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El Tiempo Cantina

#18 of 7,038 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican
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5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
(713) 681-3645
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11:00 am - 11:00 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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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 19
    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
Fabulous Mexican Food

Houston, Texas, has the very best Mexican Food in the United State with both Tex Mex and regional Mexican cuisine throughout the city. Being local I am very particular on where I take my family, especially for my son's 18th birthday dinner. We chose El Tiempo Cantina and ordered their fabulous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Zorro397
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Houston, Texas, has the very best Mexican Food in the United State with both Tex Mex and regional Mexican cuisine throughout the city. Being local I am very particular on where I take my family, especially for my son's 18th birthday dinner. We chose El Tiempo Cantina and ordered their fabulous meat sampler plate with beef & chicken fajitas, Mexican... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good food and good service. Their guacamole is better than any other Mexican place in the city. We eat there once a week.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

El Tiempo is absolutely on of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Great service, here I always ask for Victor, and the best fajitas that I have eaten anywhere. I go between this one and the one in Eado

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Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The food was wonderful. We had an assortment of plates and tasted each others. There was not much talking, the food was to good to spend time talking. And the portions were huge. We had to ask for containers to take the next days dinner home. Just as good as we had in the restaurant. The one disappointment was the... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The enchilada I had was absolutely superb. Generous helpings, I took a very full doggy bag home! To be repeated without a doubt.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Yeah man come in here, order a marg, get some chips and salsa, eat some fajitas and you are having a damn good dinner.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The reputation of this restaurant is well earned. The sirloin fajitas were fantastic, as were the fresh tortillas and green salsa. The lunch special on the fajitas was also a great deal. Service was quick and excellent. Will go back next time at dinner to enjoy one of their drinks too!

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Love this place and always go when in Houston. Get the fajitas with tenderloin. Great location. Can be a little bit of a wait on Fridays and Saturdays. Hard closing time of 9 pm on Sunday and Monday.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The service here is excellent! The food is from the Laurenzo family (Mama Ninfa's sons). Lots of delicious brunch items on the weekend. Enchiladas of all types are my favorite choices here. The inside is cool and a little dark with beautiful family portraits on the walls.

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Spring, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great food and even better service. Really a nice touch with pork fajitas. They are not easy to find and excellent. Try the CCQ Joey.

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