Reviews

Excellent all around! Great food and great service!
Excellent all around! Great food and great service!
Diane Muckstadt via facebook.com - Feb 28, 2017
This was my first time in this place while visiting Vermont. It was busy when I arrived with 3 othe
This was my first time in this place while visiting Vermont. It was busy when I arrived with 3 other people. There was only 1 waitress on duty I believe her name was Jennifer. She had a great personality & very helpful with menu choices. The margaritas were awesome. The food was also phenomenal. I would definitely recommend this rest... read more
Cynthia Henderson via facebook.com - Feb 25, 2017
Food and drinks were food but service was lacking. We had to wait a long tine for drinks and extra
Food and drinks were food but service was lacking. We had to wait a long tine for drinks and extra napkins. We were the first customers so it wasn't because they were busy. Service in Essex is much better.
Sandy LaClair via facebook.com - Feb 25, 2017
Delicious Mexican food
My girlfriend and I dined at El Gato Thursday evening. It was our second visit. As before, it was crowded even on a Thursday. But when we finally got seated, it was worth it. THe service was very good and the kitchen was prompt. THey have a wide variety of tequilas and margaritas, and my girlfriend had a mango-flavored one. THey also... read more
Gil M via tripadvisor.com - Feb 23, 2017
Very good authentic Mexican. Everything we tried was perfect and good service.
Bradford Morgan via google.com - Feb 20, 2017
Delicious food. Great service. Reasonably priced. Especially loved the tacos! And it was great havi
Delicious food. Great service. Reasonably priced. Especially loved the tacos! And it was great having chips and salsa before the meal.
Jonathan Leo Connor via facebook.com - Feb 19, 2017
Had dinner lastnight and I was very impressed. The food is absolutely delicious, the drinks were pe
Had dinner lastnight and I was very impressed. The food is absolutely delicious, the drinks were perfect, the atmosphere is fun and comfortable, staffed full of hard workers with friendly faces and our server who clearly had a boat load of tables with a lot going on was calm, collective, and kept a positive attitude even through some... read more
Alyssa Marie Santamore via facebook.com - Feb 13, 2017
Friendly and Fast service and the house margaritas are Awesome! :)
Friendly and Fast service and the house margaritas are Awesome! :)... read more
Amber Hargrave via facebook.com - Feb 6, 2017
Great Mexican in BTV
This is definitely a hot spot for Mexican cuisine in BTV - a 30 minute wait is pretty standard, I ended up eating at the bar since I was alone. But it was well worth it! Etta was amazing! She can sling several drinks together, while still balancing her bar guests orders and making good conversation. Menu is good - nothing too comp... read more
Lukas C via tripadvisor.com - Feb 2, 2017
The food is great, the prices and portion sizes are awesome. The service is always friendly and accurate! Gato is one of my favorite places for lunch.
Conrad Osborne via google.com - Jan 27, 2017
Food was bland. My nachos were slightly burnt. My partner didn't care for his meal. On the flip sid
Food was bland. My nachos were slightly burnt. My partner didn't care for his meal. On the flip side, our server was awesome. Very nice.
Sarah Minall via facebook.com - Jan 23, 2017
I am a regular since 2013 love the drinks and the bartenders that serve them. This is. My go to for
I am a regular since 2013 love the drinks and the bartenders that serve them. This is. My go to for margaritas. Blue moon margarita is my fave though you can't. Beat $5 house Marg night on Wednesday's and love the fried ice cream!
Tarica Superchi via facebook.com - Jan 18, 2017
Not the most authentic Mexican food, but neither is any Mexican restaurant in the area. If your in a large group they will only take 3 credit cards. Could be 2. Either ways it can be difficult for groups. Service really depends on who you get, but you'll probably hardly be checked on. ... read more
Bonnie Cantrell via google.com - Jan 17, 2017
Kyla and Jas (hope I got their names right) were exceptionally kind when I placed the wrong take ou
Kyla and Jas (hope I got their names right) were exceptionally kind when I placed the wrong take out order this evening. Not only did they let me change my order, a chef came from the kitchen to apologize for how long it was taking. (It didn't take long at all) It was certainly not expected of them to correct my mistake, and in such ... read more
Bailey Teresa via facebook.com - Jan 12, 2017
Good Mexican food in a comfortable place. Service was a bit slow. Good craft beer selection. Very reasonably priced, 4 of us ate well for 60 dollars. ... read more
Robert Vertullo via google.com - Jan 1, 2017
Our favorite spot when coming to Burlington from Québec. Hands down the best drinks !My favourite
Our favorite spot when coming to Burlington from Québec. Hands down the best drinks ! My favourite is the "Dirty old man" try one !
Juan Carlos Hernandez via facebook.com - Jan 1, 2017
Amazing food and amazing service ...
Amazing food and amazing service always!!!! Yummy margaritas that go way too well with a taco or two (or 5) Looooooooooooove this place... read more
Chloe G. via yelp.com - Dec 24, 2016
Great food and service!
