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“My favorite tex mex” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Tiempo Cantina

El Tiempo Cantina
5602 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007 (Great Uptown)
(713) 681-3645
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Ranked #18 of 7,230 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Great Uptown
Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“My favorite tex mex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

It's hard to judge tex mex in Houston. There are so many great places to choose from, and it's really hard to screw up tex mex (that is, in Houston. Had tex mex in other places that's just awful). However, El Tiempo is probably the best. Just get there early on Friday and Saturdays or plan for a wait.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rumson, New Jersey
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Great Food & Fajitas in Houston TX”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a very cool place with great energy and food, The Fajitas are super-sized eating and highly recommended. This place can get crowded on the weekends, with standing room only space. Come during the week and avoid the crowds. There is valet parking but overall parking space is limited. Wine list was very limited so stick with beer or margaritas!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Surf Side, Texas
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198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
“Fab food but . . . Get there early the line is long.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

People have to wait in their cars to get a parking space because it's so crowded-- yes there is valet parking but it's Houston and we don't like valet parking--apparently--lol
The salsa is so warm and yummy-slow cooked so all the flavors meld perfectly. WE always share the Las Vegas plate with filet mignon. The tacos are huge the meat melt in your mouth tender!

Visited January 2013
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Houston, Texas
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Pretty good food, decent service, but needs an upgrade and a good cleaning.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

The food here is generally better than your average tex mex place. That fact keeps them in business. Waiters are fairly good too . But a lot of what keeps El Tiempo going strong is their longstanding reputation. I find the prices to be high relative to the quality of the experience. The restaurant has a dirty feel and always a strong smell of the kitchen fryer. Still, it's a local tradition.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brandenburg, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A lovely restaurant in a lovely area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

How do you differentiate good Mexican food in Houston? When it's good, it's good. Not only is the food good, it's also a nice place to have dinner or lunch. Attentive wait staff, fresh chips and salsa. Can't go wrong there.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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