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Tamale King

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15405 E State Highway 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609-4414
+1 512-793-2677
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Marble Falls, Texas
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158 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Their beef fajitas are very good and their Mexican martini is worth driving for! I'm usually quite happy with my meals here. They have very good chips and salsa and the service is good.

Thank Reenerbeener
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We just had lunch at the Tamale King on our way to Tow, TX. We both had the pork tamales (we planned on the tamales, the waiter recommended pork over beef). Chips and salsa were great—a tomato based sauce of a kind which I like a lot, nicely, but not too spiced. We both opted for the chili to top... More 

Thank Richard S
Elm Mott, Texas
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were passing through on our way to Llano after dark and decided to stop for a quick bite. Taco Bell is better. I think they are more a cantina than restaurant.

Thank piddlingrandpa
Natchez, Mississippi
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73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went for the tamales and was please to find what I expected. A quality tamale with shredded meat vs ground meat. My tamale dinner came with two pork and one beef just to try them both. Both were good, but the beef tamale had noticeably more flavor even covered with chili carne. My wife had the chile relleno which... More 

Thank batsnapper
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a Friday afternoon, before 3:00, while the lunch combo was still available. For $8.99, you choose two main type items, which comes with beans and rice. I chose a cheese enchilada with red sauce and a pork tamale; Both were moist and tender, full of flavor. The rice and beans were ok, nothing special, but definitely tasty.... More 

Thank Patti B
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tamale King is my favorite for New Mexican style Mexican food. Tamales, enchiladas, beans, etc. are delicious, and you can get either red or green sauce with your food. The salsa is addictive!

Thank Peggy B
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

If you like authentic Tex-Mex in a funky off the beaten path environment then you will love Tamale King! Their entrees and ala carte items are wonderful. Their guacamole and queso are a must. The margaritas are frozen to perfection. Just be sure to bring cash because they do not accept credit cards.

Thank DrJRN
Stonewall, Texas
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We had heard that the tamales were really good so we decided to stop at Tamale King for dinner. The tamales were very good however, they had already sold out of the beef tamales. We opted for the pork and were not disappointed. The restaurant has several seating areas, not just one big room so it's easy to carry on... More 

Thank Patti U
Salem, Oregon
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We had lunch each of us ordered something different and all four of us liked our food. Oh and we got 4 dozen tamales to go. 😀

Thank JudynBert
Denton, Texas
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Food is always good and so are the margaritas. We always leave with a couple dozen tamales for later.

Thank Carly1019

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15405 E State Highway 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609-4414
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Buchanan Dam
  • Phone Number: +1 512-793-2677

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?