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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 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Racine, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for a solitary meal while traveling. Got seated right away and the waiter was right there for the drink order. Food came out quickly but I did not feel rushed. I had the Flautas which were tasty. Warm salsa and chips were good while waiting for the entrée.

Thank WinstonB261
Level Contributor
28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy this restaurants atmosphere. Great margaritas, super nice fajitas, and fast friendly service.

Thank brycet510
Level Contributor
1,452 reviews
903 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 774 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved my chile relleno, great taste and food was very fast to be served. The customer service was wonderful and the ambiance was very nice. Prices are just normal around 10.99 per plate but if you get fajitas or so it might jump up to 15.99, still affordable and clean, recommended.

Thank bryanmantezoni
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 March 2017 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
Level Contributor
332 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 27 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
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 204 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 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?