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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Montrose, Houston
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  • Jorge
    "If you want the puffy tacos, the Picadillo Beef version is the best."(9 Tips)
    Rebecca S.
    "Montrose zip."(9 Tips)
    Robyn F.
    "Cheese enchiladas are best authentic Tex Mex I've had."(6 Tips)
    Randi R.
    "Try the bacon enchiladas on the brunch menu...dynamite!!"(18 Tips)
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  • Abel S.
    Abel SanchezOctober 20, 2013
    Looks better on TV's Unique Eats - "Chingo Bling" - A smoked chicken stuffed Poblano pepper dish with an enchilada and a tamale. See video here at: http://www.ulive.com/video/houstons-finest-tex-mex
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesSeptember 18, 2014
    Nice retro Tex-Mex. I'm a fan of spicier salsa, but other than that the tex-mex standards are outstanding. The fajitas are great, and so are the enchiladas. I like that they have pork as a filling.
  • Jenn
    JennJanuary 21, 2012
    This is true, classic Tex Mex of the highest order. That means you get a lot of mild chili gravy, cheese, and lard. Queso, guacamole, salsa, and good portions. Not a fancy restaurant, but good.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The restaurant serves rib-sticking, chile-inflected grub of the greasy-finger, tingling-lips variety. Be sure to check out the San Antonio-style puffy tacos. Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 27, 2013
    Try the Fajita Taco Salad! El Real gets extra points for using fajita beef and offering fragrant dressings such as jalapeño lime and cilantro ranch.
  • Fez
    FezSeptember 3, 2014
    Salsa was fresh and roasted, yet, not enchanting. Service was 110 on point. Maybe over vigilant. Fajitas were tasty and soft. Pico de gallo was my favorite thing here.
  • AlmostVeggies.com
    AlmostVeggies.comOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Milk Shake “No Minors” combines Brandy & Kahlua with ice cream in the very best way. Do yourself a favor: Skip the margarita and order this shake, for it is grand. Read more
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanMarch 15, 2015
    We got great service even though we came just before closing and stayed well after. Very grateful for that, and for the excellent frozen margarita!
  • Allison L.
    Allison LeTulleOctober 3, 2013
    Love!! Food is great. Service is great. Atmosphere is great. Margaritas are great. All that and 1/2 off for Montrosians on Mondays.
  • The Daytripper
    The DaytripperApril 17, 2014
    And if you want food visit El Real Tex-Mex, where famed food writer Robb Walsh and celebrity chef Brian Caswell have teamed up to bring you the most authentic Tex-Mex experience you can have.
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonFebruary 28, 2012
    The Tex-Mex here is perfect as a post-midnight meal, and the owners know it — El Real is open to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateMarch 16, 2013
    I had the combo plate with a puffy taco...beef enchaladas and a pork tamalie...it was really good stuff...it is a bit pricey for tex mex
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 11, 2011
    The menu isn't final, nor the room, but if you keep a close eye on the Twitter feed, you'll notice a few hints - such as The Tampiqueña Plate was originally served at the Tampico Club in Mexico City. Read more
  • Jere D.
    Jere DouglasAugust 22, 2011
    Food is good, service is great but be prepared for spicy as everything they make is higly spiced. However, if you talk to the chef he can make something special for you.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best Tex-Mex Restaurant. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: http://bit.ly/JCaGyR Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchwabenbauerAugust 8, 2014
    Best tex mex in Houston. Great quesadillas, fajitas, micheladas and margaritas. Half off for Montrose residents on Mondays.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressNovember 20, 2014
    El Real's chunky, beefy chili con carne is pleasantly darker and richer than the kind served at most Tex-Mex haunts.
  • Vlad D.
    Vlad DavidiukJune 13, 2016
    Did not enjoy it. A friend recommended it. Fell short of expectations. Well short.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SotoApril 14, 2013
    Great place. Try the green chile pozole, micheladas and the no minor milk shake. We are coming back soon
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HoangApril 20, 2013
    Bacon enchiladas with an egg on top for Brunch. Fantastic! Also, $1.50 mimosa brunch special. Win.
  • Corey
    CoreyAugust 7, 2014
    The best enchiladas in Houston hands down. Great chips and warm salsa. Great margaritas.
  • Paul L.
    Paul L.January 31, 2016
    The Bacon Enchiladas are the best Enchiladas I have ever had and I have eaten a few enchiladas.
  • John E.
    John EdwardsOctober 22, 2011
    I'm here with Serious Eats critic Carey Jones and she loves the margaritas and the queso. Plus, best churro I've ever had.
