EL TRES

4.7
81 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mexican
El Tres is located in the heart of Thunder Bay’s Waterfront district, known for it’s wide selection of restaurant and bars within walking distance from one another. We offer an inspired menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, made fresh in-house and from scratch, as well as craft cocktails, locally brewed beers and a small wine list. Immerse yourself in our eclectic decor and casual environment, whether you are enjoying our Chef’s Tasting Dinner or sharing tacos and guacamole with friends.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 81 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.9
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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TaylorB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and refreshing cocktails. Our server was fantastic.

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Reni
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the server was great as well. Will definitely come again !

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JillD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved El Tres ! The server recommended a couple of appetizers which were delicious ! The vibe is great ! My son is a new student at Lakehead and he is thrilled to find a great place to eat that isn’t expensive ! Thank you !

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SamS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seasonal strawberry margarita was delicious, along with the chorizo queso.

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Doug
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was very good and service was excellent. Ambience left a lot to be desired. We were sitting in the parking lot and it felt like it. Take a look at Bar Italia's patio as a good example.

Traffic noise was awful.

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Heikki
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Mexican food and ambience in Thunder Bay (especially in the summer when the large doors are open)

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TROYM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, stellar staff, wonderful patronage and local inspired ownership. Best margaritas and Guacamole and a selection of Mexican beers and spirits that suits me just fiiiiine 👍🏾👌🏾👍🏾👌🏾👍🏾👌🏾🤗🤗🤗

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FoodWineJunkie
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great margaritas!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious guac and tacos. They made quesadillas to accomodate our kids. Great experience!

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Luxe
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The hastily and poorly constructed patio area was a disappointment. It wouldn't take much effort or expenditure to build something that reflects the well designed interior.

DH
DavidH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

great food, service, pleasant staff. Drinks are of a good selection . . . .tasty! Pation not bad. Needs afew more plants

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Jewels
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great with a wonderful sense of humour, the food was awesome with everything prepared perfectly. I am always happy with the consistency of how wonderful the food is at El Tres. I definitely should go more often.

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kalil
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience1

Was there as a table of two, got sat beside a very noisy and loud group of 12 or so. Couldn’t hear anything my friend was saying over the table beside us. Very hot out and sat at a table without an umbrella.

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ShawnC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was pretty good and our waiter was outstanding. I would have preferred to eat inside but I get it due to restrictions

MP
MichelleP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server and great food. Will be going again to the patio.

SC
SharonC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service- highly recommend this restaurant!

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jm77
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience at El Tres, as always. Food was delicious, presentation was great, margaritas were to die for!

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TinaZ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a fantastic server. The food was delicious.

LN
LaurenN
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, great servers, great drinks!!!! Love el tres

RC
RnCRC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and the service was fantastic. Recommend the house beverages.

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Kessa
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at El Tres! From the drinks (margaritas of course) to our food (esquites, flautas, and tacos) and the service (Nick was amazing) it was such a great evening. 10/10 recommend!

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chriscovim
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Reservations were kept even though they had to move us inside due to rain but we had plenty of space and they called us before hand to let us know. Food was great, menu was confusing but we asked a lot of questions and the server was good for answering and making recommendations. One drink didn’t make it to the table for a bit but no complaints, for restaurants just opening everything ran smoothly. No wait at the door, we didn’t feel rushed and staff was knowledgeable about the menu. We felt like we were out of town! Love the garage door at the front, looking forward to going back and hopefully eating in that area with open door!

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SarahZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some on the best food and cocktails in the city. It’s clear the staff love their jobs. I’ll be back as often as I can afford! :)

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love it here. The guacamole was delicious and I think the tacos served here are by far the best in town. The server was such a delight and very friendly!

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a fabulous place. Server was excellent. Food was very very good . Highly recommended to eat there

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was amazing! Our server was wonderful! He made us feel welcome. He came to check on us the perfect amount of times. He was fun and friendly. He made our first night over in almost 2 years the best experience! We can’t wait to come back and are planning a visit for next week!

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ch11
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had drinks, appetizers and dessert. All amazing, super flavourful. Highly recommend the queso, it was above and beyond delicious.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the server was attentive and funny! We already wanted to go back as soon as we left.

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RMHC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great for the most part. Chicken burrito was better than the beef one. Server was friendly and on the ball.

LA
LesA
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us dined. Taco platter was great. We had the enchiladas which were flavourful. Lots of filling. The burrito was huge and the homemade salsa was good as well the service was on the patio and the server was polite and knew the menu. The atmosphere was welcoming

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EricC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Atmosphere was a little lower only because it was such a hot day.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jack was our server and he was awesome! El tres is one of our favourite places to go and I highly recommend going not just for the food but the margaritas!

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IyaR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Probably could use more umbrellas for shade on the patio.

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KYLAJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a treat to be back out dining with yummy food and superior drinks. (Took some margarita kits home for another day.) great service!

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The patio was ok but lacking atmosphere. The food is ok but not as flavourful as you’d expext for Mexican and not much variety on the menu. Margaritas are good.

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Trevor
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Was nice to be out on the patio.

LG
LindseyG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick was amazing!!
Great service and deadly food 🤤
Love going to El Tres.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic food was great !!

AD
AndrewD
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we enjoyed the food and our server Nick, was fantastic.

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DougF
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything as usual was fantastic! Always a good time and great service. The food was excellent and the drinks were great! Nice to get back out to support our local restaurants.

FAQs

EL TRES does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. EL TRES also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (807) 344-3443.

EL TRES is rated 4.7 stars by 81 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.