El Catrin

4.5
4265 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Our heated patio seating is offered on a first come first served basis only, all reservations are for our indoor dining room. In the event of rain, the patio will be closed. All people entering must wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth, & chin. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum. For more information on our health and safety practices please visit https://distilleryhospitality.com/health-and-safety

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. The decor features a breathtaking mural by Oscar Flores that took over 100 days to complete, and the year-round patio has been named the best in the city.

Experiences

  • Fiesta Brunch Bottle Service

    CA$90.06 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Elevate your weekend plans with a bottle of Herradura for your table all while enjoying the best of brunch, live DJ, specialty cocktails, and good company. Your choice of Herradura Silver or Reposado available at the restaurant. All reservations for this experience are for 4 GUESTS and on our patio. Reservations are subject to the weather, we cannot guarantee indoor space. If you require a reservation larger than 4 guests, please call the restaurant at 416-203-2121. You must be 19+ to order alcoholic items; subject to ID verification. The name on your order must match the name of the person in attendance. Your reservation may be cancelled if these conditions are not met. An 18% gratuity is included in the price of the bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 4265 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphore

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service wasn't good. From when we first got there to our waitress.

Sadly the decor was the only good thing about this restaurant.

We ordered 2 drinks. 1 was decent, the margarita was one of the worst I've had.

The appetizers weren't good either so we decided to leave. With 1 full drink and 1 over half the waitress didn't even ask if we enjoyed our order.

Very disappointing, definitely won't be back and will discourage others from going.

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KateR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s interesting that your survey asked about noise level. In fact, the music was too loud for us. One member of our group is hard of hearing and we were unable to have a conversation because of the volume of the music. Luckily, we were moved by helpful staff to a quieter area away from the speakers. We enjoyed the food very much and service was excellent.

El Catrin
Responded 15 hours ago

Kate, it was wonderful welcoming you in for a lovely meal. Thank you for your feedback regarding the noise level in our restaurant. Every bit of feedback is important to us and we will be passing it along accordingly. Saying that, we are very happy to hear that our staff were very accommodating and moved you to a quieter area. We hope to welcome you back again soon for more delicious food! All the best, Stuart K.

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MattB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Little over priced for what you get but it tasted good and it was a good atmosphere. 4/5

El Catrin
Responded 15 hours ago

Matt, thanks for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your overall experience with us, especially our atmosphere and tasty cuisine. Can't wait to welcome you again the next time you're looking to treat yourself. All the best, Stuart K.

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EmilieP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nous avons eu la belle surprise d’être servie en français! Restaurant tout simplement magnifique!

El Catrin
Responded 6 days ago

Emilie, we are so happy you were served in French and had a wonderful experience with us. We are so lucky to have such an incredible team who make every guests experience special. We hope to see you back our way soon for another exceptional meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous day on El Catrin’s spacious patio

Love this Mexican restaurant. The food is delicious and the service from America was outstanding. We each ordered a different dish and everyone loved their offering. The patio is large and beautifully decorated. The coffee is exceptional and the cocktails too.

El Catrin
Responded 6 days ago

Jennifer, we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed a lovely afternoon on our beautiful patio! From our tasty dishes to our amazing, friendly service, we wont disappoint. It's great that your entire party enjoyed their meal and we hope to welcome you all back our way soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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Annoula
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winner! Daniel is amazing and his attention to detailed service is one of the best!

El Catrin
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Annoula. It was a pleasure welcoming you in and delivering the outstanding service you deserve. We will be sure to pass along the compliment to Daniel for his incredible service. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again. All the best, Stuart K.

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AndreaM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. Everything we has was brilliant. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive.

El Catrin
Responded 7 days ago

Andrea, we're thrilled to hear you had a wonderful evening with us! Thanks for your amazing feedback. Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away and we look forward to doing it all again on your next visit. All the best, Stuart K.

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KellyW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, love the patio!

El Catrin
Responded on October 7, 2021

Kelly, we're thrilled to hear you loved dining on our patio! It was a pleasure providing you with the excellent service you deserve and expect from us. Thanks for your fantastic feedback and we look forward to your next visit. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

All good. Limited menu items.

El Catrin
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for your review! We're glad you hear you enjoyed your overall experience with us. Regarding our menu options, we understand you wish there were more items. Rest assured, we hear your feedback and it will be passed along accordingly. We look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

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dartmouthbarb
Atlantic Canada
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Fantastic margarita

El Catrin
Responded on October 4, 2021

It's great to see our margaritas and dishes always hit the spot, Barb! Thank you for showing your support. We'd love to have you join us again soon for another good time. All the best, Stuart K.

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Fraser
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, one of the best Mexican restaurants in all of Toronto, maybe even all of Ontario. I've taken so many people to this place and they loved it! Everything about El Catrin is amazing! Also if you ever do go, get the Costilla Corta, incredible meal, won't regret it.

