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El Tiempo Cantina

#119 of 7,154 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
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3130 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098-3002
+1 713-807-1600
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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Houston, Texas
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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Still the best Tex mex in Houston. Whenever there is a special occasion or family is in from out of town we go here. It can get decently loud and very crowded, but definitely worth it.

Thank washmjd
Houston, Texas
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142 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing extraordinary about this place, like any other common Mexican joint. Modest menu and decor and definitely not a reasonable bargain for the regular. They need to work on their cleanliness and mainly on their drinks.For the long heritage and name they hold, this particular location was unimpressive and corny.

1 Thank Khushboo_Golyan
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wen't on a very busy Saturday night and still had great food and service. It has a very fun and lively atmosphere! It was my first time eating here so I didn't know what to expect, but the food I had was great! Everyone else at my table also seemed very satisfied with their meals as well.

Thank Alexandra L
Leesville, Louisiana
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place isn't your typical cheap eats when it comes to mexican food. The menu is a bit overwhelming when it comes to choices and you better arrive starving in order to enjoy all they've got to offer. The atmosphere is authentic for the area and the outdoor seating is nice. The lighting is the only down fall here but... More 

Thank Jody Q
Hartford, Connecticut
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111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with a friend for a late lunch. They brought out dipping sauces but they didn't tell us what they were. Once was salsa but the other? We ordered fajitas for 2 and the food was brought out on a pedestal to keep it warm (it had a burner underneath) - but what was odd was that there was chicken... More 

Houston, Texas
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117 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

We have been going to El Tiempo Cantina on Richmond near Greenway Plaza for many, many years...for their Sunday breakfast and brunch, as well as for lunch and dinner. When the restaurant opened and for many years after, it was truly outstanding. Everything was tasty and seasoned perfectly. For example, the quality of the beef in their dishes was far... More 

Thank ahur111
Domenic L, Owner at El Tiempo Cantina, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your continued business. I have sent your review to my full team for immediate attention all around. As we take every customer's feedback into consideration and work to make those changes when possible. Sincerely, Domenic L Owner More 

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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends from work on a recommendation. We were sat rather quickly although the restaurant was crowded. The guacamole was a bit bland and the entrees were drowning in sauce. Portions were ample.

Thank Kim L
Houston, Texas
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435 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

With so many choices for Tex Mex food in a metropolitan area like Houston, it can get overwhelming. So, when I was looking for a place to meet with some people from out of town, I decided to go with a place that had a good reputation for Tex Mex that was in close proximity to the people I was... More 

Thank Bryan_Carey
Orlando, Florida
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I took my boss and co-workers here and they cant stop talking about it. Nobody has seen anything like this before! Go get the Parilladas and a Margarita! Listen to the Waiter when he tells you an order for 3 will feed 5, cause he aint jokiin around!!!! Best Mexican in Houston!!!

Thank Brad G
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, yummy Tex-Mex. Every kind of enchiladas, and fajita was moist and good. We sat on the patio and they were busy, but we were seated right away and food came quickly.

Thank Tizzy B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Valet Parking, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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: 3130 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098-3002
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-807-1600
El Tiempo Cantina defines the extraordinary flavors and culture of Tex Mex cuisine. For the past 55 years, we have dedicated ourselves to perfecting every aspect of what Houstonians have come to know as authentic Tex Mex cooking. We make everything from scratch, from the tortillas to the salad dressings, the salsas to the desserts. We cook all of our food using generations' old family recipes, premium ingredients and warm smiles. Still, our ultimate dedication is to each and every customer. You will feel at home as part of the family and you'll be cared for completely during your dining experience. Our servers uphold the standard to provide absolutely the best dining experience at each El Tiempo Cantina location. Much diligence and effort has been vested in developing the recipes, the training of our staff and the consistent delivery of the best Tex Mex dining experience you will ever have! We invite you to visit our website for more information, then stop by any of our El Tiempo Cantina locations today! We know you will want to come back again and again for the smiling faces, Texas style hospitality and plenty of laughter. As we always say, Goza Cada Momento!-- Enjoy Every Moment!

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