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24551 Texas 494 Loop #111, Houston, TX
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08:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 10:45
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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an good place for a quick meal or to take a large group. The service is always very good. The food is good and consistent if not exceptional.

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Thank janiceivy
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I always order chicken quesadillas. They were good here as were the chips and salsa. Tasty margaritas also. We went on a Saturday and the parking lot was almost full but we didn't have to wait for a table and the service was good. The two singing guitarists added to the atmosphere; yet the noise level was not too loud... More 

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Thank Tebby1
Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for years. About the best texmex food around and good prices. Not fancy at all, but can't be beat for quality. Consistency. And value. Getting hungry thinking about this plqce!

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Thank hofbrau123
vancouver
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205 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Great chips and salsa. Enjoyed the char grilled beef special and tamales dish with gravy (quite heavy but delicious) service was very good and fast. People seem to come and go so good people watching. Decent quality and quantity and good value.

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Thank vancouvermtv
Porter, TX
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137 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile

A favorite for years. Always consistent good food, great service. My favorite is Fajitas el Rancheros. The queso is creamy and delicious. One of the owners is always present and welcoming.

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Thank Terik
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

I had ordered take out. Got there 30 minutes later to pick it up l and they didn't even put my order to the kitchen. When I asked to pick up my order, they looked around frantically for a couple of minutes when they found my order written down on a sheet of paper on a clipboard, under 6 other... More 

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Thank Jake M
Houston, Tx
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

This is the best the best hole-in-the-wall mexican restaurant in Kingwood. They have excellent food, SUPER fast service and really inexpensive prices. They are one of the only sit-down mexican food restaurants in the area that serve breakfast all day. Love me some huevos rancheros for dinner!!!

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Thank Jenn_Xer
Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015

I started going to El Ranchero when it first opened over 14 years ago. They have never disappointed me. The Fajitas are always flavorful and sizzling, the chips are warm and the staff treats you like family. This is an independent restaurant tucked in a stripmall behind a Shell Station, so it may get overlooked by some. My advise... It's... More 

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Thank MDMUMFORD
Humble, Texas
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386 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

Everyone has their Mexican food locations and I have friends that love this location but I think food and service is just average and nothing great. Tried most of Mexican restaurants in the area so based on that this is just average.

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Thank TX13SR13
Jenks, Oklahoma
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101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

My wife and myself took my son and his wife here one Saturday evening. The place was rated about 3.5 out of 5 so I figured it would probably be fairly good. The menu had the standard offerings and the food was served quickly. Having lived and worked in Mexico, I have a trained pallet for authentic Mexican food. This... More 

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Thank dcwuellner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24551 Texas 494 Loop #111, Houston, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston

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