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Cafe Express

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Neartown/ Montrose
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1422 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019-4927
+1 713-522-3100
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a typical semi-fast food place. The salads are especially tasty and the cheesecake is comment-worthy. Lunch time can be packed and slow, as are all the Cafe Expresses around town but if you want some filling fare at a decent price, this is worth the wait. (they also have a bar and outside seating.)

Thank sherri p
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142 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every November thru around end Feb great Chicken tortilla soup. Portion seems smaller this year and less/ no tortilla's but still nice. West gray location has a nice feel.

Thank Stevey1631
Raleigh, North Carolina
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114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

There are very few places that remain consistently good over a 20 year span but Cafe Express is one of those places. When I lived in Houston I went there weekly. Now days when I visit family I still consider it my go to place. The menu has changed but the flavor remains the same. It feels like your favorite... More 

Thank MyRiverSong
Houston, Texas
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103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

PRO'S: This restaurant is a standard bearer in the fast, casual Houston restaurant scene. Restaurant Chef, Robert Del Grande has the touch in selecting 40 dishes that are pleasing, filling and consistent in taste for each visit. Tasty, traditional, low-carb, andvegetarian selections gives you something for everybody. Had the new-to-me turkey burger with a side of fruit for lunch. CON'S:... More 

Thank Spurgeon B
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

My wife ordered a burger, twelve clams, sweet potato fries, two clam upcharge and a coke, three clams. Total for burger, fries and coke, seventeen clams in an order at the counter and go get your food at the counter chain. Fries were cold and shriveled up. I ordered a roasted chicken cobb salad and after poking around in it,... More 

Thank Alibooba
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403 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I had ice tea in this cafe and found the place enjoyable. It is spacious with plenty of seating. Located next to CITYCENTRE. Here is my review: Pros Excellent location Spacious with plenty of seating Free wifi Quick service Nice staff Cons: Internet is very slow 0.5 Mbps

Thank almaziad
Kerrville, Texas
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415 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

I had dinner at Cafe Express and tried the fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken, and it managed to exceed my expectations. The pasta came with roasted walnuts and basil pesto, and the chicken was grilled and cooked perfectly. I really liked it. The pasta was also very good. I think Cafe Express is a good deal.

Thank jameygamer
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

Nice menu - plenty of choices - and simple service. Make the order, wait a moment while your meal is made, and plop the tray down. Doesn't feel crowded although the room will hold a crowd. Reasonably priced - and most of the food is good.

Thank James D
Industry, Texas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I've been coming every week for years. Amilcar (he's so cute!), Brenda and Florencio are awesome. They take really good care of us. The food is good and so is the wine. It's always a pleasure to come here.

Thank GroundhogGirl0110
Houston, Texas
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182 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

Relaxed, I always see someone I know. They have really good sweet potato fries, black current teas and all the condiments and add-ons. Good place to duck in for lunch. But this time my turkey burger was burned. No excuse for that.

Thank Ann_Robison

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1422 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019-4927
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighbourhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: +1 713-522-3100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?