El Catrin

4.5
4267 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Our heated patio seating is offered on a first come first served basis only, all reservations are for our indoor dining room. In the event of rain, the patio will be closed. All people entering must wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth, & chin. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum. For more information on our health and safety practices please visit https://distilleryhospitality.com/health-and-safety

Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs an ambitious, wide-ranging, tapas-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. El Catrin has built its reputation as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Toronto by offering transportive dining experiences, serving traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and award-winning atmosphere. The decor features a breathtaking mural by Oscar Flores that took over 100 days to complete, and the year-round patio has been named the best in the city.

Experiences

  • Fiesta Brunch Bottle Service

    CA$90.06 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Elevate your weekend plans with a bottle of Herradura for your table all while enjoying the best of brunch, live DJ, specialty cocktails, and good company. Your choice of Herradura Silver or Reposado available at the restaurant. All reservations for this experience are for 4 GUESTS and on our patio. Reservations are subject to the weather, we cannot guarantee indoor space. If you require a reservation larger than 4 guests, please call the restaurant at 416-203-2121. You must be 19+ to order alcoholic items; subject to ID verification. The name on your order must match the name of the person in attendance. Your reservation may be cancelled if these conditions are not met. An 18% gratuity is included in the price of the bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 4267 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Catrin never disappoints! The food is always amazing. Highly recommend this restaurant. They also did a great job socially distancing everyone

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LisaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Catrin never disappoints. It has everything. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service.

El Catrin
Responded 3 days ago

It’s never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests, Lisa! We're happy to hear our Mexican cuisine, service and atmosphere blew you away. We can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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MacA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our table got a selection of starters and tacos to share and it was a superb experience. The ambiance at the patio is blissful with moderate lighting and a fire pit at the centre. Preferred upscale spot for Mexican cuisine.

El Catrin
Responded 4 days ago

Mac, we're delighted you got to enjoy a variety of our Mexican dishes. Thank you for taking the time to show your support. We'd love to welcome you back for another exceptional experience with perfect ambiance. Until then, Stuart K.

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Torind
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This was the first time going here after covid lockdowns were lifted and the only reservation available was for 8:45 which we took. I then called the restaurant couple of days before the reservation to see if this was too late and will they serve us properly, was reassured by the person who answered the phone that last seating is 9 but we would still get our 2 to 2.5 hours of seating as we were a party of 6.
The actual experience was totally different. We were rushed through the meal, while still eating appetizers, some of the mains (luke warm only) were dropped at the table. So those who got the mains had to hurry up and start eating. Then after a gap of waiting we asked for 2 remaining mains and these were then rushed and brought in with one wrong one which had to be sent back.
I have been to this restaurant many times in the past and its has never been this bad. We had ordered tuna tosadas as one of the apps which said 4 pieces, instead it was 4 half tortillas with hardly any tuna. if they had run out, they should have told us and we would taken something else. The server was constantly reminding of the time and we were finished with the meal at 10. All rush rush and cold food.
This has been my worse experience in this place so far. If you are not able to take care of your guests at 8:45, then do not give out that time for reservation. Despite all this and because we know restaurants have suffered, we still left a 15% tip, would have been more if the evening had been enjoyable and not forced eating.

El Catrin
Responded on September 15, 2021

Torind, thanks for providing your feedback. We're very sorry that your recent experience was anything less than outstanding. We pride ourselves in delivering exceptional service, so please know we apologize for anything less than attentive, caring and professional service. Your feedback has been heard and passed along. We hope you'll choose to revisit us again. We welcome you to reach out to our Guest Service Manager, Casey, at ctanaka@thedistillery.ca to personally assist you. Best, Stuart K.

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Shiela
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance, safety protocol is in place. Good food and friendly staff.

El Catrin
Responded on September 13, 2021

Everything from our ambiance to our tasty dishes will leave you amazed, Shiela! Thank you for taking the time to leave your fantastic review. We can't wait to welcome you again for another bite. All the best, Stuart K.

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LindaK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A bit pricey but food is delicious!! Ambiance is amazing.

