El Catrin

4.4
3023 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
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  • Good for a Date
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 guaranteed fun. Chef Le Calvez who moved here from Mexico City loves showing Torontonians the fresh flavours that represent true Mexican cuisine and culture.

Please note all reservations are for our indoor space only. The patio is first come first serve.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday:
11:30am - 11:00pm

Thursday:
11:30am - 12:00am

Friday:
11:30am - 1:00am

Saturday:
11:00am - 1:00am

Sunday:
11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 203-2121
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Olivier Le Calvez
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Cross street
Parliament & Mill Street
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Public transit
short walk from King Street streetcar and Parliament bus
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3023 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 20 hours ago

The food was great. The drinks were even better. However, they had plumbing issues and we had to leave at 8:30.

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3.0Dined a day ago

Very slow service

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Food portions were miniscule and didn't come out at the same time.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had an amazing time at El Catrin - delicious veggie and fish tacos, tortas and the guacamole was outstanding, all made with fresh ingredients and interesting spices. We lucked out and had sunny weather, but if you're looking for shade it is hard to find on their patio. Our waiter was fun, funny and friendly and really made the ambiance so much better with his wit and charm. Thank you for a lovely afternoon!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was great and we enjoyed the food. The margaritas were excellent, but a tad bit sweet for me.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere! Highly Recommend!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

El Catrin is great place for special occasions. Last time, we went for our Anniversary and recently, we went to celebrate Father's Day. The ambience and the feel of this place is great. We loved the basa tacos and the shrimp tacos. Our server was very pleasant and also guided us on the choice of dishes.
We will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I thought the menu is very limited in variety and the dishes are very small. The entrance guacamole I think is the icon of this restaurant, and ideal to share with the cocktails they offer as they are very rich. But as an inside restaurant, the dishes should be more complete.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Expect a long line for the patio. I really liked the decor and the themes throughout the restaurant and the DJ’s music added to the ambiance and energy of the place. The food was good. There was a nice balance of flavours in the tacos. Tried the pork, fish and chicken. The guacamole was really good, the smoky pepper paste they put in is a nice touch and very spicy, we asked for half the amount. The mango margarita pitcher was not worth it although I liked the idea of putting a lot of cubes mangoes to take up more space. Might come back to try other parts of the menu.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

To put it frankly, I had the best taco I’ve ever eaten at El Catrin. And I eat a lot of tacos. We made reservations ahead of time because we were just visiting and didn’t know what to expect, and it definitely gets busy. The line for seating out on the patio was unbelievably long, but thankfully we had a table inside. The place is loud and seemingly always packed, but it’s a fun and energetic vibe. Service was so quick and super friendly, and our food and drinks were out to us in no time. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food and drinks were amazing!!! Beautiful venue and service was great

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My son took me there for Lunch before Blue Jays Game food was great on Patio. I made a reservation for inside celebrating our 50th Anniversary also took a friend. Margaritas great, food wonderful. If you do not like line-ups make a reservation .Patio line-up all day. It was a Saturday. No reservations taken for Patio only inside. Drove down to Toronto from Haliburton. WELL WORTH THE DRIVE!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fathers Day

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great atmosphere especially in the summer on the patio. Brunch is great, and of course the table-side guacamole is a must! If you are celebrating an occasion, make sure you let the server know ahead of time since opentable notes sometimes do not get communicated. Patio is wonderful, but there is not a lot of shade so wear your sunscreen! Had a nice brunch! Would go back for sure!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Best mexican food in town

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great churros!!!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Terrific Mexican bar - great for celebrating in a group! Lots of options for sharing, even the margarita comes in a pitcher option!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our server Pam, was very attentive, friendly and helpful!! Love this place and would go back over and over. This was my second time dining and I am never disappointed!! I will be back! 😊

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our server Scott was terrible. Cavalier, careless and remarkably inattentive. The support staff is wonderful, they should be promoted and take over for the servers. Food was decent but expensive for both quality and quantity. We love the patio but are not sure we will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Wait staff were exceptional at a very busy time and day: alert, thoughtful, and efficient. We ordered salads as starters. They were so good that we could have just kept ordering salads.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

6 of us went for dinner on a Tuesday night and sat on the Patio. The food and ambience were great - a lot of fun. The inside portion of the restaurant was very interesting and fun as well. LOVED the food and the tapas for sharing style. Definitely going back.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Arrived at 5:30 p.m. on a Monday and it took them almost 10 minutes to take my order. There is an overgrown palm tree next to our table that every patron and staff member had to brush out of the way - may be you should prune it or move it?

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

A favorite place to eat-reliable and fun. Service is friendly and upbeat.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Very good food, however prices we outrageous. Walked out with a 300$ Bill and we we all still hungry.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

What a great meal! Went for lunch and couldn’t be happier with it. The service was great as was the food. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Loved it ! I’m familiar with Mexican cuisine and this was top notch !!

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Overly priced with extremely small portions. My boyfriend and I were extremely unimpressed.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great place. Have for been for lunch a couple times and this time was dinner with my wife on a Saturday night. It was very busy and service was slow but waiter was a great guy. Food was fantastic but the tasting menu was very filling. Couldn’t eat the last 2 courses, just tasted them and they were the best courses by far. Slow roasted beef with an incredible mole sauce and the desert was great when we finally tried it at home.
Will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Seriously delicious. It is exceptionally rare for us to go out for dinner, try everybody's meal and not be able to decide which one was the best because they were all Simply Amazing!

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

While the atmosphere was amazing and the food was tasty, my friends and I found it over priced for the portions you receive.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

It was very fantastic!!
I will go there again with my family asap.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This place is really cool. Great cocktails, great service, and great food... but why do I have to order 3 of the same type of taco? For that reason I would go somewhere else for Mexican food... it’s a cool spot if you’re just in the area though..

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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great ambiance and location. Great guacamole, great margarita but too much ice. Great service but the food does not live up to it.
Especially the disintegrating mushy shrimp in the shooter.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Food was great as always, however the noise level is partly disturbing
Unfortunately you can’t make reservations for the patio, only indoors.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Absolutely loved El Catrin! Probably the best service I have ever experienced in a restaurant. Food was fantastic, drinks were great, and I even got a tequila shot and dessert on the house to celebrate my graduation! Really great vibes and cool decor. Highly recommended !!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great patio. Margaritas we're innovative and delicious. Lovely staff. Food was decent but not outstanding. We had quacamole (made fresh at the table)shrimp bucket with garlic aoli ...just ok...fish tacos...they were good...cheese fondue with chorizo (dish comes in a square skillet) a lot of it was stuck to the bottom so you couldn't eat it. It was tasty but you couldn't eat most of it. Overall a nice night.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Awesome! Took my hubby here for his bday. Great looking spot. Loved the decor and art. Food and drinks were great and prices very reasonable. Can’t wait to try the patio this summer.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

10/10 This place is a Gem. We had a very nice meal, as we were going to a show we were able to fast track our order and the staff were very understaning.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We were a little disappointed with the service during our lunch visit. There were 6 of us dining, 5 of which ordered tacos. The 1 who did not order tacos, had their food come out really quickly, however, our taco orders came out about 25 minutes later. When we mentioned the delay in our food, an explanation wasn't provided as to why it was delayed, nor was there really an apology either. For the price, I expected better service.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The benches are not comfortable
The food was okay but not that special

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