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Madrina Bar y Tapas, Toronto, ON

Madrina Bar y Tapas

4.4
4.4
715 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Catalan
Chef Ramon Simarro, whose experience consists of both Michelin-star restaurants & popular casual eateries focuses on seasonal products alongside authentic ingredients from Spain to re-imagine a menu that marries innovation & fun with Barcelona classics.

The 37ft bar serves sangria, cocktails & traditional tapas. In true Catalan fashion, the bar features a ham carving station & a Spanish style glass display case with cold bar delicacies. The open-kitchen serves the rest of the menu made up of modern interpretations of traditional Catalonian tapas.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Catalan, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 548-8055

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ramon Simarro

What 715 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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    ange

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Music is WAY too loud. 2 broken toilets. Sangria was overly sweet $17 juice. Food was just ok, have a had much better tapas several other places. Won't return
  2. AG

    AngelicaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food it was an unforgettable experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot. Location was a delight. We had a lovely time. Service was exceptional. Food was delicious!
  4. M

    Miguel

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food at this restaurant was bland and overpriced. Understandably tapas are small portions meant for sharing, however the dishes were unreasonable and very underwhelming. Unfortunate.
  5. K

    Kippie

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    this is the second time visit this restaurant. A bit of disappointment. The food maintains good quality but it took ages for them to serve any food. The sangria was good before but this time it was only ok.....not cold enough and asked waitress to get some ice, again took ages.... Atmosphere also not as vibrant as before......We were told that some chefs have left and the kitchen is under new transformation. Hope thet get back to better as before soon. Good place for a drink and snacks....
  6. E

    Emilie

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very nice setting. Staff was really nice and food was good.
  7. J

    Jover

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and service; a little loud during dinner time for conversations (lunch time is much quieter). Amazing sangria, but go with individual glasses vs. a pitcher as the presentation is much better.
  8. SC

    SusanaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The waiter Sara is awesome, very nice and very helpful. I'm from Spain, and I can tell you that the tapa's size from this restaurant are free at any bar in Spain when you ask for any drink. It's the first time I have a two croquetas tapa for $9. My mom's croquetas are more better and real typical Spanish food. I would appreciate more Spaniard environment. Those who are far from home use to feel homesick. Sara, the waiter was the only person who I had the feeling of being in an Spanish restaurant. Overall, not bad food but very small portions with very high prices.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I understand Tapas being slightly smaller portions, but these portions are basically child sized. Looking at the overall pricing per plate, I just can’t find the value due to the portion sizing. All I hear is “We serve Tapas style dishes meant for sharing”. How can two people possibly share plates so tiny? I understand the pricing reflects the quality of ingredients used and time needed to dress the plate, but at these prices, I simply expected more. Lastly, their Crema Catalana is simply cream and a miniature almond/caramel tuille shoved inside of a water glass. It should look similar to a Crème Brûlée except made with milk as opposed to cream. Don’t rip people off providing a dessert that is nothing like the original. I unfortunately will not be a returning customer.
  10. WH

    WendyH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thé tapas we selected were superb. Tuna tartare cones, beef tartare, smoked octapus and mussels!
  11. A

    Alyssa

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Most of the food we got was amazing! I definitely recommend the shrimp and clam paella, crab montaditos and the patatas bravas! The pear chamomile martini was also very good. The pa man tomaquet was a little disappointing, would skip and the cheese and ham board I would skip unless you eat it before all the other food, it is underwhelming compared to the other food. Overall would go again!
  12. c

    cdrain

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and very inventive. The drinks were also very refreshing. The service was impeccable.
  13. NN

    NNavarro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was good, delicious food. Great ambiance in the patio. Wished there were slightly more vegetarian options.
  14. FG

    FayG

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been there many times, always enjoy the experience. Food is amazing and servers are helpful, friendly and professional. Love the grilled octopus but preferred when they served it with hummus…still a very tasty dish though.
  15. AR

    AimeeR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food! Amazing Cocktail's! Extremely creative presentation especially the Gin and Tonic!

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Aimee, thanks for coming to see us! Nothing beats flavourful tapas and the perfect, customised cocktail to pair. Thank you for showing your support and providing your feedback to us. We hope to serve you another Gin & Tonic very soon. All the best, Stuart K.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience with the food and service from Chef Ramon and team.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you for you amazing review! We're delighted to know you enjoyed your overall experience. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to our chef and team regarding your overall visit. We look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

  17. AC

    AudreyC

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! The food was amazing! Our server was also exceptional! Great evening!

