El Mercado

Tex-Mex | $$

1302 S. First
Austin, 78704
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 10:30am-10pm; Fri., 10:30am-11pm; Sat., 9am-11pm; Sun., 9am-10pm
A very happy hour and 99-cent appetizers are nestled in this neon rain forest.

Other Locations

El Mercado, 1702 Lavaca
El Mercado, 7414 Burnet Rd.

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