El Catrin

4.4
3288 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Opened summer of 2014 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 guaranteed fun. Chef Le Calvez who moved here from Mexico City loves showing Torontonians the fresh flavours that represent true Mexican cuisine and culture.

Please note all reservations are for our indoor space only. The patio is first come first serve.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday:
11:30am - 10:00pm

Thursday & Friday
11:30am - 12:00am

Saturday:
11:00am - 12:00am

Sunday:
11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 203-2121
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Olivier Le Calvez
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Cross street
Parliament & Mill Street
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Public transit
short walk from King Street streetcar and Parliament bus
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday brunch, the service was quick and friendly, the food was amazing! Mexican brunch! They were nice enough to bring a dessert with birthday candles too. The place is absolutely gorgeous, great design!

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LB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience here- food was fantastic and service was even better. Vincent was our server and was so wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very impressed with the décor inside. I could stare at the mural wall for hours. Fun atmosphere, a lovely spot to have a lunch or drinks and apps. We ordered 3 main dishes - was not impressed with any of them (steak, Shrimp bucket, Pork belly - which is essentially just more tacos).

Great service, and even brought out a little piece of sponge cake with a candle for my birthday. Unexpected, but kind nonetheless.

I would go again but it would only be for drinks and tacos. The main's need a lot of work in creativity, portion sizes, and flavour.

The Margarita's were great, 4 different pitcher choices. Highly recommend the Pastor tacos and Pollo Loco.

I would go back, but again, for drinks and tacos only. Great place to spend a couple of hours.

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TS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everyone was very friendly, from the greeter to the guacamole server to the waiter. The experience was great. It was more like tapas rather than a full meal and things could get pricey when you're ordering that way. Everything was delicious though. I would highly recommend the fish tacos. They were by far the best. Churros for dessert is a must. Great location.

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GG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The decor is fabulous! The food is very good too. Overall great experience with a 10 and 6 year old

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Staff was overworked, I think. Plus, it was so loud! I had trouble carrying on a conversation properly.
Otherwise, great food.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Average tacos. Average ceviche. Decent service. The tables are sticky. They are supposed to be like that. I don't like that you have to order two of the same tacos. Save yourself the time and go to La Carnitas or Gran Electric.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The environment was nice. Guacamole was wayyy too salty, it was salty last time too.

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PW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal- great choices- good Mexican food. Was not to keen on having all the courses delivered so fast/ what we thought was the main came first. The appetizer came after

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D
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

entree portion sizes are small so definitely need to order an appetizer or share several items with others

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We very much enjoyed this first visit, the food was good and the ambiance felt energetic. We did find the service to be a bit disjointed as we tried several times to order additional guacamole and additional nacho chips but it was forgotten by our waitress and the other staff could not assist as it wasn't their responsibility. We would definately come back for drinks and patio ambiance but it won't be our first choice to bring guests to eat inside.

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AC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at El Catrin and I am glad I went there! Not only is it in the distillery district which makes it fun to walk around before or after your meal but it has a killer patio too!
My servers were AMAZING! The most friendliest I’ve ever had! Always smiling and took the time to chat. They suggested foods based on my likes and gave the 411 on how the restaurant works.
The food was absolutely tasty and the drinks were sooooo good! I highly recommend this place and I’ll def be back for more!

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ML
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Fantastic food and great service. Enviorment was casual and relaxed. Would 100% return!

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RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very tasty food, slightly smaller portions than I would have liked but made up for it in quality. Would highly recommend.

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JR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great experience! The wait staff were extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the food was fantastic!

The ambiance is great for a night out. It’s fairly loud, so if you’re looking to have an intimate conversation, you might want to try something else.

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VM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Staff was knowledgeable and very nice, will try the patio in the summer.

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GE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The tortillas were soggy, they need to put 2 tortillas per taco, the portions were very small and too much chili on the ceviche was very, very hot.

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AI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

have come many times. the tacos are absolutely fantastic.

but the fish was overcooked last time. we gave it another shot and it was even worse.
and the octopus was inedible.

but the guac and tacos are beyond good and the drinks were fantastic too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu

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DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but for the price the lunch portions were too small

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S
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot with 1 of the best patios in the city. Haven't had a meal here that wasn't delicious

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AS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It you like tequila, the have it all! Great mixed drinks, table side guacamole service with fresh avocados a plenty. Great spot with excellent service!!

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JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

That a great time , food was excellent
Tapas restaurant are always a little pricey

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience had a really fun time, the service was great and has some good looking wait staff

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DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was impeccable. Would go back for that alone.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations. Awesome experience. Totally worth it.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great meal. It would have helped if we were given more information about the menu as it was our first time at the restaurant.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!
Service was perfect. The place looks amazing!
Would definitely come back again.

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FR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED everything about this place. Great food, great ambiance! Will definitely be going back!

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M
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for lunch before seeing the matinee at Soulpepper. We split a salad and some fish tacos. The food was delicious. Only criticism is that my friend asked for the peanuts on the salad to be on the side but they were mixed in when the salad arrived. They were good with refilling the water and the food came fairly quickly. P

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great. Food, service, and ambiance are all amazing. I've been 4 times and it continues to be awesome.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the tasting menu and the guacamole. Margaritas were great as well.

The ambiance/atmosphere is incredible. I plan to make a trip back to Toronto in the summer just so I can dine outside here.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice diner with the tasting menu, very differentiated and very well prepared. The service was very attent

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YS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came a birthday surprise for my moms birthday and she was absolutely thrilled with everything! Hostess and server were very patient and accommodating!

Thanks for a memorable lunch!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great tasting menu

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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great drinks and excellent service!

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NH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was fantastic. It was very loud inside and hard to make conversation.

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JK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food. My only nick pick is it would be great to get greens with the meals. My bucket of shrimp, which where awesome, came by themselves, no sides. I personally prefer a meal balanced with greens. The fish tacos my hubby had where amazing, in fact we ordered a second plate of them. The scenery is so lovely and viberate, if you ever get a chance try the patio, worth the wait.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

food was great, service was exceptional

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 8:30pm and the restaurant was very busy and we thought we would have to wait when we arrived, but we were seated immediately. The food was good, we tired a few dishes we never had before. Service was also good considering now busy the place was. We would definitely recommend this place.

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