Cyclone Anaya's - Rice Village

4.4
254 reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
We are Houston’s Original Tex-Mex Familia since 1966! Cyclone Anaya’s has been Houston’s favorite destination for the best margaritas in town for over 50 years. With our scratch-made enchiladas and tamales, our tender and flavorful fajitas, and many more Tex-Mex delights, we've helped to define and perfect this world-famous regional cuisine. Join us today at one of six Houston-area Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Kitchen locations in the Heights, Midtown, Rice Village, CityCentre, Woodway, and the Woodlands. No matter where you’re from, we’ll treat you like family!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 254 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was a lovely meal and experience. Family friendly.

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vipCindy
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Unfortunately Cyclone Anaya’s was a miss for us on this visit. Service was pleasant but slow and inattentive and we had a lengthy wait for our food. The queso was not hot and way too “gooey”. My husband and I both had the Enchiladas Anaya and thought they were poor. All the meat was hard little burnt ends, and there was very scant cheese. The meat was hot but the red sauce on top was not, and the enchiladas were really more like Tacos Al Carbon than enchiladas. The fajitas were “fine” and another person in our group liked her cheese enchiladas.

I’m not sure what happened the night we were there. We’ve always had good meals at Cyclone Anayas, so hopefully it was just a one-off because of Covid related staffing issues. Still, it was disappointing and a little embarrassing to take out of town guests out for dinner and have that result.

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vipRandy
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink. Excellent service! Highly recommend.

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Cincy2021
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waiter wasn’t great, but maybe he was new. We were ignored for a while, but one of the managers did come by to see if we were okay. The food was about average but the margaritas were good!

FS
vipFrankS
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was indifferent, the margaritas were ghastly, and the place was LOUD.

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AnnikaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was very meh and not worth the price. Margs were ok some were stronger than others.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice environment. Food very good. Service great.

JG
vipJenniferG
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The outdoor patio was perfect and the weather was even better. Sunday brunch was good.

MM
MrandMrsD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! We sat at the bar, had drinks, appetizer & dinner. Carlos (bartender) was friendly, professional & attentive. Good job all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went at 10 am. Was very quiet. Quick service. Has a nice patio. Everything was fresh and nice portions.

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vipkcoolgirl
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their brisket tacos!! Best tacos I've ever had. And their drinks were delicious. Great service as well.

DM
DMajor
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was mediocre and the price. Nothing stood out from a quality point of view to draw us back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enchiladas and tamales were very flavorful. Slightly salty. Margaritas were great

MH
vipMaureenH
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food

DS
vipDSenior
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were a party of 8 and sat outside for lunch. Everyone seemed pleased with their food. I had chicken and brisket nachos and chopped salad and both were very good. Others liked the fajitas and guacamole. Someone said tortilla soup was nothing special.

CI
CenterIce
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always get our Cyclone Anaya’s fix when we are in Houston. Dependably good food, margaritas, and service!

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vipBethL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was a very disappointing lunch at Cyclones! We will not rush back.

DL
DavidL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with two family members and a friend, on last minute reservation. This restaurant is in a lovely, vibrant neighborhood in Rice Village area. On arrival, we were directed to a great table and had very attentive service. Shared appetizers (queso, guacamole and ceviche) and family-style combo fajitas were high quality; margaritas were a hit - even having ordered three different ones between us! Service was spot on - non-intrusive but very proactive and responsive. A must-dine if you are in Houston looking for quality Tex-Mex!

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viptxchic
Houston
120 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good beef fajita nachos. Great prices on lunch specials. LOVE the patio seating.

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RobertoG
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Waiter took a considerable amount of tine to get drinks, order was missing things, food was cold like if it was sitting there for a while. For those prices i would think you would have an amazing meal, sadly it wasnt. We have been to other cyclons and at least the food was very tasty.

