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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Montrose, Houston
  • 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)
116 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • enchiladas
  • puffy tacos
  • montrose
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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:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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
  • 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.
  • Randy S.
    Randy ShumateMarch 16, 2013
    I had the combo plate with a puffy taco...beef enchaladas and a pork was really good is a bit pricey for tex mex
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchwabenbauerAugust 8, 2014
    Best tex mex in Houston. Great quesadillas, fajitas, micheladas and margaritas. Half off for Montrose residents on Mondays.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vlad D.
    Did not enjoy it. A friend recommended it. Fell short of expectations. Well short.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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: Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • Paul L.
    Paul L.January 31
    The Bacon Enchiladas are the best Enchiladas I have ever had and I have eaten a few enchiladas.
  • 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
  • Corey
    CoreyAugust 7, 2014
    The best enchiladas in Houston hands down. Great chips and warm salsa. Great margaritas.
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HoangApril 20, 2013
    Bacon enchiladas with an egg on top for Brunch. Fantastic! Also, $1.50 mimosa brunch special. Win.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GraceyJuly 12, 2015
    Go here for a gut bomb of legit, heavy Tex-Mex. Always add a fried egg!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Roberto D.
    Roberto D'AlbaFebruary 18, 2015
    Good food and friendly staff. I also found some good vegetarian options.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SDecember 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The Big Chile (wih chicken) is easily one of the best things o the menu
  • Randi R.
    Randi RichardsonSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the bacon enchiladas on the brunch menu...dynamite!!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyAugust 6, 2014
    Best margaritas and the San Antonio puffy tacos are the best.
  • Cheryl
    CherylApril 17
    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.
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke CandelariaJuly 14, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The salsa is different every time we are here - but great every time!!
  • 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!
  • Marco H.
    Marco HernandezJuly 21, 2013
    The fajitas are so delicious here, my absolute favorite here!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselMay 25, 2011
    They reformulated the margs in question. Love the queso, guacamole and chips. Delish cheese enchiladas.
  • Kendall D.
    Kendall DavisSeptember 5, 2013
    Peach margaritas were good but they make their enchiladas with flour tortills. BIG no no in my book!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SDecember 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Montrose Mondays means all food is half priced if you have a Montrose zip.
  • Collette C.
    Collette CulverJanuary 21, 2014
    This is one of my new favorites! The cheese enchiladas are to die for
  • Marc S.
    Marc SJune 22, 2012
    Beef fajitas made the original way and cheese enchiladas with chili con carne.
  • 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.
  • Alexandra B.
    Alexandra BoudhimAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is to die for, delicious.
  • 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...
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  • Byron  B.
    Byron  BarclayAugust 12, 2014
    Montrose Mondays means half-off entrees for Montrose and River Oaks residents.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    This is your father's Tex-Mex, in the best possible way. Read more
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25May 24, 2015
    El real margaritas and enchiladas #7
  • Robyn F.
    Robyn FOctober 15, 2011
    Cheese enchiladas are best authentic Tex Mex I've had. Nothing fancy- just good!
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