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Madrina Bar y Tapas, Toronto, ON

Madrina Bar y Tapas

4.4
4.4
673 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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Booked 42 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 673 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DT

    DougT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food, fun atmosphere on the patio, delicious sangria.

  2. E

    Efua

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was good and our server was really patient with us. Would definitely recommend

  3. g

    gavinm

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    No surprises. Excellent again.

  4. N

    Nina

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome spot for tapas! Great to start with a cocktail or glass of wine. The staff always has the BEST suggestions!

  5. g

    geejay

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We love Madrina, have been d several times and will return! Some of our favourite dishes are the bone marrow, pan con tomate, duck paella, and the white sangria is the best in the city in it opinion!

  6. SG

    ShopGirl

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    While the portions are small (even for tapas), the food was delicious. Of special note were the Catalan chicken wraps and the smoked octopus--OUTSTANDING!

  7. SD

    SallyD

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent food and service. Music, even though we were outside on the patio, is still TOO LOUD and it does influence the ambience when we are trying to listen to each other share life experiences.

  8. MO

    MmOs

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely time. The food was excellent, and the service was amazing. Sara was great, very knowledgeable and courteous.

  9. TB

    TeresaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Food was pretty average and some just wasn't that great at all. Good wine and cocktail list. Would recommend going for drinks and charcuterie.

  10. MJ

    MichelleJ

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Music was too loud, coldn't even hear anyone speak. The food was ok , we like a quarter of our dishes. Sangria was excellent

  11. TS

    TSKool

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Our server was charming and knowledgeable but run off his feet. I get that staffing was an issue but your host/hostesses were standing around while we waited 15 minutes for a glass of water after being seated. They could not help but notice - we were steps from them while they chatted and looked the other way. Lovely food and vibe but we felt like we were a bother all night. Would I recommend?? Maybe.

  12. C

    Courtney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Was very excited to go here based on there Instagram. Amazing decor and vibe. The menu had a great variety. The bone marrow beef tar tar was great, shrimp crocettes as well. I was just disappointed on the service, our drinks were almost 40 minutes late, and we started having food arrive before that. Kind of took away from a great experience. Food portions are also slightly smaller for the price. Overall i would probably go back, maybe try something new

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The experience was great, food was delicious and Sarah was an excellent server!

  14. M

    Mike

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow! Perhaps the best and most interesting meal we ever had. We went to Madrina because we had been to Tapas restaurants in Barcelona and this far exceeded our expectations. Every dish was delicious and and an interesting twist on what was expected. We will be coming back every time we are in Toronto.

  15. b

    boolsis

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I brought my wife here for her birthday. We are on time and were immediately seated outside, per our request. Overall, we had an amazing time here! The food was amazing and super flavorful. The drinks were delicious. There was only a slight delay in our food but it’s really not even worth mentioning. The only reason I bring it up is because of how the restaurant handled it. We barely noticed the delay but they went above and beyond by sending us a free appetizer, which was very appreciated! Definitely recommend and definitely would come again.

  16. AV

    AnaV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    I'm sorry to sat that the lomo was not properly cut, patatas bravas and pulpo were a little undercook and tortilla texture was odd, as it cook in the oven or something like that. Croquetas and olives were really good.

  17. H

    Hanh

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Would be nice if the tables spacing is not so tight.

  18. M

    Mike

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been a few times now always great, recommend the chef tasting menu and a bottle of La Bruja de Rozas 19

  19. l

    late2opera

    Toronto

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and I were looking for something different and found it at Madrina Bar y Tapas. All I can say is that it was FABULOUS.

  20. S

    Selina

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    unexpected yummy, excellent services. worth to go, highly recommended.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    My Sangria had very mild alcohol!

  22. J

    Jyllo

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious and unique Spanish tapas with a cool ambience both inside and on the patio. The tartare bone marrow is a must, and don't sleep on the heirloom tomato quail egg salad either!

  23. DC

    DerekC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Food and ambience was great! However I don't think the price was worth the portions being served. Also, table service was lacking. Never once did they refill our waters or clear the table for new dishes to be brought out.

  24. c

    charles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Each mouthful was so memorable it was hard to try another dish!!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Get together with old friends.

  26. M

    Magnolia

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Overall great experience. Will definitely go there again. If they could keep the bathroom a bit cleaner, my experience would’ve been even better. To me, a great restaurant will always keep their bathrooms clean, too.

