El Catrin

4.4
3435 reviews
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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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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was amazing and unique and the servers knew a lot about the food. They were way less knowledgeable about the wine offerings.

Ambience was good. Service was painfully slow. Hostesses were disorganized and unprofessional.

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

We had a great evening despite the chilly weather outside. The food, drinks, and service were all fantastic (Howard, our server was on point)! The molotes were on the small side, but very tasty, as were the baja tacos. The très lèches cake was amazing; would come back for that and drinks alone!

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

Since from the hosts until server and everything was perfect.

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

Great place, love the food and overall menu, staff is great. Wish reservation tables could se the entire restaurant, but overall amazing.

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

Great atmosphere and service. Making a reservation on a weekend is highly recommended to avoid long waiting list. True authentic Mexican cuisine right down to the margaritas but quite pricey.

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

Great decor and atmosphere. Portions were small but food was very good.

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

Staff was very accommodating
Food was quite good and distinctive

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

Awesome place and unbelievable service and ambiance. A lot less food/plate than most Mexican restaurants!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent taste, voice, variety, service and ambiance !!

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JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always want to come back to this restaurant. Food and service are phenomenal. Recommend the mojito and pollo loco.

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

Amazing Mexican food! My girlfriend and I make the trip into the city for their fish tacos and churros! Not to mention, their guacamole is made in front of you at the table. Atmosphere is a bit on the loud side but still, amazing food!

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BD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time that I have brought family and friends here..never disappointed. The servers have been unfailingly pleasant, courteous and helpful. The food delicious and the atmosphere relaxed and inviting

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

Excellent margueritas! We had the shrimp tacos, fish tacos and pulled pork tacos - all delicious. Howard our server was excellent and very tuned into our needs. Churros and pineapple dessert were a great finish. The restaurant has been there for a while now, good to see it is still consistently good and hasn't lost quality.

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M
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience...

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

Excellent food. Amazing space with high ceilings, huge bright Mexican motif murals and upbeat music. Overall excellent. One of Toronto's best kept vibrant spaces to dine.

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A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and server did an excellent job at managing our expectations with food and drinks. Would come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, always great food !!

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OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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
14 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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