El Catrin

4.5
3509 reviews
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Mexican
El Catrin has grown to be 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 Historic District. Boasting a sharing-style menu and one of Canada's largest mescal and tequila menus,
El Catrin offers a unique experience and 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 will taste a little bit of everything.

On the inside, the decor features a breathtaking mural that 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 3/4 of the year. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you
will taste a little bit of everything.
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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Awesome interiors, great margarita’s & tasty tacos! Good location and prices ... can’t go wrong!

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BV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! We had the best tacos ever with grilled fish!

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EB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend this restaurant if someone wants Mexican food that is not in a traditional Cantina style; i.e. most Mexican restaurants purposely use a garage-style décor, this one is nicely decorated. However, expect to pay $12 for parking on a Saturday night, the menu is very confusing and the bill was $150 before gratuity for 4 people: one margarita each, guacamole for the table (small quantity of nacho chips), two appetizers for 4, and a main course each: 2 tacos dinners (2 tacos each) and 2 short rib dinners. Be aware that there are peanut sauces, almonds in some of the recipes. I wouldn't recommend for anyone with food intolerances, because even if they can tell you the ingredients, its too hard to hear anyone speak with the loud ambience. Its a nice place, would I return? Probably not right away.

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AT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was my second visit. First time was a date. Very disappointing experience as we’ve ordered a pitcher of sangria and received a very watered and tasteless one Food was just okay really and the portions are super small.
SO I had a farewell there at this time. The ordered food (tacos and guacamole) were good (specially the shrimp tacos). But ONCE again the drinks (tried two different kind of margaritas and my friends also tried the morrito and couple other drinks). ALL drinks no exception were very poorly prepared to the point I could not finish my second margarita. WHAT?!! I love margaritas. Now at I look El Catrin more as a trendy place with beautiful decor average food and pretty bad drinks. Pretentious mexican restaurant. BUT they are not cheap on the ice cubes that’s for sure.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were very happy with our dinner at El Catrin. It’s a very energetic, cool atmosphere. I would not recommend it if you are bothered by loud music or hoping for a romantic date. Everything we ordered was very good, the pulled pork tacos were amazing, as was the ceviche. I’ve had better guacamole, but it was good and the chips were delicious. The wine list could use a little work. Two of the bottles we requested weren’t even available. But overall I’d definitely recommend!

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

A popular place but the acoustics mean that when the place is crowded you have to yell to be heard by the person seated next to you.
While the food is very good it is a bit expensive for the portions.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with excellent service in wonderfully and uniquely decorated restaurant in a fantastic location. Both inside the restaurant and outside on the patio should be experienced.

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HT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance! We will be back to check out the patio this summer. Highly recommend,. Excellent gluten free options for two of us!

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GO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend who was visiting Toronto and they loved it. Food, drinks, service and decor were all amazing. Great location and pick!

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AT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome, he made our son's bday special, food and service was great would come again

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An authentic Mexican menu, complete with the funkiest of interiors and atmosphere. Fantastic margaritas didn’t hurt either! Can’t wait to come back!

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EG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my sisters birthday and they accommodated my reservation for an extra person. Patrick is a superstar! Made the evening run smoothly and even went the extra mile to get the birthday girl a nice gift. Matthew was stellar and his smile is infectious. Even the lovely ladies in front started the ball rolling to a fantastic evening. Great food! Great atmosphere and of course lots of fun. Highly recommend if you want to experience Mexico outside of home. They bring the whole experience, not just the tequila!

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly recommend. Reserve well in advance if you want to get your preferred time.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The highlight of our weekend in the city. Atmosphere was lively and fun, staff were beyond friendly and knowledgeable- I mean EVERYONE- the hostesses, waiter, food delivery staff- every single person was fabulous! Food - out of this world delicious.
Will absolutely be back!!

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C
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I there for dinner. So much to choose from on the menu, so we just asked waiter, David, to pick for us. He did an amazing job, bringing us small plates, one after another. He didn't try to pick most expensive and he kept checking if we had enough. All items were delicious - fresh and tasty. Thank you.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time at El Catrin, the food and service was great. They made my birthday celebration even better. Thank you for allowing me to have a great time with my friends.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my kids iver March Break. Short wait for table. Excellent service and the manager came to speak with my 10/12 yr old kids. Fish tacos delish, guacamole amazing. Churros decadent. Never disappointed.

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice environment but very expensive food for what it is.

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our experience here. Our server was awesome and made honest recommendations for us. Definitely worth a visit!!

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LJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and creative. The
Service was excellent- thank you Jose!

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific Atmosphere; Wonderful Waiter (Ricardo); Amazing Food -- Beautiful presentation to top it off.
Busy but not CRAZY busy on a Wednesday evening -- make a reservation.

Frank C., Toronto

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GB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very welcoming staff both at the door and with our server.

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AE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pamela made our visit very enjoyable! She was very friendly and funny!

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had mixed feelings about our experience. The service was great and the food flavours were good. I'm vegetarian and my partner is not so we ordered mostly vegetarian with a few meat items. We were told food would come in any order and that the meat may come first which it did. At other tapas restaurants food has been nicely spaced and if there was a meat dish, a veggie dish always came with it. We also felt packed in like sardines. When the people at the table beside us left they actually had to move their table so there was enough space for them to leave. It wasn't possible to have a private conversation.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Barely ordered any food and bill was huge. Waitress seemed annoyed we were a big group. Table was sticky. Greeting and explanation of menu was not good

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RS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and environment

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LA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing drops and service for dinner this past Saturday. I will be back soon for sure to taste more of their delicious menu!

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SW
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great server great atmosphere

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b
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been trying to get to El Catrin for years - it was worth the wait and definitely lived up to its reputation. Upon arrival the waiter explained the food would best be enjoyed tapas style, just having everyone share all plates - that is the way to do it. We took his advice on many of his recommendations - everything was absolutely delicious. Everyone had a different favorite but not one dish disappointed. The decor is wonderful and Jose the waiter was great, knew the dishes and added to the celebration of our evening. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing as always! Food is great, best margaritas. Moderately priced but definitely worth it. Baja tacos are worth the trip themselves!

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NH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service and attention to detail and enjoyed the amazing tasting menu. Would definitely go again and loved the ambiance of the place - fantastic art!

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FN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and the service is excellent! The atomospehere is eclectic and fun!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, food, service - a wonderful night out trying different drinks and yummy food. Top score in my books.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

One dish came way later than the others. The excuse offered was rather unusual and defied common sense.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

very expensive. if it were just the food itself it wouldn't be worth the price (there's much better Mexican style food in Toronto) however part of the price is made up for the experience that you get. I'd recommend it once per year.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service, but slow at the front door (we waited 15 min to be served)

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PL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If people reserve a table they should not be waiting 15-20 minutes to be seated, specially when there is plenty of open tables.

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PA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, servers knowledgable great tequila menu!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

The quality of food is not that great which is a big disappointment but otherwise everything was great
I spent a lot of money but didn’t came to great value for food order only!!!

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