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Business Description
Voted Best Houston Tex-Mex Restaurant of 2013, El Real boasts sophistication never-before seen among Houston's Tex-Mex restaurant scene. Nestled in the heart of Montrose in the old Tower Theater, El Real Tex-Mex honors the history of our cuisine by incorporating classic recipes with a modern twist. Under Chef Bryan Caswell, our menu is packed with mouth-watering must haves. Made with only fresh, quality ingredients, everything on our menu reflects those same homestyle flavors of the past. Try our Sizzling Fajitas, which are a Houston staple- to our own Bacon Enchiladas, cheese enchiladas stuffed with bacon inside, chile con carne, topped with a fried egg, skillet potatoes and refried beans. Aside from great food, El Real is available for private parties and dining of all sizes. Whether its a family get-together, formal banquet or a corporate event, our friendly event coordinators will handle everything from the fresh ingredients to our experienced and attentive wait staff. For an authentic taste of old Texas, let us win over both your heart and taste buds at El Real Tex-Mex.

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visa, all major credit cards, discover, mastercard, amex
Price Range
Central Houston, Neartown - Montrose, Montrose

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

Mexican Restaurants, American Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, American, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Great Food, Great Service

I eat here all the time, they have awesome fajitas and cheese enchiladas. They have 1/2 price food for Montrose residents on Mondays and a great happy hour everyday. Where else can you get $3 shots of patron??



Provided by Citysearch - 

The food isn't bad, but it's just overpriced ordinary Tex-Mex food. I think Chuy's and Cafe Adobe (which are also in the area) are better and cheaper.

The ambiance is nice and unique. The restaurant kept the old movie theatre screen and were playing a classic movie when we went (sound was off, no subtitles). Service was ok. We probably won't go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
This place is horrible--over priced & gross

I wish I could give zero stars for this place. There is NOTHING real about this ""cafe"". OVERPRICED and the blandest tex-mex food you will ever eat. Save your time and your money. It's really a shame though because the decor and location are great--the food is just bad. You can find much better authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex food and much better prices at any other restaurant on Westheimer.



Provided by Citysearch - 
NOT San Antonio Style

Having grown up in San Antonio, we were very excited when we heard advertisements about this restaurant offering ""San Antonio style"" Mexican food. We were disappointed. The puffy tacos were not characteristic of the type served in south San Antonio. Here they were filling and less greasy, but lacked the type and texture of San Antonio masa found at El Rancho, Jakala, and El Tipaco, S.A. restaurants in business there for 50 years. More disappointing were the enchiladas. S.A. style has red tortillas...thats the only way we know them. These were bland filled with velveeta-like cheese. Too overly cheesy, and unlike S.A. There were non-typical Mexican items on the menu, but we opted for the Tex-Mex offerings. On the positive, Jesus our waiter was exceptional. Very attentative, but not overly so and helpful with the menu selections. As recommended, we split the enchilada plate and puffy taco plate to get a taste of both. The decor is nice and well planned. The margaritas - very good, actually very very good!

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