Madrina Bar y Tapas
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Had a great time! Food was delicious!! Would come back again!
Lovely date night. First time eating indoors. Food was amazing. Service was great.
Highly recommended trying everything on the menu because you can't go wrong.
Maybe it’s a bit overpriced, however that is not my main concern. Music was so loud that we practically had to scream. Now in my opinion people who work at place like that need to have a basic understanding and a cense of what should be a ultimate comfort zone for clients. And based on the discomfort level we had yesterday that is clearly the area where some improvements could be done.
It is really a general concept, it’s just manifested itself through music yesterday.
food was not memorable.
Most amazing Monastrell wine from Jumilla!!
It's great to hear that you've enjoyed our incredible wine to pair perfectly with your meal! It was a pleasure welcoming you in and presenting our innovative flavours and dishes to you. We hope to see you again soon for another delicious glass of wine. Until then, Stuart K.
The server couldn’t speak English so I had to repeat myself multiple times. The music on the patio was too loud and irritating. I asked the host to switch tables to one that wasn’t occupied and she said that table wasn’t available due to social distancing. But then she seated another couple at that table. No integrity. Not worth the expensive food for such a terrible overall experience.
Food & service was amazing! Definitely one of the best Spanish restaurants in Toronto!
The only thing that could have been better is the music… I wish they could have Spanish music playing to make it a true Spanish experience
Luis, we're honoured to know we are one of your favourite Spanish restaurants in Toronto! Thanks for leaving your fantastic review. We appreciate your feedback regarding the music and it will be passed along accordingly. We hope to serve you some more tasty dishes soon. All the best, Stuart K.
Great patio spot, interesting tapas choices. Pricy drinks but good ones
Thanks for leaving your review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our innovative tapas on our patio. It's always a pleasure showing guests the true essence of Madrina through our food and drink. We hope to see you back again soon. All the best, Stuart K.
The food was outright excellent - we sampled many of the different dishes and enjoyed everything we had. The rojo sangria was, by far, one of the best sangrias I’ve ever had. The table was a little bit small when our food arrived, but that was our fault since we were hungry and wanted to try lots of things at once. I’d definitely recommend to pace what you order a little bit if you’re concerned about that. The indoor ambiance is quite lovely and right in the Distillery district so there’s lots to see and do nearby.
Our service, unfortunately, wasn’t as good. We had to wait quite a while for things like refills for water, dishes to be cleared, and the bill to be brought over. There were also some dishes that took a long time to come to the table. At first, we figured it was the length of time needed to make some of these dishes, or perhaps with COVID-19 going on, they needed more time. However, these dishes which would have otherwise been hot came to the table a little bit cold, and we watched other tables consistently receive their food quickly when they had ordered after us. There were only 3-4 groups inside at the same time as us with more than 50% of the inside empty, so it definitely wasn’t because of a packed house issue that we had to wait.
I have no doubt that this place is great otherwise, I think we just got a little bit unlucky. I suspect it’s because they may be short staffed as many restaurants are right now. It’s absolutely worth going to, but I’d definitely recommend giving yourself additional time for dinner if you have other plans you need to get to afterwards.
Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area and enjoy tapas!
Amy, it was a pleasure welcoming you in and we thank you for leaving your detailed review. We're delighted you enjoyed our incredible tapas cuisine and got to try so many of our innovative dishes. However, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit the mark when it comes to service. Rest assured, we hear your feedback and it's been passed along accordingly. We hope you consider giving us another chance to demonstrate the amazing service we're known for. All the best, Stuart K.
Awesome! Food was outstanding and the service and ambient excellent
We are happy to hear you have enjoyed your experience with us! Thanks for leaving your feedback. We hope to see you back our way soon for another excellent time. All the best, Stuart K.
Lots of tasty dishes. Great for a group or party in the sharing mood ...
Thanks for your review, Colin! Happy to hear you loved many of our tasty tapas. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.
Would not recommend. Truly overpriced. Calls itself Spanish restaurant but really the worst tortilla de patatas I have ever had when everyone knows this is a staple of the Spanish cuisine. Tried many items on the menu and ALL were disappointing. Portions are tiny for the portions. Do yourself a favour and avoid this place.
