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El Porvenir

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Avenida Hidalgo 1403, Tampico, Mexico
(833) 213 05 68
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time I went was a couple of months ago at the recommendation of my work colleague who is from Tampico. Of course I asked what was the most famous dish and the waiter said Jaiba a la Frank / Crab in the style of Frank the founder. So this time I asked for "second place" and received the... More 

Thank Profe_Federico
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has some of the best seafood in town. The cheese tortillas are unique never have seen them elsewhere. Don't miss if you visiting. Local landmark. BETTER THERE THAN ACROSS THE STREET says the sign on the front (the grave yard is a cross the street)

Thank PingoWis
Tampico, Mexico
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Great place to eat; the Jaiba a la Frank with Asadero cheese tortillas is awesome. My grandfather loved the MB Fish. A place to go to eat in Tampico for sure, just not in a tight budget.

Thank mabayardom
Tampico, Mexico
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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 

Thank Southern-Kitty
Mexico City, Mexico
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46 reviews
12 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".

Thank Renan D
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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.

1 Thank Paola G
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89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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"

1 Thank Sergio G
Katy, Texas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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 

1 Thank Jose J
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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 

2 Thank Tony C
Norman, Oklahoma
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145 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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 

2 Thank Dave S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Hidalgo 1403, Tampico, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Northern Mexico  >  Tamaulipas  >  Tampico
  • Phone Number: (833) 213 05 68

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