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El Gato is unique and marvelous ...
El Gato is unique and marvelous. Under the watchful eye of owner Theresa Bertram, the recently renovated interior glistens with life and joyful appreciation of people and food.  The tequila selection is the best in Vermont, and the drinks are generous. Laughter is plentiful.  The food is authentic Mexican prepared in careful traditio ... read more
Thomas P. via yelp.com - Feb 20, 2019
This place has the best Tex-Mex style food in the Burlington area, as far as I've been able to find. Excellent salsa and queso. My favorite entree is the taco combo with the hongos e epazote taco. Several good vegetarian items. Extensive tequila menu. House-made infused liquors. If you like it spicy, ask for the Dead Cat sauce, which ... read more
Joshua O'floinn via google.com - Feb 10, 2019
Came here with my usual partner ...
Came here with my usual partner in crime, looking to get a quick bite before we went out on our errands for the day. It was mid-afternoon, and also the day after a snowstorm, so we were in the mood for hot and spicy. We got to the restaurant and it was basically vacant. We were seated right away and served within 15 minutes. I ordere ... read more
Sarah F. via yelp.com - Feb 2, 2019
Had great experience! Food portions are great. Ordered Nachos and Chimichangas...both were Yum!
Komal via google.com - Jan 26, 2019
Had the lengua tacos. Extremely tasty. Service was great as well.
Had the lengua tacos. Extremely tasty. Service was great as well.
Scott Sanborn via facebook.com - Jan 18, 2019
Etwas überdurchschnittlicher Mexikaner. Qualität und Geschmack voll in Ordnung. Empfehlung für zwischendurch, ohne großes Tam-Tam 👍🏼 ... read more
Oliver Oberthür via google.com - Jan 4, 2019
Amazing food, a little bit of a wait to get it.. but definitely worth it!
Amazing food, a little bit of a wait to get it.. but definitely worth it!
Alissa VanNortwick via facebook.com - Jan 3, 2019
Excellent tequila selection, the Agave wings are the best in town, bar none! The rest of the food is pretty good. Not outstanding but good. The Burlington el gato is much better than the other one in Essex.
joseph poulin via google.com - Jan 3, 2019
Wonderful staff and fabulous margaritas. The food we ordered came out quick and hot. I love this place for the food is authentic and filling. Best Mexican in the area!
michael mutty via google.com - Dec 30, 2018
LOVE the food! Awesome flavor on the carnitas taco. Great house margarita. The staff is amazing as well!!
El Bee via google.com - Dec 27, 2018
Amazing real food, especially the salsa!
Kathryn Lemay via google.com - Dec 23, 2018
Went to the one in Essex, best margarita I’ve had in a long time (birthday girl) 🤤
Went to the one in Essex, best margarita I’ve had in a long time (birthday girl) 🤤 ... read more
Kimberly Kayla Guertin via facebook.com - Dec 18, 2018
Fantastic food.
LisaAnn Oberbrunner via google.com - Dec 13, 2018
My daughter is an employee there and represents a good work ethic...good /friendly customer service
My daughter is an employee there and represents a good work ethic...good /friendly customer service !
Robin L Potwin via facebook.com - Dec 9, 2018
Great Mexican restaurant
Greta Mexican food - the Tacos are amazing with the option of corn or wheat taco shells. The ambience is warm and inviting and service is excellent.
DavidW3935 via tripadvisor.com - Dec 7, 2018
Not only my son works for el gato ...
Not only my son works for el gato...great food, service and atmosphere! It's a special restaurant to me because my husband who recently passed away loved el gato...he loved the beef burrito with rojo sauce, refried beans and Mexican beer...he always had great taste...thank you el gato!
Shirley D. via yelp.com - Dec 2, 2018
great service! thank you for making my friend bday special...we enjoyed the fried ice cream
great service! thank you for making my friend bday special...we enjoyed the fried ice cream ... read more
Shirley Gamelin via facebook.com - Dec 2, 2018
Its a decent Mexican place. The best one around here in my opinion. The prices are a bit high for what the food is but the food is of good quality! Just know it's probably going to be around $15 - $18 a head with one light drink. Still recommend for a good cure to your Mexican craving!
