El Catrin

4.5
4271 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.
  • Group Holiday Reservation

    CA$25.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2021

    This season we will be offering group reservations for your holiday festivities. Each reservation will be non-refundable. Please know that if you are booking multiple parties, they will be treated as separate tables. All reservations will be an a la carte dining style and the cost per person will be used as a credit towards your final bill. Please show your reservation confirmation at the gates to bypass the Distillery Winter Village line and don’t forget your proof of vaccination. We look forward to having you dine with us!
  • Dia de los Muertos Bottle Service

    CA$90.06 per personPrepaid

    Oct 29 - Oct 31, 2021

    Join us for our weekend Dia de los Muertos fiesta, with a live DJ, specialty cocktails, and good company. Your choice of Herradura Silver or Reposado available at the restaurant (750ml). Includes your choice of 3 Jarritos, & 3 carafes of mix. 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 4271 people are saying
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Kimi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant patio for a birthday meal. Heated patio is a nice touch to be able to extend patio season.

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Kimi, thanks for joining us on our patio for such a special celebration! We're thrilled you enjoyed your entire experience. Come back to see us soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Adam aka Ademme was the best! And whoever was managing that night, I forget her name, 10/10. Or maybe it was the soul enhancing tequila shots and perfectly mixed salad drinks but I had a great night! Pretty sure I lovingly harassed your entire staff last night. Thanks y’all.

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! We are beyond thrilled you had incredible service from your server Adam and the manager. There is nothing like perfect service paired with tequila for a great night! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in and we look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

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RN4babies
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th bday with my best friends. Amazing margaritas. Tacos and guac were perfect and the service was superb. Will be back for sure!

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

We're so glad you chose us to celebrate your 40th birthday! It's great to hear you enjoyed your entire experience, especially the margaritas, tacos and guacamole. Thank you for leaving your review and we hope to see you again! All the best, Stuart K.

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vipKimberly
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Anniversary

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

Kimberly, thank you for leaving your review. We’re both disappointed and surprised to see it appears that your experience with us failed to meet your expectations or our usual standards, especially on such a special occasion. We would love to know where we missed the mark and what we could do differently next time. If you have any feedback, please reach out. All the very best, Stuart K.

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Frutaguayaba
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very tasy, friendly staff, a bit pricier than intended, but it was still a welcome treat coming out of lockdown. The Costilla Corta is the BEST dish on the menu.

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for leaving your fantastic review! We're thrilled that you are a huge fan of our Costilla Corta and that you had excellent service from our staff. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back for another delicious meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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MacMohan
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Mexican places in Toronto. Margaritas, Jack fruit dish are must try.

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

MacMohan, we're absolutely honoured to be your favourite Mexican restaurant in the city! Thanks for taking the time to show us your support. It's wonderful that you had amazing service and enjoyed the margaritas and jackfruit sopes. We hope to see you back our way soon for another great experience. Until then, Stuart K.

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SandraK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Guacamole in town
Fantastic ambiance

El Catrin
Responded 6 days ago

Bay, we're honoured to know we have the best guacamole in town! Thanks for leaving your fantastic review. We look forward to welcoming you in again for another wonderful evening. Until then, Stuart K.

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Finediningaddict
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the guac and tacos!!

El Catrin
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us! We're happy to hear that you loved our cuisine so much, especially the guacamole and variety of tacos. We hope to have you join us again soon for more delicious dishes. All the best, Stuart K.

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VarunS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great server with excellent recommendations. Just wish prices were lower

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

Varun, from the moment you walk in, you can expect a welcoming team to take care of you. We're delighted your server's recommendations hit the spot. While we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself! All the best, Stuart K.

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GillianI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! The food was absolutely fantastic and our waiter Si anticipated literally every need. Will 1000% be back.

El Catrin
Responded 6 days ago

Gillian, we're so happy to hear that you had fantastic, attentive service from Si. We will be sure to pass along the kudos. It's also great that you loved your meal and we look forward to seeing you back again soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphore

El Catrin
Responded on October 20, 2021

We're so glad you could stop by! Thank you for reviewing us. We're thrilled our atmosphere was just to your liking and we hope to see you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
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.

El Catrin
Responded on October 19, 2021

Ashley, thank you for reviewing us and leaving your feedback. We take great pride in delivering outstanding service and delicious cocktails, so we're quite surprised to hear your experience was anything less than that. Regardless, we hear your feedback and it will be passed along accordingly to ensure your experience doesn’t happen again. Hope you consider giving us another chance to demonstrate the amazing experience we're known for and you deserve. All the best, Stuart K.

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KateR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
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 on October 18, 2021

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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TaniaG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was raining when we arrived so we chose to sit indoors. There was lots of space, not crowded. But the music was so loud, for no apparent reason. Other than that, everything was perfect, the service, the seating, the food, the presentation.

El Catrin
Responded on October 20, 2021

Tania, we're glad you got to join us for a table inside our beautiful restaurant! It's wonderful to hear that everything was perfect, including the service, seating, presentation and food. Thanks for your feedback regarding the music and we'd love to welcome you back for another great experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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MattB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

El Catrin
Responded on October 18, 2021

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 on October 13, 2021

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 on October 13, 2021

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 on October 12, 2021

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 on October 12, 2021

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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We booked the table at el catrin for celebration. I had always seen a long queue outside this place assuming the food is really good. To my surprise the food was average. The decor is beautiful and would return to the place just for that. There are better Mexican joints in the city at better price.

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for giving us a try! We’re happy to hear you loved our decor and ambiance. However, we’re sorry that we didn’t knock it out of the park for you when it comes to 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 to impress you more the next time and to try more of our tasty dishes. 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
24 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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