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El Catrin
El Catrin

El Catrin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elcatrin.ca
  • Phone: (416) 203-2121
  • 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) 203-2363

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The hostess was great and seated us outside even though they don't ordinarily w reservations. Our server/bar tender was good, ambience was amazing for a summer evening but the food fell short. We were disappointed but would go back for drinks due to the atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The food was probably the best Mexican food I've ever had and the service was amazing. The server came over many many times to make sure we were okay with each course (we had the 7 course tasting menu). Every course tasted absolutely delicious! I would definitely be back to El Catrin soon!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "If you are around Distillery, it's worth a try. But nothing too special, it is a little pricey, the quality and portion is just okay. For the same price range you have better choices like Grand Electric."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Amazing Mexican food that delights the tastebuds! Fun and vibrant atmosphere!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Love this restaurant...the food, the decor, the service and the drinks! The guacomole is delicious...ask for it to be spicy for an added kick. Wouldn't hesitate to go back and recommend to others. Definitely make a reservation...it's packed...and if you want to sit on the patio, be prepared to wait in line."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Many restaurants set the bar too high for themselves only to fall short of expectations whether it be due to food, service, or atmosphere. El Catrin set the bar pretty high and managed (beautifully, I might add) to create a whole other dining experience. Everything was delicious. When faced with a menu with so many options to choose from, you might be inclined to use the time-tested "eeny meeny miny moe" strategy… El Catrin is the only restaurant where every single random selection from the dinner menu became "my new favourite dish". I'm already planning my next visit to this restaurant, so much more to try!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Excellent service interesting fare Would recommend to friends More fish dishes if possible ? Ie other than shrimp or scallops"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We made reservation with open table but it did not state anywhere that the booking is for INSIDE only, NOT for PATIO. That was absolutly disappointing for a summer night out and you have to sit inside, and be exposed to the cold AC."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "If you want to eat right away, ask to sit inside. The patio can be an hour wait in the summer. While the apps were somewhat bland, the tapas were great as were the tacos. The tequila flights are a must."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Amazing venue and great food! The wait time is minimal if a reservation is made. Definitely will recommend friends and family to try!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had been to the restaurant few months ago, great and new. Seems like the crowds are too much for the staff, staff messed up the food order several times, servcies was overall disappointing. Not sure I will run back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "El Catrin is a fantastic Mexican find. Located in the Distillery District, the food is as exhilarating as the decor. There is a lot to take in, especially the mural (you will know what I'm talking about when you walk in the door). The wait staff was very helpful and guided our food and drink choices. We started with guacamole and chips, and a pitcher of red sangria. Both very tasty. Dishes are tapas style so we tried a lot of different foods. Tuna, braised beef short ribs, shrimp and lobster...it was all spectacular. We will definitely be back and referring it to our friends and family."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I had the best date night here. I was celebrating my 6 month anniversary with my boyfriend. The patio was lovely; such a great atmosphere. Unfortunately reservations can't be made for the patio. We ended up waiting 40 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. I had two delicious margaritas in line. They accommodated my dislike for cilantro. The service was awesome. I would recommend the atun, "vuelve a la vida el catrin" and costilla corta. I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The place is great the food is okay good enough. Fun drinks. Really great service. And reasonably priced considering you can share."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Ambiance of the restaurant is wonderful and the drinks are great too. The food is mediocre. Regular taco plates have three tacos and they offer to make it 4 tacos if two people want to share. However you can tnix and match tacos, even though they are the same cost."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I made a reservation for holiday Monday. The patio was filled to capacity and as I already knew that they don't take reservations for the patio was happy to sit inside. Unfortunately they were very short staffed and we waited 10 minutes to be seated,(it was virtually empty inside) another 15 or so for our order to be taken and 20 minutes for our drinks. Our food arrived first and my fish tacos were cold inside and the batter was soggy. We were not offered an adjustment to our bill. As we paid full price for a disappointing meal I won’t return."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Don't come here, ever! Worst service got my order twice and still charged me for it. Never brought out drinks I ordered. Also the waitress serving the table next to us flung the dirty food in my leg , didn't even get me a napkin when I pointed it out. Won't be coming back here or recommending the place definitely not worth the hype"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The place is nice inside. There is a lot to choose from the menu but the portions were super small compared to the other Mexican places in Toronto. The tacos were a good size but would of liked to choose 3 different ones for $15."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The service and food were amazing. I didn't have a chance to speak to the waiter about bringing a dessert for the birthday celebrant but since I made a note on my reservation, the ladies in the front were able to make the arrangements. So grateful for their help."