El Catrin
El Catrin

El Catrin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elcatrin.ca/
  • Phone: 4162032121x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:30am to 5pm
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am to 5pm
    Dinner: 7 days a week 5pm to 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Olivier Le Calvez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Distillery Events (416)203-2363x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Parliament & Mill Street
  • Public Transit: short walk from King Street streetcar and Parliament bus
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from El Catrin
Just opened July 11th 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 sure to be a hit. Chef Le Calvez who moved here from Mexico City just a month ago is eager to show Torontonians the fresh flavours that represent his homelands famous cooking.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
El Catrin reviews from OpenTable diners
412 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (272)hot spot (227)good for groups (219)fit for foodies (209)vibrant bar scene (138)special occasion (129)neighborhood gem (119)late-night find (82)romantic (63)great for lunch (63)great for brunch (38)scenic view (35)kid-friendly (28)notable wine list (13)Show More
  • Mix Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a really poor waiter. The staff tried to help him, but i believe he was just not good at his job. So i don't take it as a knock to El Catrin.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Expected good things. Very mediocre food. Had burrito. Better burritos almost anywhere in the city. Margarita was ok
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambiance inconsistent service
    zeedee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my second visit to El Catrin. It has a great ambiance and the cocktails are amazing! The guacamole really is worth having. The other tapas/small plates were really small. I've had tapas at other restaurants but the serving size here was a little paltry. The music was amazing...wish they had a dance floor. But considering that they are not a night club we had to really raise our voices to have a conversation. The thing that surprised me was that one of the guests had their young daughter with them and he was standing at the bar with her. I didn't think that this was appropriate. The server was nice but you couldn't find her when you needed her. I noticed this the last time I went there as well. All in all, I would still go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2 time guest and not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Both times I went the servers gave main courses before drinks. Service was bad, they rush us out and don't provide good recommendations (or none at all). Food was bland and not authentic. Over priced and very small portions. Overall, dissatisfied twice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    JilliganChillington
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had an amazing time here before we went to Cirque. The restaurant is beautiful. The drinks were delish. And the food was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    caboo
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Very energetic ambiance . We had a great waiter and the food was outstanding! 2nd time in 3 weeks and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    valjack
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This restaurant was good, except we had a horrible server. The manager took off all of our food as a result. Overall we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Catrin!
    Frida
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very nice environment! It's just like beign in México, the food was delicious and GREAT services!! 100% recommend!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The portions of the plates are meant for sharing. The house sangria is delicious. We had the Red Sangria and the alcohol was very generous. I recommend the seafood burritos, Ahi Tuna tostaditas, Guac and Chips The ambience is very lively and the decor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was good and the atmosphere was nice, but the service seemed a little slow, our waiter was gone for very long periods of time. Other than that, the restaurant was really good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous experience
    Foodie1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great place to dine in the Distillery District. Food is amazing. Tapas style but high quality and super tasty. Drinks are wonderful and eye pleasing too. Service is impeccable. Very attentive and knowledgeable staff and servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Elena
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The ambiance was great but the service was extremely slow, the waitress forgot two of our dishes until we had to ask for them, the main dish was brought out before the appetizer, the portions were really small and very pricey and the Baja tacos that everyone raves about were really bland!!! not sure I will be coming back :(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Before Theatre
    MauriceVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    El Catrin is an energetic and playful experience, a destination in itself. We went before theatre, but would have stayed if we could. The food is tapas style, and impressively done. The tasting menu is the best choice, as you are guaranteed to not leave hungry. If you order a la carte, it gets expensive and tiresome waiting for each order, but the tasting menu is a continuous flow of food, without any wait (more reasonable per dish, from an expense point of view). We were warned not to sit at the bar, as it is a high traffic area, and quite noisy. Forget this place if you want peace and quiet, as they do jack up the tunes. Only negative on service was the delay in drinks getting to the table, but there was no problem with getting our food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review from a real Mexican
    Chamakkko
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sopa de Tortilla - Amazing - Same like in Mexico Torta el Santo - Really good - Bread could be better Tacos de Cochinita - Amazing Tacos Gobernador - Very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love el Catrin!
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We love this place and love that it's open later than lots of other spots. It was jammed with people when we got there. The music was wonderful but WAY too loud! But it was Friday night.......
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Gathering
    Ranawee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great atmosphere! Loved the decor ! Server was very helpful ! Food was ok! We were all waiting for the chicken tacos but as the server brought it to the table there was a distinct smell! We all had a taco to try and were very disappointed it just didn't taste like chicken and there was something in it that just didn't taste good! Food I thought was pricy for the small portions! A bit to much of Mexican fine dining or gourmet Mexican
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, location and service.
    Wacho1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Highly recommended Place. Food is great and that have a very nice selection of cocktails and desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service slightly diasappointing : (
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were really looking forward to our meal at El Catrin..... The ambience in the patio area was great - Thursday night but still almost full. We had ordered the grilled shrimp along with a few other items. The 'grilled shrimp' dish was brought out to us....without any grilled shrimp in it. When we informed the waiter about this mistake, there was no offer of an apology. Whilst he did bring out the correct dish a few minutes later, there was still no acknowledgement that a mistake had been made. This was disappointing. The food is good but the portions are far too small.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexican food disappointment
    buscocomidaMexico
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I can't find a good Mexican food joint in Toronto! El Catrin showed promise, the ambiance was nice, the location quite good, the wait staff were friendly, but the food missed the mark. It wasn't bad, but didn't hit the spot. The drinks were awesome, dessert was tasty. The hallmark of a good mexican restaurant for me are the nacho chips - El Catrin disappointed - fat, oily, and not very tasty. The appetizers are small... ...will I go again, probably not. P.S. I did try only the vegetarian fare, perhaps the meat fare is better
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    leila
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was just soo good! We ordered the Mexican Independence Day tasting menu and everything was delicious. Our waiter said a new menu is being introduced later this month featuring the best received items from the tasting menu and I'll definitely be going back to have it all again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!'