El Catrin
Responded on October 4, 2021

Fraser, we are absolutely honoured to be your favourite Mexican restaurant in all of Toronto. Thank you so much for showing your support and leaving this fantastic review. It's great you have joined us many times and always bring new people. We look forward to seeing you again very soon for another Costilla Corta! All the best, Stuart K.

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Cameo
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch on the patio. It was a beautiful day, had helpful and friendly service and amazing food.

El Catrin
Responded on October 4, 2021

Cameo, thank you for joining us for lunch on our patio! It was a pleasure welcoming you in for amazing food and service. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again for another lovely experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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Vicky
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and the service was great! Very cool space.

El Catrin
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thanks for your review, Vicky! We're thrilled to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away. We look forward to welcoming you in again soon for another exceptional experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipArunaK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food loved the ambience would definitely go again and will highly recommend

El Catrin
Responded on October 4, 2021

Aruna, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine and lovely atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming you in again soon for another exceptional experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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MeaghanC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service was lovely. Considering how empty it was when we arrived it was surprisingly difficult to hear each other as the music was so loud.

El Catrin
Responded on September 29, 2021

Meaghan, we’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and had excellent service! Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. Please know we hear your feedback regarding the volume of music. We hope to have you join us again for some more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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LindseyM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mason was amazing! He was so welcoming and his service was fantastic. The food was delicious, margaritas amazing!

El Catrin
Responded on September 29, 2021

Lindsey, we're thrilled to hear you had exceptional service from Mason. We will be sure to pass along the compliments. We hope to welcome you back again next time you're around for some more great food and delicious margaritas! All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Catrin never disappoints! The food is always amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant. They also did a great job socially distancing everyone

El Catrin
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the high praises about our restaurant! It's great to hear you love our cuisine and felt very comfortable dining with us. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing love this restaurant! When I come to Toronto it’s a must go to for me

El Catrin
Responded on September 29, 2021

Nothing beats fresh and flavourful food! It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again next time you're in town. All the best, Stuart K.

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Catrin never disappoints. It has everything. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service.

El Catrin
Responded on September 21, 2021

It’s never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests, Lisa! We're happy to hear our Mexican cuisine, service and atmosphere blew you away. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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MacA
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our table got a selection of starters and tacos to share and it was a superb experience. The ambiance at the patio is blissful with moderate lighting and a fire pit at the centre. Preferred upscale spot for Mexican cuisine.

El Catrin
Responded on September 20, 2021

Mac, we're delighted you got to enjoy a variety of our Mexican dishes. Thank you for taking the time to show your support. We'd love to welcome you back for another exceptional experience with perfect ambiance. Until then, Stuart K.

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Torind
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was the first time going here after covid lockdowns were lifted and the only reservation available was for 8:45 which we took. I then called the restaurant couple of days before the reservation to see if this was too late and will they serve us properly, was reassured by the person who answered the phone that last seating is 9 but we would still get our 2 to 2.5 hours of seating as we were a party of 6.
The actual experience was totally different. We were rushed through the meal, while still eating appetizers, some of the mains (luke warm only) were dropped at the table. So those who got the mains had to hurry up and start eating. Then after a gap of waiting we asked for 2 remaining mains and these were then rushed and brought in with one wrong one which had to be sent back.
I have been to this restaurant many times in the past and its has never been this bad. We had ordered tuna tosadas as one of the apps which said 4 pieces, instead it was 4 half tortillas with hardly any tuna. if they had run out, they should have told us and we would taken something else. The server was constantly reminding of the time and we were finished with the meal at 10. All rush rush and cold food.
This has been my worse experience in this place so far. If you are not able to take care of your guests at 8:45, then do not give out that time for reservation. Despite all this and because we know restaurants have suffered, we still left a 15% tip, would have been more if the evening had been enjoyable and not forced eating.

El Catrin
Responded on September 15, 2021

Torind, thanks for providing your feedback. We're very sorry that your recent experience was anything less than outstanding. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional service, so please know we apologize for anything less than attentive, caring and professional service. Your feedback has been heard and passed along. We hope you'll choose to revisit us again. We welcome you to reach out to our Guest Service Manager, Casey, at ctanaka@thedistillery.ca to personally assist you. Best, Stuart K.

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Shiela
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance, safety protocol is in place. Good food and friendly staff.

El Catrin
Responded on September 13, 2021

Everything from our ambiance to our tasty dishes will leave you amazed, Shiela! Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic review. We can't wait to welcome you again for another bite. All the best, Stuart K.

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LindaK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A bit pricey but food is delicious!! Ambiance is amazing.

El Catrin
Responded on September 13, 2021

Linda, thanks for coming to see us! We're glad you enjoyed our incredible ambiance and our delicious Mexican cuisine. Can't wait to welcome you again the next time you're looking to treat yourself. All the best, Stuart K.

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AnuG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. one of my fav places to go to for food and drinks.

