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Cafe Red Onion

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12440 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092-3114
+1 713-957-0957
11:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Houston, Texas, United States
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

Had a great lunch here with a friend. Very colorful, Latin American inspired menu, casual airy dining room and convenient location.

Thank KaMpi8502
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2015

as some others wrote, something has changed. A couple months ago we tried to come here on a Thursday evening with two other couples and they were closed. I came for a late lunch (1:30) on a Monday and they were open, but a lot less crowed than usual. Service was slow, but the food was fine. Red Onion used... More 

Thank BajanGirl68
Houston, TX
Level Contributor
73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

We have been here many times. We have recommended it to others. On a recent Saturday afternoon/early evening, my husband and I went to eat after a wedding. We were so disappointed in the service and the food. Our waitress obviously didn't understand English as she couldn't answer questions. I requested a substitution of charro beans for black and got... More 

Thank jillhou
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

Okay...we went at an odd time of day--really late lunch. We had heard good things and were in a positive frame of mind when we arrived. We were the only patrons at the time, although the owner was there with a group of his friends. Our waiter was a nice young man, but.... First we had to go looking for... More 

Thank sherri b
Crawfordville, Florida
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

We visited the restaurant on a Tuesday night, business colleagues having dinner. Initially, we encountered another server, however Barbara, one of the owner's took our orders and we had a pleasant conversation. Service was prompt, the food was excellent. As we finished up, we were visited by Rafael who talked with us a while and had prepared a wonderful dessert... More 

Thank forgottenfl
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015

terrible service, cold food...won't be back again. What happened, used to be such a wonderful restaurant...

1 Thank selenadione30
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

We waited 45 minutes for lunch to arrive on a Friday. When it came, it was only fair. We had ordered standard menu items, stuffed peppers and enchiladas. We were seated at 11:50 and made our choices from the menu. We waited ten minutes or so for the waiter to take our order. Beverages arrived shortly. About 12:20, I got... More 

1 Thank BHGinHouston
Spring, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

This place used to be so fabulous! We hadnt been in over a year and I was really craving it. It is not the same. I keep thinking someone else must be running it now, because the food is not the same quality. Stale, flavorless chips, mediocre salsa and the Chicken Tikal, my go to dish was missing its flavor.... More 

2 Thank Takeatripgirl
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
217 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Returned to Café Red Onion after a year's absence. This had always been one of my favorite restaurants in Houston, specializing in Honduran food. From the moment we walked in for Saturday lunch, things were apparently not up to previous standard. There was an unusual odor and a few flies in the restaurant. Okay, I put that aside and continued... More 

1 Thank Pam T
Houston Texas
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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Our family always loved this place. We had not eaten there in years, and decided to fight the traffic and go there. First of all, the margaritas there use to be the best I ever had. They had almost a creamy quality to them and they were fairly strong. I do not know how they changed them, but they were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12440 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092-3114
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-957-0957

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