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El Gato Negro

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Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 8819 7093
07:00 - 15:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great selection of delicious foods and beverages with a choice of settings indoor and out. Excellent books to choose from to add some literary enjoyment to your visit.

Thank Lynne R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good coffee. The shop is really nice with a lot of books and lot of colours. I would recommend this shop.

Thank Lia I
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little place. The girlfriend and I enjoyed the ambiance and tranquility of the place. We ordered some coffees and sat in the back garden while we cooled off and caffeinated. We would definitely recommend this place and plan to stop by on our next visit.

Thank Matt B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite place in San Juan! This place has it all, very big variety of food, fresh, healthy and delicious. The coffee is great and the environment is so calm and nice. If you are in San Juan - this is a must!

Thank Shira B
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33 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Visited here several times during our stay. Even went during one of the many power outages and service was still awesome ;)

Thank robjl3
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Awesome little café offering vegan treats that are better than non-vegan sweets-hard to believe but it's true-I am NOT A VEGAN. They have such delicious muffins and brownies and smoothies. I L-O-V-E- this place and not only for that-they have the largest book selection in San Juan I stayed browsing titles for an hour!

Thank Tl D
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The food is less than average, very expensive and they add an automatic 10% tip (which wasn't deserved). Go elsewhere

1 Thank Laura V
Kelly T, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

We are not overpriced. We operate at a 50 percent food cost. Your meal includes a 17 percent tax. I also pay $600 a month in social security taxes for my staff. I pay $500 a month for electricity. Things cost money. By the way, everything I serve is at least three times as expensive in your native country. The... More 

Arlington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

If you are in San Juan del Sur, stop by El Gato Negro for a delicious sandwich. The Vanderbilt sandwich fueled my surfing on several days while I was in town. Great spot!

Thank LovesAnAdventure98
Quebec City, Canada
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4 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We went to El Gato Negro for lunch and we liked the place. Their limonade is great and the service is pretty good. Music was just a little bit too loud. We liked the idea of a coffeeshop/bookstore in the same place

Thank CamilleQc
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

The El Gato Negro is a cute spot, with an array of books you can buy, brand new or used. I found the used books to be quite pricey though. The service was mediocre, I felt more like an inconvenience then a costumer. But the coffees pretty good and the bagels are great!

Thank CaliKristine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 8819 7093
El Gato Negro is a Bookstore/Coffeehouse providing locals and travelers a comfortable place to enjoy whole foods, interesting conversation, amazing coffee, the best selection of books in Central America, and an ambiance which will make you forget that you have spent four hours with us.We source organic and whole foods locally and import what we cannot find here. Our friends are our bakers, yogurt makers, lettuce growers, bee keepers, coconut oil pressers...... We offer an experience unique in Central America.

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