Batanga

3.7
1261 Reviews
$30 and under
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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3.7based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
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57% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anna
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The foods didn’t taste as good as before. Our taco tortilla was burnt. oysters were fresh but they baked it way too much 3 out of 6 that we couldn’t eat, they were burnt badly.

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ChukD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reminded us of Mexico. The atmosphere was very pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The service was wonderful, however, we had a reservation and were placed outside and our table had no working fans. It was miserably hot at our table. The other tables with fans felt wonderful. Luckily we were able to move tables around a bit to get a bit of a draft from other tables’ fans. Our server seemed to be aware of the fans not working which probably means they were aware of this but still placed us outside when making the reservation. My personal opinion is that they should not be placing a party outdoors when their fans are not working or at least give us a heads up when reserving.

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Cookie
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was slow and even my coffee was cold when I got it. There were long gaps before we saw our waiter again. The server was courteous and tried, but maybe they need more servers. The food was salty and some was not very flavorful. It was a disappointment. We won’t be going back any time soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It was Cinco De Mayo so we made reservations here. Their website had a calendar of events which said they had happy hour from 4-7 and $3 margaritas. When we got there they said they were not doing happy hour or the $3 margaritas. So all drinks were full price. They also had menus on each table stating the happy hour yet did not honor it that day. The server was unaware of the cinco de Mayo menu specials they had and looked at me as if I was crazy when I ordered the queso con chorizo. I had to show him it was on the menu. Half way thru eating our queso we ran out of chips so we asked for more chips and also ordered some guacamole. 25 minutes later the guacamole comes out with ten chips on the plate and we still did not receive the extra chips. 10 minutes later we finally get the extra chips by now the queso was solid and dry. We then order two steaks for steak night. One was ordered to be cooked medium and it was well done. The other had lobster on it which was not ordered and is a $12 up charge. When we told the waiter that’s not what we ordered he pretty much said well there’s nothing I can do about it. So we then spoke to the manager. Who took off the steaks from the bill which no one ate anyway cause they were also cold. This was our third time here with bad service this time being the absolute worse and we will not be back.

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EricaS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. I have tried about 5 different items in the menu, and all have been fantastic. The ceviche has been my favorite!

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vipSteveS
Central Texas
50 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sunday brunch. Interesting choices, and we tried many.

Shareable and fun plates.

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Josh
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

The menu has changed since they reopened after the pandemic, and not for the better. It doesn’t really have a tapas vibe anymore and the vegetarian options are limited now.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The Paella at brunch time this past Saturday was terrible ! I normally don’t like to complain but this Literally tasteless, and watery . We did bring it up as complain and there was not offer to refund., they offered to take it away , $50 literally thrown to the trash.

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vipKathyR
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Front desk Greeter, to our Outstanding Waiter, to the Valet attendant,my husband & I were both so impressed. The food & band just added to an Amazing evening out. So glad Batanga has reopened too!

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Marte
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The worse food and the service worse .
Before closing the food was the best

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Ciro
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, had the small paella and meat empanadas ...best part was the mojito

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vipChilanga
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Quality of facilities and ambiance is outstanding, particularly with live music. The particular band was highly skilled, played music appropriate to the setting and created the experience.

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ELeeTX
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The menu was changed from tapas to not many choices. My vegetarian husband did not have many options so it was disappointing. They had closed the patio and then they opened it soon after we were seated. They did not offer to move us.

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StephenS
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The menu has changed and we decided to check it out. With a party of 4 indoors during happy hour, the cocktail were so so ( too much ice) and found out there were no more HH small bites... ? What? It's a restaurant. not a bar. OK., so now we see a very tasty looking menu. But, the waiter informs us that the meals each of us ordered will be coming out at different times. Huh? So, I asked him to make sure they came out together and keep them under a heat lamp. Well they arrived together, but my wife's plate, which was recommended scallops, was cold and way too salty too eat. Returned... Mine, squid, tasty but cold. My friends, whole fish,hot and fabulous, his wife's chicken hot, perfect. So... what happened. You either order a plate and share or you allow you guests to each while you watch. Or, get back to making Tapas and serving them hot.

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StaceyL
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great work for only being open 2 weeks. The server Joachim was very attentive and funny.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was great, especially the fish. They just seemed understaffed and the band took almost an hour break at prime time Saturday night which I thought was strange

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Candy
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Our drinks took over an hour to arrive and the food as well the music was good but service was terrible I’m never going back

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JoseM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible service. Waited for a table for 10 minutes even that I made a reservation. Them seated for 20 minutes before a waitress came to the table. ended up leaving without ordering. These use to be a great place to go, visited weekly before the pandemic- but I was let down on my last visit. Will not be going back any time soon.

