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El Gran Malo

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant, Bar, and Taco Place$$$$
Shady Acres, Houston
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  • David C.
    David CarrAugust 14, 2014
    Incredible tequila selection. Go ahead and order a margarita with habanero pecan infused tequila. Delicious.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 12, 2014
    You might think El Gran Malo is just a bar, but you'd be wrong. Read more
  • Olga S.
    Olga ShuhatovichFebruary 1, 2014
    Mmmmhhh. Yum
  • Sally C.
    Sally CarterNovember 27, 2013
    Drink, food. Food, drink. It's hard to decide which to order first. It's all good.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HerreraNovember 24, 2013
    Horrible wait staff. Tiny portions and way over priced! Waiter was a dbag with an attitude. Took 5 times to get the check right. I'll never return.
  • Moni ✈😊
    Moni ✈😊November 3, 2013
    Tequila is good. But don't get the food. This is in no way Mexican.
  • Isabel P.
    Isabel ProtomartirOctober 21, 2013
    This place is AWESOME. I came for the drinks, fun, creative margaritas and crazy infused tequilas but fell in love with the food! Top notch food and great people. Definitely coming back!
  • Erin D.
    Erin DutkaOctober 13, 2013
    Rose is an AWESOME bartender. She gave us a lot of info on the infused tequilas and made excellent recommendations. She made our first visit so much more enjoyable.
  • Gabrielle M.
    Gabrielle MilanOctober 6, 2013
    Snapper tacos all the way - ace👌
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Local Houston MagazineSeptember 25, 2013
    El Gran Malo is opening up a second location called El Big Bad slated to open in early October, featuring 50 handcrafted tequila infusions, fresh-juice margaritas & cocktails, & a selection of beers! Read more
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudySeptember 2, 2013
    Casa Noble (añejo) tequila is WONDERFUL! Enjoy...
  • Danvy V.
    Danvy VoAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best margaritas ever!!!!
  • Wil J.
    Wil JeudyJuly 21, 2013
    Noisy, but awesome! I def rec the tacos (pork belly, red snapper were superlative). Decor is terrific. Swing by!
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GloverJuly 20, 2013
    Over 40 infused tequilas and you can't go wrong! Ask your server what's in season for the best recommendation.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MelanconJuly 6, 2013
    Great food, great drinks, bad service almost every time I've been here though.
  • Bill S.
    Bill ShirleyJune 29, 2013
    Wifi password: cucumber2307
  • My Table Magazine
    My Table MagazineJune 14, 2013
    Fun and funky El Gran Malo has dozens of tequilas infused with just about anything you can imagine: cinnamon, beets, ghost peppers, you name it. The hearty Mexican food helps balance out any overze... Read more
  • Marissa L J.
    Marissa L JenkinsJune 6, 2013
    The Cocktails! So many infused flavors and combinations...FUN! This is a great addition for tired of the preoccupation with CHAIN RESTAURANTS!
  • Marissa L J.
    Marissa L JenkinsMay 29, 2013
    Craft Tequila Cocktails...need I say more.
  • Georgia H.
    Georgia HarrisMay 21, 2013
    Please get the pork belly taco with fried egg. It's for your own good. And for dessert, peanut butter and jelly shot. And you're welcome
  • Laura T.
    Laura TerrilMay 5, 2013
    The waitress with the purple hair and tattoos was the sweetest!
  • Kale P.
    Kale PetersenMay 1, 2013
    Tequeno Burro IS DA SHIT!
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 26, 2013
    With over 40 infused tequilas available, El Gran Malo is a margarita lover's paradise. The new cocktail menu branches out some, and the food remains perfect for a light dinner or snacking.
  • Avi
    AviMarch 7, 2013
    I recommend the blueberry jalapeño cilantro!!
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    try the beet margarita - very smooth, dry, nice
  • Pharon H.
    Pharon HyltonFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the three skull... if you dare
  • Justin W.
    Justin WaldripJanuary 25, 2013
    Awesome spicy Rita's.
  • Bill B.
    Bill BonillaDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I have not been disappointed with any of the margaritas. All are delicious!
  • Bill B.
    Bill BonillaDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bravado is the best!
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HaightDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with the blueberry, jalapeño, cilantro margarita!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MartinDecember 5, 2012
    Infused tequila and pork belly tacos - need I say more?
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GossNovember 22, 2012
    It's off the menu now, but the Spanish 75 is great! Would recommend the cucumber mint margaritas to anyone and the Border Stop for something different.
  • JULES🎂
    JULES🎂November 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Snapper ceviche is off the chain.. Great atmosphere and service
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressOctober 17, 2012
    2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Margarita.Check out more Houston Press Winners here: Or go moblie with the free Best Of app.
  • Denise 
    Denise September 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Their snapper tacos are awesome and the strawberry jalapeño margarita is nice with a bit of kick. If you try a drink off the menu, post what you had so we can try it next time. :)
  • Murray N.
    Murray NewmanJuly 26, 2012
    Great food. Waiter was kind of stingy with the chips and they charged $2 when my friend asked for a couple of corn tortillas for his 1-year-old. Other than that, really liked the place.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanJuly 9, 2012
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Torta Burger
  • Julio 🔩 A.