Ate Sunday lunch with friends and family. Extensive menu which described each item well and the various sauces available. Chips and Salsa were served before the meal (one person in our party wanted to take a gallon home with her). The food was freshly prepared, exactly as ordered (we modified a few things). The food quality was exce... read more
Tracy C via tripadvisor.com - Dec 19, 2016
100% service.
Andre Monte Santo via google.com - Dec 14, 2016
fun vibe and good service; grub was a little too sauce-laden
this place is pretty ok. I went in early October. What I especially appreciated about it was that since we had a 30 minute wait to be seated (on a weeknight) we were really well accomodated in the waiting area. It is comfortable and spacious, and a server kept passing through taking drink orders that arrived relatively swiftly. Ou... read more
novablack via tripadvisor.com - Dec 13, 2016
This review is based solely on service and the margaritas - which were both excellent.
This review is based solely on service and the margaritas - which were both excellent.
Rachel Speidel via facebook.com - Dec 11, 2016
Excellent flavor for the meals and great choice of Tequilas
Excellent flavor for the meals and great choice of Tequilas... read more
Bob Bryar via facebook.com - Dec 10, 2016
Love the food and atmosphere. Best selection of tequila and the best fried ice cream you ever ate!
Love the food and atmosphere. Best selection of tequila and the best fried ice cream you ever ate!
Pat Bryar via facebook.com - Dec 10, 2016
incredible food incredible service ;)
incredible food incredible service ;)... read more
Chloe Greenia via facebook.com - Dec 5, 2016
Impressive
Eat well for a few bucks and free for 2yo and less. Guacamole is amazing and it will reminds you of Latin food. beef in burritos and tortillas was good but chicked was dry. The place is friendly... read more
Magnoliass via tripadvisor.com - Nov 30, 2016
Our evening in Essex was perfect. I have a gluten allergy and our server (dark hair and glasses, we
Our evening in Essex was perfect. I have a gluten allergy and our server (dark hair and glasses, we sat in the bar) offered to bring me baked chips which made my night. Margs were strong, food was hot and delicious as always!
Chris Kennelly via facebook.com - Nov 13, 2016
The service was great! The environment ...
The service was great! The environment was very fun. As a Mexican food connoisseur this was spectacular! The price was very very good! Overall great experience!
Isaac O. via yelp.com - Nov 12, 2016
Really good Mexican food. I was surprised, didn't expect much in Vermont. Good service as well, Goo
Really good Mexican food. I was surprised, didn't expect much in Vermont. Good service as well, Good location, not in the middle of the more crowded area, but close to shopping etc.
Brian Moody via facebook.com - Nov 5, 2016
Super appetizers and powerful tequila!
We ate dinner here one night during a fall foliage tour of Vermont. The food and service were wonderful, including bacon-wrapped jalapenos. Lots of tequila to choose from but buyer beware, they give you a generous shot!
Mike O via tripadvisor.com - Oct 26, 2016
Great tacos and nachos
The tacos and nachos are great. Nachos are 1/2 priced on thursdays. Service can vary, but is never horrible. The jalapeño tequila could be spicier.
johnchimp via tripadvisor.com - Oct 21, 2016
Thought food was medicore..kind of bland alot of cheese no meat/shrimp. Thought place was kind of d
Thought food was medicore..kind of bland alot of cheese no meat/shrimp. Thought place was kind of dirty..like the essex place better.
Lynn DeVries via facebook.com - Oct 10, 2016
I'll make this quick.  Good food ...
I'll make this quick.  Good food, solid atmosphere, and I had a good time here.  The service, on the other hand, is awful.  Long waits for drinks and large gaps between seeing our server.
Molly F. via yelp.com - Oct 10, 2016
Good Food
I think I prefer the Essex location, but the food here is just as good. People are nice and it's just enough off the main Church Street area that it's a bit less busy.
Jeremy L via tripadvisor.com - Oct 6, 2016
I sampled the house margarita, ...
I sampled the house margarita, mango habanero sala, carne asada taco, cheese enchilada, guac, black beans and rice. Everything is tasty and fresh. Looks great four groups, lots of seating and a patio.
Lesleigh P. via yelp.com - Oct 3, 2016
If you like Mexican food make El Gato's a destination for dinner. Excellent food and don't miss th
If you like Mexican food make El Gato's a destination for dinner. Excellent food and don't miss the grilled corn on the cob!
Michele Ingemi Eaton via facebook.com - Oct 3, 2016
Not bad Mexican food for Burlington
We had a late lunch there while in town for business. The food was pretty good. Not outstanding, but better than any other Mexican we've had in the area. Traditional Mexican tacos, decent salsa (which they bring you with chips for free), and nice staff. Very accommodating. We'd go back.
