Pelons Tex-Mex
Pelons Tex-Mex

Pelons Tex-Mex

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pelonsaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5122437874x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Kenneth Seymore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menus available upon request please contact events@atxbrands.com
  • Special Events: Email events@pelonsaustin.com for more info about renting out our space or letting us cater your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th St
  • Public Transit: Car To Go available, Austin bicycle access, metro tail stop close by
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on street or in parking lot on 8th St.
A word from Pelons Tex-Mex
Pelóns Tex-Mex has rich history in the great city of Austin.

Downtown’s best kept secret is Pelóns Tex-Mex and one the finest patio environments Austin has to offer. Tex-Mex favorites, award winning margaritas and a host of tequila flights make Pelóns a must visit on your next trip to downtown Austin.
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Pelons Tex-Mex reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (9)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)late-night find (4)special occasion (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great experience
    Kitty2dineout
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So glad we tried out Pelons! Great food. Great service. Good location.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SHC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Pelons' staff were super helpful. Loved the food. Great for groups - we had a large group of 20 and they had a nice space for us. Thanks Pelon's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    AsianCajun
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I haven't been here for quite some time and was excited to go again for brunch. Service was great, our waitress was super accommodating and very nice. The food was not good at all. We all shared our food and had lobster/shrimp enchiladas, fish tacos, shrimp tacos, pulled pork tacos, steak fajitas, and chicken fajitas. Each came with cilantro rice and your choice of beans. The black beans were truly horrific. They tasted right out of the can with no spice. The rest of the food was just bland and basic. Drinks weren't very good either. Bloody Mary bar was disappointing. Strong like Bull drink was the hi-lite. Skinny margarita was good. Spicy margarita was also disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love that customers are able to make reservations online. It was so simple! The food was wonderful. Our server went above and beyond to make our dining experience memorable. She was incredibly kind, made suggestions and even gave me one of her favorite pins because my dress broke! I would definitely recommend Pelons!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pelon's Awful Service
    rblythe
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Made a reservation, but that didn't matter, one hour in we still did not have drinks and two hours later we still didn't have food. We left before the food ever made it out. Voiced our complaints to one manager who promised things would be better but they never were, so I talked to a second manager who allowed us to leave after two hours of terrible service without paying for our drinks. We were a party of 12, and looking forward to having a good time. It was awful and I was so embarrassed for having chosen the restaurant just to receive the worst service I've ever experienced. Worst of all...after being patient for two hours we never received a reason as to why our party received such horrible service.
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  • Terrible service and margarita
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We didn't get food because it took 20 minutes for our drink order. When our drinks came out it they were terrible. Our on the rocks margarita were in dirty whiskey glasses.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid meal
    Amjam
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Good service and food. No complaints! Pitcher margaritas are a but expensive but that was to be expected.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great
    Sarah
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Filthiest restaurant bathroom I've ever been in, it was truly disgusting. A waitress came up to the hostess while we were being seated and argued with her that she couldn't seat us which was awkward for us. The food was ok. The Mexican martini was really good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so much
    Brad
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our waiter was also the bartender. So we ran out of chips and drinks multiple times. None of the other servers stopped to help or assist us. They also serve fake shrimp in their fajitas. The food was less than ideal. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the Pelons Tex-Mex reviews archive.
  • Best quesadillas!
    Jilliebean10
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My friends and I loved this place! Their lobster and shrimp quesadillas were amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD!!
    ladybluept
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food at Pelons is great and so was the service. We loved that we could make reservations online and everything was ready for us when we arrived. I loved my enchiladas and the two different kinds of salsa were awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tex-Mex
    iLo823VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Very good guacamole and salsa has a good kick to it. I tried something new this time - a layered chicken enchilada. It was a bit too much for me and I found that the lower layers of the blue corn tostadas that were used were 'soggy' for lack of a better term. I liked that I could get black beans as an option. I didn't care for the cilantro rice. Service was very good and I enjoyed eating outdoors on a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything Great - Except Bathroom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    First time we've been able to actually sit down and eat at Pelon's. Everything was great, service and food were great, except that the men's restroom was in a port-a-potty state. I'd also remind your floor manager to smile, at least every once in a while. I wouldn't want to work for that guy! Constructive criticism; please do not contact.
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    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Memorable!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Had a quite large party including adults, children, and babies. Everyone was comfortable, was easy to all fit together. The food was delicious, we all had something different and we all loved it! The drinks were just as yummy and fresh as the food! I will definitely be coming back again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • worst service ever
    foodandservicelover
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    It didn't seem as if anyone was managing the mayhem. We wondered if the kitchen and service bar was across town because we wouldn't see our server for ages. it took at least 20 minutes to get drinks any time we ordered. We couldn't tell if they were understaffed, undertrained or just lazy. We did like the ambiance on the patio. If only the owners cared about service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tex-Mex in Austin
    iLo823VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I enjoyed eating out on the patio since the weather was perfect for it. I had shrimp fajitas; they had the right amount of 'kick' to them. I thought the guac was very good also.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok food, rude waitress
