El Catrin

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Please note that our kitchen closes at 11pm nightly. We have Guacamole, Chips and Salsa available from 11pm until close.

El Catrin has grown to be one of the most popular restaurants in the City of Toronto by delivering on both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a fun, lively, well-serviced atmosphere in the Distillery Historic District.

Boasting a sharing-style menu and one of Canada's largest mescal and tequila menus, El Catrin offers a unique experience and an incredible atmosphere that is just plain fun. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you can taste a little bit of everything.

On the inside, the decor features a breathtaking mural that that took over 100 days to complete. On the outside, El Catrin boasts one of the best patios in the city that is not only enormous but open nearly year-round.
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is great! Food, service, ambiance, name it! Will definitely come back!

LL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing - I wish I could remember his name. Sam maybe? I was there on Saturday night celebrating my boyfriend's birthday on the patio and our server really made our experience. He was attentive and seemed to know exactly when we wanted to order another drink, but left us alone to our romantic evening. He even put together a special flight to surprise my bf and it was fabulous!!!

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time in past 7 months - has become the new favorite. Celebrated Thanksgiving there - much better than turkey! Great service, exceptional food

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

J'ai adoré l'expérience au resto El Catrin. L'endroit est superbe, la nourriture de grande qualité, le personnel trèes sympathique.

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SD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for our one year wedding anniversary! Our server was lovely. The music and sound maybe a little too loud but so so great otherwise! Thank you el Catrin for a great evening

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary

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

It's a lovely restaurant, great atmosphere and great service, great food, however it's a bit pricy for the small portions that you get.

NB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, restaurant is beautiful, service was great. Bar area didn’t allow us to have few cocktails before dinner which was odd.

AH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great in-place in Toronto, super vibe. Maybe at times a bit loud, but highly recommended. Great food as well!

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was very uneven and we waited an hour for the bill. Food was mediocre and very little of what we ordered matched the description on the menu (with the exception of the tacos). Margaritas were watery and way too much salt on the rim. Bathrooms were disgusting. Will not go back.

GT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Amazing tacos, guacamole and Margaritas!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Received our cold entrees before our drinks. The portions are small and lacked flavour. Very disappointing.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service our server was always there if we had any questions in regards to ordering or anything. The food is amazing (I’m Spanish so I’m picky when I actually eat out Spanish food). Tapas style dinning is great for any occasion. The music is amazinggg! I can only imagine how nice this place is in the summer. as I walked out of the restaurant after my meal, reality hit me in the face that I in fact was not in Mexico. LOVED LOVED LOVED

MW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Large, noisy place with mediocre food. Prompt service , though.

SA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food never disappoints! Always amazing and the service is top notch. Great cocktails as well. Definitely one of my top picks in Toronto.

WC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food option for catching a bite before CanStage at Berkeley Theatre. Service is efficient and tapas style menu ideal for this application.

S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always El Catrin is a wonderful place to have a business lunch!

C
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite spots in Toronto. The decor is stellar, food is always great and margaritas are AMAZING! Highly recommend

J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Unbelievable ambiance on the patio. Felt like we were no longer in Toronto.

D
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I was at El Catrin, and my experience was just as good as the first time. I will definitely keep coming back.

J
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good time and the right place when it comes to Mexican food; flavours, variety and amzing Mezcal/Tequila menu!

BV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

When making the on line reservation I included special notes indicating that we would end up a party of 4 but would start out a party of 2. I further indicated that I did not want my wife to know that the reservation was for 4 people as the other 2 guests were to be a surprise for her as it was her birthday. hen we arrived it was as though the notes had not been read and the surprise was immediately eliminated as the receptionist went on about our table being for a party of 4 and when would we be expecting the other 2 people etc... very disappointed about that. Otherwise the experience was good.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was surprising disappointed. Portions are small. Service was average. I ask my server for suggestions and I was told the guacamole was great?? I asked for a drink recommendation and he suggested A glass of Pino? 22.50 for a dozen tiny shrimp covered in BBQ sauce Cubetta de Camaron. I might try again, hoping it was a bad night

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Concert with friends

SN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second time dining at El Catrin...for a birthday celebration. We really enjoy the food and the ambiance and it's our new go to spot for special occasions.

This time the service was 'meh'. Our server seemed distracted and so we barley saw her throughout our dinner.

We'll certainly be back again in the future cause the food is delicious...especially the fish tacos!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, great food and excellent service, will be back for sure.

VR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great margaritas, naturally. I recommend the ceviche and tacos.

M
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite spots in the city. Fantastic food & service. Great vibe.

NB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great for drinks and an app. Mains were really disappointing for the price so this isn't somewhere to go for the food. The vibe on the patio is really cool, especially if you can get a table next to the firepit.

LM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, though they were out of what I really wanted. Ambiance is great, but where they fell down was: music was extremely loud early in the evening when he restaurant was half full (I had to shout at my date), and service was on the slow side.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit slow, we had to keep flagging down other serving staff to get what we needed. But food was fantastic and it was great to also enjoy one of the last patio days of the summer!

l
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a friend for his birthday and we both got a tasting menu, made vegetarian upon our request. Holy crap, everything was so delicious, flavourful and fresh. The service was fantastic and thoughtful, we had to leave early to catch a show and our server was helpful and accommodating. Absolutely would recommend.

JC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing Mexican inspired food we've ever eaten. We had the tamale, mole, octopus and ceviche. An incredible food experience and very reasonable prices. Make a reservation! Saturday was impossible as a walk in but a Monday reservation was perfect.

M
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. We had the tuna ceviche, braised short ribs and the chicken and Baja tacos.

Our server gave us the space we desired to chat without us asking, yet she was attentive and friendly.

Great ambience and experience.
Thank you, we will be back!

F
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place has an amazing patio in the distillery district and the inside is decorated amazing . This was
My first time here . I order the chicken taco and had to order 2 more because they were phenomenal . We also shared the braised beef and Baja fish taco which was equally amazing . Didn’t get to try a margarita because we had to drive but I will most definitely be back .

Well done

DT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

My first experience was very good, this time the food was awful. Did they change the chef?

LB
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back because it's always so good!

Hard pressed to decide if the shrimp or fish tacos are better. Miss the old mushroom tacos (and mushroom omelet, and pepitas dip).

Order a Mayan Margarita, you'll thank me.

KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Size of burrito was disappointing as was the side salad - both in terms of flavor and value (size). Server was good when there, but then forgot to bring the salsa until later and had a hard time with dividing up the bill. Have been before. This time not good.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. I have been to El Catrin a few times before and love it more and more each time I go. Staff is well educated with their menu and able to provide suggestions and explain how dishes were created. Everything was delicious and fresh from the drinks to the food. You can really tell that the chef's put a lot of creativity into the dishes.

TJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated at our table within no more than 2 minutes of arriving. Our server was super hospitable and made us feel really comfortable when ordering. The food was served fairly quickly and everything was exquisite. The presentation was both authentic and appealing. El Catrin is always a favourite of mine and this time did not disappoint.

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