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El Gato Cantina

) #42 of 178 Restaurants in Burlington $$ - $$$ Mexican,
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
+1 802-540-3095
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (12 reviews)
“moles” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Mexican restaurants come and go in Vermont, mostly go. When a real Sonoran style restaurant shows up, believe me, we want it to succeed. We had lunch there today and the chips and salsa made a good first impression. We went through the salsa pretty...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. I have high standards for Mexican food coming from Los Angeles. On a scale of 1-10 I would say 7. Service was excellent and atmosphere is fun. Prices are reasonable.

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

when we arrived there were 3 couples at the bar (2 already had food and beverages) and 3 tables with customers. We ordered our beverages (2 margaritas). After waiting for 20 minutes the bartender sent our server over to tell us that the tequila that...More

Thank mitchell962017
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The margaritas are great, and they have a good variety to try. The food isn't very well spiced, and always tastes like it was recently reheated.

Thank JamesMadison
Reviewed 6 May 2017

The menu is extensive and food delicious. Create your own combo plates... there really is something for everyone. The chicken enchilada was delicious; chicken was shredded and tender. And of course you should go on a Wednesday- $5.00 Margaritas! You will most likely have a...More

Thank Lu104
Reviewed 1 May 2017

food was very good even on a busy saturdeay night we did not have to wait very long for a table and the food wasexcellent

Thank Nick159
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

I had a jalapeño margarita and a couple of tacos. One barbacoa (shredded beef) and one fish taco. Both of them were excellent! Very flavorful and perfectly cooked. I sat at the bar and felt like it was one of the best neighborhood bars I've...More

Thank Notsoskinnygirl
Reviewed 24 February 2017

My girlfriend and I dined at El Gato Thursday evening. It was our second visit. As before, it was crowded even on a Thursday. But when we finally got seated, it was worth it. THe service was very good and the kitchen was prompt. THey...More

Thank Gil M
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We were passing through on way up to Canada and ate here for dinner. Everyone had left-overs with the combination platters. This is authentic Mexican food that can be hard to find in upstate New York so we were so happy with our choice to...More

Thank Keek07
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is definitely a hot spot for Mexican cuisine in BTV - a 30 minute wait is pretty standard, I ended up eating at the bar since I was alone. But it was well worth it! Etta was amazing! She can sling several drinks together,...More

Thank HurricaneLuke88
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
Mexican, Southwestern
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-4603
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-540-3095
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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