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2416 Brazos St Ste C, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.748889 -95.378168
Neighborhoods: Midtown, South Central
Great Blue Ritas! – Fun place to go with a group. The food is good, the service is good, and you must try the Blue Ritas! Warning...... they are reeealy good!
lousy service, full of themselves – We have always been welcome at Sunday brunch when the place is empty. Showed up at 7 pm on Thursday. The parties ahead of us and behind us were sat, the hostess sneared when she saw us (two adults, two kids). She said she did not know when she could get us in, despite empty tables. Glad they have so much business, I will not return and will continue to tell at least 200 people.
Bland Food, Pricey Drinks, Average Waitstaff – Too bad this place has turned out to be a dud, even after I had given it 3 chances! I live only a couple of blocks away and am sad that El Patio does not meet even my average expectations. The neighbors may feel the same way after I discuss it with them. The food (El Patio Enchiladas) was as bland as it could be! Great food, but no spices....they need to season their chicken. Also, the salsa should not be called "salsa". It is too runny, no substance. Just rolls off of the chips! The waiter decided to bring out the food before the appetizer, then tried to say he could not cancel the appetizer! Who wants their appetizer with or after getting the entree? He ended up cancelling it but I didn't like his tone when he tried to coax us into waiting for the appetizer. Be sure to note that the Happy Hour Menu for drinks in the middle of the menu is a full menu for Happy Hour only. I didn't see the regular drink prices. The Blue Margaritas are $ 7.75, pretty pricey! The best thing I can say is that the sangria is tasty, but still too expensive especially when you consider that they put alot of ice in the glass which means little amount of sangria.
Great Tex-Mex food can be found at some Houston standards like The Last Concert Cafe and Molina's.
El Patio has an awesome location, and that is the only thing that is keeping the business running.
Yummy – This is another great mexican restaurant inside the loop. My friend and I eat here for lunch occassionally and love it. It's usually not packed during the day on the weekends. We always get fast, friendly service.
OH YEA – This place is awesome. I was last there 2 weeks ago and the experience was, like I stated earlier, awesome. Probably my favorite dish is the enchiladas suizas. The only thing I do not like about the place is the wait and the parking (why pay for something one can do). Just be prepared to wait for a seat. But dont leave, the food is worth the wait.
2 Words: BLUE MARGARITA!!! – Interesting atmosphere... Has the crisp linen tablecloths and then the cheese dip with all the fixins' and the BLUE MARGARITA to die for... all in mid-town... Quick service, we were barely thru our 1st margarita before the food came! Thats fast... Also boasts a valet parking service thats connected to the red door so valet at el patio eat, then go next door to "red door" and never have to re-valet... What a deal! Outside patio is great on a nice spring day, avoid on a cold day in which you feel like you and the tent will fly away! And to think its all in midtown...
Just ok – The food was just ok to me. Nothing very special. The blue margaritas are good, but there are a lot better Mexican restaurants to choose from in Houston. Skip the 20 something crowd and go elsewhere.
MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE – Their seafood dishes are the worst thing about this place. Easy solution: DON'T ORDER EM. But, do be sure to order 5433423863546 of their blue margaritas, they're AWESOME!!! Overall, the rest of the food is great. This is not a family oriented restaurant (there are actually "artsy" pictures on the walls of ladies without their clothes on). And, the band thoroughly embarassed me standing up while signing to me for my birthday, my friends got some ridiculous pictures of me acting like a monkey dancing (but I did get a free cupcake out of it). Good thing though, I had a couple of their ritas in my stomach before I had to start acting like a puppet for the band. :) Overall a fun place, great service, we were seated right away even though it was late in the evening for a Friday night, great place to start out a weekend night of drinks and appetizers before walking to other places... heck, you can even walk to Red Door and begin burning off the calories you just drank. :)
Plato No Minor & Blue Ritas – Im glad to see El Patio in midtown ! I've eaten at lots of mexican food places this is by far the best. The food,service,and coctails are the best in town highly recommened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great Fajitas be prepared to party – First of all this, place is not right on the Metro Rail Line as stated in the City Search Review so if you take the rail be prepared to walk 6 blocks or so in not the best area of town. During your walk you will be panhandled. The Star of Hope Mission is walking distance for these folks so don't give in. The mayor says so!!! The regular patrons of El Patio are an interesting mix of well dressed hip urbinites, Midtowners, Montrose electics, River Oaks trophy wives with the hubby wearing the Rolex, and suburbanites dressed in Walmart's best coming into town to avoid the boring chain restaurants they so frequenly visit. The place is small, loud and crowded and everyone is ready to party and shout. This place is not meant for the kiddies. Leave 'em at home with the sitter. The staff is friendly with the service a little slow when the place gets humming. Beware when the Mexican Trio is singing!! Ear plugs are in order. The noise (not music) coming from this group is deafing and irritating. They have speakers which they put on your table to make the listening even more unbearable. Go for the addictive beef fajitas which are about the best in town. beening juicy, well flavored and tender. The 'ritas are just adequate having a commerically mixed flavor. And a shot of Patron and you will be happier. Limit two or you will not remember how you got home. You will find a more flavorful 'rita at Cyclones just a few blocks away. But, go ahead and try El Patio just for the beef fajitas as they are addictive.
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