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El Catrin

4.4
4228 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Outdoor tables are subject to the weather. If it rains, we can not guarantee indoor space. For more information on our health & safety procedures, please visit https://distilleryhospitality.com/health-and-safety

El Catrin, one of the most popular restaurants in Toronto, has built it’s reputation by delivering on traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and well-serviced atmosphere to offer totally transportive dining experiences
Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs Chef Le Calvez’s sharing-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. The decor features a breathtaking mural that took Mexican street artist Oscar Flores over 100 days to complete & the nearly year-round patio has been named one of the best in the country

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 4228 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mary
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good restaurant to visit with friends. Good food and good service

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away, Mary. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K

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TEVA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Winter Patio: really well equipped, warm and organized. Good food, especially the Baja tacos.

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

We're happy to hear that we made some delicious recommendations! It's great you got to enjoyed our Baha tacos. We'd love to welcome you back again soon to try some more flavourful tapas! Until then, Stuart K.

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AliceF
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and wonderful food and drink. Thoroughly enjoyed our experience!

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for this exceptional review, Alice! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our cuisine so much, and we hope to welcome you back again soon to discover more favourites. Best, Stuart K.

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NamoiahD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the vegetarian beet tacos and the cauliflower appetizer. Everything was delicious. Lattes are amazing

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled our veggie options hit the spot. Looking forward to welcoming you back sometime soon. Until then, Stuart K.

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Melly
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were amazing as always! Sometimes the bartending isn't the best but the kitchen never disappoints!

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

It was a pleasure to have you join us. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We'll be looking forward to your next visit. Until then, Stuart K.

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foodies
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our server was pleasant. However, the service was very slow in spite of the restaurant not being full.
We waited one hour from the time we ordered to have our food served.

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to making your next visit more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.

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Paul
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. tacos del patron tasted a bit 'old or stale...

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Paul! We are happy to see that you experienced the fantastic service we are known for. Our servers are happy to suggest recommendations that might be more to your liking, and we would have been happy to replace anything that was not to your liking, had you brought it to our attention. We hope to see you again soon to try some more of our flavourful menu! Best, Stuart K.

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CourtneyM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! But most importantly, right now with the Covid restrictions this is THE BEST patio in the city! Beautiful decor, lots of sunlight during the day and tons of heaters.

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

Courtney, thanks for your kind words about our space! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope that you'll join us again the next time you are around. Until then, Stuart K.

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KarlyB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Great patio! Ambiance was perfect and the heaters and fire pit did a great job keeping it cozy. Didn’t love the vegetarian options but my boyfriend loved his meat tacos. Service was a bit slow but overall a nice dinner.

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

It was a pleasure to have you join us, Karly. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We'll be looking forward to your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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SarahB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Our server was an absolute gem! Another guy there was also an absolute rockstar! We are restaurant workers and with these new rules it’s hard for us to enjoy it ourselves, and you guys made it super special for us and to celebrate a birthday! Thank you!!!

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you for choosing us to make your night so memorable, Sarah! From the moment you walk in, you can expect a welcoming team to take care of you. We look forward to welcoming you again sometime in the future. Until next time, Stuart K.

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MichelleA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was worth the money. The only complaint was that the s’aide I was sitting at was really cold as it was close to the gate

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

Michelle, it's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Service extremely poor.
But since we were there to relax and enjoy a nice outdoor patio, we didn’t let the bad service bother us. Forgotten orders, late drink service etc.

If you are looking for good ambiance it’s a great spot. If you are looking for perfect and on time service, not so great.

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

While we're delighted you enjoyed food and drinks with us, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit high on your expectations. Please know that a manager would have been happy to speak with you had you any concerns about your service. Rest assured, we hear your feedback and will be passed along accordingly. That said, we encourage you to let us create a better experience for you in the future. Until then, Stuart K.

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exmundos
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good location and layout. Would definitely recommend.

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

It was a pleasure welcoming you in. It is wonderful you enjoyed the five-star experience we're known for and you expected from us. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K

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KimH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not the best spot to come to during Covid.. Not the same experience as they can't smash the guac fresh and they took away the additional salsa that you used to get and charge more $.
Definitely had better tasting food here before so may have been an off night . Love the ambiance of this place still a good time.

El Catrin
Responded on October 20, 2020

Kim, your continued patronage means a lot — thank you. Though, we’re sorry to hear that your most recent experience with us fell short. You’re right — we've made some changes to ensure we’re able to continue to celebrate with our guests long into the future. While our goal is that these efforts do not come at a cost to our 5-star service and cuisine, we know that change can be hard. We hope that you’ll choose to visit us again — we’re confident we can continue to serve more good times! Stuart K

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Keri
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & easy to share apps or tacos. A pitcher of the margaritas is a must for the table!

El Catrin
Responded on October 14, 2020

Its never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests, Keri! Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and margaritas blew you away. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Heaters broke!

