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Phone: (713) 522-6596

Phone: (713) 502-6355

Primary Phone: (713) 522-6596

Fax: (281) 463-4540

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Central Houston, Castle Court, Neartown - Montrose

El Pueblito Patio

Mexican Restaurants, Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Caribbean Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Caribbean, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Seafood

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
gift certificate policy unfair

We received our bill of $29.08 & I attached a gift certificate for $50. The waitress informed us that we could use the certificate but she will not be giving us any change in return. I said fine it doesn’t have to be cash just give me another certificate for the difference. She said no I cannot give you change if you use it and we will just need to use it the next time we dine over $50. I said baloney I should be able to use it now if I want to, I only dined here today because I had a certificate. And I should receive the $20.92 difference either by certificate or cash. And I asked her if she explained the rules to the purchaser and she said no but these are our rules. I said to her for the restaurant to keep change from gift certificates is not only ridiculous but theft. She then agreed (probably to get me rid of me) to give me a certificate for the change-- who knows if it will be valid later. Have dined here many times, food is not great but the patio is a tropical getaway. However I do not feel like returning anytime soon. I will mail the certificate to the owner with a request that they visibly post their policy of keeping customer s change when they use gift certificates so the purchaser can beware.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great atmosphere

the place is a great place to sit and enjoy the margaritas. i have had great services since my last visit. the new hostes is nice. the margaritas just tasted better this time around. I guess is the whole ambient that makes it all better. great place to eat and drink



Provided by Citysearch - 
Multiple bad experiences with staff.

My girlfriend and friends have been going here for years. The staff for the most part has always been less than desirable, slow service and poor customer service in general. Not to mention that the Cocoritas, which are quite tasty, have had multiple price increases. They are no longer worth the 10-12 dollars they will charge you, yes, I said 10 to 12... the price magically fluctuates. Three of us stopped by sunday afternoon for lunch and cocoritas. We each had 2 cocoritas and food. We got the bill and it was 90 dollars, which is fine BUT as we we're paying our bill my girlfriend was about halfway through with her second Cocorita when she hit something with her straw. As she pulled it to the surface it was a receipt from CVS. As you can imagine she was pretty disgusted as we all were. We asked to speak to the manager. A woman manager was working this day, I dont recall her name, but wish I did. Anyhow she comes over and doesnt believe that this receipt was in the cocorita. She starts insinuating that we placed it in there. All we asked her to do was bring a fresh cocorita and she refused to do this. We pointed out that we had just spent over 100 dollars (tip included) and that it was ridiculous that she would think we placed this receipt in there. Eventually she brought out one of the house margaritas, but we were so disgusted at this point we just left. After dealing with such rude waitstaff (most but not all) and management time and time again, we will not be going here anymore. And just so you know, they do reuse the coconuts for the cocoritas. If you dont have the fresh white insides on yours it's used. Look in the coconut and if there are straw scrapes on the white, it's used... look inside the coconut, if you find a receipt... you are a liar and management will tell you so.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Watch you bill

My wife and I both ordered margaritas with our meal. I ordered the coco-rita, 10.95, and my wife ordered the lime-rita, 5.95. When we got the bill, the waitress charged me 12.00 for the coco-rita and 7.00 for the lime-rita. I had to show them on the menu that we were overcharged. Ultimately they changed the bill but, I am very upset because this is the second time this has happened to us. I think they are trying to overcharge people who might have had one too many.

My warning to anyone considering this restaurant.....



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Patio with Horrible Service

The only reason I ever consider this place is to enjoy a nice Houston day on their patio. However, I always leave frustrated and saying that I will never go back. Houston has too many great restuarants with better food to put up with the horrible service you will inevitably get at El Pueblito.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Are we in Cancun?

