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El Tiempo Cantina

Neartown/ Montrose
Mexican, Southwestern
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1308 Montrose Blvd, 1308 Cantina, Houston, TX 77019
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All 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 - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Jacksonville, Florida
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531 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is actually at 1308 Montrose Boulevard - not sure why the Corporate Offices are part of the listing above. This was my first visit to El Tiempo. A family friend had recommended it. It was great. Old-School at its best! This location looks a little sketchy from the outside, and the inside is pretty dated, but the food... More 

Thank 493Ron
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always make a stop at 1308 Cantina when I am in Houston. Always crowded, and for good reason, don't let the crowd scare you off, they can usually accommodate you at a table soon enough, between the indoor and patio seating. Enjoy a range of margaritas in the bar while you wait, and you will not notice the wait. Every... More 

Thank JohntraveL2014
Elk Grove Village IL
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

When you walk in you can smell the smoker operating, so you know it's the real deal. Had brisket burrito and it was delicious! Rice as a side is tasty. There are warm chips delivered to your table with two awesome sauces. The salsa is perfectly spicy and the light sauce is so different! It has a little kick with... More 

Thank Susan6521
Houston, Texas, United States
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

As they say, you eat with your eyes and this visit was disappointing. I was dining with a friend and he requested hard tacos without tomatoes. There were tomatoes on his plate. I ordered the Flautas Mixtas. The presentation was awful and they were bland. The only good thing about this visit was the GRAND Gold Margarita.

Thank John T
El Dorado, Arkansas
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This was a great experience from the time we walked into the building. The layout and deco is upscale Mexican, complete with authentic music playing (somewhat too loud) and waitstaff who are GOOD at their jobs. The menu covers the entire spectrum, but don't expect any $5.99 combo meals on this menu. The servings are generous, so careful how much... More 

Thank Dave S
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1,153 reviews
711 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

Better than the competitors around this place has great fajitas and they serve good drinks, it could get sometimes crowded during the weekends starting on Thursdays but it is worth to visit, prices are average for Houston and staff is mostly friendly all the time, parking could be challenging sometimes depending how crowded it is., gets A++

Thank bryanmantezoni
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

We went to El Tiempo while in town for a wedding. Everything was amazing, I had the fajitas and the steak melted in my mouth, it was like having a fine steak dinner cut up into a fajita. The margaritas were also excellent, though we didn't pay enough attention to the menu pricing on the margartas. Pitchers are not cheap... More 

Thank Mike M
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

As i couldn't order a gift card online I emailed and telephoned. The service received was excellent from all the staff I contacted, especially the restaurant staff. If this is a reflection on the service received while dining you will not be disappointed

Thank Derek L
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Went this past Saturday night. Had a party of eight. Very packed and since space is tight at this location, we were practically on top of each other, but we did not mind as we are all very close anyway. The homemade tamales blew me away! Fajita meat was delicious, rice and beans very good. Everything I sampled was great,... More 

Thank Oscar B
Houston, Texas
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54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

This place has the best spicy salsa in Houston! The menu is full of great choices and great variety of Mexican cuisine! The Mexican food here is better than what I had in Mexico. Their fish taco is to die for! The service is excellent as well!!

Thank maddiekorra

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1308 Montrose Blvd, 1308 Cantina, Houston, TX 77019
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Neartown/ Montrose
  • Neighborhood: Neartown/ Montrose
  • Phone Number: 17138078996

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