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About El Catrin

Opened summer of 2014 in the Distillery District is El Catrin Destileria. With a stunning hand painted 20'x60' mural and one of the best patios and cocktail lists in the city, this Authentic Mexican eatery with a lively vibe and fun staff is sure to be a hit. Chef Le Calvez who moved here from Mexico City loves showing Torontonians the fresh flavours that represent his homelands famous cooking.

Please note all reservations are for our indoor space only. The patio is first come first serve.

18 Tank House Lane
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Fall Hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 11:30pm - 11pm
Friday: 11:30am - 1am
Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 11pm

Cross Street:
Parliament & Mill Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 203-2121

Website:
http://www.elcatrin.ca/

Public Transit:
short walk from King Street streetcar and Parliament bus

Executive Chef:
Olivier Le Calvez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Catrin Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (81)
Creative Cuisine (66)
Fun (64)
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Authentic (60)
Special Occasion (56)
Great for Outdoor Dining (55)
Tapas (54)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Worth the Drive (50)
Hot Spot (49)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Casual (44)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Tasting Menu (41)
Vibrant Bar Scene (40)
Good for Groups (40)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Great for Lunch (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Bar Seating (33)
Spicy (30)
Cozy (24)
Comfort Food (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Romantic (22)
Happy Hour (20)
Healthy (20)
People Watching (16)
Quick Bite (16)
Scenic View (14)
Business Meals (14)
Late-night Find (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great Beer (4)
Vegan (4)
Live Music (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined a day ago

Great food.
Moderate - High Noise level
authenic excellent mexican cuisine

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 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service as always.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Ambience was good, but service was quite slow and there was no flexibility in the menu, portions are also very small - a little over priced for what you’re getting

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Calgary)·Dined 5 days ago

Had the tasting menu for two - overall great experience but far too much seafood - not enough variety.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

Great experience on Valentine’s Day, tasting menu is a must!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

It was our first time at El Catrin and my husband and I loved it! From the amazing service from our sweet server Maria to the delicious food and drinks we couldn’t have had a better time and can’t wait to go back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Good dinner. Server took way too long to take order and then took long to bring the food out. Felt like he forgot to put the order in. All good tho

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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Met a couple friends for dinner and this was the first time I've actually gone inside the restaurant (my previous visits have been solely to the patio). The atmosphere is great! It's a lot of fun, and it has a very cool vibe. Our server was mediocre, but the food made up for it. It was outstanding! The prices seemed a little high, but the taste of the food made me forget about the dollar amount. I'll definitely be returning here!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great flavours, wonderful authentic food

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed the food and the ambience. It was a great place to celebrate my birthday. I would come again when I have tickets to Soulpepper.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food and service was great. Really cool atmosphere.
Wish you could order a larger selection of tacos rather than being forced to order 2 of the same.
Drinks a little pricey. Everything else is pretty fair

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I think the vegetarian options for mains was quite little and didn’t enjoy such. In addition the portions were very small and buying a second serving would increase the price greatly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Kid-friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fun atmosphere, speedy service, excellent guacamole.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great atmosphere for a group. The chicken tacos were delicious. We ordered a little bit at a time and it worked out great. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating, however the hostess and the person who served our food were not very friendly. We had a great time anyway!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We were attending the Toronto Light Festival and wanted to have dinner in the area as well. We have been to a few of the other restaurants in the district and thought we'd try El Catrin. It exceeded our expectations, the decor is delightful, the food was great and the service impeccable. Plus the margaritas...what more can you ask for! We will be back and bringing friends!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Me and two girlfriends were there for a get together and had a great time. The food was fresh and tasty . The margaritas were soooo good. The Irish lad that served us explained the menu very well and was attentive. Definetly would recommend and will look forward to being on tbe patio when the snow melts!

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Such a great feel to the place and a lot of helpful staff. The food goes beyond what you find at most mexican restaurants and is delicious but quite small portioned for price. Worth it every now and again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I have been there several times in the last 2 months, love the food and the service

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Second time here, did recommend to friends and will definitely come back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Beautiful decor, relaxing environment since the waiter did not rush us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service from friendly and helpful waiter--restaurant was quiet on a Friday for lunch. Prices are quite high though--lunch entrees are mostly $17 and up. Food quality is good, but not outstanding. They could at least throw in free tortilla chips and guacamole dip for these prices--very common in other Mexican spots. Nice atmosphere, vibrant wall mural and very cool lighting.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Ordered 3 tacos (2 per), chips and salsa, and two drinks. $100!! Too pricy.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Loved the Guacamole prepared at the table, Staff were friendly and very helpful, great experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

If you feel like making a premium for any day to day mexican, feel free to dine here.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Service is always not quite good enough for the prices charged at El Catrina. On arrival, I often feel less than welcome, either because the host isn't there, is harried, or when it's busy, downright unfriendly.

Table service feels uninterested. On my most recent visit two evenings ago, the waiter not only forgot one of our orders, he took away both our plates after we said one of us was still eating.

I honestly can't understand why I went back this last time. Previous visits were equally not worth the cost of the meal.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

+ Great atmosphere, beautiful Mexican music, cozy design!
- Servers accost all the time for bigger checks/tips, I guess.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

El Catrin is SO delicious. Everyone is wonderful. Would happily return again. The drinks are amazing. Just remember the portions are very small and not cheap but the restaurant makes up for it. (however we did have a snack once we got home :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was mediocre and the service only okay. The washrooms were dirty. They sat us by a busy service entrance even though there were many other nicer seats available. We had to ask to be moved. I will not be back again

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was delicious but the portions were extraordinarily small. Entrees were more like appetizer size. We had to second portions to be full, therefore the evening was expensive.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very tasty version of Mexican food. Interesting small plates. Would definitely go again. Was very busy the Sunday night we went so reservations are recommended. Have also been during the summer and they have a nice outdoor area.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Superb food, with the exception of the salad that came with the sandwiches in little bowls that must have been pre-plated hours in advance. I noticed the table next to us did not like it either.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I believe Ricardo was our server and he was awesome

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overrated. The catch of the menu is that all of the food is in super small portions, and whatever food you get is just OK. The only thing this restaurant has going for it is the nice interior design. Just another "trendy" joint... there are better places to eat in the distillery district

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

excellent food service - had the tasting plate - impressive! thank you.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

No complaints! The food, service, and ambiance were all great. Our server was quick and friendly and the food was delicious and came out very quickly. The drinks were really good as well!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Ottawa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The best part of the restaurant is the fabulous art work that covers the entire back wall. Unfortunately my sisters and I were very disappointed with the service and food. The waitress told us that the sharing portions were a good size and could easily be shared among three. But we found the sharing portions to be very small. The guacomole is served in a very large bowl - it's delicious as the waiter makes it fresh at the table. However it comes with a small portion of tortilla chips. In order to use all the guacamole one must order more chips, which of course, costs.

When we told our waitress that we would start with a few starters and the guacamole and order more as we feel we need it, we were really surprised that she never came back asking if we would like to order anything else. Instead, quite a bit of time later the next time we saw her was only when she handed us the bill.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Real mexican food!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Everything was great except for the woman in the booth next to us passing out drunk and staff making her and her gentleman friend leave. However, the staff handled it very well, with great class and tact.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Absolute Gem, fantastic atmosphere with even better food and reasonable prices. Great spot for a date or to catch up with friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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