El Catrin
Responded on September 13, 2021

Linda, thanks for coming to see us! We're glad you enjoyed our incredible ambiance and our delicious Mexican cuisine. Can't wait to welcome you again the next time you're looking to treat yourself. All the best, Stuart K.

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AnuG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. one of my fav places to go to for food and drinks.

El Catrin
Responded on September 13, 2021

Anu, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're delighted you enjoyed food and drinks with us. We hope to have you join us again for some more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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EmilieJadeBigelow
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best fish tacos and guacamole i've ever had !!
the ambiance was perfect and the neiborhood too

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Emilie, thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We're thrilled our baja tacos and guacamole hit the spot. We are so lucky to be in the historic Distillery District and are very happy you got the opportunity to enjoy it. We look forward to seeing you at El Catrin again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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CesarM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food was excellent. we will go back in the near future

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you for the phenomenal feedback, Cesar. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for an afternoon of the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have wanted to go here for years and I was not disappointed. Food was amazing!! Service was great. Beautiful ambiance. Well worth the wait and will definitely go back.

El Catrin
Responded on September 9, 2021

Sarah, we're so glad you got the opportunity to dine with us! It was a pleasure welcoming you in and providing you with excellent service and delicious cuisine. Hoping to welcome you again sometime soon. Best, Stuart K.

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing and Benji was the best server ever!! Made my boyfriends birthday

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Nikki, it was wonderful welcoming you in for a lovely meal. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to our Benji regarding his incredible service. We're thrilled you had such an amazing birthday celebration and we look forward to welcoming you back for another great time soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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JacquieP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love El Catrin! It’s always been an amazing experience..food and service! Will be visiting again!

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Jacquie, we're happy we made sure you had a memorable time at El Catrin. It means a lot to have your high praise for both our cuisine and awesome service! Come back to see us soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered three different tacos, the best one is fish tacos, then meat tacos and our least favorite was pork tacos. The fish tacos is absolutely delicious and I’d definitely go back for those! The margarita and mojito were also great and pretty refreshing (although a little pricey $15). Overall, I enjoyed the restaurant and had a great time. Would definitely go again and get the fish tacos

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

We're thrilled to hear you got to try many of our different tacos, and the baja tacos were a favourite! Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! We'd love to welcome you back again soon for more delicious cocktails and another good time! All the best, Stuart K.

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AlexM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good place overall. Fun and good
Food.
Value is not that great.

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thanks for your review, Alex! It was wonderful welcoming you in for good food and a great time. We hope you will give us another chance to make your next visit more memorable. All the best, Stuart K.

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PatriciaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Good place that ‘fell off ‘ during covid. Uncertain, inexperienced staff; ok food served carelessly. 3/10
Wow. A different place now…

El Catrin
Responded on September 2, 2021

Patricia, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. We are very sorry to hear about your recent experience and are deeply troubled that you were left with this impression of us. We are working very hard to navigate this "new world." Although, we hear your feedback and it will be passed along accordingly. We do hope you'll give us another chance to show you the 5-star experience you deserve and we know we can provide. All the very best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

My fiancé and my family met for first time.

El Catrin
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for your review! We're thrilled you had such a wonderful experience with us on such a special occasion. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again. All the best, Stuart K.

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Julyonix
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nous avons adoré ce restaurant dans un des plus beau quartier de la ville. La nourriture et les drinks étaient excellents, la musique et l’ambiance parfaite pour l’heure du dîner. Le serveur était très sympathique et attentionné. Il parlait même français! Nous recommandons fortement ce restaurant.

El Catrin
Responded on August 31, 2021

Julyonix, we are so lucky to be in the beautiful, historic Distillery District, creating am amazing atmosphere. It's delightful that you enjoyed every aspect of your visit including the food, drinks and excellent service. We can't wait to see you again for another lovely meal! All the best, Stuart K.

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OrlaO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I didn't enjoy any of the food except for the chorizo tacos. I thought it was overrated and overpriced.

El Catrin
Responded on September 8, 2021

Orla, while we're delighted you enjoyed our discada tacos, it's disappointing to hear we didn't quite hit high on your expectations. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and we wish we could've given you this impression. We know there is something on the menu for everyone so we'd love to welcome you back again to try more of our tasty menu options. All the best, Stuart K.

