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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

) #170 of 7,266 Restaurants in Houston €€ - €€€ Mexican, , Latin
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
+1 713-524-1201
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“taco” (11 reviews)
“tortillas” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The happy hour has amazing specials. I love the chips & queso and smoked chicken flautas are excellent. Ritas and patron shots are cheap.

Thank Runnin26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On arrival it was nice that the patio location allowed to sit outside(a plus for a June afternoon in Houston). We ordered the margarita special of the month and were not disappointed...Very tasty...Being from Texas and seeing Frito Pie on the menu is was a...More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For years I have rated Mexican Food Restaurants by their cheese enchiladas. And it has always been a chore to find good ones (like the ones I grew up with, cooked by my grandmother in San Antonio). El Real has the best cheese enchiladas in...More

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My mother-in-law loves this place. She brings the family here every time she comes to town from out-of-state. She raves about how the food is "authentic Mexican." Personally, I find the food to be mediocre. It doesn't hit the spot for me. The gravy on...More

Thank YenkoOshima
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The food is tasty Tex-Mex, and it is consistently good. The menu has lots of variety without having to resort to any fusion food foolisness. The prices are good, and so are the margeritas. The place is a converted historic movie theatre. (Well, at least...More

Thank SeenItAllCougar
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Good but not great texmex food in a large and interesting settings. A good place to have a drink and not as noisy as you would think.

1  Thank jsthouston
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Get the flaming queso. It's absurdly good. The enchiladas are also amazing, the margaritas are well-made and our service was fantastic! Highly recommend.

Thank Emily Spencer M
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Two crispy tacos, one with ground beef - too salty, and one with chicken. The Spanish rice was okay, nothing special. The refried beans were okay, nothing special.

1  Thank Jim O
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I've lived in Texas for over ten years, and I've had my share of the good, bad and (coughing) ugly Tex-Mex. Was introduced to this gem by a good friend, and I'm impressed! Good house Margaritas, and their salsa was the tastiest I've ever had,...More

Thank ssherrouse
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I've always wanted to try it, so I was excited when a friend asked me to meet her here. The service was good, the drinks were good, but the food was average. It's nothing bad, but not overly special. We had the botanas appetizer plate...More

Thank HouCuseChickie
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Valet Parking, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-524-1201
  • E-mail
Voted Best Houston Tex-Mex Restaurant of 2013, El Real boasts sophistication never-before seen among Houston's Tex-Mex restaurant scene. Nestled in the heart of Montrose in the old Tower Theater, El Real Tex-Mex honors the history of our cuisine by incorporating classic recipes with a modern twist. Under Chef Bryan Caswell, our menu is packed with mouth-watering must haves. Made with only fresh, quality ingredients, everything on our menu reflects those same homestyle flavors of the past. Try our Sizzling Fajitas, which are a Houston staple- to our own Bacon Enchiladas, cheese enchiladas stuffed with bacon inside, chile con carne, topped with a fried egg, skillet potatoes and refried beans. Aside from great food, El Real is available for private parties and dining of all sizes. Whether its a family get-together, formal banquet or a corporate event, our friendly event coordinators will handle everything from the fresh ingredients to our experienced and attentive wait staff. For an authentic taste of old Texas, let us win over both your heart and taste buds at El Real Tex-Mex.
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