Señor Tequila History

Señor Tequila Mexican Grill and Cantina draws on the dedication of Carlos and Elisha Atilano to produce the best in healthy Mexican fare for their Tulsa neighbors. By mixing food, fun, and friendly ambience in ways often copied but never equaled, Señor Tequila has become a Tulsa standard and dining favorite. The Atilanos envisioned a warm restaurant that catered to every taste and budget, so families could come together to laugh and eat and easily add a little fiesta into their daily lives. The smiling repeat customers, who bring in friends and family every day, say that Carlos and Elisha have succeeded.

In the late 1990s, the Atilanos found Tulsa as the choice city to raise their young children. Drawing on their restaurant expertise, the couple opened the first Tulsa Señor Tequila near 51st and Harvard in 1999. The restaurant gained favor with vibrant dishes, competitive pricing, and a genuine welcome at the door. Neighbors told neighbors, and Señor Tequila became an immediate crowd favorite and critic recommendation. Carlos manned the front, ready to construct a custom mojito or margarita, while Elisha trained the kitchen staff during the day and refined dishes to meet new tastes and palates.

Today, the number of Señor Tequila restaurants has grown, but the philosophy stays the same—Carlos still greets patrons like family, often by name, and ensures dining experiences meet the high Señor Tequila standards, while Elisha works with kitchen staff to create tasty dishes that focus on healthy and local offerings and include gluten-free options. Every day, gluten-free chips are cooked fresh and tortillas pressed at every restaurant. All guacamole, salsas and sauces are made from scratch, without thickeners or MSG. Try a sizzling beef or grilled chicken entrée, or maybe one of the specialty fish or seafood creations. Look for the vegetarian dishes Elisha created from traditional recipes. Señor Tequila also accepts customer requests, so if you want a dish tweaked just ask.

Whether your tastes run to sizzling-hot Chile Colorado or an icy-cold margarita, there’s something for everyone at Señor Tequila!