El Catrin
Responded on September 13, 2021

Anu, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're delighted you enjoyed food and drinks with us. We hope to have you join us again for some more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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EmilieJadeBigelow
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best fish tacos and guacamole i've ever had !!
the ambiance was perfect and the neiborhood too

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Emilie, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled our baja tacos and guacamole hit the spot. We are so lucky to be in the historic Distillery District and are very happy you got the opportunity to enjoy it. We look forward to seeing you at El Catrin again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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CesarM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food was excellent. we will go back in the near future

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you for the phenomenal feedback, Cesar. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for an afternoon of the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have wanted to go here for years and I was not disappointed. Food was amazing!! Service was great. Beautiful ambiance. Well worth the wait and will definitely go back.

El Catrin
Responded on September 9, 2021

Sarah, we're so glad you got the opportunity to dine with us! It was a pleasure welcoming you in and providing you with excellent service and delicious cuisine. Hoping to welcome you again sometime soon. Best, Stuart K.

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing and Benji was the best server ever!! Made my boyfriends birthday

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Nikki, it was wonderful welcoming you in for a lovely meal. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to our Benji regarding his incredible service. We're thrilled you had such an amazing birthday celebration and we look forward to welcoming you back for another great time soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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JacquieP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love El Catrin! It’s always been an amazing experience..food and service! Will be visiting again!

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Jacquie, we're happy we made sure you had a memorable time at El Catrin. It means a lot to have your high praise for both our cuisine and awesome service! Come back to see us soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered three different tacos, the best one is fish tacos, then meat tacos and our least favorite was pork tacos. The fish tacos is absolutely delicious and I’d definitely go back for those! The margarita and mojito were also great and pretty refreshing (although a little pricey $15). Overall, I enjoyed the restaurant and had a great time. Would definitely go again and get the fish tacos

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

We're thrilled to hear you got to try many of our different tacos, and the baja tacos were a favourite! Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We'd love to welcome you back again soon for more delicious cocktails and another good time! All the best, Stuart K.

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AlexM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good place overall. Fun and good
Food.
Value is not that great.

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thanks for your review, Alex! It was wonderful welcoming you in for good food and a great time. We hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.

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PatriciaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Good place that ‘fell off ‘ during covid. Uncertain, inexperienced staff; ok food served carelessly. 3/10
Wow. A different place now…

El Catrin
Responded on September 2, 2021

Patricia, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. We are very sorry to hear about your recent experience and are deeply troubled that you were left with this impression of us. We are working very hard to navigate this "new world." Although, we hear your feedback and it will be passed along accordingly. We do hope you'll give us another chance to show you the 5-star experience you deserve and we know we can provide. All the very best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My fiancé and my family met for first time.

El Catrin
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for your review! We're thrilled you had such a wonderful experience with us on such a special occasion. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Loved the ambiance the most! The music was also excellent! Will be back!

El Catrin
Responded on October 4, 2021

We're so glad you enjoyed our superb ambiance accompanied by excellent music! Your support is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back again for another great time. All the best, Stuart K.

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Julyonix
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nous avons adoré ce restaurant dans un des plus beau quartier de la ville. La nourriture et les drinks étaient excellents, la musique et l’ambiance parfaite pour l’heure du dîner. Le serveur était très sympathique et attentionné. Il parlait même français! Nous recommandons fortement ce restaurant.

El Catrin
Responded on August 31, 2021

Julyonix, we are so lucky to be in the beautiful, historic Distillery District, creating am amazing atmosphere. It's delightful that you enjoyed every aspect of your visit including the food, drinks and excellent service. We can't wait to see you again for another lovely meal! All the best, Stuart K.

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OrlaO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I didn't enjoy any of the food except for the chorizo tacos. I thought it was overrated and overpriced.

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Orla, while we're delighted you enjoyed our discada tacos, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit high on your expectations. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and we wish we could've given you this impression. We know there is something on the menu for everyone so we'd love to welcome you back again to try more of our tasty menu options. All the best, Stuart K.

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SoniaF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took a while to get our food. Once food arrived definitely not a good value for the money paid. Prices have definitely gone way up - $17 for guacamole? Honestly! A bit steep! Also, the Baja tacos were delicious but the chicken tacos left Much to be desired. Thank god for the ambience and delicious ice margarita which made most of my troubles go away

El Catrin
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Sonia! We’re happy to hear you loved our ambiance and delicious margaritas. However, we’re sorry that we didn’t knock it out of the park for you when it comes to service and overall flavours. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and we wish we could've given you this impression. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best, Stuart K. All the best, Stuart K.

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CarolynE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously authentic Mexican food with sizes portioned for sharing. Can't wait to come again.

El Catrin
Responded on August 30, 2021

Carolyn, it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed our authentic Mexican dishes so much! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you and we can't wait to see you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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JJ813
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, easy to get a spot on the patio (it was a Monday night), really nice servers. Just a great experience. We would definitely go back!

El Catrin
Responded on August 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us, JJ! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our cuisine and had excellent, attentive service. We'd love to welcome you back for another seat on our patio! Until then, Stuart K.

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El Catrin is rated 4.5 stars by 4265 OpenTable diners.

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