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El Catrin, Toronto, ON

El Catrin

4.6
4.6
4757 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Reservations are booked for indoors only. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum.


Please note, during the Distillery Winter Village November 17th to December 31st, there are limited reservations available. Please call 1-416-203-2121 or email us at reservation@thedistillery.ca for any further inquiries or questions.

Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs an ambitious, wide-ranging, tapas-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. El Catrin has built its reputation as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Toronto by offering transportive dining experiences, serving traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and award-winning atmosphere.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 77 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 203-2121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact directly.

  • Private party contact

    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Cross street

    Parliament & Mill Street

  • Parking details

    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street

  • Public transit

    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,757 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at El Catrin. Our server was very accommodating, knowledgeable, & attentive. She gave us the perfect amount of space to enjoy our date, as well. We did not eat, we just had a few drinks, but will definitely be coming back. Great service & great atmosphere.
  2. J

    Jasmine

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, beautiful, exciting venue. Loved the decor! Service was excellent. Food service was fast. Server Vinnie was great. The food was absolutely delicious - cannot say enough good things about it. Also had the margarita flight with some of the best margaritas I’ve ever had. Would 1000% recommend and I’d go back in a heartbeat!
  3. R

    Romi

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I’ve come to your restaurant many times, and I absolutely love it. It’s been a few years since I’ve last come. This time we came to celebrate my birthday with a few girlfriends. Everything was great until we were told that we could not have my birthday cake in your restaurant. Given that we walked in with the box, and it sat on the table the whole time, and we spoke to our server about it we were never told, nor has it been specified on your website that any of us saw that this was a rule. Was disappointed because I’ve never heard of this before. Other than that everything else was great.
  4. RM

    RussiM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was okay, but pricey for what you get. Service was good, but doesn’t compensate the overpriced food.
  5. D

    Dani

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    This place is one of the coolest, however many menu items disappoint. Service and noise levels were great until it got busy.
  6. L

    Localfoodie90

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and amazing experience with great food and great service.
  7. DL

    DomenicL

    Toronto

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been about 4 years since our last visit but we were not disappointed Atmosphere was great and the food was on point Our Waiter made some excellent suggestions and allowed us to enjoy a wonderful evening with our Friends
  8. D

    Dutchie

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived from out of town - first visit to El Catrin. Pamela, our server, was given the task of ordering for us - and did a fabulous job! We enjoyed every dish she provided - and the margaritas were amazing! Looking forward to our next visit!
  9. AE

    AlejandroE

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! Menu is pretty cool and diverse and of course the food is delicious.
  10. L

    Liv1

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    If in a pinch and in the distillery area, it's not a bad choice. I didn't find the food to be anything outstanding and the vibe was standard for a Toronto joint in a popular area. Overall not a bad experience but nothing super special either.
  11. HK

    HannahK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Although El Catrin is a gorgeous restaurant and our waiter; Mason, was very attentive and friendly, the food unfortunately was a big miss. It was like arriving to a blind date at a stunning locale only to find yourself face to face with 'Eddie' from Christmas Vacation. For the price we paid for lunch ($145 + tip for 3 people, WITHOUT alcohol), I expected the food to be impressive, with complex flavours and at least tasty! My Cochinita Pibil (achiote rubbed pork) tacos were 'meh' with an unappetizing flavour. The Huevos Rancheros looked soupy and the Pollo quesadilla had more of a pancake texture. Maybe this restaurant is better for meeting for drinks and appetizers, or maybe the chef(s) were having an off day, but I was not impressed.
  12. VF

    VickiF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Such helpful and knowledgeable servers as well!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely brilliant. Expensive but worth every bite.
  14. TV

    TheVibeHunter

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Catrin is always a favourite! The food is always fresh, the portions are fair and the presentation is wonderful. The drinks are solid and tasty! The ambiance is one of my favourites in Toronto. It's intimate but still very friendly and inviting. The staff are also really great, friendly and helpful. 10/10 will always recommend. xo
  15. MR

    MalRum27

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Tacos were well sized for the price. Pastor was super flavourful and having that one first, the chicken flautas and baha tacos were a little lacklustre. Marg was good and large size for the price. The space is beautiful and service was quite good.
  16. t

    tatianac

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place for casual dinning! Guacamole Must try
  17. TB

    TriciaB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous dining experience! The ambiance is exciting, drinks and food flavours pop! Loved the margarita flight to start! My only critique is that there are only a couple vegan options on the menu. Please add a few more!
  18. JK

