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6444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.737741 -95.497443
Neighborhoods: Great Uptown, Westside
Bar No Minor – If I had to eat in the general dining area with kids, I probably would find another place. On the other hand if I'm looking for knocked out Tex Mex, Mariachi's that light up the room, and patrons that know how to party, I go to the No Minor Bar at El Patio.
Thursday and Friday night are best.
I'm not a big fan of the valet parking since the only parking is in the lot directly in front of the door. I wish management would get rid of the valets. I feel ripped off on that aspect.
When freinds come in from other parts of Texas to visit, they always insist that at least one night we go to the No Minor Bar.
The 2 Mariachi's who play everything from Johnny Cash to Buddy Holly, Elvis, Beatles etc, etc work very hard to make everybody feel welcome and join in the fun. I just wish more people would show some appreciation and tip them.
Best authentic Mexican food in town. Order the blue margarita an pass your keys to your friend.!
What an absolute joke of a place – Let me start by saying...I have eaten at many, many restaurants. We eat out at least 4 times a week....and also, I have kids...HOWEVER what my group experienced last night at El Patio will make me NEVER leave the civilized behavior of inside the loop again.
El Patio was over run with out of control 6-10 year olds with no parental control AT ALL. The wanna be Memorial Moms were too busy sucking down margaritas to control their barbie and crayon throwing children. At one point, one of the members of our party...(a Mom too...with our teen age kids there) had to ask two boys not to run and throw things at our table. It was BEYOND ridiculous. I have been to many, many restaurants with a car load of kids, I have never, ever experienced anything like this place.
When we went to leave...the valets in all of their infinite wisdom had tripled parked cars. There were so many cars in that lot, if there had been a fire, a fire truck could not have gotten to the place. We had to walk to our car and wait until all the incoming traffic had moved out of the way....
The only possible way you could enjoy this place is if you are a self absorbed human that enjoys letting your children run wild at other people's expense.
If i cold give it less than one star i would....civilized humans...stay away!!!!!
LOVE IT!!! – Good food, good drinks- BEWARE of the blue margarita...just one takes me down for the night!
Great place for young professionals – My friends and I go to el patio and we really enjoy the drinks and the food. I have had better margaritas than their infamous 'blue,' but it is certainly still good. once, my friends and i were seated by the door to the patio on a cold night and it made dining very chilly every time a waiter went out ( and i mean within three feet of the door). Our waiter was very nice and just as the main course came out he switched our table. we were incredibly thankful. therefore, overall, this is a great place to dine.
If you like enchiladas and booze, go here. – I frequent both the Westheimer and Midtown locations and am in love with both of them. The enchiladas suizas are amazing, as are any of the other enchilada choices. I've never heard anyone that I've been with complain about their meal at either location and that's after over at least 100 visits. The blue margaritas are delicious.
Over rated, they are full of themselves – We have always been welcome at Sunday brunch when the place is empty. Showed up at 7 pm on Thursday. The parties ahead of us and behind us were sat, the hostess sneared when she saw us (two adults, two kids). She said she did not know when she could get us in, despite empty tables. Glad they have so much business, I will not return and will continue to tell at least 200 people.
Wow, this was pretty impressive! – In town from NY for a conference, I decided to try out the local Mexican fare and found that El Patio received quite high praise on line; so that's where I headed (Monday night at 7:30 pm, no wait).
The menu was pretty comprehensive and I finally decided on the blue margarita ('when in Rome'), guac dip, followed by the fish (Mahi) tacos. Started to feel the margarita buzz half-way through the glass and knew I was on to something. In most NY State Mex restaurants, you have to order a pitcher before you feel the buzz (other than perhaps the El Rio Grande Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, 37th and 3rd)! The dip was a tad average, but the tacos were fantastic; not a massive portion, but the flavor was out of this world. It came with a cilantro sauce in a little 'cup' on the side, which made the dish.
I was also impressed by the fact that they brought me a new basket of chips when I was two-thirds through the first one - almost as if they recognized that most of of the remaining chips were looking a little 'fragmented'. It's the little things that make the difference!
Feeling quite buzzed, I nonetheless opted for a second blue margarita, which really 'sealed the deal'. What a wonderful experience. Great service, too, with my waiter and what appeared to be the manager, offering me a hand shake on my way out the door, headed to a cab, which they ordered for me.
The ONLY criticism I would have is that the best hot sauce they could offer was Tabasco! And here I thought New Yorkers were meant to be the sissies! Come on guys, stock some decent bottles of stuff that at least come close to matching the potency of the margaritas. While this was a bit of a disappointment to a hot sauce fanatic, it wasn't enough to take away from the 5 star rating these guys deserved; after all, I probably shouldn't use so much salsa picante anyway!
Great food and drinks – El Patio is one of my favorite mexican places to eat at in Houston. They have amazing cheese enchiladas! The margaritas are like jet fuel. They are so strong it only takes one. I'd stick with the pink Sissy margarita if you are a light weight. If you are a margarita ninja go ahead with the blue margarita. It makes me feel like I am back in the early 80's when ever I go eat there. Our food is always fresh and fast. The best time to go is early saturday for lunch or sunday. It doesn't get too crowded until Friday or Saturday nights. On those days only will you not be able to find a parking spot!
El Dumpio – This place is a dump. Basically a brick blob on the outside, and not much better inside.
If you want to get into the 'bar' area, you better have booked. And even if you put your name down on the 1 hour plus waiting list, they will probably forget to come and get you anyway, as they did with us.
The foot wasn't bad, but it is difficult to screw up quesadillas. The blue margarita does what it is billed to do, which is a smart ploy on the part of the establishment, as you will probably not quite remember how bad the place is by the next morning.
My view - go to El Tiempo - same margarita (but with better ingredients) and altogether a much more sociable and aesthetic experience.
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