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EL TRES, Thunder Bay, ON

EL TRES

4.7
4.7
184 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (807) 344-3443

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Allan Rebelo

  • Neighborhood

    Thunder Bay

  • Parking details

    We have a private lot beside the restaurant. There is also public lots on the other side of us and across the street, as well as street parking.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Mexican

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  1. AR

    AdamR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food either excellent service. Drinks were delicious... Awesome margaritas 👌
  2. TB

    TinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Tres was absolutely phenomenal! Great service, the food was amazingly delicious, the atmosphere was fantastic and had great ambiance. It is a place that we will definitely be back to. Thank you for a very wonderful experience.
  3. LA

    LesA

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Natasha was very good. Very welcoming , explained the menu well, was prompt with drinks and food. Let us try a few bites and asked how the food was. We had quesadillas that were great. Good amount of filling and the new presentation was great. Instead of a large plate with sections, having it pre sliced and arranged on a skinny plate was great. The baked enchiladas were to die for. Hot, very meaty and they even left the spicy crema on the side as I don't like a of spice. I could add as much as I wanted. Over all, service, food taste and presentation were great. Highly recommend to anyone wanting great ambiance, food and super service. Definitely going back soon.
  4. TC

    TerriC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit but definitely won’t be our last. The food was great! Our waiter Nick was superb!
  5. AS

    AbigailS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    best place to come and hang out after work for a drink! Great servers, great service, amazing food, good vibes!!
  6. W

    Weaverbee

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We ate there last night and it was a fairly quiet evening for them. Our server was fantastic! I apologize for not getting his name. His food recommendations were spot on and I’m very sad I can’t go back tonight to eat there again. I would honestly fly back to Thunder Bay just to eat the pork tacos again. Such an amazing texture and taste.
  7. t

    taralu71

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. Will be back for sure 😊
  8. S

    Stacy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nick was an amazing server!! Thank you Nick for being so much fun!!
  9. R

    Ryan

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and the service was by far the best we have had in this city!
  10. RW

    RickW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing surprise & experience. Ambiance, food, service...Margaritas...all beyond expectation. Server Mario was simply the best. A wonderful evening. Can't wait to go back.
  11. JW

    JoyW

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    This was an off nite as we usually enjoy El Tres. Guacamole was excellent but that’s where it ended. Fish tacos….fish overcooked and very bland. My partner had the special, a squash soup which was good abut awful beef tongue tacos. Margaritas seemed to have no Tequila. Disappointing!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience here at El Tres - had the northern delights menu which was outstanding. Nick our server was one of the best in the city! Will be back again!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My daughter and I had a catch up dinner out. The service was awesome. It was friendly and just enough so it wasn't disruptive. The food was so good. At one point, I felt embarrassed that was eating it all so quick. The table was lovely, however, being next to the big garage glass door was a bit cold. I would probably sit somewhere else next time. Overall, dinner was just what we needed. Thanks so much!
  14. JK

    JasonK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Was great our server was on point and the host were amazing. Great time.
  15. OR

    OliverReeve

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the veggie chimichanga. it was pretty sizeable so I could only eat half but it was delicious. Nick was an amazing server. very attentive and personable. was honestly the highlight of the whole experience.
  16. s

    sherryp

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was fantastic. We weren’t rushed. We had delicious drinks with the fabulous guacamole as an appetizer. Then had our main meal. None of the courses were rushed or ready before we were. It is a little darker in there which makes reading the menu a little harder. A wonderful evening was had and will return
  17. IB

    IsabelleB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    A little pricey but worth it ! Loud environment so it is challenging to have a conversation .
  18. a

    ashleyp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    El Tres was amazing, as always! The servers were working their butts off to provide everyone excellent service. The food was great, the drinks were strong, and the atmosphere is unmatched. Highly recommend!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El Tres never disappoints!!
  20. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was excellent. 10/10, as always :)
  21. ER

    EmilyR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I come here, it’s incredible! Love this place. Will return many times!!!
  22. ZM

    ZMNC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was good, the only complaint about my experience was eating their rock hard tortilla chips. It was so hard it got wedged into my tooth and broke one of my retainer brackets on my tooth. Now I get to look forward to an expensive orthodontist bill tomorrow to fix it.. lol.
  23. JL

    JohnL

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    jessica was great
  24. TK

    TinaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was amazing (I think his name is Nick). He recommended some great dishes to share. Ceviche, taquitos (a little spicy) and esquites were all delicious. We will definitely be back.
  25. SC

    SarahC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing we had burrito & nachos. Huge portions we couldn’t finish our meals
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent first visit. Will definitely return.
  27. RJ

    RegJ

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Chimichunga and Burritos great! Cheese dip was awesome!
  28. RB

    RobertB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service portions were good and the atmosphere was great
  29. PV

    PaulV

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing tasting experience from the White Fish Ceviche to the Pork Belly tacos. Order and enjoy a sharing experience.
  30. M

    Monica

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter Nick was fantastic. He said he loves working there :)
  31. M

    Morgan

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    For the overall taste of the food, the price is way overpriced with moderate flavour. It wasn't authentic at all for Mexican food. Service was good but felt like I got ripped off after paying the bill.
  32. CB

    CatBF

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant. Friendly service. It was rather busy and not enough staff. Our server was running her butt off. Food was really good but overall a bit pricey. Glad we didn’t sit on the “patio” as it was just part of the parking lot with no ambiance.
  33. d

    dundasfoodie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, cool atmosphere and great staff! Will be back
  34. T

    Thomas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Better the previous time. The fish was good, but sauce was not as good
  35. M

    Marg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and service. Nick is a fabulous waiter! Very accommodating to my gluten and lactose allergy. Highly recommend!
  36. KJ

    KristiJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Mario, was fantastic. He was very attentive and he answered any questions we had about the food and drinks. The food was good - tortilla chips were a bit too thick and hard for my taste but still good. We had multiple plates and shared everything.
  37. t

    triplebogey

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were both excellent. I’d definitely go back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD. Flavors were fantastic, server was great! 10/10.
  39. AM

    AnkitM

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mexican food with awesome customer experience
  40. N

    Neenee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best margaritas in Thunder Bay hands down! Paired with the Quac and Chips makes for a perfect after work unwind. Service is friendly and fun too!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 184 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for EL TRES

269 Red River Rd, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1A9

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Thunder Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have a private lot beside the restaurant. There is also public lots on the other side of us and across the street, as well as street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Allan Rebelo

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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