Madrina Bar y Tapas

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180 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Catalan
Please give us a call at 416-548-8055 to book parties of 5 to 12 guests on Valentines Day!

Chef Ramon Simarro, whose experience consists of both Michelin-star restaurants and popular casual eateries focuses on seasonal products alongside authentic ingredients from Spain to re-imagine a menu that marries innovation and fun with Barcelona classics.

Translated from Spanish, Madrina is the whimsical and spirited godmother you always wish you had. Her playful demeanour is mirrored in food and service that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The 37-foot bar serves sangria, cocktails and traditional tapas. In true Catalan fashion, the bar features a ham carving station and 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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AL
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a culinary experience! Best Gin and Tonic I ever had.

g
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Such a fun place, great atmosphere and delicious meal every time. Highly recommend the cheese boards, steak tartare, oxtail sandwiches, calamari sandwiches, boquerones, chicken wraps and the manchego cheesecake for dessert. We will be back again and again. Outstanding

SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were perfect.
The music was a little bit too loud

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, awesome drinks and outstanding service. A bit pricey but it's a nice experience worth a visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around wonderful experience. Staff was attentive, the chef’s table menu was delicious and food intolerances were accommodated so everyone could enjoy it.
Highly recommended.

C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were really rushed through our dinner and restaurant was not busy.
. Tapas came almost all at the same time . Very small portions .
Food was ok.

KF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and food is always amazing, one of my most favourite places!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my second time a

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing and have my mind blown. Service is so attentive and one of the best in Toronto! But it’s bit loud with the music, my friend couldn’t hear me very well across the table

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful addition to the distillery- Innovative beautifully presented and delicious tapas. Service was excellent and even though it was last minute notice they surprised my sis with a candled dessert and card signed by all the staff. Just great all around and you come out with right balance of full so you you can fully enjoy the flavours of each dish without being overwhelmed.

CT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere in the restaurant however, portion sizes were tiny. We spent a fortune but I left hungry unfortunately

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Over priced and the food wasn’t all that great. Overall, I’ve had better tapas.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madrinas is the perfect place for a romantic date. Lovely atmosphere, ambiance and amazing food in the beautiful Distillery District. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family get together from across the water- Amazing food and service

F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the ambiance, food creativity and staff. I wish there was a little bit more space between tables. Too close to talk about anything you wouldn’t want someone to hear.

AP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food, great ambiance, great servie. The fix menue, highly recommended.

HT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to Madrina. A great spot for a family Boxing Day lunch. Tiny plates mean every person gets one bite, but you can order more and more! The octopus and bone marrow dishes remain my favourite, but the foie gras and mackerel terrine was a new discovery and delicious!

F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu has some tasty additions and all of our old favourites

SA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great music....great vibe!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth your money, good quality foods for reasonable prices.

LI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and the staff was attentive and excellent! Our first time at Madrina. Will definitely be back. Octopus is a must try.

AK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great,really tasty. Love the tapas style. Server was helpful and gracious. Went with a friend I hadnt seen in a while, during Christmas market, yet did not rush us through a lingering dinner, despite line up for table. Room was quite loud, but we moved to sit at corner of table instead of across from each other and that fixed problem of noise level.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with our girls at the Christmas Market

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food1service3ambience1

I found Madrina served Spanish food that me and my Spanish friends did not enjoy. They were different than the food that we had during the three trips that we were in Spain
I would highly recommend Madrina to some my friends who only wanted to spend lot of money and not expected to receive any value for it.
It was one of those “ I ‘ve been there” and “will never wanted to came back” places.
I done it, so can you.
But don’t expect fine dinning or any feeling about good food experiences. It is a good social place. The Place is so cozy that you will hear the conversations around you loud and clear. Never a dull moment or any privacy.
We went to our show after the Madrina experience. The best of the evening was ordering some good take out food after the show.
Highly recommended to people who want the coziness minus the food experience.

R
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great - very very small portions but most are priced reasonably. For 2 at dinner we had 7 dishes, and worked out to being $45 each including tax and tip. The service was great and the restaurant itself is small but cute.

BC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love the food and the restaurant but find it very noisy and also find the menu (dark background) with the low lighting very difficult to read.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was A+ from this Irish guy!!

SK
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious and interesting, wine was good although a little more variety by the glass would be great. Service was excellent and the energy and ambiance excellent. We have already recommended Madrina and we will be back!

JU
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambience and service was excellent but the food was extremely small portions. Too small for the value, like 2 olives for $7, kind of ridiculous. Nice atmosphere but too much for too little. Had to go for food after.

LD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was exceptional and the food was creative and delicious. Will definitely return and recommend to others.

ZA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Portions too small for price
They wont accommodate 3 by adding third piece to apps and adjusting price

T
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to share tapas. Friendly staff. Crowded but that is to be expected for a great dining spot.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The hostess at the door was very rude to my daughter when she arrived, telling her that she could only stay for 1 hour. The server was very good. Food was ok but not worth the price. Pay for the ambiance.

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, tapas are excellent. Order the signature gin

d
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Presentation of food and drinks is stellar! Octopus, as well as foie gras with smoked mackerel are delish! Will definitely come back with a bigger appetite.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very tasty food, specially the seabass, bone marrow and truffle egg yolks. Service was good, but could have been better. Despite us having a reservation, we had to wait 10-15min to be seated and it took then around the same time for someone to come and bring us the bill.

RA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. We went with our 4 month old baby and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had room for his car seat. They were very interactive throughout the dinner checking on us and our baby. At one point during our dinner, our baby was being fussy and staff stopped by to make silly faces and sounds to cheer him up- we thought that was very sweet. The food was delicious, great selection and flavours. We really enjoyed the beef tartare on bone marrow, the lobster cone and the shrimp paella. There wasn’t a changing table in the washroom for our little guy but we were provided ab alternative of using the facilities at the distillery district.

B
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We went there for our office Christmas lunch. Although we arrived late for our reservation, we were graciously accommodated. Seven of us shared tapas, which were all amazing. We were seated at a high bar stool table which provided for mingling and good conversation. After lunch we took in the Christmas Market, tree, carolling and shopping. It was a lovely afternoon, with the food being at Madrina Bar y Tapas being the high point.

EO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time having Spanish Tapas. Great food, great experience!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I reserved a month ago for my husband’s birthday. I arrived a bit earlier than my reservation time. There were seats available. We were put in a shared table with many people. When I questioned the seating hostess, she put us in another shared table with less people. It still wasn’t ideal.
The server was good.
The food was okay, but not good value. Tapas portions were small for the price charged. The jamon was not sliced well, there was girst.