Madrina Bar y Tapas
For the month of November, we will be accepting online reservations for parties up to 12 guests. Any larger party bookings can be made through OpenTable Experiences
Chef Ramon Simarro, whose experience consists of both Michelin-star restaurants & popular casual eateries focuses on seasonal products alongside authentic ingredients from Spain to re-imagine a menu that marries innovation & fun with Barcelona classics.
The 37ft bar serves sangria, cocktails & traditional tapas. In true Catalan fashion, the bar features a ham carving station & a Spanish style glass display case with cold bar delicacies. The open-kitchen serves the rest of the menu made up of modern interpretations of traditional Catalonian tapas.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Great food, drinks, service and ambiance. Will def be back.
Shas, it was wonderful welcoming you in for a lovely meal. It means the world to us that you enjoyed every aspect of your visit. We'd love to have you join us again soon. All the best, Stuart K.
Wonderful NYE dinner. Tapas style is meant for sharing, which makes for a more social evening. Everything was delicious and we got to taste many dishes. Our server was patient, charismatic and gave us great suggestions. Overall we are really happy that we chose Madrina to celebrate!
Thanks for your phenomenal review! We're so glad you joined us for NYE dinner. Everything from our tasty tapas to our incredible servers will leave you amazed. We're delighted your server's recommendations hit the spot. We look forward to welcoming you again sometime in the future. Until next time, Stuart K.
Madrina had a great atmosphere and ambience. The food was delicious and creative. It was a bit on the pricey side, however, it was a worthwhile treat.
Maisie, thank you for appreciating our diverse tapas menu! We're so glad you enjoyed not only our cuisine but our atmosphere and ambiance too. We look forward to having you dine with us again the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Until next time, Stuart K.
Service was amazing & ambience is nice! Food is nothing to rave about - 3rd experience, but probably won’t go back again.
Ton, we're grateful for you taking the time to leave your review! While we're glad you had amazing service and loved our restaurant ambiance, we are disappointed that after 3 visits, the food still didn't quite hit the mark. We assure you that our chef and his team put a lot of care and consideration into every single dish. Regardless, we understand we can't be all things for everyone and wish you the absolute best. Sincerely, Stuart K.
The perfect place; can’t wait to come again.
It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us! We're thrilled every part of your meal was perfect. We look forward to seeing you again. All the best, Stuart K.
Lovely atmosphere - it's a beautiful space - excellent service, and tasty food. But this place isn't cheap. Small mouthfuls of (good!) food are exorbitantly priced. We spent a fair amount and still left with a lingering appetite. Having visited other tapas restaurants in Toronto and elsewhere, I would suggest there are better-valued, quality "small plate" options on offer.
If you're in the Distillery District and crave a nice snack and glass of wine/cocktail, AND price isn't an issue, give it a whirl. But if you're hungry, and don't care to drop a fortune, go elsewhere.
Victoria, thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We're happy to hear that you loved our atmosphere, decor and had excellent service during your meal. It's also wonderful that you loved and appreciate the flavours of Madrina. However, while we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. Hope you'll consider us next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best, Stuart K.
The food itself was not bad. My table had a reservation for 9pm, admittedly a late time slot. However, we were not given a heads up that the kitchen was closing. We requested to order more food after our first round of tapas, and we were then informed the kitchen was already closed. We asked if we could just get perhaps some meats or cheeses (nothing which required additional cooking), but were refused by our server, and we weren’t given any other options. We left feeling hungry and disappointed, while still paying around $70/person.
We're very sorry to hear that your most recent experience was anything less than outstanding. Thank you for reaching out to us. We'd like to apologize for the miscommunication when it comes to our kitchen closing. Your server should have definitely informed you of last call and given you the chance to order what you like. We wish you had the chance to try more of our tasty tapas and hope you will choose to dine with us again for a chance to show you the experience you deserve. Best, Stuart K.
As always, excellent food and service.
Wonderful cocktails! Good vibe and great service!
A little crowded due to space limitations.
Anne, thank you for your patronage and leaving this fantastic review. We are thrilled to hear you are a fan of our cocktail and atmosphere. Also, we're proud that our staff provided you with exceptional service during your meal. We hope to welcome you back again soon to discover some favourites. All the best, Stuart K.
