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El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant

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Neighbourhood:
French Quarter
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
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81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116-2617
+1 504-525-9752
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11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Wichita, Kansas
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

El Gato Negro is so delicious. The last time we stopped in for a quick bite (or so I thought) my family ordered fajitas, chicken enchiladas, fresh guacamole and the best margaritas in town. If you are in NO or planning to visit, El Gato Negro is a NO must! The food is very affordable, the staff is amazing and... More 

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Maryland
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the best meals we had in NOLA. We found this place by accident. The fajitas were unbelievable. You have to try the orange oregano salsa. Even though it was very good and the service was great, I gave it a 4 because it was quite pricey.

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Thank Gruman28
ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Gruman28 for your kind review. More 

lafayette
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is good , however the chips are not corn. They are flour and not good/ Thats the only kind they serve. Very tasteless. Sorry folks

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Thank jerry s
ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Jerry S., I am sorry you feel that way about our chips. We hand selected the chips we have and tend to have get responses on them. More 

Tampa, Florida
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The margaritas hit the spot. Guacamole made table-side, very fresh & good. Very friendly service. Food good but not great. Experience would have been better without the table of shrieking drunk women, who although seated the other side of the restaurant, actually made it hard to converse.

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Thank Jim H
ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and feedback Jim H. We are sorry about how the other customers made you uncomfortable on your visit. We still hope that you will try us again in the future. More 

Mahomet, Illinois
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place from the two team that waited on us to the giant servings to the individualized drinks and food choices. The restaurant prides itself on making their own tequila (which is amazing ) and the quality of their meats. They told us in advance that we could split fajitas and we definitely could . The veggies fajitas were... More 

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Thank Marion S
ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much Marion S., we are happy yo hear you enjoyed everything. Please come see us again soon! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We are from San Antonio, and decided to try the fajitas here. First, the chips and salsa were excellent. The steak fajita was tender and flavorful. The sauteed mushrooms were amazing. No fountain drinks, but Mexican bottled soda was available. We realized as we started eating that we ordered too much food. Leftovers for the win! Small venue, and the... More 

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Thank Megan J
ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Megan J., thank you for your kind review. Please come see us again soon! More 

TORONTO, ONTARIO
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

If I hadn't read about this restaurant on TripAdvisor I probably wouldn't have found it as it's in an area that was a little far from the FQ. I'm glad we made the effort to go. The table-side ceviche is a must...very fresh and tasty. The drinks were good but a little weak for my liking, so i asked for... More 

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ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and feedback BCGIRL_23. More 

Marco Island, Fl
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Many things are not excellent and quick...especially on a crowded festival Saturday in New Orleans. El Gato Negro exceeded all expectations and provided a great meal, mean drinks and excellent service! We had the daily special fish tacos and the chicken quesadilla. Our mango margaritas were on point and from greeting to leaving was under an hour! Definitely a return... More 

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Thank Eric J
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Eric J., we always strive to make our guests happy. Please come see us again! More 

Memphis
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123 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful spot for delicious meal of authentic Mexican food. We enjoyed Fresh guacamole made at our table with homemade chips. The shrimp fajitas were very tasty. Great margaritas too.

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Thank ITravelMemphis
ElGatoNegroNola, Office Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great review ITravelMemphis! We hope to see you again soon! More 

South Bend, Indiana
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We had good service and food was good. Only complaint was the upselling of the Tequila for the margarita's. This added $4 to each drink.

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Thank EricBR178
ElGatoNegroNola, Assistant at El Gato Negro Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and feedback! We have several options for top shelf tequila. Depending on which you cost determines the price. We do have our own top shelf tequila, Tocamba that is worth a try! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116-2617
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: +1 504-525-9752

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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