Thank you for giving us a try, Rosa, and for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. We are sorry to hear that you weren't wow-ed by your meal. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that wasn't to your taste had you brought it to our attention during your visit. Regardless, we apologize and hear your feedback. 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.
Portions extremely small and taste was just mediocre. For the price, there is so much better in this city. Cocktails were delicious but also quite expensive. Service was quite slow but servers were very nice and we weren’t in a hurry so didn’t mind. Wouldn’t come back though.
Vanessa, thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We're very sorry to hear that your most recent experience was anything less than outstanding. We always want our guests to leave feeling wow'd by our flavours and we wish we could have given you this impression. We hope to see you again when you're looking to treat yourself to try some more of our flavourful menu and another cocktail. All the very best, Stuart K.
The presentation and creativity in the Tapas were exceptional.
The prices were high for the small plates served.
Jeanne, thanks for appreciating our diverse tapas menu and the innovation put forward by our chef and his team. 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! All the best, Stuart K.
Good spot in the heart of distillery district. Patio seating was good. Food was hit and miss. Some dishes were really good but didn't really enjoy the ham charcuterie.
Ali, it was a pleasure welcoming you in for a table on our patio! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your overall experience, however, we're sorry we missed the mark on the ham charcuterie. We welcome you to join us again to try some more of our tasty tapas and discover some favourites! All the best, Stuart K.
Wonderful cuisine, great spot but our server needed training in explaining the cuisine and wines ordered and the flow of our tasting menu. Three different dishes delivered at the same time felt like we were being rushed. Our server was very friendly and well intentioned, but inexperienced in your excellent offerings.
We will certainly return when we return to visit Toronto- all the best!
Michael, thank you for leaving your review and stopping by! It's great to hear you enjoyed our 9 course chef’s tapas experience. It's the best way to truly experience the innovative flavours of Madrina. Thank you for the feedback regarding the service. Please know your feedback has been heard and passed along to ensure improvements are made. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're around. All the best, Stuart K.
The server was not knowledgable about the menu items. Rarely checked on us. The food was not good at all. We didn't even eat the crab roll or clams after one bite because it was off and gross and when the serve cleared our plates she didn't even ask about it. Very poor experience and waste of our money. I highly do not recommend.
Nessa, thank you for taking the time to leave your valuable feedback. We are sorry to hear you weren't the biggest fan of our flavours or were provided with excellent, attentive service. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that wasn't to your liking. Regardless, we are sorry for the missed service that resulted in a poor experience. We are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone so please join us again. All the best, Stuart K.
Our server Victor was super knowledgeable on what were must-try traditional Spanish tapas; he did not disappoint. With the ambience, I truly felt like I was in Spain. Kudos Madrina
Prisca, we're happy to hear that Victor made some delicious recommendations and was very knowledgeable about our offerings! Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We'd love to welcome you to Madrina again for another transportive experience. All the best, Stuart K.
Had the tasting menu and the wine pairings - food was mediocre (other than the beef tartare which was exceptional), pacing for the dishes was off, and the wines did not pair all that well with the dishes - plus serving staff did not know what type of wine it was nor what the tasting notes were. Would not return.
Justin, thank you for giving us a try! It's disappointing to hear that you weren't amazed by our tasting menu and wine pairings. Our chef and his team put a lot of care and consideration into every dish and we're sad this didn't shine through. Regardless, there is no excuse for the lack of knowledge by our serving staff. We hope we'll get another chance to host you and provide you with a more memorable experience. All the best, Stuart K.
Very good food. Love the small portions. Patio could use a little cleaning.
Mary, we're thrilled you enjoyed our innovative tapas! Thank you for showing your support and providing your feedback about the patio. We hope to see you again soon for another delicious meal. All the best, Stuart K.
This restaurant is located in the Distillery District and gets quite busy on a Friday night. I took a friend of mine here for her birthday and despite the chilly weather, the heat lamps helped us enjoy a lovely and magical night. I wish I remembered our server's name because she was great in helping us figure out our tapas. Each dish was delicious, but I particularly enjoyed the grilled octopus! We even found the menu overwhelming because of the amount of options.