    JunghoK

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and margaritas in a really cool location.
  19. S

    Sherry

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was tasty and the staff were great, a great night out !!
  20. a

    aleemv

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot for food and drinks, very lively with great decor and service. A bit too expensive for tacos ($32 for 3), but the drinks were very good.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Aleem, thanks for coming to see us! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! It's also wonderful to know you experienced the 5-star service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. Can't wait to do it all over again on your next visit. Kindly, Stuart K.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was extremely attentive, knowledgable and personable; she went above and beyond to make our experience great. The food and drinks are always excellent! We left feeling well taken care of by our server, satiated from the incredible food, and a little too familiar with the different margaritas. Thanks for a wonderful dinner!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023It was a pleasure welcoming you in! Happy to hear our Mexican cuisine blew you away. It was also wonderful welcoming you in and delivering the outstanding service you deserve. There's another Margarita calling your name, so come join us for another good time soon! All the best, Stuart K.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic and made great suggestions. The guacamole, 3 types of tacos, tuna and the corn were delicious. We will definitely return.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023We're happy to hear that we made some delicious recommendations! Thank you for showing us your support. Also, we're delighted you enjoyed every aspect of your visit, especially our table side guacamole. We can't wait to welcome you again for another bite. All the best, Stuart K.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best margaritas I’ve ever had and the service was stellar!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you for your wonderful review! To us, you are one in a million, not one of a million. It was a pleasure welcoming you in and delivering the outstanding service you deserve. Can't wait to serve you another delicious Margarita soon! All the best, Stuart K.

  24. AW

    AnnabelleW

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love the food and the ambience at El Catrin. The white sangria is a favourite too!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Our guests only deserve the absolute best, Annabelle! Thanks for showing us your support. We are thrilled you chose us to enjoy a beautiful experienced shared by amazing food and the perfect ambience. Looking forward to serving you another White Sangria sometime soon. Until then, Stuart K.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! The atmosphere fits almost any occasion. Loved it all. Will be fantasizing about the half-sweet Smoky Luna until I can get my hands on another.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023We're so happy to know you enjoyed your experience with us! Thank you for taking the time to review us. You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, service, and atmosphere! Looking forward to serving you another tasty Smoky Luna during your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

  26. SD

    SusuD

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Truly comfortable seating - makes you want to relax and stay a long time. Stunningly beautiful, colourful yet calming, decor and lighting that makes me want to visit again just to walk around and soak it all in. Takes you into a different realm where you feel you stepped into a mini-vacation, but without knowing exactly where. Lovely!! Distance of tables away from other guests was perfect: not too much but not too little. But.......the MUSIC PLAYING WAS TOO LOUD. Not sure why so many Toronto restaurants insist on blasting music from loudspeakers so that you have to lean forward and raise your voice in a nearly empty restaurant just to talk with your table-mate. Whatever happened to the concept of "ambient BACKGROUND music"? This part of our dining experience was exhausting and seemed rather inconsiderate/ableist towards the hard-of-hearing and people with chronic pain disabilities who find it hard to twist their necks and contort in their seats just to chat at the table. Or folks who come from cultures where raising one's voice is seen as being gauche. Kinda defeats the purpose of the comfortable and lovely seating of this restaurant that begs to be relaxed upon. The menu at this restaurant is interesting and unusual. The food I ordered was truly delicious and contained a multitude of exciting flavours and textures. Lots of cool options for vegetarians. Price point was a little high for the quantity served; however, the recipes/preparation of this cuisine made up for that. This place is a feast for the eyes and mouth....but not the ears.....please tone down those loudspeakers.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Susu, thank you for your great review! Happy to hear our tasty Mexican flavours and service blew you away. It's also wonderful to hear our interior made your visit that much more memorable. However, we're sorry to hear that the volume of our music was not suited to your preferences. That said, we hope to welcome you back for another cozy meal. All the best, Stuart K.

  27. d

    dinner

    Toronto

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We have been here before, but it has been a while. The server was very helpful in navigating our dinner choices... The meal was very good and the service was great!!!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you for taking the time to show us your support and for being a regular diner with us! We are thrilled to hear that we are consistently delivering amazing dishes and service. We look forward to the next time you join us. Until then, Stuart K.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ricardo was absolutely phenomenal. Amazing food and server. He made sure my sisters gluten allergy was prioritized and it was so nice for her to be able to eat without having to worry about cross contamination. Overall great food, drinks, and atmosphere. A staple in the Distillery!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Your review is greatly appreciated. From the moment you walk in, you can expect a welcoming team to take care of you. We're thrilled to know that Ricardo made your visit that much more memorable! We are very lucky to be in the historic distillery district, and we hope to welcome you back for another cozy meal. All the best, Stuart K.

