El Gran Malo

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant, Bar, and Taco Place · Shady Acres
2307 Ella Blvd (at 23rd), Houston, TX 77008, United States
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner
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  • What you need to know
    Kireau K.
    "sit at the bar and sample all the infused tequilas."(9 Tips)
    Natalie H.
    "Snapper taco and an Almond Vanilla margarita!"(5 Tips)
    Jennifer M.
    "Infused tequila and pork belly tacos - need I say more?"(5 Tips)
    Denise 
    "Also try the strawberry cucumber margaritas!"(3 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • tequila
  • pork belly tacos
  • butter and jelly shot
  • tortas
  • cocktails
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  • hidden gem
  • fried eggs
  • good service
  • beef jerky
  • great value
  • happy hour
  • churros
  • quesadillas
  • jalapeños
  • beer
  • cilantro
  • blueberries
  • beets
  • David C.

    Incredible tequila selection. Go ahead and order a margarita with habanero pecan infused tequila. Delicious.

    David Carr · August 14, 2014
  • Houston Press

    You might think El Gran Malo is just a bar, but you'd be wrong. Read more

    Houston Press · August 12, 2014
  • Olga S.

    Mmmmhhh. Yum

    Olga Shuhatovich · February 1, 2014
  • Sally C.

    Drink, food. Food, drink. It's hard to decide which to order first. It's all good.

    Sally Carter · November 27, 2013
  • Karen H.

    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.

    Karen Herrera · November 24, 2013
  • Moni ✈😊

    Tequila is good. But don't get the food. This is in no way Mexican.

    Moni ✈😊 · November 3, 2013
  • Isabel P.

    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!

    Isabel Protomartir · October 21, 2013
  • Erin D.

    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.

    Erin Dutka · October 13, 2013
  • Gabrielle M.

    Snapper tacos all the way - ace👌

    Gabrielle Milan · October 6, 2013
  • Local Houston Magazine

    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

    Local Houston Magazine · September 25, 2013
  • Wil J.

    Casa Noble (añejo) tequila is WONDERFUL! Enjoy...

    Wil Jeudy · September 2, 2013
  • Danvy V.

    Best margaritas ever!!!!

    Danvy Vo · August 13, 2013
  • Wil J.

    Noisy, but awesome! I def rec the tacos (pork belly, red snapper were superlative). Decor is terrific. Swing by!

    Wil Jeudy · July 21, 2013
  • Jamie G.

    Over 40 infused tequilas and you can't go wrong! Ask your server what's in season for the best recommendation.

    Jamie Glover · July 20, 2013
  • Jennifer M.

    Great food, great drinks, bad service almost every time I've been here though.

    Jennifer Melancon · July 6, 2013
  • Bill S.

    Wifi password: cucumber2307

    Bill Shirley · June 29, 2013
  • My Table Magazine

    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

    My Table Magazine · June 14, 2013
  • Marissa L J.

    The Cocktails! So many infused flavors and combinations...FUN! This is a great addition for Houston...so tired of the preoccupation with CHAIN RESTAURANTS!

    Marissa L Jenkins · June 6, 2013
  • Marissa L J.

    Craft Tequila Cocktails...need I say more.

    Marissa L Jenkins · May 29, 2013
  • Georgia H.

    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

    Georgia Harris · May 21, 2013
  • Laura T.

    The waitress with the purple hair and tattoos was the sweetest!

    Laura Terril · May 5, 2013
  • Kale P.

    Tequeno Burro IS DA SHIT!

    Kale Petersen · May 1, 2013
  • Eater

    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.

    Eater · March 26, 2013
  • Avi

    I recommend the blueberry jalapeño cilantro!!

    Avi · March 7, 2013
  • Kireau K.

    try the beet margarita - very smooth, dry, nice

    Kireau Kendrick · February 22, 2013
  • Pharon H.

    Try the three skull... if you dare

    Pharon Hylton · February 15, 2013
  • Justin W.

    Awesome spicy Rita's.

    Justin Waldrip · January 25, 2013
  • Bill B.

    I have not been disappointed with any of the margaritas. All are delicious!

    Bill Bonilla · December 24, 2012
  • Bill B.

    Bravado is the best!

    Bill Bonilla · December 24, 2012
  • Jenn H.

    You can't go wrong with the blueberry, jalapeño, cilantro margarita!

    Jenn Haight · December 20, 2012
  • Jennifer M.

    Infused tequila and pork belly tacos - need I say more?

    Jennifer Martin · December 5, 2012
  • Rachel G.

    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.

    Rachel Goss · November 22, 2012
  • JULES🎂

    The Snapper ceviche is off the chain.. Great atmosphere and service

    JULES🎂 · November 17, 2012
  • Houston Press

    2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Margarita.Check out more Houston Press Winners here:http://www.houstonpress.com/bestof/ Or go moblie with the free Best Of app.

    Houston Press · October 17, 2012
  • Denise 

    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. :)

    Denise  · September 8, 2012
  • Murray N.

    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.

    Murray Newman · July 26, 2012
  • Laura B.

    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Torta Burger

    Laura Bosche · July 9, 2012
  • Julio 🔩 A.

    Margs were bitter slow service tacos below average, my last time here

    Julio 🔩 Awesome · July 7, 2012
  • James G.

    Blueberry jalapeño cilantro margarita deliciousness

    James Gillispie · July 5, 2012
  • Joe D.

    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.

    Joe Davis · June 27, 2012
  • Brandy W.

    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.

    Brandy Wells · June 15, 2012
  • Robert D.

    Angel hooks it up! Most amazing fusion mixes!

    Robert Daugherty · June 10, 2012
  • Van N.

    Try the Torta - Definitely get it with the fried jalapenos & onions on top.

    Van N · June 10, 2012
  • Joanne C.

    Strawberry cucumber margarita taste refreshing.

    Joanne Chu · May 25, 2012
  • Katie C.

    Best tacos ever!! Best margaritas! A must try, hidden gem!

    Katie Cox · May 22, 2012
  • Christina H.

    Cucumber mint margarita yum. Definitely worth the price for the high quality tequila you get here

    Christina Harris · May 1, 2012
  • Lindsey G.

    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!

    Lindsey George · April 9, 2012
  • Jeffrey W.

    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 !!!.

    Jeffrey Wallace · March 20, 2012
  • Urban S.

    Try the Strawberry Margarita W/3 Chiles Tequila - Spicy and strong, just like me.

    Urban Swank · March 1, 2012
  • CultureMap Houston

    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.

    CultureMap Houston · February 28, 2012

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