El Gato Negro Tapas

4.6
544 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Spanish
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Welcome to El Gato Negro Tapas

Chef patron Simon Shaw creates seasonally-influenced dishes, combining modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques while taking inspiration from closer to home. Our food is perfectly complemented by a select range of Spanish wines and sherries, and a superb bar offering.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of Operation
Food Times


Lunch Tuesday to Thursday 12 - 14:30

Lunch Friday to Sunday 12 - 17:00

Dinner 7 days 17:00 - 21:30
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Phone number
0161 694 8585
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Simon Shaw
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Public Transit
10 minutes walk from Salford Central Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and we were spoilt for choice. Next time I must have a desert as they looked amazing.

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SS
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just fabulous. The best tapas in Manchester and the competition is strong! Great friendly down to earth team. Strongly recommend the pigs cheeks especially if you love black pudding! Great value for money on the food. Would love to go back

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant.. food and service amazing as always, you need to book in advance though.

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails, service and of course the food. Can't wait to return.

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J
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had read reviews about this restaurant and noted that it seemed highly rated, appearing in the top ten Manchester restaurants on several sites. My expectations were high. I had previously enjoyed a bottle of wine with meat and cheese in the bar area. I was slightly disappointed by the food in the restaurant. I have had better tapas in Manchester for a lot less money. I had been planning to take a group of friends here to celebrate my birthday in June, but have now decided to try somewhere else.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tapas, great venue, friendly staff - had a brilliant meal, will be back.

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d
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing wine..want to go back as soon as possible

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C
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We were very much looking forward to eating here and booked well in advance due to the other reviews. We were very disappointed as the food was below standard. Iberico ham which was more like very fatty parma ham - Not good and not worth the money! Sardines were in a strange Indian style pesto which did not compliment the fish at all. The Spanish tortilla was truly awful. The olives were the only lovely part of the meal - Oh and the wine. So our suggestion would be to go and sit at the bar with a bottle of wine and some olives!

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M
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!! Nothing elseto add

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited for my husbands 50th birthday celebrations with 2 close friends.
From the reception to the end,everything,apart from the torrential rain,was perfect.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent service, food and atmosphere but a bit pricey.

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as per usual.

I love this place☺☺☺☺

I can not fault the service and we were very excited about the complementary birthday desserts.Such a kind touch.

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JA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent but compared with previous visits I was disappointed re. where we were seated in cramped and not very comfortable seating on the third floor. I had booked several weeks in advance so had anticipated a good table on the 2nd floor - which is what we have always had on previous occasions. It was difficult to read the menu and the ambiance was not as good - it is usually excellent

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NB
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, cannot fault the quality of the dishes, they were really authentic and tasty. Lamb skewers, caramelised cauliflower and Serrano ham were 3 of our favourites.
2 small drawbacks, our table on the first floor was next to the door and was quite draughty, especially as the restaurant got busy. Also we were told as it was tapas that the dishes would come when they were ready. Totally understand that but when it takes an additional 30 minutes for chicken thighs to arrive after everything else has been brought out then and then we have to remind you, then don't try and play it off as 'that's tapas' - just admit you forgot the order!!
Would go back and recommend though, the good points were great 👍

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E
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food...great service and wonderful atmosphere

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous, probably the best tapas we have eaten. We were a group of six celebrating my partner's birthday and we had a great time. We decided to do a long lunch instead of evening and it was buzzing with atmosphere.
Will definitely be returning.

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OM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was absolutely amazing, however, we were placed at the back of the restaurant by the window which clearly had no insulation. We were absolutely freezing but there was no space for us to be moved so we didn't enjoy our meal as much as we should have done. We didn't stay for any more drinks afterwards because we were too cold!

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Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tapas restaurant, food delicious, particular favourite was the octopus which we both thought was fabulous. Service good with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Reasonably priced and well worth a visit.

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YH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obsessed with this place. Never disappoints, always something new to try, amazing food and fabulous cocktails once we moved downstairs. Becoming a regular!

