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Tio Pepe Restaurant - 12 Reviews - 5213 Cedar St, Bellaire, TX - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (713) 667-4409
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Tio Pepe Restaurant

5213 Cedar St
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 667-4409
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Yolanda from Children's Collections invited me to this place for dinner when we closed her shop and walked across the street. I love the setting, but he amazing food was excepti...


My wife and I went for Valentine's Day. What a disaster! I am tempted to start a support group called ""Adult Children of Tio Pepe."" I recommend that you don't go until the ne...

They lost my reservation but I think they really lost their heads. 2/15/2009

My wife and I went for Valentine's Day. What a disaster! I am tempted to start a support group called ""Adult Children of Tio Pepe."" I recommend that you don't go until the new owner gets his act together. We will definately not go back again. Pros: The Food tasted great although I almost fainted from hunger Cons: The service was lousy. They lost my reservation. more

Excellent Food 12/16/2008

Yolanda from Children's Collections invited me to this place for dinner when we closed her shop and walked across the street. I love the setting, but he amazing food was exceptional. I She has always raved about this restaurant and wed, they played my fav. songs for my birthday. I went home and shared this place with friends, my husband and can not wait to return. Who would have guessed Yolanda's from Children's Collections secret restaurant was across the street from her shop. Pros: To many wonderful selections Cons: Easier to find more

Best spanish food & wine in town! 11/21/2008

What a great surprise to discover this fully renovated restaurant. This new administration gave the place a renovated ambient, that comes along great with its superb food and exclusive wines. Pros: New administration, ambient, and definetely great food. Cons: Few parking spots more


NEWLY RENOVATED. Tio Pepe Restaurant and Tapas Bar is undergoing renovation and the dining room is now complete with new flooring, ceiling, better natural light, art by artist Clemence Duval, tables dressed with white tablecloths, all new china, flatware, crystal wine glasses, etc. The traditional Tio Pepe recipes have been improved with higher quality ingredients and new dishes are being added by the new Chef - Owner. An improved and expanded wine list featuring Spanish wines is now also available. Service has also improved markedly. So, if you have not come to Tio Pepe before you'll love the food and the ambiance; the characteristcs that hev occassionally caused bad reviews have been eliminated. If you have not come to Tio Pepe for some time you will be presently surprised and truly enjoy your visit as so many others have recently. We look forward to serving you soon! more

Vastly underrated and absolutely excellent 9/24/2008

I am amazed at, and highly suspicious of, the few ""we didn't like it"" reviewers here who claim to have had Spanish cuisine in Spain and yet say this is not authentic. I beg to differ! Not only have I found the cuisine at Tio Pepe every bit as good as what I sampled in Spain, but I frequently take clients from Spain and Portugal there and they (sophisticated people, by the way, with sophisticated palates) rate it as among the best they've ever had. Pros: Delicious food, wonderful service, excellent wine cellar Cons: Appearance is a little run-down more


Even though we had seen discouraging reviews, we had also read that this was one of Houston's best 100 things to do. IT IS NOT! The restaurant smelled so bad I thought about leaving, but we were there for great food, right? The best thing I can say is that the food was hot. Other than that it was tasteless. We had shrimp, lamb, and chicken. I even added salt to my shrimp, hoping to coax out some flavor other than the garlic (meaning one Should be able to taste the shrimp). The rice was definitely NOT authentic Spain. We lived there for 8 years and traveled much of the country. So our hopes were high and we were very disappointed. The service rushed us (no time to linger - not that we wanted to) The woman in charge was loud and ruined the ""romantic"" note alluded to in another review. When the waiter asked if the food was good and I responded NO, he rephrased the question and I again answered in the negative. So he asked for particulars. At first I didn't want to elaborate, but he was insistant, and so I explained about the tastelessness and the sauces that were thick and fake (I didn't use that word, but there was no taste of sherry in my dish which he had recommended). He stopped me and began to argue and say how good it all was.....TAKE OUR ADVICE, LOOK ELSEWHERE. THIS IS NOT ONLY NOT GOOD SPANISH FOOD, IT IS NOT GOOD FOOD. Pros: FOOD WAS HOT, LOOK WAS CHARMING Cons: SMELLY RESTAURANT, TASTELESS FOOD, RUDE/INDIFFERENT WAITER, LOUD PERSONEL more

The Best! 2/14/2006

How can you go wrong? This place is absolutely the best. If y ou are looking for some sort of sloppy Tex-Mex this is not the place. If you want true authenic Spanish cuisine look no further. Roxanne, the hostess is always pleasant. The Sangria was just perfect, and packs a punch that will sneak up on you. The Lamb Shank fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. My husband got the seafood medly in a flavorful red sauce that was just deilcious. Don't forget dessert. We had the chocolate mousse with an expresso and it was just wonderful. more

Rebuttal was wrong, the other reviewers right. 2/14/2006

We've lived/worked/traveled in Portugal and Spain and missed the food. We hoped against hope that the other reviewers were wrong and went for the specialty, paella. Preparation was authentic, ingredients and taste not. Not a trace of saffron. Overcooked chicken. OK atmosphere but pretty run down by daylight. Pros: Decor has character, Friendly service, Has parking Cons: Blah food, Expensive for quality more

Incredible 8/12/2005

Ignoring the posts of the another people on this ""service"", I was go to this restaurant. And YES all theses people are wrong. The PAELLA is exquisite, the better in Houston and in some places in Spain, and IS NOT REHEATED. The food in general is VERY GOOD and the prices THE BETTER (ex.: Group of SIX in Satruday night about $120). The people that say that this restaurant is not good, is very clear that is from the competence, because all my friends that come under my recommendation speak very well about the place. And all the Spaniards V.I.P.S (Rocio Jurado, Placido Domingo, etc...) when come to Houston go to Tio Pepe (a complete photographics wall is the evidence). Pros: food, price, amability Cons: not found more

mediocre 6/3/2003

nice little place, nice entertainment, just plain OK. The food is not good though. It tastes like it's reheated over and over... and NO it's not authentic Spanish cuisine. The paella is not recommendable. more

bad attitude 4/21/2003

My bad experience started with a phone call I made the person(man) who answered rushed me off the phone when I asked if there are other locations in the United States. He replied'""Yes there are many anything else?"" I will never take my family to eat here again and I will advise all the people at work and my personal friends not to visit this place. I do not advise anyone to go here. Today just changed my opinion on this poor class restaurant. I hope you find someone with manners to answer your phone next time. more

lovely 12/3/2002

The atmosphere is lovely, the Show was so nice for an amateur production, however the food is not all that! It's good, but not all that authentic. nice seating specially for the Flamenco show. Pros: entertaining, good parking, inexpensive Cons: average food, hot/no AC, slow more
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  • Spanish cuisine including steaks, lamb, chicken, paella and gazpacho soup are served up at this warm, cozy family establishment.

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Southwest, Bellaire