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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
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (77)
Authentic (64)
Fun (64)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (61)
Tapas (58)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Casual (48)
Special Occasion (46)
Good for Groups (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Hot Spot (42)
Worth the Drive (40)
Tasting Menu (40)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Bar Seating (33)
Spicy (32)
Great for Lunch (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Cozy (22)
Romantic (22)
People Watching (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Quick Bite (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Scenic View (12)
Late-night Find (12)
Business Meals (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Healthy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Waterfront (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great staff. Found the place through google search and it has fantastic reviews. I have been to La Carnita before a bunch of times and the food taste and quality is totally comparable. I found the DJ for Saturday night the music was too loud, I could not have a conversation with my wife who was sitting right across from me. Otherwise place has great decor and character.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

A great spot for something authentic and a little different.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent spot with great great food. Waiter was knowledgable on his products and very helpful. Food was well portioned and came out at an appropriate pace.

Tags: Tapas, Spicy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Such great food and ambiance in a really cool area!

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

The margaritas are unbeatable. We first ordered the original guacamole, which was made table side. It was nice and salty, and flavourful. My meat eater boyfriend said that he never orders guacamole intentionally, but he remarked that he might be "a convert." We then had the Ensalada Diabilito which was nice and fresh with a crispy touch. I am currently living in Tofino, BC aka the land of the taco and I was surprised at how delightful the baja tacos were. The cod was lightly battered to perfection, and the tacos weren't overwhelmed with the extras - a fine balance. As our mains, we ordered a Gringa and the Cuero De Panza Al Horno which I had found the shaved pork to be a bit on the drier side, but still really tasty with the gouda cheese. My boyfriend admitted that his eyes were bigger than his stomach and he couldn't finish his pork belly but thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Overall, great meal! Next time we'll have to try the tasting menu, and take a journey through Mexico with El Cantrin. Thank you for the wonderful experience!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food is very good but way too expensive, portions are so small you have to keep ordering more food. Disappointing.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

, I dine in several Mexican restaurants , I was impress with the decor the atmosphere was nice , server was great , food was ok but didn’t impress my palet as I was expected.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great service, waitress went above and beyond! Great atmosphere

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fantastic food and drinks and great service. I suggest the Baja fish tacos best in the city!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Christina made it wonderful. The food was excellent. Face the bar if you can! its stunning

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Tapas, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was great- our server was helpful, friendly and very attentive. The restaurant is well decorated, festive and has a good vibe.

Food was mediocre/ average at best. I've been before and for some reason this time really missed the mark. Appetizers (we had bucket of shrimp and guacamole) were both good. Our mains were cold and a bit underwhelming.

Will try again and hope for a better experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wasn't really impress with food. The chicharon was an insult. I can't believe someone would actually serve such thing. It's the cheapest kind of chicharon that can be bought in package.
I can't complain with the cocktails, it was amazing.
Service was outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Had a perfect table upstairs that was great for a party of 7. Food was delicious, service was wonderful and the restaurant had a great vibe. Will definitely be back. Everyone loved it.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We really enjoyed the food and appreciated that it was child friendly and not too loud either !

The only issue was that we realized after we left that we were charged for two drinks that we didn't order .

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service was amazing as the food was served quickly and fresh. Only concern was for what we paid I personally felt serving portion was less compared to other Mexican restaurants I have been to. Overall was a good experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I’ve been to El Catrin 4 times and my experience gets progressively worse each time. On this particular occasion, I made a reservation for 3 and they squeezed us at a 2-top table and wouldn’t move us. It was too tight and uncomfortable. We waited 15 minutes to be greeted at the table, and from then on service was very slow for drink orders and food order (and the restaurant wasn’t as busy as i’ve seen it in the past). However, once the food started coming out we felt rushed. Entrees arrived before apps were done (not a big deal) but then desert came before we were done our entrees and plates not cleared. The food was ok, but not nearly as good as the first couple experiences, with the exception of the churros, those are always fantastic! I really find menu prices to be overpriced for what you get and frankly there are better places to go in the city for Mexican/tacos (price and quality). I likely will not be back for a 5th time.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have enjoyed El Catrin the many times I’ve visited before, but today’s visit had me thinking it’s time to venture out and try new places. While I loved the quac made at the table, the drinks and atmosphere the lunch special was not what I’ve been used to. I had the shrimp soft tacos and the shrimp tasted dry and old. The accompanying soup is less than a cup size and for $18.95 it really doesn’t fall under lunch pricing. I don’t have a problem paying more money, but I expect the food to be worth it. They used to have a great lunch special with the soft tacos and a small salad from the main menu. Now the salad is just a green salad as opposed to the fabulous other choices.
Also, when making my booking on open table I noted it was my birthday. I’m not expecting a freebie (although that is always nice) but why ask to make comments in the reservation section and choose “birthday” as a special occasion and the hostess or server doesn’t even wish you a happy bday? While I love the ambiance, the drinks and the company, as a once loyal customer when I’m entertaining visitors in the Distillery District I think it’s time to try some new spots.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My first visit to El Catrin was delicious, fun & a great atmosphere! Looking forward to going back for a second visit!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Spicy, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The Distillery District is an awesome place to go and El Canterin is a cool restaurant to grab a bite. Beautiful decor and very good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The restaurant ambiance and decor is really nice. The food is not authentic Mexican, the only fish that I can recommend is the Guacamole prepared right at your table.
Too expensive for what you get.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was a little chaotic. Room for improvement. Food was average. Nothing special. Won’t rush back