  27. MF

    MoniqueF

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4

    Place is cool but not a great service. Water was never refilled. Drinks took forever. We didn’t ordered wine and the wine glasses were never removed from our table(keep in mind this is a tapas place) Need to have more attention to the details. No paper towel in the lady’s washroom.

  28. J

    Jjl29

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and cocktails were great. Small portions for the price but the quality meets price point.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it! Food was excellent, service was amazing! Vibe was great

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic outdoor patio! Spanish tapas with a twist! Definitely recommend!

  31. TD

    TimsDrink

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    Madrina has slipped a bit. The food quality just didn’t seem uk to their usual standards and the service was quite slow this time. We sat at the bar, so that may have been part of the service problem.

  32. DS

    DennisS

    Caribbean

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were great. Authentic food from Spain which is amazing. The Jamon Iberico Croquettas are definitely wirth a try

  33. BL

    BryceL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Food is mediocre at best and not really Spanish tapas. Same flavour profile on every dish basically. Extremely rushed service for tapas. Not consistent dishes coming out of the kitchen, ordered grilled octopus cause another table did and it looked good, when mine arrived had almost zero smoke, the cuts of octopus were totally different from what I saw on the other table which was a little misleading but it makes it clear the lack of consistency. Every dish that was supposed to be a play on a Spanish classic just tasted totally different from what the original dish is and not in a good way. The more I think about my experience the more I realize how misleading and how tourist trap it felt. I could easily pick something bad about every dish we ordered but that would consume alot of my time which I don’t feel this restaurant deserves. Disappointing experience and not Spanish fusion either, it’s not fusion when you take a delicious classic and butcher it with to much aioli sauces on every dish.

  34. GE

    GoodEats

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My parents and I had a lovely time. Our server was attentive and also had great suggestions for the menu(including drinks & food pairing). Food was all great! We didn't have a dish we didn't like. I highly reccommend the octopus with curry scented chick peas. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The dessert croquet was probably my favourite out of everything else. We were there around 5:15pm on a Sunday of a long weekend so it wasn't busy. I was able to have a conversation without having to raise my voice. Will definitely come back!

  35. r

    rstaines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Food was good and the service! Just the serving is a little bit smaller than usual but overall we loved the experience. Thank you to the staff! :)

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded 3 days ago

    We're thrilled to hear you loved our delicious food and have wonderful service during your visit! Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us and we looking forward to the next time you join us. Until then, Stuart K.

  36. J

    Joooo

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was really good! Be prepared to spend a lot of money though.

  37. A

    Airyk

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Our server was very inattentive, and the food was decent at best. Would not recommend, or go back

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded 3 days ago

    Airy, we're very sorry to hear that your most recent experience was anything less than outstanding and we apologize for the service that was anything less than attentive and timely. Please know that we hear your feedback and have passed it along to the team for review. We hope you will choose to dine with us again soon to give us another chance to show you the service you deserve. All the best, Stuart K.

  38. MM

    MichelleM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was excellent, some of the best service I have had in a long time. We were new to this food experience and her recommendations were appreciated and match exactly with what we were hoping for.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded 3 days ago

    Michelle, we are thrilled to you got the chance to dine with us and try tapas for the very first time! It's wonderful to hear that your server was super helpful her recommendations and made your experience extra special. Thank you for leaving your fantastic review and we hope you will join us again for another 5-star experience. All the best, Stuart K.

  39. DB

    DiegoB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Tapas are real savory. Great for sharing, Wine selection on the small side, but the recommendation was spot on. Would 100% recommend it.

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on May 25, 2022

    Diego, we're glad you enjoyed our superbly paired wine and tasty tapas! Thank you for reviewing us and we look forward to welcoming you in again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

  40. TM

    TitoMetales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Muy poquito y muy caro ! La experiencia de tapas es que no tebgas que pagar tanto por la comida y mas por los tragos

    Madrina Bar y TapasResponded on May 25, 2022

    Tito, while we are glad you had wonderful service during your visit, it is disappointing to hear that you didn't see the value of our dishes. Please know that your feedback has been heard. Thanks for taking the time to leave your review and we hope you will choose to join us another time for a chance to make your next visit more memorable. All the 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

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Madrina Bar y Tapas is rated 4.4 stars by 673 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 42 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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