El Gran Malo

(Now Closed)
2307 Ella Blvd (at 23rd), Houston, TX 77007, United States
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  • 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
  • JULES🎂

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

    JULES🎂 · November 17, 2012
  • Jenn

    Delicious and unique margaritas - try the blueberry jalapeno cilantro margarita or the margarita with the cayenne pepper/toasted pecan tequila infusion. Yummmmm!!!

    Jenn · November 12, 2011
  • Natalie H.

    Snapper taco and an Almond Vanilla margarita! Perfect!

    Natalie Hollon · August 21, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shawn R.

    Great place. Awesome

    Shawn Riley · October 22, 2011
  • Kassidy M.

    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.

    Kassidy Menace · September 6, 2011
  • Kymberlie M.

    Add the cherry and Madagascar vanilla to the margarita for the best margarita ever.

    Kymberlie McGuire · September 14, 2011
  • AlmostVeggies.com

    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

    AlmostVeggies.com · October 15, 2011
  • Joanne W.

    In a town with some great burgers, the one here holds its own.

    Joanne W · October 11, 2011
  • 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
  • James G.

    Blueberry jalapeño cilantro margarita deliciousness

    James Gillispie · July 5, 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
  • Val G.

    Tried the churro tequila... delicious!

    Val G · February 15, 2012
  • Nate R.

    Blueberry jalepeno cilantro margarita. The best I've ever had. Great food.

    Nate Reffell · January 25, 2012
  • Jeremy S.

    Beet infused tequila with Ginger beer leaves you with a burn that feels so good!

    Jeremy Smith · November 27, 2011
  • Kireau K.

    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!

    Kireau Kendrick · September 28, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bill S.

    Wifi password: cucumber2307

    Bill Shirley · June 29, 2013
  • Kireau K.

    try the beet margarita - very smooth, dry, nice

    Kireau Kendrick · February 22, 2013
  • Justin W.

    Awesome spicy Rita's.

    Justin Waldrip · January 25, 2013
  • Julio 🔩 A.

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

    Julio 🔩 Awesome · July 7, 2012
  • Chris R.

    Great Tacos for sure!!!

    Chris Riggs · January 23, 2012
  • Heather W.

    Blueberry Cilantro Jalapeño margaritas and the camarones tacos ftw!

    Heather Weiss · December 31, 2011
  • Denise 

    The snapper and pork belly tacos are outstanding! Also try the strawberry cucumber margaritas! Delicious!

    Denise  · November 13, 2011
  • James M.

    Awesome place! The owner talked to us for awhile about the up and coming flavors. Peanut butter and jelly margarita comming soon!

    James McHarge · October 16, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jennifer M.

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

    Jennifer Melancon · July 6, 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
  • Avi

    I recommend the blueberry jalapeño cilantro!!

    Avi · March 7, 2013
  • Pharon H.

    Try the three skull... if you dare

    Pharon Hylton · February 15, 2013