1308 Cantina

★★★★★
Upscale Laurenzo family Mexican restaurant in Midtown for grilled meats and top shelf margaritas.

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I go there with the girls from work and we always have so much fun. The margaritas are divine and the crowd is so colorful on Fridays!

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★★★★★

I go there with the girls from work and we always have so much fun. The margaritas are divine and the crowd is so colorful on Fridays!

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agree with previous poster - overall I love El Tiempo, the Washington location is the best, the Richmond location not quite as good, but this location is awful. We were there early on a Friday evening and it was deserted, so no excuse for

3
★★★★★

agree with previous poster - overall I love El Tiempo, the Washington location is the best, the Richmond location not quite as good, but this location is awful. We were there early on a Friday evening and it was deserted, so no excuse for

Cons: bad food, worse service

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Let me start by saying that El Tiempo is hands down my favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston, both the Shephard and Richmond locations. Which is why it puzzles me that they would ever allowed to be associated with 1308 Cantina, which by

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★★★★★

Let me start by saying that El Tiempo is hands down my favorite Mexican restaurant in Houston, both the Shephard and Richmond locations. Which is why it puzzles me that they would ever allowed to be associated with 1308 Cantina, which by

Cons: Everything

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Honestly, we almost blew off 1308 Cantina after reading the awful reviews! However, we have visited the other locations of El Tiempo and liked the food, so we decided to give 1308 a try. We had a great experience. Parking was plentiful and

3
★★★★★

Honestly, we almost blew off 1308 Cantina after reading the awful reviews! However, we have visited the other locations of El Tiempo and liked the food, so we decided to give 1308 a try. We had a great experience. Parking was plentiful and

Pros: food, service, margaritas, salsa

Cons: A little too attentive? - nah!

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My wife and I arrived and ordered chili con queso, the best part of the meal\r
by far. The salsas were good, but the chips were bland and a little stale.\r
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When our friends arrived and they began by telling us the story of

3
★★★★★

My wife and I arrived and ordered chili con queso, the best part of the meal\r
by far. The salsas were good, but the chips were bland and a little stale.\r
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When our friends arrived and they began by telling us the story of

Pros: looks nice from the outside, they fill your water as fast as you can drink it

Cons: too expensive, poor quality

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First, let me say that we have been very impressed with Houston?s variety and quality of restaurants and thus far, 1308 Cantina has been our worst food-experience. That being said, I don?t even know where to start to relay what is wrong

3
★★★★★

First, let me say that we have been very impressed with Houston?s variety and quality of restaurants and thus far, 1308 Cantina has been our worst food-experience. That being said, I don?t even know where to start to relay what is wrong

Pros: ambiance and lots of parking

Cons: food, drinks, and prices

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The food was way-way below par (judging based on food sampled on at least three continents). The meat quality was not even suited for canning!!!! If you order beef brisket, would you expect nicely cubed pieces of fat?! Moreover, I thought

3
★★★★★

The food was way-way below par (judging based on food sampled on at least three continents). The meat quality was not even suited for canning!!!! If you order beef brisket, would you expect nicely cubed pieces of fat?! Moreover, I thought

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This is a great restaurant! My husband and I go here regularly and the food is always excellent. The wait staff is helpful and the margaritas are great. The fajitas have a unique flavor- kind a mix of brisket and fajitas. 1308 also has

3
★★★★★

This is a great restaurant! My husband and I go here regularly and the food is always excellent. The wait staff is helpful and the margaritas are great. The fajitas have a unique flavor- kind a mix of brisket and fajitas. 1308 also has

Pros: Great maragritas, extensive menu, friendly staff

Cons: parking can be difficult at times

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Drinks are weak and poorly executed and therefore expensive for what you get. Obviously the bartender has 'taken the pledge' and is forcing his/her hate of alcohol on the patrons! How can they not get a Margarita right!?\r
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Service was

3
★★★★★

Drinks are weak and poorly executed and therefore expensive for what you get. Obviously the bartender has 'taken the pledge' and is forcing his/her hate of alcohol on the patrons! How can they not get a Margarita right!?\r
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Service was

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Food it's overpriced and my server was frankly incompetent. he took several minutes to get my miserable drinks, then when I was served my food it was fairly cold and with beans eventhough I specified to the server I did not want any.

3
★★★★★

Food it's overpriced and my server was frankly incompetent. he took several minutes to get my miserable drinks, then when I was served my food it was fairly cold and with beans eventhough I specified to the server I did not want any.

Cons: parking, servers, managers

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This place is awesome. The food is the best tex mex you can find... but it comes at a cost. The service is normally very good, unless its a friday or saturday night and things are crammed. But that happens. The patio is too hot, so stick

3
★★★★★

This place is awesome. The food is the best tex mex you can find... but it comes at a cost. The service is normally very good, unless its a friday or saturday night and things are crammed. But that happens. The patio is too hot, so stick

Pros: food

Cons: price

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Great Service, with a good looking crowd. Not to loud, has an enjoyable atmosphere,strong margaritas, with excellent food executed right. I found a new favorite place.

3
★★★★★

Great Service, with a good looking crowd. Not to loud, has an enjoyable atmosphere,strong margaritas, with excellent food executed right. I found a new favorite place.

