Spanish Village Restaurant

4.3
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Welcome to our village, where everybody knows your name.
Spanish Village serves the best in Tex-Mex since 1953 - delighting Houstonians with the most authentic and homemade Tex-Mex.
Of course, any meal at the Spanish Village isn't complete without The Medina Family's very own secret margarita. Started with just a dream and some family recipes, Spanish Village became a fixture in Houston's Third Ward and serving food for over 60 years. Come check out some Houston history at one of the oldest restaurants in the city!
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4.6
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VB
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tje food was enjoyable and the service was excellent.

J
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

An old favorite! But the salsa is HOT.

TA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST FOOD, BEST MANAGER, BEST ATMOSPHERE, BEST SERVER: ARTHUR!!!

NJ
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the waitstaff and owner were in the top 1% (or maybe 0.1%) of professionals - attentive from the start - and so much so that we talked about it immediately when we were welcomed and kept talking about it after! We recommended this unique restaurant to our friends that live in Houston. Thanks!

MG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful staff and good food. The agave margarita was delicious! Watch out for the salsa, though. It is super hot!
The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was informal. We had taco salad, cheese and onion enchiladas, and two tamales. The servings were generous and all of the food was very tasty.

MH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The owner is friendly and always helpful. My cup of water stayed full and the prices are affordable.

RZ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is still magic at Spanish Village. Even though there was a power failure because of a thunderstorm in the area, they managed to pull off a flawless lunch for our party of 8. Old school Houston institution, just make it happen.

Check it out.

B
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the latest reincarnation of the 1953 version which is, in my opinion, an even better version than the original. While the chips leave a little to be desired (quite thin, don't seem to be real broken up tortillas) the rest of the food is just as you'd like: spicy, well prepared, and delicious. My chalupas were mounds of lettuce tomatoes and generous portion of guacamole atop real tortillas (you can tell I like the real corn ones, flour tortillas seeming to be an Americanized version from the 60's). One of the guests had tortilla soup which he proclaimed to be the best he'd ever had. Enchiladas were a bit gloppy with too much chili atop. Otherwise, the place itself it great and having access to Spotify for Mexican mariachi classics is sublime. Really a great place in a very funky, transitional neighborhood which has kept its slightly tacky ambiance.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The staff were very nice. But the food was ok. The place is old, which is understandable its been around for 65 years but it should be cleaner.

s
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to this restaurant. We were here to celebrate our anniversary, upon recommendation of an acquaintance. Fried Chicken was awesome.

B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance is exactly what one would hope from a Mexican restaurant that opened in 1953, still has the concrete/tiled top tables made onsite in 1955, and revived by a delightful young neighborhood couple. The hot sauce (green and red) are plenty spicy but with a great flavor. The fish tacos (a Friday night special) were delicious cooked with tilapia caught fresh that day. The waitstaff, starting with Dayne, the manager (though the new owner was onsite as well), and including the servers are all family (well, seems like they are to the customers) are delighted when we've made it back in.

OT
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good solid Tex Mex food. They make an honest margarita, we enjoyed the carne guisada as well as the chalupa (I added the chicken from my taco to make it extra yummy. The cheese enchilada was a good one also.

Nothing fancy, but the real deal Tx Mex for YEARS in this location.

B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Altogether, trip down memory lane for six people. Excellent food (though very spicy), margaritas (said those imbibing), and lovely waitstaff. Night manager Dalen, very helpful and receptive.

BP
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun! Great food and the best margaritas!

HH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fund, quaint setting. The staff was super-attentive without being intrusive.

m
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were so glad to see this neighborhood favorite has regained its former glory!

RB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for a reunion with friends from 50 years.

t
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I used to come here for lunch quite a bit with a client and heard they had new owners. I thought it was still very much like it used to be 20 years ago when I used to come. We all had different things-Chimichanga (huge plate with potatoes beans etc.) 2 #25 and one other of the mixed plates. I thought the food was just OK. The salsa was way too hot (I mean so hot you really couldn’t eat it) so I didn’t. I did ask if there was a milder version and there wasn’t. My plate was a cheese/onion enchalada (Ok) a taco and chalupa. I don’t like refried beans so they gave me the guacamole on the crispy shell, which was nice with crisp lettuce and tomato. That was the best thing besides the charro beans which I had to order separately. The other thing that was to die for was the tres leches. Out of this world. Everything else, meh. One thing I did see was the management and servers trying hard to make it a good experience. Also, for a Mexican place, the rocks Margaritas had no balance. They were way too sour. We were encouraged to have the frozen, but I don’t care for my Margaritas frozen. I always judge a Mexican restaurant by their house rocks Margarita and they were disappointing. I might give them another chance just to see if things were a little off the night we were there or we just ordered the wrong dishes.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My grandparents visited Spanish Village in the 1950s, and it was a frequent stop for many of us UH students in the '60s and '70s. My wife and I rediscovered it about 15 years ago and have been regulars ever since. Four of us had Sunday brunch there on July 29 and were not disappointed. What's not to like about Breakfast Quesadillas and Tres Leches French Toast? And the Cafe de Olla had just the right touch of cinnamon. The super-friendly servers were there for anything we requested. The regular dinner menu retains the best old items from the Medina Family, such as Delia's Carne Guisada (a delicious beef stew), and the current owner has added some great new dishes as well. Don't go to Spanish Village if you want something fancy. The decor hasn't changed much since the '50s and '60s, but that's part of the charm. The food is still great -- some of the best Tex-Mex in Houston.

RG
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Spanish Village has been there "forever". The building is on the tattered but endearing side. The food is good and usually way more than you can eat. Parking is across the street in a lot reserved for the restaurant and can be full. There is no valet parking.