Killen's TMX

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$31 to $50
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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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B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!!! Ask for Story as your waiter!!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. Chips and water were refilled before they were empty. Server was friendly and personable. Overall great experience!

c
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Food are AMAZING!! I had to ask for my Ice tea to be refill a couple of times but other than that, everything was Great.

SC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were celebrating our 1 year anniversary. We ordered the Waygu Steak Fajitas for two. The fajitas were very chewy and I asked for more tortillas as well as a to-go box. The waitress assured me that she gave us extra tortillas, but when I got home as I went through everything that was in the bag I saw that there was, in fact, no extra tortillas.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for brunch on a Sunday afternoon. The food was excellent which is to be expected from a Killen establishment.

My positive review really isn’t about the food but about the staff. Our party included 2 toddlers which as you can imagine created a few obstacles for us. The staff was accommodating and even played with our kids and talked about life in general. They treated us like family and gained customers for life.

Thank you for being for everything and we will see you soon!

BK
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a business lunch. Our waiter was nice but not attentive at all. Several times we had to request help from someone else. That is very inconvenient.

The establishment also needs to answer their phone. My office called multiple times before being able to get through.

I will try again and hope they correct these issues.

Thank you.

JK
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

For as few people in the restaurant, less than 30 on a Sunday night at 6:30, they could not keep our water glasses full not our drink orders correct for a table of 6. Food was good, but small portions for Mexican fare. Besides Mexican dresses on the waitstaff, not much has changed from the old restaurant that occupied the old space. The glade plugins spaced throughout restaurant must be needed to cover up some type of smell but was afraid to ask.

RP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was nice the food was great my only complaint is the portion size.

TL
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We love good Mexican food, either Tex mex or authentic. This was a very disappointing experience.
Margaritas were terrible, service was ok.
Our usual margarita is on the rocks, which was too sweet.
We switched to frozen and they were too tart.
At $10.00 per drink, it was insulting.
We paid our bill and left a good tip for the waiter.
And no, we did not ask for a to go box!
Not sure which what dish made us sick?
We will not be going back.

SA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Killen's TMX and we were impressed! The red and green salsas were very good and the food was excellent. Honestly, I imagined that the plates would be served looking too fancy for my likening, but they were not. The service was great also. It is a little more expensive than I would normally pay but for the quality of food one should expect to pay a little more. The house margarita was also very good.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Arrived for a 6p reservation. Restaurant was fairly empty. Waited 20 minutes for drinks and our dinner didn’t arrive until 6:50. Ridiculously long wait for every course. Apparently they were understaffed but the wait ruined the experience. Food was ok. Not the exceptional food I expect from Killens. I had been once before a few months ago and it was great. Don’t know what happened Sunday, but I’m not returning.

C
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brisket queso and chicken fajitas were awesome as always!!

LJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Atmosphere even better. Do not understand the negative reviews. Have been twice perfect every time. Had our family with us and all were impressed

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice time. Food was great as well as service. Will be back

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Ordered off the restaurant week menu and my grilled shrimp was still raw.

C
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with out of town friends. Guac and brisket queso were awesome to start. I had the fish tacos- amazing flavor! Husband and guests had different combo plates. Everyone was happy!!

GB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

I made a reservation for 2 in advance. When I got there, the man at the door somewhat greeted me and I told him I had reservations. He looked confused and unorganized asking for my name. He said he’d check to see if my table was ready. A family of 4 got there after me and he immediately sat them. When I approached him again a few minutes later he again asked me for my name and asked if I had reservations (like he did the 1st time). I was pretty annoyed by then. Aside from that, the tables in the middle are so close together, several waiters and waitresses bumped their thigh on the corner of our table. Ouch, I bet most of them have bruises on their legs because of that! Not sure if I’ll be coming back. When I pay good money for food I expect great service from the very first greeter at the door to everyone after that. Our waiter Alejandro was great which made the experience more enjoyable.

DN
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Went for the RestaurantWeeks menu. Great short ribs, excellent appetizers and desserts. Outstanding frozen margarita. Service didn't match. Waitstaff seem too disorganized and maybe overwhelmed. Our drink orders were forgotten and only half-delivered when reminded. Food orders were not complicated, but it usually helps to write them down. Memory didn't work in this case. It took three reminders for the other drink. Entrees appeared almost immediately and well ahead of drinks or appetizers. Multiple people attempted to help, but it was pretty chaotic. A random unordered queso dip appeared--unclear if it was to mollify us or another mistake (it was on the house, and superb!). Weird experience. People were nice, but the basics of taking and delivering orders could use some improvement.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! The manager Shane came to our table and we had a nice conversation with him. Our server had only been there a week and had to double check a couple of things but that was fine. We understood he was just learning. He was very friendly and helped us all he could.

A
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, broad selections. Full of flavor, unlike most TexMex restaurants in the area. Service was exceptional.

KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Overall we thought all the food we tried tasted great but was pretty salty. The service was very good and there’s a very large bar area which I can imagine would be ideal for happy hour or waiting on a busy night. However, the restaurant was barely half full and it was SO HOT. Between the salt and the heat we were both feeling pretty miserable and ready to leave by the end of the meal. If I lived closer I would consider giving Killen’s another shot in the future but given the location I plan to stick to the many other great Tex Mex options Houston has to offer.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the HRW's Brunch at Killen's TMX yesterday. It was fabulous! The Brunch entree selections were diverse, however, two of our group stayed with an old favorite: Huevos Rancheros. The salas were fresh and tasty. Service was fantastic!

