El Catrin

4.5
3496 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
El Catrin has grown to be one of the most popular restaurants in the City of Toronto by delivering on both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a fun, lively well serviced atmosphere in the Distillery Historic District. Boasting a sharing-style menu and one of Canada's largest mescal and tequila menus,
El Catrin offers a unique experience and incredible atmosphere that is just plain fun. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you will taste a little bit of everything.

On the inside, the decor features a breathtaking mural that that took over 100 days to complete. On the outside, El Catrin boasts one of the best patios in the city that is not only enormous but open 3/4 of the year. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you
will taste a little bit of everything.
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly recommend. Reserve well in advance if you want to get your preferred time.

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SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The highlight of our weekend in the city. Atmosphere was lively and fun, staff were beyond friendly and knowledgeable- I mean EVERYONE- the hostesses, waiter, food delivery staff- every single person was fabulous! Food - out of this world delicious.
Will absolutely be back!!

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C
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I there for dinner. So much to choose from on the menu, so we just asked waiter, David, to pick for us. He did an amazing job, bringing us small plates, one after another. He didn't try to pick most expensive and he kept checking if we had enough. All items were delicious - fresh and tasty. Thank you.

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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a great time at El Catrin, the food and service was great. They made my birthday celebration even better. Thank you for allowing me to have a great time with my friends.

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

Took my kids iver March Break. Short wait for table. Excellent service and the manager came to speak with my 10/12 yr old kids. Fish tacos delish, guacamole amazing. Churros decadent. Never disappointed.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Nice environment but very expensive food for what it is.

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RC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We absolutely loved our experience here. Our server was awesome and made honest recommendations for us. Definitely worth a visit!!

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

The food is delicious and creative. The
Service was excellent- thank you Jose!

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FC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific Atmosphere; Wonderful Waiter (Ricardo); Amazing Food -- Beautiful presentation to top it off.
Busy but not CRAZY busy on a Wednesday evening -- make a reservation.

Frank C., Toronto

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GB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very welcoming staff both at the door and with our server.

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AE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pamela made our visit very enjoyable! She was very friendly and funny!

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had mixed feelings about our experience. The service was great and the food flavours were good. I'm vegetarian and my partner is not so we ordered mostly vegetarian with a few meat items. We were told food would come in any order and that the meat may come first which it did. At other tapas restaurants food has been nicely spaced and if there was a meat dish, a veggie dish always came with it. We also felt packed in like sardines. When the people at the table beside us left they actually had to move their table so there was enough space for them to leave. It wasn't possible to have a private conversation.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Barely ordered any food and bill was huge. Waitress seemed annoyed we were a big group. Table was sticky. Greeting and explanation of menu was not good

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RS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice food and environment

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing drops and service for dinner this past Saturday. I will be back soon for sure to taste more of their delicious menu!

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SW
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great server great atmosphere

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b
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had been trying to get to El Catrin for years - it was worth the wait and definitely lived up to its reputation. Upon arrival the waiter explained the food would best be enjoyed tapas style, just having everyone share all plates - that is the way to do it. We took his advice on many of his recommendations - everything was absolutely delicious. Everyone had a different favorite but not one dish disappointed. The decor is wonderful and Jose the waiter was great, knew the dishes and added to the celebration of our evening. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing as always! Food is great, best margaritas. Moderately priced but definitely worth it. Baja tacos are worth the trip themselves!

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NH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had excellent service and attention to detail and enjoyed the amazing tasting menu. Would definitely go again and loved the ambiance of the place - fantastic art!

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FN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing food and the service is excellent! The atomospehere is eclectic and fun!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing, food, service - a wonderful night out trying different drinks and yummy food. Top score in my books.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

One dish came way later than the others. The excuse offered was rather unusual and defied common sense.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

very expensive. if it were just the food itself it wouldn't be worth the price (there's much better Mexican style food in Toronto) however part of the price is made up for the experience that you get. I'd recommend it once per year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Good service, but slow at the front door (we waited 15 min to be served)

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PL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

If people reserve a table they should not be waiting 15-20 minutes to be seated, specially when there is plenty of open tables.

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PA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent, servers knowledgable great tequila menu!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

The quality of food is not that great which is a big disappointment but otherwise everything was great
I spent a lot of money but didn’t came to great value for food order only!!!

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Latin themed restaurant in the heart of the city. Creative fusion of north and south American food. Definite must try.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto! Going to dinner here is such a fun experience - also the food is outstanding!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The place is beautiful, different and great atmosphere. It was packed as usual. We started with the guacamole, it was just ok, not great. We had family style platter parrillada with meat for the table plus esquites (corn) and Molotes. We also ordered fish and pork tacos and sopes too. We ended with churros. Food all tasted great and we were also very excited about the margaritas. I love their margaritas. We ordered a pitcher for the “girls” to drink there were 3 of us but it turned out one of us couldn’t drink so a whole pitcher for two of us! Woo hoo! Didn’t think we could finish it but we did, and I honestly believe there weren’t 10’shots in there like there was supposed to be, we weren’t even buzzed!
Now that was a disappointment considering it cost $60 and our meal was over $600 with tip!! Your food is good, ambience great but please don’t skim on my drinks :( guys we’re still hungry after so we ordered them some more tacos. Everything is tapas one or two bites at most so keep that in mind.

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IM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Jose was very personal and gave us amazing service. It was an amazing experience.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Girls'night out and we ordered the Chef's tasting menu...fabulous. margarita was amazing!!! Can't wait to go back

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A great snowy Saturday with my 3 grown sons. El Catrin provided the perfect backdrop to a really fun time with a lot of excellent food.
I’ll be back with my friends.

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GW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service... great guacamole !!
Small portions but quality was not compromised!
Will be back again for more :)

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

A bit overpriced for the actual size of the meals.
Guacamole is great, the rest of the menu not that much.

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic place and food ! Would definitely recommend.

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The tacos were amazing the scallops witht the coconut not so much. Spent like 100 dollars on food and went home still hungry so value is low. Still and experience to go there

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful atmosphere!

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food was very good - lots of interesting flavors and nicely prepared/presented. Server was fabulous with great recommendations. A bit more expensive than some places (in part because many items are tapas style so you need to order more than you might initially think), but worth it

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Just an ok place!! Food is not special.

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