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El Tiempo Cantina

#18 of 7,363 Restaurants in Houston
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5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
(713) 681-3645
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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

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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Best fajitas ever!

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, we went to the Washington St location for lunch. We were blown away by the warm salsa, excellent chips, and most of all, the fabulous fajitas. We are in our 60s, and after a lifetime in Texas these were the best fajitas we've ever had.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Barbara G
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Houston, Texas
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, we went to the Washington St location for lunch. We were blown away by the warm salsa, excellent chips, and most of all, the fabulous fajitas. We are in our 60s, and after a lifetime in Texas these were the best fajitas we've ever had.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

El Tiempo Cantina defines the extraordinary flavors and culture of Tex Mex cuisine. The restaurant has been there for many decades. From the tortillas to the salad dressings, the salsas to the desserts, they cook all of our food using generations old family recipes. we were able to order many veg dishes! The Tequila was really good. They give very... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

OMG--the Cantina is one of my FAV and constant "go to" places! Their fajitas are the best! And the margaritas are the best I've tasted...in fact, have to watch it as they do contain a very liberal amount of tequila! Order the house margarita--no need to order fancier more costly drinks. We also enjoy the cannonball which is chicken and... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is so much more than your typical tex-mex restaurant. A friend and I were visiting from Little Rock and we decided to eat somewhere close to our hotel downtown and we weren't disappointed! I had the veggie chalupa, and it contained probably the most well seasoned vegetables I've ever tasted. And its cheap! Our bill was $18 for two,... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had dinner here and a very good TexMex dinner at that. Ordered a combo plate with a crispy beef taco. I don't know where they got the taco shell but I had no idea they came that big. Home made? Salsa and chips - yum. Unique and served warm. Good service nice decor. Reasonably priced though some dishes get up... More 

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Louisiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Visiting from louisiana; we decided to eat here based upon the reviews. It dis not disappoint. Some of the best mexican food I've had and margaritas were on point. The only reason it's not 5 stars is due to the price is a little steep and very long wait times. All that being said I would still go back. My... More 

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Houston, Texas
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's now my fav. Wasn't excited about driving 35 min to get there, but the portion size was much bigger than what I used to call me fav (El Torro in Baytown). What I would normally get was a dollar more here and twice as much! Chips and salsa, yum. The red salsa comes out warm and a smoky flavor.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Went here on a Wednesday night and it was packed with local Mexicans which is always a good sign. The food was excellent and well catered for by the staff, we had Fajitas with Chicken, Pork and Fillet beef (3 pounds worth for 8 people) which was perfect for our group. With a couple of drinks, entrees and mains we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I went to visit the el tiempo cantina restaurant location on gessner & westheimer in Houston, Tx to see what all the excitement was about & sure enough I was blown away with excellent service & delicious steak fajitas accompanied by tasty spanish rice, queso, beans, flour & corn tortillas. The restaurant was super busy and was a Saturday night... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Excellent food, well worth the Friday night wait. Service was great, the servings were generous, the margaritas were frosty. Great night out.

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