El Catrin

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
El Catrin, one of the most popular restaurants in the City of Toronto by delivering on both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a fun, lively, well-serviced atmosphere in the Distillery District.

Boasting a sharing-style menu and one of Canada's largest mescal and tequila menus, we offer a unique experience and an incredible atmosphere that is just plain fun. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you can taste a little bit of everything.

On the inside, the decor features a breathtaking mural that took over 100 days to complete. On the outside, El Catrin boasts one of the best patios in the city that is not only enormous but open nearly year-round.
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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The meal overall was amazing, but 2 of us ordered the BROCHETAS DE PULPO
Grilled octopus and smoked chorizo brochettes, white lima bean dip, jalapeño aioli. It was so disappointing. For 2 of us it was our main course after having many many shared and amazing appetizers. The grilled octopus brochettes were suppose to be 4 each, but we only received 2 each. They were so tiny and flat and dried out. Not worth eating and tasteless, so disappointing after having such great food. This was a special celebration dinner so we didn't want to ruin our evening by complaining. We are normally never disappointed here, but this night was a fail because the margaritas were also all ice and no cocktail which put a real damper on the whole evening for everyone. Not sure what happened with our food and drinks, but it wasn't what we are use to or expected.

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RosarioG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious dishes. Small portions for the price, but enjoyed the visit regardless.

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GracielaP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Street food but with a gourmet twist. It’s a tapas place so no full meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always! Love the vibes & food! Perfect for girls night out or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Ambience, both indoors and outdoors. Food was decent, maybe a bit on the pricier end in terms of value.

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Hutch
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food paired with amazing service from Pamela!

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Badd
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

It was really good! Service was slow but overall great night

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BrentH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat drink and have a good time. I cant wait to go back, and would recommend it to anyone

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LizL
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal and our server was one of the best I’ve ever experienced! They went out of their way to make our family of five comfortable and happy. My two children have food allergies and it was my daughter’s birthday. They were careful and attentive and made her feel very special on her 7th birthday! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Mexican food outside Mexico; great for get together

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent experience. Food was great. Getting our bill at the end of the night took a little longer than usual but the overall vibe made up for it!

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SaraC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Yes, But be very carefull of the price of cocktail; 62$ for a pitcher of no particular sangria. !#@?%$(!!! Unbelievable.

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Josh
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Had a nice time. Perfect for a date or to catch up with friends anytime! Nice assortment of Mexican food and vibes. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was incredible. Authentic (and incredible) Mexican food, best margarita I’ve ever had, and the experience was amazing.

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ConnieT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and cocktails with a mixed demographic crowd for a rainy Tuesday evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very friendly staff. A great dining experience in the Distillery!

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BradB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasting menu was excellent - though they could have paired the drinks a bit more thoughtfully. Otherwise, a great evening!

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SofiaS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I’ve been to this restaurant and it’s a hit and miss each time. The staff can’t always withstand the large volumes of customers. Food tasted good but was cold by the time it reached the table. Drinks from the bar took over 15 min to arrive and were extremely sweet as if the bartender doesn’t taste them before sending them out. The ambience of the place unlike any other is the only thing that saves the day.

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EllenR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere was a little loud for my taste which made conversation difficult but the food was delicious and the server excellent. I look forward to returning!

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JulietS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Going for the winter brunch challenge is one of the best ways to try out El Catrin - if you manage to finish the four course meal on the patio (in winter), the brunch is half price - this is very good value as all the dishes are delicious and most only offered at this event. You had 2 choices for each of the main courses - vegetarian and meat, which was thoughtful. The churros desert was a standout - they were some of the best I have had! There is a fire pit, heaters and serapas to keep you warm and most of the dishes were cast iron so the food was toasty as well. The atmosphere was super fun and we lucked out with a sunny day with above zero temperatures, so being outside wasn't too challenging. Our only quibble is that it took a long time for the soup to come out, which should have been the fastest and the drinks (although good) are pricey and were about 3/4 ice, which wasn't particularly welcome considering the temperature. On the whole though, good value and a delicious menu - we'll definitely be back next year if it's offered again. Bonus for us, it was also the last day for the Light Fest in the Distillery District, so we were able to partake in that as well, so a lovely outing for the day! If you are a tequila aficionado, this is the place for you as they have over 100 varieties and they do a wonderful tableside guacamole.

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DerekB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience! Took my 15 & 13 year old daughters here for their first time and they had a blast, they raved about their meals and loved the energy in the restaurant. Highly recommend eating here to anyone!

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fast and friendly service. Kevin was great. Get a taco fest and a pitcher for best value.

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CelebrateFood
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated quickly and service was pretty quick. Food and drink were excellent.

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Mist
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Had heard a lot about this place but it was a disappointing experience

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DawnD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and what a great experience. Awesome food and menu, service was top notch.

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JackieT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was awesome and ambiance was great! I highly recommend the guacamole and corn appetizers

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vipARTC
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All the food came out at once - guacamole, tortilla and drunken chicken .. but had to wait for wine. Quite disappointing overall. Our server tried to make up for it .. but overall not a pleasant outing. Also, our guest had a food allergy which we highlighted but it appears one of the dishes did include traces of mustard. Not good!

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Jorge
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican food and ambiance. Staff was very friendly.

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Andy
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Would have been a four star, if they hadn't been so understaffed, so service was not great. Food was good.

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CHOC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bus boy asked if he could take our plates; replied yes, but he also took the bucket of chips and put them on top of guacamole to take that away. We were not finished with guac and had 1/3 of chips left; I said ‘no’when he did that ... not eating the guac now that bottom of bucket has been in bowl. At 15.00 for guac, we should have been offered coffee or dessert - something.

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SallyL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice outdoor dining experience in a sunny winter day. Food is ok. But the service is not that great. I guess our server is just too busy to be more attentive.

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AndrewE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Mexican decor, fun food options - great experience - a bit on the loud side however

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. The service was a little slow but in all fairness the server had a huge section and it was National margarita day so we understood.

Margs were awesome as were the salad, fish tacos and table side guacamole.

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WendyA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an awesome restaurant highly recommend! The tortilla soup was amazing and I’m coming back for the soup and churros !!!

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TakakoN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I booked 3 for our lady’s night to see the light festival in the area. They served us a small table only good for 2 people. Uncomfortable seating. We ended up moving to the other section; not so nice.. I was disappointed by the circumstances. Not going to book this place again.

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CAROLS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our only complaint is the noise level.
We could not carry on a conversation.
The food and service were exceptional.
One in our group has a severe peanut allergy, the executive chef came to the table twice to verify the concerns.

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KaijahD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! The service was great. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is impeccable. Not to mention the price was great as well! Keep it up

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was here to celebrate my wife's birthday with another friend. We got our table swiftly with a just a couple of minutes waiting while the table was being set-up. In food, their guacamole is excellent (we had a double portion of that). The queso fundido was nice. The taco we had ordered was the only vegetarian option available and was not all that great. Over all we had a good time. The service lagged a bit though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Cool decor and the service was top notch. The fish tacos are to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was wonderful and they have the best margaritas I’ve ever had!

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