Dustin Charland via google.com - Dec 1, 2018
Great atmosphere, good music and food.
Pierce Fitzpatrick via google.com - Nov 20, 2018
Had a good time and great food.
Had a good time and great food.
Ron Shepard via facebook.com - Nov 19, 2018
Taco meat was colld ... read more
Earl Harris via google.com - Nov 17, 2018
Get the mole! Great margaritas.
michael feeney via google.com - Nov 16, 2018
Excellent food and atmosphere ... read more
Carl Sedon via google.com - Nov 10, 2018
Probably the best Mexican food in Burlington. It's hard for a Mexican restaurant to do well in Vermont because, well, Vermonters kinda prefer their food bland. I've seen numerous Mexican restaurants come in, trying to be somewhat authentic, and over time either dumb down their flavors to "New England Mexican" levels or just close a ... read more
Jay Furr via google.com - Nov 9, 2018
Will go Back Again
Good service and food. All four of us had something different and everyone enjoyed their meal. We arrived at about 6:30 and just getting busy, did not have to wait for a table but by seven you would have to wait.
Dinner649 via tripadvisor.com - Nov 5, 2018
This place is wonderful. Not only is the owner delightful but made my boyfriend and I feel very comfortable and at home. We were in the area looking for an apartment and stopped at El Gato for lunch not knowing what to expect. Our food was wonderful! We signed a lease near by and our first though was "horray! It's near El Gato!". We ... read more
Fiona Lowry via google.com - Nov 4, 2018
I am not a picky eater and just about likes everything. But I felt the food was bland and does not do justice to its price. The wait time was really long, which was okay for me since I just wanted to spend some time with friends. But I might not go here alone or for a quick bite. Most of my friends did not like it. They might probabl ... read more
Anoob Prakash via google.com - Nov 3, 2018
Great burritos, guacamole and margaritas!!
Elizabeth Fontanez via google.com - Oct 13, 2018
Food and service were amazing. Best beef burrito I have ever had!
Food and service were amazing. Best beef burrito I have ever had!
Heather Mossey via facebook.com - Oct 8, 2018
Delicious, heavy queso and generous combination platters. Salsa is fresh and chips are crisp. Good Mexican selection for Vermont area. Cute window-front atmosphere with beers on tap!
Morgan Marshall via google.com - Oct 6, 2018
Nice Mexican cuisine, the spicy sauce was not spicy though. Everything else about the place was wonderful and the service was great!
Matthew Behr via google.com - Oct 1, 2018
Great margaritas, great wait staff. The food is good, as long as you remember that you're eating Mexican food in Vermont. Nice atmosphere and a good view of the people out on the street. I'm a middle-aged White guy, so I'm not a good judge of trendiness. I just enjoy the quiet-ish atmosphere that lets me converse with my companions.
Tim White via google.com - Sep 28, 2018
Decent fajitas for a small town ...
Decent fajitas for a small town with no Hispanic population whatsoever. Came here for $5 margaritas and left pleasantly surprised with the quality of their fajita dish. Be warned: the serving size is recommended for two people, which means his is an excellent dish to share and at $24, this is a pretty well-priced meal between two peo ... read more
Allison T. via yelp.com - Sep 24, 2018
Good Timely Food
We went with another couple and since it is not in the main area the wait time was only 20 minutes . Two other restaurants we checked were 1 to 2 hours on Saturday night at 645. Food was tasty, ample portions and appropriate spice/hot...More ... read more
Sara B via tripadvisor.com - Sep 24, 2018
Yum!!!
Joni Jarus via google.com - Sep 19, 2018
I have never had a bad meal at el gato. I don’t eat meat but their vegan tacos are incredible!! My only issue with this place is the service/wait time. I work in the service industry myself and always tend to be more on the patient side when it comes to restaurants but there was no reason to not be seated after 10 mins of arriving at ... read more
Mackenzie Ellor via google.com - Sep 18, 2018
Closest thing to authentic Mexican food! It was fabulous!! Really impressed!!
