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Batanga, Houston, TX

Batanga

3.6
3.6
1390 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 224-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    With capacity for up to 430 guests, we are a very popular spot for corporate events, holiday parties, and private buyouts. Our interior capacity is 215, and we can accommodate another 215 on our 3,600 bricked patio, the largest in downtown Houston.

  • Private party contact

    Brian Fasthoff: (713) 224-9500

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Travis

  • Parking details

    Valet parking Thursday - Saturday at our front door. Free parking on city streets Tuesday - Saturday after 6:00 p.m. and all day Sunday. Hundreds of paid parking spots within two blocks on surface lots and garages.

  • Public transit

    One block from the Preston Stop on the Houston Metro Light Rail.

  • Entertainment

    We feature live Latin Music from some of Houston's best known artists every Wednesday through Saturday, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Salsa, Merengue and more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Bottled Beer

  • Negra Modelo, Ale, Grupo Modelo, Mexico$5.00

    • Shiner, Bock, K. Spoetzel, Texas$5.00

      • Crawford, Bock Bock, Karbach, Texas$5.00

        • Dry Cider, Cider, St. Arnold, Texas$5.00

          • Hopadillo IPA, Karbach, Texas$6.00

            • Lawnmower, Kolsch, St Arnold, Texas$5.00

              • Lone Star, Lager, Lone Star, Texas$4.00

                • Corona, Lager, Cerverceria Modelo, Mexico$6.00

                  • Dos Equis, Lager, Cuahtémoc-M, Mexico$6.00

                    • Estrella Damm, Lager, C.C. Damm, Spain$6.00

                      • Miller Light, Lager, Miller, Colorado$4.00

                        • Bud Light, Lager, Anheiser-Busch, Missouri$4.00

                          • Michelob Ultra, Lager, Anheiser Busch, Missouri$4.00

                            • Stella Artois, Pilsner, Anheiser-Busch, Missouri$6.00

                              • Modelo Especial, Pilsner, Grupo Modelo, Mexico$6.00

                                • St. Arnold Gratuity, Pale Ale, Houston, Texas$5.00

                                  Portions of the proceed go to help hospitality workers affected by COVID-19

                                  Draft Beer

                                  • Hyper Light, Light Lager, Back Pew, Texas$6.00

                                    • Love Street, Kolsch, Karbach, Texas$6.00

                                      • Amber Ale, Amber, St Arnold, Texas$6.00

                                        • Yellow Rose IPA, Lone Pint, Texas$7.00

                                          • Texas Leaguer Knucklebock, Bock, Fort Bend, Texas$6.00

                                            • Adios Pantalones, Wheat, Rahr & Sons$6.00

                                              White Wines and Bubbles

                                              • Ramon Bilbao, Albarino, Rioja, Spain$9.00

                                                • Zolo, Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina$9.00

                                                  • Barrel Burner, Chardonnay (Oaked), Paso Robles, California$12.00

                                                    • Domaine Wachau, Gruner Veltliner, Smaragad Terrasen, Austria$9.00

                                                      • La Vis, Pinot Grigio, Trenito, Italy$9.00

                                                        • Bischofliche, Riesling, Mosel, Germany$9.00

                                                          • Stag's Leap, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California$60.00

                                                            • Knuttle, Chardonnay, Russian River, California$58.00

                                                              • Le Charmel, Rosé, Provence, France$10.00

                                                                • Biscaye Baie, Sauvignon Blanc, Gascony, France$8.00

                                                                  • Taonga, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand$11.00

                                                                    • Santola 'Doc' Vihno Verde, Mealhada, Portugal$8.00

                                                                      • Segura Viudas, Sant Sadurni, Spain

                                                                        • 187ml$8.00
                                                                      • La Pétillante Clementine Brut NV Rosé, Provence, France$12.00

                                                                        • Veuve Cliquot NV Champagne, Champagne, France$90.00

                                                                          • La Marca NV Prosecco, Prosecco, Italy

                                                                            • 187ml$11.00

                                                                          Red Wine

                                                                          • Zolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina$9.00

                                                                            • Bellacosa, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, California$13.00

                                                                              • Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California$79.00

                                                                                • Cuttings, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California$90.00

                                                                                  • El Libre, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina$8.00

                                                                                    • Uno, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina$10.00

                                                                                      • Tikal 'Patriota" Malbec / Bonardo, Mendoza, Argentina$56.00

                                                                                        • Tilia, Merlot, Mendoza, Argentina$8.00

                                                                                          • Gothic 'Nevermore' Pinot Noir, Willamette, Oregon$14.00

                                                                                            • Block Nine, Pinot Noir, Napa, California$10.00

                                                                                              • Amalgama, Red Blend, Cachapoal Valley, Chile $$8.00

                                                                                                • The Prisoner, Red Blend, Napa, California$75.00

                                                                                                  • Ontañon, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain$9.00

                                                                                                    • Ramon Bilbao, Gran Reserva, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain$68.00