  • Mark C.
    Mark ChristiansJune 27, 2011
    Have been here several times and have enjoyed it each time. Unlike some posts, I have the food well flavored and freshly prepared.
  • Miranda B.
    Miranda BJuly 21, 2011
    A pitcher of margaritas will fill about 7-8 glasses so it's a great bargain, but you will get a little sloppy!
  • Laura G.
    Laura GraceyJuly 12, 2015
    Go here for a gut bomb of legit, heavy Tex-Mex. Always add a fried egg!
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The fire-roasted salsa is so simple yet fresh and lovely. Enjoy with a house margarita - rocks n salt!
  • Randi R.
    Randi RichardsonSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the bacon enchiladas on the brunch menu...dynamite!!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselMay 25, 2011
    They reformulated the margs in question. Love the queso, guacamole and chips. Delish cheese enchiladas.
  • Harold i K.
    Harold i KellyAugust 8, 2013
    Don't come any time after 8. The waiters start to not pay attention because they are focused in doing their side work and not you, the guest. The manager was nice and helpful. But don't come after 8.
  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HolderJanuary 13, 2013
    Leo's Deluxe Dinner is a great combination! Great chips and salsa! Rawhide playing on the giant movie screen.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SJune 22, 2012
    Beef fajitas made the original way and cheese enchiladas with chili con carne.
  • Marco H.
    Marco HernandezJuly 21, 2013
    The fajitas are so delicious here, my absolute favorite here!
  • Heather L.
    Heather LockhartApril 18, 2011
    Pozole (Mexican soup w pork, hominy & chile) was the best thing at El Real, but the FROZEN lime, onion & cilantro garnish plate was lacking.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyAugust 6, 2014
    Best margaritas and the San Antonio puffy tacos are the best.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaJuly 14, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The salsa is different every time we are here - but great every time!!
  • Kendall D.
    Kendall DavisSeptember 5, 2013
    Peach margaritas were good but they make their enchiladas with flour tortills. BIG no no in my book!
  • Atlanta Food & W.
    Roll up your sleeves and get crackin' with Chef Caswell at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 29 - June 1 and learn how to barbecue crab! Read more
  • Collette C.
    Collette CulverJanuary 21, 2014
    This is one of my new favorites! The cheese enchiladas are to die for
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NapoliMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great view of Underbelly and The Hay Merchant from here.
  • Kris G.
    Kris GOctober 22, 2011
    Enchiladas are absolutely TERRIBLE (the chicken & the beef). Puffy tacos are pretty good though...
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SDecember 19, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The Big Chile (wih chicken) is easily one of the best things o the menu
  • Roberto D.
    Roberto D'AlbaFebruary 18, 2015
    Good food and friendly staff. I also found some good vegetarian options.
  • Alexandra B.
    Alexandra BoudhimAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is to die for, delicious.
  • Robyn F.
    Robyn FOctober 15, 2011
    Cheese enchiladas are best authentic Tex Mex I've had. Nothing fancy- just good!
  • Cheryl
    CherylApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Their marinated pork tacos al carbon WERE hands down the best thing on the menu, yet they don't offer them anymore. Very disappointing.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SDecember 19, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Montrose Mondays means all food is half priced if you have a Montrose zip.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    This is your father's Tex-Mex, in the best possible way. Read more
  • Monica R.
    Monica RobinsonJuly 18, 2011
    The queso is amazing! Also the puffy tacos were excellent. Read more
  • Jorge
    JorgeApril 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you want the puffy tacos, the Picadillo Beef version is the best.
  • Byron  B.
    Byron  BarclayAugust 12, 2014
    Montrose Mondays means half-off entrees for Montrose and River Oaks residents.
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25May 24, 2015
    El real margaritas and enchiladas #7
  • Jeremey B.
    Jeremey BarrettAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best house margarita for the money in Houston!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorenoMay 15, 2015
    Montrose Mondays! Half off food on Mondays if you're a Montrose resident (77006 or 77098 license)
  • Lizzy B.
    Lizzy BuftonOctober 7, 2011
    must eat the Wholefish Fajitas - Gulf Red Fish = amazing!
  • Louis S.
    Louis SokolJuly 10, 2011
    Fajitas were awesome! Service was great. We would go back.
  • Shaheen L.
    $2 house margaritas on Tuesdays. Very potent.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KrieschenSeptember 21, 2013
    Try the San Antonio Puffy Tacos.
