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El Gato Cantina

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
+1 802-540-3095
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“enchiladas” (15 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (12 reviews)
“taco” (16 reviews)
Opens in 2 min
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went with another couple and since it is not in the main area the wait time was only 20 minutes . Two other restaurants we checked were 1 to 2 hours on Saturday night at 645. Food was tasty, ample portions and appropriate spice/hot...More

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has become one of our favorite places to go. I get something different most times but like the shrimp quesadillas and chicken enchiladas the best. Good atmosphere and of course they have good beer selection. Also have sat outside with views of lowwer church...More

Thank Robert E
Reviewed August 19, 2018

When our usual restaurant was full, we ended up at El Gato Cantina out of desperation. The staff was very nice. They started with the free home tortilla chips (very good), and we all chose two tacos to try. The skirt steak (carne asada) one...More

Thank Philippe_Marie-Line
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Stopped in for dinner before going to a concert at the Flynn. Got in early so it wasn't crowded but by the time we left it was filling up fast. Looked like there was more tables but they were not sitting in that area. Food...More

Thank 1,041,159
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Food was really tasty, good menu options, good service. Loved the free chips and salsa. If. Had to make one suggestion it would be to offer wheat and/or whole grain tortilla options for us health conscious people. Overall great!

Thank matthewgonyo
Reviewed July 12, 2018

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn just a couple blocks from El Gato. The food was tasty and had a wide selection to choose from. Prices are good along with the portion size, salsa was tasty also! Various local brews to choose from along...More

Thank Nathan C
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Our family stopped by for a pre-concert lunch. The service was good and the food very tasty. The vegetarian options were good, but we've seen better at other Mexican restaurants. Our portions were huge, so be prepared to take home leftovers.

Thank Frank B
Reviewed May 29, 2018

We've gone here the last five years after the marathon and are always satisfied with the tasty food and selection of drinks. It is a great value and a relaxing atmosphere. The service is inconsistent, but it has always been resolved when we've asked.

Thank ebreimer
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Had an evening meal on Memorial Day. Service was prompt, though the wait for the food was longer than it should have been, especially given that the restaurant was not busy. About 15 minutes after ordering, I was told that they were out of chicken...More

Thank Barb B
Tree B, Manager at El Gato Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Barb, we are disappointed to learn of your recent visit with us and apologize for the long wait time. Please know we train our staff to be as timely as possible and we will be speaking with them about your review immediately. This incident is...More

Reviewed May 27, 2018

Around the corner from the Floyd Theater, this Mexican restaurant is, in my opinion, just so-so. Drinks were good. Chips were served, but they forgot the salsa...which we had to ask for. Not bad. It took a long time for the food to be served....More

Thank Robert S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $25
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, Families with children, Large groups
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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