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El Porvenir

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Avenida Hidalgo 1403, Tampico, Mexico
(833) 213 05 68
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The was my favorite seafood restaurant in Tampico...

I have since moved from the area. I ready do miss this place. The seafood was fresh and delicious. My top choices are: Jaiba a la Frank, crab meat in a rich, white creamy sauce, served with thin cheese tortillas. No where else have I found this dish. Other favorite seafood dishes are the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Southern-Kitty
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Tampico, Mexico
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Tampico, Mexico
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have since moved from the area. I ready do miss this place. The seafood was fresh and delicious. My top choices are: Jaiba a la Frank, crab meat in a rich, white creamy sauce, served with thin cheese tortillas. No where else have I found this dish. Other favorite seafood dishes are the Shrimp, cooked "Al Jillo" style, butter... More 

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Thank Southern-Kitty
Mexico City, Mexico
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45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Nice place, good service, and wonderful sea food. Ask for the tortillas made with cheese, any thing that you put on that will taste great, I loved the "jaiba".

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Thank Renan D
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Love this place, though it feels like a tabern in some cold place.. The dishes are excellent. Can't get enough! Jaiba a la Frank with the cheese tortillas and some fresh jaibas are a must for me. The oysters and fresh shrimp are always another good choice. Love eating here.

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1 Thank Paola G
Huixquilucan
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

El Porvenir has been around for decades and it is serving seafood of the highest caliber... Certainly a not-to-be-missed restaurant in Tampico... Don´t forget to order "jaibas a la Frank"

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1 Thank Sergio G
Katy, Texas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This restaurant is a must if you visit Tampico. It is located in the main avenue of the city (Hidalgo) and therefore is of easy access. Inside, the place is roomy, and it is family oriented, even though the original establishment was a Cantina. As appetizer we had the cheese tortillas and Frank's style crab (jaiba a la Frank), and... More 

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1 Thank Jose J
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My wife and I visited El Porvenir based on the recommendation of the many tripadvisor reviews and also the recommendation of the hotel receptionist. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the Municipal Cemetery on a busy street (Hidalgo). The building is very beautiful and the inside is equally as charming. My wife had seafood and I ate... More 

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2 Thank Tony C
Norman, Oklahoma
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145 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Third generation owner in a "colonial" front building, which is a nice several room restaurant. The place is not pretentious, but is had the best crab we have ever encountered. "a la Frank" was the style and it comes with thin slices of cheese, like little tacos that you roll the crab in and then et all rolled up. Very,... More 

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2 Thank Dave S
Leon, Mexico
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I really loved this place. The food is amazing and it has a special traditional vibe. The sea food was great and they have the walls decorated with beers from around the world. The staff is very kind and helpful to make food suggestions so you try their specialties.

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3 Thank iktz88
Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

One of the best meals we've ever tried in Mexico. The decoration was so nice. The crab claws are delicious and the cheese tortillas are absolute great. The famous stuffed crabs make you keep eating non-stop. The shrimps are huge and have a great taste. Definitely this place will be our favorite.

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3 Thank Classychoice
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My friend had been here before and insisted we walk the mile in the rain from out hotel. Worth it! Nice decor. Good service (albeit in Spanish). I had a stew of fish and shrimp; my friend had a crab dish. We shared. Both very tasty. Also, surprisingly affordable. I think the tab for two with drinks and tip was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Hidalgo 1403, Tampico, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Northern Mexico  >  Tamaulipas  >  Tampico
  • Phone Number: (833) 213 05 68

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?