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SoniaF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took a while to get our food. Once food arrived definitely not a good value for the money paid. Prices have definitely gone way up - $17 for guacamole? Honestly! A bit steep! Also, the Baja tacos were delicious but the chicken tacos left Much to be desired. Thank god for the ambience and delicious ice margarita which made most of my troubles go away

El Catrin
Responded on August 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Sonia! We’re happy to hear you loved our ambiance and delicious margaritas. However, we’re sorry that we didn’t knock it out of the park for you when it comes to service and overall flavours. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and we wish we could've given you this impression. We hope you'll consider us the next time you're looking to treat yourself. Best, Stuart K. All the best, Stuart K.

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CarolynE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously authentic Mexican food with sizes portioned for sharing. Can't wait to come again.

El Catrin
Responded on August 30, 2021

Carolyn, it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed our authentic Mexican dishes so much! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you and we can't wait to see you again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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JJ813
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, easy to get a spot on the patio (it was a Monday night), really nice servers. Just a great experience. We would definitely go back!

El Catrin
Responded on August 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us, JJ! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our cuisine and had excellent, attentive service. We'd love to welcome you back for another seat on our patio! Until then, Stuart K.

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sallyeats
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time - food was excellent, service was too

El Catrin
Responded on August 30, 2021

Sally, it's wonderful to hear you had such a great time with us! From our delicious cuisine to our exceptional service, you won't be disappointed. We thank you for taking the time to leave your review and we can't wait to see you back our way soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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DevonC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu - good service and vibes are off the charts.

El Catrin
Responded on August 18, 2021

Devon, we're so glad you could stop by! Thank you for reviewing us. We are happy to know that our ambiance and variety of delicious Mexican dishes make our place special. We'd love to welcome you back for more perfect flavours and service. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipPriyaR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great vibe. good food. excellent service. we were a party of 10 and we all enjoyed ourselves!

El Catrin
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Priya! We are thrilled you chose us to enjoy a beautiful night out shared by amazing food, drinks and good company. It was a pleasure welcoming you in for excellent service and we look forward to doing it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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LilyS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, great ambiance! Service was great too, however, with a 1.5hr table limit, the food could have come out in a more timely manner.

El Catrin
Responded on August 18, 2021

Thanks for your review and providing your feedback, Lily. You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine, drinks, and atmosphere! We look forward to welcoming you in again for the outstanding service we're known for and you deserve. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was ok. Service was not that impressive. Getting a server to our table was a mission. Will likely return but for a couple of drinks.

El Catrin
Responded on August 16, 2021

We take great pride in delivering outstanding, friendly customer service, so we're quite surprised to hear your experience was anything less than outstanding. We are also sorry to hear that you weren't a fan of our flavours. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback. We are confident that there is something perfect on our menu for everyone. We hope to see you again soon to try some more of our flavourful menu and delicious drinks. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service great. Food amazing!

El Catrin
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to show us your support! It's wonderful to hear our cuisine and service made your visit very memorable. Come back anytime for another amazing experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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SaraJ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Went to this place for the ambience.. its a very cool spot right in the distillery district, vibe is good. Drinks were good, however food was extremely mediocre, small portions and ridiculously expensive. Would recommend as a cool spot to grab drinks but I would not eat here again.

El Catrin
Responded on August 13, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant, Sara. We're happy to hear you loved our ambiance and being in the Distillery District. However, we're sorry to hear we didn't knock it out of the park for you when it comes to flavours. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and I wish we could've given you this impression. We hope we can impress you more next time when you can try some of our other tasty menu options. All the best, Stuart K.

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LindaK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outstanding ambiance. Service was good. Food was delicious. All around good experience.

El Catrin
Responded on August 13, 2021

Linda, we’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our food, atmosphere and had excellent service! Thanks for your review and we look forward to making you next visit just as memorable. All the best, Stuart K.

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riccardom
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue with excellent service and great food. A must visit - over and over again.

