El Gato Azul, a Southwestern themed cafe downtown, is one of Prescott's most popular restaurants. Featuring a diverse menu of small plates & a lively creekside patio, El Gato is a popular choice for date night and social gatherings. Wile the food here is just mediocre, the outdoor garden patio is very nice (especially on cool nights) and the food is okay enough for a small town, especially in comparison to some other choices in town. Be aware that there are many better dining choices downtown, El Gato is more for those looking for a nice ambiance.
The highlight of choosing El Gato Azul over other restaurants in Prescott's downtown area is the eclectic menu, ability to mix and match small tapas plates, and the lively patio ambiance.
The chips and salsa and spinach artichoke dip were both decent choices, although thin and crispy tortilla chips would have been better. The Black Bean cakes themselves were okay, although more sauce and seasoning is recommended to combat the dry nature of the cakes. The Papas con Queso (yukon potatoes, cheese, scallions, and sour cream) were much too dried out and pretty bland.
El Gato has a nice menu of seafood inspired small plates including salmon bruschetta, crab cakes, tequila scallops, and even a smoked salmon pizza. And vegetarians have no reason to feel left out as they offer an entire selection of enticing choices such as fried avocado, baked brie nachos, and Saffron Crouquettes.
A decent Happy Hour deal ($2 off Tapas Plates) is offered Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm.
Service was just alright, not at all friendly, although this seems to be the service standard in Prescott. Food took a long time and was a bit too cold as if it had been sitting around for a while.
The setting at El Gato is fun and lively. It's a fun night out for a social dinner as you get to mix and match different appetizers without committing to a whole meal. Although a rather large selection of entrees is also available for those who choose to go that route.
El Gato is far from the best dining choice in Prescott. Downtown Prescott is loaded with all sorts of local dining choices including a few good Italian options. Due to the mediocre food, unpleasant service, and high pricing for the low quality, I would skip El Gato unless you are looking for a lively atmosphere or want to take advantage of the cool high desert summer nights.