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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 238
    Excellent
  • 125
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Large refreshing drinks relax and enjoy the enjoy the guacamole made fresh table side while waiting for the main course.......

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lelia T
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Large refreshing drinks relax and enjoy the enjoy the guacamole made fresh table side while waiting for the main course.......

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Thank Lelia T
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Lelia T, Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Holden, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in NOLA for 6 nights, wanting something different, we chose El Gato Negro. It was a nervous walk through several dark, desolate areas in order to get to this restaurant. The wine I ordered was not fresh, instead it was flat and tasted days old. The meal was mediocre at best compared to mexican feasts we have had... More 

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Thank Suri723
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Suri723, I am sorry to hear that your experience wasn't up to par. I do hope that you will give us another chance in the future. More 

Buckingham, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was fantastic and the owner made our meal! The food was fresh and fantastic as well! The location was great and the street view was wonderful!

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Thank jbritt38
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

jbritt38, thank you for your awesome review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again. More 

NH
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice. I'm not a Mexican food lover but I had an authentic taco (pancake like) with chicken and guac. My friend had enchiladas and loved them. The guac is made at your table and is absolutely fresh and delicious. I had a "stuffed" avocado which was an avocado over which a hot mix of mushrooms, peppers, etc... More 

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Thank NHPenny
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

NHPenny, thank you so much for visiting us TWICE! We are glad you enjoyed yourself and we hope to see you again in the future. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this place! Our waitress was a doll, very helpful on our tequila choice to go in our margarita, which was delicious. We had the tacos, that were so great. we shared a plate of four, shrimp, chicken, el pastor, beef. I love that you just add your toppings to them at your choice for a minimal amount of... More 

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Thank kathy5980
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Kathy5980, thank you for your kind review. We love to hear feedback from our customers! Please come see us again :) More 

Madison, Alabama
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was in town for a convention and brought my wife along. She hand broken her foot a few weeks prior so her mobility was limited and this restaurant was just down the next corner from the hotel. Great food and people. My meal came with a side of their orange oregano salsa which is to die for. I told... More 

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Thank Brett C
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Brett C, thank you for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself! That orange oregano is to die for! :) We hope to see you again and that your wife is feeling better! More 

Bluffton, South Carolina
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91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I dinned here while we were in town for our honeymoon. The atmosphere was cute and the service was good. The fishbowl drinks were very tasty and the pricing was reasonable. It was a great stop while in town!

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Thank Elizabeth F
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Elizabeth F, congratulations on your marriage! Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed everything! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Try the pineapple cilantro margarita! Table side guacamole was PERFECT! I had the shrimp tacos, I wish their was something besides shrimp and onions, however they were great! Great staff! Will visit again!

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Thank april b
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi april b., thank you for your great review. We are glad you enjoyed everything and can't wait to see you again. More 

St. Louis
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love traditional French and Creole food. But if you're looking for something a bit different, do not hesitate to check this place out. The food is delicious. The drink menu is amazing. And the service is top notch. Thanks much for a fun night!!

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Thank pkpdd488
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi pkpdd488, Thank you for leaving us a great review! We are glad you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is expensive but my husband and I always share the fajitas. Service is always good and food is on spot. We will be back!

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Thank brrrandy
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Asisstant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi brrrandy, thank you for taking the time out to write us a great review. Happy to hear you enjoy the fajitas! We can't wait to see you again! More 

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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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Staying in French Quarter

Neighborhood Profile
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.