We love Killen's new concept and especially a Sunday Brunch. We'll be back for certain!!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I love all things Killen’s- but TMX was not the greatest. There is too many places here in Houston to get amazing Mexican food where having generic Tex Mex is not necessary.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food at all locations! TMX did not disappoint and stayed with the brand. Will definitely come back again. Their Houston Food Bank Restaurants Week menu offerings were all very tasty!

JK
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The enchiladas were very good and the salsa was also good. The tres leches cake was too dense and needed more moisture. The menu prices were just right as we have gone to many Mexican restaurants and were astounded at the price of their enchiladas.

r
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was mixed. My table got a large distribution of the Houston Restaurant Weeks Menu, and some was very good while some was very bad.

The empanadas were very good but I'd still go somewhere else to get empanadas. The oysters were very obviously recently frozen, and they were served on ceramic dishes meant to look like oyster shells, which was disappointing and tasted quite bad. The pork belly was tasty but far too fatty.

The enchiladas were quite good, and the short ribs were also very tasty. We were all happy with our entrees.

The desserts were very disappointing, with the tres leches very forgettable, the ice cream in the sundae far too crystallized and flavorless, and the churros passable but also not worth their cost.

The cocktails were generally enjoyable and well made but they're very strong, so drinker beware.

Aside from the food and drink, the service was uneven and slow. There was a server whose only job was to come by to refill water, and he asked us about a dozen times throughout dinner if we wanted more water (when our cups were usually fairly full). Our actual waiter was inattentive and we were frequently waiting on soda refills. The food was slow to come out, and at one point they brought us the leftovers of the party next to us.

I would not recommend this restaurant. Visit original Killen's barbecue, or any number of more reliable tex-mex restaurants around town.

DA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All enjoyed the evening. I knew this going in, a little on the expensive side but Killen is known for that.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and atmosphere

MB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. From walking into the door, until leaving from the meal. Excellent service and food. Would highly recommend.

f
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Tex Mex food overpriced for foods’ taste. Brisket tamale was bland. Food isn’t spicy, came out less than warm, we waited over 15 minutes before the waitress came to the table... this was during lunchtime, and it was not crowded, so didn’t understand the reason for the wait, as she was on the floor.

AS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall the food was very good. Interesting blend of smoked flavors with Tex Mex. The appetizer corn empanadas were excellent. The combination platters were large. Service seemed a little slow considering it was a Thursday night with the tables not completely full.

RG
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were fantastic, drinks wonderful, service incredible, the entrees not quite so good, nobody in my table was too impressed. I had camarones a la Diabla and I won’t do it again. I will come back because I think is a nice place to relax over a few drinks and a lot of the wonderful appetizers but dinner, not again.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting and the food was exceptional, drink service was slow, but our waitstaff was excellent

FF
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Plenty of parking in the strip and traffic not bad at all; we arrived early for our 11am reservation and we were allowed to wait by the bar even though the place was technically not open. Coming from El Paso, I consider myself somewhat of a Mexican Food Snob. However, there are no better chilaquiles than those prepared at this restaurant. I had the green sauce and savored every bite. I also had them served with scrambled eggs rather than the standard over easy. While the service was a little on the slow side, I was with a large group and it was a Sunday Brunch so it was nice not to be rushed.

MG
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here for brunch several times and it never disappoints. I love the mix of seafood, pastries and fresh fruit with their normal menu offerings. It really reminds me of being served ocean-side at a boutique Mexican resort. I keep going back to their take on an eggs benedict because it's so good (although I missed the jumbo shrimp this time around). Don't skip over the pastries, tamales and grits. The buffet is so full of good options (and I'm picky!) that I normally end up taking the entrée home for dinner.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation but it seems doesn’t matter any way, limited Options for cocktails, ribs are good but over priced.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Our bar drinks arrived after our meal was served. The food can not be compared with the other Killen’s restaurants. Will not return.

w
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

First impressions are lasting impressions. This was 5:30 on a Saturday. It was not busy. Food was fine. Our table was 6 adults, 1 child. Two diners ordered from the HRW menu and both were quite happy with all choices. The regular menu items, which I consider standard meals in most TexMex restaurants, was average. Two diners at our table compared it to Pappasito's - not quite the Killen's experience expected.

However, what caused the low rating for us was the service. Whether it was the waitperson, the kitchen or both, it was unacceptable. Two diners received the first half of their meal right away (standard TexMex dinners). First round of drinks took 20 minutes to receive after ordering. An hour in the appetizers on the HRW menu arrived. Shortly after, the second half of the two dinners arrived along with food ordered by three other diners. One of the dinners is cold -- not lukewarm, not cool but cold. It was sent back only to return with the cheese enchilada beyond chewy. If it were me, I would have sent it back to be prepared fresh and boxed up to go. She didn't because she was tired of waiting. At this time a second drink by one diner was ordered. This one took 30 minutes to receive and came the same time as dessert. Finally, 15 minutes later the HRW entrees are served. In the meantime, we're all ready to go however two of us still have our HRW dessert coming. Both were ice cream so getting it to go was not an option. In hindsight, we should have switched to the tres leches.

It was my mom's 75th birthday and while we wanted to spend time together we had not planned on it being hours on a hard, uncomfortable wooden chair. Her birthday was mentioned several times however waitstaff didn't mention anything offered for birthday celebrations. It was also noted on my Open Table reservation. Maybe you have to request it.

At 7+ months being open I was quite surprised at such poor service.

B
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Finally tried Killens TMX. I guess his restaurant style places have less lighting. Went for lunch. The brisket enchilada was my fav from the ‘tro’ plate. We all enjoyed our food! Good size table to sit at, didn’t feel cramped. Small issue but one of our water glasses was not cleaned well enough. Small spot of something was on it. Things like that should be checked before giving it to your customer.

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