FROM MEXICO TO YOU
At Cantina Catrina we have traditional and modern Mexican cuisine made from scratch with imported ingredients to keep its original flavors. We also have a variety of cocktails made with 100% distilled Mexican agaves.
Our dishes are served as the kitchen prepares them, this ensures their flavors and freshness. The unique restaurant will make visitors feel like they have been invited by La Catrina herself. Cantina Catrina’s colorful details, inspired by El Día de Los Muertos, give the location a very “instagrammable” feel with bold signs, as well as walls decorated by graffiti artists. The space has a laid-back setting and vibe, encouraging anyone to stop by whether it be for lunch, brunch or a fun date night.
La Catrina, as we know her, originated with Jose Guadalupe Posada. Posada is considered the father of Mexican printmaking. He became famous for his use of calaveras (skulls or skeletons) images that he wielded as political and social satire. Posada intended to show that in death, everyone is equal, despite one's economic status or position in life, death is the great equalizer that spares no one.
La Catrina isn't your typical revolutionary babe, but her appearance has everything to do with the Mexican Revolution. Posada's working life paralleled the reign of dictator Porfirio Díaz, whose accomplishments in modernizing and bringing financial stability to Mexico pale against his government's repression, corruption, extravagance, and obsession with all things European. The concentration of great wealth in the hands of the privileged few brewed discontent in the hearts of the many suffering and barely getting by, leading to the 1910 rebellion that toppled Diaz in 1911, which became known as the Mexican Revolution.
Posada's illustrations have been credited with raising enormous awareness concerning political injustices and abuse. Posada was contributing significantly to the work of the revolutionaries who sought justice from the evils of Porfirio Diaz's dictatorship. The image now called "La Calavera Catrina" was published in 1910, just as the revolution was picking up steam. Posada's calaveras — La Catrina above all, captured a high-society lady as a skeleton wearing only a fancy French-style hat. The Catrina became a sort of satirical obituary for the privileged class.
In Cantina Catrina we return to one of the most festive Mexican traditions: The piñatas; These colorful piñatas are filled with sweets and toys. Piñatas are historically most used during December but also at birthday parties, both for children and adults.
Cantina Catrina brings this tradition to all our guests and we welcome you to enjoy a piñata to celebrate your birthday.
As part of the Cantina Catrina social responsibility program, the piñatas are made by a group of men who through this work have adapted to society and have overcome addictions they previously suffered from.
DÍA DE MUERTOS
The Day of the Dead (“Día de los Muertos”) is one of the most ubiquitous traditions of Mexican culture. While the most easily recognizable aspects are probably the various representations of skulls and skeletons, the one that holds the most meaning for those celebrating is the altar, or ofrenda in Spanish. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of loved ones who have passed. In many ways, the ofrenda is what the whole celebration is about.
Cantina Catrina’s colorful decor and atmosphere is inspired by the Mexican “Día de Los Muertos” our bar, displays a contemporary shrine to the day of the dead. Our flavors connect the native Mexican ingredients and ancestral beverages such as “Mezcal Margaritas” to celebrate life and honor the dead.