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck DeVriesFebruary 14, 2012
    Monday night is half price food for people in Montrose zip codes.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 14, 2012
    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Tex-Mex burger
  • Steve M.
    Steve MuellerOctober 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the queso in the large size. It's delicious.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AttarDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    1/2 price for locals on Mondays. $2 lonestar all the time!
  • Christa C.
    Christa CassataApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Campechana - not so bueno, but the queso is solid.
  • Stefanny T.
    Stefanny TMay 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch is always good. Sit outside :)
  • Patty R.
    Patty RathbunAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit on the patio and have a house margarita.
  • 🌸🌼🌺Claire🌺🌼🌸
    🌸🌼🌺Claire🌺🌼🌸January 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Mexican brunch is to. die. for.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Burgers - #6
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsAugust 4, 2015
    better than u would think..., I like them good ass special looking tacos they got...
  • Adam C.
    Adam CooperAugust 6, 2014
    Fajitas, puffy tacos, margaritas
  • Eric H.
    Eric HagstromOctober 10, 2011
    Veggie Nachos are pretty dang tasty
  • Chris O.
    Chris OzimekDecember 31, 2015
    Enchiladas Carne Doble! Great stuff!
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BuchananDecember 7, 2011
    BAD food. Salsa tasted "off". Chicken would not cut (like rubber). Beans & rice had a strange lingering taste (like vomit). AND there were NATS flying ALL over our table. Worst tex mex I've ever had.
  • Darcy E.
    Darcy EavesJuly 18, 2011
    Only two vegetarian dishes and all things fried are fried in lard.
  • Jane C.
    Jane CumminsFebruary 21, 2012
    Get ready to run for the border with Taco bell or Casa Ole style food but you will pay Pappasitios prices to eat here. Can you say rip off?
  • John F.
    John FrelsJuly 10, 2011
    There is MUCH better Tex-Mex in town at MUCH lower prices.....
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out El Real Tex Mex as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Cucumber Jicama Salad
  • Tim G.
    Tim GrahamApril 16, 2011
    If you want spicy salsa get the borucha salsa.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BaylisFebruary 11, 2012
    Their food can be a little salty at times.
  • Dustin M.
    Dustin MisenerNovember 10, 2011
    The first time I have felt actually let down by Tex-Mex. Chips are bad, salsa is worse. Menu is priced like Pappasitos with below Taco Cabana quality food.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 5 Late-Night Eats - #4
  • Elaine G.
    Elaine GentryApril 16, 2013
    Delicioso smoked chicken chile relleno!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RMay 13, 2011
    The toilet in the women's restroom requires a step stool to use.
  • Cat S.
    Cat SFebruary 1, 2015
    Order the sampler
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChambersJuly 23, 2011
    The skinny Rita is the best!!!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanOctober 2, 2011
    Best Tex-Mex restaurant
  • Sammy S.
    Sammy StroupNovember 25, 2011
    Best wait staff in town!!!!!
  • Iama P.
    Iama PiratApril 21, 2013
    Sevice was good. Foods fair
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AnciraJuly 8, 2011
    Service was great. Fajitas were, meh. Atmosphere was...different. Over all it was okay. I will most likely never go back...
  • Robert G.
    Robert GarciaMay 5, 2011
    Try thes newe Rosarita Margarita just in time for Cinco de Mayo!!!
  • Amy B.
    Fajitas a little pricy
  • Joanne L.
    Joanne LockmanJune 21, 2015
    Puffy Taco!
  • Alexa
    AlexaOctober 17, 2014
    Montrose Mondays are legit
  • James R.
    James RomanApril 1, 2012
    Truly terrible food. The #1 ingredient in everything seems to be salt. Lots of it. With the advent of modern refrigeration, there's no need to use this much salt! Food is mediocre, bad service.
  • Chris R.
    Chris ReidMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Bacon enchiladas 4LYFE.
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceApril 13, 2011
    Service sucks, margaritas suck, overpriced, they only give 3 tortillas for a pound of fajitas, i asked them to split the order into 2 containers and they didnt.
  • Sandi Ann r.
    Sandi Ann rApril 1, 2012
    Get the puffy tacos!
  • Robin D.
    Robin DavidsonJanuary 26, 2013
    This ain't no Original Ninfa's on Navigation. Wasn't bad, but not good enough to revisit.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BowersApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Why do people have to wait to be seated when there are empty tables?
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrownOctober 11, 2011
    Half price with a Montrose zip code.
  • Jeremey B.
    Jeremey BarrettSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pollo del Norte is delicious!
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