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El Tiempo Cantina

££ - £££
Neartown/ Montrose
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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1308 Montrose Blvd, 1308 Cantina, Houston, TX 77019-4234
+1 713-807-8996
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:30 - 21:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Houston, Texas
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116 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting Houston and wanted Tex-mex and outdoor. (It was 78 degrees at 8:00 pm). The bar was friendly and easy to get a seat and enjoy a beer before being seated outside. We waited about 20 minutes for an outdoor seat (immediate indoor seating was available). I have crispy tacos that were hand fried and delicious. We ordered... More 

Thank DaveD_Nashville
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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206 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy going to this place when in Houston. The atmosphere is fun and food is plentiful and generally good, however prices have crept up. Top shelf margaritas in particular are expensive and not worth the surcharge of $4 on top of the base cost of $7.95. The drinks seemed like they were watered down a bit.

Thank Bob S
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was fantastically tasty (aka. Fantasty)! Chips and Salsa were amazing with the kind of hot smoky taste you can't find every day. The green sauce was really good too. My wife and I split the classic beef fajitas...they were fantastic! I'm probably going to dream about them later tonight! They didn't have the citrusy taste you might expect. Instead,... More 

Thank Daniel C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I've been going to 1308 (as we the locals call it) since it opened 10 years ago. I love the place go 3 times a week - Margaritas are awesome, 3 of those and you'll have your own fiesta! If you love carnitas this is the place to go, ask for "old school" carnitas for that extra crunch! All of... More 

Thank Jonathan L
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Always the best fajitas in town. We like to have 6 people sharing fajitas fo two (yep 2, no mistake) and we manage to take some home! For lighter fair, I order the tortilla soup- yam! Margaritasare fantastic!

Thank Olga E
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Second trip to Houston this year and the return visit to El Tiempo was excellent. This place exudes a warmth that transcends any seasoning the kitchen might use. From the moment you enter the place, the entire staff seems to focus on YOU having a good time. Extensive menu with many choices; fish, meat or vegetable along with great sangria,... More 

Thank Dennis C
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We went there on a Saturday night and it was very busy. Still we only waited for about 15 minutes and enjoyed a (very strong) cocktail from the bar while waiting. We had a chiken fajita and enchilida. The food was fine and so was the service. Portions were really big and we had to box half of it. Do... More 

Thank Autoviking
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Read the other reviews and decided to give it a try. Group of 4 and everything we ordered was incredible! Great service too!

Thank Kathryn B
Oakland, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Delicious Tex-Mex, expansive menu, attentive service at this charmingly decorated eatery. Nice, though a little noisy, outdoor seating. Free and valet parking. Great drinks at bar and the game, too, if you like! Only the third place on the planet I have found chicken- and chees-stuffed chili poblano on the menu.

Thank Steve H
Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Visited here with my Texas cousins had seriously good Mexican food that was authentic. The fish dish I had La Bamba was excellent , everyone's food looked fantastic . Margaritas were excellent as well .

Thank Jan L

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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, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, 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
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1308 Montrose Blvd, 1308 Cantina, Houston, TX 77019-4234
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighbourhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: +1 713-807-8996

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