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El Catrin

4.5
2895 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Fall Hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 11:30pm - 11pm
Friday: 11:30am - 1am
Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 11pm
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Phone number
(416) 203-2121
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2895 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Terrible value...$130 for a pitcher of sangria, 4 tacos, 2 quesidilla (which weren't even the size of my palm) and 1 beer....can't expect more from the distillery district...I won't be back

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved it! Everything we ordered was delicious. Servers were cheerful and knowledgeable . Surprise birthday cake was yummy. Will certainly return!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Great atmosphere. Guacamole was excellent and corn nice. Tacos needed more flavour.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was terrific, as was the space. I would definitely return

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

I dont think we would visit that place again. However i booked an advance and i put at the notes that its a birthday dinner, we got table next to the bar. Since their fridge wasnt strong enough our ice-cream birthday cake was destroyed(good thing that they provide us something else, i really appreciate it!). And also about the service, it is just was too much, some food that we even didnt finish yet were toke away by waiter without asking us.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love it here! Amazing food, cool location, great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was great and the large mural on the wall was incredible!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic food. Unique ambiance. Great patio. Would recommend to anyone interested in unique tapas.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I had a good time. Food was tasty and interior decorations were great. Artistic people will love this place. The price was reasonable.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

great service, our surver was really helpful, they fulfilled my request of giving my girlfriend a birthday dessert and it was an overall good experience!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The tacos al pastor are the best. Great decoration

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I live next door and have visited many times in the last four years. Food and service is very inconsistent. Sometimes it’s always on point and other times service and food is amateur hour.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We enjoyed the experience, one of the better restaurants around Toronto for a casual date.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great dining experience. Every plate had interesting and delicious flavours. Could add more vegetarian options to the menu.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We tried the Tasting menu and every plate was incomparably delicious. Dying to come again.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Some of the best Latino food in the city. The staff are super friendly and the vibe is pretty awesome. I would recommend the Baja fish tacos and almost anything on their brunch menu. Don't forget to taste their margarita, top notch!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fantastic atmosphere...Baja tacos were flavorful, churros are the best in the city and the Mayan Margarita is a must try. Definate recommend.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The music was awful; too loud, annoying, not melodic. I considered it to be noise, not music. In fact, the music volume seem to be turned up as the evening progressed. It became a distraction. My friends and I had to raise our voiced to try to talk over the noise. It would be nice if a Mexican restaurant would play Mexican music. It would be appreciated if the music would be of a temporary to inspire relaxation and serenity to be able to enjoy the meal.

Sadly, we rushed to finish our meal, pay the bill and get out to avoid that awful music.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A birthday lunch at this place was fun! The atmosphere is colourful vibrant and unique. I’ve been to this restaurant before and had a very good impression of all aspects. The service is terrific and the servers friendly and engaging. The best food is the house made guacamole, made at the table.My shrimp tacos sounded delicious on the menu however when they arrived in front of me the impression left something to be desired. Three small tacos heaped with shrimp and other ingredients that all together appeared colorless.The taste was pretty good however not fabulous. It was nice to be brought a small birthday treat for dessert. I’ll go back to this place, for the atmosphere the great service and I’ll try different food.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

It was our first time at El Catrin and I was very happy with the overall experience. Meal was great and enjoyed the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great experience! Waiter was awesome and food was amazing!!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fun spot! Great decor. Friendly staff. Excellent vibe.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Will definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was a really nice place! I’ll definitely go back

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Good vibe in the restaurant first time there wasn’t much vegetarian food option. Food was alright but the ambience and crowd made up for it!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Simply amazing. Too good to write about! Just go!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Bachelorette celebration! Saturday March 31/18
It was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere, server, food and drinks. Honestly the coolest restaurant I’ve ever been to. It was perfect for a girls night out. Thanks for making my sisters night so wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Having walked past line ups to this place so many times over the years, finally booked a seat to try it out. Worth the wait. AMAZING. period. Food was interesting, unique and delicious. Service was attentive and, given my date's sensitivities, our server was right on point ensuring she knew exactly what she was being served (complicated given that we ordered the tastings for two) offering up advice, info and alternatives when appropriate. The decor, by the way, is awesome! Love this place and want to return to some patio dining once the weather shifts. Thank you very much.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A great place to bring visitors for awesome Mexican food! Service was great

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was delicious and fresh!
This is an expensive restaurant though!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was delicious and fresh. The sangria was fantastic. Service was quick, polite and efficient. The decor was awesome. I'll definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It was my birthday and I was celebrating with friends. First they didn’t have the drink I requested, but my server made an excellent suggestion that was a hit with me. When it came for my birthday desert, my server forgot that I was gluten free, but when I mentioned it, he was a superstar at correcting the error and offering an delicious substitution.

I can’t wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

EXCELLENT tacos and mojitos. Guacamole also v good. Would go back if we were in town another night. The Distillery is beautiful.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We like very much the food but the portions were smaller and smaller every time we go, especially the guacamole, additional, the menu have changed for more like tapas-tacos than dinner food.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Such a great experience!! Great service, amazing food and made for a perfect birthday dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The atmosphere is fun and colorful. The food is outstanding. Really my favorite Mexican food and the location in the Distillery District is a great place to walk around!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

HI there, it was our second time and we love the decor, it is so beautiful.
Food was good and the service great.
Thank you

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I think everything was delicious but very small portions for the price

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

What a great night from the moment we stepped into the establishment!! A friend referred us to El Catrin, and it was everything she said and more 😊 I will be bringing my husband next time. We can hardly wait to experience the patio! Thanks for a great night!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Real Mexican food in a stylish venue with authentic Mexican decor. Food was incredible, particularly ceviche and fish tacos. Great selection of tequila and mescal and very tasty margaritas. Highly recommend.

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