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We try el catrin for our date night, and I would not recommend it as a first date spot since the music is very loud and it might be hard to listen. The music was amazing, the food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our waiter and the fabulous ambience made the night. Guac and chips disappointing, tacos fair to good but margaritas fabulous."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The service and ambiance are amazing. Fun, up beat and friendly. We had the tasting menu and they had no issue taking the cheese out of things for me but keeping it in for my wife's portions. The patio looks incredible as well. However the food is just blah. Bland and not flavourful like you would expect Mexican food at a place like this to be. The exception is the guacamole which they make fresh at your table. WOW was that good. I wouldn't go back but since the people were so nice and the place looked and felt amazing, we left feeling good."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful, attention to detail abounds in the decor. The murals are spectacular. Why is the food so bland? Our food came so fast it was like being at a fast food chain. We were there for a little over an hour (good for the people waiting in line!). The fish tacos were so bland and the chicken tacos tasted like they came out of a slow cooker - stewed, tasteless and under seasoned. Since there was no salt on the table and our server had disappeared, we used the salt from our margarita to flavour the dishes! The bucket of shrimp was good but by the time it arrived we were full. If you want to enjoy a lovely patio or be surround by striking Mexican icons, it's the place to go. If you want good food, it isn't."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We were looking for a hard to find good Mexican restaurant in Toronto for my daughter's 19th birthday. El Catrin did not disappoint us. Although the prices were a little high for the serving size, the food was filling, fresh, tasty and well presented. Our server was excellent - she described and suggested foods, was always close at hand and accessible when we had questions to ask. The only gaps in service seemed to be when we were waiting for the kitchen and the bar, the server came by and reassured that the item would be there shortly. A good experience and the server even brought a dessert with a candle for my daughter. We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I've been here a couple times for the atmosphere, it's definitely worth checking out. Food is nice and fresh. Service could use some improvement. My one big complaint is that their patio is smoking. It was hard to enjoy my food when the table next to me was chain smoking."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "El Catrin has an amazing atmosphere. 5 of us went on a Saturday to celebrate some accomplishments and enjoyed a 9 + dessert course meal (tasting menu). Our expectations were blown out of the water, one of us is a chef in toronto and he was beyond impressed. The guacamole, tacos, octopus, chicken tingas, short rib, ceviche, all of it was delicious. Around 1015 the vibe got even better with a live dj, the deco was so interesting and great conversation starter. The service was great, perfectly paced and they had tequila tastings going around as well. Over all 10/10."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went to El Catrin with a friend on Friday night, we were very impressed by the atmosphere, the service and the delicious food. A great spot in the Distillery."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • " We came out for Saturday Brunch and sat outside. It felt like we were away in Mexico! so enjoyable.."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant was very colourful and noisy - it really felt like a party in there! The service was fast. However, although the food tasted good - the portions were way too small for the price. Our bill was more money than we had hoped to spend - and we left feeling hungry."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service was very helpful, and food was delivered very quickly. Drinks less so, but the margaritas were excellent."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience. The food is tremendous, and the small plates encourage trying and sharing. The good offered a delightful balance of 'heat' and freshness, savory and sweetness. And we were blessed with an amazing waitress. We ignored the hire table offering and chose the Kezia special! Thank you for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was amazing (high rec tacos) but the service was slooooow. Food came at different times and they brought other peoples food to our table a lot"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food didn't seem as good the second time around. New chef or maybe new dishes?"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "No value or quality of food for the prices. I expected so much more from this place. My Barbacoa tacos were dripping with oil, there were maybe 2 small morcels of pineapple on each taco, and they were quite bland. Won't be going back here."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
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    Dined on 7/24/2014
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    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great ambiance and service. Servings could be more plentiful."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "It was my first visit to El Catrin, and I came specifically for the Mayahuel event. It was raining so it wasn't busy. We had a reservation and were seated right away. However, we weren't served for 20+ minutes. The only interaction we received was when someone asked who our reservation was under then walked away. We had to flag down an employee to ask when we would be served. When our waitress finally came, she didn't seem like giving us the time to help go through the menu (as we were new to the restaurant). The food was okay but I don't think I would come back. Our waitress seemed more interested in helping other tables. The event wasn't even special (we weren't informed on any drink specials, and we saw no dancing?)."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, good food, amazing patio. Small portion plates, perfect for sharing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The washrooms smelled worse than a bus depot washroom! Everything else was so special- ambiance, food, service. Would definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014