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“Good bang for the buck”
Review of El Gato Cantina

El Gato Cantina
Ranked #60 of 248 Restaurants in Burlington
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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.
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!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank matthewgonyo
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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 with some domestic.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Nathan C
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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.

Date of visit: June 2018
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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.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank ebreimer
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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 so I wouldn't be getting the Mole Pollo taco I had ordered. I selected an alternative and waited about five more minutes for the meal to arrive. The rice and bean sides were cold, so I sent the meal back. The next attempt featured only vaguely warm sides but I was so hungry, I ate the meal anyway. The two tacos were okay but not as flavorful as corresponding options I have eaten in other restaurants. The portions were not generous. Though I was not charged for my meal, I was disappointed with my dining experience. I would not return to El Gato.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Barb B
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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 not a true representation of our business and we hope you will give us another try in the future so we can provide you with the 5 star experience you deserve!

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