    MargaritaQueen
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of the best tapas Mexican places I've ever been to (I've been to many all around the world) awesome atmosphere, they made a simple dinner reservations into a full night out. Loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday night out
    Trish
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great... Just a little overpriced.. I think the dishes should be more around 10$ not 15$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All of the noms
    wannabemexicanchick
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you're looking for fantastic food and something a little extra special, El Catrin is the perfect place to go. The drinks are phenomenal, the guacamole is impossible to stop eating, and every last food item on the menu is undeniably delicious. You won't be let down. The ambiance is pretty much magical and you'll want to take at least one photo. Indoor or outdoor it doesn't matter. This place is beautiful, the servers are always kind, and the food is amazing. Need I brag any more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • myopenkitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The baja taco was great - crisp and light batter outside, fish that's moist and clean-tasting inside. The salad and the compressed watermelon didn't disappoint as well. Loved the decor and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a really hard time talking over the noise. The place is cavernous and it would be so much better if they had some dividers or panels to baffle the sound. I really wouldn't go back for this very reason. The food was also overpriced for Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME!
    caboo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing. Staff were very friendly. Cool/hip decor/ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out
    Scubapat
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Good food. Good service. Easy entertainment in the distillery district. Compared to others in the area. One of the better ones
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Melakai
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great, fun atmosphere. Amazing food (lamb and shrimp bucket were may favourites). Energetic. Prices are a little high for the plate sizes. Be prepared to,order a bunch of items and share. Mango margaritas are fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful place! HORRIBLE service!
    CLCB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was absolutely horrendous! A server approached our table after 20 minutes, told us she was at the wrong table and left! Returned a few minutes later to take our order. Forgot to put half of it in - it arrived seperately! Brought us flat pop. Spilled sauce all over the guy at the table beside us - NO apology. We gave him our napkin to clean his pants! Tried to clear our plates when we were literally in the middle of eating! They still had food on them!! Such a disaster! Too bad because the guac is amazing!! Service needs some serious work for such a busy place! Maybe the quality servers are only on the patio! This was also on a Saturday night!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party in Distillery
    Erez
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We decided to give this one a try. And it was a blast. We got there early for our reservations but we started off with some drinks in the line. We got some amazing staff that took care of our drinks in a pinch. Then the food started to arrive. The Fish Taco is the top of the pick, everyone needs to try it. The shimp taco is also a winner. The 24 Hr beef rib was heaven and the list goes on. Oh and the "Bucket of Shrimp" is a Bucket.. The only thing I could say was the "HOT" salsa was not so hot.. they need a serious hot salsa for the serious heat freaks. The place is amazing inside and out. They did a great job converting the old Tank House to the new flare. Great JOB. Ill be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and ambiance!
    zeedee
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was my first (definitely not my last) time dining at El Catrin. The venue is beautiful and has an energetic vibe. The menu consists mainly of tapas/sharing plates. The food was very tasty but the portions were a little small (even by tapas standards) for the price. The menu offers a lot of variety, so looking forward to trying something different next time! Due to the fact that it was very busy, it took us a little time to get the attention of our first waiter. We also had three different servers during the course of the evening which was a little confusing, but not a deal breaker.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice night out
    lunaysol
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good but expensive. We opted for the 9 course tasting menu and with drinks and tip our bill was around $200. The food is great but there are a lot of mom and pops Mexican places in Toronto that offer food just as good at a more affordable price. The inside is decorated spectacularly and this is definitely a must try -but in terms of quality of the food, I can't say I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing atmosphere
    Funnyboy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fantastic service really friendly staff! Christine was amazing... Love the atmosphere and the whole vibe of the place. Although everything I tried was good, the portions are very small, so you need to order many dishes to have a proper meal. Margaritas were out of this world. Highly recommend them....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place!
    Torontosnowbird1VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    El Catrin has amazing food, nice ambiance and wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey hip Mexican
    RicoAvocado
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Mexican street food is not supposed to cost $50pp yet it does at El Catrin. It is very good, and a good spot, but there are other places in town that provide infinitely more bang for the buck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service slow to start but very good once started. Food was very good by any standards and excellent by the standards of Mexican restaurants in Canada - but pricey. Excellent list of different Tequilas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rodh
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great service, great staff! Our server was amazing! Thanks to host staff for noticing I mentioned it was my wife's birthday. Loved the experience and the great food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tasting menu was a good call. Creative dishes. Service was prompt. Cool atmosphere. Very pleased with evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great restaurant. Ambiance was pretty impressive. Artwork on wall was hand painted with light effects - very unique for Toronto. Worth checking out. Food was good, but the shared table portions add up! Our waitress was very kind, she did something special for the birthday girl at our table. Would definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Dinner
    loveeatingout
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed trying El Catrin. Service was excellent! Margarita's spot on! Food was good but a wee bit on the bland side. Very vibrant atmosphere and great spot for a just a few or group of friends to enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.