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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (94)
Great for Outdoor Dining (89)
Fun (79)
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Tapas (77)
Good for Groups (75)
Fit for Foodies (73)
Creative Cuisine (70)
Casual (70)
Authentic (68)
Good for Birthdays (68)
Hot Spot (65)
Special Occasion (59)
Worth the Drive (57)
Tasting Menu (54)
Handcrafted Cocktails (53)
Vibrant Bar Scene (52)
Neighborhood Gem (51)
Bar Seating (45)
Spicy (39)
Great for Lunch (36)
People Watching (35)
Romantic (34)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Happy Hour (23)
Late-night Find (23)
Cozy (22)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Scenic View (18)
Healthy (16)
Quick Bite (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Seasonal (15)
Business Meals (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Great Beer (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Music (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful experience this night at el catrin, amazing server which made the experience even better. Mood of the restaurant is very romantic!
Expect to spend minimum 100$ on a couple in order to feel full without drinks.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

The decor was fantastic and the service was great. Very knowledgeable staff. The food was a little expensive but worth the price. The flavours and options were outstanding.

Would definitely go again.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

We went to El Catrin for a bite to celebrate my friend's birthday before heading to the Cirque du Soleil show. The ambience in the restaurant is very cool and we all enjoyed the decor. Our server was friendly, and the food was tasty. Very small portions, so value was not very good, but overall we really liked the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was pathetic at best.
Post the meal , it was 30 minute wait for the cheque to come in.

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

I brought my friend here for brunch to celebrate her birthday. This was our first time here and we had driven as all the way from the east end of the city. We were absolutely amazed by this restaurant. The ambience made us feel like we were in Mexico. The food was so flavorful and the music was at the right volume that we could still have a conversation and not have to yell across the table. I would definitely recommend this place and we will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Stopped in for churros after dinner elsewhere. Totally worth it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent and fast service

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent fish tacos, queso fundido. Excellent service. On a cold day seats by door can be quite drafty.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great spot - staff were excellent - the only complaint is the amount of food you get for your money. Awesome time had by all.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was good but definitely overpriced. Portions very small but tasty!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing service! Brought my mom and aunt for their birthday. As per my request the server started us with some birthday guacamole with candles! So happy they could accommodate. Great food, great vibe. Definitely will be going back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 7, 2017

AWESOME TIME ! Food was fantastic. With the help of 2 wait staff - again these guys went above and beyond the call of duty. They explained each dish to us. Noted what was spicy and "through the roof" spicy - my friend LOVES spicy, I on the otherhand, like very mild spice. Totally enjoyable meal............ will be a definite return visit to try more on the menu

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Authentic, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Been here twice. Once outside with the open fire place. Sat inside as well. This is definitely a gem in the city. I recommend it to anyone on a first date or a casual night out. Pretty amazing food too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our first time visiting el Catrin. We were dealt with courteously by your host staff, and seated in what appeared to be a nice table.
We were greeted promptly, but by a member of support staff instead of our server. This is a decent solution in a pinch I guess, but a poor overall policy.
Cocktails were a little slow, but the house was fairly busy so it was fine.
It was a cool night outdoors but in no way cold; despite this our experience was marred first and foremost by the fact that the outer door was propped open, and the inner door was constantly being held open by guests or getting stuck open on the mat. We were made quite uncomfortable even though we put their scarves on and wrapped jackets around us. I did ask both my server and the host staff if they could please close at least one of the doors. I sensed impatience with my request, but this problem will only worsen in winter and a curtain will not be sufficient to make the tables closer to the door comfortable (our server told us that this will be the solution). At least one of the doors must remain closed.
Food was well prepared and tasted good; tableside guacamole is a fun touch. What struck us as very odd though was that the three dishes we ordered were so differently styled it was as though they came from three different restaurants. First, and my favourite, the chicken supreme: nicely portioned, and a complete dinner. Second, short rib: nice as well but a quarter the size of the first, more of a finer dining plate size. Third, the shrimp: tasty but like a bar snack, just a bucket of shrimp with no sides. Three menu items from the same entree section of a menu should not differ so drastically in presentation, in my opinion. It is awkward for the table and inevitably disappointing to someone. There was no information or guidance provided by our server.
In fact, the FOH staff overall seems to me to be young and under qualified/under trained for their positions.
Average experience.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great atmosphere and stunning decor. Our severs were all friendly and attentive. Excellent food. Would recommend the corn. We were not rushed out the door once we'd finished our meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always delicious. Always friendly staff. Always fun. Love this place!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friend's home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

