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El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant

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French Quarter
Mexican, French
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81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116-2617
504-525-9752
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12:00 pm - 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, Drinks, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 214
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  • 108
    Very good
  • 43
    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
Best Margarita Ever

The Pineapple Cilantro Margarita was hands down the best margarita I've ever tasted. The guacamole was made fresh table side. Even though they were busy the service was great. Very friendly staff!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Puerto Varas, Chile
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Puerto Varas, Chile
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The Pineapple Cilantro Margarita was hands down the best margarita I've ever tasted. The guacamole was made fresh table side. Even though they were busy the service was great. Very friendly staff!

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I could not find anything that I disliked, overall top quality authentic food, not to be missed specially the Nachos, Burritos and the Margaritas.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

we went here in march and like every restaurant in nola they have a menu posted at the front door so we went in to eat it was good staff was fast and friendly ....till we got the bill and what we got was $8 more than what it was posted at door (snapper fajitas $20) even for the mardi... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Seriously 5 stars. Marguaritas..Blackberry the best! Guacomole made table side is fabulous and then there are the shrimp fajitas...split them. Go hungry !

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Coffeyville, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Since neither my wife or I are big seafood eaters we were searching for something with a wider variety than the normal New Orleans restaurant. El Gato Negro did not disappoint. It had a wide range of offerings makes it so most anyone can find something to their liking. What made this restaurant for us though was our waiter. Sammy... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My daughter picked this restaurant because she wanted a shrimp taco, but we ended up splitting a shrimp and crawfish quesadilla. It was great. Very fresh ingredients. Salsa was delicious! Waiter was overly helpful. A bit pricey for two but it was great food.

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Raleigh, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Stopped in for drinks. I had the orange & lime margarita and my husband had the pineapple cilantro. They were both very flavorful and we enjoyed them along with fresh chips and salsa. Restaurant was fairly empty as it was just after typical lunch time. Server was attentive. There is quite the variety of tequilas and you can get flights... More 

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I disliked that they aren't open 24 hours! The food and the service and the drinks are fabulous here. It is near the French Market.

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Malibu, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Didn't expect to find such good Mexican food in New Orleans probably because no one who had ever been there before me ever suggested having anything but Creole. El Gato has a variety of great dishes to choose from and not one of the 9 in our party were dissatisfied.

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Saratoga Springs, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Frankly, I didn't like a lot of the restaurants in the French quarter. They either are too touristy or too dirty looking. We found two that were semi-formal and excellent on Jackson Square but the prices matched the atmosphere and quality. El Gato Negro was our choice for a casual but good evening out and it was a great choice.... More 

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Additional Information about El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant

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

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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, French

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?