El Catrin
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thank you for joining us on our lively patio! We do hope that you brought this issue to our attention so we had the opportunity to fix it for you. There's another pitcher of sangria calling your name, so come join us for another good time soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Ok If you are used to having real Mexican food( we moved here from Texas) this place is truly disappointing. I mean chips out a bag?!! Come on! I could just do that at home. The salsa tasted like it was Tostitos Sala! However, if you’re here for the ambience- it’s great. So don’t go for the food but maybe for ambience

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Laura, we're glad you enjoyed our ambience, but are sorry to hear that we were not able to hit it out of the park for you. That said, our Chef and his team put a lot of consideration into using the best fresh ingredients, make nearly everything in-house from scratch, and care deeply about sharing cuisine that is modern and authentic. We would have been happy to suggest menu items more to your liking. We're confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone! Best, Stuart K.

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Stef
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I have been to El Catrin multiple times and rave about it every time I go. This time we had a server who mentioned that he was new there were a few hiccups in service but the food is always amazing and I will continue to go back!

El Catrin
Responded on October 14, 2020

Stef, we are happy to hear you have enjoyed your experience with us many times! Thanks for appreciating our amazing food and atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good experience for our second visit here, there was the SMALLEST hiccup with our food and they went above and beyond to make up for it! Couldn’t recommend this place more, food was amazing, margarita was amazing and our server Sai (probably spelling it wrong) was excellent!

El Catrin
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic review. We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to your next visit! Best, Stuart K.

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Eimearb
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Although the they ignored my special request that it was my partners birthday which was a shame. Marg pitcher was so good and the tasting menu (although be very hungry. It’s a lot of good and we needed to bring some home. Love the whole vibe of the place but also wish we were at a better table. We were in the corner.

El Catrin
Responded on October 14, 2020

It's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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JohnM
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was very enjoyable. As a family we loved the atmosphere, experience and the friendly service. The food lived up to expectations but the portions to price ratio could have been a little more generous we felt. Overall El Cantrin is on our list for a return visit.

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

It means a lot to have your high praise for both our cuisine and awesome service! We're delighted that you and your family enjoyed your experience. Hoping to welcome you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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VanessaK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Fish tacos had wayyyy to much batter could have been bread tacos for all I knew. All the other tacos were unreal! Kind of disappointing how little chips you get when you order chips and salsa you then have to pay $3 for extra chips and they come in a bigger container than the original chips kind of silly. And guac was $16 like whatttt. But honestly food and atmosphere was great overall would go again.

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for your feedback Vanessa. We are glad that we impressed you with our tacos, and our atmosphere. We hope to see you again sometime soon to try some more of our flavourful menu! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio !!

El Catrin
Responded on October 21, 2020

It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our lively patio scene! Hoping we'll see you again the next time you're around. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place overall! The food, the drinks, the atmosphere! :)

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

It was a pleasure welcoming you in! It is wonderful you enjoyed the five-star experience we're known for and you expected from us. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K

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TanyaSch
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance - a standout dining experience!

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Tanya, it's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Lish
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice, mostly sunny fall afternoon on the patio! 4 people shared the lunch tasting menu. Nice variety and great taste but it is a lot of food so come very hungry! Service was excellent.

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

We're so glad that you enjoyed Chef's tasting menu while you were here! We look forward to welcoming you back anytime for some more Mexican flavours. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience4

Tacos were breaking apart as the food (meet) was too wet. And they didn’t want to redeem our open table voucher. I probably wound go back because I thought they were part of the open table program as I was able to book our table through the app.

El Catrin
Responded on October 9, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. Based on your review, I am not sure whether you were able to speak with a manager concerning your voucher? We would have been happy to accept your Opentable certificate had it not been expired. Please know your feedback has been heard and we have reviewed with the team to ensure confidence for next time! We hope to deliver a more memorable experience should you choose to visit us again. Best, Stuart K.

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BarB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered, from guacamole appetizer to churros for dessert was delicious. Comfortably warm on a cool night with heaters, and safe distances between tables. Thank you!

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

From guacamole to churros, we have got you covered with exceptional Mexican cuisine and service to match. We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to the next one! All the best, Stuart K.

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viprobbiep15
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Guac and Margs are the best here! Always a win. Their patio is the best in the city for cozy fall vibes.

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Robbie, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to welcoming you in again soon for your some more of your favourites. Until then, Stuart K.

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carolyng
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the patio- food was great

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Carolyn, our guests deserve only the absolute best! Thank you for showing your support. We'd love to have you join us again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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Sanna
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and the atmosphere and ambiance was amazing, so cozy and relaxed. The service was outstanding, Pamela took such great care of us, she really went above and beyond. I'd go back for the service, atmosphere, drinks, and churros!