El Catrin
Responded on August 16, 2021

Riccardo, it's wonderful to have your support! We're happy to hear that we provided you with excellent service and that you're a huge fan of our cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you back for another lovely meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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DaisyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was REALLY upset to hear that my daughter, who was celebrating her 19th birthday, was not allowed to share the cupcakes that she brought with her. They were nutfree cupcakes that I had already discussed with the hostess and was given the green light. When my dauther pulled them out to distribute to her friends, the waitstaff came over and instructed her to put them back into box and eat them outside. UNACCEPTABLE and ruined this moment for everyone. I wished that my daughter had called me when this happned but she was so embarassed that they all just got up and left. Not a great way to end a special celebration and because of this, has left a very poor impression of the restaurant and will be sharing this experience with those that ask.

El Catrin
Responded on August 11, 2021

Daisy, we're disappointed that your daughter didn’t experience the 5-star experience she most definitely deserves. We apologize for the miscommunication around bringing in outside food. We do not allow this practice and apologize for the inconvenience on your daughter's birthday. Saying this, we fully understand that there is no excuse for service that misses the mark, so please know that your feedback has been heard. We hope you’ll give us another chance to impress you more. Best, Stuart K.

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AlexandraP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place second birthday going there!

El Catrin
Responded on August 10, 2021

Alexandra, thanks for your kind words about our space! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we're honoured to have hosted your birthday celebration for a second time! We look forward to welcoming you in again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous ambiance, staff were friendly and attentive. Food was great and the margaritas were yummy definitely recommend

El Catrin
Responded on August 12, 2021

It’s never a bother to go the extra mile for our guests! We're thrilled you had friendly, attentive service and enjoyed our ambiance. It's also great you were a fan of our flavour. We would love to welcome you back for another margarita sometime in the future. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing food , got our order in no time . They were very attentive and friendly. Love the ambiance 10/10

El Catrin
Responded on August 10, 2021

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, especially the amazing food and attentive, friendly service. Thank you for reviewing us and we can't wait to welcome you back again to discover some favourite dishes. Until then, Stuart K.

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Jason
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Compared to pre-COVID times, the menu is limited but still has the same excellent quality. Tables are well spaced and the service [Ricardo was our server] was fast, efficient and friendly.

El Catrin
Responded on August 10, 2021

Jason, thank you for taking the time to show us your support!We are happy to hear our Mexican cuisine and service blew you away. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Ricardo and we can't wait to do it all again on your next visit. Best, Stuart K.

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MicheleB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our birthday celebration and wonderful dinner at El Catrin! I will be back, hopefully earlier to enjoy a longer stay... :)

El Catrin
Responded on August 10, 2021

It was our absolute pleasure to host you for your birthday celebration, Michele! We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed your entire experience. We look forward to seeing you at El Catrin again soon for longer stay. All the best, Stuart K.

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IrishAudity
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends. The atmosphere is great and the food never disappoints.

El Catrin
Responded on August 12, 2021

Thank you for this exceptional review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our cuisine and atmosphere so much. We'd love to welcome you and your friends to El Catrin again. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Haven’t been out to a restaurant for a year so this was a great treat for our entire family.

El Catrin
Responded on August 5, 2021

Thank you for the phenomenal feedback! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in for the five-star food and service we're known for and you most definitely deserve. We can't wait to see you and your family again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We’ve been here a few times and the food is consistently good. This time the service was all over the place! We were a group of eight and coincidently another group of about 8 were seated behind us. The servers brought the wrong food to our table on three different occasions. Our food came out at different times so while we tried to wait for everyone to get their meals before we started eating, our meals were getting cold.

El Catrin
Responded on August 10, 2021

Thank you for leaving your feedback. We're glad you loved our cuisine many times although, it is disappointing to hear that your experience fell short of the standard you expect and deserve. We work hard to provide all of our guests with exceptional experiences founded in above and beyond service. Our guests should expect this service regardless of how busy we may seem therefore we sincerely apologize. We hope you'll give us another chance to impress you more next time. Best, Stuart K.

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Gei88
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice place tl go with family and friends. I highly recommed it.

El Catrin
Responded on August 5, 2021

It's wonderful to have your support! 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.

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El Catrin is rated 4.5 stars by 4267 OpenTable diners.

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