El Catrin

4.4
3314 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Outdoor Eating
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 - 10:00pm

Thursday & Friday
11:30am - 12:00am

Saturday:
11:00am - 12:00am

Sunday:
11:00am - 10:00pm
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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 3314 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.6
Ambience
3.9
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We were seated at 3:15 and ordered drinks and then asked if we wanted the lunch or dinner menu. Not realizing the difference we said dinner. It was way more expensive, very small serving sizes, and had way less choice. We won’t make that mistake again. Go for the lunch menu.

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

We weren't sure what to expect.
What we got was a wonderful experience with interesting décor, an extremely helpful waiter and a very tempting menu. The restaurant was full so I actually thought we might have to wait a bit for our meal but it came much faster than I expected under any circumstances. We each had something different and NO ONE would share!!! Now that speaks volumes for the taste as far as I'm concerned.
I recommend El Catrin and look forward to my next visit.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The place was ok for lunch but they kept opening a door next to the bar and leaving it open making it very uncomfortable and cold.

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ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely break from wandering through the Toronto Christmas market. Delicious lunch and wonderful refreshing margaritas. Good friendly service.

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MB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Disappointed... service was slow. Food was "average in quality and flavor" but overly expensive for sure.
A burrito with mostly rice and very little vegetables and cost almost $20.00

I won't be back.

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

Great food! Great service! Excellent margaritas!

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I have been to Mexico three times and honestly I liked El Catrin's guacamole better then any I had in Mexico! Awesome food, amazing drinks and great service.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant. Our server was wonderful!
Gave the food a 4 star only because we had 1 dish (charred corn in a tiny container) that we did not fancy. The rest was great. Was my bday & chef gave me a little cake with a candle ‘on the house’....I really appreciated this!!! Will definitely be back & cant wait to try the patio!!

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Quality was good however
quantity for the price was poor

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Authentic Mexican cuisine! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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P
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great food! Amazing service!
Ambience was perfect for a lunch with friends during the Christmas Market!

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N
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The service was horrible, anytime I wanted to order something or ask anything I had to wave down the person. They were very rude and the food was not worth the suffering through the horrendous service that I had to deal with. I will never go back and tell everyone to not go there.

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W
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love this place. The food has so many flavors that you taste. Servers are very knowledgeable about the food and beverage offerings, and are fun! The baja fish tacos are the best every plus I can say the same for the churros.

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g
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great time for lunch. Food was delicious and servers were attentive. Our only issue was it was cold sitting next to the front door area even though there is a curtain separating the main door and the restaurant since the door kept on opening and closing.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

As usual, had a fantastic night with friends.
We’ve been coming here for years. However their sangria pitchers are now $60.
Unfortunately that is a game changer for us.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible service, food, and recommendations! Counting down when we can go back againZ

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and Roady, our waiter, was very helpful recommending food and wine selection. Really pays to make a reservation this time of year

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious but quite pricey and small portions (meant to share like tapas style)

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A
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience at El Catrin! I took my mom for lunch and we shared the Esquites (recommended by our server) which is a small little taste of a traditional dish - it was DELICIOUS. We also shared the pulled pork tacos which were awesome. To start, we had the guacamole - that was the only thing that was just okay. Needed more salt or flavour. But everything else was fantastic. Had their mango margarita and it was the best margarita I have ever had! Loved the music and the ambience as well. Definitely recommend !

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K
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My party and I had a great time! Our waitress was patient and thorough and made our dinner experience special!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jessica was our server tonight and let me tell you, she did EVERYTHING she could to make us feel like family at this restaurant. She shared her favourites, shared about her experience at El Catrin and how the food and beverages help shape and make the environment that we enjoyed so much. Thank you sooo much. We’ll be back *arnold swarzwnAgger voice*

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m
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ceviche

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I selected the 11 course tasting menu- some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life. Staff was great but hostess’ were a little disorganized.

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n
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a birthday brunch, the service was quick and friendly, the food was amazing! Mexican brunch! They were nice enough to bring a dessert with birthday candles too. The place is absolutely gorgeous, great design!

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had an excellent experience here- food was fantastic and service was even better. Vincent was our server and was so wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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w
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very busy on a Saturday night, glad we had made reservations. The food is made for sharing which was fun and everything was really tasty. Loved the pitcher of margaritas!

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Very impressed with the décor inside. I could stare at the mural wall for hours. Fun atmosphere, a lovely spot to have a lunch or drinks and apps. We ordered 3 main dishes - was not impressed with any of them (steak, Shrimp bucket, Pork belly - which is essentially just more tacos).

Great service, and even brought out a little piece of sponge cake with a candle for my birthday. Unexpected, but kind nonetheless.

I would go again but it would only be for drinks and tacos. The main's need a lot of work in creativity, portion sizes, and flavour.

The Margarita's were great, 4 different pitcher choices. Highly recommend the Pastor tacos and Pollo Loco.

I would go back, but again, for drinks and tacos only. Great place to spend a couple of hours.

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TJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food and drinks were very good. Would prefer being able to order a single meal rather than sharing as there are not many vegetarian options. Prices are high.

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TS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Everyone was very friendly, from the greeter to the guacamole server to the waiter. The experience was great. It was more like tapas rather than a full meal and things could get pricey when you're ordering that way. Everything was delicious though. I would highly recommend the fish tacos. They were by far the best. Churros for dessert is a must. Great location.

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GG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The decor is fabulous! The food is very good too. Overall great experience with a 10 and 6 year old

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Staff was overworked, I think. Plus, it was so loud! I had trouble carrying on a conversation properly.
Otherwise, great food.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Average tacos. Average ceviche. Decent service. The tables are sticky. They are supposed to be like that. I don't like that you have to order two of the same tacos. Save yourself the time and go to La Carnitas or Gran Electric.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The environment was nice. Guacamole was wayyy too salty, it was salty last time too.

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PW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent meal- great choices- good Mexican food. Was not to keen on having all the courses delivered so fast/ what we thought was the main came first. The appetizer came after

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D
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

entree portion sizes are small so definitely need to order an appetizer or share several items with others

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We very much enjoyed this first visit, the food was good and the ambiance felt energetic. We did find the service to be a bit disjointed as we tried several times to order additional guacamole and additional nacho chips but it was forgotten by our waitress and the other staff could not assist as it wasn't their responsibility. We would definately come back for drinks and patio ambiance but it won't be our first choice to bring guests to eat inside.

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AC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time at El Catrin and I am glad I went there! Not only is it in the distillery district which makes it fun to walk around before or after your meal but it has a killer patio too!
My servers were AMAZING! The most friendliest I’ve ever had! Always smiling and took the time to chat. They suggested foods based on my likes and gave the 411 on how the restaurant works.
The food was absolutely tasty and the drinks were sooooo good! I highly recommend this place and I’ll def be back for more!

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ML
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent! Fantastic food and great service. Enviorment was casual and relaxed. Would 100% return!

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RS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very tasty food, slightly smaller portions than I would have liked but made up for it in quality. Would highly recommend.

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JR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a great experience! The wait staff were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the food was fantastic!

The ambiance is great for a night out. It’s fairly loud, so if you’re looking to have an intimate conversation, you might want to try something else.

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