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El Topo, West University Place, TX

El Topo

4.8
4.8
16 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican / Southwestern
El Topo is a New Western restaurant grown from a food truck founded in November of 2015. Our cuisine features sophisticated tacos on house made, heirloom corn tortillas, delicate pastries baked from scratch, and responsibly-sourced meats and produce prepared with practiced technique, both ancient and cutting edge.

Nestled in the neighborhood of West University and surrounding Houston for all-day, brunch and light luncheon fare, as well as a bustling, romantic dinner service featuring a consciously-sourced, eccentric wine list. Our dining room has been carefully designed by Chef-Owner Tony Luhrman to be a celebration of both beauty and comfort, with an eclectic, West Texas aesthetic.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Creative Western

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (832) 795-7251

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tony Luhman

  • Neighborhood

    River Oaks

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 16 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Houston

    Healthy

  • Houston

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. WD

    WendiD

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute restaurant and great food. Vegan options were awesome.
  2. AL

    AngieL

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is phenomenal for taste and aesthetics. So many layers of flavor in each dish, coming here is always a treat. West University is lucky to have this restaurant in the area.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Houston restaurant week and loved the variety of options and the food was amazing!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Great menu choices. Tasty food. The mushroom salad was divine. Never had chocolate flan before but it was delicious. Great customer service. Definitely a vibe.
  5. LH

    LindaH

    Houston

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    This was our first time at this restaurant and we tried the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. The food was very creative, which we love, but the final result was less than impressive. A mushroom salad was overwhelmed with dressing and oily instead of fresh and sharp. The papa costra was an interesting presentation, but served cold and kind of dry and ultimately flavorless. Masa dumplings were somewhat flavorless and the attempt at primavera tender crisp vegetables was rawish and the sauce flavorless and of little interest. Tempura de mar had wonderful slaw but easily reproduced with basic ingredients, a nice flavorful sauce which saved the masa dumplings and fried fish that while good, was reminiscent of fried catfish from a carnival stand. The chocolate tres leches was an overly frosted layer cake with sweet milks - delicious but not really a creative take. Many a day-old layer cake could be saved in this fashion. Perhaps what struck us most was the price point which was the highest level for a restaurant weeks menu. This simply wasn’t a $55 meal considering the many other options available in Houston. The service was good, and the wine cocktails fun. The physical location is older and eclectic with fascinating art This restaurant is most likely a neighborhood favorite for those within walking/biking distance. Every neighborhood should have a beloved local spot. But we did not experience anything which would want to make us drive by the many other fabulous dining venues in Houston to return to el Topo.
  6. L

    Luvjoy

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What creative cuisine- enjoyed everything from appetizers to amazing desserts. Do not miss the potatoes in the queso tube... defies description! Also chocolate Tres Leches is the best I have ever had. Thanks for being a part of HRW which brought us there. We will be back!
  7. AM

    AlfaMike

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food that is inspired by Mexico, but elevated to something unique and special. Attentive service and an amazing wine list. Highly recommend.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We dined on the outdoor patio but the interior appeared light and airy in a relatively smallish space. My wife and I both had the taco plates but different selections out of 6 or so. We both thought they were very good. This is not a Mexican place with the eclectic menu having other offerings that appeared enticing. Nice wine list. Met the owner who was very personable and informative about his thoughts on cooking. If we are back in this area we would certainly revisit
  9. MF

    MelF

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was extremely friendly. Tony, the owner/chef, came out and talked with us, telling us the inspiration for his food. Just extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the freshness and organic nature of the foods. Guacamole and tacos were awesome. Tony brought out a dessert of fresh fruit, cream and some sort of pepper mix, very unique but delicious flavors. Will definitely be back!
  10. T

    Tash

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from South Florida. The service was great and the food was so yummy!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very unique experience . The food was extremely creative and unique and downright delicious . A very cute and charming restaurant . Extremely casual but the food had HUGE AND BOLD flavors
  12. ML

    MeghanL

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local spot with delicious and creative food.
  13. AS

    ArtS

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local gem with creative food. It was nice to learn about the inspiration for each dish from the very knowledgeable personnel.
  14. JO

    JenelleO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks. The snapper in olive sauce was so delicious. Highly recommend.
  15. t

    tv53

    Houston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    This place is quite small, as is the menu. But suitable for both carnivores and veggie lovers. Top notch tacos, and there are plenty of ordinary or just plain blah tacos in the world. It was not busy when I arrived for lunch, but the service was anyway prompt and efficient. There is a nice patio area in the front if you can put up with Houston summer weather. I wish them much success.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The appetizers were interesting, the fish stew nearly inedible, fish not fresh tasting even with the overpowering spices

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Topo using the Order Online button. El Topo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 795-7251.

El Topo is rated 4.8 stars by 16 OpenTable diners.

El Topo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for El Topo

6119 Edloe St, West University Place, TX 77005-2817

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    River Oaks

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Creative Western

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tony Luhman

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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