This is the 3rd time I've been here and it never disappoints
It’s never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests! We're so glad to hear you have visited us many times and loved every single part of your meal. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and we look forward to doing it all again on your next visit. All the best, Stuart K.
Extremely busy!!! There is absolutely no space to walk. To get to your table you have to jump over others. It was very uncomfortable having dinner with an strange breathing at your neck. The service however is good but food just ok.
Thank you for your feedback. We’re disappointed to see that your experience with us failed to meet your expectations or our usual standards. We would like to apologize that we made you feel uncomfortable while dining with us. Saying that, we are abiding by all City of Toronto health and safety guidelines. Regardless, we hear your feedback. We hope you will choose to dine with us again to show you a better experience and to try more of our delicious, innovative tapas. All the best, Stuart K.
Victor was our server, he was amazing, thanks for a great night out…
Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Britto! We're over the moon that you had the exceptional service you deserve and expect from us. We will be passing along the fantastic compliments to Victor and look forward to the next time you dine with us. Until then, Stuart K.
Our server Liam was knowledgeable and fantastic. This is our family’s second time dining at this restaurant. We love the food and the ambiance.
Tables are quite close to each and doesn’t leave much room for diners and staff to smoothly pass each other.
Overall, we quite enjoyed our visit and will be back. Thank you to Liam and the rest of the staff for another fantastic dining experience.
Sophia, it's incredible to hear that you had fantastic service from Liam. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to him and the rest of the team. It was a pleasure welcoming you in and presenting our innovative flavours and dishes to you. We appreciate your feedback regarding the closeness of tables and we would love to welcome you back again soon for some more flavourful tapas! All the best, Stuart K.
Our server was from Spain and he recommended an excellent bottle of wine. We had a potato tapas … the potatoes were yummy . The 2 sauces were not. I suggest a change. They were old and tired looking and tasting. We also had the cheese platter to share. The cheeses were good but too similar to each other. But, the service and wine….outstanding!
Leslie, it was a pleasure welcoming you in for an evening of delicious wine and excellent service! Thank you for providing your feedback on the patatas bravas sauces as well as the quesos selection. We will be passing this along to our team for further discussion. We look forward to your next meal with us! All the best, Stuart K.
Thanks to our waiter Victor, we asked that he make suggestions as we weren’t familiar with Tapas. His service and expertise were excellent. Found the tables to be abit too close together considering we are in a pandemic but I would gladly recommend Madrina for a Spanish experience!!
Thank you for choosing to dine with us! From the moment you walk in, you can expect a welcoming team to take care of you. We're delighted Victor's recommendations hit the spot. We appreciate your feedback regarding the closeness of tables and we look forward to welcoming you again sometime in the future. Until next time, Stuart K.
Food, drinks, ambiance, service were all incredible. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu!
Bethan, we’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our food, drinks, atmosphere and had excellent service! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your phenomenal review. We look forward to seeing you again soon to try more of our tasty tapas. Until then, Stuart K.
Food and staff were great.
I was just a bit concerned how close the tables were to each other. But note that when we dined, Toronto restaurants were allowed full capacity.
Thanks for providing your feedback! We're so glad to hear you loved both our cuisine and incredible staff. We hope to see you back again soon for another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.
It was soo good! The truffled egg yolk surprised me positively and the empress gin martini was one of the best over ever had!
Caitlin, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! It's wonderful the truffled egg yolk and empress gin martini were two of your favourite items. We'd be delighted to welcome you back to sip on more of our specialties sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.
Extremely busy and crowed. Tables so close, that you felt like sharing with other people. They should be more concerned about having people seating with a minimum of distance.
Not sure why they ask the reason for your reservation - if you are celebrating something special such as anniversary, you expect the restaurant to do something with this info
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. While we are glad you enjoyed our cuisine, we are disappointed to hear that you weren't 100% comfortable dining with us due to the closeness of tables. Please know, we are abiding by all COVID protocols outlined by the City of Toronto. Regardless, we hear your feedback and it has been passed along accordingly. We hope you will choose to dine with us again in the future. All the best, Stuart K.