  29. FM

    FotisM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was average, nothing that wowed me. Our sever Pamela was awesome and the best part of the experience was the margaritas! Great place if you love tequila or want to experience good tequila. Atmosphere was good. A great place to hang out.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Fotis, thanks for coming and reviewing our restaurant! It makes us glad to know that Pamela provided you with personable and kind service during your visit. Also, we're delighted our atmosphere is like the cherry on top to your experience. Hoping to serve you another flavourful margarita soon. Best, Stuart K.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Catrin is always a fun evening of excellent food in a vivid and interesting space. We particularly liked the carne asada and pastor tacos!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you for taking the time to show us your support and for being a regular diner with us! We are thrilled to hear that we are consistently delivering amazing dishes and service. The Pastor Tacos are our personal favourite and we're glad to know you enjoyed them just as much as we do. We look forward to the next time you join us. Until then, Stuart K.

  31. B

    Backs

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jose was a great waiter, very knowledgeable and his recommendations were top notch!

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thanks for your review, Backs! From the moment you walk in, you can expect a welcoming team to take care of you. We're delighted Jose's recommendations hit the spot. We look forward to welcoming you again sometime in the future. Until next time, Stuart K.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great gauc

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you for the incredibly high praises about your experience! Your support is greatly appreciated. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to our chef and team regarding the food, especially the fan favourite guacamole and chips! We look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

  33. JD

    JeffreyD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Ricardo was helpful and a real gentleman.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Jeffrey, our guests only deserve the absolute best! We're delighted to know that Ricardo provided you with the outstanding service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional experience in the future. All the best, Stuart K.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good spot. Nice atmosphere

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023It’s never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests! Thank you for your support. Happy to hear our atmosphere blew you away. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

  35. DC

    DChe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Good service, but food not great. For the price, I expected more.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thanks for taking a second to review us. While we're happy to know your visit was accompanied by professional service, it's sad to hear you weren't able to see the value in our dishes. However, while we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best, Stuart K.

  36. IM

    IMur

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    2 patrons got sick from food. 1 child 1 adult. I called left voicemail asking Manager on duty to call me back. Still no response or acknowledgment.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023IMur, thanks for reaching out. We are truly devastated that this happened. As a restaurant, we take every measure to ensure health & safety is a #1 priority. We would appreciate the opportunity to get in touch so we can find out which dishes were consumed and follow up with the Toronto Health Department. Please reach out to the restaurant at 416-203-2121 and ask for Doug, the General Manager. If he isn't available, please leave a message and he will get back to you ASAP. Respectfully, Stuart K.

  37. TK

    TinaK

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Good was good. However, long gap between when the food for all diners arrived. Three of is had meals and saw a number of other meals come out before the last meal for our table came out.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you for joining us for a lovely meal, Tina! We're super happy to know you enjoyed our flavours and ambience. However, your meals should have all arrived at the same time and for that, we truly apologize. That said, we hope you give us another chance to demonstrate the 5-star experience we're known for and you deserve. Best, Stuart K.

  38. S

    Shiv

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Catrin aced it again. The drinks and food was great as always. The server was very helpful and offered great advice on the food portions and what would be ideal for us to order.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Shiv, thank you for coming back to see us! Your support is greatly appreciated. It's great to see our margaritas and dishes always hit the spot. We're thrilled our team gave you the best guidance regarding our menu. We can't wait to welcome you again for another bite. All the best, Stuart K.

  39. TJ

    ToniJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was just ok. Some flavours were a little too light. The pork tacos were a little too salty but one you squeeze the lime on top it balances out.

    El CatrinResponded on January 18, 2023Thank you, Toni, for your great review! You can always count on us to deliver on attentive service and the perfect ambience. We'd love to welcome you back for a chance to try some more of our flavourful menu items we know you'd love. Best, Stuart K.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    New Year’s Eve

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

El Catrin is rated 4.6 stars by 4757 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 77 times today
Google Map for El Catrin

18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Parliament & Mill Street

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee.At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street

  • Public transit

    - 65A Parliament Bus stop at Front St. - (walk one block South to Mill St.)- 504 King East Streetcar at the Distillery Loop- From Union Station: Walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 203-2121

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact directly.

  • Private party contact

    inquiries@thedistillery.ca : (416) 203-2363

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