Tila's Restaurante & Bar
1111 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019
(713) 522-7654Add Hours
Phone: (713) 529-7916
Fax: (713) 522-8283
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Tilas Restaurant & Bar
Tila's Mexican Restaurante & Bar
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Parking: Street, Lot, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes
No coupons available
05/01/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This is a review not only for Tila's Restaurant but also a testimony for the wonderfulness of its owner, Tila. The food is terrific! Every time I go I get something different which quickly becomes my new favorite. I probably have had the Pork Medallions the most and each time they've been incredible. I would have licked the plate if I wasn't in public! So the food being outstanding is a given. But what makes Tila's truly unique is, well, Tila! Before I continue, I should tell you that I am somewhat disfigured by a disorder called neurofibromatosis. In fact, I have what is considered a severe case. Because of this disfigurement, I don't like to go out in public because I don't want anybody to feel uncomfortable around me. Luckily, a friend of mine brought me to Tila's after the Art Car Parade last year and I almost cried! When we entered the restaurant, we were immediately welcomed by Tila as if we were old friends. She guided us to a great table by the bar and fussed over us for about 5 minutes. I told her about my disorder and I could tell that she was about to cry before she left the table. Five minutes later, the waiter arrived with complimentary appetizers; ceviche, guacamole and queso with tortillas! During the meal, she came by to make sure everything was good and surprised us by picking up the check!!! I asked if I could take my picture with her and she said, ""No, let me take a picture with you!"" Then she invited all the servers that were nearby to join us in the photo. When we left she made me promise to come back as soon as I could and now we are Facebook friends. I think sometimes it just as important to rate a restaurant by how they treat you as much as how good the food is. I love Tila as much as I love her food, which is a lot! My name is Reggie Bibbs and I approve of this review.
04/04/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I've known Tila for over 20 years and have always enjoyed the presentation of her entrees almost as much as tasting them. If you've never been to Tila's, I recommend her carne asada with creamed spinach and roasted potatoes. It is quite phenomenal. In fact, I can't even think of the appropriate adjective to describe the juiciest, most flavorful meal I have ever had. Oh, by the way, order it with the garlic sauce! Guess where I'm going after I send this comment?!! Yep!
02/28/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I love Tila's unique spin on mexican food. Their food is always fresh & flavorful. I especially love their ceviche, gazpacho & stuffed avocado. Their margaritas are some of the best in the city...using fresh lime juice. Their warm salsa is to die for! We will be returning soon!
01/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Will never go back.
My fiance and I went on a Friday for Lunch. We had driven by a few times and thought it looked interesting.
I have eaten every level of Mexican food and not only was the food not interesting, but how do you mess up Poblano stuffed with Mango... you add some kind of gritty /chewy/bland ingrediant that is unidentifiable. The creamed spinach had so much cheese (and I think it was Kraft Slices) there was no other taste. And to make it worse we really overpaid for the lack of quality.
Now the Waiter, who we rarely saw, could not even work the credit card machine. We never got water refils. and then t took him 26 minutes to run the credit card and had to finally have the other waiter run it. we had no idea why he was walking outside and waiting on other customers when he had taken my fiance's card back.
Seriously I think only the Valet had any skills to perform their job.
07/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Being a Texan, I have eaten my fair share of Mexican, Tex-Mex, Latin Inspired, whatever you want to call it type food.
I found Tila's through Citysearch and went for a co-worker's birthday lunch. We work in the Galleria area, so the location was convenient. They accommodated eight (8) of us no problems about 12:15 on a Thursday. It was great not to see a (gazillion) people in a lunch spot which is what Galleria area workers are used to when they go out for lunch.
The service was not bad. The food was acceptable. I do however think the value of what we got for the money was insufficient. (Paying extra for more chips is non-sense --- sure whether you see it on the bill or not you are paying for it any way, but it was the thought of an extra charge.) $159 (before tip) spread over eight (8) is not bad, but more than I expected, and more than I feel we got.
Doubt I'll go back, but I did hear their margaritas are decent so I may have to give them another shot in the evening. Besides margaritas make everything better.
