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“Dinner: Food was Decent, Service was Fair”
Review of El Gato Azul

El Gato Azul
Ranked #4 of 229 Restaurants in Prescott
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: An Eclectic Mix of Spanish Inspired Tapas, and Southwestern Entrees.Quirky, fun atmosphere with outdoor patio dining, live music, full bar and extensive wine selections, bottled beers, as well as draft.Locals favorite for Happy Hour.Open Daily at 11 except Saturday and Sunday, when we open at Noon. Reservations excepted.
Reviewed 25 January 2014

My wife and I had a long week and decided to finally try El Gato Azul. We had read all of the reports and reviews but decided to check it out ourselves.

It was the "Fourth Friday" in Prescott, which meant that there was an art walk. We got there at around 6:00 and already the restaurant and patio were filled save for two two tops. We were offered one in the middle of the main dining room next to a group of 8, which we readily accepted. Knowing that it was slammed I did not expect great or prompt service, but we truly did not wait too long for our server to take our initial orders.

As I said, it had been a week so I ordered us two martini's and two glasses of water. The martinis arrived, and you can imagine my reaction when I saw them (see picture). They came in Margarita glasses and had three of the smallest cocktail olives I have ever seen! We chuckled and the waitress apologized and said that they did not have Martini glasses (really? a bar/restaurant and no martini glasses?!). we diid not, however, get our waters.

We also ordered an hummus appetizer, which was delivered shortly thereafter. I reminded the server about the water and she acknowledged forgetting and promptly got our waters. The hummus was pleasant (it changes frequently), and had six large garlic cloves right in the middle along with a small puddle of olive oil, and olives. The hummus is served with soft pita triangles and tasted nice, even considering the puddle. The garlic was roasted and soft and delicious. I was hopping that the rest of the meal followed suit.

This restaurant has two faces - tapas or full meals. We went back and forth and decided on the tapas. The table next to us has several dishes and the waitress suggested several. We took her advice on the shrimp Gambas Espinaca, the Sticky Chicken, fried artichokes and Chorizo meatballs. We also ordered two glasses of their mid-teir Pinot - NOTE: the wine list is DIFFERENT form what is online.

When the tapas was delivered, without asking the server removed our hummus plate despite there being a small amount left (that in truth I did intend to eat). What then struck me was the chorizo meatballs - the table next to us had several large meatballs with a small covering of cheese. What we received was six golfball sized meatballs swimming in cheese. At $9.95 for this one I suspect most of the cost was the cheese! The other dishes looked decent and appetizing.

I first tried the shrimp. We received three shrimp and some chips. Sadly, the shrimp were cooked right but the sauce was very heavy. Pita chips are served with most dishes and these could not be eaten as they had already turned to mush. I don't know what "Gambas Espinaca" means in English, but at $8 I would have appreciated another shrimp and less sauce. Certainly a less greasy sauce.

Next came the fried artichokes. OK, these were great. They were drizzled with sauce and while not big fried food eaters, these worked. At $6 an order we should have gotten two, although we did not eat all of them. This was not due to there being so many, it is due primarily to the fact that again the server removed the dish while there was still food left. Again, she did this without asking.

I next tried the chicken. It consisted of four skewers of correctly cooked chicken - not too done or too undone. The sauce was light but enjoyable, and not the sticky that I anticipated. This, too was a decent dish at $7.

Oh, the meatballs? Well, they were made of chorizo but not too greasy as I anticipated. It was what is claimed to be "parmesan au gratin cream sauce that got me. It tasted more like shredded colby-jack put under a salamander and melted. Way too thick and overpowering.

The total bill was $80. The value was not there, as there was a lot of grease and the tapas was heavy. I would not say that I would not go back, but I certainly would not rush back or put it high on our list. I suspect that if we were sitting in the patio and listening to the music it would have been different, but as we did not I have to rate it accordingly. $80 could have been better spent in another restaurant.

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Thank MRMED8R
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We eat lunch here every few months and are always pleased with the food and ambience. Haven't always been pleased with the service from the wait staff, but today it was very good.

Sat "outside" in the covered, heated creekside patio...as did just about everyone else. We had the cranberry chicken salad and the BLT and both were excellent.

Parking on the street primarily, but the downtown parking garage is just around the corner on Granite St.

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Thank Bill S
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Nice ambiance. Pleasant outdoor seating. Very good service. But the food was just OK, especially given the price. Perhaps it was an off-night in the kitchen. Given the other plusses, it deserves a repeat visit.

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Thank longjch
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We were told this place was really good. The lunch menu was OK but overpriced. I had the Mac and cheese shock kraft does better. The service was awful. The waitress was more concerned with staying in the bar area counting her money. The owner came in and asked if we needed help. I told her our drinks hadn,t been served so she went back and had the waitress bring them out. It only took 25 minutes. The owner then left and we were back to waiting for our food. I know this is a small place but an hour to get your food is unacceptable. I will never go back. If the owner doesn't, take any more of an interest shame on them.

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Thank scott l
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We went to check out this place after it was recommended by the hotel staff. It was too early to eat and we just wanted to see the menu. Barry was helpful and friendly so we went back for dinner. It was a Monday night and not too many people around and we had a great time. The menu was large considering the small kitchen. The tapas were very good as was the main entree. Give it a try.

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