El Catrin

4.5
4290 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
All people entering must wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth, & chin. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 4290 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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Cell
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

Great food and service but the “heated” patio should be covered - otherwise, not worth it!!

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Marcus
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious! We went on a Friday night with a group of friends and it was a blast! Definetly a chilly night but we dressed up in layers and got sat next to the fire - so great! Cocktails and tacos were unbeatable, and Ricordo's service was amazing (despite being in the cold all night!!!)

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RachelleB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Richardo was our server and he was amazing made my birthday eve dinner amazing!!!

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Claire
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

It was a very cold evening. Patio will gain à lot of advantage by adding some plastic on exterior to hold some heat from heat lamps. Also, if you want to maintain a winter outdoor venue, lower heat lamps could help to avoid frozen feet.

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Claire, thank you for stopping by and joining us on our patio. We're thrilled to see that you loved our cuisine and had amazing service. We appreciate your feedback regarding the heat lamps on our outdoor patio and it will be passed along to the rest of the team for review. We'd love to have you join us again soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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LillyO
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent and fast service. Great food, reasonable prices.

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Lilly, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! From the moment you walk in you can expect a welcoming team to take care of you. Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic feedback and we look forward to serving you more delicious dishes soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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SusanP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great January night on the patio (because of covid restrictions no indoor dining). Lots of heaters to keep us warm, friendly waitstaff, best margaritas and tasty food.

El Catrin
Responded 4 days ago

Susan, it was a pleasure having you dine with us on our heated patio. We're thrilled to hear that you loved our tasty dishes and margaritas. Thanks for leaving your review and we'd love to welcome you back for another great time! All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

DONT COME HERE, ITS FREEZING. The patio is not covered and even though they say that it’s heated. It’s barely heated. I had to eat with my gloves on. It’s so cold that I couldn’t enjoy the food at all. The food came out and it got cold right away. I wouldn’t recommend this patio.

El Catrin
Responded on January 12, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We are disappointed to hear that you didn't have the experience you deserve while dining with us. We are sorry that our heaters didn't quite do the trick to enjoy your meal on our patio. Please know that your feedback and suggestions have been heard and passed along to the rest of the team. We look forward to the next time you join us for a table inside. All the best, Stuart K.

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Akash
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Bad food, overpriced. Good drinks but that's it.
Mason was good.

El Catrin
Responded on January 12, 2022

Thanks for your review, Akash. While we're glad you loved our cocktails and had wonderful service from Mason, it's disappointing to hear that we didn't hit the mark when it comes to flavours. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and we wish we could've given you this impression. We hope you will choose to visit us again to try more of our tasty menu options. We know there is something perfect on the menu for everyone. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad that El Catrin is still operating during this lockdown! Highlight of our week, and still felt safe while dining!

El Catrin
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for stopping by and joining us for a lovely meal. We're so glad our environment allowed you to feel safe during these difficult times. It was a pleasure having you dine with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Rose
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience1

It was way too cold! The outdoor seating is not what I expected it to be. They have heaters and a fire pit. But they also need heaters for your legs down. Because your feet and legs will freeze. They sell blankets for $10bucks! Why don't give it complimentary or tell people when booking, please feel free to bring a blanket. They could also maybe even line the sides of the patio so it will block off some cold. I don't think outdoor dining in winter will work for this place.

El Catrin
Responded on January 12, 2022

Rose, thank you for stopping by. We are disappointed to hear that you didn't have the experience you deserve while dining with us. We are sorry that our heaters didn't quite do the trick to enjoy your meal on our patio. Please know that your feedback and suggestions have been heard and passed along to the rest of the team. We look forward to the next time you join us for a table inside. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The place was beautiful and cozy as per the open patio. But I was not happy with the food, chicken tacos were on my table 5 min after I placed order and it tasted as if it was already prepared for someone else and was served to me. Overall it would have been a great experience if they would have served fresh tacos. Fish tasted good. And I feel not worth the cost as per quality of chicken tacos. My husband is a chef and was disappointed.

El Catrin
Responded on January 11, 2022

While we're delighted you enjoyed our atmosphere and open patio, it's disappointing that we didn't quite hit high on your expectations when it comes to our cuisine. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that wasn't to your standard. I can assure you that our chef and his team prepare everything fresh and to order. Regardless, we hear your feedback and it will be passed along. We hope you'll give us another chance to show you the experience we are proud of. Best, Stuart K.

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vipJUANJOSEM
Mexico City
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Nos tocó un día muy frío y por las nuevas restricciones comer en la terraza, esto no es responsabilidad del restaurante pero perjudica la experiencia

El Catrin
Responded on January 11, 2022

Juan Jose, thank you for joining us and leaving your review! While we are glad you loved our cuisine and had amazing service, we apologize for the poor experience due to the cold weather. We hope you will choose to visit us again for a table inside, once restrictions permit. Until next time, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and the restaurant looks so nice! Mason was a great server.

