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El Catrin

4.4
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4072 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Outdoor tables are subject to the weather. If it rains, we can not guarantee indoor space. For more information on our health & safety procedures, please visit https://distilleryhospitality.com/health-and-safety

El Catrin, one of the most popular restaurants in Toronto, has built it’s reputation by delivering on traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and well-serviced atmosphere to offer totally transportive dining experiences
Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs Chef Le Calvez’s sharing-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. The decor features a breathtaking mural that took Mexican street artist Oscar Flores over 100 days to complete & the nearly year-round patio has been named one of the best in the country

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 4072 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.6
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4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Annabanana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve always enjoyed El Catrin and this was our first restaurant to dine at since COVID. The restaurant has done an incredible job of adjusting to new guidelines and we felt very safe from the moment we got seated until we left. We sat on the patio and the next tables were more than two metres away. The menu is retrieved via a QR code to view on your phone. Menu seemed smaller than normal but all our favourites were there and tasted great as usual.

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you so much for choosing us as your first patio back! t's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Alyssa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Always a great time at el catrin!!

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you for this exceptional review, Alyssa! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our cuisine so much, and we hope to welcome you back again soon to discover more favourites. Best, Stuart K.

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Eddie
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Eddie, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled you we were able to host you for such an special occasion. We look forward to seeing you again sometime soon! Until then, Stuart K.

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AlexandraP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the place, I just wanna go again 100% recommended

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Alexandra, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled our tacos hit the spot. Looking forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future. Until then, Stuart K.

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RobertA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievable - some of the best Mexican I’ve had. Dishes made me want to high-five the chef with every bite. Patio is beautiful - warm, lively distillery district ambience on a sunny day. A top Summertime recommendation!

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Robert, its feedback like this that we truly strive for! Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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MarcA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I hadn’t been in a while and realized it’s over priced for tacos. Margaritas were too sweet.

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Marc, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant! We are happy to see that you enjoyed your experience, but we are sorry to hear that we fell short of your expectations. We hope that you will choose to join us again the next time you are looking to treat yourself! Best, Stuart K.

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AmyV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly staff. Nice, spacious patio

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Amy, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed our lively patio! Music and great food are a great combination. Hoping we'll see you again the next time you're around. All the best, Stuart K.

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Helen
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good but Expensive for the portions. Also
Didn’t like that you had to get all the same tacos (3 for $19) you can’t mix, which is silly because you can when you eat at their takeout window.

El Catrin
Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Helen! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and appreciate your feedback. As we are navigating this new normal, it is useful to hear how some of our changes are landing with guests. So please know you have been heard. We hope to see you again the next time you are looking to treat yourself! Best, Stuart K.

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JanetS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I tried to change the reso to 7 people but due to Covid there is max number of 6 pp per table.
the staff at the restaurant were great about making sure we got two tables close together, and service was wonderful. What a treat to dine with friends.

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

Janet, it's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday. However when you specify it’s a birthday lunch, offering a complementary slice of desert would be much better than writing happy birthday on a plate.

Just thought for the price of the dishes and drinks doing something like that was a little stingy.

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your support! The hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and we are working hard as a team to ensure that we are able to continue to celebrate with our guests long into the future. In doing so, one of the changes is the indefinite suspension of complimentary birthday desserts. We truly appreciate you for your feedback, so please know that it has been heard. We hope that you choose to join us again the next time you are looking to treat yourself! Until then, Stuart K.

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KenzieG
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Felt like we were in Mexico especially since it was such a hot day! We went with the recommendations of the server which was a big hit!

El Catrin
Responded on July 28, 2020

Kenzie, we are happy to know that our patio and our Mexico inspired menu make our place special. We'd love to welcome you back for more perfect flavors. Best, Stuart K.

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Jsfromto
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love El Catrin’s tacos. So delicious. Staff were terrific. Great service with serious attention to safety.

El Catrin
Responded on July 28, 2020

We're happy we made sure you had a memorable time at El Catrin. Our tacos definitely hit the spot, and we would love to welcome you back again soon for some more of our favourites! Best, Stuart K.

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RinaM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, authentic Mexican dishes. Tacos are great!

El Catrin
Responded 6 days ago

Rina, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to hosting you the next time you are craving some tacos! Until then, Stuart K.

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JohnL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

Its never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests, John! Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Dinner with friends

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

We are delighted to see that you enjoyed the five-star experience we're known for and you expected from us. We look forward to hosting you again sometime soon! All the best, Stuart K

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and excellent service!

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to welcoming you in again soon for another memorable meal sometime soon. Warmly, Stuart K.

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NALONGM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great flavours and ambiance. Portions are small. Beware of the pitchers. They are packed with ice so you may be better off ordering individual drinks.

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

Thanks for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope that you'll join us again the next time you are around. Until then, Stuart K.

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AnnaD
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done to the management and team, under the new procedure category you score a 10, service quality and overall experience was fantastic.
You must try the fish tacos best I have ever had!
Thank you we appreciate what you do!

El Catrin
Responded on July 28, 2020

Anna, we are so happy you've enjoyed our famous fish tacos! We look forward to hosting you again sometime very soon. Until then, Stuart K.

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superbill
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service Nice patio to sit at Had red snapper special easy feed two or three people. Taste of it was fantastic very good

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

Thank you for this exceptional review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our snapper so much! We hope to welcome you back again soon to discover more favourites. Warmly, Stuart K.

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JoeL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant, the food is just incredible and you wont find anything like it anywhere else.

already made reservations again!

