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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

Mexican Restaurant · Montrose
1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–10:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

El Real Tex-Mex is your grandfather’s vintage Tex-Mex with a kick. Always fresh and delicious, come grab a bite at the famous El Real!


Based on 300 votes

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  • What you need to know
    "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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  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • enchiladas
  • puffy tacos
  • montrose
  • Tex-Mex cuisine
  • fajitas
  • good for groups
  • good for a quick meal
  • family-friendly
  • churros
  • outdoor seating
  • lively
  • great value
  • quesadillas
  • micheladas
  • casual
  • burgers
  • Chili con carne
  • taco salad
  • Paul L.

    The Bacon Enchiladas are the best Enchiladas I have ever had and I have eaten a few enchiladas.

    Paul L. · 5 days ago
  • Chris O.

    Enchiladas Carne Doble! Great stuff!

    Chris Ozimek · December 31, 2015
  • Rebecca S.

    The Big Chile (wih chicken) is easily one of the best things o the menu

    Rebecca S · December 19, 2015
  • Rebecca S.

    Montrose Mondays means all food is half priced if you have a Montrose zip.

    Rebecca S · December 19, 2015
  • Joshua J.

    Cheese enchiladas

    Joshua Jagnanan · August 27, 2015
  • Anthony W.

    better than u would think..., I like them good ass special looking tacos they got...

    Anthony Williams · August 4, 2015
  • Laura G.

    Go here for a gut bomb of legit, heavy Tex-Mex. Always add a fried egg!

    Laura Gracey · July 12, 2015
  • Joanne L.

    Puffy Taco!

    Joanne Lockman · June 21, 2015
  • Cusp25

    El real margaritas and enchiladas #7

    Cusp25 · May 24, 2015
  • Amanda M.

    Montrose Mondays! Half off food on Mondays if you're a Montrose resident (77006 or 77098 license)

    Amanda Moreno · May 15, 2015
  • Miriam G.

    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!

    Miriam Goldman · March 15, 2015
  • Roberto D.

    Good food and friendly staff. I also found some good vegetarian options.

    Roberto D'Alba · February 18, 2015
  • Cat S.

    Order the sampler

    Cat S · February 1, 2015
  • Houston Press

    El Real's chunky, beefy chili con carne is pleasantly darker and richer than the kind served at most Tex-Mex haunts.

    Houston Press · November 20, 2014
  • Alexa

    Montrose Mondays are legit

    Alexa · October 17, 2014
  • Christy L.

    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.

    Christy Landes · September 18, 2014
  • Fez

    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.

    Fez · September 3, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out El Real Tex Mex as seen on Unique Eats Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
  • Alexandra B.

    The food is to die for, delicious.

    Alexandra Boudhim · August 24, 2014
  • Byron  B.

    Montrose Mondays means half-off entrees for Montrose and River Oaks residents.

    Byron  Barclay · August 12, 2014
  • Patty R.

    Sit on the patio and have a house margarita.

    Patty Rathbun · August 9, 2014
  • Jeremey B.

    Best house margarita for the money in Houston!

    Jeremey Barrett · August 9, 2014
  • Matthew S.

    Best tex mex in Houston. Great quesadillas, fajitas, micheladas and margaritas. Half off for Montrose residents on Mondays.

    Matthew Schwabenbauer · August 8, 2014
  • Corey

    The best enchiladas in Houston hands down. Great chips and warm salsa. Great margaritas.

    Corey · August 7, 2014
  • Adam C.

    Fajitas, puffy tacos, margaritas

    Adam Cooper · August 6, 2014
  • Patrick H.

    Best margaritas and the San Antonio puffy tacos are the best.

    Patrick Haley · August 6, 2014
  • Houston Press

    This is your father's Tex-Mex, in the best possible way. Read more

    Houston Press · August 4, 2014
  • 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

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
  • Brooke C.

    The salsa is different every time we are here - but great every time!!

    Brooke Candelaria · July 14, 2014
  • 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

  • The Daytripper

    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.

    The Daytripper · April 17, 2014
  • Collette C.

    This is one of my new favorites! The cheese enchiladas are to die for

    Collette Culver · January 21, 2014
  • Abel S.

    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:

    Abel Sanchez · October 20, 2013
  • Steve M.

    Get the queso in the large size. It's delicious.

    Steve Mueller · October 12, 2013
  • Allison L.

    Love!! Food is great. Service is great. Atmosphere is great. Margaritas are great. All that and 1/2 off for Montrosians on Mondays.

    Allison LeTulle · October 3, 2013
  • Mark K.

    Try the San Antonio Puffy Tacos.

    Mark Krieschen · September 21, 2013
  • Kendall D.

    Peach margaritas were good but they make their enchiladas with flour tortills. BIG no no in my book!

    Kendall Davis · September 5, 2013
  • Houston Press

    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.

    Houston Press · August 27, 2013
  • Harold i K.

    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.

    Harold i Kelly · August 8, 2013
  • Rebekah R.

    The toilets are not meant for people under 5'5".

    Rebekah Robles · July 25, 2013
  • Marco H.

    The fajitas are so delicious here, my absolute favorite here!

    Marco Hernandez · July 21, 2013
  • Shaheen L.

    $2 house margaritas on Tuesdays. Very potent.

    Shaheen Lokhandwala · June 5, 2013
  • Stefanny T.

    Brunch is always good. Sit outside :)

    Stefanny T · May 19, 2013
  • Ryan B.

    Meh. It was ok...

    Ryan Barthel · May 12, 2013
  • Joe B.

    Why do people have to wait to be seated when there are empty tables?

    Joe Bowers · April 27, 2013
  • Iama P.

    Sevice was good. Foods fair

    Iama Pirat · April 21, 2013
  • Jamie H.

    Bacon enchiladas with an egg on top for Brunch. Fantastic! Also, $1.50 mimosa brunch special. Win.

    Jamie Hoang · April 20, 2013
  • Elaine G.

    Delicioso smoked chicken chile relleno!

    Elaine Gentry · April 16, 2013
  • Joe S.

    Great place. Try the green chile pozole, micheladas and the no minor milk shake. We are coming back soon

    Joe Soto · April 14, 2013

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