Amazing atmosphere on the patio - love the salsa - good ritas - friendly staff - the inside decor is scary - but when you walk down the hallway to the patio - it feels like you should have sand in between your toes



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great atmosphere and Costal Mexican Cousine

This place is awesome!
The back patio is so much fun for a date, happy hour or just dinner with friends. The music is nice as well. A classic guitar and band rather than mariachi etc. The menu is pretty seafood based and the sides are phenominal. My Mahi Mahi came with grilled tomatoes and sauteed spinach with garlic. It's such a refreshing change from tex mex and refried beans. The margaritas are outstanding as well. The pina margarita comes in a coconut which is a little campy but it makes the margarita really yummy. Think lime and coconut rather than a pina colada.
Also, they have a sand volleyball court which they have recently added, and there are cabana type tables around it with cushions to lounge on. While I wouldn't suggest getting there too early in the summer, unless you want to play volleyball and drink all afternoon in the heat, it cools down nicely in the evenings and they have fans out as well. Definitely a great place and a hidden gem!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bad Service Unpleasent Kitchen Smell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good food!! The staff is horriable.Waited 1 hr to get food. Plus I was charged 20% gratuity when i should of been 18% gratuity .Plus when you are walking across the kitchen to get to the patio there is a funny smell.



Provided by Citysearch - 
worst waitstaff ever!

ok, the ambience is great, the patio is really nice, but other than that the place is not all that. It took forever for our drinks and food to arrive, plus, they wouldn't give sufficient cups for all our guest to share when we ordered pitchers of margaritas...and they forgot to give my friend a dessert for her birthday after they continously promised that they would do so. Also, the waiters seemed to be annoyed whenever we would have a question over a particular dish..........kind of snooty. So all in all if you want to just drink then it's a good place to go with friends but don't expect good service



Provided by Citysearch - 
A vacation spot inside the loop!

My husband and I have been going El Pueblito for about a year. It just keeps getting better! We had the ""El Capitan"" and the ""Hot & Crazy Plate"" last night and everything was fantastic. The temperature, portion size and presentation of both dishes was perfect. Best of all, the food is genuinely healthy and tasty at the same time. Our server was an absolute jewel and was very attentive. We love the patio dining at El Pueblito because the music, lighting and relaxing vibe makes us feel like we are on vacation. Treat yourself to an El Pueblito patio evening. Like us, you will go back time and again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
best patio!...great prices!

First i would like to congrat El Pueblito for taken the ""Best Patio in Houston"" AGAIN!....Houstons right u guys have the best patio in town!....So i went last night to El Pueblito for a big party i called to reserve and i saw the review someone made about not having big parties there and i think they were so wrong!...our party was of 15 ppl, we had 2 waiters that were awsome!...i also noticed that we werent the only big party there i saw several other parties in the patio. I have been going to El Pueblito for about 3 years now since i moved down here from mexico (might i saw cancun) and trust me when i go to Pueblito i feel right at home!! oh and u cant forget to order there drink special cocorita or pinarita! y far the best!..for those who havent gone GO just make sure u call to reserve a cabana or BIG party a day ahead!...but once again loved the visit and Will go again!



Provided by Citysearch - 
looks like a dive bar, tastes like a 5-star

We sat outdoors in a cabana, and it almost felt like I was on vacation. The mango margaritas were delicious (our waiter called them ""medicine"" haha), and the food was amazing. I was raised in El Paso, so I've had my fair share of heavenly enchiladas; however, the seafood enchiladas at El Pueblito were one of a kind.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This is a really good spot for cheap eats. The interior is dated and part of the charm. Most plates are really good, but the emphasis here is on seafood. I get the ceviche every time I come here. It's done really well and inexpensive. Overall, you shouldn't expect to spend much to leave you completely full. Good Central American food at Central America prices. Que bueno!



Provided by Citysearch - 

We made reservations for a birthday party about 17 people way ahead of time for a Saturday night.

