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El Catrin, Toronto, ON

El Catrin

4.5
4.5
4459 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican

Reservations are booked for indoors only. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.

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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Booked 95 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 4,459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto

    Mexican

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  1. RM

    RosheenM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    I’ve been to El Catrin several times in the past, and had always loved it, which is why I booked it for my birthday. I was sooo disappointed in the food. It was bland and lacked the lovely Mexican flavours that I was so accustomed to in the past. For a $214 meal, excluding tip, I was extremely disappointed. The waitress was fantastic, and I tipped her well for that. I did tell her that the food was under whelming and bland. She could see that we’d left most of it. Very disappointed.

  2. SP

    ShantelleP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The al pastor tacos and guacamole was delicous! The frozen margaritas were also very good!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fabulous with a variety of different but very flavourful dishes - kudos to the talented chefs! The dishes came out shortly after ordering with great presentation. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes and was always on hand without being obtrusive. Will be definitely taking friends there again.

  4. J

    Johannes

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great casual dining with interesting aesthetic and helpful staff.

  5. GC

    GiuseppeC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing dinner as always. One of my favourite place to enjoy dinner and good drinks.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    First time eating at El Catrin and enjoyed the food immensely! Good portions to share and the margaritas were soooo delicious. Definitely will be back to try some other dishes

  7. I

    Ignacio

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic service. Really great today. And food was very good.

  8. JL

    JordanL

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had lunch at El Catrin on the patio! Great experience. The margarita flight was amazing (though it would have been nice to know it was $40)! Must try the ahi tuna tostados!! Great atmosphere and service was very hospitable.

  9. M

    Mm21960

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our dinner experience was excellent, food, service, ambiance. Ability to accommodate a change in the reservation was much appreciated! Look forward to our next visit!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    The waitresses were very unpleasant and not professionally looking. There attire was very unpleasant to look at. Think that the management of such place should pay much more attention into the uniform of the staff. I had a very unpleasant feel after the visit because of their attitude and the looks of the personnel.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service ! Food was so yum!

  12. d

    donnaf

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was great!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The waiter forgot a few things but food was worth the wait except for the choiros . The were hard and cold!! Disappointing

  14. F

    Fern

    St. Louis

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Pretty good. Nice decor. We sat inside. The atmosphere was rushed and it seemed a bit overpriced for the food. Good experience but wouldn't go again.

  15. k

    kurtisp

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome spot to check out and i'd highly recommend the margarita flight!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were great

  17. KF

    KFrederick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at El Catrin. The patio is first come first serve, so we had to sit inside with our reservation, but the ambience was still good. Our server was very friendly and helpful, even remembering one of our party member's request for no salt rim on her margarita when we ordered a second round. Food was delicious and very filling. Would return.

  18. CY

    ChloeYVR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A must visit place in the heart of the Distillery district make redo’s in advance as this place is jumpin’ - and well worth the wait!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Overall was good but nothing spectacular. We have eaten there many times before the pandemic. Unfortunately a notch down to what we were used to.

  20. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5

    This was a really cool restaurant with a nice vibe, but was quite over priced for what it was. The tacos were good, but not 8 dollars a taco good. Overall I wouldn't go out of my way to go back. The service was really good though!

  21. MF

    MikeF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The atmosphere, the service, and ambiance was excellent. The food was fantastic except for the chips that came with salsa. They were stale and not freshly made in house. All in all a great experience though.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    El Catrin used to be so amazing. Not sure what’s happened, but that was the worst meal I’ve ever had there. Mole poblano tacos were awful. The guacamole used to be hand smashed at the table side, now it’s just ok and the tortilla chips were stale and lacking flavour. Margaritas were tasty. Fish tacos were just ok. The menu at this restaurant is nowhere near as good as it used to be. So disappointed and likely won’t go back.

  23. F

    Foodie

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    This is one of my favourite Mexican spot to have drinks and tacos. My bestie has never been so I decided to bring her. Make sure you make reservations ahead of time. This place is always packed! You can make reservations online at OpenTable. Ambiance: This place is so beautiful! There are beautiful drop lights hanging at the entrance with open brick walls. The outdoor patio is huge with lots of seatings and lots of flowers. The inside is just as grand with lots of mural and the wall designs are so pretty. This place is huge!! Lots of photos ops for sure! My bestie didn't want to sit outside so we dined indoors which was just as pretty. Service: Our server was amazing ! She was so nice and was always there when we need her. She explained the menu so well and was so patient with us. After her explanation we ordered our food and she was always a step away and kept filling my water glass. Amazing service Food: We ordered the guacamole and chips which is a must have since everyone orders this! Sadly enough pre Covid they would make the guacamole in front of you, smashing it with all the ingredients. So fun to watch and video tape. However maybe due to Covid they no longer do that. @elcatrin please do that again!! We ordered 2 sets of 3 tacos. We got the battered fish tacos and shaved pork tacos. The tacos are a must try it's so good and so flavourful. It was fantastic. The Carne asada however was a bit burnt and flavourless. Next time we'll just order the tacos. All in all with the ambiance, amazing food and fantastic service this place is a must try. Plus it's in the Distillery District so nice to walk around after dinner. I took off one star for the burnt and flavourless carne asada. Just get the tacos! The drinks looks so good. I didn't try since I had to drive but next time for sure!

  24. BW

    BarbaraW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I hadn’t gone there since before Covid and I was so thrilled to find it just as good as I remembered. The ambiance is great, and our service was excellent. Thank you Mason!

  25. J

    Joss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Service, Food came out super quickly ! Will continue to go to eat here :)

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Overall a very nice experience and great selection of margaritas. Highly recommend the patio for a people watching experience Our server Jose was excellent

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time. What come back here again

  28. SC

    SChhhhhhhh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Always a great place to get together with friends! Best patio in town! The fish tacos were a bit disappointing... They've been getting worse & worse!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The food and drink was good, decoration is amazing and the service is really good. The perfect place for a date

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    They did not take into account the comments I did about my reservation. The entrance is confusing with the restaurant beside them. Staff was not friendly. The quality of the food has decreased a lot. It’s overpriced. They said they couldn’t accommodate us better because the place was packed up but at the end, when we got in, the place was empty.

  31. AP

    AnettePerez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant! The food was absolutely delicious 🤤.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good foot and service!

  33. p

    paulb

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cool atmosphere. Nice service and good food and Tequila :-)

  34. MZ

    MikeZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great vibes! Delicious Fish Tacos and Corn! Awesome Patio!!!

  35. LV

    LianneV

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Atmosphere and food always great. Service was fantastic. Incredible patio/vibe.

  36. RA

    RiqueA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I can’t give a full food rating really because we didn’t eat. It was a hot day and an afternoon of Margaritas. We each had a flight of four different kinds, each excellent. The total amount of alcohol was equivalent to less than two drinks, so it was an expensive indulgence for me, but others might not find this pricey. It was absolutely worth it and I will be doing it again as soon as I can afford to

  37. MC

    MarkC

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great patio but uncomfortable chairs. Wonderful food and drink!

  38. RP

    RahulP

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Minimal dinner food options for someone who doesn't eat beef or fish.

  39. MD

    MarciD

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, outstanding service!!

  40. TF

    TigF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything very tasty as always! Tried a couple new dishes as well as ordering some favourites but really you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here.

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 4.5 stars by 4459 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 95 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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