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El Catrin, Toronto, ON

El Catrin

4.4
4.4
4704 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Reservations are booked for indoors only. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.


Please note, during the Distillery Winter Village November 17th to December 31st, there are limited reservations available. Please call 1-416-203-2121 or email us at reservation@thedistillery.ca for any further inquiries or questions.

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 203-2121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact directly.

  • Private party contact

    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Cross street

    Parliament & Mill Street

  • Parking details

    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street

  • Public transit

    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,704 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Blahblah

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Meh. The hosts are disconnected and don’t seem to care. Our server was nice and professional. The hosts acted like we were disturbing their evening.
  2. m

    myrons

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing coming again . We both loved it . Hope to see you soon again
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    Wrote a special note in booking to provide special table as we are celebrating 1st anniversary. It was disappointing that our table was next to kitchen door where we can see orders gng out and ppl passing by every 2 mins

    El CatrinResponded on November 28, 2022Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We’re sorry to hear about your recent dining experience with us. However, when it comes to special requests, please make sure you are calling us. This way, our team can let the restaurant managers know and ensure your special requests are met. Regardless, we apologize and have passed your feedback along to the rest of the team. We hope you consider giving us another chance to demonstrate the 5-star experience you deserve. Best, Stuart K.

  4. JL

    JulieL

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere - loved it!!
  5. AE

    AlejandroE

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the place delivers! Food came fast and delicious. Service was fast and kind
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch with friends! El Catrin never disappoints - from the huevos to the mescal Cesars …. YUM!
  7. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress Najet, Fantastic waitress in every aspect of the job. Made our first visit memorable and set the bar high for future visits. Staff all around were great. Thankful that we got in due to traffic issues we were late for our res. Called in and a quick 2 minute chat and we were sorted for our arrival. Huge bonus points
  8. AS

    AmandaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute favourite restaurant! Drove 90 minutes to celebrate my birthday here!
  9. B

    kalmanB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great ambiance food and service .Will definitely recommend
  10. T

    Thrilipino

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and time at El Catrin! The best staff!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ricardo was great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Taste of food was great, enjoyed the building/atmosphere. Sadly this was let down by subpar service and smaller than expected portions (at least in the case of the shrimp)

    El CatrinResponded on November 21, 2022Thanks for your feedback. While it’s great to hear you enjoyed our flavours and ambience, it’s sad to know we failed to exceed your expectations regarding our service and portion sizes. We take great pride in delivering friendly service, so we're surprised to hear your experience was anything less than outstanding. That said, your feedback has been heard and passed along. Hope you consider giving us another chance to show you the amazing service we're known for and you deserve. Best, Stuart K.

  13. AC

    AnnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic servers/waitress, staff is attentive, food is incredible, lighting and atmosphere are wonderful and very fun. Only critiques are that it was very warm inside and the stools are a little taller than the booth. It feels like you’re looking down on your friend sitting in the booth. Overall a 9/10 experience.
  14. NN

    NNavarro

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Vegetarian tacos were delicious . I would recommend to order 4 if you have a big appetite. The margarita pitcher is a must try.
  15. SJ

    ShujaJ

    Dubai

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lunch out with my wife and son. All of us have on separate occasions past by and vowed to find the time to dine here. Super interior decor and ambience. Great authentic Mexican cuisine. Loved it.
  16. KH

    KaylaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST Mexican food my family and I have ever had! I got the margarita flight, and they were the most tasty margarita(s) I’ve ever had. Service was amazing, ambience was amazing, food and drinks were amazing. Thanks for a great experience El Catrin!
  17. SE

    SarahE

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent and the food was amazing.
  18. RJ

    RonJ

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Always has a fun atmosphere, but music very loud, can't have a conversation in a normal tone of voice. Food is tasty enough but too salty.
  19. SA

    SARAM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mue buena comida y el ambiente perfecto para pasarla bien
  20. I

    Ilay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very friendly and service was quick and took our orders properly. Place is slightly pricy but considering the prices in Toronto nowadays in El Catrin they’re reasonable. Would definitely recommend this place to my friends.
  21. AM

    AimeeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and energetic atmosphere. Delicious food and the margaritas are out of this world!
  22. RB

    RahulB

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Food wasn’t great, overpriced Tried the nachos with avocado salad which can be easily made at home and was overpriced. Tried the tuna Tortillas which we did not enjoy. It was very bland and not tasteful and once again very overpriced for two tortilla chips. Overall not worth it

    El CatrinResponded on November 18, 2022Rahul, thanks for stopping by and providing us your feedback. It makes us disappointed to hear you weren’t a huge fan of our Guacamole and Tuna Tostadas. However, we assure you that our Chef and his team put a lot of care and consideration into using the best ingredients and care deeply about sharing cuisine that is modern and authentic. That said, we have passed your feedback along. We hope we'll be able to welcome you again the next time you are looking to treat yourself. Best, Stuart K.