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave your exceptional review Sanna. Our guests only deserve the best! We look forward to welcoming you back for more churros sometime in the future! All the best, Stuart K.

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Torind
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

our table was near the entrance, so every one coming into the restaurant was passing by us. most people were not wearing masks while walking around in the restaurant and the staff did not seem to tell them anything. table did not feel clean. i did not get a sense of general cleanliness from the place specially in these covid days.

food and drinks over priced. while some items were cooked properly the tortillas that came with the carne asada were undercooked, felt like we were eating dough.

all in all, we were very disappointed as we have been looking forward to going there after so many months. will likely not visit again.

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NeverAgain
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were celebrating both a birthday and anniversary with 5 guests. Our server was very uninterested in helping us select from the menu or offering any suggestions.
One of our guests ordered a cocktail because it looked interesting, and asked the server what it was like and she didn’t give any useful information. Once ordered my guest didn’t enjoy it at all! After googling the ingredients she discovered it had Smokey flavours... which had she been able to A read that, or B been told by the server, she wouldn’t have ordered it. Yes it was her mistake but having no guidance was annoying considering the price of the drinks.
I also find the value of the food does not reflect in the flavour or serving sizes.
The atmosphere was what made our experience

El Catrin
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our atmosphere, but apologize that for such special occasion, your experience fell short. We would love the opportunity to connect with you to learn more about your experience and to make things right with you. Please give the restaurant a call at 416-203-2632 and ask for me. If i am not immediately available, please leave a message - I will get back to you ASAP. Stuart K., Director of Operations

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ChristineS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We were extremely disappointed in the evening overall.

El Catrin
Responded on October 5, 2020

Christine, we are sorry to hear that your recent experience with us was anything less than outstanding. Thank you for reaching out to us privately, it ensured that we heard your feedback and were able to make things right with you. We look forward to welcoming you and your partner back in the future for the experience that you truly deserve. Best, Stuart K.

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lucianob
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food was great. special shout out to the manager to the manager and our waiter for that e tea touch. i can not wait to come again.

El Catrin
Responded on September 28, 2020

Our guests deserve only the absolute best! Thank you for showing your support. We'd love to have you join us again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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RysiaA
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food is okay but not great. I had the Baja taco and it's really just a piece of fried fish topped with coleslaw in a small taco. It would have been nice to have some guacamole on the plate and maybe some other item to dress it up besides a little wedge of lime. I asked about "mix and match" as I've been to another Mexican restaurant and they offer 3 of your choice of 4 or 5 kinds for $20, but I was told this isn't possible. Also, I'm a slow eater and my other 3 companions were finished before me so the busboy removed their plates which is really rude. The rule is you don't remove plates until everyone is finished. Bad training I guess! Finally, there was a wedding going on next door and they were playing loud music which was a bit annoying but at least it only started up as we were close to leaving.

El Catrin
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for giving us a try! We are sorry to hear that we did not hit it out of the park for you. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that was not to your liking, had you brought it to our attention. Additionally, our servers are happy to make personalized recommendations. We hope you will give us another chance to show you the 5-star experience that you deserve and we are known for. All the best, Stuart K.

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paulag
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not impressed with food. Apps came after mains. One person got served ten mins before everyone else. No one apologized. No one seemed to care. We made the best of service and our meals being served at different time. Tacos sort of tasted the same whether chicken or beef. The corn was served at the end of the meal. The chips were minimal for a $16 guacamole. Not pleasant like Cluny. Not horrible.

El Catrin
Responded on September 28, 2020

Paula, we're very sorry to hear that your most recent experience was anything less than outstanding. Please know that a manager would have been happy to speak with you, had you brought your concerns to our attention. We do hope that you will give us another chance to show you a 5-star experience should you choose to visit us again. All the best, Stuart K.

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Gbradshaw
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our server was busy and it showed, but he did a great job with what he had and we were very happy with our service. Best thing about this place is the atmosphere. The patio is beautiful, and you feel like you’re on vacation with the lights and the music and the cobblestone. I will always return here.

El Catrin
Responded on September 28, 2020

It's always a pleasure to have you join us! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service. We'll be looking forward to your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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TrevorS
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time as usual! Our server Bora was great! We plan to be back very soon!!

El Catrin
Responded on September 28, 2020

Trevor, thanks for your kind words about our restaurant! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope that you'll join us again the next time you are around. Best, Stuart K.

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QueenEh
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe, and the service and food were great. They had really great social distancing in place - we were one of the maybe 5 or 6 tables in the whole dining area. Tables all in between. There was a rowdy work event happening at the same time so that was a bit loud, but besides that - 10/10.

El Catrin
Responded on September 28, 2020

It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our patio! Thank you for taking the time to reach out. There's another pitcher of sangria calling your name, so come join us for another good time soon! All the best, Stuart K.

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El Catrin is rated 4.4 stars by 4228 OpenTable diners.

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