El Catrin

4.4
3083 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Fun
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
Opened summer of 2014 in the Distillery District is El Catrin Destileria. With a stunning hand painted 20'x60' mural and one of the best patios and cocktail lists in the city, this Authentic Mexican eatery with a lively vibe and fun staff is guaranteed fun. Chef Le Calvez who moved here from Mexico City loves showing Torontonians the fresh flavours that represent true Mexican cuisine and culture.

Please note all reservations are for our indoor space only. The patio is first come first serve.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday:
11:30am - 11:00pm

Thursday:
11:30am - 12:00am

Friday:
11:30am - 1:00am

Saturday:
11:00am - 1:00am

Sunday:
11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 203-2121
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Olivier Le Calvez
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Parliament & Mill Street
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Public Transit
short walk from King Street streetcar and Parliament bus
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
3,083 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
59%
Very Good
26%
Good
11%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Good tacos, not great if you wanna customize your tacos (such as switch up the toppings)

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Please include parrillada at lunch menu, at least to start parrillada by 1:00pm it will be great .. honestly is the best we love at the catrin 👍

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always love El Catrin! Such a good vibe and the food is never short than tasty! Best guacamole in the city!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Location, atmosphere, and ambiance are the value proposition. If you’re really hungry, and you just want a meal you won’t be satisfied as portions are small and in the spirit of tapas.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Table side guacamole was bland. Needed salt and more lime. Portions were extremely small. Shrimp tacos were inedible. Not one of the four people at the table could eat it.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything about this place was great. It is loud so if you want quiet this place may not be for you

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1.0Dined 4 days ago

First time there and still didnt see what was the hype was about.
Limey margarita didnt even taste the alcohol
Food was not impreasive at all.
The service was very slow.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food and great drinks! Made for a memorable birthday with my love. Thank you.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was not as good as anticipated, tacos are very small and not as flavourful as I'd like, the corn on the cob did not taste fresh, the guac was nice but overly acidic. Beautiful space though and the food came very fast.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

No reservations allowed for outside was a major disappointment! Food, service, and ambiance was excellent! Portions could be better.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I had a birthday lunch with family and the attention was superb. Food was very tasty as well!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

I have been going to El Catrin for several years now and have NEVER been disappointed. Great, authentic food, brilliant ambiance, terrific staff and excellent value. Don't be afraid to explore while you are there. Although my go to is the fish tacos, I have yet to have anything there that was not full of flavour and texture, all exceptionally presented. And of course, have the guacamole to start, made fresh tableside!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great marina was amazing!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great food and services. Prices are a bit high for the amount of food you actually get.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

My wife and I were in town for our anniversary. We chose El Catrin for lunch and it did not disappoint. The margaritas were the best we’ve had outside of Mexico, and the ceviche was spot on (Atun)

I would highly recommend El Catrin!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

She forgot our corn. Other than that, it was great.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Delicious food served up quickly in a great location! Fresh, flavourful, authentic Mexican fare.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

What a great dining experience! We had a late dinner — two friends and myself — and it was exceptional. From the hip, beautifully designed decor to the fantastic service to delicious food, we were not disappointed! And the pitcher of margaritas made one of my friends a convert. So fun. It’s the kind of place that I would love to go to again. The menu has great options, but I could definitely have the fish tacos every time. Yum.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I found the service a bit rushed, they wanted to serve us as quickly as possible in order to free the table up for another group.
Given the type of menu it is, it should be a more relaxed meal and not a race

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Had a brirthday lunch with my family and we had a good time. The service was fast and extremely friendly and I even got complimentary birthday treat that was unexpected surprise. We had a great time and the decor is definitely something to talk about!

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Going for maybe the 10th time here as a local spot, you need to expect poor service and High prices as a standard
The ambiance is just very beautiful and hard to pass up

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Our table is actually too close to the kitchen door. There are 2 accidents when we ate there. But service is good.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Portions are very small for the price. I go there more for the ambience rather for the food. There are other high cusine mexican restaurants that offer better food and bigger portions. Also the presentation in the "Carne Asada/ Arrachera" is not nice at all.
The only plate that I really love is the Ensalada Destilería It is Awesome!!!
Also I was wondering if you could save some space for reservations in the patio since it is really nice and it is a shame that reservations have to be mandatory inside. Not nice.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great decor, great food, great customer service! The mood was great. All the staff was very attentive and quick when serving the food. We are from nyc and were blown away by this place. The food was delish and the decor was so detailed and beautiful. The churros were the highlight of the night!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Love the decor (Instagram worthy) and our server was wonderful & friendly. The tacos and guacamole were delicious and the churros were a decadent ending to our meal. They didn’t mark us as arrived in their system, but were quick to correct it when I called them to let them know.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Amazing experience and delicious food

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Not a great place if you are vegetarian. Limited options and they do not swap out meat for veggies.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Greta food and great service! The patio is great for days where it's not too hot and the inside is really awesome too so you won't feel like you're missing out. I get the vegetarian tacos when I go - and of course a guacamole and/or queso to share, and there's tons of options for meat eaters too. Definitely recommend if you're eating in the area.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The food was quite underwhelming. Everything lacked seasoning and the portions were small. Service also left a lot to be desired. We were constantly being approached by servers with food for another table, they seemed very unorganised.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Very good food. A bit pricey. Greeted very nicely but service not as good.

Bathrooms were disgusting.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Very good food, innovative and well prepared and presented, and friendly service. But limited vegetarian options and noise levels precluded conversations across a large table

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Service was good food was good but portions were very small. Overall pretty good but for the value no. If you’re hungry I don’t suggest this place. Guacamole was good and was charged for our birthday cake, we thought it was complimentary

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Very nice! Did the tasting menu - fantastic meal.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excellent service from the moment we arrived to departure. Best fish tacos ever.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I loved it, sat outside, had a cold beverage and enjoyed the surroundings.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Amazing food and fun energetic vibes. Usually great service but server from my last meal was terrible. Wrong orders appetizers were served after the meals had been on the table for 15 minutes. She told us our order was right when it was not. Talked down to us the entire meal. Receipt was incorrect. Didn't apologize for any mistakes. Had to order a beer 3 times before it was served (waited for 30 minutes). Usually have the best time at El Catrin but last server was far below El Catrin's usual standard.

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

House lager and watermelon margarita were very good! We dined in for tacos but the overall flavour was sub par and dry (we tried 4 different options). Would go again for just drinks on the patio but probably wouldn’t opt in for a meal.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

One of the best Mexican restaurants I have ever been to! Definitely recommend it

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

if the food wasn't go great, I wouldn't return. The food is so amazing. The service...not so much. Watching the waiters fight with each other and waiting forever for drink refills and orders to arrive is almost not worth returning.

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