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El Tiempo Cantina

Map & Directions 2814 Navigation Blvd.
Houston, TX 77003
  • Mexican, Tex-Mex
  • Sun 9am-9pm, Mon-Tue 11am-9pm, Wed-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Lot available, Valet


Houston Press' Description

Following in the footsteps of his famous grandmother Ninfa, who created a Tex-Mex empire, Domenic Laurenzo and his father, Rolando, opened the first El Tiempo, a similar Tex-Mex chain, in 1998. Since then, it has expanded to five locations across Houston, but this newest one, built next door to the original Ninfa's on Navigation, appears to still be experiencing some growing pains. Several of the dishes, such as the queso flameado and seafood quesadillas, are worth a visit, but El Tiempo's famous fajitas and margaritas leave much to be desired at this location. The decor is spot-on, but no amount of giant wooden bulls and intricate wrought iron can make up for chewy beef or margaritas made with sour mix.

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  • Eloy Z. on 06/15/13

    Had the blue margarita and it took me out. Ok, had 4. That took me out.

  • My Table Magazine on 04/05/13

    This El Tiempo opened in Feb 2013 next door to Ninfa’s on Navigation & marks the return of Ninfa’s family to their East End neighborhood. Ninfa’s grandson Domenic Laurenzo is exec chef @ El Tiempo.

  • Doris R. on 10/20/13

    Piña coladas are sweet and fabulous! Yummy indeed!

  • Rebecca A. on 07/28/13

    Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Fine holiday fun.

  • Revista Hispana on 06/03/13

    Great Margaritas.. Love the food.

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