Pelons Tex-Mex

4.3
189 reviews
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Tex-Mex
Just across the street from Stubb's Amphitheater, Pelóns Tex-Mex serves up downtown Austin's favorite queso, fajitas, tacos & enchiladas, alongside a bright, fresh margarita and something for every tequila/mezcal lover. Enjoy the view from one of downtown's most desirable patio spaces, and don't forget to join us at Bar 508 Mezcalerita (located on the property) for a before dinner or after concert beverage!

TO BOOK PARTIES LARGER THAN 20, PLEASE CONTACT SAMANTHA AT PELONSCATERING@ATXBRANDS.COM
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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Keeps us coming back!!

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MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a delightful brunch there on the back patio.

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JM
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife and I like to eat there before attending performances at the Trinity Street Theatre.

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M
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food & Margaritas were great! The service was very SLOW. Had to ask multiple times for chips, water and check. I would come again, but don’t set your expectations high on the service side of things. We were there at 5pm with less than 1/3 of tables filled.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience. Has a very casual vibe. Food was good, was a great place for group of coworkers to have a nice evening.

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DS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was absolutely terrible and the food was cold when we got it. We were one of 4 tables seated, there was no reason for anything we experienced.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely terrific. Keeps us coming back to this Red River sweet spot!

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here after living and dining out in Austin for 20 years. We LOVED it! Took family to Pelon's for Easter lunch. Salsa, quac and queso all were fantastic and loved by whole family. I ordered basic beef enchiladas and they were simply the best I've ever had. Teen sons ordered the Ranch Hand Quesidillas and were happy as clams (no veggies!). Wife enjoyed the fish tacos. Mexican martini was perfect. And our server, Karen, did a superb job. Was friendly and efficient. Finally, it was my birthday and they comp'ed us a Tres Leches dessert. The whole family enjoyed sharing one generous slice. We will be back!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. The food. The service. The ambience. We’ll be back!

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor seating with great food.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! The food the margaritas and service were exceptional!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there before a concert at Stubb’s. The cheese enchiladas were amazing and the margaritas were too. A great way to get ready for some fun!

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Food seemed like it came from a cab. Unacceptable!!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately we were not greeted warmly by the hostess and I question the food portions as I ordered the fajitas for two to share and another friend ordered for one and they were identically portioned.

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m
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

No.

The food is mediocre, as in salty enchiladas and bland tacos. Guacamole with too much jalepeño, replacing flavor with heat. I did enjoy the salsa, but I feel like I've had it before.

The cocktails are absolutely terrible. The house margarita very clearly uses a mix; I guess it's too hard to use fresh ingredients. The other two cocktails we tried were not well made (and one was almost certainly just wrong, but the server was sure we were).

We skipped dessert.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is quaint but good Tex-Mex. I’m only a Tex-Mex fan and this hit the spot. The salsa had the right amount of spice and chicken fajitas were bomb!

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Service was very slow. It took more than 30 minutes to get our food and drinks. I think this can be improved. We enjoyed ourselves and the food. It just took too long.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good TexMex but not top 5. Great service. Convenient location.

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DY
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place. Can’t believe it took me so long to get there but will be back soon.

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food from a cute cozy atmosphere. Margarita was amazing

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I
Houston
79 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. Food was good, service was excellent. Overall a good experience. Thanks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrate my daughter’s 21st bday. Our waiter was freaking amazing! Wish I could remember his name but he was truly amazing. Music needs to be changed for a Tex mex place there was no Tex mex music

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BV
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just visiting Austin but this was an amazing find. Get the queso. It’s amazing. The food was great! The service was even better. Thanks Nick, you are totally awesome. We’ll be back next time we’re in Austin

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! ❤️

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HP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall food and drinks were good and reasonably priced. Server was nice but was taking care of more tables than capable which lead to long gaps between drink order, food order, check backs, and to receive bill. Many other employees seen walking about but did not appear to help each other out or use teamwork.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great service, delicious food and drinks! Super cool outside area

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M
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for indoors, but they graciously allowed us to do an impromptu switch to the patio. Service was excellent, everything we ordered was exactly right, and seriously, the patio was so relaxing and fun...can't wait to go back.

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TB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for us, visiting Austin from out of state, having wonderful food, ambiance and service. Our waiter was terrific (young man from Philadelphia). We could walk to Esther's Follies after dinner, a short two block walk, and take in some of Sixth Street, too. Location and great dining; a combination worth returning to.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had Teddy as our waiter and he was very attentive and took great care of us. Great food and great margaritas!

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NF
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tres leche cake was worth the trip!!,,,,,,,,,,,''👍👍😀😀😀👍😀😀👍😀👍🤐👍🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮

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T
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Jessica waited on me and she was fabulous.

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c
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I happened upon Pelon’s, next door to my hotel, on the first day of a business trip. I waited 30 min for a seat at the bar and it was worth every minute. I brought 4 colleagues back a few days later and they loved it too. Recommend reservations.

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SS
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Oof. Really bad food and even worse house margs. Shocked they are still in business.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with amazing customer service

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j
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice Tex-Mex with very nice service. Need to reserve. They turned away about 20 people while we were there. They ran out of tres leches cake so we had sopapillas with tres leches sauce; that was the waiter’s creatve solution. Portions are generous

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NM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The manager is a liar and a thief. He tried to charge us for 8 shots when we only ordered 6. He thought that we wouldn’t notice, but we did and he finally admitted what he did. This place is unethical and the management should be fired for their behavior. Will never come back here.

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OT
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance and world class tacos!

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CZ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

First I want to say, that our server (sorry I forget his name) was FANTASTIC! He was polite, engaging, gave good suggestions, responsive and very nice. The food was good, not amazing but good-very good. The first two rounds of margaritas were very good - the third round (yes, a third round, ha!) was really bad. Our server immediately replaced them with good ones and without hassle or hesitation. I would like to say that I think all of my scores would have been higher if not for the room we were seated in. The decor was plain, and not at all as described in the Yelp app and (to me) there was an overwhelming scent that I could not get past. My clients thought it might have been some sort of incense - but to me it was much worse than that. I think I'm neutral on the recommendation question - I probably would, depending on who was going. I don't think I would bring client's there again.

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TS
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a place for a late lunch before the Texas/USC game & saw the great reviews others had written on open table. It was walking distance from our hotel so I booked it! So glad we tried it! The food was excellent & service was over the top!! So friendly!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We were in town for a girls trip, and this was our SECOND time going to Pelons in 2 days! The food is absolutely amazing, very fresh tasting, flavorful, authentic Tex-Mex. The only reason for a lower overall score is the service was exceedingly poor. We had actually dined here on Friday night, and the service was very efficient - which is one of the reasons we came back. On Sunday night though, our waitress was definitely not on her game. She didn't bring us silverware or napkins for our appetizer (queso dip), which was very messy. Two out of three of our cocktails were made completely incorrectly. She left water at our table but never came back to refill the jug, or even check if we wanted another cocktail. Finally, our order of tacos and quesadillas took an exceedingly long amount of time to make (at least 30 minutes!) and she did not come to our table once to check on us and ask if we needed anything while we waited, or to tell us the kitchen was backed up, or offer any sort of explanation. Finally, when it came time to pay our tab, we had to hunt down another waitress to ask her to get our waitress so we could pay. Honestly, if the food wasn't so good, I wouldn't ever go back. If I'd been asked to do a review for Friday night, our first dining experience, I would have had only compliments for the place. Lastly, the bathroom smells like kitty litter, do not use it unless completely necessary.

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