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El Gato Cantina

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
+1 802-540-3095
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“guacamole” (14 reviews)
“taco” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We came here for dinner and had an amazing experience! It had a fun vibe and the food was fantastic! Everything was homemade, from the salsa to the chicken soup. It was a Wednesday and they had $5 Margaritas....which were excellent. I would especially recommend...More

Thank Karen V
Reviewed November 17, 2017 via mobile

Food, drinks and atmosphere was awesome!! Service could have been so much better, our waitress was not attentive and was very slow. I wouldn’t let that deter me to go back again!!

Thank Whitty955
Reviewed November 8, 2017

We were in Burlington for two appointments, and got wonderful news at both of them! So what to do, but celebrate. It was mid-afternoon by the time we were free and both of us were hungry. Not sure how we found ourselves on Church, but...More

Thank twomartinilunch
Reviewed October 6, 2017

We went for the first time, and were impressed with the quality, variety and friendly atmosphere. It was not very expensive and the portions were big enough and the drinks were tasty and strong enough.

Thank sjk7301948
Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

I travel for work and visit many restaurants all through New England- we have many Mexican joints and most are good, but this place is TOP NOTCH. The wait staff and hostess are Super Friendly, Excited about the Menu and food, able to give a...More

Thank Edward R
Reviewed September 16, 2017

Food is OK, slightly overpriced for what you get. Restaurant is loud. Servers appear very young and not very keen on customer service. We waited very long for each dish.More

Thank Esther C
Tree B, Owner at El Gato Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2017

Hi Esther, thanks for your review. We're sorry to hear that you were less than impressed by both the food and service provided to you. We never want you to settle for something that you aren't happy with, so we ask that you please don't...More

Reviewed September 4, 2017

We went here on a Friday night in August, and it was busy. Our server was on the ball despite a full dining room. We had to wait a little bit for our food, but the server came over to acknowledge and apologize for the...More

Thank SpinaciousB
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Tuesday is taco night st El Gato. Tacos are $2. The menu is pretty typical for a Mexican restaurant - tacos, enchiladas, burritos and tostadas. There are a few specialty items like mole chicken and a shredded chicken with cheese. We went with a family...More

Thank dmount2001
Reviewed August 14, 2017

They mixed up our taco order, but in the end we straightened it out. They didn't seem to care. Overall, it's just ok but far from Good Mexican. I probably wouldn't bother going there again.

Thank 754Chuck
Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

I end up here with my family every now and then - it's average Mexican food, usually a pretty long wait. The guacamole is excellent!

Thank olyonsvt
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $25
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-540-3095
  • E-mail
El Gato Cantina, is a traditional Mexican restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine to Burlington and Essex Junction, Vermont. The philosophy at El Gato Cantina is to make delicious food with traditional Mexican family recipes. We now have two locations! Visit us in downtown Burlington at 169 Church Street, or visit our NEW restaurant on 4 Park Street in Essex Junction, VT. Our menu consists of tamales, carnitas, fresh salsas, chili relleno and at least 10 different kinds of tacos and more. We take pride in our elote (Mexican grilled corn) and pozole, (the ancient Aztec soup of pork and hominy). Behind the bar we are fully stocked with a wide range of tequilas including some our house-infused tequilas made with jalapenos, oranges and our daily infused tequila specials. We offer delicious vegetarian and gluten-free Mexican dishes and source our food locally whenever possible. Dine in a casual atmosphere with a traditional Mexican Cantina feel. Join us today for a tasty Mexican meal the way Grandma used to make it.
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