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
415 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (269)hot spot (228)fit for foodies (218)good for groups (214)vibrant bar scene (139)neighborhood gem (125)special occasion (123)late-night find (84)romantic (64)great for lunch (60)great for brunch (36)scenic view (35)kid-friendly (33)notable wine list (13)Show More
  • Impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Amazing atmosphere. The design of the place is so intricate and capturing. I could have sat there all night just looking at every detail. The food was authentic and full of flavour. Awesome price point-for a margarita, app, taco's and shared desert...$44 plus a tip. Service was great. Server had lots of menu knowledge. Didn't feel rushed at all. I like the more laid back style of serving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. We tried the 7-course sampler meal and it was terrific. Service was top notch as was the food. Restaurant was busy but neither service or quality of food suffered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Pollyoy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our server Kelly was fantastic! Friendly, knowledgable and attentive. Loved the interior! We went on the one night per month that the faces of the staff were painted (to the theme of day of the dead). Baja tacos were great! Guacamole was excellent as well as the pulled pork tacos! Would definitely like to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Atmosphere
    ICE9
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The price you pay for the food you get doesn't really add up. It's not as authentic, thus why I think it's a bit overpriced. The atmosphere & ambiance & the restaurant is beautifully decorated. Great to experience it. The service was fast, which is great & the noise level was on par, didn't have to struggle or speak loudly with the person on the other side of the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time @ El Cartin = AMAZING
    yumyum
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was our first time visiting El Catrin - and we were there to celebrate my 30th birthday. We had made a reservation and despite the lengthy line we were ushered in right away. The place is massive inside - and the décor is great. It's a fun place for a date night or a night out with friends. The food is excellent but so is the service. Our waiter made sure we were enjoying ourselves at all times - and even brought out birthday shots with premium tequila and authentic chasers. The service is quick and fun, the atmosphere is great and the food is fantastic. Will defiantly be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food (esp the guac and the gobanator taco) and cool atmosphere! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We ordered 2 drinks,7 dishes, 2 desserts. All of our food arrived before our drinks. All of the food arrived at the same time and it was only a couple of minutes from when we ordered. We felt very rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and Awesome food!
    DeprivedOfAHotMeal
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I would highly encourage you to try the food here. Excellent ambiance and great service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DineandDash
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Food and drinks were amazing! Hostess needs a shake though, as we asked for a highchair table, four of which were free right beside us, but she finally ushered us to the other side of the restaurant, ... where it was busy and crowded. We were given a table BETWEEN two couples, both of whom were sitting on the bench side together!!! So my daughter was squished between two couples who were cosy!!!! It was noisy/and/or too intimate, and impossible to talk... We got up and moved to the bar ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    winendine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is my fourth visit to El Catrin and it was as excellent as always. Its a beautiful space with outstanding food and service. Took my dad this time, who is very critical, and he loved it as well. The only complaint that I had - and its minor - is that the music was too loud so had a hard time hearing any conversation. Aside from that, a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amount
    tyra
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The only criticism is the portions are very small for the price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie28
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our experience here was awesome! We enjoyed our food and our server was really great! The Baja tacos were really good!! Would recommend it! We loved the dessert the most! The churros and the tree leches cake!!; MMMMM. Would def go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seated by the service staff station
    Lantz5
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Even with reservations seated by a very busy staff service station. Food was amazing. Next time will request a better table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hendo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great place decor inside and out. Service was impeccable, waiter was very nice and good was ready extremely quick. The small servings of food allowed for multiple orders, great for trying a variety of foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt rushed
    Gpandya
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The place filled up by 7pm on a Thursday so reservations are highly recommended. The food is average at best and once half way into your meal. The server rushed us to a point where she grabbed the plates off our tables and we weren't finished. On to the next one I guess!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best tacos in town
    rdhledao
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Me and my husband celebrated our wedding anniversary last week El catrin staff made it unforgettable for both of us. Very friendly service good quality food and outstanding ambiance ..Thank you for your hard work..
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place is Nice, Food OK
    redceaser
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food was OK had a bunch of different items including margaritas, guacamole , two tacos, a burritos, and the ceviche sampler... Found spices on everything could be kicked up but my fave was the GOBERNADOR(shrimp/lobster) tacos.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Delicious
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This place was amazing and the server was awesome. Food was absolutely delicious, will most definately come back again, with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service
    JPeoo
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I asked for a reservation for my boyfriends birthday and they gave us free dessert with drinks.. I didn't even ask for them; it was a surprise (for both of us)! Thanks El Catrin amazing food, great atmosphere and fantastic service. Best Mexican restaurant in Toronto.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    Jenny123
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Music
    girlsnight
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The vibe is awesome but the music is still too loud. We have to yell across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Service
    • 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.