They were so gracious upon making the reservation and upon our arrival decorating the table for the party. We reserved the bar area which looked great. However, to our dismay, we were acosted by a manager who said we could no longer order at the bar....we HAD to order through our waitress. Also, separate checks were forbidden. One waitress in a SUPER-BUSY restaurant was not enough for our table so the service was horribly slow even though she was trying. Even our non-seated, late-arriving guests were FORBIDDEN from ordering straight from the bar! I didn't like that one bit. Once again, I ended up paying three times my share of the bill because of not being able to order my own drinks from the bar. Also, our check had quite a few discrepancies. All-in-all, it took about an hour-and-a-half to two hours for the dinner entrees to be ordered and delivered. Most of us were too full on chips to order anything. Additionally, the margaritas, at around 8 bucks a pop were rather over-priced. I don't like businesses telling me when and from who I must order rather than being happy to accept my hard-earned money.
I would NEVER EVER book a party here again.
I've never been standing right next to a bar and been forbidden from ordering from it while at a party in my life.
This was an obvious case of the management riding the ""popularity"" of the place and tossing customer service to the curb.
The staff kept blaming all the large parties for the problems...
Perhaps they shouldn't have so many large parties at once, enlarge the bar, or hire extra waitstaff.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible service, horrible food

I went there for a small gathering. We waited a long time for our food and then when it came the portions were awful. I ordered chicken fajitas with rice, beans, and plantains. The rice was non-existent, maybe they were running out??? The beans had to be fished out of 90% bean broth, almost no beans at all, and there were only two 1-inch slices of plantains.... I was really excited to go after hearing so much about it but was very disappointed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Beautiful Mexican-Guatemalan Fusion!!!!

The food is delicious and mouth-watering! Try 'El Conquistador' (grilled salmon with scallops and fried plantains served over rice). The pineapple sauce is just fresh and tasty. The margaritas are SUPERB. The patio is beautiful and on weekends there is a live band performing a variety of music from Latin, Jazz and Bossa Nova!
The palm trees, the water fountain, the 'caba?as' and the live music just make you feel like you're in Puerto Vallarta or Playa del Carmen! I love this beautiful Mexican-Guatemalan fusion...!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wow, what great service, food & environment!!!

Thought the patio would be a great place to have my birthday celebration with 12 friends for cocktails and apps. The staff was very attentive to my guests arriving at different times. They made sure everyone had a full margarita in hand at all times.
We were just getting the party started when it started to rain. The staff was quick to assist us in moving the party inside. They allowed us to make another mess & enjoy ourselves in the upstairs loft/lounge area while they prepared our table for an unexpected sit-down dinner.
We had one server who took our order in a timely manner and executed it the same way. I, & all of my guests were blown away by the food. (Imagine 12 people who have already been drinking for 2 hours to actually be interested in eating.) The table became somewhat silent as everyone dug into their entrees. All you could here was the mutter through a full mouth of food, 'Ummm, this is delicious. Here, try mine.""
I've tried most of the Mexican restaurants in Houston. I'm always hopeful there will be something more on the menu then a tortilla, meat, cheese and salsa concoction of sorts. What variation to their menu. All the dishes were creative & wonderful and the bill at the end didn't make me fall over in my chair. Very reasonable...
The next day, I received e-mails from all of my friends expressing what a GREAT time they had. Thanks El Pueblito for a wonderful experience!!! We'll be back for Debbie's birthday next month...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Mexican Food EVER

I went with about 15 friends for my birthday a few weeks ago and it was horrible!! The food was cold and had a BBQ flavor to it. I'm not sure if they were going for a chipotle style but whatever it was, it didn't work. They assigned us one waitor for the whole group which is not enough for 15 with drinks and dinner.

The only plus was the patio. Its really nice and there was a live bad playing which gave it a true island like feel. I would only go if i was with a small group going strictly for drinks.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just missing the beach!

Great food, awesome drinks - Margharitas rock! Live three piece band added to the relaxed and casual atmosphere. Felt like I could have been by the beach (not Richmond Avenue) Going again tonight - two days in a row.