Batanga

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Tapas / Small Plates
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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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

DB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

NA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was horrible. Celebrating my husbands 40th and it took 30minutes to get our drinks every time we ordered new ones..and towards the end our server came up and said hey I have a bus to catch can you’ll pay your bill so that I can catch it.. wth?! We were definitely not ready to leave but afterwards that set a bad taste in our mouth. The food was good.

JF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time to visit Batanga. Our waiter not only provided excellent service, but was quite helpful in guiding us through the menu. The food came out quickly and was very good.

LD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Took awhile to accommodate seating ,even with a timely reservation, food ordered, kept getting canceled because waiter didn't know they were sold out in the kitchen.

J
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The hostesses were a bit slow in figuring out tables and tending to new customers. However our waiter Eric was nice, and the food is good. They have happy hour items from 5 to 7 pm Monday through Friday. Overall, it was a good experience.

S
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

In the past, my husband and I have gone here for Happy Hour prior to a theater show at 8 p.m. and had pleasant experiences. Wouldn't it figure when we invited two other couples to join us that the service would be awful? Drink orders took forever - we could see them sitting at the bar and were tempted to get them ourselves as our waiter disappeared - and when they did arrive at the table drinks were delivered wrong twice. The same happened with our food orders as we sat for at least 20 minutes before our waiter reappeared. Once the order went in, the food - which was good - came out very quickly, but not all of what we ordered came. Our friends were understanding, but I was embarrassed by the experience and will most likely not return. There are plenty of places in Houston with great food and exceptional service. Unfortunately Batanga is no longer on our list.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic 😀 great live music on Friday night!

C
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Got several small plates to share. The server was helpful with recommendations on how much to get. Really appreciated that the plates came out 1-2 at a time rather than all together. Everything we got was delicious. We were there at 8pm on a Saturday. The band was deafening, which is my only complaint of our experience here.

M
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tapa place, excellent service, reasonable prices, solid happy hour, delicious food

C
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been having ladies brunch for about 3 years now and we try to go to different places in Houston! This is by far top 5! Great food, drinks, music and our waiter was great as well. Only thing that disappointed me was they were out of the Bacon Wrapped Dates. I was looking for to for a month, ever since I decided on this place! Other than that very recommended!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had to wait extremely long for our food and it was just mediocre.

KJ
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Batanga was an awesome find. The food was great and staff was fabulous! A definite return in the future.

0
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very good time here. Took someone on a date and service was great. The food was really good, the portion amounts were perfect. And choosing to dine in the patio was a good idea as there was not much noise besides pedestrians and traffic but not too loud. Would definitely come back again.

CP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our order was messed up when we ordered a few tapas. However, they were incredibly polite and quick to amend the issue. They covered part of our meal and apologized, even though it was a very minor inconvenience. All of the food was fantastic and not terribly crowded, even on a Saturday night. I will definitely come back to Batanga.

GM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food, wish they were a bit more flexible with their tables but great experience overall.

PD
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a variety of plates. I know this is a tapas place, but felt the servings were too small for the price. However, the calamari was the best I've ever had and I've eaten it in many places including upscale restaurants.

MN
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The calamari was great, the lobster bisque was delectable, but my husband's burrito was meh.

There was a DJ with a drummer playing bongos, but the drummer off beat and didn't mesh with the melody of the music playing.

PP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was VERY good. Service was not so great but I will come back for the food!!!!!

L
Houston
108 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the patio, good food, nice break from the usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Waitress took a long time to come to our table although we caught her at times she was NOT at someone else’s table/serving others. People at my table paid for their own meals. Not everyone left a tip, so another waitress had the audacity to follow everyone at my table outside and question why she wasn’t tipped more. That’s unprofessional. It’s like begging. As far as I’m concerned, no one HAS to tip servers whether that’s their only income or not. You either get a tip or you don’t. Don’t have someone else follow people outside to ask why.

TM
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was good. The music volume level was over the top loud. I had to yell just to carry a conversation at my table of friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay. Not impressive.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would recommend Batanga for their food, but the service wasn't great. The server didn't come back to the refill our drinks or ask us how everything was going. I knew the paella would take 40-45 minutes, but I ended up waiting for an hour and 20 minutes. I was basically full by the time the paella came because my friends shared their appetizer, meal, and dessertwith me. Yes, they got their whole 3 course meal before I got anything. On top of that my mango mojito was not a mango mojito. It was a traditional one. I let it slide though which I probably shouldn't have done. When the paella finally came out, I had one small plate and packed the rest. Some of the sausages were burnt but overall it was pretty tasty. Unfortunately, I would say that my experience was not a good one. I am upset I did not get compensated for waiting so long for my meal. Sad to rate this place so low since I was excited about getting a paella.

KK
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. I highly recommend the dates and bacon.

T
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great. Unfortunately the service was horrible. Waited 25 mins for someone to take our order and also bringing the bill. Seems like their air conditioning was out cause it was really warm inside. So bad that we actually had to walk outside to cool down in the middle of Houston summer

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Slowest service and very mediocre food.

M
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service is excellent. Very noisy inside and too many flies outside.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Good food. Slow service. Tried to use my 20 voucher but the server didn’t apply it to my bill after writing it down literally 1 minute before he took it and ran my card and dropped it back off.

A
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Place.. great environment. Celebrated my Bday with a great music band!

KL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for a quick bite before a show. The tapas came out quick! Perfecting place for a pre-show dinner.

YF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was OK. We wanted a slightly more lively Brunch. We saw that a Dj and live music was going to be there but, so we were excited. But it was a Dj with a man banging a drum next to him. So it wasn't bad just not amazing.

YC
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Batanga was a great experience. Im grateful for the great staff. They went above an beyond to make our experience excellent. It was my husbands Bday and they made it unforgettable. Thank you to Brandon and the entire staff for effort and customer service. I will definitely be back and I truly recommend this restaurant !

JH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Just for them to try at least once. Probably is a lot more interesting when they have live music. Food was pretty underwhelming.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow. Took about 10 minutes to have a server take our drink order. Then recieved those a good 30 minutes later. Ordered a paella and 6 tapas I recieved 2 tapas then a burnt paella(from the top). And had to request the last 4 tapas. Then we had desert and the flan came quickly but was bitter.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This being our first visit we were keen to eat on the patio, which was lovely but learned in the height of summer it best to eat inside unless you are ok having flies annoy you (I am aware it’s not the restaurants fault)

RC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! We had the grilled fish tacos. The fish was cooked perfectly and the jalapeño aioli was fantastic. Be sure to try the fresh fruit sangrias. The service made our date night very enjoyable!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food is good, service not do much. Management needs to organize the waitstaff much much better. Took about 15 minutes after we were seated for someone to take our drink order. Would not recommend unless you have 2+ hours to spare.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our hostess/waitress/bartender (same person during midday handover) was awesome, AWESOME!!

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