  23. AR

    ArtR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has quickly become our ‘go to’ dining hot spot. Incredible authentic food and drink menus, an amazing vibe, great service and perfect location.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Booked this quite a bit in advance for my sisters birthday, seat options in person were a high top squished between many other people or a seat by the door unfortunately. Staff were friendly but seemed busy. Large menu but desert options weren’t great, the abuelita fudge cake tasted very gluten free lol
  25. WC

    WesC

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Our server must have been new, all tables around us had great service. we had to ask for water. Our server was never around. could not recommend items as she never tried them I love the restaurant and I was just not as impressed as I normally am
  26. RD

    RikkiD

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Unpersonal cold service. They had space however put us right beside the kitchen door and waitstaff area. Waiter was just too busy for us and didn't even say bye when we left. I guess it's the east end vibe much worse than king and in no comparison to Yorkville

    El CatrinResponded on November 10, 2022Rikki, your feedback is greatly appreciated. Our guests should expect above and beyond service at the front end regardless of how busy we may seem. Please know, we’re deeply sorry for the service that was cold and inattentive. Also, we apologize that your seating arrangement was not suited to your preferences. Regardless, your feedback has been heard and passed along. We hope you choose to dine with us for the 5-star service you deserve. Best, Stuart K.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! Everything about it!
  28. RG

    RootsG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Was excited to get back out, and took the staff for a dinner and a play in the Distillery District. Figured tacos and margharitas were the way to go! the tacos were bland and without flavour. The other dishes were ok but stupid expensive and the drinks were ridiculously expensive. By the end of the meal I was disappointed in the value for the food which was subpar
  29. PD

    PrestonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing. Great service and great atmosphere.
  30. ED

    EbruD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful night with my friends with the delicious food and the good service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, drinks, and service. We showed up with an extra person and I knew it would be tough to find us a bigger table, but they were so nice and willing to help figure it out. They even bought me a drink while I waited. Everything was great but the service especially impressed me. Thank you for making our visit special!

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoIt's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! It's also lovely to know you experienced the 5-star service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

  32. I

    Ivaspad

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my fav Mexican restaurants in ALL the T dot! El Catrin never disappoints and last night was no exception!

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoIvaspad, we are honoured to be your favourite restaurant in Toronto! Thank you for dining with us and leaving this fantastic review. Our chef and his team create flavourful and innovative dishes and we're so glad you love them as much as we do. We'd love to welcome you back for more perfect flavours. All the best, Stuart K.

  33. LL

    LauraL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great location had a very good vibe food was great but a bit pricey

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoLaura, your great review is highly appreciated! Happy to hear you enjoyed our lovely ambience. Looking forward to welcoming you back for a chance to discover some more of your favourites. Best, Stuart K.

  34. T

    Tammy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a super time at El Catrin and our Server - I forget her name sorry - was outstanding. Food was spectacular - the street corn, cauliflower and baja tacos were the faves. Street corn so small though! The pitchers of margaritas - the best. Thanks for a great evening!

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoThank you for choosing us to make your evening so memorable, Tammy! The Baja Tacos and Coliflor are two of our personal favourite dishes, and we're glad to know they both live up to the hype. Also, we're delighted to hear you experienced the 5-star service we're proud and capable of providing. Looking forward to serve you another pitcher of Margarita soon. Best, Stuart K.

  35. RW

    RonW

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We like the atmosphere, music, decor. It's lively and fun. The food and drinks are high quality, tasty and consistent.

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoThank you for the phenomenal feedback, Ron! Nothing beats fresh and flavourful food and the perfect cocktail to match. It's also wonderful to hear our interior and ambiance made your visit that much more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.

  36. A

    Adrian

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Low value provided for the price paid. Wasn’t bad, but just not worth the dollars spent.

    El CatrinResponded on November 7, 2022Adrian, your feedback is greatly appreciated. While we’re delighted to hear you enjoyed our Mexican flavours, it’s disappointing to know you weren’t able to see the value in our dishes. We assure you that our Chef and his team take a lot of care and consideration in using the best ingredients.. That said, we hear your frustrations and have passed them along. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. All the very best, Stuart K.

  37. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was good, but not remarkable, especially considering the price. The atmosphere was lovely; music was a bit loud but not overwhelming. The staff was great.

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoChris, it's amazing to know our atmosphere was something you enjoyed during your visit. Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant. Although it makes us happy to know you enjoyed our 5-star service, we're sad to know you weren't able to see the value in our cuisine. That said, we'd love to welcome you back for a chance to try some more of our flavourful menu items we know you'd love. Best, Stuart K.

  38. LB

    LisaB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great decor. Upbeat place with great fast service Good quality ingredients. Food a bit on the bland side.

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoThank you for your review and kind words about our decor, Lisa! It's wonderful you experienced the 5-star service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. In regards to our flavours, we are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone so please join us again to try more of our tasty menu items we know you'll absolutely love. Best, Stuart K.

  39. MM

    MargoM

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and decor are both outstanding, we just love this restaurant. For lunch - the music was a bit too loud for us and it wasn't easy to chat. As usual, the service was great and we will absolutely return.

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoMargo, to us you are one in a million, not one of a million. Thank you for showing us your support and being a regular guest with us! Happy to hear you experienced the 5-star food service we're known for and you deserve. We're delighted our decor is like the cherry on top to your experience. Hoping to welcome you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

  40. CL

    ChrisL

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing. The staff there are very well trained and pleasant. The food is very diverse. It's a Mexican restaurant so a lot of the menu dishes are in Spanish but the descriptions are in English. Selection of food is nice and there is a large tequila and cocktail section. The vibe in there for a weeknight was energetic. Can't imagine what a weekend would be. They open the patio as long as it's warm. Very nice set up. If you're looking for a quiet place to chat or have a meeting, this might not be the best spot. But if you're seeking a place to have high energy and a great first date place, I'd highly recommend.

    El CatrinResponded 7 days agoThank you for leaving us your review, Chris! It means a lot to have your high praises regarding our tasty Mexican flavours and attentive service. It's also wonderful to hear our ambiance made your visit that much more memorable. We'll make sure to pass along your compliments to our chef and team, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another fantastic experience. Best, Stuart K.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Catrin is rated 4.4 stars by 4704 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for El Catrin

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Parliament & Mill Street

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street

  • Public transit

    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 203-2121

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact directly.

  • Private party contact

    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363

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