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El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant

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French Quarter
Mexican
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81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116-2617
504-525-9752
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 189
    Excellent
  • 100
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
How do you say yummy in Spanish?

The service was quick and friendly, the food was delicious and the portions were generous. Great location by the French Market. Wonderful casual vibe inside. If you get a chance try the guacamole that is freshly prepared right at your table. Yum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
TonyfromEtobicoke
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

The service was quick and friendly, the food was delicious and the portions were generous. Great location by the French Market. Wonderful casual vibe inside. If you get a chance try the guacamole that is freshly prepared right at your table. Yum.

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Every time I visit a new Mexican restaurant, I judge it by the fajitas. The chicken fajitas here absolutely melt in your mouth! They are by far the best fajitas I've ever had. The restaurant is pretty small, and kinda loud if there are large groups dining together, but do not miss eating here.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The food was good. however, the menu prices on the window menu were not honored. they said it was the "old menu" and refused to honor the price shown. Our dish was over $7 higher and was only presented on the "current" menu as "market price". we were given a terrible flan as a concession though.

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Canberra
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92 reviews 92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The service at El Gato Negro is really great. They're super friendly, professional and efficient. They were really busy but we were seated and served quickly. While we were there, another customer was being very rude and dismissive, yet the staff handled him calmly and effectively. Two thumbs up for service. In addition, the prices are reasonable given the French-Quarter-adjacent... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I had lunch here the last week of March. Great Mexican food and margaritas. We will definitely be back if we return to New Orleans.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My friends and I were in New Orleans the week of St. Patricks Day and one day we stopped in this place, it was walking distance from where we stayed and we were all pleasantly surprised at the great food. We had been eating up the Creole fare for a couple of days and wanted something different, this was no... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Value for the dollar this is a great little Mexican place a short walk from Frenchman St clubs. The food was fresh and delicious. I had the seared eggplant and my wife had the enchiladas. The drinks were great too and reasonably priced. Service was good. A pleasant change from the over-priced restaurants in the heart of the French quarter.

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Top Contributor
278 reviews 278 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

First- if you have a party of more than 5 (even children) they will not separate checks and the gratuity is included in your bill. The service was ok, not great. The menu is extensive and the food was really good- very salty- but very good. I would recommend the tacos- you basically build your own and they are delish!

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Missoula, Montana
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52 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Arriving in NOLA in the late afternoon, waiting for friends to arrive makes for a somewhat disjointed evening. It was with pleasure, then, we sat down (finally) in el Gato Negro for a late night supper. This is a casual place, but the food was excellent and service speedy. We ordered fish tacos, the stuffed poblano pepper, sides of rice... More 

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Houston, Texas
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298 reviews 298 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Went here toady for margaritas and they were excellent. This was an excellent choice To go to eat and drink.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116-2617
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: 504-525-9752

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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