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Audrey, thank you for your exceptional review!v It makes us happy to know you enjoyed our Barcelona inspired tapas. It's wonderful you experienced the 5-star service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We would be happy to welcome you back to Madrina again for more of your favourites. Best, Stuart K.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Food was not to our taste. Sangria was good. We were charged service fee and I did not know and I was not told. So I added additional good tip. It is customary to tell the customers that service charge has been included, specially in Canada where they bring the credit card machine so not much time is given to review the bill.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Realiseren perfect

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you for your phenomenal review! It was a pleasure welcoming you in. It is wonderful you enjoyed the five-star experience we're known for and you expected from us. It makes us happy to know our atmosphere made your visit so much more special. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.

  20. LP

    LianaP

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, loved the food. It would have been nice to have a few more beef recipes for non seafood lovers and the wine was very expensive. But delicious all around 😊

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Liana, thank you for your amazing review and your kind words about our space! We're glad you loved our tasty, innovative tapas and had excellent, attentive service! We look forward to your return and another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.

  21. D

    Dhira

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, the server was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was delicious, I wish only the portion size was more hearty for a few items such as Patata Bravas and Anchovies.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Dhira, thank you for your great review! We're delighted to know your visit was accompanied by exceptional service and the perfect ambience. We are honoured to know that our Patata Bravas was something that you enjoyed so much! It's a personal favourite of ours, too. Come back anytime for another! Best, Stuart K.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Good food, not awesome though m… but terribly slow service, with 15-20 minutes between items coming out, and one item that were not ordered by server. Ultimately we grew tired of waiting for food, and decided that despite the lovely ambiance, it was time to move on.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you for your review! While we're delighted to know you enjoyed our innovative tapas and beautiful ambience, it's disappointing that your visit wasn't accompanied by excellent service. We take great pride in delivering attentive, friendly customer service, so we're quite surprised to hear your experience was anything less than outstanding. We hope you consider giving us another chance to demonstrate the amazing service we're known for and you deserve. All the very best, Stuart K.

  23. LS

    LoriS

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the ambience at Madrina👍👌 Always a pleasure

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Lori, thank you for the phenomenal review. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for an experience of the five-star food and 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.

  24. J

    Janet

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Good cocktails, very average food............. .

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Janet, thank you for your review! While we're thrilled to know you enjoyed our tasty cocktails and beautiful ambience, it makes us sad to hear we didn't blow it out of the park for you when it comes to our tapas. However, we are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone so please join us again to try more of our tasty tapas. All the best, Stuart K.

  25. J

    Julie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meticulously crafted limited menu. Quality ingredients. On-the-ball staff. Excellent outdoor ambiance (inside is overly crowded for a world with wave after wave of COVID)

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Julie, thank you for your exceptional review and kind words about our space! We're delighted to know you enjoyed our wide selection of menu items. Our chefs always make sure to use the best, fresh ingredients for our tapas. We look forward to welcoming you back for another lovely meal. All the very best, Stuart K.

  26. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was okay service was good Ambiance was nice the sangria was definitely good

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Michael, thank you for your review! While we're delighted your visit was accompanied by excellent service and the perfect ambience, it's disappointing to hear you weren't a huge fan of our tapas. We are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone so please join us again to try more of our tasty tapas and sangrias. Best, Stuart K.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Don’t come hungry the portions are very small. If you have had tapas before, these are even smaller than what your used to. Limited menu and only a few rockstar tapas. Service is top notch and drinks were great.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to know your visit was accompanied by amazing service and superb drinks. In regards to portion size, please know that we are a tapas-style restaurant, meaning that the dishes are smaller and meant to be shared. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best, Stuart K.

  28. AG

    AlbertG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Consistent, good food, some dishes quite creative. Diverse crowd, less formal than anticipated. Horrendous policy of the Distillery District Association to close restaurants and Bars at 10pm. 10pm, Saturday night, in Toronto! We were SHOCKED AND WERE HURRIED OUT. Would we have known, we would not have reserved anywhere in the Distillery District. How Tennants put up with this is beyond me. COVID POLICIES STILL? MOVE ON!!

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Albert, thank you for your great review! We're thrilled to know your experience was accompanied by excellent service and tasty, innovative tapas. However, we apologize that our hours of operation aren't suited to your preference. Saying that, we'd love to welcome you back for another delicious meal and creative drinks! Best, Stuart K.