I went to Tila's with a group of friends for a birthday party, and we enjoyed ourselves throughout the whole meal. However, after we finished eating our cake that we had brought ourselves, the manager came to the birthday girl with her check and told her that he was charging her $15 for bringing her own cake. Although both he and the waiter had seen us passing out plates and taking out the cake, he did not warn us earlier or give us any inkling that their restaurant policy did not allow for their customers to bring their own cake. He told us that it was our own faults for not telling them earlier that we were bringing a cake to our birthday party that we had made reservations for.
I understand how they had a policy to not bring our own food, but they did not mention it to us at all and they only told us at the very end after we were done eating, singing, opening presents, etc. They were extremely rude about it and, even though they said they would take the $15 off, they did not. The birthday girl tried to speak to Tila herself because she had been emailing her back and forth for the past week, but the waiter just very rudely said ""no"". It wasn't even the money that was the problem but the principle of the whole matter.
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE! Although the food was alright, the customer service here is just so terrible. I can not get over how rude the waiter and, especially the manager, were. What ever happened to ""the customer is always right""?
A group of friends and I (in total 11 people) visited Tila's yesterday (Thursday evening). It was a birthday celebration that had been arranged between the birthday girl and Tila on the phone. We had reservations and were promptly seated. Dinner was ordered and served correctly and the food was okay. It is nothing special that will have you leaving wanting more. Well, the portions were small so you may want more. My friend brought a birthday cake and her own plates that we picked up for a few bucks from the grocery store. We served the cake and ate it. Please keep in mind the waiter did see you serve the cake, sing happy birthday and everything. So, the staff of Tila's then brings out a HORRIBLE raspberry flavored cake for the birthday girl. We sat there and opened gifts...then the checks came. The bills ranged from $14-$25, which was expected. What we didn't expect was the shocking move that the restaurant manager and our waiter did next. They served the birthday girl two bills. One for her meal, the next for the birthday cake we brought. $15 DOLLARS!! This is not a joke. No where on their menu, website or during the dinner did it say anything about a fee for bringing your own cake. The manager compared us bringing the 5 dollar cake to bringing your own bottle of wine to a restaurant (mind you we are all under 20), or bringing your own food to a restaurant. First of all, we were never informed or even warned during dinner of the potential fee. I am just shocked. My friend and I began to question the manager and he was the absolute rudest man i have ever met!!!!! He treated us terribly. I believe it was because we were teenagers. I will never go back to this restaurant. They claim they base their restaurant on a family atmosphere. NO! I recommend finding a nice up scale restaurant where customer service comes first, then making money. We paid the $15, after the manager told me he would take it off. He failed to comply. Tila, the restaurant owner was not in, but she will be recieveing a phone call! I hate that my friend's birthday dinner had to end the way it did. DO NOT GO TO TILA'S!
04/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
What can I say? Every time I have been to Tila's it has been fantastic. The menu has a great authentic feel with a wide variety of flavors and foods for everyone. From the first time I have been over 8 years ago till now it has been amazing.
Starting of from the time you arrive until the time you leave the service is great! You will enjoy the atmosphere outside on cool summer nights with the small chimeneas to the blankets and heaters available. Also, the tequila list is long and has a wide variety, which makes a great option for their margaritas.
One thing that really captured me was the fried plantains tucked away in the bucket of thin, crispy chips cooked to perfection. The red and green sauces for dipping are mucho delicioso, but I prefer the red over the green because it is spicy.
The owner is great as well! She will come by and talk to you, make some great recommendations for what you like and help match with a great margarita. The food is simply divine and as i said covers a wide variety, which I love.
I have been there many weeks and I feel like I am becoming a regular to one of the best places in Houston. I cant wait to go back and have some of their tres leches, or Tila-Misu!!!
Forget about the traditional Tex-Mex and take a break from the Houston hustle and bustle and escape with a nice Margarita to Tila's right off of Shepherd and Memorial!
We eat at this restaurant at least once a month. The carrot corn bisque is wonderful. The service is always prompt, friendly, and consistent. The portion sizes are small, just like in Mexico. However, all the menu items are excellent. Very authentic! Thanks Tila for the true taste of Mexico.
02/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I frequently visit Tila's for lunch and dinner. This time, the day was late, and my date and I went just to try out several varieties of the restaurant's tequilas at the bar. Our bartender, Roberto, was very knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and offered great advice. Then, we had the privilege of spending some time with the owner, Tila. She was absolutely delightful and genuinely interested in our experience. I have never been disappointed when visiting Tila's and heartily recommend it without hesitation.
