was AMAZING. Cauliflower shouldn’t be that good, but it is, I promise.

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  16. KarenSD

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really gorgeous space and the staff and service are all wonderful. The margarita flight is a thing -- loved it. Will definitely be back!

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  17. Stella8411

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing shrimp, cauliflour and best quacamoli ever!!!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply amazing best food best ambience best service and best of everything

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  19. JaniceB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 2nd visit and 1st for one of us. Food was consistent and so flavorful. Service was fantastic and fast. Lots of options for a vegetarian which is very appreciated. Cocktails are fun too.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the energy and vibe here! Beautifully appointed decor in a great area! Would highly recommend

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food portions were so small :/ service was good tho
    El CatrinResponded on May 1, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. While we're pleased to hear you were provided with good service, it's disappointing to know that our portion sizes weren’t suited to your preferences. That being said, we hope you give us another opportunity to welcome you in for the chance to try some more of our flavourful dishes, the next time you decide to treat yourself. Best regards, Stuart K.

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  22. AshleyS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you're not driving, the margarita flight is the way to go. Any time I'm in Toronto I try to make it to El Catrin for a meal. All of their tacos are great, as is the ceviche, guacamole, and anything else I have tried on their menu.

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  23. RandyW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This a a favourite place and great food. My wife is Celiac and I was disappointed that all the corn tortillas are cross contaminated so we had a much reduced menu selection. But the food was great and the ambience is amazing.

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  24. michellem

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brittany gave amazing service, food was great and the margaritas were the best! Definitely going back

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  25. Itais

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great, the atmosphere is great supported by amazing design. We all felt the food was way too expensive.

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  26. SallyR

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always make a point of dining here when we come to Toronto - the food has so much flavour and is full character. The margaritas are superb and the ambiance is fun and energetic.

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  27. Alex

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, servers were nice. Excellent!!

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  28. ChristineH

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! The food is amazing and the service is always incredible. Worth every dollar.

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  29. AntoinetteK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food and ambience. Great place for authentic Mexican food.

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  30. JenniferA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, great design, awesome night!

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  31. Mucks

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, very good food and the service was amazing. Overall a wonderful night out in the Distillery.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Catrin is amazing. Great food, drinks & service. We recently had Pamela as our server and she went over and above to ensure we had a great experience. I highly recommend El Catrin. We will definitely be going back for some margaritas & tacos.

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  33. George

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was fair, our water glasses have been empty for most of the time, had to ask twice to get more water. Food was tasty but I wouldn't say there's high value for money as we paid $100 per person for 2 appetizers and 2 main dishes and food was not worth that much as food wasn't that authentic. Ambiance was pleasant and interior decoration pretty nice. Overall I'd recommend for sure but with the caveat that there shouldn't be too high of expectations.
    El CatrinResponded on April 17, 2024
    Thank you for giving us a try, George, and taking the time to provide your feedback. While we're pleased to hear you appreciated the ambiance and interior decoration, it is disappointing to hear that our dishes and service failed to meet your expectations and our standards. Please know, your glasses should have been consistently filled with water and for that, we deeply apologize. In regards to our prices, please know that while we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great! Loud environment, so it is hard to talk but the food is delicious, and comes out quickly

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  35. Poncho

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Venue, service and food quality were all outstanding.

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  36. hassamh

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was nice experience, Guacamole was really good

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We thought we chicken ordered tacos. What arrived looked and tasted nothing like tacos. Good place for drinks and guacamole.
    El CatrinResponded on April 17, 2024
    Thank you for leaving your valuable feedback. We’re sorry to know that your experience fell short of your expectations and our standards. Although, while we’re happy that you enjoyed the drinks and the Guacamole, it makes us sad to know our tacos failed to hit the spot for you. That being said, our Chef and his team work very hard to provide our guests with flavourful, Mexican cuisine, while using the freshest ingredients. Regardless, we hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. Best Regards, Stuart K.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente servicio, faltarían algunas cosas más mexicanas, como la sal de gusano, tlayuda de maíz azul, salsa de habanero… comida exquisita y de buen sabor!!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was phenomenal but the service was just okay.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been a while since I’ve been … not sure if they updated the menu or we just ordered better but I was very impressed with the food today. The watermelon salad was amazing and the tuna tostadas fresh!!! Even my papa ( that doesn’t really explore with foods are everything and loved it

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FAQs

El Catrin is rated 4.5 stars by 5385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 80 times today
Google Map for El Catrin

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Parliament & Mill Street
  • Neighbourhood
    Distillery District
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street
  • Public Transit
    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (416) 203-2121
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact directly.
  • Private party contact
    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363
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