Pros: Quality of Food

Cons: Parking, just need more

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Been to lunch twice and both times had good service, strong Tex Mex menu with a little authentic thrown in, all executed well.

3
★★★★★

Been to lunch twice and both times had good service, strong Tex Mex menu with a little authentic thrown in, all executed well.

Pros: Menu, food, service

Cons: the front room is much more pleasant than the dark back room.

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Went for the first time about 5 months ago... now at least once a week, many times more.\r
I'm not big on 'quantity' but always 'quality'! We find it here. I have not tried one dish I was not enthusiastic about. Even used them to cater a

3
★★★★★

Went for the first time about 5 months ago... now at least once a week, many times more.\r
I'm not big on 'quantity' but always 'quality'! We find it here. I have not tried one dish I was not enthusiastic about. Even used them to cater a

Pros: Food, wait staff

Cons: Patrons can get loud, but...

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i moved to houston one month ago from food city (new orleans) to the woodland heights and fortunately found this place. i have been twice and service, food was incredible. i plan on being a regular

3
★★★★★

i moved to houston one month ago from food city (new orleans) to the woodland heights and fortunately found this place. i have been twice and service, food was incredible. i plan on being a regular

Pros: food and margaritas excellent

Cons: parking limited

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A group of six visited 1308 for dinner on a Saturday night. First, the place smelled like old fish. Then, the waiter took for ever to tend to our table, the food was not what we expected and I had an OVERHCARGE on my credit card. Diners

3
★★★★★

A group of six visited 1308 for dinner on a Saturday night. First, the place smelled like old fish. Then, the waiter took for ever to tend to our table, the food was not what we expected and I had an OVERHCARGE on my credit card. Diners

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Went on a Friday night and it was packed - drinks were inconsistent - my 2nd blod orange mojito was undrinkable - and the wait service was horrible, he keep forgetting items and took forever to get someone's attention, and to top it all

3
★★★★★

Went on a Friday night and it was packed - drinks were inconsistent - my 2nd blod orange mojito was undrinkable - and the wait service was horrible, he keep forgetting items and took forever to get someone's attention, and to top it all

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Good times, great food, pretty good service. Definitely feels like El Tiempo, which is a good thing in my mind. Not a place for quiet convo on the weekends. Patio is great.

3
★★★★★

Good times, great food, pretty good service. Definitely feels like El Tiempo, which is a good thing in my mind. Not a place for quiet convo on the weekends. Patio is great.

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What a joke. Save your time, money, sense of smell and health. AVOID THIS PITRE DISH AT ALL COST.\r
You would have thought the Laurenzo Boys would have figured it out by now, but apparently not.\r
DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER DANGER

3
★★★★★

What a joke. Save your time, money, sense of smell and health. AVOID THIS PITRE DISH AT ALL COST.\r
You would have thought the Laurenzo Boys would have figured it out by now, but apparently not.\r
DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER DANGER

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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Wow, what a difference a year makes. I wrote a review raving about this place's menu and interesting dishes. I was concerned about the pricey menu and service, so now here's the rest of the story.\r
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Basically it's just El Tiempo. The

3
★★★★★

Wow, what a difference a year makes. I wrote a review raving about this place's menu and interesting dishes. I was concerned about the pricey menu and service, so now here's the rest of the story.\r
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Basically it's just El Tiempo. The

Pros: more than just tex-mex menu

Cons: overpriced food, bitter ritas

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Not good, especially for the price. The fajitas were very bland and the margaritas weak, and both were more expensive than much better restaurants in the same area. Not recommended

3
★★★★★

Not good, especially for the price. The fajitas were very bland and the margaritas weak, and both were more expensive than much better restaurants in the same area. Not recommended

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this was the worst food I've ever eaten and like the previous poster said...the smell in that place is NASTY. It reminded me of a Port-a-Potty! The ONLY good thing we had was the red salsa. It was nasty as La Jalesience, it was nasty as

3
★★★★★

this was the worst food I've ever eaten and like the previous poster said...the smell in that place is NASTY. It reminded me of a Port-a-Potty! The ONLY good thing we had was the red salsa. It was nasty as La Jalesience, it was nasty as

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I had felt sorry for this place because whenever I drove by it looked empty... Now I see why. Okay, so we sat inside, which should have raised red flags because the place smelled like leftover seafood and sewage... When we asked why it

3
★★★★★

I had felt sorry for this place because whenever I drove by it looked empty... Now I see why. Okay, so we sat inside, which should have raised red flags because the place smelled like leftover seafood and sewage... When we asked why it

Pros: No waiting

Cons: Bottom-shelf margaritas, low-quality food, overpriced

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Service was terrible. Overcharge for EVERYTHING. Chips, salsa, you name it. With all the Mexican food restaurants in town, there is absolutely no reason to go here. WAY WAY OVERPRICED!!

3
★★★★★

Service was terrible. Overcharge for EVERYTHING. Chips, salsa, you name it. With all the Mexican food restaurants in town, there is absolutely no reason to go here. WAY WAY OVERPRICED!!

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In Short
Elegant earth tones and a refined menu define this grill and margarita bar owned by local Tex-Mex mavens, the Laurenzos (Ninfas, El Tiempo Cantina). The menu features classics like tacos, tamales, chalupas, enchiladas…

 

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