Houston >Food & Dining > El Tiempo Cantina
5602 Washington Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7700729.770992 -95.418971
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park, Central
They have some of the best Fajitas in the city, and always taste the exact same - DELICIOUS! They come to your table piping hot, and stay that way the entire meal; thanks to the anafre, portable grill, which they are served upon. They are served with charro beans and El Tiempo’s famous green chili rice as side dishes.
Best Tex-Mex in Houston (which is saying a LOT). Fantastic brunch, great salsa, green rice is tasty, service is good, margaritas are strong.
Love this place! – I absolutely love this place, it never disappoints. The chicken fajitas with their butter sauce are to die for, and the service is always wonderful.
Great Mexican Food! – I come here for bunch all the time! The cannonball is one of my favorites, and the margaritas are delicious!! One is never enough! The service is great and they work well with big groups!
Great Margaritas – I have never had a bad meal here, the margaritas are the bomb!
Royalty served here: – 6-09-10...This was our first dining experience with this restaurant. With the service we received, and the food portions and taste, it will not be the last! The servers were impeccable! Very attentive and very professional.
The restaurant seemed a little snooty when we first walked in, but as soon as we were seated, we felt like royalty. It appears to be a little pricey, but once the food comes, you will find it is worth every cent you spend in there. I had ordered the pechuga domenico, which was chicken breast covered in a spinach cilantro sauce and mozzerella cheese, with a side of green rice- which was flavored with cilantro I think. It was delicious! It came to me on a sizzling platter and stayed hot for a good while before I could even eat it. My boyfriend ordered a fajita and jalepeno sausage plate. I tasted it and fell in love with it. I wonder if it would be even better paired with a wine?
Our server was Areceli "Celi" and she was AMAZING! She was knowledgable about the food, and the drinks and had the best attitude I have ever seen in a busy atmosphere. May I suggest that you ask for her when you decide to dine there? She is terrific!
Most Crowded on Washington – This location is still thriving. There is always a wait and a hustle for a bar seat. The margs and the decent customer service keep guests calm and social. It's easy to befriend strangers, so you can take their bar seats when they leave.
The cantina area has a low ceiling and is dark which we believe makes the place more personable.
At this location, I see many celebrations going on, and they have mariachi music. I have really never noticed if they play restaurant music here though.
One of my friends loves the crab meat nachos, although they are known for their fajitas. If you are on a date here, you will smell like a big fajita with carmelized onions at the end of the night...even if you didn't order any food. When you go home, your dog will act like you are cheating on him/her.
Another friend of mine thinks that the food tastes ordinary and manufactured. She does not like the queso or enchiladas.
A great place for lunch! – I love this restaurant and really love their fajitas. They serve classic Tex Mex and have excellent salsa (both green and red). But I think it's best to try it for lunch (lunch menu every day until 3 pm I think) or on the weekend for breakfast. The food is fantastic, but the prices go up a LOT for dinner, and you can't get the wonderful lunch specials that treat you to variety. I especially love the Las Vegas lunch special - a huge crunchy tace, an enchilada, and fajitas for $9.99. Yum. The pancakes are also surprisingly good. And I've generally found the servers to be attentive and kind. I would highly recommend giving El Tiempo a try -- I really think you'll be happy you did.
Disappointed – I recently tried this over-crowded, over-priced restaurant. You can find food of equal or better quality just about anywhere. There is nothing special about the fajitas, beans, or margaritas. They are average at best. The service is also average. The rice is better than most but rice is rice ... not a reason to choose a place to eat. The prices are much higher than they should be. Don't waste your time or money.
Hands Down the finest Tex-Mex in Houston – The Filet Carne Asada is pricey but worth every penny because its very tender and delicious! Their fajita specials are excellent because they provide a mix of different meats and they're served in a cool metal skillet. I LOVE their salsa and guacamole too. The frozen margaritas I'll admit aren't their best offering which is too bad because they're food is just killer. I wish they could get a better recipe. The Washington location is the better one in my opinion. The Richmond location is waaaay too dark for my taste.
Check this place out! – First of all, very few people that work in the restaurant can have an Englsh language conversation. So that may be a good sign!
The food quality, the margarita's and the service were great. Go a little early so you can park for free and miss the long wait for a table. The Washington Ave. area is very popular with the young professionals, so the food / drink prices are higher than needed and the place is currently trendy.
The decor feel Tex Mex authentic and the attention by the servers was outstanding. I recommed you try this restaurant without children. But definitely try it. It's a good alternative to Pappsitos. Skip Ninfias - its over rated.
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