About 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.

802 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday - 11:00am -10:00pm
Friday & Saturday - 11:00am -11:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
8th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 243-7874

Website:
http://www.pelonstexmex.com/

Catering:
Catering menus available upon request please contact events@atxbrands.com

Parking Details:
Parking available on street or in parking lot on 8th St. Valet available next door at Hotel Indigo.

Public Transit:
Car To Go available, Austin bicycle access, Metro Rail stop close by

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Email events@pelonsaustin.com for more info about renting out our space or letting us cater your next event.

Pelons Tex-Mex Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.2

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Fun (4)
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Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Spicy (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Romantic (1)
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Date night

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Went here with a large group from work, only because Stubbs across the street doesn't take reservations and was an hour wait. Awful experience. Cold food which took an hour to come out ...should have just waited at Stubbs. Food quality was poor as was the service.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a fantastic time here! The wait staff was so kind and helpful; they gave great suggestions on what to order and really improved our experience. Awesome vibes!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Visited last night. The ambiance was great; sat outside under a huge tree strung with lights.
The food was just average; was hoping for more authentic. Service was very slow; waited almost 10 minutes for chips while we stared at the queso.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The frozen House margaritas were great, no complaint there. We ordered the tacos and the "corn" tortilla was a crispy taco shell like the kind bought in a box at a grocery store. The flour tortilla was also sub-par, from a bag most likely, and it got soggy really quick. I'm not knocking flour tortillas from a bag but there are way better quality ones out there than the ones used. The guacamole was good, the chips and salsa were good too.
All in all, great location if you want to grab some food and drinks before a show at Stubb's but it would not be my go-to for Tex-Mex.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Quiet early evening so it wasn't busy. Sat outside and the weather was perfect.Had 3 tacos: Carnitas, Chicken and Spicy Shrimp. They were some of the best tacos I've had. First time trying Shrimp tacos and they were yummy. The house margaritas were great! Definitely worth another visit when back in town

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We sat on the patio and had some really good fajita nachos. Our waiter did a great job and we had a great time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great Tex-Mex in the Heart of Austin. El Nino, Taco's were awesome. Margarita's were even better!!! Would definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great evening at Pelons. Good food. Great service.

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 (Austin)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Meh. Old Jaime's Mexican Village space - relatively cute, lots of potential for a fun authentic Mex restaurant . But the menu was very limited and the food was mediocre at best. Service also just OK. I don't see a compelling reason to return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Very slow service, had to ask multiple times for the same things.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I have a strict diet for my health and was so pleased that our waiter worked with me to find a good option and was made to make a meal that I could enjoy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Open table reservation was well received and hosts were welcoming and friendly. We were seated right away. There was a delay for our first visit from our waiter which was quickly resolved after asking the hostess of our wait. Food was great, esp the guac ( bigger portions for price would be better), roasted corn sides. Pork tacos and cheese enchiladas were fine. Atmosphere was great w/umbrellas and fan misters on the patio! Waiter, Johnny, was helpful and pleasant

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This used to be our go-to before a concert at Stubbs but never again :-( They've changed to a limited concert menu which I totally understand being across from a popular music venue but, if you're going to limit the menu, the food and service should be fast and friendly. It was neither. Upon first arriving, the manager unnecessarily corrected how my spouse asked for the reservations. It was empty...maybe because of his completely unwelcoming attitude. Fast forward to dinner and drinks. The waitress was pleasant enough (anyone would have been after the first impression with the manager). We ordered our dinner and meal...then waited and waited. My flour tortillas were forgotten 4 times. The queso was cold, the entrees were barely edible (my cheese enchiladas were quite obviously velveeta). Our food was originally given to the wrong table and they ate about 1/3 before they and the waitress realized it was the wrong order. Overhearing this, I assumed our replaced entrees would be out quickly. Nope. Fast forward another 45!!! Minutes and, upon asking about our food, the waitress made up an excuse the the computers were broken even though we overheard what actually happened..honesty goes a long way. We finally received our meals and I ate about 1/2...it was so bad :-(. The waitress then spilled a beer on my spouse (at least that was comped) and upon paying ended her service to us by asking if we were going to that night's show and when we responded yes, she just walked away and muttered "must be nice, wish I could go." What?!? As we left, the manager and waitress were arguing in front of other patrons. I'm not sure if these folks are under new management or what happened but, with all the amazing options in Austin, we certainly won't be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Meh. Too many good places in Austin to waste a meal here IMO. Decor was cute and service was great, but not remarkable in terms of food or experience.

