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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
8:30 PM
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El Catrin

4.4
2811 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
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 2811 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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yummy (Toronto)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Everything we had tasted amazing! Esp. The corn off the cob appetizer... yummy!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Requested a quieter table upstairs and they accommodated us. Opted out of the tasting menu this time due to allergy concerns and ordered a la carte. Still lots of great options to chose from. Very happy with the meal and service.

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vipLove2dine (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

I found food is not tasty and authentic as at previous visits but overall very good place. Great ambiance..

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Pegleg (Manitoba)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

El Catrin is easily one of my favorite spots in Toronto let alone the distillery district. I take visitors there every chance I get.

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Alicia 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Overall, we had a great experience! Loved the ambiance and decor, and the food was amazing. I would definitely eat there many more times. It's a great place to bring out of town guests with its location in the Distillery District. My only minor suggestions would be to bring out the food slower (we got our food within around 7 minutes of ordering) just to give guests a chance to sit back and relax and not feel rushed. Also, it was quite drafty in there, and the hostesses could do a better job of managing the curtain and doors.

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DavidM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great service. Awesome food. Wicked ambiance. Really happening place, fund to eat at. A little hard to find at night (no lights, couldn't figure out where the door was). Would love to come back to eat on the patio. As other reviewers said it's a bit pricey for the amount of food you get but the quality was outstanding. I mentioned to the waitress when we sat down that we were celebrating my wife's birthday and when we ordered dessert, she brought out a small cake with a candle in it. My wife thought I had set it up but really, it was all the waitress doing something special for her. A great night for sure. We'll be back next time we're in town.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food.
Moderate - High Noise level
authenic excellent mexican cuisine

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service as always.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always satisfied by the food and service provided at the restaurant! Great location for group booking and catching a good meal when in the area. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Me and my fiance had the taste around Mexico and we were beyond impressed. The flavors were amazinf, the staff was friendly and attentive and the experience was one of a kind. We will be returning with friends.

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Red12 
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Ambience was good, but service was quite slow and there was no flexibility in the menu, portions are also very small - a little over priced for what you’re getting

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KMcPhee (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food in a fun, hip and lively atmosphere.
They make the guacamole right at your table!
We sampled several small plates, all were divine!
Sharing definitely recommended :-)

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The decor is fantastic. The atmosphere and music was lively, but not so loud that you couldn't have conversation. The staff are great: friendly and helpful. Guacamole prepared fresh at the table is a neat trick and it's delicious. Tapas were good. We mostly had seafood dishes. I believe the menu was very authentic and creative. This is a cool place to come to for something different than run-of-the-mill dining.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Overall a really nice restaurant. However, we felt what we paid for and what we received didn’t add up. We felt this restaurant would be more an appetizer and drink kind of place before you go to a restaurant. We were ready for a steak after we left. We did have the guacamole/chips, ceviche/chips, 3 tacos and a chicken dish, yet, still hungry after due to the portion sizes serve red.

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cal2017 (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Had the tasting menu for two - overall great experience but far too much seafood - not enough variety.

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DennisD (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great experience on Valentine’s Day, tasting menu is a must!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was our first time at El Catrin and my husband and I loved it! From the amazing service from our sweet server Maria to the delicious food and drinks we couldn’t have had a better time and can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Met a couple friends for dinner and this was the first time I've actually gone inside the restaurant (my previous visits have been solely to the patio). The atmosphere is great! It's a lot of fun, and it has a very cool vibe. Our server was mediocre, but the food made up for it. It was outstanding! The prices seemed a little high, but the taste of the food made me forget about the dollar amount. I'll definitely be returning here!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Good dinner. Server took way too long to take order and then took long to bring the food out. Felt like he forgot to put the order in. All good tho

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