El Catrin
Responded on January 11, 2022

It's wonderful to have your support! We're so glad you enjoyed the five-star experience we're known for and you expected from us. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Mason for his incredible service and hope to see you for another delicious meal soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing time and would highly recommend El Catrin to anyone who enjoys Mexican cuisine

El Catrin
Responded on January 7, 2022

Thanks for coming to see us and leaving your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience. Please let us know if there is anything we could do to make your next visit an even better one. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipKonstantin
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great place to check out Mexican food, from more traditional dishes to California style interpretations. I personally think that the place is perfect for sharing.

Check out their margaritas, guac, and habanero salsa. You will not regret it.

From the service side, everyone was friendly. Yet, the staff were disorganized, standing in way of guests, not taking the orders properly, spiking milk on our jacket, and also leaving peroxide on the table, which was not acceptable. They tried hard, you can tell, but made many rookie mistakes.

I would recommend going.

El Catrin
Responded on January 7, 2022

Konstantin, thank you for joining us and enjoying our Mexican dishes. We're so glad that you enjoyed our margaritas, guacamole and habanero salsa while you were here! We are sorry to hear that the service wasn't up to the standard you deserve. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback here and it will be passed along accordingly. We hope to welcome you back again soon to discover more favourites. All the best, Stuart K.

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LaurenG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Used it be great! They are pre-cooking their food and charging the same. Way too salty and not at all fresh. Used to be great food but seriously falling short. Hopefully they can maintain their standard after the Christmas market ends.

El Catrin
Responded on January 6, 2022

Thanks for providing your feedback, Lauren. We're very sorry that your recent experience was anything less than outstanding. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that wasn't to your liking. Furthermore, we assure you that the quality and freshness of our food has not changed due to the Distillery Winter Village. Regardless, we have taken your feedback very seriously. Thanks for being a regular guest and we know we'll make your next visit exceptional. Best, Stuart K.

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Katt
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints. Indoor dining was just a fun and energetic as outdoor. Tacos were delicious. We had a selection of the pork, beef and chicken. Our server Jose was very helpful and attentive as well!

El Catrin
Responded on January 6, 2022

Katt, we're so glad to hear you got to try a variety of our tacos and loved them all! It was a pleasure having you dine with us and providing you with excellent and attentive service. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Jose. We would be happy to welcome you back to El Catrin again for more of your favourites. Best, Stuart K.

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BeatriceC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The ambience was great! The staff was also lovely. Overall the good and drinks were good, but a little pricey for the quality. Would go again!

El Catrin
Responded on December 14, 2021

Beatrice, thanks for your kind words about our space! We're glad you loved our ambiance, food and drinks. 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 look forward to welcoming you back for another lovely meal. Best, Stuart K.

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vipNataliaZ
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was amazing, good size portions too! We did have to wait over 20 min past our reserved time for our table, but the quick service made up for it.

El Catrin
Responded on December 13, 2021

Natalia, thank you for joining us and leaving your review! We're so glad that you loved our flavours and portion sizes. We apologize for the wait to be seated at your table but are thrilled that the incredible service from our staff made up for it. We hope to have you join us again for some more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipTorontoGamblers
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my team of 10 for staff holiday dinner and it was just a great experience. The service was fast and friendly, we had a big enough group to try almost everything on the menu and didn’t have 1 bad bite. The ahi tuna tostada was particularly delicious and the fish tacos were much bigger than expected and also very good. The atmosphere was just about perfect, busy and buzzing but not so loud that we couldn’t have a conversation. We went over our 3 hour time slot and they politely reminded us a few times which is totally fair… the 3 hours just flew by. Thanks for a great night!

El Catrin
Responded on December 13, 2021

It was our absolute pleasure to host you and your colleagues for your holiday dinner. Thank you for joining us and leaving this incredible review. We're so happy to hear that you loved every single item ordered, especially the tostadas vallarta and baja tacos. Come back to see us soon for more perfect flavours! Best, Stuart K.

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CathyN
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Staf we’re amazing and we recommend this restaurant!

El Catrin
Responded on December 7, 2021

We're so thrilled our staff made your experience exceptional, Cathy. Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We'd love to welcome you back for another great time. All the best, Stuart K.

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Ranin
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was amazinggggg he truly made our experience exceptional 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

El Catrin
Responded on December 7, 2021

Ranin, thanks for your phenomenal feedback about your server! We're beyond thrilled to hear that you were provided with the exceptional service you deserve. We hope to see you back our way soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and great service from our server Mike!