02/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My fiance and I went to dinner at Tila's 2/4/2010, and we had previously purchased a $25 coupon from restaurant dot com that we had planned to use that night. After we handed the coupon to the server with the check, he said that they had no longer done business w/ Restaurant dot com and he had to notify Tila (The owner) to see if she would accept it. Tila came over to our table, with a laminated sign (that she must have been keeping in the kitchen, rather than a place where customers could notice) and after rudely telling us that our coupon was no longer accepted at her restaurant (despite the fact that we had already paid for it online), she stooped to the level of asking my fiance if he knew how to read (she was pointing to her 12 pt. font sign that was posted nowhere near the entrance). My fiance then stated calmly ""Since we were not notified of the terminated business partnership between Restaurant dot com and Tila's, I can only agree to pay you in excess of the $25 coupon that I already paid for."" Tila then glared at him and stated SARCASTICALLY ""Wow. Well thanks for being so understanding!!!"" and stormed off. After she returned back with a $25 gift card (like we would EVER go back there after this) I asked her why she felt the need to insult and offend us IN FRONT OF OTHER CUSTOMERS as well! She then asked me ""What did I do??? I didn't mean to be sarcastic!!"" That must have been her 45th personality, that was a bit more empathetic than #44. Then as my fiance stated that he was not going to walk out on the bill, but rather leave a $20 to more than make up for difference - she then told us ""I don't need people like you! I don't care if you don't come back""! We are a bit more mature than she is by a long shot, so as not to disturb other fellow diners, we walked out quietly, leaving the looney bin behind us for good. Then as we neared the door Tila loudly yelled ""THIS IS EMBARRASSING!!!!!!"" To which I replied ""You SHOULD be embarrassed!"" So out of sheer principle, I refuse to spend my hard-earned money to benefit a person that CLEARLY doesn't appreciate the business.
11/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My mom and I went to Tilas and had an amazing experience!! We brought the dog so we had to sit outside... Tilas brough me a blanket and a personal heater to keep warm...then brough doggy treats and water for the dog. And then recommended the BEST margaritas we have ever had! Delicious. My mom had the cheese souffle (yummy) and I had a Carne Asada which were both definite ""do overs!"" overall an exceptional dining experience!! Definitely a place you should try in Houston!
04/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
95% of Mexican Restaurants in Houston are Tex-Mex. This one is real authentic Mexican food and it is delicious. It is a great place to take a date. It has good atmosphere, and the service is outstanding. I had the rotiserre half chicken and I had to take some of it home because I got full. It is also reasonablly priced so you can be cheap without appearing to be cheap. I highly reccommed this restaurant.
04/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I find it interesting that the bad reviews I have seen on here have disappeared. Guess what DON'T GO HERE! The other reviews are FAKES! The service is usually very good, the food is really good. BUT THE INTRUSIVE OWNER IS RIDICULOUS! I read one review on here about a month ago that stated she kept jarring on person's chair and yelled at them to move their table over because she felt the other table was more ""VIP"" than theirs. The review a friend of mine wrote about our event there basically said this: She overcharged us, she didn't follow the contract we had with her and argued with me despite being presented with the contract we both signed, and was just rude. She yelled at her servers in front of us!!! DONT GO HERE. plus the parking is terrible too! The food may be good, but the atmosphere does not make up for it. It might as well be one of those Richard's Last Resort restaurants. (it is actually the other name for someone named richard but the website wouldn't let me post it)
03/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We sat outside on the patio for brunch, and it was a very nice atmosphere. I had chilequiles with scrambled egg which was delicious! My bf had the juevos rancheros and he was equally impressed. The margaritas were good as well. Bloody mary is too spicy though.
09/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
i just recently went to a great mexican restaurant on the curve of south shepherd in the river oaks this weekend. my husband and our freinds were so impressed by the food and most important the waiter we had. His name was Frank and he remembered all of our names at the table. We ordered one of all the specials he mentioned to us. His tequila knowledge blew us away not being latino, we were wowed especially by his little jokes. Tila sure can cook! This food is no TexMex. If you want a real mole sauce, Tila has got it! Ask for Frank if you want to be treated like royalty! Dont forget the plates are hot, like Frank said to my wife, This plate is muy calliente, just like you! I can only say ask for Frank, eat here, and be ready to have good food great service and a good time.....