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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

) #145 of 7,318 Restaurants in Houston ££ - £££ Mexican, , Latin
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
+1 713-524-1201
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“frito pie” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
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1 - 10 of 167 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good service and great food. The queso was yummy, the chips were fresh and crisp. The salsa is spicy and the adult milkshake is very tasty. The puffy shrimp tacos with rice and beans was delicious. The cheese enchiladas were a great hit, served with...More

Thank roxiekay
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I heard this Mexican restaurant does Monday night specials for Montrose residents so gave it a try, I was impressed! The margaritas were tasty, so was the food and the price. I would go back and I would recommend this any day of the week.

Thank nread
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This great restaurant is in the old Tower Theatre with great food and ambience! In an homage to then great Mexican food restaurants that shaped Houston - this is a must for drinks and a great and varied menu.

Thank Patricia T
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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Best atmosphere for Mexican food. Great margaritas. Voted #1 in Houston by MSN for casual restaurants.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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 12 June 2017 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 5 June 2017

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 21 May 2017

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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
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
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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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