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Tamale King

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15405 E State Highway 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609-4414
+1 512-793-2677
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

If you like authentic Tex-Mex in a funky off the beaten path environment then you will love Tamale King! Their entrees and ala carte items are wonderful. Their guacamole and queso are a must. The margaritas are frozen to perfection. Just be sure to bring cash because they do not accept credit cards.

Thank DrJRN
Stonewall, Texas
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We had heard that the tamales were really good so we decided to stop at Tamale King for dinner. The tamales were very good however, they had already sold out of the beef tamales. We opted for the pork and were not disappointed. The restaurant has several seating areas, not just one big room so it's easy to carry on... More 

Thank Patti U
Salem, Oregon
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We had lunch each of us ordered something different and all four of us liked our food. Oh and we got 4 dozen tamales to go. 😀

Thank JudynBert
Denton, Texas
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Food is always good and so are the margaritas. We always leave with a couple dozen tamales for later.

Thank Carly1019
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Food is excellent, service very good. Pricing is reasonable but bring cash as they no longer accept any time of plastic for payment.

Thank Bob T
Marble Falls, Texas
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We dine there occasionally because it is many of our relatives favorite places to go. The Mexican fare is average so I order a salad instead that is excellent. Shrimp salad made of grilled shrimp and grilled zucchini over a bed of lettuce. The prices for lunch specials are reasonable.

Thank Allison B
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

It's not even texmex. Items appear to have been previously frozen. My cheese enchiladas reminded me of those frozen Mexican tv dinners. Wife had tamale tacos? It was basically a tamale in a tortilla. You get two of them for $12.99. Not worth it at half The price. Service was good, waitress was annoying. Most menu items are $12.99(see above).

Thank Joseph M
Calgary, Canada
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77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Came here with our extended family of 14. The orders were mixed up or just didn't show up. But, they didn't make us pay for the extra food that was brought but never ordered. The margaritas were weak, and tasted more like a limeade slushie. Again, nothing terrible, but just very, very average tex-mex. NOTE: To avoid paying a Visa/MC... More 

Thank dholy
Burnet, Texas
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Showed up an hour and a half before closing..we were not greeted warmly but were asked how many were in our party as if it were a hassle and were seated at the entrance to the resraurant. Our server was Cassie. She took our tables order and once the food was delivered she could not remember what we ordered. I... More 

Thank Roxanne G
Austin, Texas
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150 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

I say that the locals must love this restaurant because it was totally packed with a long wait when we visited mid-week in May. The service is good, especially considering how incredibly busy the restaurant was at dinner time when we dined there. The food is good standard Mexican food and the prices are good (standard fair pricing for Hill... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15405 E State Highway 29, Buchanan Dam, TX 78609-4414
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Buchanan Dam
  • Phone Number: +1 512-793-2677

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?