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El Palenque Mexican Restaurant

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21161 State Highway 249, Houston, TX 77070-1655
+1 281-376-6960
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been going here most Fridays for 20 years. It is very busy on Friday evenings. Sometime have to wait for 45 minutes but the food & margaritas are worth it. The waiters make the experience worth the wait.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cypress, Texas
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332 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Stopped by for happy hour, this used to be our regular spot. No happy hour pricing....$3.50 for a Miller Lite. Competitors near by have great happy hour pricing. Adrian, fix this or our group won't come back, this is like the 3rd time we noticed this. Check out how empty your bar is and do the math. Also, food pricing... More 

Thank scottel
South Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We have eaten at this location for almost 30 years. The food is hot, really good and the service is great.

Thank Charles W
Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I go here quite frequently. The bar is a great place to have a few cocktails - the margaritas are VERY good. Food is very good too - but I'll be honest, I do more drinking here than eating. Staff is top notch and they always do a fantastic job.

Thank W Brian P
Tomball, Texas
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

I wish I could write an excellent review as I normally would in the past but last night was not excellent. The bathrooms were absolutely disgusting- smelled and were dirty. I alerted the staff and they laughed... wasn't off to a great start... chicken was very dry and the chips tasted stale. Hoping they get these things fixed. The margaritas... More 

Thank brooke d
Houston, Texas
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488 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places however I thought the last couple of times we're not so amazing. Just came from the boarder and realized how truly good this food is. Service was excellent as always.

Thank gwenbraum
Level Contributor
18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016 via mobile

Everything was fine, and a friend had recommended the El Pollo Diablo so that's all I can speak to... It was great. The default salsa is about as spicy as kool-aid, but when I asked for something spicier, I got it with no problems, and it was decent (not killer hot, just what I wanted). The Peach Margarita was awesome,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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267 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

Went here to have a big pre-Christmas meal with friends (were going to be 12 of us plus a few kids). Walked in, was met with a wall of cigarette smoke, saw that they allowed smoking at the bar, and walked out and left for another restaurant. We spent nearly $300 at the other restaurant. The place was open and... More 

Thank Penguin S
Grenoble, France
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2015

Very pleasant evening spent in this restaurant with 6 of my family. Twice as much food as we could eat! Very pleasant service and oveall very reasonable prices. Muchas gracias!

Thank Sean G
Austin, Texas
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

There are four things I always love about this place: -Service: friendly waiters/waitresses every time -Beef Fajitas: the meat is cooked perfectly and so tender -Guacamole: Delicious freshly made guacamole is amazing -The Salsa: I'm weird about this but I hate when restaurants have bad salsa. Their free salsa is delicious with freshly cut onions inside--yum!

Thank Angie A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21161 State Highway 249, Houston, TX 77070-1655
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 281-376-6960

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