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M
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Waited about 2 months for a table so booked a table for my boy friends birthday. It was just perfect! Food, service and atmosphere. Defiantly recommend! X

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fab. Great food and atmosphere. As a party of 2 we shared 5 tapas all of which were cooked to perfection We will be returning

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, fabulous wine, wonderful evening.
Steph went way beyond the expected standard of service. She brought a selection of white wines and then red wines for us to taste before we made our selections. Her service was friendly and helpful without being over-bearing. Steph made our evening. We hope to be back again soon.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A welcome return to El Gato. Great food, excellent service and knowledgeable friendly staff. Short wait in a very busy bar before sitting down almost on time. The selection of food made picking the suggested 9 dishes between the three of us very difficult. If it was physically possible we'd have had one of each.

Will be going back to check what we didn't have room for

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RD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fab time, the food was divine (apart from the tangerine cheesecake, which was vile and our waitress agreed when we complained!) An excellent selection of delicious sherrys went down well!

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HT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Excellent service, fab G&Ts and superb food! Can't wait to come back!

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MB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to eat at this place then you need to book in advance - and trust me, it's worth the wait!

SERVICE: The staff were very accommodating immediately from arrival. They take you to a bar area on the ground floor first whilst you wait for your table. After a less than 5 minute wait they take you upstairs. We had a very cosy table right next to the window overlooking King Street. It ticked all the boxes. They go through the menu with you if you haven't been before and straight away you want everything - they do recommend 2-3 dishes per person which was just about right for us.

FOOD: We had the sharing meat platter. Although you do need to order bread separately it was a fantastic combination and took hardly any time to arrive at the table. Other dishes included Oxtail with horseradish mash - superb! The whole menu has a variety of dishes for all tastes and includes a vast amount of gluten-free options.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening the waiter was lovely and very helpful. The food was delicious. We are going again soon! Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, truly excellent staff. Some of the best quality food in Manchester.

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AO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was outstanding to 👌🏻 Would definitely recommend.

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L
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is fantastic. The food is absolutely gorgeous and the staff are professional, yet fun and friendly, at the same time. We will keep coming back again and again. Always made to feel very welcome.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loooooveely

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous restaurant. At the moment they have it all just right, the food is amazing, the ambiance perfect, service super.

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Slightly strange when you walk in and are asked to take a seat whilst your table is being prepared and then having to hang around as there are no seats. Then there was a confusion with the booking. Once sorted we were shown to a table upstairs, slightly disappointed by the table but the food made up for it. Food and wine was wonderful. Then moved from the table as it had been booked for a second sitting which I get but considering the restaurant wasn't full it seemed odd to move us. So amazing food and wine but not the best service.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really god tapas. Recommended!

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'd heard a lot of reports of this restaurant, mostly excellent and I am happy to report that the whole dining experience was superb. Lovely interior, excellent friendly service and really delicious food. I eat tapas a lot and was very pleased with our choices: scotch eggs made with black pudding, beef with mash, salt cod croquettes and chorizo all fantastic and good size portions. The cream Catalan was also perfect. The wine was great too and not too expensive for a city centre restaurant. We will most certainly be returning to try sone of the other choices. Highly recommended.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2nd time eating here, food/service/drinks all top class again!

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D
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

All Very good food, highlight was the lamb kebabs followed by the scallops and plaice dishes. Has lost the friendly ambience of its
original roots, felt a bit rushed in the 2 hour slot and all a bit cramped including the table being a bit too small for tapas for 4 .

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the restaurant and we were delighted with both the service and food. The full rack of pork ribs was amazing as were all the other dishes. We will be back!

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Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Restaurant centrally located. Staff are extremely welcoming and helpful without being Intrusive. The menu choice was excellent as was the wine menu (our server had a very good knowledge of both the food and wine menu and was happy to make suggestions). When the food arrived it was truely magnificent, looked amazing and tasted even better and not over priced either. We will definitely be returning and will be suggesting this fantastic eatery to our friends and family also.

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S
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet again, a culinary delight! Warm, helpful service just adds to the whole experience. Well worth the effort to travel over from Yorkshire, it's that good 😊

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