Elena, it's wonderful to know you enjoyed our wonderful heated patio! Thank you for joining us to celebrate your friends birthday. We are thrilled we provided you with excellent service and many of our tasty tapas dishes. We hope to welcome you back soon to try more of our innovative tapas and discover some favourites. All the best, Stuart K.
Good ambiance and drinks. Music could be better but otherwise a great place.
It's wonderful to know you enjoyed our ambiance and drinks with us! Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. We hope to see you back our way soon for another great night! All the best, Stuart K.
The menu is huge, food was all delicious ,and of great value. Service staff were lovely and accommodating. A new favourite; will definitely be back :)
We're so glad you could stop by! It's great to hear you loved our innovative tapas and had excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for some more flavourful tapas! All the best, Stuart K.
Weather cooperated and sat out on the patio. Nice ambiance on a Sunday in September. Had never eaten tapas and really enjoyed the presentation and flavours. Ham, choriza and cheese dish was great. The shrimp croquettes were excellent. Also enjoyed a few versions of potatoes. The Tortilla de Patatas was outstanding. Plus the Rioja was a good complement to it all. There was an octopus dish I should have ordered, but was too much for just me. Next time.
We will be back in December.
Henry, thank you for joining us on our beautiful patio! It was a pleasure welcoming you in and presenting our innovative flavours and dishes to you. We're thrilled you enjoyed the shrimp croquetas and especially our tortilla de patatas. We look forward to seeing you in December to try our grilled octopus! Until then, Stuart K.
The staff kind of got lazy during the last hour of our stay; they didn’t come back to check on us. Not so friendly as the beginning. I wonder why?
Thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant, Rose! While we're delighted you enjoyed our innovative tapas, it's disappointing we didn't quite hit the mark when it comes to 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. Please know your feedback has been heard and passed along accordingly. We hope you consider dining with us again. All the best, Stuart K.
I had a reservation, which was confirmed twice - but when we showed up for it they said they were closing and turned us away.
Erin, we appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback, and are sorry to hear that you didn't get the opportunity to dine with us. I believe there was a lack of communication on our end regarding operating hours and menu changes for the night you were to dine with us. Saying that, we sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. We hope you'll give us another chance to show you the 5-star experience you deserve. All the very best, Stuart K.
The food was inedible
Thanks for coming to see us and providing your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you weren't a fan of our flavours. That said, our chef put a lot of care and consideration into using the best fresh ingredients and care deeply about sharing cuisine that is modern and authentic. Please know that we would have been happy to replace anything that wasn't to your taste. Hope you consider giving us another chance to demonstrate the amazing cuisine we're known for and you deserve. Best, Stuart K.
I love Madrina. I’ve held family dinners, small parties and intimate dinners or apps and cocktails. Love the ingenuity with the gins and the manager was excellent in creating a great cocktail. Food is beyond, and the wines are excellent. Was such a treat to sit out in the sunshine with a breeze yesterday and enjoy a few apps and cocktails. Go. You won’t be disappointed. Thanks Madrina.
Catherine, we are happy to hear you have enjoyed your experience with us many times, for so many different occasions! It means the world to us that you enjoy our innovative tapas and impeccable service to accompany it. We would be happy to welcome you back to Madrina again for more of your favourites and more specialty crafted cocktails. Until next time, Stuart K.
Food was excellent.
It means the world to us that you enjoyed our innovative tapas. Thank you for leaving your fantastic feedback. We would be happy to welcome you back to Madrina again for more of your favourites. Best, Stuart K.
Service was a miss. We had to ask several times for stuff like getting plates or service. The entire inside of the restaurant was empty so not sure why it was the case
Thank you for your valued feedback. We work hard to provide all of our guests with exceptional experiences founded in above and beyond service so we am sorry to hear that it sounds like this was not the case. Please know, a manager would have been happy to speak with you during your visit about your concerns. Saying that, we do hope that you will give us another chance to show you a 5-star experience should you choose to visit us again. All the best, Stuart K.