    AustinEsti
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I went there on a Friday night with a girlfriend. Our server did not smile at us once! Even though we were being friendly and asking questions she would stare at us dead in the eye and answer flatly. We watched her joke around with the table of older, professional looking men beside us and wondered if we had somehow offended her. She never asked if we wanted water or how the food was. The food runner who we saw once was a ray of sunshine compared to this chick. We were sat right next to a speaker playing TERRIBLE, cheesy rock music. Sounded like TOOL or KoRn or some other passé 90's agg-rock. I promise you no one there was enjoying it. The food was ok but our server pretty much ruined the experience for us. Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing Vibe
    McLovin
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Atmosphere is relaxed, but fun at the same time. Food is a step up from the everyday tex-mex, but very reasonably priced. Outdoor seating adds a nice element, especially in the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pelons before show at Stubb's
    lilkimmy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We chose Pelon's for its proximity to Stubb's Ampitheater. The menu was their "concert menu" so it was condensed but great choices. The drinks were good too! We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The environment was great, but I will never go back. The margaritas were over priced and did not have any alcohol in it. The food had no flavor and was almost cold when it came out.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great quick lunch with good food
    CapFoodie
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Although I have been before to dine outside, I most recently went on a very chilly day and the friendly service and delicious soup was a welcomed reprieve to the outside. It was quiet and the kitchen was quick to get out meals out so my lunch date and I enjoyed our entire lunch hour leisurely eating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy surprise!
    Teri
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I only found this place because there was an opening on New Year's Eve! Ended up very satisfied! Mango ceviche was incredible! Nice atmosphere, great location across from Stubb's and near Esther's Follies and 6th Street. This was a fun date place - and first date place. Relaxed but not overly romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Tex Mex
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Chips were too thick and hard, Queso, Shrimp and Lobser enchilatas avg, fajitas avg
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing
    GMARTVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Overall, just not a pleasant experience. Location is perfect, but the food quality is lacking-- like El Arroyo lacking.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pros: Good location right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Pros: Good location right across the street for Stubbs. Cons: We were there for dinner on Sunday night and only the limited "Concert menu" was available which meant no fajitas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor management
    nomaspelons
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    If you take a reservation for 8 in front of the TV on the patio for the UT game and then rent our the patio, call the person who's table you gave away and let them know that them and their guest are screwed...its just good manners.
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  • Stubbs menu very limited.
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Stubbs menu very limited. Server was nice but scattered and food was fair, at best.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    DelGriffith
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    I visit Austin a few times a year so I haven't been to every Mexican restaurant but I love this one. It's my favorite so far. It's just great old school Mexican food. It seems that too many Mexican restaurants in Austin are doing some type of new age fine dining Mexican food and it just doesn't work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Our first visit. Turned out that if Stubb's across the street has a concert that evening, then Pelons offers only a concert dining menu for that evening. It doesn't state that on their website. However, since a couple of us were vegetarians, and the concert menu had no options for vegetarian dining, they kindly offered us the regular menu to dine from especially since we had arrived early enough that the kitchen wasn't "concert diners" busy. The service was very good, the waitress very considerate. Food was good; the nacho platter was very nicely made as were the spinach veggie enchiladas with tomatillo sauce. The cilantro rice was good but could have used a bit more spicy punch and I need more of a cilantro taste. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We celebrated a birthday with a group of 7 and were very pleased with the night. The service was great - Lola was our waitress and she was there when we needed her and as importantly, not when we didn't. The Queso was AMAZING and everyone enjoyed their meals. I was surprised to see the place had so many empty tables. I hope that they can find a crowd and get some folks in the door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!
    Lace
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We went here to eat before a concert at Stubb's. The location can't be beat & the food was great! Had concerns about it being super crowded because of the concert but we were seated quickly & service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    The restaurant is nice and the food was good. Our waitress was horrible and unfortunately that ruined the entire experience. I would probably go back again just to try it one more time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    djones
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Decent food, decent margarita, decent atmosphere, but in an area completely saturated with Tex-Mex, patios, and margaritas you're gonna have to be better than decent to get noticed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Convenient dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    Our first time at Pelons. We enjoyed dinner before a concert at Stubbs which is located directly across the street.The ritas and Tex Mex were good and our waitress was outstanding. We liked the ambience and plan to return for dinner and drinks again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Great space - especially patio Mediocre service - didn't explain happy hour. Couldn't make strong recommendations from menu since she hadn't tried many things, never around. This burns me when the server has a guaranteed tip because of group - unapologetically unattentive. Menu reads much better than it tastes. Underwhelming. Steak fajitas were mushy like meat was over marinated and salted. Go here for the patio and drinks. Pass on more than chips, salsa and queso if you're hungry. Disappointing best says it. I had high hopes.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Only 11 months on the scene, bit this place was the best margarita I had and the food ample and very reasonable. A keeper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good location, food, meh service
    OpenTableReviewer
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Waitress did not know much about drinks or food on menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.