The music and noise level is far too loud for a comfortable conversation and it is difficult to speak to the servers. We had a great deal of difficulty communicating and confusion with our server over choosing a bottle of wine. The bottle we chose from the printed list was not available. The server called over the sommelier who suggested a comparable bottle that cost considerably more than the already highly marked up bottle we had chosen. We sent that back, and the sommelier chose another in our price range. Then we wondered why the sommelier had been called in the first place when there were other suitable wines on the list that the server could have suggested. In the end, the wine we chose was on the list. Trying to up-sell? Meanwhile, we had been seated for 30 minutes before we finally enjoyed our first sip of wine.
The bar tables are uncomfortable, too close together and the table tops do not have space for multiple dishes.
However, despite these issues, the food is very good.
We appreciate you providing your feedback to us. We're sorry to hear that your most recent experience was anything less than outstanding. In regard to the wine, you are absolutely right that the price should have been communicated to you before bringing it to your table. We apologize for the poor service here. Furthermore, thanks for your feedback on the noise level and bar stools. We will be passing this along to our team. We hope you will join us again for another tasty meal. Best, Stuart K.
Had a great time. Very romantic and a vibrant ambience.
Touliadi, we're thrilled to hear you had such an amazing dining experience with us! Everything from our vibrant atmosphere to our tasty tapas will leave you amazed. Thanks for leaving your review and we hope to see you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.
I will come back. Great flavours and a great dining experience
David, we're thankful for you taking the time to leave your review. It's great to hear you loved our flavours and dishes. We look forward to seeing you again for another amazing dining experience. All the best, Stuart K.
Server was very slow and did not check in often enough.
The kitchen was very slow in getting the food out.
We asked for a suggested wine from the server at her discretion and she chose to serve the most expensive wine to the table without confirming if the guests were ok with the cost. The cost was only discovered once the bill was provided.
The food and ambiance itself was good.
Thank you for leaving your review. While we're glad you enjoyed our cuisine and ambiance, we're disappointed that we didn't quite hit the mark when it comes to service. There is no excuse for slow, inattentive service so please know that your feedback has been heard. In regards to the wine suggestion, the server should have most definitely informed you about the priced before bringing it to your table. We encourage you to let us create a better experience for you in the future. Best, Stuart K.
The food is not special at all and the price does not match with the quality.
Thank you for giving us a try! While we're glad you loved our ambiance and had excellent service, we are sad to hear that you were not a fan of our flavours and dishes. Please know our chef and his team put a lot of care and consideration into every dish. Saying that, we do hear your feedback and we will be passing it along. We encourage you to let us create a better experience for you in the future. All the best, Stuart K.
porciones muy chicas
las luces estaban que se prendian y apagaban, tuvieron q apagarlas
Thanks for taking the time to leave your review, Cinthya. We appreciate your feedback regarding the portion size. We apologize for the flickering lights during your meal. We hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. All the very best, Stuart K.
The tables were too close together. With the current covid situation, it made us quite uncomfortable. As the restaurant's also quite noisy, everyone was talking loudly over each other which does not help also.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. While we are glad you enjoyed our cuisine, we are disappointed to hear that you weren't 100% comfortable dining with us. Please know, we are abiding by all COVID protocols outlined by the City of Toronto. Regardless, we hear your feedback and it is greatly appreciated. We hope you will choose to dine with us again in the future. All the best, Stuart K.
Thanks for coming to see us and leaving your amazing feedback. Nothing beats flavourful tapas! We'd love to welcome you back to Madrina again. All the best, Stuart K.
Loved design of the place. Music was great. Food was ok and cocktails were delicious
It's great to see our cocktails, music and design we're just right! Thanks for taking the time to leave your review and feedback regarding the food. We are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone so please join us again to try more of our tasty tapas. All the best, Stuart K.
Great Spanish restaurant
We're grateful for you taking a moment to leave this review! Thanks for appreciating our diverse tapas menu. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional experience in the future. All the best, Stuart K.
Amazing selection of Gluten Free items. Kids menu too!
Catherine, we're so happy to hear you and your entire family enjoyed your meal with us! It's wonderful that the kids menu was a hit as well as the gluten free options. Thanks for your review and we hope to see you back again soon! All the best, Stuart K.
