Killen's TMX

4.2
381 reviews
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Mexican
At his latest endeavor, celebrated chef and restaurateur Ronnie Killen invites patrons to experience Mexican flavors through his eyes.

A third-generation Texan well-versed in Tex-Mex cuisine, Killen has developed an immense passion for Mexican ingredients, regional dishes and traditional preparations, which he has studied extensively during his travels.

On our menu, you’ll find both classic Tex-Mex plates enriched with elements of barbecue, as well as Texas-tinged interpretations of Mexican fare, all made with fresh, quality ingredients and elevated through simple techniques. From scratch-made moles and salsas to house-ground corn tortillas, each detail is thoughtfully prepared to create a transportive experience at your table.

We look forward to sharing it with you.
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r
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Food, good service, and an adult atmosphere that one could actually carry on a pleasant
conversation without yelling at each other.. told waiter that I would like to try everyone of the
appetizers...we got the Corn empenada and was not dissappointed. the seafood enchiladas
were excellant, the sauce was just a bit rich for my taste. My wife got the tamale--it was made different
than what she is used too, but enjoyed it very much.
Next time Fajitas! how about a Crab Cake tamale? or some version of that?
Happy to have such a quality Chef and resteraunt serving the Pear land area!!!
Ron and Jackie Hunt

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MV
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has Good food and good drinks & good service!

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VK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The service was exceptional enjoyed the experience. The food was slightly overpriced in my opinion. The charro beans need to be revamped. I will be back to try something else because the service is excellent.

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T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit. The dinner menu is different from lunch menu. I was unable to order cheese enchiladas for dinner. Only available at lunch. I opted for seafood enchiladas. They were good. Killen's TMX doesn't pay much attention to details on the reservations made thru OpenTable. No acknowledgment of our celebration when arriving or during course of the meal. The first time I visited Killen's TMX was for lunch and they didn't even acknowledge my reservation, therefore, I received an email from OpenTable stating I hadn't kept my reservation. I was able to get that corrected thru OpenTable. May need to improve training of host/hostess staff. The bread pudding is absolutely delicious topped with praline ice cream. Overall a great restaurant. I'll frequent at lunch not dinner.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Due to the fact that this was one of Ronnie Killens restaurants my wife and I had some very high expectations. However, we were somewhat disappointed to find that the food was very average...not bad, just average. We probably won’t go back just because of the distance we had to travel to get there.

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AZ
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Samuel to serve you, He's great! The corn empanadas delicious

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BR
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our first time at Killen's TMX was incredible. Unfortunately, my lunch yesterday was only mediocre. I had brisket enchiladas both times. This time, although it was still delicious there wasn't much brisket in the enchiladas - mostly sauce. It also took about 45 minutes for our food to come out. Love their salsa and green sauce! I hope my next experience is more like my first as I truly want them to do well.

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

Wonderful staff and awesome food! Dessert was the best I've ever had! I totally recommend the Churros with chocolate dipping sauce and Dulce De Leche ice cream. Oh my goodness this ice cream...... So good.

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r
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Killens needs to stick to steak and bbq. Food was bland, overpriced . We were seated in very back of restaurant . Took 15 minutes for waiter to greet us. Will not be back. Very disappointed for our Mothers Day dinner. Minimal kids options

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

Mother’s Day with my mom wife and sister

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

Had the best Mother's Day brunch ever with our family from Canada. The shrimp, ceviche and Heuvos Rancheros were to die for and don't get me started on the home baked desserts...Our server Bruce was a ton of fun and very knowledgeable about the menu. Trust me, this is one of the best Tex Mex restaurants I have ever visited. Well done Killens!

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HS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food service a bit slow ..........................,....

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j
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Waiting did not take long, since we had a reservation. We ordered the queso blanco with brisket on top. The queso was a little spicy but it was excellent. I recommended the Enchiladas (chicken/brisket or seafood) they come with beans and rice.

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MV
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son and I had the Lobster tacos. We loved them and my husband, celebrating his birthday, had bacon wrapped quail. He loved that too.

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DT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive but slow. I understand they want to offer a no-rush restaurant experience, but it was a not good since we had two kids with us.

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SA
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was good, but for the price there are a lot of other options. If prices were lower than I would have given higher stars as it would have evened it out

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was April and she was outstanding. We asked for suggestions and she was spot on with what she recommended. We will be back again.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere! Would definitely come back!

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G
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to try Killen’s TMX for awhile now. My husband took my son and I for lunch on Friday and it was fantastic! The ceviche appetizer was light and fresh, the lobster tacos were amazing, and the frozen sangria was beautifully floral and fruity without being too sweet! Attentive top notch service in a modern Mexican themed restaurant. Can’t wait to come back!

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T
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First visit. Food was delicious. In fact, the enchilada I enjoyed was the best! Will definitely return to try something new.