Al-Sue-Maine via tripadvisor.com - Oct 1, 2016
Food is okay
Let me preface this review by saying that Burlington has no good Mexican food. As far as Burlington Mexican food goes, El Gato is decent but nothing close to what you can find in Southern New England or Montreal. The food is bland and un-authentic. The chips and salsa and queso are to die for. Skip the guac. Margaritas are delicious.
karles_sparks via tripadvisor.com - Sep 30, 2016
Excellent food, fresh local seasonal ingredients, awesome service.
Jon Madrigal via google.com - Sep 25, 2016
Best Mexican food I've ever had ! Atmosphere was great , and drinks were hand made concoctions of a
Best Mexican food I've ever had ! Atmosphere was great , and drinks were hand made concoctions of awesomeness!! Very friendly staff too!
Robert Joshua Johns via facebook.com - Sep 19, 2016
Amazing service and food
Asked for a local recommendation and it could not have bee more spot on. Great service - thank you Jazmine, food - all the the tacos we tried were good but the carnitas were a standout and the drinks - the jalapeño margarita had flavor and a nice spice. Wish we lived in the area....
vetchick101 via tripadvisor.com - Sep 9, 2016
No place better for margs and tacos ...
No place better for margs and tacos that are both delicious and won't cost an arm and a leg.
Julia M. via yelp.com - Sep 9, 2016
Great food and drinks. They were more than willing to accommodate my request for Mexican mariachi m
Great food and drinks. They were more than willing to accommodate my request for Mexican mariachi music, gave the restaurant a more Mexican atmosphere. Thank you!
Michael Nettles via facebook.com - Sep 3, 2016
Stopped by for a drink before dinner ...
Stopped by for a drink before dinner. It happened to be their 5th year anniversary so they gave free corns and other discount drinks. We tried the corn and it was good. The corn was grilled, but very juicy. It has a mexican flare, duh, the name of the restaurant kinda tell it all.About this place.. Nice set up, you can come for chips... read more
Catheryn T. via yelp.com - Aug 28, 2016
Solid Mexican restaurant. Great owner & staff.
Robert Rapatski via google.com - Aug 24, 2016
Love the margaritas. They food ...
Love the margaritas. They food is delicious. During busy hours the service is sometimes slow and can be hard to find the waitress. Definitely love the 5$ margs on Wednesday.
Kristen E. via yelp.com - Aug 21, 2016
This is the best farm to table food I have ever had !!!!
This is the best farm to table food I have ever had !!!!
Mary Bosk via facebook.com - Aug 20, 2016
Great Food - Great Fun
We were feeling for some Mexican and this place caught my eye while walking around the day before. We got there a little late and we got worried that the kitchen was getting ready to close, but they took us in. Great service, Great Food and Great Margaritas!!! Worth a visit!
Robert M via tripadvisor.com - Aug 13, 2016
Authentic, clean, great atmosphere, great service!
Authentic, clean, great atmosphere, great service!
Dan Maple via facebook.com - Jul 31, 2016
Some great Mexican here. I can't ...
Some great Mexican here. I can't say it's the best I've ever had, but it's in the top five. What makes it even better is the prices! I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was, especially considering the quality. I love coming here when I'm in town.
Ryan A. via yelp.com - Jul 31, 2016
All around a great experience here ...
All around a great experience here. The staff was attentive with salsa and chips as well as water. After reading the reviews I thought at 6 on a Friday night they would be slammed but it all went very well. The food took a little while to come out but with the $3 Mexican beer special it wasn't hard to stay occupied. The food was flav... read more
Alexis F. via yelp.com - Jul 29, 2016
Rock on, El Gato...
From the incredible tacos (barbacoa yum!) to the BEST margarita in Burlington ( a BIG menu of margaritas all with different top shelf tequilas) this unassuming restaurant off the end of the Church st. arcade rocks. If you like HOT and spicy ask for a side of Gato Muerta sauce. Picante it is!
Martha K via tripadvisor.com - Jul 28, 2016
Authentic...semantic...We had excellent service, super food, and wonderful drinks. I wish I could have that spinach salad every day! We will definitely be back.
Kristen Shea via google.com - Jul 25, 2016
Good Mexican Grub
I enjoyed a combo for dinner. Tamales were a little dry and small. Tacos and enchiladas were fine. We had a big party and sat at tables and bar. Good Mexican suds. Bathroom was a little crummy.
Derek B via tripadvisor.com - Jul 19, 2016
Great tacos and tall margaritas... read more
Taylor Smith via google.com - Jul 19, 2016
Big dishes
Friday night. Called ahead and they said it was about 45mins for our party of 7. We showed up and were able to sit right down inside which was not full. Outside seating looked full. Service was a little bit slow so maybe they were understaffed for a Friday. Everyone enjoyed the food and mostly could not finish after having had few ap... read more
cmuz via tripadvisor.com - Jul 5, 2016
I love his place - I visit every ...
I love his place - I visit every time I'm in Burlington. Get the aguacate taco! The margaritas also are great.
Sophie L. via yelp.com - Jul 5, 2016
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