Raul Molina arrived in Houston from his hometown of Laredo, Mexico, in the 1920s. Like many of his contemporaries, he was searching for a better life and found work in a local restaurant as a busboy, dishwasher and counterman. In 1941 Raul and wife Mary opened their first Mexican restaurant, the Old Monterrey, located in Houston at 1919 W. Gray. At the time there were only four or five Mexican restaurants in the City of Houston. Today, Raul Molina is considered a pioneer in Tex-Mex cuisine and is known as the patriarch of a food family. Nearly eight decades later, Molina’s Cantina is recognized as the oldest and one of the best locally owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston. The Molina family has played a significant role in shaping Houston’s culinary landscape and continues to enjoy the privilege of growing with the community. Whether a third-generation customer or a first-time visitor, we welcome you to the Molina familia. Come, eat, and enjoy a Houston tradition.Raul Molina arrived in Houston from his hometown of Laredo, Mexico, in the 1920s. Like many of his contemporaries, he was searching for a better life and found work in a local restaurant as a busboy, dishwasher and counterman. In 1941 Raul and wife Mary opened their first Mexican restaurant, the Old Monterrey, located in Houston at 1919 W. Gray. At the time there were only four or five Mexican restaurants in the City of Houston. Today, Raul Molina is considered a pioneer in Tex-Mex cuisine and is known as the patriarch of a food family. Nearly eight decades later, Molina’s Cantina is recognized as the oldest and one of the best locally owned and operated Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston. The Molina family has played a significant role in shaping Houston’s culinary landscape and continues to enjoy the privilege of growing with the community. Whether a third-generation customer or a first-time visitor, we welcome you to the Molina familia. Come, eat, and enjoy a Houston tradition.
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Andy W.

10/18/2017

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Nice Mexican food. Reasonably priced.

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Trans-am R.

12/31/2013

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These people are skimpty they water down the hot sauce Jorge the GM is rude with an attitude. The location on Bellaire is pretty nice but Westheimer they all have attitudes just tight wads ! Like all spics if you know what I mean.

When they serve the table with chips and hot sauce they only serve once and try to nicke and dime the customer! I wish they would all go back south they have ruined our country !

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mm28

06/27/2010

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this is Tex-Mex at its BEST! I grew up going to the Molinas on Westheimer and to our family it will always have the best salsa, the best cheese enchiladas, the best "Nancy Ames Nachos" and the best atmosphere! We will always associate Molinas with "HOME"!

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meishes4

01/09/2010

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meishes4

I've been going to Molinas for more than 20 years. They are my favorite in the Houston area, their food/presentation hasn't changed. My favorite was SW Fwy & Buffalo Speedway. They closed that to build a new HEB. I now frequent the one on W'heimer. Their food is REAL Tex-Mex!

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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon:
Tue - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Sun:
Extra Phones

Phone: 713-782-7229

Fax: 713-782-7229

Payment method
carte blanche, all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Westside, Woodlake - Briar Meadow, Dilston House Apts
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Molina's Cantina

Categories
Mexican Restaurants, American Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, American, Latin American

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes

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