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Loved everything about the place, food, service and atmosphere. Definitely coming back during the warmer months to enjoy one of the outdoor patios.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Second time there, and still disappointed. Service was rushed, and food was as I remembered from my first visit, which was not great. Regrettably, we won’t be coming back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had the fish tacos and margaritas and they were delicious. What I found disappointing was how our food plates were not cleared after we finished eating and it wasn’t busy on Christmas Eve due to the snow storm. I finally had to ask another server to clear the table and she rolled her eyes

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Beautifully handcrafted organic food with a touch of Love, pure and divine atmosphere with décor of traditional Mexican region. Skillful and culinary mastered chef with unique presentation and tastefully reinvented cuisine from Mayans. Best cocktail I ever tried "Al Gringo" a speciality of El Catrin.

A unique and excellent place to spend your special evening for any occasion, A must visit of Toronto.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our server was slow and disappeared for long periods of time. Shortly after receiving our food the entire table had empty water glasses. Our meal had been completed for 5 mins or more before she ever appeared again. We were disappointed that only the lunch menu was available. Coming here was our Christmas Eve tradition and we have always done a tasting menu.
Despite that though the selections we did choose were top notch as always!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I was disappointed with the person who seated us...my elderly mom has problems with vision and the person who seated us would not accommodate us. Finally, our waitress did. Waitress was prompt but not overly interactive. Burritos were good as was the soup. Tacos were so so. I believe that the décor is where most of the emphasis has been placed...not so much the service. Will go to another Mexican restaurant.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We visited El Catrin for brunch the last time we were in Toronto, and we made sure to come back this time! Their huevos rancheros and mojitos cannot be beat, and the guacamole made at the table is amazing too. The outdoor seating was great during the summer, and sitting indoors this month was equally enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Been a few times and the food is always fresh and tasty. Authentic Mexican with a modern presentation. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was amazing. Guac made right at the table we cleaned the bowl, and usually we only do that to my own homemade Guac Fish. They should have allowed the fish for the fish tacos to drain slightly before using as the first bite caused a great deal of oil to release from the fish. But it was delicious never the less. Even though the restaurant was packed it was cold (it is December ) may want to make sure you have a sweater under your coat? I've heard amazing things about the patio and a look at it as we entered showed us a beautiful and huge space that I'd love to come back and try.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My husband and I were visiting the Christmas Market at the Distillery and found this restaurant on Trip Advisor. Most of the negative comments were from people who had not made reservations and had to wait a long time to be seated or had purchased expensive food/drinks off the menu and were shocked by the prices.

We had a reservation (thanks Open Table) and had no problems with the seating. My husband ordered the daily special which was soup and 2 tacos and I had the Baja tacos. For lunch, the portions were fine for us and the food was delicious. However, I can see how this may seem like a small portion size for dinner.

It’s a funky restaurant with great decor, the service was very fast and the food was prepared very nicely with a lot of flavour. Given the location in a touristy area the price was within the range we expected — but we didn’t have expensive shots of tequila.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Beautiful room. Drinks could be better, especially the 'creative' ones. Food is just adequate.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great guacamole made fresh for you.. outstanding margaritas!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food is great. Pricer than other mexican establishments for what you get. Servings sizes are smaller but then quality of food is high. Their cocktails are a must.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was my third time eating here. Each time the food and service has been excellent.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always great food and drinks. Can't go wrong. However it is a busy so be prepared for some high noise levels.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always a great meal! This time was dinner: Mayan margaritas, lobster croquettes, Haba salad, shrimp tacos, Baja fish tacos, churros... yum!

We do miss the pumpkin seed dip and the mushroom tacos... hope they come back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We were two couples attending the Christmas Market. The guacamole, shrimp, baja, and pork tacos were mouthwatering. Their pitcher of white Sangria was full of fruit and very tasty. Highly recommend.

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

Excellent service.

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