El Catrin

4.3
3206 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Fun
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
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
What 3206 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
3.8
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This place is absolutely amazing we will definitely recommend it and we will be back!

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C
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A great lunch! Portion size could be larger though

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N
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined in the patio, very lovely despite the wind gusts. Our waiter was very well informed, the food was great & we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The food portions were too small, especially for the price it cost. Regardless of it being a tapas experience, too much for too little. It didn't taste all that great either. Won't be returning.

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UL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The ambiance, food, drink, decor and service are all exceptionally good. Each dish uniquely bursts with flavor. The portions are perfect.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Waiter..I think was Ricky (in the dinning room) was absolutely fantastic. Cheers to a really well done job!

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SD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location in the Distillery District, great food !

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Awesome food and drinks! Ambiance is excellent too but music was way too loud

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DF
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food great drinks! However limiting options for vegans.

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AQ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and the food was delicious. This was our first time and we will definitely be back.

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d
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is great and service was good too.
I found the higher chair and table combination did not allow me to sit back and enjoy the meal.
There are also ‘regular’ height tables there, and would insist on one next time.

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l
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, and great atmosphere! We will be back!

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JU
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Tasty food except for the octopus. Churros are the best of all.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice food !

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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I didn't realize this is a tapas place. The food portions were small but that's tapas for you. However it was delicious and came out really fast. The churros are the best I've ever had with 4 huge portions and 3 dipping sauces - can't be beat! The ambiance was lovely, patio is really nice, and location is amazing. The only downside are the disgusting bathrooms. They should be cleaned more often.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Server was fantastic, however food was highly disappointing. I always recommend El Catrin to out of town friends, work buddies, etc. but this was underwhelming. The steak tacos couldn't feed a 5 yr. old.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I had noted in the reservation that we were celebrating our 25th anniversary. I had asked for a nice table. We were out at a high table at the entrance. A very bad table. No recognition of the anniversary and very poor service. The couple beside us were there for their 1st and were treated to a nice sparkling wine. And had a nice server. Why ask for special instructions if you don’t follow through? Disappointed for sure. Experience doesn’t match the food.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! My husband and I went for our anniversary and we will be returning again as soon as we can make it back to Toronto! The food is incredible, service was the fastest we've ever had, and the restaurant itself is stunning. 100% recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even at 7pm on Saturday service was amazing. Food was top notch. 100% be returning

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly staff, good for, great for a meal before the theatre at Soul Pepper

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DK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Server was great, food was really good. However, your front desk staff need help. Jessica especially was surly and rude. Didn't acknowledge us when five of us came in, with a reservation.

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g
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Churros great., coffee cold., seemed too bright and music was too low

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience was great. Service and food was exceptional.

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KG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Uniquely designed restaurant in the heart of the distillery district with excellent decor and menu options.

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LH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Great place for dinner before going to a play at nearby Soul Pepper Theatre.

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RS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Really bland food, tiny portions, big prices. Took awhile before any server came to my table even though the restaurant was not busy.

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RJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Meh. All show, should concentrate more on quality food. Not good value.

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PF
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Dear Sir or Madam:
The food and décor are excellent, my friend and I enjoyed your service that day.
El Catrin is one my favorites and people that I know agree.
One small issue: The waiter charged us for two extra drinks, in error. My lady friend noticed the error, and the problem was solved.
Yours truly,
Paul Fecteau

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Super pricy for what it is..tapas. We ordered dishes that cost waaaaayyy too much for the portion you receive. Guacamole barely fed two people. I think I cried when I tasted the over priced skirt steak that was so poorly made for the price I paid. Skirt steak is not even an expensive cut. The dishes we had lacked flavour altogether. My most disappointing meal. Our waitress also seemed as if she did not even want to be there. I am not going back.

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SF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here after hearing great reviews. Loved it!

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I’ve never wasted so much money on unauthentic Mexican good. Please look at my receipt; $19 for maybe 3 bites or short ribs? If you’re Latino, or have ever had real Mexican food don’t ever waste your time and money and this place. You’re only paying for the ambience.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Ordered dinner at 5pm, my partners food arrived within 15 minutes, it was so small we thought it was a free appetizer! It was exactly enough food for a toddler, not for an adult. By 6:15 my food still hadn't arrived and our waitor was offering the bill with no clue I'd been waiting 75 minutes for my dinner to arrive. My dinner arrived 15 minutes later, 1 hour and 30 minutes after ordering. Sadly it tasted horrible, I couldn't even eat half of the plate. Our waitor offered us free shots and dessert, however, we expected to eat a full meal. The bill arrived and we were charged full price, even though my meal arrived 90 minutes after my partners meal - completely unacceptable! Needless to say we both left the restaurant hungry and very disappointed, thankfully there are other restaurants nearby and we were able to satisfactorily eat dinner elsewhere.

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BH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing - his name was Jordan. He took care of us so well and made sure we were comfortable , was knowledgable with the menu and ensured we always had water throughout the courses.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Husband’s birthday/date night. :)

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, good food it’s small portions to share, patio is wonderful with the fire and margaritas killed me :) !!!!

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant several times and have always loved it. This time I found the food quality very different. Was not as good at all and the portions for price have really seemed to change? Disappointed.

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JF
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot for an evening out with friends. Amazing food - given El Catrin is in a touristy area, one might think they would do the bare minimum with their captive audience. Au contraire, the food was spectacular, the service was polished and the Margheritas were delicious and not overly alcoholic that you could enjoy a second.

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CF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service! Our server was exceptional, I had a special birthday request that was fulfilled and a former student of ours who currently works here surprised us with a treat! The food was excellent, the vibe, decor and overall environment was great. We are repeat customers who will definitely return! Thank you!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great recommendations
Great food

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SO
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time and it was excellent. Service was fantastic.

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