El Catrin

4.5
3549 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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MG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience; tasty food, good service
Definitely will be coming back

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! And service!

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GM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were hugely disappointed in our experience at El Catrin. The food was hugely let down by the service. The whole meal was served within 25 minutes of being seated. We appreciate that it's tapas style dining, however, it seemed to be an excuse for poor management of the kitchen. All other restaurants we have been to that serve small plates seem to have better appreciation of time management to allow their guests to enjoy the dining experience.

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p
London
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited on a Saturday night and the whole place was packed! The service was great and the food was even better. It was the best meal we had during our trip to Toronto. We hope to visit again some day.

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

Excellent food! Waiter made our experience so enjoyable. He assisted with food selection, made comments on the local area, made sure our margaritas were topped up and catered to our special requests. Fun, fun, fun restaurant! Highly recommend!

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UY
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The margaritas were delicious and the tasting menu was perfect. Overall great night and atmosphere. Complimentary tequila shots were a nice touch.

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OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was honestly the most amazing dining experience.. server was fabulous and cose are dinner for us, to perfection. It’s fun, foodie and fabulous. Worth every penny!

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

Great Mexican food with a fun vibe, good drinks, excellent service and the choice to sit inside or outside (weather permitting)

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

This is hands down my fav restaurant EVERY time I come to Toronto. The food is just simply amazing. I prefer to eat out on the patio. The inside is incredible to look at, but as you would expect with wall a bit noisier. As long as it's not raining, they have great patio heaters outside. We were lucky to arrive early enough to sit on the patio and finish before the rain started. I brought a friend who had never been there and every time he took a bite of a new tapa, he made his pleasure known. I'll be back. Just wish I lived close enough to come more often.

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

Best Mexican food in our book , if we were not living so far we would be there so much more often : )

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

They were short on staff and sometimes it took a bit for our waiter to get to us.

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CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Margaritas are always amazing from here. I really enjoyed the ceviche; thought the portion was too small, but after the guacamole, it was actually PERFECT. Highly recommend large guac and margs to start, and a bunch of small plates to share.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Brought my coworkers here and everyone loved the food and atmosphere (and the drinks!)
Baja tacos. Just try them

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B
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short ribs are fantastic! The waitress was friendly and patient (it took us a while to decide on our choices) and all 4 of us were very pleased with our food choices.

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AB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went with a family for Sunday brunch, Everyone enjoyed their food and we were able to talk because it wasn’t too loud. The ambience was a really pleasant vibe.

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LM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great night. Our server (Pamela I think) tonight was so great and very attentive.

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly Mexican menu. Too noisy. Surrounding art work worth a visit in itself.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding All Around. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We were quite disappointed in the service.
The waitress was totally inattentive. Seemed because we were a large group with an automatic gratuity on the bill that she did not need to be attentive to earn the gratuity.
Hopefully this was a one as we have not had issues like this previously.

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great overall spot to have a some drinks and conversations, however food portions where rather petite and did not satisfy... do not recommend for hungry foodies on the quest for a hearty meal.

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VD
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There are dishes completely worth the price due to complexity, flavour and ingredients such as the pork belly. And there are ones that clearly just sucker you like the queso fundido. The tableside guacamole is good. The pulled pork quesadillas are basically pizza sweet and tangy with pineapples. The sopes are incredible and we could have eaten a platter of them. Well priced wine and over priced margaritas (that were still delicious- try the one with tamarind!).

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really beautiful restaurant. Decor fantastic. lively with a great ambience. food delicious

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Wednesday I brought some work colleagues for their first visit to El Catrin (I've been many times). They were thrilled with everything from the ambiance to the food to the service. It is second to none, not only in the Distillery District but in the GTA! We had a miscommunication with respect to a requested drink with the one we received being considerably higher end than the one we thought we had ordered. Upon receiving the bill we noticed the mix-up and without hesitation Matt the manager rectified the issue. Our server (her name escapes me) was excellent and owned the mix-up. This incredible customer service is a testament to the quality of El Catrin. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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

It was amazing.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for my birthday

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P
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We were excited to try this restaurant on Monday for my Dads Birthday. Our waitress was horrendous, not attentive at all... the lady that made the Guacamole was a gem! My sister had made a request for Chicken Tacos and was told that this was not possible at all. Meanwhile, you were able to choose chicken to add to other meals at an extra charge. Drinks were all brought at different times. The food we ordered was okay, despite not being able to order what we really wanted. Manager was requested to visit our table, no one showed up. We did leave a small tip and when waitress saw this she then asked if we had had any issues with our service, and we reiterated the fact that the service was not great and we were disappointed in not being able to order certain things to which she responded this was not her fault - Brutal

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ND
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Portions were a little small for the price

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal associates, crazy yummy eats, uplifting vibes with arts/designs unique with spectacular colour

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited El Ctrin for the first time as part as my husband’s 50th Birthday weekend. Also our first visit to the Distillery District and made the lunch reservation to follow our Segway tour. We were not disappointed. Vince our server was very knowledgeable and offered great service. The food was delicious. Loved the guacamole made right at the table and both the chicken burrito and pulled pork tacos were great. We also had a mango and traditional Mexican margarita. As a Birthday surprise they presented my husband with a complimentary tequila shot! We will definitely be back!

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NC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at El Catrin. The food was amazing - as was the service (Thank You Ricardo!!). Couldn't have asked for a better evening.

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

Promotiom celebration

Mathew the manager is amazing

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n
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but they didn’t bring it out at the same time so by the time my friends were finishing their meals, I was only starting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They need to include more vegetarian options in their menu.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time going to a Mexican restaurant and I am very happy that it was El Catrin. The food is soooo good. My fiancé is an extremely picky eater and was hesitant to try it but he LOVED it and was talking about coming back. The service was amazing and the restaurant had a very nice vibe to it. Definitely recommend this place!

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A
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good food with terrific service in a fun atmosphere. El Catrin never disappoints!

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LS
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab spot with fun atmosphere, great service and excellent food and drinks

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TT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening! We arrived early for our reservation and waited for our table at the bar. Unfortunately our table was not ready on time and we had to wait. The staff, including the hostess and the manager were so kind and apologetic. We were having a great time , so didn’t mind. It was especially nice that the restaurant picked up the tab for all our drinks at the table as a a thank you our patience!
The food was delicious, the atmosphere festive and we had a wonderful birthday celebrations. All in all a great experience.

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BC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service, unique atmosphere. A great place to grab cocktails and a snack but not a meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Our server appeared a little irritated throughout our experience, our table had a lot of allergies and we tried to be as flexible as possible but it caused a big issue. We had let the restaurant know beforehand.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice ambiance and great service. Love the mural on the wall! Nice selection of beers and tequila. We have been to El Catrin before and will definitely return!

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