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El Gato Negro - CLOSED

Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 8819 7093
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
May 28, 2018
“The best kept local secret”
May 26, 2017
“Restaurant with a nostalgic Woodstock era ambience.”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

This bar is the oldest non-renovated bar in town so if you want authentic go here. It's cheap as anything and the rooftop is amazing.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Blake S
Reviewed May 26, 2017

Pastel colored 1960s decor, with shelves of books lining the walls. There was also a sitting area of faded sofas, oversized pillows on the floor, and a coffee table strewn with magasines. I had a nice breakfast at this establishment. I imagined Jim Morrison, Janet...More

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank Vatche V
Reviewed May 16, 2017

No longer in SJDS. Closed May 1, 2017. SO VERY SAD! This was an institution and will be Greatly missed!

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Breakfast is awesome. Go there and enjoy! They have an incredible design, you will feel comfortable and relaxed. The owner of the Café helps their employees to go to school. So if you eat there, you will help also the local people to get educated....More

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank mero_ffm
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

A great selection of delicious foods and beverages with a choice of settings indoor and out. Excellent books to choose from to add some literary enjoyment to your visit.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Lynne R
Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

Very good coffee. The shop is really nice with a lot of books and lot of colours. I would recommend this shop.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Lia I
Reviewed April 4, 2017

Great little place. The girlfriend and I enjoyed the ambiance and tranquility of the place. We ordered some coffees and sat in the back garden while we cooled off and caffeinated. We would definitely recommend this place and plan to stop by on our next...More

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Matt B
Reviewed April 2, 2017 via mobile

Our favorite place in San Juan! This place has it all, very big variety of food, fresh, healthy and delicious. The coffee is great and the environment is so calm and nice. If you are in San Juan - this is a must!

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Shira B
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

Visited here several times during our stay. Even went during one of the many power outages and service was still awesome ;)

Date of visit: March 2017
Thank chefroblizotte
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

The food is less than average, very expensive and they add an automatic 10% tip (which wasn't deserved). Go elsewhereMore

Date of visit: March 2017
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Kelly T, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2017

We are not overpriced. We operate at a 50 percent food cost. Your meal includes a 17 percent tax. I also pay $600 a month in social security taxes for my staff. I pay $500 a month for electricity. Things cost money. By the way,...More

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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 8819 7093
El Gato Negro is a Bookstore/Coffeehouse providing locals and travelers a comfortable place to enjoy whole foods, interesting conversation, amazing coffee, the best selection of books in Central America, and an ambiance which will make you forget that you have spent four hours with us.We source organic and whole foods locally and import what we cannot find here. Our friends are our bakers, yogurt makers, lettuce growers, bee keepers, coconut oil pressers...... We offer an experience unique in Central America.
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