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El Tiempo Cantina

#26 of 6,989 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007-5135
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to stop in for a bite based on other reviews. Great food and excellent service. Margaritas weren't the best I've ever had, but pretty darn good.

Thank Harjoe453
Rocklin, California
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner there last night with a party of 6. We ordered the fajitas which were so good!! The steak was so tender and the tortillas were homemade. One of us ordered a margarita and I ordered a glass of sangria. Both really good. Service was fast but I say expect a wait because it was BUSY!!! Highly recommend if... More 

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Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently I reviewed El Tiempo on Westheimer and I didn't give it a very good review. However, there are subtle differences in each of this chain's locations. Washington is one of the best. I had a wonderfully made custom margarita and The Mariachi Plate in Pork. Fried Ice Cream for dessert. As you can see by the photo, all tortillas... More 

Thank TravelingFoodie026
Houston, Texas
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food and lots of it. Great atmosphere and good service. The drinks are good too. Always take my family here when we're craving Mexican food!

Thank 56003Richard
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh veggies and chicken pieces (on the bone) stewed together perfectly. This is our new default restaurant for Mexican food!

Thank Gene D
Savannah, Georgia
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered the 1/4 pound fajitas with the lunch beef carne asada "a la tana," and they were hands-down the best fajitas I have had in my life. It was a generous portion of carne asada, tender and delicious with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers on top. Served with Mexican rice and beans. To die for. The restaurant itself is... More 

Thank JurisDr
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49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've had many friends go on and on about El Tiempo so we went for my wife's birthday. They food is quite expensive as far as Mexican food goes, which wouldn't be a problem if it was amazing. It takes a lot to make really amazing Mexican food and El Tiempo is just average. For the prices we should have... More 

Thank Daniel S
Angleton, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First the Margaritas...outstanding! The salsa was some of the best I've had, and I've tasted a lot. I ordered the cheese enchiladas were and they were wonderful. Did I mention the Margarita!

Thank surelav
Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the beef tacos and prawns. The flavour was fantastic. Portions ample. Service was great. Get in early as it gets busy.

Thank Hermiston1
Houston, Texas
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El Tiempo (especially the Richmond Avenue location) has some of the finest Tex Mex food in Houston. I think all of the dishes are great. Great chips and salsa. Fabulous margaritas. For my money, it's El Tiempo and Ninfa's on Navigation. El Tiempo recently opened a location close to Ninfa's , but , while I haven't been there, my instincts... More 

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Mary C, Public Relations Manager at El Tiempo Cantina, responded to this review

Thank you for your Review. We are very thankful and grateful for your continued business. More 

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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
Average prices
$15 - $20
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007-5135
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: 17136813645

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