Closest thing to authentic Mexican food! It was fabulous!! Really impressed!!
Erin Hodgkinson Port via facebook.com - Sep 18, 2018
I have eaten at the Burlington venue- food, service, atmosphere- all was fabulous. we have also use
I have eaten at the Burlington venue- food, service, atmosphere- all was fabulous. we have also used El Gato Cantons for catering for 2 different events. Again- food, service was top notch- great value- would highly recommend El Gato Cantina ... read more
Lynn Knight via facebook.com - Sep 12, 2018
Our food was amazing! Service was outstanding and very quick. The shredded beef was perfect.
Kaleigh Nebula via google.com - Sep 9, 2018
Great atmosphere, fantastic food and drinks. Great for kids, families, groups or anyone looking for Mexican food in town. Highly recommend!
Aura Doak via google.com - Aug 31, 2018
The Mole enchiladas are delicious !Carnitas tacos are authentic
The Mole enchiladas are delicious ! Carnitas tacos are authentic ... read more
Maxine Dee via facebook.com - Aug 30, 2018
As a visitor from CA, I have high standards for Mexican food. This was ok. Nothing was outstanding but if you are craving tacos, this should hit the spot.
J Mac via google.com - Aug 27, 2018
Tasty, but un-spicy. Margarita selection is badass though.
Ben T via google.com - Aug 25, 2018
Always good food and good margs ... read more
Monica Thomas via google.com - Aug 23, 2018
Gets better every time.
This has become one of our favorite places to go. I get something different most times but like the shrimp quesadillas and chicken enchiladas the best. Good atmosphere and of course they have good beer selection. Also have sat outside with views of lowwer church...More ... read more
Robert E via tripadvisor.com - Aug 22, 2018
Best Mexican food I've had since I came to Vermont. Still not the same as it is in the south, but still very good ... read more
Brenden Bauer via google.com - Aug 22, 2018
Lovely Mexican restaurant
When our usual restaurant was full, we ended up at El Gato Cantina out of desperation. The staff was very nice. They started with the free home tortilla chips (very good), and we all chose two tacos to try. The skirt steak (carne asada) one...More ... read more
Philippe_Marie-Line via tripadvisor.com - Aug 19, 2018
Always a great time here! Love the margaritas!
Mark Jackson via google.com - Aug 19, 2018
Good place, one bartender making drinks for the whole place made no sense to me... I can see if you
Good place, one bartender making drinks for the whole place made no sense to me... I can see if your serving bottled beer or making rum & cokes... But several ingredients, frozen drinks etc takes time... A lot of time ... read more
Brandon Eyre via facebook.com - Aug 12, 2018
I love it!!
Brian Horton via google.com - Aug 12, 2018
El Gato Cantina is affordable, delicious, and has very nice staff. Be sure to come here if you want to have a great experience with delicious Mexican food!
Chamwitch via google.com - Aug 11, 2018
Great food with great service. Spanish music with cute waitresses ... read more
Nate Williams via google.com - Aug 9, 2018
Drinks are good...food tastes good, rice not so good ... read more
Sebastian Fuentes via google.com - Aug 6, 2018
Love Love love the food and location on lower Church St.
Celine Blondel via google.com - Aug 3, 2018
Good Food Friendly Staff
Stopped in for dinner before going to a concert at the Flynn. Got in early so it wasn't crowded but by the time we left it was filling up fast. Looked like there was more tables but they were not sitting in that area. Food...More ... read more
1041159 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 1, 2018
Tables were so congested. We were 10 peoples and hardly adjusted ourselves and somehow manage to ea
Tables were so congested. We were 10 peoples and hardly adjusted ourselves and somehow manage to eat. Food was good and service was ok too.
Lina Shrestha via facebook.com - Jul 31, 2018
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