They have the best guacamole dip ever!!...so yummy 😋...it was never my go to snack before but it is now...they've made me into a fan:)
The place also has some other tasty shared plates & has an awesome atmosphere w/a very vibrant decor & cool vibe...especially w/the use of black light. Besides the yummy food....the outdoor patio w/a fire pit makes it even more enticing to come back & just hangout at the distillery:)
I also booked thru this app w/a special request for a small dessert cake w/a candle for my partners bday as a surprise...at first I thought they did not read it since they gave us the dessert menu after dinner...but as he was reading his bday card the server came out w/it lit up with a candle just as requested☺️ Thank you El Catrin staff for the exceptional service & for making his bday even more special...we had a great time!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Easily one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Great ambiance and setting, not too noisy on a Sunday night.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

amazing food. great atmosphere! Friendly helpful staff

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food, the service and the atmosphere of this restaurant is great. If you are looking for just a regular night out or you are celebrating something, this is the place to go. We ordered the guacamole and the love boat and they were amazing! I would high recommend the food here and I will definitely go back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waiter was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We were served promptly and all courses were delicious!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tapas
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Guacamole was very good but very small serving size

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome place to go! Ricardo was wonderful. Look forward to going again

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Took my best friend to El Catrin for her birthday - we heard great things about this place and we were not disappointed! The guacamole was delicious, and so was the all the shrimp! We will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

AMAZING, BEST MEXICAN I HAVE HAD ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was good. Our waiter did his job well.

The portions were tiny.
The ceviche tasted like antipasto.
The guacamole required more flavour.

The tacos were made from flour tortillas.

The tres leches cake was too soaked, and the size of a two bite brownie.

The churros were ok

The ambiance and decor were great, and the beer was good.

Overall the food was lacking and not authentic Mexican. But we had a fun night.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

the food is not very good should have a better taste the prices are very high and they do not serve anything is not 100% Mexican style

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Although it was a little bit pricey, I still enjoyed everything that we had. Mason (our server) was really awesome. It was a first time experience but we will for sure come back there. Thanks for having us!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great ambiance, food was dynamite and the service was timed perfectly. Tried out the tasting menu, what a great way to try a little bit of everything! This was my first visit, will not be my last. Well done!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

super great food, very accommodating, great services, cocktails are awesome! love coming here

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We booked a table for a birthday celebration
Tuesday night the place was full and had a great buzz
The service was amazing
Our waiter was fun and had some great suggestions.
I plan to go back again

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great night, celebrating our 1 year anniversary. It was busy, but not over-busy for a Monday night. We had great service and we enjoyed every single bite. Great sangria!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Waitress was great but wait in between dishes was way too long. The 10 oz of shrimp dish (I forget the name) was pretty bland and under seasoned, but everything else was good (especially the corn off the cob). Overall ok experience but the wait time was annoying. The Mayan margarita is awesome though.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Pamela , our server, was amazing.!! She made our evening much more enjoyable. She was always there to answer our questions and make recommendations....service was great! Will definitely come back because of her.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Tacos were delicious!! Friendly staff and great service!! Thank you

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food, ambiance and service was absolutely amazing. Drove from Niagara specifically to this restaurant based on its reviews and was well worth it. Christina, our server was amazing. Very knowledgeable, ready with recommendations and felt more like a friend than staff. I have already recommended this location based on my experience. I will for sure be coming back within the next month!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Tapas, Cozy, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great place the dine with friends. Tapas style is a good place to start the menu. The guacamole table side was also tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Thank you so much to the staff both infront and behind. Had relatives visiting from Japan, and with this being their first experience, they highly enjoyed it. Also even with the special requests for the food, the staff was accommodating to our needs. Much appreciation.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Authentic experience. Great food selection with a good team of restaurant staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Spicy, Authentic
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