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10001 Westheimer Rd Ste 1200, Houston, TX | Directions 7704229.735826 -95.550429
Neighborhoods: Westside, Westchase
Santos has spoiled me! – I used to go to a popular Mexican food stop here in Cypress until a local food critic friend took me to Santos. It was so good that I haven't been back to my local eatery since. I go EVERY week and have NEVER been disappointed in any way. Fajitas for 1 will easily feed 2 with food to spare.
I have brought over 115 people there in the last year and all of them agree that it is the best.
I have been a regular for 3 years and will continue until they throw me out.
Loud music. – I was excited to find a good margarita, like the ones we used to get at Ninfa's years ago. This place has them. So far, I've tried the enchiladas (Verdes and Spinach), tostados and taco al carbon and the food has always been delectable. Chips are fresh, not greasy and the red and green sauces are good. The drinks and food are what keep me going back. However, on the last few visits the noise level from the LOUD piped in music is keeping me from regularly visiting this restaurant. On one weekday evening visit, the music was so loud that I could not even hold a dinner conversation with my dining guest. When I asked if it could be turned down some, the waitress informed me No and that I should hear how loud it is played on the weekends. Well my wife and I just returned from a Sunday lunch, and the previous waitress had been correct. With only a handful of people in the restaurant, the music was blaring, as if we were at a dance club. The folks at the larger round table next to us were shouting at the tops of their voices in order to be heard across their table. Also, know that the service is very inconsistent between waiters/waitresses. Go here knowing that you'll get good food, but find the service and ambiance lacking.
WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER OVER PRICED BAD SERVICE – I love Mexican food and like to try new places. My friend and I had passed this place on numerous occassions and kept saying that we would try it. We walked in and it was just about empty, which should have been our first clue, it was a Sunday afternoon. We did finally get seated, andeven after being seated it took some time for our orders to be taken . The chips and salsa were brought out and my friend pointed out that the red sauce was hot it was heated, I don't know what the green sauce was, but it was terrible. I love chips and salsa, this was the first time both were not refilled and barely touched.We both ordered the chicken soup, how could you go wrong with soup, well it was greasy and had no flavor, I added all my pico de gallo and it did nothing for it.
Our food came and you could smell it, her food had a strong odor. I looked down at mine and I don't know what kind of sauce it was but it was yellow, it was not green and it had no flavor. The beans were overcooked and the chicken was cubed. I have never experienced any thing like this and I hope to never experience it again. We should have left after the soup. Waste of time and money and an insult to the palate.
My friend ordered the Crab Quesadilla and I ordered the Chicken suiza enchiladas with the green sauce.
Just like the old Ninfas on Navigation- The best there is – I've been going to Santos weekly for the last year. It seems to be getting better and better. Richard Santos works his tail off keeping the quality at such a high level. The fajitas are to die for and the tortilla soup is great. Everyone I bring has raved about the food. Don't take my word for it, give it a try.
Good food....total lack of atmosphere for prices. – Food was above average, but, then should be for the price is above average,also. Fajitas, 1/2 lb. $16.95, 5 butterflied shrimp..$21.95. Margaritas were above average. Biggest complaint,,,noise. When you are paying above average, you expect better that "cafeteria" atmosphere. WAY too noisy. Even though it was hot ,we sat outside as the noise was overwheming. Food was rushed, we felt hurried....like we were in a cafeteria, not a fine restaurant. So..Good food, prices would be totaly acceptable if atmosphere were more like fine dining.
Santos is the taste of Tejas – Santos is just another tex-mex joint in Houston and not one of the best. It is not authentic mexican. The service was fine; drinks were refilled promptly. The overall food quality was poor. Carnitas were overcooked and dry. The salsas were also pretty weak. The best thing they have are they're corn tortillas; they are fresh and tasty.
Just great! – I was skeptical because the newspaper said it was great and these reviews were mixed. We went there at 6:45 and were seated almost immediately. It had a warm inviting atmosphere. Chips and sauces were great. Drinks were perfect and prompt. The appetizers and dinner were as ordered and great. I couldn't ask for better service or food. I met the owner as I was leaving and enjoyed a short conversation with him. I recommend it highly.
DO NOT EAT HERE!!!!!!!!!!! – The service is horrible. My wife ordered soup. It came with an obsene amount of mushrooms in it. When she told the waiter that she didnt like the soup, he started arguing with her that the menu said it had mushroom in it. He then proceeded to shove a menu in my wife's face to prove she was wrong. I told the waiter to stop and that he made his point. After that i gave my wife the rest of my plate. She had lost her appitite by that time. When i complained to the Manager, who was some young guy, he seemed indifferent. He did take the soup off but never said sorry or anything. He sent the same rude waiter out to take care of the bill. Considering the quality of the food and the service, this place is way over priced. The margarita's were average at best. I WILL NEVER GO BACK AGAIN and you shouldn't either!!!!!
Very Disappointed – I went there for my Birthday Lunch because I had heard nothing but good things about it. The place was empty yet the service was slow. Slow to refill drinks, and never brought more tortillas even though we asked for them. Also, the margaritas were lacking flavor and were very sour/bitter. I tried the "World Famous Lump Crab Quesadilla" and not only were they expensive, they were VERY FISHY!!! I could not even finish one. I told the waiter about how bad they were and his only response was OK. Not worth the time and definitely not worth the money. My birthday celebration was dampened and I was embarrassed for picking such a poor restaurant. I will not recommend this place to anyone.
Oringial Ninfa family recipes make this place the best in town – I heard about this on a automotive radio program and I must say that I'm glad I did.
I was an original Ninfa's lover and sure missed the food until I found out that Santos had Ninfa family member that brought the original recipes to them. I was in heaven!!
Great food good service and large portions.
It is a weekly event now.
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