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La Mexicana Restaurant

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(39 Reviews)

1018 Fairview Ave, Houston, TX 77006

(713) 521-0963

Today: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Operational for more than 20 years, La Mexicana Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant. Its menu features regional specialties, including fajitas, handmade tamales, enchiladas, tacos and traditional Mexican combination platters. Its menu also includes chicken breast, cheese enchiladas, grilled shrimp, shredded beef and diced pork. Additionally, it offers a variety of seafood dishes that include halibut, shrimp, tilapia and cod. La Mexicana Restaurant offers a range of desserts and beverages that includes ice cream, custard, cheesecakes, pastries, coffee, tea and soft drinks. The restaurant chain also provides catering services for various events, such as wedding receptions, anniversaries, meetings, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners and seminars. La Mexicana Restaurant is located in Houston.

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (713) 481-3090

Fax: (713) 523-5734

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa, check
Price Range
Central Houston, Neartown - Montrose
Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, American Restaurants, Mexican & Latin American Grocery Stores, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Good for Kids: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style, Mexican, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best tacos in town

Best tacos in town. Carne guisada tacos is a must. I like the ambiance. Other than that, the rest of the menu is kind of expensive and don't expect too much from the service which is average or maybe lower than that.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Family Owned Restaurant

Me and my wife really like this Mexicana Restaurant. Well mannered staff and on top of all great food with some authentic touch.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrific Mexican Restaurant

Wonderful family owns this neighborhood restaurant. I remember 25+ years ago when it was a convenience store with a steam table.
Authentic touch is still there. You can sit outside under the palapa and sip your margarita.
My favorites:
caldo de res
queso flameada
menudo on the weekends - the best in all Houston.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Arrogant manager, bad service and average food

A friend of mine asked me to have dinner at this place that was supposed to be good. BIG DISAPOINTMENT. The service was nonchalant, not client oriented at all. My friend asked for a burrito al pastor topped with chile con queso. We got extra charged one dollar for rice, one dollar for the meat and $4.25 for the chile con queso. So this mediocre plate coasted $15.50! I asked to talk to the manager just to ask him how come they charge that much for a chile con queso topping and he said it's because they pour a full portion of chile con queso. I don't really think so and if this was the case, certainly is not a fair or smart way to charge for an extra. The manager said that this restaurant is his family, but his way to treat us was not friendly and certainly so arrogant they think they can afford to lose potential customers. This shows lack of professionalism and poor perspective to appreciate the clientele.
If you decide to go anyway beware of the extra charges, they may charge you for smelling what's being cooked at the kitchen. You can get better food, better prices and better services at any taqueria in town. I won't be surprised if they close anytime soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious food!

The service is average, and the food is very good! I always order the fidello and it is a very good portion, and it is very tasty! They have a nice outside area as well. The breakfast is very good as well.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very rude and arrogant owners.

This place is sooo bad. I know good food and good service. I also, unfortunately, know bad. The cashier is very rude, and they seem to rest upon their reputation. I think the grand-daughter of the place is the one who told me I was lucky to enjoy their cousine. I will never be back. Never.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Where the Mexican Consulate's staff celebrates birthdays

Very clean, festive, attentive service, large portions of great Mexican food at a very good price. I have seen this place frequented by working class Mexican families to nostalgic Mexican millionaires. Everything from chicharonnes to chile relleno. Really good food and nice folks.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not what it used to be

I've been going to La Mexicana for over 10 years and the food was always delcious and the staff always very gracious. However the last 2 times has made me want to avoid this place. It saddens me because I remember the days I would go with my family and have such a wonderful time. The fajita meat, especially for the tacos is awful, there was more fat and actually meat! I asked the waiter to change it for other tacos and he grunted something and came back with even greasier.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The best chicken tortilla soup I've ever had

I visit La Mexicana once or twice a month just to have their chicken tortilla soup. It's the best I have ever had. The guacamole is also excellent. The bartender that is always there isn't very friendly, but the food more than compensates for that.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Avoid at all Costs

It is almost impossible to believe that in a town with so many fantastic Mexican food restaurants that La Mexicana is still even in business. This was possibly the most disgusting Mexican food I have ever had the displeasure of encountering. I agree with the other reviewers who commented on the blandness of the food. Taco Cabana and frozen Mexican TV dinners have this place beat. Overpriced food and surly wait staff don't help matters either. Yuck!



