Reviews

Excellent Meal & Margarita, service was lacking
Food, drinks and atmosphere was awesome!! Service could have been so much better, our waitress was not attentive and was very slow. I wouldn’t let that deter me to go back again!!
Whitty955 via tripadvisor.com - Nov 17, 2017
I I’m not a fan of the shredded meat.... and the beef was way too salty. On the plus side I love y
I I’m not a fan of the shredded meat.... and the beef was way too salty. On the plus side I love your salsa! I even buy it to take home!
Kellee Helena Carman via facebook.com - Nov 13, 2017
A Great Place to Celebrate Good News!
We were in Burlington for two appointments, and got wonderful news at both of them! So what to do, but celebrate. It was mid-afternoon by the time we were free and both of us were hungry. Not sure how we found ourselves on Church, but...More ... read more
twomartinilunch via tripadvisor.com - Nov 8, 2017
My new favorite place. I liked everything we had. Only disappointing thing was they just sold the
My new favorite place. I liked everything we had. Only disappointing thing was they just sold the last piece of flan before me. Nice staff, great portions ... read more
Tammy M Wells via facebook.com - Nov 7, 2017
This was our first time at El Gato's Church Street location. And, of the two, I definitely prefer
This was our first time at El Gato's Church Street location. And, of the two, I definitely prefer the Essex location. My Tamale Platter was delicious, but my wife's Chiles Rellenos was disappointing. Soggy and lifeless. We also had an issue with the service... Maybe we were just seated in an odd place where our server couldn't s ... read more
Chris Sartoris via facebook.com - Nov 1, 2017
The enchiladas are awesome! Great service. Favorite restaurant!
Steph Sports via google.com - Oct 22, 2017
I like El Gato a lot, but my fiancée ...
I like El Gato a lot, but my fiancée LOVES it here. Most dishes serve a lot of very flavorful, delicious food -- I don't think it's possible to leave here still hungry. Many dishes come with a side of rice and beans, which are sort of bland, but I'm usually so full after the rest of my meal that I barely even touch them. They're usua ... read more
Ben B. via yelp.com - Oct 13, 2017
This place was recommended to us over another Mexican place we were considering. Haleigh, our waitr
This place was recommended to us over another Mexican place we were considering. Haleigh, our waitress, was great an my husband loved his assortment of tacos. The drinks were the bomb. “Dirty old man” and “Paradice in the desert”. We will definitely be back 👍 ... read more
Lynn M Cheeseman via facebook.com - Oct 8, 2017
Mid price and quite good
We went for the first time, and were impressed with the quality, variety and friendly atmosphere. It was not very expensive and the portions were big enough and the drinks were tasty and strong enough.
sjk7301948 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 6, 2017
Staff & Food are EXCELLENT
I travel for work and visit many restaurants all through New England- we have many Mexican joints and most are good, but this place is TOP NOTCH. The wait staff and hostess are Super Friendly, Excited about the Menu and food, able to give a...More ... read more
Edward R via tripadvisor.com - Sep 26, 2017
We are Californians who just found this place. It had been a couple of months since we had any Mexi
We are Californians who just found this place. It had been a couple of months since we had any Mexican food. We thought about leaving as it took 5-10 minutes to be seated. We were there about 4 pm on a Sunday so it was pretty slow. Glad we stayed. I had a 2 item combo of chicken enchilada and a chicken burrito. The portions were sm ... read more
Brian Stoebe via facebook.com - Sep 25, 2017
This place is great, from the food to the ambiance. The Google photos make the place look awful, but it is definitely much nicer. It is really worth stopping by.
Nikola Mendoza via google.com - Sep 22, 2017
Food and service was wonderful,would definitely return.
Food and service was wonderful,would definitely return.
Carol Isabelle Cooke via facebook.com - Sep 22, 2017
Amazing food! Love it. Staff were ...
Amazing food! Love it. Staff were so friendly. Prices are perfect. I will definitely be back again.
Nana W. via yelp.com - Sep 16, 2017
Okay, so the staff are pretty inconsistent - There's a 50% chance the hostess will ignore you for a few minutes before seating you (my partner and I have been keeping tabs). But the servers are usually helpful and prompt, even on busy nights. Best margs in Burlington for the price, and the food is always consistent.