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

Joel, we are happy to hear you love our restaurant so much! Thank you for your support. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went to celebrate her birthday and we were greeted very positively, we got to try a secret menu drink that they were work shopping which reminded me of back home, and the churros were well worth it all

El Catrin
Responded on July 26, 2020

We are so happy to hear our flavors transported you to back home. We'd love to welcome you and your girlfriend back anytime to enjoy another memorable meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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Surya
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Asked to leave in other words , by refusing to serve to one of our friends , because she was a bit drunk,
So you get served only when you're getting drunk there itself 😂

El Catrin
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for choosing us, Surya! Our liquor servers are required by law to use their best discretion and training to serve guests in accordance with Ontario Smart Serve. Not doing so would put our liquor license, and thus the business in jeopardy. We never want to have to refuse service, but we take health and safety, and the Liquor Licence Act very seriously. We hope this provides some insight, and know that we are here for more good (and safe!) times in the future. Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience with all the adjustments having been made in response to restrictions. My only call out would be finding a way to elevate the make shift patio formerly being the take out area. Having dined with El Catrin before, I cam in with the expectation that we would be sat in the main patio area which is beautiful. Otherwise, everything else was 10 out of 10.

El Catrin
Responded on July 24, 2020

Thank you for this exceptional review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our cuisine so much. Rest assured that we have heard your feedback about our extended patio and we hope to welcome you back again soon to discover more favourites. Best, Stuart K.

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vipgordy
Toronto
72 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Not as lively in the afternoon , but still was a reasonable experience. Our server though may have been new as we had to remind him about taking orders for apps and drinks aside from the meal , you would think fewer tables would mean being more attentive, but that wasn't the case.

El Catrin
Responded on July 24, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Gordy. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to making your next visit more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.

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KellyJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe of the Distillery and El Catrin. The service was great. Best margarita around!

El Catrin
Responded on July 24, 2020

Kelly, there's nothing better than taking your time to enjoy the little things in life. We are honored to know that our Margaritas hit the spot! We are really glad that we lived up to the hype. Come back sometime soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it. Our server was excellent. So happy to be outside in the lovely patio.

El Catrin
Responded on July 19, 2020

It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our patio! Music and great food are a great combination. Hoping we'll see you again the next time you're around. All the best, Stuart K.

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FrancesL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our lunch on the patio. The guacamole, fish tacos and beef tacos were very flavourful. Our waitress provided excellent service. My only suggestion would be to have more shaded seating areas available, more patio umbrellas would be great.

El Catrin
Responded on July 24, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Frances. It was a pleasure welcoming you in and delivering the outstanding service you deserve. It's never a bad idea to treat yourself to some guacamole and tacos, so we hope to see you again the next time you're in the Distillery District! All the best, Stuart K

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ArvindJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe of El Catrin was amazing and the food was even better. The food is priced well and the seating is really comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Had a reservation, waited 30 mins to be seated. Table server was never around, took 20 mins to get the bill. Trying to support local businesses but this service made me wish we stayed home.

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Geoffm
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was great good service nice spot in the shade allowed to stay a comfortable duration without feeling rushed woild go back

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MLP63
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Not enough shaded tables on patio, too many people servicing table

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DanielC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food is always fantastic.
A bit of a wait even though I booked in advance.
No mention of masks needed to use washroom forces ya to use the common washroom within the distillery.
Other then that still would be back and understand this during covid.

El Catrin
Responded on July 19, 2020

Daniel, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for taking the time to reach out. We hope you come join us for another good time soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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Opentablereviews
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, great vibe, awesome margaritas. Would like to see more on the menu

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JulieW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Need more comfortable chairs for patio. Hard to relax and enjoy meal

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MarwaH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have really enjoyed our stay at ElCatrin. The ambiance was nice and the food was delicious

El Catrin
Responded on July 18, 2020

Marwa, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed our patio! Thank you for taking the time to reach out. We are always happy to host, so come join us for another good time soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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Tijay
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great vibe, good food, was active with people chilling, could have been cleaner, with broken glass and other on the bench and ground.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was awful, the poor girl had like 20 tables, there's no way the service could have been better. We were off in an alley in the distillery, it's nice that they expanded the patio but the ambiance said back alley. Food was good, drinks were okay a little watered down (or maybe just melted ice because it took so long to get to our table). We think our server forgot to put in one order because the tacos came out 30 min after the rest of our food. No music/maybe there was but not in our area.

El Catrin
Responded on July 15, 2020

I’m very sorry to hear about your experience as you’ve described it. Your time with us should never be marred by strained service or lacklustre atmosphere. We've made adjustments to almost every part of how service operates, so as we work hard to navigate the "new normal", feedback like yours is super helpful to better understand how some of our changes are landing. Thank you for taking the time to reach out — you've been heard and we appreciated it.

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Stacy
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor ambience, always visit this place. Not allot of options on food menu but the tacos are tasty. The Churros are like the best ever. Drink menu is great and the staff also help with suggestions to accommodate those who are non alcoholic. Friendly overall.

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Sharpie
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great food and location, except 2 of the 5 shots we ordered had lipstick on them...

El Catrin
Responded on July 19, 2020

We are sorry to hear that you experienced anything less than the 5-star service that you deserve. We are taking many measures to ensure the safety for both our staff and guests. Regardless, nothing excuses dirty glassware, so please know that we have taken action to ensure this does not happen again. I welcome you to reach out to the restaurant directly at 416-203-2121 and ask for me. If I am not immediately available, please leave a message and I will get back to you ASAP. Warmly, Stuart K.

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Reema
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

They put us in the back where there is no decor just Crappy tables and Chairs. What sucks is that I made a reservation weeks in advance and when we got there there were even tables in their main area. But I suppose they decide who they will put there and who they will cast off to the back.

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