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El Tiempo Cantina defines the extraordinary flavors and culture of Tex Mex cuisine. For the past 55 years, we have dedicated ourselves to perfecting every aspect of what Houstonians have come to know as authentic Tex Mex cooking. We make everything from scratch, from the tortillas to the salad dressings, the salsas to the desserts. We cook all of our food using generations' old family recipes, premium ingredients and warm smiles. Still, our ultimate dedication is to each and every customer. You will feel at home as part of the family and you'll be cared for completely during your dining experience. Our servers uphold the standard to provide absolutely the best dining experience at each El Tiempo Cantina location. Much diligence and effort has been vested in developing the recipes, the training of our staff and the consistent delivery of the best Tex Mex dining experience you will ever have! We invite you to visit our website for more information, then stop by any of our El Tiempo Cantina locations today! We know you will want to come back again and again for the smiling faces, Texas style hospitality and plenty of laughter. As we always say, Goza Cada Momento!-- Enjoy Every Moment!

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Extra Phones

Phone: (713) 807-1616

Phone: (713) 357-0633

Fax: (713) 807-1616

Fax: (713) 807-1602

Payment method
mastercard, visa, amex, discover
Price Range
Central Houston, Greenway - Upper Kirby, Mayfair

El Tiempo Catering

El Tiempo Cantina - Richmond

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

Parking: Street, Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Mackenzie J.



I have always had very good meals here and this place is nice. The food is a bit pricey, but very good!

Sarah L.



This is my favorite El Tiempo. The others are good also, but this one has less d-bags. That is a good thing for me cause I can't go anywhere without guys trying to get up on me. Yeah, I said that.



Not worth it, the food was ove...

Not worth it, the food was over priced. The place was very crowded and laud.

But the worst was the service. The want to over sell everything, and the they fill out the tips for you. If you modify it, the waiter will go back to you and complain about it. IN a very rude way actually!!! So you have to tip them what they want, not what YOU want to give them. One of the waiters we had was not nice at all, I was almost afraid to ask him for something. But he didn't think it twice to bring more alcohol. Really I am no going back there EVER.

Hate you also HAVE to use valet parking, there is no way to park yourself, at least for dinner time.

Honestly very disappointed. Houston has tons of restaurants to choose, so this will never be my choice again,



Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor...not up to the standard of the location in Montrose...

My husband and I have enjoyed dozens of meals at the El Tiempo Cantina in Montrose. It is by far, our favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, we decided to try the El Tiempo Cantina restaurant on Richmond near Levy park. We arrived at about 6:30 and were immediately seated. Our waitress was pleasant and the service was good. The food however, was not fresh.

We ordered Queso. The chips served with it, which are normally our favorite part of the appitizer, were cold and chewy. We sent them back. While we began eating, the staff turned the music up in the restaurant so loudly we could not talk to each other, or the waitress without nearly screaming. The people at surrounding tables were yelling to keep their conversations going. It was awful. We finally asked a busboy to turn it down. He did, but it was still SO loud we could not enjoy our meal and people were still having to yell above it to be heard.

My husband ordered beef fajitas, normally his favorite dish but the beef seemed as though it had been cooked hours before. It was dry, tougher than usual and chewy. We did not finish the meal but we did not send it back. We paid our bill(Check #815357/1) and left.

We were very disappointed; the volume of the music was extremely annoying and the food was just not up to the standard we've come to expect from your restaurant location in Montrose. We definitely won't be back to this location.

What a disappointment.



Provided by Citysearch - 
HORRIBLE place to Dine at!!

When i first got there the waiter told me he was recommending the fajita fiesta to our party of 30 because it was easier, and i suggested we needed menus because i was sure not everyone wanted that dish. He never refilled our soda, was extremely rude and sarcastic. The customer service was horrible, and to top it off there was only 1 waiter for our party of 30, and we were not his only big party. Then he overcharged one person in our party for the 1lb fajiata dinner that feeds two people when my friend pointed on the menu and showed him the 1/2 pound. This is not the first time i have heard of overcharging at this place, so beware and check your receipts. I am making a complaint to the SBB and have this restaurant investigated for fraudulent charges to customers. I was very unhappy. Had the waiter been nicer I would have tipped double what the gratuity was. The food was also not that great. The fajitas that my friend ordered were very fatty. Gross!!!! Horrible all over.



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If I could give it zero stars, I would be all over that!

After combing through the bulk of the reviews and considering my own expierence, I have concluded that the management or the staff have been writing the deceiving ""above average+"" reviews. The food was way-way below par (judging based on food sampled on at least three continents). The meat quality was not even suited for canning!!!! If you order beef brisket, would you expect nicely cubed pieces of fat?! Moreover, I thought it was quite akward to receive a mixture of rice and past as a side ... After living in (and eating my way through) Houston for three months, I have to say that this restaurant is the worst in Houston. I feel cheated monetary wise and time wise! Putting it in perspective I have had better meals in Botswana!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Awesome Tex-Mex favorite in Houston

I like to go to El Tiempo every time I'm in Houston because I miss good Tex-Mex up in New England. I know good Tex-Mex after living in Texas for almost all of my life, and I really enjoy the seafood-Tex Mex fusion at El Tiempo. It's the best Tex-Mex I've found in Houston. The crab enchiladas are a favorite, and the cheese enchiladas, drowning in grease like they should be, are amazing. The salsa and guacamole dip served with tortilla chips are great. Queso and tres leches cake are delicious too. I love sitting on the patio, which is covered and whimsically decorated. It's a lively place, a little crowded inside, but I still love to go with my family. It's not as good as the hole-in-the-wall places I've eaten at in other towns, but it's still very tasty.

The valet is pricey, but the food is appropriately priced and quite speedy. The service staff seems a little overextended and they forgot to bring my queso last time, although they were otherwise attentive with refills and whatnot. They are also very friendly and helpful. Also, we never make reservations but seating is usually immediate.

I recommend El Tiempo Cantina--it's a fun place with good food for a great value. It's always a nice experience to go.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Trashy, low class, horrible atmosphere‎

Crowded with low class people. We had a reservation for a table of 10, we waited 1 1/2 hour to get our table. The food was worse than mediocre, I had the carne asada and I implore all those who come across it NOT to order it. It's made of poor quality meat that is stringy and fatty for a price of $17 or so. Margarita was awful, way too strong to taste like anything. I got sick shortly after leaving the restaurant. The food is a disgrace to the Mexican cuisine, the prices are way over what they should be, the service is pathetic and the host staff is incompetent.

I do not recommend this place for anything else other than sitting on the patio on a nice day (and we all know those days are rare in Houston)

Will not return, will not recommend, will not even eat there for free.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I enjoyed it

Its not the best place in the world but it has great food and the sangria margaritas are good too. The place can get pretty crowded so it makes it difficult to park and get around the restaurant. I've never had a big problem getting in without a reservation, i dont even know if they make reservations. They have complimentary valet because the parking situation isnt good at all. I recommend it to anyone who is willing to put up with a crowd.



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Waaayyy Overpriced!!

I went there last night for Cinco De Mayo and the Margaritas were terrible! Obviously they had made a big batch and nobody had tried it before they served them. I've never been a huge fan of the place but yesterday was the worst. The prices are so high for the quality of food that you get and they nickel and dime you for everything. I was charged $2.50 for some sliced jalape?os!! There are so many good Mexican restaurants in the Houston area and I don't know why people give this place so much hype. If you know what good Mexican food is supposed to taste like then you will not enjoy this place. Basically you are paying to people watch and the people are not all that!