  29. JG

    JonathanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place, amazing summer atmosphere, incredible food.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you, Jonathan, for your exceptional review! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

  30. j

    joeq

    Naples

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We sat outside. Which was nice. It’s expensive. They had a pre set menu for $71 for one person. Which we thought ok we will get that and order some other different dishes as well. But we we were told that we both had to order it because it saves confusion for the kitchen . We were like what??? Give me a break. I hate when restaurants do these stupid things. What if I was by myself. Oils I order it the? Some of the dishes were ok but nothing great great and it’s expensive.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Joe, thank you for reviewing us and dining on our beautiful patio! Unfortunately, our tasting menu is ordered for 2+ guests, as it makes it easier for the kitchen. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Also, 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.

  31. EC

    EduardoC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding and drinks too. The new menu is amazing. Thanks to Marián who took care of us. Such a great night.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you for your amazing review Eduardo! Nothing beats flavourful tapas and the perfect, customised cocktail to pair. We're delighted to know Marián provided you with the excellent, attentive service we're known for and you deserve! Come back to see us anytime you're in the area! All the best, Stuart K.

  32. TB

    ToniB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Beautifully presented. Warm, welcoming ambiance. Energetic vibe. Best cocktails!

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thank you, Toni, for your amazing review! We're delighted to know you enjoyed our innovative tapas and cocktails. We're delighted our ambience is like the cherry on top to your experience. Hoping to welcome you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

  33. EA

    EAS1

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service by Liam excellent! We will return to explore the menu further.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you for your amazing review! We're delighted to know Liam provided you outstanding service we're known for and you deserve! We're looking forward to your return to try some more of our delicious menu items. Best, Stuart K.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Recent menu changes are very poor. Very bright lights at 9pm - requested dimming, denied Was not informed of last call at 10pm - unable to order desert

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 27, 2022Thanks for your feedback. We’re disappointed to hear you weren’t a huge fan of our flavours. We make it a priority to offer the diversity of flavours that our guests are hungry for and our chefs are passionate about sharing. Also, we apologize for not communicating to you about our last call policy and closing time. However, please know that your feedback has been heard. We would love to welcome you back for another chance to show you the 5-star experience that you deserve. Kindly, Stuart K.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Our server was extremely hospitable! Will be back for sure

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! It makes us happy to hear you experienced the outstanding service we're known for and you deserve. We look forward to welcoming you in again soon for some more of your favourites. All the best, Stuart K.

  36. K

    Kaps

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Albeit the ambience and coolness of the outside patio was incredible, we found the food to be well presented but seriously lacking flavour. We are vegetarian and there are lots of options, with very appealing combination of ingredients, but they all seem to lack in execution of flavour. Drinks are great, and recommend you try their specials.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you, Kaps, for your great review! While we're delighted you enjoyed our drinks and beautiful patio, it's disappointing to know you weren't a huge fan of our flavours. However, we are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone so please join us again to try more of our tasty tapas. Kindly, Stuart K.

  37. TM

    TonyM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Pleasantly surprised. Good food and attentive service but very expensive! Price does not match food and service for a Tapas Bar.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022Tony, thanks for your amazing review! Thank you for your kind words about our innovative tapas and excellent service. 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.

  38. N

    Nina

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was very good. We appreciated that like items came out at the same time. Each item was very tasty.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022Nina, your feedback is greatly appreciated! We're thrilled you had a fun evening accompanied by excellent service and delicious food. Although, we're disappointed you didn't see the value in our dishes. Saying that, we'd love to welcome you back to try some more of our flavourful dishes. Best, Stuart K.

  39. MI

    MichelleI

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place - highly recommend this one!! The food was amazing. Fancy drinks were so fun - check out their sangria or gin and tonics! Every single server went above and beyond making us feel special and ensured everything was just perfect. Have not seen this kind of attentiveness, especially post-COVID, anywhere else!!

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022Michelle, thank you for your phenomenal and detailed review! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for an evening of the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We hope to serve you another Gin & Tonic and Sangria very soon. All the best, Stuart K.

  40. R

    Robert

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were very good. We did not like the first table we were seated and the waitress quickly found an alternative location. The minor complaint was the espresso felt a little weak. But recommend overall

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you, Robert, for your exceptional review! We're glad your visit was accompanied by amazing food and outstanding service! We're happy to hear your server was accommodative in regard to your seating arrangements. We can't wait for your next visit to try some more of our delicious menu items. Best, Stuart K.

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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Madrina Bar y Tapas is rated 4.4 stars by 715 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 40 times today
Google Map for Madrina Bar y Tapas

2 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Distillery District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Catalan, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ramon Simarro

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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