El Catrin

4.5
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3976 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Mexican
Please note that our kitchen closes at 11pm nightly.  We have Guacamole, Chips and Salsa available from 11pm until close.

El Catrin, one of the most popular restaurants in the City of Toronto by delivering on both traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a fun, lively, well-serviced atmosphere in the Distillery District.

Boasting a sharing-style menu and one of Canada's largest mescal and tequila menus, we offer a unique experience and an incredible atmosphere that is just plain fun. The El Catrin menu, created by one of Mexico City's top chefs, is designed so that you can taste a little bit of everything.

On the inside, the decor features a breathtaking mural that took over 100 days to complete. On the outside, El Catrin boasts one of the best patios in the city that is not only enormous but open nearly year-round.
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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Very flavourful and fresh food , a bit pricey for the quantity serve for some items. Unfortunately washrooms were all out of paper products.

GW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food but too pricy. We ordered the $95.00 complete with different types of meat and seafood, but there wasn't enough to go around. We also ordered a couple of chicken tacos, there were 4 of us.

MV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food that comes in small portions. Enjoyed the guac, steak and margaritas

AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the ambience but the table was just in the entrance, so we got cold and the hostess said we couldn’t change the spot (and we saw a few empty tables). Food is always very good!

LC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the place, great decor; really good Mexican, variety of textures and tastes. Service was a little slow, took too long to get our order, still the servers are very friendly. Plates were cold, which I really dislike, as food gets cold quickly. Noise can get really loud, as not much to absorb sound inside. I would return, and look forward to the patio in the summer!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, El Catrin delivered in every possible way.
The ambience was beautiful and electric.
The food was absolutely delicious.
The service was fabulous, with very friendly and accommodating servers.
Loved everything

N
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Good food & drinks. Poor service, took lot of time for the drinks and food to come

PH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, great service (Sai was awesome!)

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love the experience at El Catrin, good times, fun environment

HF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great service, great food!

MB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food. A little bit cramped and the wait staff didn't really seem on the ball the day we were there. But it's a fun place for some good Mexican eats.

OB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience! Perfect for a date with a significant other

H
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing valentine’s evening, nice music food and ambiance. Always make reservations before. Great choice

AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Over booked their reservations. Waited 30 min for our reservation. Hardly ever saw our server.

AY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great decor. Highly recommend. Went for Valentines and they had a fantastic special menu outside of regular menu which was also offered. Love that they didn’t force an overpriced prix fix down your throat to capitalize on a special occasion night. Instead they gave a great alternative and I went for it!

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This place was great! Went on Valentine’s Day and the food came out very quick! I have dietary issues and they we’re all accounted for

CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great place, food is top notch, when I found out I’d be in Toronto for Valentine’s Day this was the first place I thought of booking a reservation! Will be back soon.

LO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zero complaints. Amazing date night dinner. Love the Mayan Margaritas and the Octopus. Guac made at your table is exceptional!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at El Catrin.
Valentines Day prix-fixe was

LG
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience! We went on Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest nights of the year.
Our table we had reserved was a little bit delayed and they brought over complimentary glasses of champagne while we wait for the inconvenience. Absolutely made our evening!
Love it here :)

WS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines celebration ! Fantastic Food. Need more chicken options!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We have always loved El Catrin. Not so much now. The whole night felt lazy. The service was abnormally bad, I’ve had better tacos in many other restaurants which isn’t normal and who ever was cooking had the knife skills of a 4 year old. Not a good experience

SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience for Valentines Day.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Valentine date!

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RB
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time trying this place! It’s so cool on the inside. It was very busy. Good service. Prices are steep for tacos,Although they were tasty.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience4

Our sever ignored us for hours and seemed generally annoyed when we would interact with her. Other than that the food was great.

Also the other server brining the guacamole was super nice and was very pleasant with us.

LG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The only reason we return to El Catrin is because the food is so good. Otherwise there were many issues with my last visit. First of all we waited 20 min with a reservation I made 3 weeks prior because they are so busy. Thats poor management in my opinion. Secondly, we were seated by a door to the outside which they kept going in and out of for different supplies. Thirdly my margarita was mostly ice and when I showed the waitress she basically ignored my feedback. I guess I should have spoken to the manager to complain. It’s really a good thing the food is so excellent or i would probably not return. Still not sure it’s worth it.

FS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good, but the food was exceptional.
Every thing from drinks to appetizers like ceviche and guacamole then the main dish like the garlic prawns and the taco's and the curious...
Above normal and highly recommended

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time. Love the atmosphere and love the food. A favourite place to visit when I go downtown.

h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not the greatest spot for authentic Mexican tacos(fish tacos were the best, but wished for AL pastor.), however the atmosphere and experience makes it all worthwhile. Although the tacos where a 3.5 out of 5 the apps and drinks made it 4 out of 5 and everything else pushed it to 5 stars. Def. Would come back... the Mayan Margarita is killer. 👌👌

YM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great and the prices were fair. There was plenty of space and the service was good. No major complaints.

TD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sensory overload!! the best way I can discrible. A great place and hidden gem. Great Ambiance great food. Everything was perfect from the atmosphere to the food to the art on the walls. I highly recommend this place you really need to go.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Guacamole was terrific and popular as we looked around at other tables. Fish tacos and churros delish. Margarita lovely and server friendly and efficient. What’s not to like?

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love el Catrin for tapas sharing with co workers and they have a WONDERFUL drink menu

MD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Ricardo was our server and we were very impressed. It was our first visit to El Catrin and Ricardo made it that much more enjoyable. We would definitely return.

LM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish tacos were delicious!

TL
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, service amazing, decor awesome, very noisy and a bit pricey but would definitely go again

M
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give our server (Danny) and good another star, we would! Danny was amazing and made sure that we were having the best Friday night possible. He even went above and beyond to surprise us with free churros at the end of the night which was perfect as it was my partners birthday. Thank you!

AM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambiance and vibes.
Highly recommend El Catrin.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with group of 8 including kids and the service was amazing along with the food. Such great Mexican food in the city. Great food for sharing! Was also there for birthdays and they provided a desert on the house with candles. Would recommend El Catrin to anyone looking for authentic Mexican with friendly staff!!

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