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TQLA Houston
TQLA Houston
  • Address:
    4601 Washington Avenue Suite 130
    Houston, TX 77007
    Heights / Washington
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican / Southwestern
    Price: $30 and under

TQLA Houston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://WWW.TQLAHOUSTON.COM
  • Phone: (281) 501-3237
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Tommy Birdwell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout
  • Catering: TQLA offers full service catering for many different events and sizes.
  • Private Party Facilities: TQLA has a semi-private dining room that can accommodate up to 40 guests. We can design a menu perfect for any occasion. Ask about our Tequila Seminars and Tequila Dinners.
  • Private Party Contact: David Piper (281) 501-3237
  • Special Events & Promotions: TQLA is a great place for your next special event. We have a semi-private room that will seat up to 40 guests or a cocktail area perfect for an after work happy hour. For groups of 12 guests or more please call the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Parker
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 3 story garage attached to the back of the restaurant.
A word from TQLA Houston
TQLA celebrates the heritage and flavors of Southwestern and Coastal Mexican cooking by combining the freshest ingredients with a fun and energetic atmosphere. When you first walk into the restaurant you will notice the local artisan pieces incorporated into the decor such as the Tequila bottle tiki torches, the inviting glow of the "worm" bar, the turbulent flow of the dining room ceiling mesh sculpture and the backlit sunset casting a welcoming light on the semi-private dining space.

TQLA’s name pays homage to one of the fastest growing spirits in the world. Tequilas and Mezcals can be enjoyed much like any fine wine or single malt Scotch. With complex flavors and undertones present, there is much more than meets the eye. Our master mixologists use their knowledge of our vast selections to make some of the finest infusions, cocktails and martinis in Houston.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This place is great for brunch/lunch. Price is good and they have very good deals on drinks and food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our server was mostly my complaint. She was not attentive and very rude. The food was good but not great. I really liked the ambience. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "first time I got there and and left scratching my head. Food has been the same last 18 months. This time it was slow, and even had a different taste. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "GREAT happy hour and amazing selection of tequila's. Loud atmosphere but most places are now."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was not our first visit. We love this restaurant, the service and the food/drinks are wonderful! Can't wait to go back for more!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went there because we've never been there before, got there and it was busy, parked in the parking lot behind the building, which is free for the first 2 hours so that's nice. Service was really good to our surprise but the food was even better. The misses and I shared the fajitas, and I must say the beef fajitas was probably the best I've had."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had 45 minutes to eat before we had to leave to catch a show, and it was accomplished with time to spare. The server made sure that it happened and was friendly and service oriented as best could be imagined. The food was tasty, and I would definitely go back again. The drinks were tasty as well and more choices on tequila drinks than most. Free parking was a convenient plus as well."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed TQLA - definitely will be back. Try the mojito - it was delicious oh and did I mention the great prices on appetizers during Happy Hour!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great Food but according to our waiter one server didn't show up and another was fired that evening. On a Friday night, this restaurant needs a full staff of servers and bus personnel. The fire alarm (which we were told was a kid pulling a prank) did nothing to help the "ambience". No sound absorbing material and hard walls makes for a cacophony of sounds and at times hard to talk too your dinner partner across the table. Lots of Tequila offerings... the Ultimate Marguerita was the favorite drink. Great salsa's (watch out for the mango habanero) and very tasty food... I'd go back, but I'd leave quickly if it looked like wait staff was a problem."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Authentic and delicious describes the food. Flavorful and unique describes the drinks..so many kinds of tequila!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Baja Fish Tacos Are so Good!!... And Crab Cakes are the best!!..."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Bbq duck tamale is the best! Drinks came fast and the staff were super nice. I put in a to go order the week after visiting and that was great to grab good food to go home with!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good for groups but very noisy. Sadly due host miscommunication my group was split in to tables."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We had the crab cakes, crawfish hushpuppies, tortilla soup and fajitas. To start off the chips an salsa we good, the red salsa was spicy with a hint of sweetness, i don't remember the salsa verde being much more than just spicy. The crab cakes were tasty. They had a good amount of crab and it tasted fresh. They were a little overcooked for my liking, but they were still good. Also, quite spicy. The hush puppies were surprisingly good. Spicy and sweet with a touch of honey; very well balanced. While everything was flavorful, it was also unnecessarily and abrasively spicy. The fajitas were quite delicious. The soup was pretty awful. It seemed as though they threw everything in the soup but the kitchen sink; very incohesive."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Food and service were ok- nothing special. Drinks and the salsa w/chips were the best part of the meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service was exceptional and the menu will require many more visits to taste it all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food, great service, great Margarita's, easy parking on a Sunday evening"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I love this place!! The food is FABU!!!! And their drinks our amazing too!! I love Tequila and look forward to returning soon!! Please share your salsa recipe!! Oh my my!! WOW!!