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El Tiempo Cantina

#19 of 6,982 Restaurants in Houston
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5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
(713) 681-3645
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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 1
    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
Tex Mex at its Houston Best

Visited with family on our annual visit to Houston Arrived 2200 hours and place was busy which is always a good sign Had a few drinks before being led to large table which allowed us to spread out We loved the food but as my daughter is a regular she knows what to go for Only slight bug bear... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
jimveitch
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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

Visited with family on our annual visit to Houston Arrived 2200 hours and place was busy which is always a good sign Had a few drinks before being led to large table which allowed us to spread out We loved the food but as my daughter is a regular she knows what to go for Only slight bug bear was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I think this place is a little over rated. But in Houston its all about the type of Tex Mex person you are and with all the choices, I can afford to be picky. The margaritas are for sure strong. The salsa is meh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

What a nice Tex-Mex restaurant!. I'm no expert on Tex-mex food, but I've been to a few restaurants to compare enough to know this is my best overall experience. That includes the whole package (food, service, atmosphere). Our waitress was very friendly and tried hard to make sure things were to our liking. I will definitely visit this restaurant again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

3 airports same day then trade show equipment setup made me hungry and thirsty. My local Houston, TX rep brought me about a half hour away from the show location. He said I would enjoy it. I DID!!!! Excellent authentic atmosphere, parking off street, great food and service. The "Doctor" of Margheritas made me a few !!! I will go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

As a texmex lover, this was disappointing. Rated as number 15 in Houston, I expected more. Ordering sizzling fajitas should not result in overcooked grey meat. Lupe Tortillas in Arbor Walk, Austin, is still the best texmex restaurant in the world.

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

My second time to eat here, but after the first time it has become a favorite. It's not on the menu, but if you ask they will bring you an excellent jumbo shrimp cocktail. The few items our group has tasted have all been just excellent, but the pork tacos are really hard to beat. This is a must do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

They have a variety of Mexican beer, so I checked out Victoria which was light and refreshing. In 10 minutes they delivered the main dish! Fajita was amazing. I ordered 1/4 lb with chicken and beef, but it came with ton of sides. Everything was very delicious. I'll be back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great food, great service, LARGE portions and free chips and salsa to start. I stopped here before going to an Astros game and was full the rest of the night! WARNING the spicy fish & crab taco is quite spicy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

First time here and brought by workmates. We ordered the steak fajitas 1/4 pound, fajita salad and Enchiladas. All were served hot and huge amounts of food.,,really enjoyed the side guacamole platter with chips as an appetizer. It wasn't to hot so we sat outside, great spot to enjoy a great meal and excellent service. If your looking for TexMex... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Have been going here for years for work and with friends but moved to the Dallas area. First stop was El Tiempo for breakfast this morning. Nothing has changed. The food was fantastic, service was perfect, and they even went out of their way to make sure that my kids food was just like they wanted. Portions are very large-... More 

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Additional Information about El Tiempo Cantina

Address: 5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
Phone Number: (713) 681-3645
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: (713) 681-3645

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?