Tags: Live Sports, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Cool deck, decor and great pre music downtown location, but otherwise this place does not seem to try too hard. We went for dinner before a Saturday pm show at the Mohawk. Seems to cater to tourists and bachelor parties. The food was so- so. The service was so-so. No glaring misses, but Austin has so many other A+ places.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Very slow service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Not pleasant. Poor service. Ordered queso as appetizer, but entree came out sans queso. Queso eventually came out maybe halfway through entree. Food quality poor & cheap quality red wine. Had to ask for every thing--drinks, chips, salsa, straws, lines, check, etc. Rarely saw server. Pleasant patio, but just cannot recommend this place. Sorry.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 4, 2017

But for some bizarre factors, I would have given this a glowing review. The food that I had (pork green chile enchiladas, plus very good chips and two types of salsa) was excellent, and was delivered quickly. BUT. First, I made my reservation through OT, and when I arrived, the restaurant said that they had cancelled my reservation because they were "too busy." There were a number of open tables outside (on the beautiful night) plus nearly all inside tables were empty. When I persisted, since I had just walked a 1/2 mile there from my hotel, they initially said there was an hour wait, and that it would also take at least 30 minutes to be served (food came in 10 minutes). There was NO LINE and many empty tables. I basically looked around, said "seriously"? And they seated me inside, but wouldn't give me one of the empty outdoor tables on the terrace/patio. Through my entire meal, the other inside tables remained empty. There were still empty tables outside too when I left (and I never did see any waiting line). I was a single woman, dining alone while on business. I don't know if that was a factor in the treatment. But while the food was great, it is disarming to have the reservation cancelled and then be treated this way. PS. After I got back to my hotel, I did see an email (sent after I arrived at the restaurant) cancelling the reservation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 31, 2017

They were out of everything it was awful! The guy forgot our order. Worst experience ever but I've been before and it was great. Something was up

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Margarita was good. Food not that great. Several birds flew on various tables snatching food. Worried about germs left on tables.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Italy)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Not real Mexican food, but reasonably good.
The portions are generous and people are very friendly.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The food was alright. We ordered chicken fajitas and the chicken was pretty dried out. Chips and salsa were good. The waiter was extremely unprofessional and was swearing to be funny when he took our order. He then proceeded to take an extensively long time to bring us our drinks that we ordered. At the end of the meal we asked that he split our bill for the five of us. He over charged us for the pitchers of margaritas we ordered. We tried to talk to him about it and he said we needed to figure it out amongst ourselves. Would not go back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Austin)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Hosted a bachelorette dinner in their back room and it was perfect. Great ambiance, good service, and well-prices.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Was definitely hustling and bustling, and a bit loud in there. But the service was excellent and the food was good. I will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Just average Mexican food. Nothing to write home about.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Horrible service. Extremely slow and many items were forgotten. We were late to an important meeting.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Bday Dinner

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2016

The food was inconsistent. Some of the food we ordered was good, some was fair. The margaritas were good.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 21, 2016

Took an Open Table reservation and they were completely closed. No action whatsoever. Completely rude.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Cute little place. The Margarita with jalapeños was amazing and so we're the shrimp tacos. I will definitely be back to take my husband!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Took a bachelorette party here- were seated right away! Food was good, but they did forget one of our dishes. They were quick to get another taco out. Overall, a great restaurant for a big group.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Low on décor, but food was good. Enchiladas Coronadas were great!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Our table was ready even though we arrived a little early, having driven up from San Antonio. The service was excellent, and the waitress was a blast! The food and drinks were just great. We had a wonderful time!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Very limited menu. Two kinds of enchiladas, and a few types of tacos. That's it. Funny enough, they had fajita tacos but no actual fajitas. Disappointed by the options

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Pelons is located in a slightly rougher area of downtown Austin, so if you are walking there, it's probably better to go during daylight hours. That being said, the restaurant was clean and comfortable, and the service was excellent. My chicken fajita tacos were very good. My husband raved about the shrimp tacos with pineapple. He loved them. The nachos were also good. Also, you definitely got your money's worth. We would definitely go there again on a trip to Austin.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Outstanding Value, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2016

We were looking for authentic Mex for lunch and it was great. We had missed the lunch crowd so we were literally the only customers in the bar. Quick, quality, good service - great find.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Some of the most flavorful beef fajitas I have had in quite some time. Portions are just right. Salsas have just the right kick.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Tortilla soup is made in just about every Mexican restaurant. However, Pelons tortilla soup was incredible! It tastes homemade, and worth writing about. The enchiladas we ordered were made with high quality ingredients. So glad we stopped here.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 17, 2016

The waiter had been working only 2 days and obviously was not trained yet; this is a management problem, not the employee. While he was personable, every order in our foursome was incorrect. It took a long time to get water, drinks and food. It was not busy when we got there.

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