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The drinks were great, the food was very good and the service was great as well. Nice place!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The draw is definitely the bar/drinks/tequila. The food was erratic- guacamole was outstanding while one dish we were finding large chunks of inedible bay leaves. The service was very good with the waiter offering suggestions, but seemed that he had too many tables as he left us for long stretches. OVerall, still a great place and we would go back!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I enjoy a happy hour but TQLA took this after work event to the next level. Half price appetizers..amazing margaritas! Street tacos are awesome, fried oysters cooked to prefection, crab cakes deliciously fresh, crawfish hushpuppies so very tasty! This is the place to go"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Different twist on traditional mexican fare. Great black beans! Waiter was knowledgeable and good service. Lots of space between tables. If you like tequila this is the place to go. Parking a bit of a hassle."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "frequent client, the level of noise is growing to levels that makes impossible talk to each other in the same table... Same menu, over and over... I am running out of options.. time to refresh?"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "A very nice treasure hidden along Washington Anenue"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Restaurant was not busy and waiter disappeared several times. Waiter delivered chicken fajitas rather than the beef fajitas that we ordered. Manager was nice. Not impressed."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I enjoyed my first experience at TQLA. The food was wonderful and I look forward to coming there again."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I usually don't like anyone messing with my Mexican food. But TQLA does it right. Try the duck tamale and the Paloma margarita."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I planned to meet a few friends for my birthday toast and it turned into a party of 11! Kudos to the staff and our waiter for accomodating us on such short notice! I would recommed this spot to anyone! Love it!!!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant. The food was excellent and with a little different twist for Mexican, e.g., crawfish and spinach enchiladas. I had the fish tacos and another in our group had the Carne Asada. They were both excellent and nicely prepared. There is quite a choice of Margaritas and they were also very good. We were satisfied with our meal and service."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The food, drinks and service make me a regular here. The inventive menu shakes up enough to keep it lively. Service is always impeccable."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This restaurant was delicious and even had some appetizer and drink specials on a Saturday night. The service was really great too and our waiter was very friendly."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "If you are over 35 think twice before going here. Too loud for older folks like us. We had beef fahitas that were good."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Great drinks, good food, fantastic happy hour! I didn't love the food but I loved the margaritas made with flavored tequila. The prices on the happy hour list were great too. It was a little too noisy for my taste but that won't keep me from recommending and returning. I would def recommend it to friends and will most definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "The host and waitress were great! very knowledgeable and helpful. The food was cooked well, but the flavor was lacking, everything seemed muted. The BBQ duck tamale tasted like poultry w/ mole. The carnitas fajitas was just a chunk of roasted pork shoulder, no flavor. You can't really screw up black beans and rice. The tortillas were fresh and good, salsa was great. I would go back, I just would not order what w had on that visit. It was a Sunday night, so maybe the regular chef had taken off for the day."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Service was a bit inattentive and not timed well. Brought out wrong item on at least one occasion. Inside is load and over-air-conditioned. Recommend sitting outside, where they still blare bad music, but not as loud."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "Table was located right underneath an A/C vent, we asked to move and the server punished us for the rest of the dinner. Everything was an extreme wait, it literally got to the point where we were prepared to go order at the bar, when the server finally took our orders. Scared to not see the server again, we ordered appetizer and dinner at the same time, and enjoyed our meal. The food was good, ambience was nice, had heard great things about the place and certainly could see how others could've had a positive experience, but we certainly didn't. We really wanted to have dessert but after waiting on EVERYTHING all night, we went to another restaurant to finish our meal. That's the thing about Houston, where one place falters, another doesn't."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "We went for Restaurant Weeks, the food was wonderful, especially the Ceviche. The gentleman who took care of us was super attentive making the service great. We came for Restaurant Weeks, but we'll be back throughout the year."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "We ordered off the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu and our two favorite dishes were the Goat Cheese and Mushroom tamale as well as the Quattro Leches cake. Both were outstanding. Also our waiter Rodrigo was the best. Both of those selections were his recommendations, and he was very attentive."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "Loved the red sauce and chips, great house margarita and interesting tasty menu choices."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Fabulous food at this new Heights restaurant. Fantastic service, drinks, food...nice space...the place is fresh and new. Only downside is the music is just a bit too clubby for a meal here...makes you feel like you're in a nightclub, which would be fine if it were late at night and that's what we came for, but during dinner, they need to rethink the music and play some jazz or some brazilian music, or something just lighter...the heavy rock was just not a good fit. Food though was fantastic...everyone declared their dish a winner. Lots of fresh ingredients...vegetable enchiladas were amazingly good!"
    Dined on 7/13/2013