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Tila's Restaurante & Bar

159 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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Tila’s Restaurante & Bar has something that many places in Houston lack – a sense of humor. A few moments on the website alone is enough to brighten your day and a visit will send up spirits to the top.

Having a huge menu is interesting, but keeping it within reason is generally better for quality sake. Tila’s Restaurante & Bar prefers perfection so the menu is succinct but more than adequate. A house specialty is Swiss cheese soufflé with poblano peppers, spinach and roasted corn. You’ll agree perfection has been achieved at Tila’s Restaurante & Bar if you order the filet mignon filled with seasoned goat cheese, topped with grilled shrimp and mango cascabel chile sauce. Finish with tila-misu – it is outstanding.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mexican, Continental
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Sunday: 10:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 522-7654
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tila Hidalgo and Sergio Hernandez
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Private party facilities
Please contact us for more information.
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Private party contact
Tila Hidalgo Leach: (713) 529-7916
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Take advantage of our private dining room this Holiday season, which holds up to 25 guests. We also offer off premises catering with a special flair for excellance and detail. Leave all the work to us for a most memorable experience.
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Cross street
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Special events & promotions
New Year's Eve 2011 Celebration Friday, December 31, 2010 from 5:00PM to 2:00 AM. Offering a 3 course dinner including a glass of Champagne. Live Mo-Town band that will make you want to dance your shoes off. Awesome, romantic decorations and party favors for a great ambiance.Open seating. $70.00 per person not including liquor, tax or gratuity. Make your reservations now: 713.522.7654. We are open on Saturday, New years Day January 1, 2011 from 11AM to 12 midnight.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Feedme123 (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

Was very disappointed in our visit. Our reservation was for 8pm. One of our party showed up 30 minutes early and planned to sit at the bar. She was told the table was ready and sat. The waiter brought water to all seats and did not return until much later when he rudely asked "have you talked to your friends? Are they coming or what?" When the rest of us arrived, the host made a rather rude comment about how one of our friends had been there for "two hours!" The restaurant was not busy in the least.. When our waiter finally made it to us, he seemed to only care to speak to the one male member of our party. WORST margarita I've ever had. Food was good but small portions for high price and not worth the horrible service.

vipFoodielam (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Very disappointed with the dissarray of the restaurant.... Menus and cleaning supplies laying all over the bar. On a Friday night... On valentines day! It was so got inside so we asked to sit outside. They were happy to do so but even with 15 empty tables outside, they at us in the walkway RIGHT next to the valet and parking lot. Nice aroma of car fumes. Valet left my husbands cr running through dinner. AND they did not check me in for my open table reservation.
This used to be one of my favorite places but it seems to have taken a turn for the worst.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

I booked 830PM reservations thinking it would be less rushed, we arrived to an almost dead restaurant with no one to greet us for 10 min. Its as if on one of the most busy restaurant days no one was working. We were finally seated in the back surrounded by tables that were obviously not ready for customers and waited 10 min at least for a server. After getting drinks finally we ordered the chicive app which was too liquidy and just overall gross. We ordered the Special Snapper and Sea Bass with Shrimp, thinking I was going to get a large fillet for the $35 sounded good. What a joke, these dishes had less than 8oz fillet and tiny 35/40 shrimp, an insult at $35 each. Will not be going back, I don't know what happened to this place.

JudyP (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

Great tequila list! The food is "out of the box" Mexican...the Chilean Bass was unbelievably delicious. I had the salmon the time before and it was wonderful as well. Prices are reasonable and the place is small...which makes it perfect!

vipTiffykat44 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2014

I have loved this place for at least 12 years. They are very authentic mexican, none of that cheesy bean covered tex-mex nonsense. The service is always great, love the cozy atmosphere, love their margaritas, love ALL of their food. Please find time to go here!!! You'll be thankful you did.

Llopez (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

We were at Tila's for New Year's Eve. It was the best place to bring in the new year with DELICIOUS food, great drinks, AWESOME Motown music, & a vibrant, partying crowd. We love Tila's and recommend it for special occasions and for everyday lunch or dinner. ARRIBA!!!!!!

DaniMarie (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

Another great New Years Eve at Tila's! The food was great, the entertainment and atmosphere even better. If you're looking for a fun, energy-filled celebration to say good-bye to one year and hello to a new one don't forget about this spot! Even the bad service couldn't break anyone's spirits. If only Tila's staff had half the customer service skills as she did and this place would be the gem of the city. She is a hardworking, dedicated woman and I always love making a trip to her place.

RedLobelia (Houston)
1.0  Dined on November 23, 2013

I went for my birthday dinner last Saturday and we were all awfully disappointed (8 ppl). It really wasn’t what I expected, which in the past had been great. Unfortunately, I think “mediocre” is the new normal for Tila’s. The past 2 times I visited were not good either. They're "Nickle and Dimers". *They charge 1.99 for each chip refill..even when you order 2 large Fundidos! *They charge a $15.00 “cutting fee” to bring in a birthday cake. :( My husband and I have frequented Tila's several times a year over the past 8 years. Unfortunately, we won’t be returning anytime soon, and will certainly not be recommending this place to friends, as we often did in the past. Too bad. We will miss the good old Tila’s. Hopefully it will return soon.

Janet (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2013

We've been going to Tila's restaurant ever since she was located at her original spot on Westheimer at Montrose. Every meal we've ever had at Tila's is one of the most flavorful experiences we've ever had. This is not your typical Mexican restaurant, but a place that offers some very special, delectable items, as well as the regular fare. The guacamole is the best in town -- when we were poor students, we used to go to Tila's just to split one. Be sure to squirt the provided key limes on it. The refried black beans are excellent, as are the carnitas, creamed spinach, beautiful fish entrees....we've never had a meal here that was not fantastic and memorable. Excellent bar as well, claims to serve authentic Mexico City drinks.

jamibann (Houston)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2013

We really enjoyed our meal at Tila's. It was a weekday evening, so was quite quiet. We had a very helpful waitress who explained all the specials to us and recommended which margarita we should try! The menu is extensive and is far from being a 'run of the mill' Mexican experience; the margaritas were delicious too. We'll be back.

vipHouFooder (Houston)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2013

Good food...service was not so good. When we walked in the place was empty but the staff seemed flustered. It took 25 minutes to get served a drink and guacamole. The entrees were great. Have been here before and service is usually much better. Food is always good (except I don't recommend the is more like avocado ceviche than guacamole).

Texalli (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

We've been to Tila's several times and enjoyed it every time. The patio has a nice ambiance, we were never rushed and the food was excellent. The tequila & food menus have something for everyone!

MarkItRight (Houston)
1.0  Dined on November 1, 2013

We ate at Tila's early on Friday night, electing to sit on the patio. Our table tilted to the lightest pressure placed on any side of it. We relocated to a more stable table and after 10 - 15 minutes we were greeted by a woman who seemed confused and barely lucid throughout the process of our order, and the dellvery of our food. The food was not Mexican - more like some sort of fusion of Spanish and Cuban fare. The tiny Maragritas tasted like a sour limeade mix with very little if any tequila. As dusk approached, one of the service staff plugged in the patio lights on an extension cord and I received the benefit of a flood light directly in my face. Throw in dogs being allowed on the patio and it makes one ask, "What was that?"

vipGtvv (Houston)
2.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

Great tequila selection. Mediocre food.

sldudley323 (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

Service was very poor. It wasn't crowded, yet our waitress kept forgetting about us. The food was fair at best. Would not recommend to a friend and do not plan to go back.