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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

) #186 of 7,266 Restaurants in Houston $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
+1 713-524-1201
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
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Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food. Very reasonable. Our waiter Albert was very knowledgeable & pleasant. Will definitely go again!

Thank Julia W
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

First stop after arriving. Food was delicious. Our server Browen was fantastic! Worth trying when in Houston next.

Thank Algoel
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Two of us went here after an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts. Had seen the marquee on Westheimer several times, then my niece recommended it to us. Started with some pretty good salsa & chips, then some Queso Verde- white cheese with spinach....More

Thank docwhiteaustin
Reviewed January 5, 2017

My friends and I stopped here after having a couples of drinks at a nearby bar. I really enjoyed the eclectic atmosphere, and the dish I had was average, but my friend had a hamburger off the menu and said it was one of the...More

Thank Sharon J
Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

Our regular quarterly visit to Houston's MD Anderson includes a night out to eat at a restaurant we've never tried. Heard about El Real through a "Houston" Unique Eats. Quick & easy drive. Oh my goodness! Yummy! The white queso with spinach... and you get...More

Thank kfwarren
Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

We were underwhelmed when they first opened. Happy they renovated the old theatre, but not enthralled with the food. They have now settled into the role of community center as well as eatery, a comfortable place for comfortable Tex-Mex of the non-greasy kind. My crispy...More

Thank HouMSW
Reviewed November 20, 2016

Popped in to have a quick drink before meeting friends at a nearby restaurant. The bar is smallish, but comfy, with both tables and plenty of barstools. Our bartender was friendly and made a decent michelada. Yum. Also ready with beer recommendations as well. Chips...More

Thank Susie M
Reviewed November 2, 2016

This is a huge restaurant space in a former movie theater in the Montrose neighborhood. The portions are huge, the waiters are friendly and accommodating, and the food is good. Not the greatest, but far from the worst. Worth a visit.

Thank Mike L
jcrossley77054, Manager at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2016

Mike, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Come back and see us soon! John Crossley johnc@elrealtexmex.com

Reviewed November 2, 2016

El Real is a very popular restaurant in the Montrose area of Houston, housed in what used to be a movie theatre (The Tower). Their specialties are the classic Tex-Mex recipes that were popular in South Texas and Houston in the 1950s and 1960s...different types...More

Thank ahur111
jcrossley77054, Guest Relations Manager at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2016

Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad to hear that you've enjoyed your visits with us - come back and see us soon. Best, John C johnc@elrealtexmex.com

Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We were there on a Friday night fairly early and it wasn't especially busy. The space is pretty cool. Gotta give a shoutout to our server Catherine. She was absolutely fantastic - we told her we wanted to relax a little and take things slow...More

Thank Swimfins
jcrossley77054, Guest Relations Manager at El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2016

Thank you fro taking the time to provide us with your feedback. I'm glad to hear that Catherine took such great care of you and your party - I will let her know you mentioned her by name. Next time you're in ask for one...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Valet Parking, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2760
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-524-1201
  • E-mail
Voted Best Houston Tex-Mex Restaurant of 2013, El Real boasts sophistication never-before seen among Houston's Tex-Mex restaurant scene. Nestled in the heart of Montrose in the old Tower Theater, El Real Tex-Mex honors the history of our cuisine by incorporating classic recipes with a modern twist. Under Chef Bryan Caswell, our menu is packed with mouth-watering must haves. Made with only fresh, quality ingredients, everything on our menu reflects those same homestyle flavors of the past. Try our Sizzling Fajitas, which are a Houston staple- to our own Bacon Enchiladas, cheese enchiladas stuffed with bacon inside, chile con carne, topped with a fried egg, skillet potatoes and refried beans. Aside from great food, El Real is available for private parties and dining of all sizes. Whether its a family get-together, formal banquet or a corporate event, our friendly event coordinators will handle everything from the fresh ingredients to our experienced and attentive wait staff. For an authentic taste of old Texas, let us win over both your heart and taste buds at El Real Tex-Mex.
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