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Hector64
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

They must have been understaffed. Orders took a long time to get. I had to go order from the bar myself. Had three drinks before the waiter came with our original order.

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ShannonD
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

They weren’t prepared for my arrival even tho I made the reservation a week in advance so I got stuck with a small patio table in the corner for my anniversary night. They also never once mentioned happy anniversary or anything which seems odd considering the reservation asked if we were celebrating anything. The food was amazing and our server was very nice.

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JaimeZ
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Really poor service. Drinks took forever and they completely forgot our second round. Table not cleared of used glasses and plates. Everyone seemed overwhelmed. I understand they just opened back up recently so I will give them the benefit of the doubt this time. Nice place. Food was good. Music was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Our food was delivered at completely different times. We were here celebrating my brothers birthday and he received his food last. The food tasted very good but everything got cold and we couldn’t enjoy dinner together. They were understaffed so it wasn’t the servers fault who actually was very nice. But we never got our drink order and refills in water either.
Although I spoke to the manager and he apologized nothing was done to alíviate or wait. They didn’t offer dessert either. The place has potential but unfortunately is poorly managed

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SharonH
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Ordered empanadas, salad, grilled shrimp well prepared.
Service was bad, I think the waiter needed a bunch of training.
Loved the music, it was on the patio. We were inside as it was chilly, they had doors open and it was still pretty loud (& a very good Latin band).
Batanga is a setting that transports you to a wonderful night in Cuba.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was overpriced and awful. Server was overwhelmed and service was slow. They weren’t read for reopening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food, great staff!! Will be going back

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CrucelisL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is amazing! Definitely a place I need no excuse to go to! Always tasty

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vipGilbertM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a brunch, happy hour or dinner!
One of the best places to eat in downtown Houston

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HunterB
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter and food was delicious. The only bad part was the outside heater kept going out. All in all amazing restaurant!

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vipOKCDiner11
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The wait staff seemed distracted and overwhelmed although the crowd was modest. The server forgot to turn in portions of the order. The appetizers were brought after the entree. The food was quite ordinary.
I hate to review after only one meal but I can’t imagine sitting through a second.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Christmas event downtown.

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vipSaraE
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Batanga! The paella was very good and the service was excellent!

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SarahB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food at a good price. The kitchen staff was not wearing masks while preparing the food, but servers were masked and the food was delicious!

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vipJblevo
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Notice venue. Good service and decent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a fantastic experience tonight. Waited at the bar for the rest of our party to arrive and the bartenders were fantastic on suggesting drinks. Once seated at our table started ordering and the food came out quick, hot and fresh. All the flavors were well ballanced. The deserts were disappointing but would not stop us from coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to brunch with a few friends. The patio was beautiful and the food was great!! Would definitely return! :)

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davidb
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service -- honestly the worst I've had in Houston after living downtown 4 years now. Waited 15 minutes for our waiter after being seated and asking hostess to send someone, and waiter was just out of it and awful after he finally arrived. Food wasn't great or even good (except for empanadas) so just a bad dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Flies! Flies! Flies! As soon as the waiter brought our food, flies landed on it. Pour a glass of Sangria, horsefly landed in your glass and sat there. We poured two of our five glasses out due to flies. Waitress appeared new but was not. She forgot to place order for the carafe, bring glasses for the carafe, forgot to bring mineral water we ordered. You name it, she missed it. 2021 has to be a better year for this downtown gem?!

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foreverfamily
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

In spite of lots of great reviews, it was Surprisingly disappointing food. Empanadas didn’t Taste fresh or made by hand. (Maybe Costco reheated??)Service was mediocre. Lots of people there, but most of downtown is shut down due to Covid so maybe that’s why they were busy. Incredible atmosphere though. Nice ambiance

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TyrellT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We weren’t able to eat outside because the tables weren’t big enough for 5 people. We waited 30 minutes to get only one plate of food and waited another 15 to get our second plate. One of the orders was not made correctly and the server never came by to check on our table or give refills, but we were the only ones inside. My mother in law didn’t even receive her plate of chicken wings and we had already been there for an hour. Best part of this restaurant is walking out the door. 1 star because the restaurant itself was still very well decorated.

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Batanga is rated 3.7 stars by 1261 OpenTable diners.

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