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El Tiempo Cantina Washington

#27 of 7,178 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007-5135
+1 713-681-3645
09:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:30 - 21:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:30 - 23:00
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Kent, Texas
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318 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El Tiempo provides classic Tex-Mex food, professional service, and a good atmosphere. We arrived, without reservations, at 7:30 pm, and were promptly seated in the main dining area. Ordering margaritas, we initially enjoyed chips with a well-made creamy sauce and warm picante sauce. The margaritas were on the rocks and, though made with the house tequila, were flavorful and strong... More 

Thank Asta365
Houston, Texas
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81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always one of the best run restaurants in Houston. The food was plentiful, well prepared, flavorful and served quickly. I love having a choice in types of beef. The waitstaff is attentive and well trained. When we left, at least five employees thanked us for coming. It's our favorite!

Thank Laura V
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228 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is stunning, I took a group on a tour. They were Mexican greenhorns so it was a revelation for them. The main came out in a mini BBQ each, with charcoal keeping the food warm. The brisket fajitas were just stunning, and the carne asado was too. Highly recommended!

Thank slamminsam
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had a large multi-age group (11 people from 8 to 69) including family members and new friends attending the opera in the Heights. One person had been here before & recommended it. Everyone loved it. We ordered Parrilladas for the table. They served enough beef, shrimp, chicken, quail, with tortillas & vegies for all to get completely stuffed. Everything... More 

Thank Jack M
Austin, Texas
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This cute restaurant is decorated in a very Mexican way, with pictures of Guanajuato along the walls, it feels like you are transported to Mexico. The food proportions are large, and can definitely be shared. I had the mariqueso with shrimp, which they plate up for you table side. You get about 5 filled tortillas out of the one dish.... More 

Thank Sofia B
Columbus, Georgia
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The private party was extremely well done, Pitchers of the good stuff flowed like there would never stop, and for some that was too much! The food was served buffet and the scrimp was big enough to eat me. Delicious and festive

Thank Ken C
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208 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

I have enjoyed El Tiempo for dinner and the atmosphere and food are great. A colleague and I visited for lunch. The fajitas were good but the waiter pushed us to order several times and interrupted us very frequently. While I appreciate prompt service - it was overbearing and rushed. It was not because the restaurant was full with waiting... More 

Thank Brad G
Domenic L, Owner at El Tiempo Cantina Washington, responded to this review

Thank you for being such a great and loyal customer to us. The service you received is not acceptable at all. I will address the staff to make sure that this does not happen again. We would like to make it up to you. Please contact Mary Campos at mary@eltiempocantina.com to further assist you. Sincerely, Domenic Laurenzo Owner More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Great food, excellent margaritas and fun atmosphere at all of their locations. El Tiempo is a Houston classic for a reason. Great for a big group or dinner for 2. If you don't want fajitas, the ribs and the cannonball are also divine choices. Tip for new players - don't fill up on the complementary chip and dip - it... More 

Thank CathP111
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The service and food was very good even at the peak lunch time on Friday. Great seafood tocos and even better margaritas. The only downside was the lack of parking, so we had to valet. It may be better at a different time and day.

Thank jsplato
Houston, Texas
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This place is a Houston staple and has great food. There is typically a wait to be seated depending on the day of the week but it's worth the wait. We started with 2 virgin strawberry daiquiris for the kids and 2 gold margaritas straight up which are very strong and delicious. They are served in a wine glass with... More 

Thank Jennifer M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007-5135
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-681-3645

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