Warm cozy environment, perfect for date night. Delicious tapas & drinks!
Sarah, we are honoured to have made your experience so special. Thanks for joining us and leaving this fantastic review. We are very lucky to be in the historic distillery district, and we hope to welcome you back for another cozy meal. All the best, Stuart K.
Gorgeous ambience, great food. Not inexpensive but great value for what it is! Gorgeous building!
Camilla, it means a lot to have your high praise for both our cuisine and beautiful atmosphere! We're so glad you had the chance to dine with us and we hope to see you back our way soon for another 5-star experience. Until then, Stuart K.
Wonderful food and service as always! Chef Ramon’s food is always a knock out. Great vibe as well
It was a pleasure welcoming you in and presenting you the delicious, innovative flavours of Madrina! We're beyond thrilled you had 5-star food and service. We will be sure to pass along the compliments to Chef Ramon and the rest of the team. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon! All the best, Stuart K.
Our servers were the bartenders and they were fantastic. Very attentive and gave great suggestions. We did have higher expectations for the food but we likely will not be returning for it. We ordered both the duck and seafood paellas and found they were very mushy and risotto like vs what we’ve had at other Spanish restaurants. The calamari sandwich was alright - might have had just a few pieces of squid but the bread was cold and hard.
We got the white sangria and that was great.
We applaud the team but the food can be better.
Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Phoebe, and joining us for dinner! It's wonderful you experienced the 5-star service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. However, we are disappointed we didn't knock it out of the park when it comes to our paella's and bocata de calamares. Please know we hear your feedback and it will be passed along to the chef and his team. We hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. Best, Stuart K.
Everything we tried had a unique, distinctive flavour. You'll just keep wanting more. Staff was super friendly and my husband loved watching the open kitchen and I enjoyed some delicious wine:)
Jenn & Steve, thank you for appreciating the unique and innovative flavours of Madrina. We are so happy you had the opportunity to dine with us and enjoy our delicious wine. Our team provides friendly and efficient service so we are thrilled you got to experience this. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional experience in the future. All the best, Stuart K.
Incredible experience! The ambiance and decor is amazing.
We're delighted you enjoyed every aspect of your visit, especially our ambiance and decor! It was wonderful welcoming you in for a lovely meal. Thanks for leaving this amazing review and we hope to see you back our way soon. All the best, Stuart K.
Great energy, excellent food - wonderful flavours and variety, well executed. It was very busy but our server tried his best to meet our needs, the service was still polite and fun, the tables are quite close (if that concerns you), it’s a casual cool vibe with a European pace (this is a place to take your time and enjoy - not rush through and leave). It is on the pricier side. Will definitely be back.
Zarina, there's nothing better than taking your time to enjoy the little things in life. Thanks for dining with us and leaving your fantastic review. We're so glad you loved the energy of Madrina and of course our incredibly delicious and innovative tapas. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.
Great evening visiting the Distillery District with friends. Madrina was excellent. Server made great recommendations. Overall a very positive experience.
Karin, we're so glad to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us. We are so lucky to be in the beautiful historic Distillery District. Thank you for appreciating our diverse tapas and we hope to see you again soon! All the best, Stuart K.
We were there for lunch and to catch up.
It was hard to hear each other over the music. We spoke to the waitress and the manager. People yelling is particularly not good these days.
They said they turned it down a bit, but basically tapas bars are loud.
The patatas bravas was overly salty and the frittata seemed made yesterday.
Guess I am not going back.
Katy, thanks for taking the time to leave your review! It is disappointing to hear that your experience fell short of the standard you expect and deserve. Please know that we hear your feedback regarding the volume of music and patatas bravas. This will be passed along to the team at Madrina. Your feedback is very important to us. We would love to welcome you back for another visit and hope you give us the chance to show you the experience you deserve. All the very best, Stuart K.
The food was awesome- most memorable was the Spanish potato omelette (must have) and the beef medallions.
It was our absolute pleasure to host you, Jason! We're so glad to hear that you were blown away by our cuisine, especially the tortilla de patatas and beef medallions. We're grateful for you taking a moment to leave this review and we look forward to seeing you at Madrina again. Best, Stuart K.
Madrina Bar y Tapas is rated 4.3 stars by 521 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.