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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 - 21:00
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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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Amsterdam, New York
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70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick service. Good prices. Great food. Nicely done! Never a bad meal. Great for two people or a dozen or more. Don't miss this place.

Thank kennykid523
Ulm, Germany
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390 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Second location of El Tiempo, I visited. Food delicious, Margeritas, delicious, service excellent! Very nice atmosphere. Rather reasonable prices. Definitely a place to go regularly.

Thank christpost
Houston, Texas
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These guys really know how to deliver a great Mexican meal! Three couples we sat down for lunch at noon and ate and drank for 2 1/2 hours. We had burritos with a superb mole sauce, fajitas that were prepared perfectly and the service was outstanding. The margaritas are the best in town and the bartenders are truly a show.... More 

Thank dandangopokes
Sugar Land, Texas
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142 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in for lunch after Christmas. As always, the food and service were very good. My wife and I ordered from the lunch menu. Both servings were more than enough. The only draw back was the people sitting at the table next to us. They had no sense of place or space. They were loud and obnoxious. That is... More 

Thank Jay O
Jasper, Texas
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95 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious food, great margaritas, awesome guacamole! Service was good, despite being packed. A little expensive, but at least it was worth it.

Thank Heather F
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Checked this place out today for lunch and got the fajita queso. In my mind I'm thinking stand sliced grilled fajita chicken topped with liquid queso. I was absolutely wrong. It came in a small bowl of cubed flavorless chicken that tasted and had the texture like it was out of the freezer box. The cheese was more the texture... More 

Thank Stephen W
Houston, Texas
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117 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 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 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 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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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, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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?