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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (89)
Great for Outdoor Dining (74)
Tapas (67)
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Creative Cuisine (66)
Fun (66)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Good for Groups (63)
Good for Birthdays (62)
Authentic (61)
Casual (59)
Hot Spot (54)
Vibrant Bar Scene (51)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Special Occasion (48)
Worth the Drive (46)
Tasting Menu (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Bar Seating (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Spicy (33)
Great for Lunch (32)
People Watching (30)
Romantic (29)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Cozy (23)
Quick Bite (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Scenic View (14)
Seasonal (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Healthy (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Business Meals (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

I'm glad I made reservations well ahead of time. We got seated right away, but the seating area was very crowded making it difficult to get in and out. Food was amazing and the decor was bright and original. Service was very good.
Fish tacos would be my recommendation.

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 (Montreal)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

The food portions have gotten so much smaller and the service was slow. Not the experience I'm used to

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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Need tastier vegetarian taco options

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

It was my birthday

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Michael was so accommodating and helpful. I will never forget how fantastic he was. Ricardo, what a fantastic server! Couldn’t have asked for better way to spend our night. The group was very impressed!! Thank you for a great time and see you again very soon!!

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Love this restaurant, but they really speed you through.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very good meal and friendly atmosphere. Been a few times and always had a very good experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was great. Server walked us through best dishes to order. Tableside gauc was fantastic. Fish tacos were delish. Highly recommend the tres leches cake for dessert.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 5, 2017

My favourite restaurant in the city. Worth the drive from Mississauga, even in rush hour.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was excellent, but very overpriced for what you got. The portions are small for top dollar. I would choose many of the other taco places in the gta.

Service was great but very costly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very noisy. Food came very quickly. Almost too quick. Guacamole was amazing. Drinks were the same. Felt like we were being rushed out.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Had been at the Toronto Christmas Market. This place came highly recommended from a fellow employee who is originally from Mexico. She says this is the best Mexican food she has had outside of Mexico.

We started with two margaritas followed by some guacamole (made tableside) and two other small plate dishes and two more margaritas. All very good.

The bar/restaurant area is very well decorated in a Mexican motif. Lots to look at while dining.

Server was friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great ambiance and service... enjoyed our anniversary celebration here !!! Would love to come back !!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our server Michael was outstanding! Food delish! Best Baja tacos! Love the table side guacamole! Visit once a year during the Christmas market! Must visit more often! Five stars for sure!!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great vibe, great service, good drinks, BUT expensive for such small portions... 3 small tacos for $20, not even bigger than my palm.

It's a great 'snack, drink and chat' place. Not a 'lets go have a meal' kind of place.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Vibrant atmosphere with great sharing plates! Very enjoyable experience!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and ambiance; we love coming here

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was incredible and reasonably priced. Servers are great and attentive. Cant wait to go back!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and service. Went for husbands bday and they took note of the note I left on open table about his bday!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We received the wrong order and the corn tortillas arrived at the table after we where finished eating :(

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Might be OK in the summer on the patio. But the indoor space is bright, loud, and cramped. It's a cynical cash-grab location in a tourist hub that survives on getting patrons once but doesn't expect you to return. Food was tasty enough, but "sharing" portions are microscopic and far overpriced - you need to order a lot, not to leave hungry.

Tags: Quick Bite, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our first visit with a group of eight. The staff was very accomodating regarding requests and dietary constraints. Have already recommended it to many friends. A great experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I have been many times. I have introduced people to the resto and I have been a repeat customer. Top notch service and food never fails to be amazing. I often recommend and speak highly about it. I have been there on date nights, dinners with friends, special occasions and for business dinners and everyone leaves happy and full!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

An absolutely spectacular dinner. The staff was excellent. The ambiance is perfect. For a first, or any, date it is superb.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

I have dined on the patio this past summer and absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere and the food was amazing, so it was an easy decision to take U.S work colleagues here during their visit. It was a hit! They had a great time and will be coming back in the Spring to enjoy the patio experience...and the margaritas!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We have been here a couple of times and have always had an amazing meal. The servers are always very friendly and seem to really enjoy their jobs. They take the time to answer any questions we have and check in to ensure the food is good and that we have everything that we need. The freshly made guacamole made table side is the best. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants an authentic Mexican meal with the best ingredients in an upscale vibrant setting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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