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EL TRES, Thunder Bay, ON

EL TRES

4.7
4.7
289 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
El Tres is located in the heart of Thunder Bay’s Waterfront district, known for it’s wide selection of restaurant and bars within walking distance from one another. We offer an inspired menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, made fresh in-house and from scratch, as well as craft cocktails, locally brewed beers and a small wine list. Immerse yourself in our eclectic decor and casual environment, whether you are enjoying our Chef’s Tasting Dinner or sharing tacos and guacamole with friends.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (807) 344-3443
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Allan Rebelo
  • Neighbourhood
    Thunder Bay
  • Parking Details
    We have a private lot beside the restaurant. There is also public lots on the other side of us and across the street, as well as street parking.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 289 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Mexican

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Overall

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Food

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Service

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Ambience

  • Thunder Bay

    Best Value

  • Thunder Bay

    Good for groups

  • Thunder Bay

    Healthy

  • Thunder Bay

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Thunder Bay

    Good for special occasions

  • Thunder Bay

    Lively

  • Thunder Bay

    Most Booked

289 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nick is amazing! From the moment I arrived and throughout the dining experience, he made me and my guests feel at home. His charm and wit made us smile and feel special. The food and ambiance were superb as well but customer service superseded.

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  2. CindyO

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. Would love to see a broader menu!

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  3. ColetteD

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great atmosphere and our waiter made the experience even better! Always enjoy our time here.

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  4. Jewels

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the ambiance, staff and the food is wonderful as well. I don't visit often enough!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very yummy. Great food

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  6. Nathan

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Nick is the best. Pina coladas are the best.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time and we’ve never been disappointed by the food or service.

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  8. TBayMM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food that looks good too! Atmosphere is warm and inviting. Service is top level.

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  9. LesA

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the steak and the chicken special as well. The sauce paired with the entrees was perfect. Everything was great.

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  10. ShirleyU

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great choice for Mexican food in Thunder Bay. The food is very good and the portions are generous. The margaritas and house-made taco chips are a must!

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  11. LesA

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had quesadillas and the beef burrito. Both were well seasoned with lots of ingredients. We had churros for dessert that were cooked to perfection. Just the right amount of sugar coating as well.

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  12. JadeS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was fresh and tasted great! We will definitely come again.

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  13. BrooklynP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing, along with the amazing food!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent waiter. Third time booked. Will book again.

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  15. MelissaG

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, great food, great place to meet friends for a visit

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  16. Hanny

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy our meal and margaritas!

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  17. StephanieF

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always awesome service and ambience; the food and margaritas are delicious!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El Tres has delicious food and interesting cocktails. I absolutely love their cilantro garlic salsa (I could drink that stuff). Their servers are excellent with just the right amount of checking in on you.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service was very good! Will come back when in town for sure!

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  20. LindaD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The lighting was very low, and it was difficult to read the menu. Possibly a few battery operated candles would have helped. But other than that, it was a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend El Tres. The dining room is beautifully decorated & the vibe is great!

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  21. chrisc

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We found the Chimichanga to be excellent, as well as the Quesadila. The mushroom taco on the 4 taco platter I didn't care for, not my cup of tea. The fish and pork taco were excellent, the chicken taco was edible. The service was average, albeit we don't look like your typical big spender/tipper, so I guess it is what it is. The drinks are quite pricey. Overall ambience/experience/food/service? I'd definitely go 4.5/5 and say I would return here.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal. Food was excellent. Our server was amazing. Would recommend to everyone

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  23. amateurfoodie

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to El Tres on a Friday night for a date, they gave us a really nice spot by the window which I was very pleased with. Helped me impress the girl. Server Nick was nice, he was busier with bigger tables mostly but still gave us enough attention, very down to earth guy. However, the variety tacos were pretty underwhelming for the $23... not very filling and the corn tortillas I was looking forward to were quite stale and tough. The filling in each was really watery and dripped out the other side excessively with each bite, the filling was also lukewarm, either they had been sitting for awhile or the meat wasn't heated to order. My favourite was the Baja Fish Taco, mostly because the fried fish wasn't watery like the other 2 meat tacos, despite the Fish Taco's batter being a little too thick in my opinion. My girl had the Quesadilla's, they were hot and the filling with cheese, meat and peppers was really good, the green dip they came with was a nice touch. Granted Quesadilla's are hard to mess up. Expected a better experience based off their decor and atmosphere being very pleasing, taco's... not so much. Maybe try something on their entree menu?

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  24. AmyB

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Been their alot and tonight something was off. The little table on the stairs should not be there. What an aweful spot. Being walked by for every single table. Food took a long time to come out..Queso was warm not hot. Ran out of Margarita glasses and served in 1/2 rock glasses. Wasn't up to par as it usually is. 🤷‍♀️

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  25. juniper

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food is always amazing, service was incredible!! I cannot remember his name for the life of me now I am so sorry but he is a lovely human with brown hair and glasses and a sparkling personality and I am sure you know exactly who I'm talking about <3

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  26. Silje

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good food, huge portions! My partner and I shared an entree and got a main course each, practically rolled out of the restaurant after. Good service with very attentive waiter. Took some time to get the main course, but the service and taste made up for that. Will definitely visit again.

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  27. HelP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, lovely drinks, friendly staff and good service.

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  28. Leslie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, at a good price. We all tried different things and enjoyed them. Drinks are a bit on the higher end of prices.

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  29. Alex

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are awesome and best Mexican food, must try!

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  30. NicE

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time at El Tres! Our server was extremely attentive and friendly. Apps came out fast with perfect time between our main course. The dishes were presented with perfection. Also, be sure to try the Margs - You won't be disappointed!

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  31. Mela

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! Really enjoyed the authentic depth of flavour this kitchen can put out!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The overall experience was terrible. The employee that sat us was not friendly … took about ten minutes before a server came to our table. When he finally did come take our drink order instead of placing the order he went to another table instead . After 14 mins of conversation (we started timing this interaction because at this point we had been in restaurant over 20 mins with no drink) I actually interrupted and asked if we could get our drinks. He definitely was not impressed with me. So after we got our drinks we asked for the bill and left. We there almost an hour. Horrible service .

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  33. ValerieM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are visiting from Winnipeg the El Tres is always top on our list when we visit here.

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  34. JoanneD

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant. Great food and wonderful service! I would highly recommend this restaurant . It can be noisy when at full capacity but it is fun!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service & food outstanding, we’ll be returning!!

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  36. Amaldo15

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place, good service, good food. Recommend guacamole and chips

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  37. StephanieF

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The patio is lovely; faces the sunset, has music, and heaters going. Servers are very attentive and knowledgeable. Food and margaritas are great!

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  38. SheriD

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, perfectly timed and service was exceptional!! Highly recommend and will return again.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went just for drinks. Highly recommend the margaritas!

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  40. JDRD

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit on the pricey side for the level of quality.

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FAQs

EL TRES does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. EL TRES also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (807) 344-3443.

EL TRES is rated 4.7 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for EL TRES

269 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1A9

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Thunder Bay
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    We have a private lot beside the restaurant. There is also public lots on the other side of us and across the street, as well as street parking.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Allan Rebelo
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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