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El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant

81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116-2617 (French Quarter)
504-525-9752
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Ranked #101 of 1,630 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: French Quarter
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We arrived mid-day on a Saturday and were promptly greeted and seated by Sammy. He was a very helpful server with a friendly disposition. He suggested the strawberry margarita with vanilla infused tequila which was great! Not very sweet but very tasty and fresh! We snacked on chips and I ordered a quick bite since we were planning to eat... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Being from Southern California , I grew up with lots of Mexican food.I have also traveled toMexico many times. Real high end Mexican food is hard to find. El Gato Negro fills that nitch.We were greeted with the usual chips and salsa."Do you have a spicy salsa?"Oh yes they do!If you can handle Habaneros,their fresh Habanero salsa is awesome! We... More 

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Sweden
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117 reviews 117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Went for Margaritas and Guacamole. Ended up having a big meal. All was good but not excellent. Wouldn't go for Mexican again while in Cajun heaven.

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Pennsylvania
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87 reviews 87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Hands down the best margarita ever. I may go as far as saying the pineapple cilantro margarita is my favorite drink in the quarter. Service was really good during our visit.

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Louisiana
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76 reviews 76 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

El Gato Negro is delicious Mexican food. Get the sautéed Red Snapper a la Cancun, this dish is excellent. The sauce on the fish is out of this world. You do get very generous portions so bring your appetite. The Chicken Mole is just OK, the fajitas are very good. Great place to go if you are craving Mexican.

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East Moriches, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Based on a rec from a Chowhounder I follow we headed to El Gato for their Carrot lime margarita. In theory it sounded amazing. Not that it was bad it just was not as fantastic as I had hoped or hyped. Tried a few dishes between the 6 of us, they were a good snack. But with all the fabulous... More 

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Milton, FL
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30 reviews 30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The drink menu is enormous, the food is hot, fresh and delicious and the atmosphere is great. Went for lunch with my brother and his wife, sat outside in a little cubby hole and watched a pigeon poop on the guy next to us. Beware, if you sit outside. I don't believe I've ever laughed so hard in my life.... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Ever since we found this place a few years ago on our annual trip to NOLA, it's a must. The pineapple cilantro margaritas are dee-lish! I had the ceviche and it was wonderful...must have had a whole avocado, blue-fin tuna, and the rest...SO good! My friends meals were just as tasty. A couple of years ago, we didn't think the... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A place I had been hearing about and anxious to try. Service was top notch, polite and prompt. Menu looked creative and inspired. The Margarita was perfect. Sadly, my food, although it looked beautiful, was so over-salted that I couldn't eat it. In New Orleans, one NEVER sends back food, so I was S.O.L. I'm going to try again, as... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The pineapple-cilantro margarita was highly recommended and what a great recommendation it was. Our group of 8 went in for it early in the day and at the same time ordered some guacamole'. Everything was great and to watch the guacamole' being hand made at the table was even better - we got to see every ingredient added and see... 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

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