Batanga

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Tapas / Small Plates

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Tapas (small plates) restaurant featuring dishes from various regions of Spain and Latin America, such as Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and more. Email eat@batangahouston.com.
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$3 Margaritas Tues-Fri

Try our delicious $3 margaritas every Tuesday - Friday from 11am - 3pm.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 21, 2019

Ends: November 22, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 11:00AM-3:00PM

What 1181 People Are Saying
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CR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was fantastic! We would definitely go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good service, nice music. I really liked the outdoor space

CG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I really like Batanga. The music and atmosphere is great. The food is wonderful and priced at what you'd expect for downtown tapas. The service on my last visit was pretty bad though. Our waiter would literally disappear for 30 min. The others that delivered our food and drinks to us were very helpful and nice but our assigned waiter was not good. Hoping it was just a bad night. But makes me hesitant to go back and get stuck with a bad waiter again.

FJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wine. Great service! The dishes are small and creative tapas.

JW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Batanga, and our waiter made a recommendation for the Tasting, and helped us pick out a few dishes. Turned out great - all six of our choices were excellent.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Conflicted with my review. I had been to Batanga many times in 2018-19. It used to be one of my to-go spots in downtown. It's been several months since my last visit. The food quality and flavor has diminished, the portion sizes reduced (a small grilled avocado for the price paid). The Happy Hour was sad, limited options, and portions were ridiculously small. The drinks are still good, and the ambiance is nice. Perhaps I shall eat elsewhere and go just for drinks from now on.

RB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Music was so loud indoors that we couldn’t have coversation. Our waiter took 40 minutes to take our order and then did not deliver all of our plates. He said that we were overlooked : (

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Host stuck 5 of us at a 4 top. Pretended we did not have a reservation for 5

YC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and the service was good. The drinks were also great.

J
Mississippi
40 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were totally surprised with the quality of the Tapas. The waiter recommended 5 and all of the 5 were wonderful. The place is for sure old and ran down but it also add a little to the local character.

JM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The music at the venue can be improved. The singer can be hardly understood- the music overpowers her voice.

KG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.
Beautiful patio
Easy walk to theater district
3 hour street parking on meter...free after6
Valet
Nearby garage
Wish it was closer to me
Would go back more often!
Don't miss the mushroom croquettes!

LR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Nice variety of small plates. Enjoyed the ambiance and service.

RL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great time here! Love this place. Just won’t sit next to an exit door.. next time I’ll ask for a different table. But great food, great service and great ambiance.

c
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I went on a New Year’s Eve it was cold outside , we had a seat that was by the door and I took my coat off but during my dinner this one person just opened the door and left it open. It wasn’t stuffy or extremely hot, I asked was she going to close the door after I sat and watched her put a table together, her response was oh we need to get some air in here. We all had to put our coats on to finish our average tapas. One an done.

L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've always wondered about the cute place with all the hanging umbrellas on the corner. It has interest, attractiveness, and history! Made a brunch reservation for a group before a play and I couldn't have been more pleased. They were ready with the table and offered to change it if it wasn't perfect - not needed! Sangria was very tasty, stuffed dates were heavenly. Everyone enjoyed their food, I heard no complaints. They have a good selection of brunch, light bites, heavier plates, and a nice selection of cocktails, wine an beer. I will be back!

AB
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! The waitor was excellent and super helpful. GET THE PAELLA! It's definitely worth the $46 and even more.

The Sunday drink specials were exceptional too. Will defniitely be back!

j
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Fun night for wife and myself, always enjoy our times here, still on the pricey side.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome pre-theatre dinner! Loved the food! Perfect portions and wide selection!

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there for Sunday Brunch to celebrate a Birthday, was good

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic variety of amazing food. We chose the 6 dish taster and Anthony helped recommend and space them out sonwe could thoroughly enjoy each one. Delicious drinks, too!

CG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was not very good. Hostess was not very friendly and waiter did not come a around to get drink orders or give us the check. We found ourselves looking for help. Music was supposed to start at 8:00 and by 9:00pm they were barely setting up.

OL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellente!!! Food is superb. Will be back on January 2020.

CL
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff made sure our meal was a great experience. Food was amazing and drinks on point. We will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was great! There was a little construction near by that was a little noisy.

DG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Would not recommend at this time. While I like a quiet restaurant, it was too quiet and nearly empty. I expected more of a crowd and while I realize this is not the responsibility of the restaurant, I will have to come back at a busier time before recommending it. The food was very good and reasonably priced. However the waiter seemed a little spacey. He highly recommended the brunch menu and when he came back to take our order, we tried to order migas and he said they didn't have it. A little bit frustrating and we still couldn't get a good explanation as to why they couldn't make the migas. In addition one of the glasses on the table had a lipstick stain.

MO
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I had an amazing brunch experience. We love trying new food and they did not disappoint. We had the Linsey mac’n’cheese, stuffed French toast, empanadas, and beef cheeks and potato stack. This is a great cheat day and date spot!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really bad service. My service was a Spanish lady. She refuse to do something for my wife birthday. Not even a candle. And she said “ we don’t do birthday stuff in here “.

F
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food here is amazing! I've gotten a little bigger portion sizes at other tapas restaurants but the quality of the food is really great. They really need to work on their service though, a bit slow and not very attentive staff. Other than that I enjoyed the place.

AD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around. Great location, live music, fabulous food and ambience. Recommend!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my brothers birthday and it was amazing great food, great live music, and great service.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat and hang with a large group of friends.

k
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Batanga is always a favorite date night for us. The style decor is amazing and the environment is wonderful. We were seated immediately and our waiter was friendly and informative. We both ordered yummy drinks and enjoyed our tapas. Everything was presented beautifully and the ambiance was perfect. If you’re looking for a chill, intimate environment to enjoy a date night, this place is perfect.

DO
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent portion sizes for tapas. Drinks were very well made. A little loud for my liking with the way the live music stage is designed inside. Otherwise, great dinner!

LL
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The only problem was that I made reservations for 8pm and arrived on time but we were not seated until 8:20. Other than that everything was great. Margo our waitress was awesome and the food and drinks were also great. Music was fun and we danced until they stopped playing.

T
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food served by an excellent wait staff. The pineapple mojito was terrific.

R
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and wine selection. Fantastic atmosphere and friendly staff.

DB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Yes, I would recommend to a friend. The only problem was the waiter that was assigned to our table. He was not attentive, we did not see or hear from him but once the time we were there. He never asked if we needed anything. He was horrible! We ordered dessert that we never received. We paid our bill(which we received from another staff) and left before we actually wanted to. We actually had another staff member assist us the evening. Besides that we had a great time.

JC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly waitstaff and a very comfortable and relaxing vibe. Patio is next to busy street but still quiet enough to have a good conversation. The drinks were very good. We just had patatas but they were delicious.

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