    Julio 🔩 AwesomeJuly 7, 2012
    Margs were bitter slow service tacos below average, my last time here
  • James G.
    James GillispieJuly 5, 2012
    Blueberry jalapeño cilantro margarita deliciousness
  • Joe D.
    Joe DavisJune 27, 2012
    Never eat here. They served me rancid crab on empanadas that literally stunk as they were walked to my table then wanted me to be grateful that they didn't charge me for sending it back. No apology.
  • Brandy W.
    Brandy WellsJune 15, 2012
    Beef jerky tequilla is awesome! I also enjoyed the peanut butter and jelly shots. Kinda pricy. Drinks are worth it but not to sure about the food. They also have a lot of local brews on tap.
  • Robert D.
    Robert DaughertyJune 10, 2012
    Angel hooks it up! Most amazing fusion mixes!
  • Van N.
    Van NJune 10, 2012
    Try the Torta - Definitely get it with the fried jalapenos & onions on top.
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne ChuMay 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Strawberry cucumber margarita taste refreshing.
  • Katie C.
    Katie CoxMay 22, 2012
    Best tacos ever!! Best margaritas! A must try, hidden gem!
  • Christina H.
    Christina HarrisMay 1, 2012
    Cucumber mint margarita yum. Definitely worth the price for the high quality tequila you get here
  • Lindsey G.
    Lindsey GeorgeApril 9, 2012
    THE FIRST gastro-cantina in Houston. Making a HUMONGOUS name for itself not only with the deliciously infused tequila margo's, but the meticulously unique tex-mex makes a name for itself!
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WallaceMarch 20, 2012
    Don't get house margarita. Snapper taco too dry and too many hot peppers hide fish flavor. Wait staff ok but don't touch my glass or dish til I'm finished !!!.
  • Urban S.
    Urban SwankMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Strawberry Margarita W/3 Chiles Tequila - Spicy and strong, just like me.
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonFebruary 28, 2012
    For $2, the kitchen will also add a fried egg to anything on the menu, which is exactly what you want after a couple tequila cocktails.
  • Maarten-Jan W.
    Maarten-Jan WaasdorpFebruary 28, 2012
    Fresh lime juice margarita's! Happy hour till 7.30 $3 off!
  • Chad Y.
    Chad YatesFebruary 19, 2012
    Awesome guac dip here.. It's liked whipped or blended.. Very creamy texture.
  • Imfallible K.
    Imfallible KFebruary 19, 2012
    Leave a tip not your review you wankers.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 17, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 10 Margaritas - #2
  • Val G.
    Val GFebruary 15, 2012
    Tried the churro tequila... delicious!
  • Samantha Sarah W.
    Samantha Sarah WalterFebruary 4, 2012
    Our waitress was sweet but overwhelmed, not sure why everyone recommends the burger, quesadillas good but bland, empenadas very good if you take off the heavy handed crema and margaritas are sweet!
  • Nate R.
    Nate ReffellJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Blueberry jalepeno cilantro margarita. The best I've ever had. Great food.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RiggsJanuary 23, 2012
    Great Tacos for sure!!!
  • Heather W.
    Heather WeissDecember 31, 2011
    Blueberry Cilantro Jalapeño margaritas and the camarones tacos ftw!
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SmithNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beet infused tequila with Ginger beer leaves you with a burn that feels so good!
  • Denise 
    Denise November 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The snapper and pork belly tacos are outstanding! Also try the strawberry cucumber margaritas! Delicious!
  • Jenn
    JennNovember 12, 2011
    Delicious and unique margaritas - try the blueberry jalapeno cilantro margarita or the margarita with the cayenne pepper/toasted pecan tequila infusion. Yummmmm!!!
  • Shawn R.
    Shawn RileyOctober 22, 2011
    Great place. Awesome
  • James M.
    James McHargeOctober 16, 2011
    Awesome place! The owner talked to us for awhile about the up and coming flavors. Peanut butter and jelly margarita comming soon!
    AlmostVeggies.comOctober 15, 2011
    Empanadas with crab meat possess meticulous presentation power. Smashed plantain, poblanos, black beans & cotija cheese FREAK OUT while morphing alongside fresh chunks of crabmeat. Read more
  • Joanne W.
    Joanne WOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    In a town with some great burgers, the one here holds its own.
  • Kireau K.
    Kireau KendrickSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    sit at the bar and sample all the infused tequilas. pork belly taco is yum. get the shrimp and red snapper tacos too. this place is ICONIC!
  • Maggie E.
    Maggie EbeadeSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a Dirty Princess with their watermelon infused tequila. Ask Jorge. He knows. ;)
  • Kymberlie M.
    Kymberlie McGuireSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Add the cherry and Madagascar vanilla to the margarita for the best margarita ever.
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceSeptember 6, 2011
    Pork belly tacos are where it's at. Strawberry cucumber margarita and the off-menu apple pie margarita with vanilla, green apple and cinnamon are amazinggg.
  • Natalie H.
    Natalie HollonAugust 21, 2011
    Snapper taco and an Almond Vanilla margarita! Perfect!
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