El Catrin
Responded on December 1, 2021

Scott, our guests deserve only the absolute best! Thank you for showing your support. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Mike for him incredible service. Come back to see us anytime you're in the area! All the best, Stuart K.

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Bornella
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked a table for 8.
One of my friend is Peruvian and he lived in different areas of South America and Central America, Mexico included. He confirmed that the food is 100% tasting like what he remembers and everything we tasted was delicious.
Our waiter was friendly and attentive.
We had a bit of a trouble towards the end as I had to pay a deposit of 25$ per person but it wasn't deduced from the bill. The staff had some troubles sorting that out but we figured out something.
It seems to be a recent issue and I hope it will get sorted out before I go back.

El Catrin
Responded on November 24, 2021

Bornella, thank you for joining us and appreciating our amazing flavours of Mexico. We're so happy to hear that you and your friends all enjoyed their dishes and had excellent, friendly service from the waiter. We hear your feedback here regarding the reservation deposit. As this is new to many of the staff, there is a learning curve that is being sorted immediately. Thanks again and we hope to have you join us again for some more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing waiter- Alex is new and is fantastic!

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you for the incredibly high praises about your experience, especially the service from Alex! We are very thankful to hear this and will be passing this compliment along. We look forward to seeing you at El Catrin again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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KatieM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We were there for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend. Great ambiance and our server was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about their tequila selection, which was the main reason we chose El Catrin! Fish tacos were a little heavy/oily, but my boyfriend’s tacos were amazing! Overall very good experience.

El Catrin
Responded on November 23, 2021

Katie, we're so glad you chose to dine with us for your boyfriends birthday dinner! Thanks for taking the time to leave your review and provide your feedback regarding the baja tacos. We're thrilled you enjoyed your overall experience and look forward to your next visit. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was wonderful and ambience was great! Can’t wait to return.

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

We're so glad you could stop by! It's great to hear you enjoyed our wonderful cuisine and ambiance. Thanks for your support and we look forward to your return. Until then, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Great atmosphere and wonderful table service

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

We're happy we made sure you had a memorable time at El Catrin for your anniversary dinner. Thank you for showing your support. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again for another great meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Very efficient staff

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding our staff members. We're so glad you had a great experience dining with us. We hope that you'll join us again the next time you are around. All the best, Stuart K.

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FranciscoM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

All is great, except 3 hours of straight regeaton music, enough to drive anyone insane, change it up please

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

Francisco, we're glad you had a wonderful time with us. Thank you for providing your feedback regarding the music. We will pass this on to the El Catrin team. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Kimcanuck
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place to grab a bite and service was exceptional!

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Kim. It is wonderful you enjoyed the exceptional service we're known for and you expected from us. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal! All the best, Stuart K.

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VictorA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I think the portions of the food were small, specifically for the sopes, other than that I really enjoyed my time there.

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Victor, thanks for providing your feedback to us regarding the size of the sopes. We will be passing this along to our team. It's wonderful you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again for another tasty mea. All the best, Stuart K.

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MatHersh
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and friendly service would highly recommend.

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Mat, it's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine and friendly service. Hoping we'll see you again the next time you're around. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipGemmaC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Great service, fantastic food and atmosphere was wonderful. We sat outside and the heaters were great alongside the fire for a November evening.

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Gemma, it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed our amazing year-long, heated outdoor patio! Thank you for leaving your fantastic review. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon for another 5-star experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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Juju
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time for lunch! Not to busy and great service!

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Juju, thanks for leaving your fantastic review! It was a pleasure hosting you for lunch and providing you with excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional experience in the future. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for business lunch

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks for joining us for your business lunch! We're thrilled you enjoyed every aspect of your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Jcee
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! We had a fantastic time

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

J, we're so glad to hear you had a fantastic dining experience with us! Thank you for leaving your review. We look forward to seeing you our way again soon for another great time. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place! I will be craving the cauliflower dish for a long time…highly recommend.

El Catrin
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for this exceptional review! We're so glad to hear you loved the Coliflor so much. We'd love to welcome you back for more perfect flavours. All the best, Stuart K.

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Shern
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere and great food a great way for for friends to ease into post pandemic socialization.

El Catrin
Responded on November 10, 2021

Shern, it's so wonderful having our guests back to dining with us. Thanks for joining us and leaving your great review. We're so glad you enjoyed our atmosphere and delicious food. We'd love to see you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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FabianeA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

atmosphere cool in the city, great service and very good ceviche… enjoy!

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Fabiane, we're so glad your enjoyed the ceviche when you were here! Thanks for joining us. We'd love to see you back our way soon for another exceptional experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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El Catrin is rated 4.5 stars by 4290 OpenTable diners.

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