Katherine L via google.com - Sep 6, 2017
Awesome spot ... read more
Ethan Nicholson via google.com - Sep 5, 2017
I love going here for dinners. They have great menue choices and I love most of their drinks. It's almost always busy when I go in, but the hosts have been nice and I can usually find a seat. I have, however, on several occasions noticed that one of the men who works there seems to not help his employees. In fact I have overheard him ... read more
Sally Privot via google.com - Sep 5, 2017
MEH-xican.....
We went here on a Friday night in August, and it was busy. Our server was on the ball despite a full dining room. We had to wait a little bit for our food, but the server came over to acknowledge and apologize for the...More ... read more
SpinaciousB via tripadvisor.com - Sep 4, 2017
I work at a restaurant on church street, so I know how hard it is this time of year with student em
I work at a restaurant on church street, so I know how hard it is this time of year with student employees leaving and yet students coming back, making it busier and yet short staffed. Our server, Haleigh S. was adorable and as attentive as she could be considering how busy she was. The food was good as per usual. Thanks to all the s ... read more
Sandra Lee via facebook.com - Sep 3, 2017
Outstanding drinks! Great service. Food is very good. We come here every time we come to Burlington!
Shane Marchand via google.com - Aug 25, 2017
I really enjoyed the experience... Barbacoa Taco is my favorite :)We'll come back...
I really enjoyed the experience... Barbacoa Taco is my favorite :) We'll come back...
Julie Ciavarella via facebook.com - Aug 21, 2017
Cute little Mexican place right off of church street. Food and drinks alike are excellent.
Allie Jameson via google.com - Aug 18, 2017
Taco Night is Tuesday
Tuesday is taco night st El Gato. Tacos are $2. The menu is pretty typical for a Mexican restaurant - tacos, enchiladas, burritos and tostadas. There are a few specialty items like mole chicken and a shredded chicken with cheese. We went with a family...More ... read more
dmount2001 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 16, 2017
OK food
They mixed up our taco order, but in the end we straightened it out. They didn't seem to care. Overall, it's just ok but far from Good Mexican. I probably wouldn't bother going there again.
754Chuck via tripadvisor.com - Aug 14, 2017
We had the two lime enchiladas ...
We had the two lime enchiladas special, tostado and a chicken taco with sides, excellent all around and very reasonable too.  The enchilada special was outstanding!!!
Richard H. via yelp.com - Aug 6, 2017
Decent food, long wait
I end up here with my family every now and then - it's average Mexican food, usually a pretty long wait. The guacamole is excellent!
olyonsvt via tripadvisor.com - Aug 4, 2017
This place has the worst service ...
This place has the worst service I have seen in a long time. My family sat there for a hour watching tables around us get food. When we asked about our food they said our order was put behind a big table. I said ok we are leaving and the waitress said ok and walked away. I gave it three stars because yelp would not post a one star!
Tony S. via yelp.com - Jul 29, 2017
Food was awesome and the service was as well. Would definitely come back.
Food was awesome and the service was as well. Would definitely come back.
Steven J Kedzierski-Paredes via facebook.com - Jul 28, 2017
Friendly staff and bartender, good selection of food beer and margaritas.excellent homemade sauces.
Friendly staff and bartender, good selection of food beer and margaritas.excellent homemade sauces. Would go back again!
Cheryl Kramer via facebook.com - Jul 27, 2017
Mark
We went here on a Wednesday night. Fairly busy but great service. Bartender was very friendly and we were seated quickly. Great menu and food was excellent. Loved the homemade sauces. Would defiantly go back!
Markramer via tripadvisor.com - Jul 26, 2017
Good food, friendly service. Love the coconut mojitos!
Ellen Skapski via google.com - Jul 25, 2017
A trip to El Gato Cantina is a ...
A trip to El Gato Cantina is a regular part of any of our visits to Burlington. We love the friendly atmosphere and the food.The fare is pretty standard for a mid-price Mexican joint, but the food is enjoyable.The restaurant is family-friendly and my kids always enjoy it here.
Robert C. via yelp.com - Jul 24, 2017
This place has gotten better since ...
This place has gotten better since I last time I was here about 4 years ago. I got the "birthday girl" margarita. Not sure why it's named like that but it was sweet and what I expected. They give you chips and salsa and that's what really made my night. The chips are delicious and the salsa is a good edition too. A good spot to stop ... read more
Danielle B. via yelp.com - Jul 24, 2017
authentic food done well ... read more
zedaprime via google.com - Jul 24, 2017
Food and drinks were good but the service was slooooow ... read more
Tyler Morrissette via google.com - Jul 21, 2017
Love this place. Normally I would give 5 stars. Buy tonight for the first time ever they served me a un drinkable margarita. No harm no foul. Well worth the visit.
katherine savary via google.com - Jul 17, 2017
best Mexican foods around
all the food is fresh, and properly seasoned. Waitresses are speedy and remember everyone's order. a great place to bring your friends. You won't be hungry when you leave.