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nishik
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

While I've always enjoyed the food here, the service was really bad. It had taken us about 30 minutes before we even got water. I would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Had to wait over 30 min for drinks and 45 minutes for food…. restaurant was only 25% full and our party was still barely attended to. Had to ask for a waiter multiple times.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place and really good food

LB
LisaB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We were seated next to an exit door that staff used nonstop and it banged so loud every time they went in and out. I ordered a half order of nachos (as I always do) and was brought a full order. I mentioned it to my waiter and he argued with me 3 times saying I ordered a full order. Then he just glared at me and said what do you want me to do angrily.

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HGor
Houston
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Nothing special. Food was ok but not pleased with the location they sat us. The place wasn't busy when we came so plenty of empty tables yet they sat us at the table right in front of the restroom doors and at the entrance of the kitchen where besides the traffic of servers with food, it seems to be the social area for the staff that weren't busy (waiters, busboys, kitchen staff) and they were socializing rather loudly disregarding the customers who are trying to enjoy their dinner and company.

Won't go there again 😒

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
74 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with a friend at Cyclones! They offer a nice Restaurant Weeks menu, but both of us opted for the Build your own. Delicious brisket quesadilla, beef chalupa for my friend, beef fajita quesadilla & chicken enchilada for me. Alejandro took great care of us and the food was fresh & delicious.

Park on the street in Rice Village or use the Hanover Garage.

Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Server was unenthused to be our waitress, and

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SarahAnnV
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were attentive and helpful. The mea was excellent. We had a large party and no one felt rushed or lagging.

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vipLadybug
Houston
67 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tex Mex, and I love their other menu items too. Service is always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Food not the same doesn’t have as big a variety of food choices anymore and dish was poorly made

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Haven't been in awhile but my wife and I were craving some cyclone Anaya's. We ordered the usual ceviche and enchiladas Anayas. Anticipating the same goodness we have loved for many years we were surprised by the change of menu. The new ceviche was lacking in flavor. The old ceviche always hit the spot. The new enchiladas anayas were basically lightly fried tortilla with cabbage and guacamole. CABBAGE on enchiladas....but I gave it a shot. Not good but not horrible, edible. I was hoping for that signature adobo sauce. My wife sent the ceviche back and got the chicken tacos. The chicken tacos were like something I could get at a local taco cabana!!!! Menu changes are OK but not at the expense of signature dishes. At least keep them as a option. I was informed of new ownership that may have changed those two dishes but don't try and reinvent the wheel.

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JayT
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend their del Mar enchiladas! It's made to perfection from the gods!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This reservation was very dear to me and my family considering my dad was recently released from the hospital and it was Father’s Day on top of his first outing since being in a hospital for 6 months.

As we were seated i first went to the restroom to wash my hands and upon washing my hands in the ladies room there was a huge unsanitary trash can near the sink catching a leak from the ceiling. My first thought was they have leaks granted it rained a little that day. Off to the table my daughter sat down and her seat was soaked. As I looked in the ceiling there is another leak. I immediately looked at the waiter and asked to be moved. Without any urgent response as if he didn’t care. He then asked did I want a manager im like yes since you insisted but clearly I need a new table. Considering my disabled dad in a wheel chair and special needs sister. This could have easily went wrong and of course I didn’t want them to have any accidents. The manager then comes moved us as the waiter still looks in no way of attempting to trouble shoot on his own. I then asked for a different waiter whom was much nicer but the experience was not a good one to say the least. Highly disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here and sitting with Alex (with the ponytail)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the Rice location to celebrate my dons 29th birthday. My party sat out on the patio and the weather was great, the service was impeccable and I will definitely be visiting this location again.

Dee

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time but we absolutely loved it. The environment, the food, the drinks everything was amazing

TD
TDixon
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and the margaritas were phenomenal. Our waiter Alex was excellent, very attentive and knowledgeable.

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vipKaren
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Can never go wrong if you eat at Cyclone Anaya’s. The service was fantastic and the food was even better

FAQs

Cyclone Anaya's - Rice Village does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Cyclone Anaya's - Rice Village also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 523-3600.

Cyclone Anaya's - Rice Village is rated 4.4 stars by 254 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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