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V
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Queso was excellent. Pork belly street tacos were tasty but way too sweet. $53+ is just a little pricey for lunch for 2 with no drinks. Would recommend with reservations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is nice and the wait staff are friendly but I have to say the food is just mediocre.

I had heard a lot of hype about the wagyu beef fajitas but to me they were just chewy and not very tender at all.

The seafood enchiladas were ok but the shrimp still had pieces of shell and I must say I have eaten better at other Mexican restaurants in the area.

You never know until you try it though.

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EE
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of the restaurant is set as you walk in the door. The music is the standard set that you'd expect to hear in any Tex Mex place. The uniforms are fitting for the theme that they are going for and professional as well.

The service was excellent. The hostess was prompt seating us at the table and our waitress was always coming by to see if we needed anything.

The food and drinks were great. I got an old fashioned and the brisket enchiladas. The drink was smooth and not any bottom shelf liquor and the brisket was fantastic.

Everything was a little pricey, but the quality that they are delivering is well worth it. I'll definitely be coming back.

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TL
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Food took forever to arrive. 2 tables seated after us finished their meals before we got our food. Got charged for wagyu fajitas when we ordered regular beef fajitas. Didnt know it until we got home and checked their menu prices. Very small serving size. Oyster appetizer had no seasoning whatsoever. Summary: slow service, overpriced portion size, charging people wagyu price for regular fajitas, unseasoned food. Bad recipe.

Ronnie,
If you wonder why you had so many open tables on Cinco de Mayo, maybe read this review.

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a
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is not up to the hype built around it. Its good, but it isnt as good as their price point would suggest. The waitress we got, seemed to be having an off day, while I empathize, i am not coming to a chilis, I am coming to the much hyped Killens brand restaurant, where I expect a level of attentiveness and knowledge of the menu whats offered, none of which our waitress was certain of.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Buffett could have had a bit more options. My guest found it to be very limited. I would find a different word to use in lieu of “buffet”. Maybe “An Assortment of ....” Drink specials were awesome.

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RD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as Mr. Killen has proved is incredible and the service is quality as expected for the price. Cinco de Mayo was a great day for the restaurant with great drink and food specials. Will definitely return.

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

Food and service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a good mixture of Tex mix and bbq.

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i
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Once again, everything was tasty tasty tasty! We brought 2 of our adult children this visit and everyone had a great time. Brisket queso was a hit! Carnitas fajitas were a little dry. Pork belly appetizer was excellent aging. Bruce our server was darling and very attentive. All in all another great meal at TMX. Next stop? Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland for my husband's birthday next weekend!!

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

I’ve already recommended and plan to return soon! We had a party of eight and everyone enjoyed the appetizers and meal.

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

Delicious! The frozen Sangria was perfect not too sweet. Brisket Queso was amazing! I got the short rib tamale and my husband got the chicken tinga enchiladas both really good! For dessert the tres leches bread pudding was so good! We will be back!

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SL
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely wonderful! Our waiter was extremely helpful in making our choices in ordering and made sure everything we received was absolutely perfect.

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

Server was amazing. Attentive. Everyone I’ve ever interacted with is fantastic. The pork belly tacos are the best. The queso is just amazing. Can’t wait to go back and try more items from the menu.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. I was not as pleased with the oysters, but it was my personal preference.
Fajitas were great and the tresleche bread pudding was sooo delicious!

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch with family because it was quieter at lunch. Server was wonderful and attentive. Good was excellent!

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ND
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Waiter was friendly but it took 15mins for chips and salsa and drinks and place was not busy. Nothing tex mex in the food.

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KD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We’ve eaten at TMX monthly since it opened. The food is always outstanding and the service has always been top-notch until this visit. I made the reservation 2 weeks ago for my husband’s birthday and the restaurant called to confirm about 90 minutes before our reservation and asked if we were still celebrating a birthday. When we arrived and gave the hostess our name she said she couldn’t find our reservation and told us we’d have to wait for someone else to help us. There were 6 or 7 empty tables at the time but she told us she couldn’t help us and seated the next party. We looked on her screen and saw our reservation so when she came back we pointed it out to her. She turned to her coworker and asked where she should put us and the response was “Just sit them somewhere in the back room”. The food was fabulous as always but our server was busy sharing stories with the table next to ours for most of our visit to the point we had to wait 15 minutes to get our check. I understand bonding with your customers but don’t ignore the other diners. When we’re spending $40+ a head, I’ve come to expect better service especially from Killen’s restaurants.

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great!! Our waiter was so friendly and very courteous. Will go back.

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p
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place w an interesting menu, some items are unexpected. Fresh ingredients, including cocktails. Enjoyed and would go back. Little bit pricey given structure of entrees separate from sides and in general. But not too crazy.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went during brunch, very little food option available for the price you were paying. I would recommend going to this restaurant for lunch only, prices are too high otherwise and there are just too many good texmex restaurants in the area for a better price.

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