Houston >Food & Dining > Lopez Mexican Restaurant
11606 S Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7709929.652830 -95.570717
Neighborhoods: Alief, Westside
Been going to Lopez's since 1979 when I moved to Sugar Land, and it was the closest restaurant to First Colony. The Lopez family and loyal employees have grown from a "hole-in-the-wall" to their current mamoth location. They grew due to their great Tex-Mex and genuine friendly service. Try it you won't be dissappointed, but don't come looking for "trendy or fancy" neuvo food, it's the real thing.
Great Mexican food at great prices – I've been dining weekly at Lopez since I moved to the area about a year ago. The food is always good, the portions are generous, and the prices are a great bargain.
I've maybe had average service once or twice when they were full to the brim with people, and the rest of the time the service is top notch. I frequently dine with a friend who has some special diet requests, and they have always brought the right food and are generous when it comes to substitutions and special orders.
They have a new bar area there and when you have to wait for a table it's much nicer now that you can go to the bar, get a drink, and watch some sports on the new TV's they have in that area.
I highly recommend Lopez for great Mexican.
Good Tex-Mex, good service – We have dined at Lopez since it was in a tiny strip center space. They have long since moved into their own building a block away. I know of one Tex-Mex place where the food is a little better, but Lopez has more affordable prices and very good service. The owner is always there overseeing the staff and greeting customers. My favorite is the Green Chicken Enchilada topped with two shrimp.
Wonderful need to try – I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. we had a group of 13 and we were very well taken care never had to wait on a drink to be refilled and the food was wonderful. I would recommend the pollo qui- qui riu qui to anyone trying this restaurant wonderful pod and service must try. if possible would rate higher than 5 stars.
Not too bad... – There's a reason I'm giving this place a 3 even though I eat here quite often. I usually travel to a lot of different restaurants around the Houston area and I've come across many that are absolutely fantastic.
Lopez is a decent place. The prices are very accommodating to any size family. The service is pretty on par, but the waiters aren't extremely excited by any means or really put themselves out there as salesmen.
The food is consistent. Which is a plus. If you find something you like on the menu, you're guaranteed to have it the same way almost every time. Without fail. However, the choices and options aren't really "out there". It's a condensed menu, I understand...and sometimes it can be hard to play out of the box with Tex-Mex. But it's nothing grand by any means.
Yes, a lot of people come with hyped expectations and walk out with them...which is something I don't understand. A previous reviewer said the same thing. I don't get it either. I've eaten at some places that I are way better than this and the atmosphere reminds you of a dark alley in 3rd Ward. With service that was actually better. But still, by any means am I really saying this is a place to avoid, go ahead and try it. However, if you're looking for something more developed in flavor, or outside of the box, you won't really find it here. It's just a run of the mill Mom 'n' Pop Tex-Mex dive.
Yes, it's under construction, however for a while there I was almost certain they were losing funding over it because it was delayed at least 6 months to a year. But that's semantics.
I dont understand why? – We have friends and neighbors that love this Lopez, but my family does not understand it.
The pricing is reasonable, the rice, refried beand and salsa were really good. They use a lot of velveta cheese in thier ground beef enchildas, the margaritas are tart.
The place was paked wit ha long wait time for a table. I just dont get it. Pappasitos and El Tiempo restaurants are better.
My newest favorite Mexican Joint!! – This is my first messsage because I had my first trip last Saturday. It is suuuuuch a pleasure. The chips were thin and crispy, the salsa perfectly seasoned and fresh, the margaritas, well, let's just say IM OBSESSED! The food just gets better from there!!! I made my second trip on monday....I am doing my best to get back asap! The waitstaff is family from the second you come in the door. I have only one realy complaint....they are NOT open on Sunday...ugh that is one of my most favorite days to hang out, watch a game, and linger over a coool and lovely margarita! I have told SOOO many people! Way to go Lopez, but could you please get one closer to Memorial or Westheimer even?? I'll say my prayers! =]
I love this place!!!! – My old boss Jay brought me here 5 years ago and I bring everyone I know here and start their trend. The service is AWESOME! The food is GREAT! The atomosphere is WONDERFUL! I order the beef enchilada dinner everytime it is my favorite meal. The margaritas are delicious! You have to check out this family dining restaurant!!!
Houston's Best Kept Secret! – I agree with Tripadvisor; best Mexican food in the city of Houston; fresh, delicious, perfectly seasoned, and the staff is more than accommodating. If you folks over on the other side of town would like a taste of something apart from Pappasitos and the like, I highly recommend you make a trip to Lopez - now THIS is what I'm talkin' about - genuine tex-mex, the REAL DEAL. You'll not regret the trip to the southwest part of town for this tasty Mexican cuisine! Enjoy:)
Best Mexican – I can't believe I haven't been here before. I've eaten at Lopez twice now in 2 weeks. Just moved into the area so I'm not familiar with the history. Great food and service and the portions are huge. The margaritas are small but good. I'll definetly keep going back.
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