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El Gato Negro

Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
+505 8819 7093
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

We had breakfast here today and loved our experience. The menu had a lot of variety and our food was delicious. The coffee was great, and my smoothie really hit the spot. A very laid back atmosphere will all the books and tables inside and...More

Thank Yamahue
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Loved reading your menu and learning new things! The food was great so was the coffee. Lovely staff and a really chill and relaxed atmosphere. Wish there were more places like this around the world!

Thank Monta V
Reviewed 28 December 2015

We had lunch here one day while visiting San Juan del Sur. The menu is very extensive with tons of choices including a lot of great vegetarian and vegan options if you are looking for that. They have great coffee and tons of specialty coffee...More

Thank Meghan B
Reviewed 28 December 2015

Like Big Wave Dave's just down the street, this is a wi-fi café hangout with a library where you can get books to read on rainy days at the hostel. The food is mostly light fare, but includes a lot of vegetarian choices with fresh...More

Thank Lawrence L
Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to meet for breakfast with your friends. Breakfast is great. We always live the employees being so serving.

Thank TexasCooper
ElGatoNegroSJDS, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We love having you here!

Reviewed 16 December 2015

Went for coffee and breakfast here one day -- it was a little more expensive than other restaurants, but it was worth it. Breakfast and coffee were both unreal, and the atmosphere at El Gato Negro was really unique -- would love to go back!More

Thank Amanda T
ElGatoNegroSJDS, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We source most of the coffee from our own organic farm in the northern part of the country. We recently upgraded our roaster, which has also made a big difference in quality. We hope you enjoyed your time in...More

Reviewed 15 December 2015

We were pleasantly surprised to discover the neat cafe bookshop. Living in Central American for close to a year, we discovered bookstores are far and few between. We didn't try the food and only had juices (fresh squeezed and very good), but stayed to enjoy...More

Thank krileygrant
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Phenomenal breakfasts, shakes & coffee. My bf loved the kefir. They make it without dairy. Back patio with shade and a free range bird farm out back that is entertaining while you eat!More

Thank Amy W
ElGatoNegroSJDS, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. It's such a treat to have non-dairy kefir here. It's made by a woman from the Faroe Isalnds, who also makes the yogurts. I am glad that you enjoyed the patio and our landlord's mini farm. The animal dynamics...More

Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

We were twice at el Gate Negro, once for a drink in the afternoon and once for breakfast. I try to describe our experience as objectively as possible and hopefully the owner will try to do the same. The drinks (a smoothie, normal coffee and...More

3  Thank Marco G
ElGatoNegroSJDS, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

As of this writing, there has just been a sharp increase in radiation at Fukushima. Levels of radiation underneath the plant (where the coriums melted through the containment vessels, the ones that didn’t blow into the air and the ocean during the explosion) have spiked...More

Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

Today I was the second time at El Gato Negro. While thinking they may had a bad one yesterday I tryied another time, but today was even worse. We were sitting outside but no one would tell you, that it's self service outside..or were they...More

2  Thank Tamara L
ElGatoNegroSJDS, Owner at El Gato Negro, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had a bad experience. The food is delicious and reasonably priced and includes 17 percent sales tax, which is printed on the menu. I do not have service outside because I cannot have my staff on the patio leaving the...More

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Do they take cc?
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Response from Kelly T | Property representative |
No, cash only. Dollars or Cordobas.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 8819 7093
  • E-mail
El Gato Negro is a Bookstore/Coffeehouse providing locals and travelers a comfortable place to enjoy whole foods, interesting conversation, amazing coffee, the best selection of books in Central America, and an ambiance which will make you forget that you have spent four hours with us.We source organic and whole foods locally and import what we cannot find here. Our friends are our bakers, yogurt makers, lettuce growers, bee keepers, coconut oil pressers...... We offer an experience unique in Central America.