A wonderful restaurant in the Distillery, both inside the historic building and outdoors on the lovely patio! I love Spanish food and this place did not disappoint - very authentic dishes, but with high end flair. Every dish was delicious, and some had some serious 'wow' factor - I would highly recommend this spot, and cannot wait to come back.
Thanks for your review, Jessica! We're beyond thrilled you had the opportunity to dine with us. It's wonderful you experienced the 5-star service and cuisine we're known for and you most definitely deserve. Thanks for appreciating our diverse tapas menu. We are so fortunate to be in the beautiful Distillery District and can't wait for your return for another table on our patio! All the best, Stuart K.
The food was just ok. Don’t recommend it if you are looking for authentic Spanish food. We order the shrimp paella and the shrimp wasn’t clean, the tortilla was runny inside so not a real Spanish tortilla. Not worth for the price. Disappointing :(
Thank you for giving us a try and for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. It is disappointing to hear that your experience fell short of the standard you expect and deserve. There is no excuse for the shortcomings you've outlined regarding the shrimp paella and tortilla de patatas and we are sincerely sorry. Please know that it would be our pleasure to host you again to show you the Madrina experience we are proud and capable of. All the very best, Stuart K.
Friendly staff, with a wonderful atmosphere. Great tapas with some unusual twists on classic Spanish staples.
Matthew, it means a lot to have your high praise for both our cuisine and amazing atmosphere! We're thrilled our staff we're friendly and provided you with 5-star service. We look forward to seeing you at Madrina again soon for more tasty tapas Best, Stuart K.
Great food and service!! Thanks!
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We are thrilled you chose us to enjoy amazing food and have exceptional service. We'd love to welcome you back for more perfect flavours. All the best, Stuart K.
We love all the food! Amazing experience!
Mary, we're thrilled to hear you and your party all enjoyed our innovative tapas experience. Our chef and his team put a lot of care and consideration into every dish and we're so glad this showed during your meal. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. All the best, Stuart K.
Pretty pricey overall for slow service and tapas that shouldn’t cost the price of a full meal.
EastKat, thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. While we're delighted you enjoyed our tasty dishes, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit high on your expectations when it comes to value and 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. All the best, Stuart K.
Nice food and atmosphere, portions are bit small but you need to keep in mind they serve tapas. Great please to go for appetizers or snack and then move on to another restaurant for a full meal.
Alvaro, thanks for coming to see us! We’re happy to hear you love our restaurant and our innovative tapas experience. We would love to welcome you back again soon for another wonderful experience. All the best, Stuart K.
Amazing atmosphere, presentation, and taste! Had a great time
Jane, we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience! It's great you got to enjoy our amazing atmosphere and delicious tapas cuisine. We'd love to welcome you back again soon to try some more of our tasty menu options. All the best, Stuart K.
Told my Hubble where I dined. His response - one of the best restaurants in TO.
I dined on Kraft dinner and Pepsi Zero Vintage 2021.
All staff were excellent, bartender super knowledgeable about the 70 gins they.
Georgia, we are absolutely honoured to be one of the best restaurant in TO! It's also wonderful that you were provided with the 5-star service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We'd love to welcome you and your husband back again for another amazing experience, especially a Gin and Tonic. All the best, Stuart K.
We had a fun evening at this unique restaurant. The service was excellent, the ambiance sublime and the quality if the food was high though I was not a fan of all the tapas dishes we ordered. Still, I would happily return.
Lisa, thanks for coming to see us and providing your feedback! We're thrilled you had a fun evening accompanied by excellent service and the perfect ambiance. Although, we are sorry to hear you weren't the biggest fan of our flavours. 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. Best, Stuart K.
Javier, GM & his team made it special! I had friends visiting from Montreal and they loved the total experience: food, drinks, vibe, music. Guests from different tables were even engaging together at some point. Lots of fun and absolutely recommend the experience!
It's great to hear that our tasty dishes, drinks and music were just to your liking! We're thrilled our entire team gave you the best guidance and made your experience with us so special. We can't wait to welcome you and your friends again for another exceptional experience. All the best, Stuart K.
Madrina Bar y Tapas is rated 4.3 stars by 437 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.