Reviews

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
Good bang for the buck
Food was really tasty, good menu options, good service. Loved the free chips and salsa. If. Had to make one suggestion it would be to offer wheat and/or whole grain tortilla options for us health conscious people. Overall great!
matthewgonyo via tripadvisor.com - Jul 30, 2018
Very good and authentic Mexican food.
Joseph S via google.com - Jul 29, 2018
Honestly I love this place, can’t beat the margs and the food is great. Always a stop when I’m in B
Honestly I love this place, can’t beat the margs and the food is great. Always a stop when I’m in Burlington ... read more
Britt Hatch via facebook.com - Jul 28, 2018
Always a great experience at El Gato! We love bringing our kids and enjoying a fun family meal together. My favorite is the Pozole!
Matthew Giulianelli via google.com - Jul 26, 2018
Great drinks, food and service!
Lucas Towne via google.com - Jul 25, 2018
Seated right away, service was ...
Seated right away, service was great and the tacos were delicious. Only downside was the guacamole.... I ordered the guac, not a pile of shredded lettuce and quartered limes smothered by a heap of mashed avocado.Aside from that, the carnitas tacos were definitely a hit. Get that. I'll definitely be back.
Adam P. via yelp.com - Jul 22, 2018
Been here before and enjoyed it. Sat at the bar, it was a good 20!minutes before anyone showed up at all! Another female customer was at the bar and she had a terrible time getting anyone to come out of the kitchen to take her order. I got my own menu from the hostess stand. No one was there. Finally a female bartender showed up ... read more
Mary Cain via google.com - Jul 21, 2018
Food was pretty good, leaning toward authentic...no jalapeño poppers. Service at lunchtime was surprisingly slow, considering how empty the place was. Entrees weren't very hot (temperature). Staff was friendly.
Adam Huff via google.com - Jul 20, 2018
Great drinks and food ... read more
me me via google.com - Jul 18, 2018
If staying in downtown Burlington and hungry for local Mexican food...
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn just a couple blocks from El Gato. The food was tasty and had a wide selection to choose from. Prices are good along with the portion size, salsa was tasty also! Various local brews to choose from along...More ... read more
Nathan C via tripadvisor.com - Jul 12, 2018
Perspective: this was a delivery ...
Perspective: this was a delivery order with Mr. Delivery service.First, I am a 'tamale-holic," so I ordered the pork tamales.  They are listed on the menu as "smothered in roja, onions & peppers."  When ordering from Mr. Delivery, I requested a side of tomatillo salsa because I'm not a fan of "smothering" my tamales in anything.  I'm ... read more
Jen W. via yelp.com - Jul 10, 2018
I came in here for lunch while I was visiting Burlington. This restaurant is not located too far from the pedestrian only part of Church Street. We happened to come in on a day when there were $5 margaritas, they were good. Our waiter was GREAT, very attentive and he gets two thumbs up. As soon as we sat down, he brought us wate ... read more
Kara M. via google.com - Jul 7, 2018
I came in here for lunch while ...
I came in here for lunch while I was visiting Burlington.  This restaurant is not located too far from the pedestrian only part of Church Street. We happened to come in on a day when there were $5 margaritas, they were good.Our waiter was GREAT, very attentive and he gets two thumbs up.  As soon as we sat down, he brought us waters a ... read more
Kara M. via yelp.com - Jul 7, 2018
Immediately seated on a Wednesday ...
Immediately seated on a Wednesday evening. Great margarita selections and their fried fish taco is outta sight! Casual atmosphere and amazing selection of authentic food.
Blair W. via yelp.com - Jul 6, 2018
I had a burrito, and it was really good. The only thing I didn't like, was that they slathered it with salsa on top, making it really soggy, and impossible to eat with your hands. I had to use a fork and knife, which was unusual for me, being used to picking up burritos to eat them. Do not get enchiladas though, those are bad.
Salvatore Boone via google.com - Jul 4, 2018
Always friendly staff and good comfort food! Try the Meximosas; they are never a bad idea!! Great location, reasonably priced.
BrieAnna Fleury via google.com - Jun 27, 2018
Good food, very large portions!
Our family stopped by for a pre-concert lunch. The service was good and the food very tasty. The vegetarian options were good, but we've seen better at other Mexican restaurants. Our portions were huge, so be prepared to take home leftovers.
Frank B via tripadvisor.com - Jun 24, 2018
Was not as happy as we were after eating at the Essex location. Might have just been the night. The waiter said there was a wedding party. Servings are large, but the food was bland and service was s bit off.
Chris Mazur via google.com - Jun 22, 2018
Great margaritas, tacos and queso!!!
Mark Laseau via google.com - Jun 18, 2018
Great margs and food ... read more
Sarah W via google.com - Jun 14, 2018
Great service food is delicious.
Anne Crawford Kurtz via google.com - Jun 13, 2018
I love this place! Incredibly authentic Mexican ... read more
Emily Reynolds via google.com - Jun 11, 2018
Decent Mexican food. Good local beers on tap. Nice staff. Good location. Enjoy ... read more
Tim Barritt via google.com - May 30, 2018
El Gato is one of my favorite places ...
El Gato is one of my favorite places in Burlington. The food is pretty decent at a fair price. But what makes this place pop is their selection of pretty bomb tequila. The well tequila is pretty good too for being well. On Wednesday they have half off margs which is pretty dope and it gets real busy for a good reason so get here earl ... read more
Ray C. via yelp.com - May 30, 2018
Great food and value
We've gone here the last five years after the marathon and are always satisfied with the tasty food and selection of drinks. It is a great value and a relaxing atmosphere. The service is inconsistent, but it has always been resolved when we've asked.
ebreimer via tripadvisor.com - May 29, 2018
Eh?
Around the corner from the Floyd Theater, this Mexican restaurant is, in my opinion, just so-so. Drinks were good. Chips were served, but they forgot the salsa...which we had to ask for. Not bad. It took a long time for the food to be served....More ... read more
Robert S via tripadvisor.com - May 27, 2018
Awesome food!
Melissa DeCicco via google.com - May 27, 2018
Best house margaritas around, and the tacos have great flavors!
Best house margaritas around, and the tacos have great flavors!
Lauren Beach via facebook.com - May 25, 2018
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