El Catrin

4.4
3418 reviews
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Mexican
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 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 will 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 3/4 of the year. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you
will taste a little bit of everything.
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Mexico City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best mexican food in Toronto (coming from a mexican). The esquites and guacamole were delicious. I had the arrachera and it was perfect. I would only say that portions are on the small side. You have to make a reservation with enough time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience...

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

Really good food. Had the tasting menu, but was a little pricy

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, always great food !!

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Food was amazing ! Great venue :) recommend the tasting menu ! Just delightful!

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RF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food + cocktails, even in snowstorm. Tops.

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Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the ambiance in this place. The margaritas are amazing and the food is delicious! I love that they make the guacamole right at the table. One of my fave places to eat!

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiter provided excellent service and made our dessert special for our anniversary.

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BK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very good, service was not great. Would ask for a refill on coffee and have to wait 15 min then we would ask for cream and by the time it arrives the coffee was cold.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great tacos!
Loved the tequila selection!

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AC
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal, great vibe, and excellent service. We’ll definitely be back! Be sure to make reservations!!

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CY
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Would definitely go back with friends.
Service was very good. Thought that the meat platter could have had a little more meat. Otherwise was food was very good.

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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at El Catrin and it was great. The food was really good and you can tell the ingredients are high quality. The restaurant itself is beautiful, a very good spot for date night! My girlfriend and I are definitely going back.

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AI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick our server was fabulous. He gave great recommendations and worked with a few members of our group to ensure they had a full meal despite allergies and other limitations with food. It was a bit loud for the 6 of us to properly talk but the restaurant is very cool inside and worth taking in. Delicious margaritas!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family outing...fun night, excellent service and food !

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C
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food
Great atmosphere
Very attentive waiter (Ricardo )
An excellent experience for my sons’s birthday

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AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My choice for a restaurant to take two friends from out of town. Very impressed with the general ambiance and unique decor/experience, also the baja tacos were excellent. Slightly disappointed with the level of service and attentiveness from the staff. It wasn't overwhelmingly busy but we had a hard time getting service especially on drinks.

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AL
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. The server was excellent and all her food suggestions were delicious. Ambiance was amazing and loved the decor in the restaurant.

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OM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was delicious and our waiter was very attentive. I found the food and drinks a little over pricer compared to other Mexican restaurants.

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, fabulous, server was knowledgable, professional, great sense of humor, good fast, fresh, yummy and the Margaritas outstanding. The price was a very pleasant surprise!

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M
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I had called the day before my reservation to remind them that it was for a bday and I would like something special after dinner as I didn’t want to have to do so infront of my friend, I was told that it was documented and not to worry. My request was forgotten about

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w
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I used to like the place, but tonight’s dinner is questionable. We waited at least 15 mins to have someone to take our order, and it wasn’t a very busy night. Food was so so, I remembered it’s better. Overall not the best experience.

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TG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

noisy level was high - sitting to a loud mouth baby/todler.
coffee wasn't served till 20 minutes later but the server did a wonder job on apologizing and absolutely courteous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Very cool atmosphere. Amazing tacos.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best Tacos 🌮 in Town. Waited almost 30mins even tho I had a reservation and arrived on time.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food was delicious. Make a reservation- it was absolutely worth it.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner and night out at El Catrin!! Jose our server was lovely! Made delicious recommendations on food and drink. He was kind, funny and totally personable. Can’t wait to go back.

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W
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

El Catrin has amazing ambiance and the decor is just gorgeous. It's brilliant for a date or even a girls night catch up session - although it's loud and it can get hard to actually have a conversation. The food is flavourful and delicious however there's just not enough of it. While I understand the tapas style dining, the portion sizes vs prices are not proportionate. Close to $100 for two tiny apps, two non alcoholic drinks and two tiny tacos each is a bit overpriced in my opinion. Given, it's upscale, but the quality and taste were not revolutionary or interesting enough to justify the price. I'd still go back, but only on the rare occasion I simply have to be in the area.

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L
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the decorations , service and food authenticity. But portions are small and on the expensive side. Yes it is supposed to sharebut three small tuna bites for $15 is expensive. Or a two bites cake for $9?
But if you are in the distillery and this is the fun place to go

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LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a hidden gem!

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SU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and most spectacular service from Pamela, as always! Thanks

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B
Toronto
75 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the tasting menu, which was fabulous. It was a great overview of the menu and flavours and we enjoyed every morsel. It was also my son’s birthday and I cannot emote enough how well he was treated and you have very loyal patrons in us always. And I cannot express how delicious the Mayan Margarita is! This is a place we will always return to.

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MR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us and it was the first time any of us had been to El Catrin. We were all delighted with our experience there. The service was excellent and our waiter was very patient and knowledgeable - he helped us order, taking the time to fully explain the menu. And the food was outstanding. All in all a most enjoyable experience - one I would recommend and one I hope to repeat soon.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for Brunch - very tasty food. Could do with a few more options to cater for the vegan in our group.

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S
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second time here. And we’ll be back! Becoming our favorite dinner restaurant when we’re in Toronto. All food is great. Paella exceptional. Lovely sangrias by the glass or pitcher. Service is fast and friendly. Make reservations as this place gets busy. Only negative is that it can get a bit loud on a weekend night. But that seems to be a widespread and increasing problem these days. Too many hard surfaces I guess. It’s located down a small alley so it’s easy to miss from the busy street.

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T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had reservations for 10pm on Saturday, Jan 26. We were in on time and our waiter (Vince I believe) was outstanding. He explained every dish and recommended his favorites. Guacamole was awesome. Sangria tasty. Atmosphere fantastic. Ambience great, noise level ok, we could have a conversation at the table. $$ ok! I will definitely be back soon. Thank you.

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W
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have had a great experience at this location. Last night was another good night, our waitress Pamela was excellent and the food was amazing as usual. I would definitely come back here again soon

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AV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our server Pamela. She was very attentive and friendly.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sever Pamela was the best. Great food and drinks.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We all had a lovely time at El Catrin. Our waitress Pamela was outstanding she made our night even more enjoyable she was knowledgeable about the menu and was incredibly personable. She created the atmosphere upon arrival. Good good good service.

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