El Catrin

Located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District, renown for its preserved heritage buildings, artisan shops, and galleries, El Catrin is a bold homage to Mexican cantinas. Appointed with vibrant details and playful furnishings, the destination venue is a visual mosaic of authentic Mexican motifs with interiors inspired by the Mexican traditions of La Loteria Mexicana, Papel Picado paper art, and urban street art. Resulting in a warm and inviting setting, Studio Munge’s design of El Catrin features authentic Mexican tile floors, custom designed metal screens, laser-cut lampshades and metal detailing, and a most notable electrifying 2-storey hand-painted bas-relief mural by artist Óscar Flores of Mexico City.

"A cavernous modern Mexican cantina with excellent ceviche and a two-story fever dream of a mural by the Mexican street artist Oscar Flores."

The New York Times

"There are patios and then there are patios: The outdoor seating area at this Mexican bistro in the Distillery is a jaw-dropper."
- NOW Toronto

"Anthony Bourdain's Best Kept a Secret. The interior captivates wide eyes to a circus of fantasy with Day of the Dead festivities."
- TripAdvisor Review

“We have or favourite Mexicans in the world and this is definitely one of them. I was amazed by the decor, so incredibly funky and well designed.”
- TripAdvisor Review

“This place has one of the best dining rooms that I have ever sat in. Such attention to detail and fun decor. Worth going just for this.”
- TripAdvisor Review


  • Best Hospitality Design | Canadian Interiors Best-of-Canada Awards

  • Americas, Finalist | Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

  • 36 Hours in Toronto | The New York Times

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