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El Catrin, Toronto, ON

El Catrin

4.4
4.4
4551 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Reservations are booked for indoors only. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.

Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs an ambitious, wide-ranging, tapas-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. El Catrin has built its reputation as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Toronto by offering transportive dining experiences, serving traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and award-winning atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 203-2121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact directly.

  • Private party contact

    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Cross street

    Parliament & Mill Street

  • Parking details

    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street

  • Public transit

    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,551 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Domenic

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing restaurant. Friendly staff, service was excellent. No complaints. Food and service was top Notch!
  2. DW

    DreaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food - had a lot of shareable and every single thing we had was delicious
  3. T

    Trey

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Usually I have a great time at this establishment. This time however, I was greatly ignored and watched the tables around me be served as I had to ask for water multiple times. I did get a chance to speak to the manager but they didn’t seem to do anything about the situation. As I black gay man I am used to situations like this, but it has never been so blatant. I will probably never go back to this establishment.
  4. W

    Walid

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance. Loved the food, quick service and will definitely go back
  5. L

    Laura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations for 4 indoors but since it turned out to be a beautiful evening we were able to get a table outside! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the service and the ambiance!
  6. CR

    CurlyRu

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Server Recommended a non-vegan dish to my vegan guest even after she asked if the dish had non-vegan cheese
  7. KF

    KareenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just perfect and the workers are very polite and helpful.
  8. KM

    KirkM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service was very quick to get food. Also margaritas were excellent.
  9. TV

    TinaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kids menu needs to have tacos Kids menu not a lot of variety
  10. RE

    REE007

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My first time at El Catrin was Aug 2022 for dinner with friends! Walking into the restaurant I was immediately impressed with the ambience and vibe. So vibrant and fun. Our server was quite attentive to our needs and was fast and service was great. Loved my tamarind margarita and had to get a second one. As for food, I am very judgey as I make good tacos myself. The crisy and baja tacos were good. The birria tacos were ok. And the churros were great. The quantity was good and we were full. I would love to go there again sometime soon.
  11. KG

    KaleighG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and definitely not the last. Every menu item we got was phenomenal. Everything tasted great and was great for sharing between the four adults and the toddlers. Can’t wait to come back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was just ok snd food is waaaay too pricey
  13. s

    sandrac

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was a little pricey for the portion size. Food was very good.
  14. FL

    FrankL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Quality of food was terrible very cold and bland no flavour whatsoever.. also very pricy for the portion size
  15. B

    Bernie

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The fish tacos were like fish and chips fish on a soft shell taco. They were oily. I don't think I will order these again!
  16. r

    reviewer

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Eclectic design. Server was great but the maître D was not pleasant which starts your night off on a bad foot. Food was good and very fast to come to the table (perhaps a bit too fast). Sangria also really good. We all wished however they had a print version of their menu (or provide tablets) to be able to look at multiple options at once. It’s designed for sharing so it meant a lot of back and forth on the phones.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and drinks. Our waitress was very attentive and nice. Am a repeat customer and will be back. I would definitely recommend this spot.
  18. JH

    JackH

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent waitress. I was with three friends from Mexico City and they were impressed with the food and the variety.
  19. BS

    BrianaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service was extremely slow but overall food was amazing. We had better service from our busser than our server
  20. 9

    905er

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff. Fast service and tasty food. We sat outside but the decor inside is amazing
  21. T

    Thisisme

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Amazing. No complains. We will visit again.
  22. KA

    KarynA

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I love El Catrin. The patio is fun and lively. The service was great. The only one thing was the brunch menu. I recall having a delicious brunch back in 2019. The brunch menu seemed different. The food I ordered did not have loads of flavour or interest. I was very excited to have brunch yesterday. The experience did not disappoint other than the brunch menu. What I ordered was fine. It just wasn’t flavourful and delicious like I was expecting. I’ll be back. I hope that the brunch menu will be more varied and interesting and aligned with the overall awesome experience.
  23. SG

    SioG

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    There was a fly in my tacos. Eek!
  24. MS

    MariS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am so glad we booked dinner at El Catrin during our stay in Toronto. We arrived a bit early for our reservation but we’re happily accommodated. Our waiter Hugo was awesome, super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything came out SO fast we were barely there an hour. M’y boyfriend and I shared a traditional marg that was top 3 all time margarita of my life hands down, and split sweet potato tacos & the Baja tacos as well. Both were incredible it was hard to share. We also had the icebox desert that was the perfect palate cleanser for our meal.
  25. CL

    CheneyL

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good service and good food. I will recommend this place to my friends.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Never hear about 18% min gesture after a minimum spend it reached. Food was blend and service is mediocre
  27. HM

    HotwheelsMovieGoer

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is good. Ambience is nice indoors and outdoors. Our waiter, Mason, was a solid guy.
  28. M

    Maud

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ambiance wow Good service Terrasse wonderful Good moment
  29. V

    Vlad

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My wife’s birthday! Great food and service. One opps…it rained for about 10 minutes - should have been offered to him in side for a bit.
  30. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Pretty much all the food arrived right after we had ordered and before we had received our drinks. It felt rushed. On top of hearing twice just before from the front house staff and the waiter that we had a 2 hour limit. We were told food arrives when its ready ... you don't wait for all dishes to be completed, but honestly almost all the dishes arrived at once and within 5 minutes of ordering. Kinda ruined the atmosphere of the dinner.
  31. VV

    ValerieV

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything overall was good but I’m disappointed that the notes I wrote in my reservation were not noted by the restaurant. When we arrived the patio was virtually empty and I had wrote in my notes to request a patio and the server immediately told me my table was inside. Luckily we were able to be seated outside. I also didn’t appreciate the hostess reminding us several times there’s a 2 hour seating limit.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a friend meet up! We had so much fun and the food was so tasty
  33. M

    Marie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Bonne bouffe pour un prix correct. Nous avons très bien mangé. Alcool très cher par contre. Nous avons eu la surprise d'avoir un serveur qui parlait français. Espace vraiment beau!
  34. KO

    KellyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely. Out server Eric was fantastic! Made our experience that much more enjoyable!
  35. RV

    RomanV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is excellent. Food is unfamiliar but good.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here on a Monday or weekday afternoon when it isn’t too busy. The Mayan Margarita is unparalleled; hands down my favourite margarita in Toronto! The tajin salt rim is perfection. I also get the house hot sauce paired with the guacamole, it’s so good!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such good food. got the birria and fish tacos, chips & gauc. Everything was so good even the drinks. The service was great as well! Will definately come back.
  38. r

    reviewguide

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience2
    Food portion is too small and price is too high. Overall over priced. Highly not recommended.
  39. ME

    MelissaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food never disappoints! Absolutely delicious and great portions if you get a few plates to share for the table. Cannot recommend the Guacamole enough!
  40. HM

    HumaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved everything about the place! We dont drink alcohol and the server was good enough to make our drink orders virgin. Definitely recommend ordering the mango margarita and the fish baja!

    El CatrinResponded 5 days agoHuma, thank you for your amazing review! We're delighted to know your visit was accompanied by beautiful ambience and outstanding service. It makes us happy to know you enjoyed our Baja Tacos, as it's a personal favourite of ours, too. We're happy that your server accommodated your drinks preferences, too. We'd love to welcome you back for another Mango Margarita soon. Kindly, Stuart K.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Catrin is rated 4.4 stars by 4551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today
Google Map for El Catrin

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Parliament & Mill Street

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street

  • Public transit

    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 203-2121

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact directly.

  • Private party contact

    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363

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