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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

#147 of 7,143 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
+1 713-524-1201
10:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get the flaming queso. It's absurdly good. The enchiladas are also amazing, the margaritas are well-made and our service was fantastic! Highly recommend.

Thank Emily Spencer M
Las Vegas, Nevada
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294 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two crispy tacos, one with ground beef - too salty, and one with chicken. The Spanish rice was okay, nothing special. The refried beans were okay, nothing special.

Thank Jim O
Copperas Cove, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I've lived in Texas for over ten years, and I've had my share of the good, bad and (coughing) ugly Tex-Mex. Was introduced to this gem by a good friend, and I'm impressed! Good house Margaritas, and their salsa was the tastiest I've ever had, with hints of smokey news that I truly enjoyed. Had a salad with shrimp, avocado... More 

Thank ssherrouse
Houston, Texas
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261 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I've always wanted to try it, so I was excited when a friend asked me to meet her here. The service was good, the drinks were good, but the food was average. It's nothing bad, but not overly special. We had the botanas appetizer plate and I had cheese enchiladas. Like I said, nothing bad, but no wow either.

Thank HouCuseChickie
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food. Very reasonable. Our waiter Albert was very knowledgeable & pleasant. Will definitely go again!

Thank Julia W
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

First stop after arriving. Food was delicious. Our server Browen was fantastic! Worth trying when in Houston next.

Thank Algoel
Austin, Texas
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175 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Two of us went here after an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts. Had seen the marquee on Westheimer several times, then my niece recommended it to us. Started with some pretty good salsa & chips, then some Queso Verde- white cheese with spinach. Very good, served with thicker corn tostadas that went well with the dense dip. One... More 

Thank docwhiteaustin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

My friends and I stopped here after having a couples of drinks at a nearby bar. I really enjoyed the eclectic atmosphere, and the dish I had was average, but my friend had a hamburger off the menu and said it was one of the best she had ever had.

Thank Sharon J
Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Our regular quarterly visit to Houston's MD Anderson includes a night out to eat at a restaurant we've never tried. Heard about El Real through a "Houston" Unique Eats. Quick & easy drive. Oh my goodness! Yummy! The white queso with spinach... and you get bigger, thicker chips to help you shovel it down. It's great with everything. My chicken... More 

Thank kfwarren
Elgin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We were underwhelmed when they first opened. Happy they renovated the old theatre, but not enthralled with the food. They have now settled into the role of community center as well as eatery, a comfortable place for comfortable Tex-Mex of the non-greasy kind. My crispy tacos were very good, although not really a fair judge. My friend had a mixed... More 

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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
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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