Albert M via tripadvisor.com - Jul 16, 2017
This is a really great restaurant ...
This is a really great restaurant that I go to all the time. The servers are really good. Recently I went and I believe my servers name was Haley. She was really great and attentive and sweet. Just based on that I'd go back! Also great margs of course ... read more
Ruby D. via yelp.com - Jul 16, 2017
Wow. What a great experience! The ...
Wow. What a great experience! The enchilada was so good, and the margaritas were fantastic! Not to mention an authentic atmosphere. Our server Julia was extremely  nice and very helpful with recommendations! We will definitely be back!
Steve S. via yelp.com - Jul 15, 2017
Great food & great service. Staff ...
Great food & great service. Staff was very attentive and friendly and helped us decide on all our orders. Overall a 5 star experience.
Jen N. via yelp.com - Jul 11, 2017
Barbacoa taco & steak quesadilla ...
Barbacoa taco & steak quesadilla are amazing! As is the fried fish taco & veggie burrito. Overall very friendly staff & great ambiance!
Haley R. via yelp.com - Jul 11, 2017
In the past I did not have a great ...
In the past I did not have a great experience with the service but lately they have been phenomenal. The management seems to be listening to their customers. The food has always been good as well as the prices. I would recommend El Gato to my mother. Keep it up!
Dylan P. via yelp.com - Jul 11, 2017
I like this place but management have got to put more staff on certain days. I'm hearing people are dissatisfied with the wait, it's not the waitress fault Management put two people on at a busy lunch time ... read more
Heather Lamonda via google.com - Jul 10, 2017
Delicious authentic Mexican food ...
Delicious authentic Mexican food - so hard to find in the Northeast! I grew up in AZ and CA, so to find a place in Vermont that makes the real thing is a treasure. The chile relleno is light and sublime, the toasted corn a must-have. And the margaritas! All fresh, 100% agave tequila and real squeezed lime juice to order - no mix in s ... read more
Hayden B. via yelp.com - Jul 9, 2017
The food was very good and I was especially excited for the jalapeño infused tequila drinks. Portio
The food was very good and I was especially excited for the jalapeño infused tequila drinks. Portions were very generous and I definitely enjoyed the complimentary chips and house salsa.
Ashley Fisk via facebook.com - Jul 7, 2017
My favorite Mexican place ... read more
James Sullivan via google.com - Jul 6, 2017
I've been there so many times over the years and thought I'd finally write a review. For the service, I don't think I've ever had a good experience. The waiters and waitresses all seem to share responsibilities with the table because we always have a bunch of different servers each time we go in. They are extremely slow and forget ab ... read more
Jessica Moore via google.com - Jul 5, 2017
AMAZING SERVICE! I left my boxed-up leftovers at the restaurant and my waitress ran down Church St so that she could give them to me. I was really touched and I wish I'd tipped her more. I never write reviews, but this interaction really stood out. The food also was wonderful and affordable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyon ... read more
Naomi Moritz via google.com - Jul 5, 2017
Of what I ordered, the tacos and refried beans were ok and the Spanish rice was mediocre. But comin
Of what I ordered, the tacos and refried beans were ok and the Spanish rice was mediocre. But coming from the service industry, the service was lousy. My friends and I were sat rather promptly, around 4ish, and it was not busy at all. The server who originally came to our table was not the one who took our order and we didn't realize ... read more
Janina Marie via facebook.com - Jul 1, 2017
It's authentic!
Joshua Choiniere via google.com - Jul 1, 2017
(Translated by Google) Love, love, El Gato (Original) Love, love, El Gato ... read more
Gail Hunt via google.com - Jul 1, 2017
Love, love, El Gato ... read more
Gail Hunt via google.com - Jun 28, 2017
Good Mexican food and great selection of tequila and margaritas, as well as beers and wine ... read more
Thatcher Friant via google.com - Jun 27, 2017
Solid Mexican food with the option ...
Solid Mexican food with the option to make many dishes vegan if needed. Good meals for the price point and service has always been friendly and timely in my time. Good selection of beers from the area and outwards, with a changing selection. Tacos have always been a favorite of mine and the chips w/ queso or guac are tasty.
Mike G. via yelp.com - Jun 20, 2017
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