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El Gato

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Lower Church Street, Burlington, VT
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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South Burlington
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a jalapeño margarita and a couple of tacos. One barbacoa (shredded beef) and one fish taco. Both of them were excellent! Very flavorful and perfectly cooked. I sat at the bar and felt like it was one of the best neighborhood bars I've ever frequented except that it had awesome Mexican food! The bartender was very attentive and... More 

Thank Notsoskinnygirl
Syracuse, New York
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We were passing through on way up to Canada and ate here for dinner. Everyone had left-overs with the combination platters. This is authentic Mexican food that can be hard to find in upstate New York so we were so happy with our choice to eat at El gato. Wait staff was fast and friendly. Drinks came right out. We... More 

Thank Keek07
Saratoga Springs, New York
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Met friends here while I was in town. I ordered the combination platter that consisted of pork tamale, and chile rellenos with black beans. I loved that they provided salsa and chips while your meal was preparing to come out. I also ordered a skinny jalapeno margarita, and good gosh I could drink those all day! Our food came out... More 

Thank Fenn1931
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

We are in Burlington for a nephew's wedding and over 20 of us showed up for dinner we were met with a great experience. Our waitress Kathryn was fantastic. Food and drinks came as fast as could be expected. Kathryn had a great smile and attitude. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the place. Exceeded my sister's expectation. We'll... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

My wife and I visited the place while in Burlington. We loved the mexican food at El gato and I recommend the place. We will certainly go back when in the area.

Thank OnSeCalme
Tampa, Florida
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

This is a true Burlington treasure. We had several appetizers and fabulous Margaritas. The staff was incredible and attentive. We travel to Mexico frequently and the food tastes just like it does there.

1 Thank mandmsilverman
Essex, Vermont
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293 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2015

This is a popular new restaurant in Essex Junction. Go a little early to guarantee a seat. You will love the food. We enjoyed the fish tacos a lot.

Thank Miley2007
Omaha Area
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89 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2015 via mobile

I was first concerned about a Mexican restaurant called The Cat. Tried to go there about a month ago but there was quite a wait so we went somewhere else. Tried it last week when there wasn't a wait and now wonder why it was so busy the first time. This food is just average. The tacos and enchiladas were... More 

Thank Doug K
York, Maine
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132 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2014 via mobile

Went there recently with folks from work. Started with 10 of us at a large table. A few more folks showed up so they were able to rearrange tables and chairs without a fuss. Chips and salsa were a good start. We didn't feel pressured to order which was good. I had one of the specials which was good and... More 

Thank Kgreene2013
Albany, New York
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372 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2014

I've eaten at many traditional Mexican restaurants from New York State to California. This restaurant is among the best of them for dining. The overall experience was wonderful. There are more than sufficient staff to attend to the needs of dining in the restaurant. More important, every one of the people who came to our table from the person who... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Church Street, Burlington, VT
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?