Excellent Chalupas

Great place located in the Montrose with an outdoor patio with seating. Their chalupas are some of the best in town.



good service

I've been here in large groups for dinner and have come in by myself for lunch, and the service is always very attentive. The flautas are good. The beef can be a little tough but tasty.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best mexican breakfast, good service

It serves a great breakfast. The totillas are home made - a big plus - the barbacoa is excellent. The refried beans are to die for - the chili con queso - it very good. The price is high but well worth the price for breakfast. Lunch and Dinner prices are too high. The atmosphere is good - the waiters are okay. This is a family run establishment and I find that if you have a problem or complaint it gets handle very quickly. I do recommend for breakfast.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Authentic Mexican Food

I am a frequent guest so it may be unfair for me to give you a review. I truly love this place. There are a lot of places out there, e.g. Berryhills, Taco Milagro (which is a nice place to go on a Thursday because of their Patio), etc . . . . With maybe better decor and even ambiance for the yuppie crowd . . . but the food here is excellent. The jumbo burrito is two meals in one and they have various a la carte items that are wonderful and inexpensive! The margaritas are ok, nothing spectacular but when you combine them with great food you can't go wrong! I love their Huevos Rancheros con Fajitas for breakfast as well. Try their Charro beans, they are spicy and good! I am not Hispanic but most of my friends are and each one of them LOVE THIS PLACE. My only regret is that I have taken past girlfriends here and I sometimes run into them because even though they don't want anything more to do with me . . .they can't leave La Mexicana!!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Jumbo burrito is JUMBO!

This place is close to my work, so I thought it might be a nice lunch spot. I tried the jumbo burrito not expecting to see how jumbo it really was. I split this with a friend and each portion was still too much for both of us to finish. It was delicious though, and queso on the burrito makes it extra tasty. The service at this restaurant is very slow, so don't expect a quick lunch. Parking is also kind of a pain, although there is an extra parking lot across the street. It is also a little on the expensive side for Tex-mex.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Is he crazy?

jorfanos is so important he doesn't know what good downhome Mexican cookin is.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Authentic Mexican Food

This is my favorite restaurant that I have been going to for twenty years, but I think I can give an honest review. The margaritas are always strong (I am seriously concerned for someone who thinks they are weak), the jumbo burrito with fajita is my favorite, the tamales are the best I have ever had (they have won numerous awards for their tamales), the mole is awesome. Pretty much the Mexican food is out of sight. Some of the more Tex-mex things aren't the best I've ever had (spinach or cheese enchiladas) so I usually don't order them. Also, the service can be hit or miss. If you want good Mexican food and don't need a waiter hanging on your every word, go to La Mexicana, if you don't know what real Mexican food is and want factory Tex-mex enchiladas served by a peppy teenager go to Casa Ole.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I don't understand what all the hype about this place is about. The atmosphere, decor, and bar area are all OK, but I 've seen better. The food is tasteless, bland, and absolutely terrible. Out of twelve people in our party there was not one good dish on our table. To name a few... the spinach enchiladas, queso, chile relleno, ceviche, carne guisada and the list goes on...all tasted the same....bad!!!!!!!! Oh yeah the margaritas need to be on the list.



Provided by Citysearch - 

The Shrimp quesadillas are delicious! My co-worker and I go to this restaurant almost every week, once. I always thought Houston didn't have ""real"" mexican food, but I was wrong. It's a great place!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Another favorite mexican restaurant!

A friend recommended this place about 18 months ago and we've been there at least twice a month ever since. Decent service, excellent food, nice ambience and good value!