                                                                                                      • Saldo by the Prisoner Wine Co., Zinfandel, Oakville, California$54.00

                                                                                                        • Robert Mondavi Bdx, Bordeaux Blend, Napa, California$94.00

                                                                                                          Grapes sourced from To Kalon Vineyard

                                                                                                          Last updated: February 5, 2022

                                                                                                          What 1,390 people are saying

                                                                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                          3.6
                                                                                                          3.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                          • 3.6Food
                                                                                                          • 3.6Service
                                                                                                          • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                                          • 3.6Value

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                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            We really enjoyed our evening. The staff was very attentive and we had drinks and food quickly. Although we had to ask for the chimichurri with our filet mignon, the staff was very quick to bring it out. The live music was fabulous!

                                                                                                          2. P

                                                                                                            Patriots

                                                                                                            Las Vegas

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Delicious food

                                                                                                          3. PA

                                                                                                            PeterA

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food2service3ambience5

                                                                                                            Mother’s Day seemed to have a few issues that caused long delays on orders. I would recommend but not for a special event.

                                                                                                          4. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Mexico City

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            Horrible food and terrible service…waiter threw my credit card at me because I did not leave a tip. Half of our food never came and the other half was really bad

                                                                                                          5. AA

                                                                                                            AracellyA

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food3service3ambience5

                                                                                                            Great ambiance outside on the patio. It’s quiet beautiful at night. We had the paella along with the yuca fries and empanadas to start. The empanadas seemed popular but lacked salt. Our waiter, though very sweet was a bit slow. Overall a good experience. Will definitely come back!

                                                                                                          6. KW

                                                                                                            KWalters

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                            Clean, cozy restrooms, and good service. Awesome drink menu, food was decent. We ordered the Ginger Poloma and the Coconut Rum cocktails, they were great. From tapas menu, we ate mac n cheese, beef empanadas, ceviche and calamari. The ceviche was the best out of all! The rest just needed more flavor for an international spin. The overall atmosphere was ambient and intimate, perfect for a quiet date night or small group meet for conversation and cocktails. Keep up the great work Batanga!

                                                                                                          7. IG

                                                                                                            IrisG

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                            It was hard to order since most of the food they have in the menu was not available.

                                                                                                          8. c

                                                                                                            conga81

                                                                                                            San Antonio

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                                                                            Food was not authentic, my soda had zero carbonation, Restaurant was empty except for three tables yet the service was super slow and I had to keep reminding the waiter to bring us napkins, our order, etc. Will never go there again.

                                                                                                          9. LS

                                                                                                            LizSuave

                                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                            Our serve was a bit pushy and was rushing us to order our food before we had checked out the menu . I also feel as if they should wash there hands more often specially if they are going to be touching there face often . Over all the Food was tasty . The Sangria was blahhh but the food was tasty .

                                                                                                          10. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                                                                            Server forgot our order then when another brought out our order we asked about it to which the response, “ this is Tapas and it doesn’t come out like that”. He interjected and cut me off as I as asking. Forgot to put 2 orders in again and 2 hrs later on a non busy night finally got our last order.

                                                                                                          11. RE

                                                                                                            RavenE

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food2service1ambience4

                                                                                                            One of the worst experiences at a restaurant I've ever had. We made a reservation and were seated immediately but our server (Matthew B) didn't come to our table nor greet us for 25 minutes. Each time we ordered drinks, whether it was a soda or alcohol, it took roughly 20 minutes to receive it; keep in mind that it wasn't busy during the duration of our visit. We ordered the calamari, the ahi tuna nachos, yuca fries, arroz con pollo, and the paella. The ahi tuna nachos was mainly chips and tomatoes with barely any ahi tuna. The paella was overcooked on top but the rice itself was undercooked. Truly disappointed.

                                                                                                          12. YQ

                                                                                                            YogaQueen

                                                                                                            New York Area

                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            6 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food1service1ambience4

                                                                                                            Lovely courtyard, food was poor. Didn’t even match what was on menu - literally main ingredients changed or substituted. Wait person requested manager to speak with us but he never came.

                                                                                                          13. LL

                                                                                                            LadiesLunch

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            4 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                            overall3food3service1ambience5

                                                                                                            Great, festive outdoor patio. Tapas came out fast, and they were tasty. Waiter was rarely around after the tapas order. Wanted to order entrees, but had to wait nearly an hour due to vanishing waiter. When they came out, portions were small, salmon was “meh”, lamb chop was good. One chop. Second chop was a bone more or less.if we go back, it will be for drinks only.

                                                                                                          14. j

                                                                                                            jkat

                                                                                                            Atlanta

                                                                                                            26 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            26 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Party of 7. We really enjoyed Batanga. The food and service was excellent. We tried a few new dishes that were delish!

                                                                                                          15. K

                                                                                                            Kyle

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Delicious food and cocktails. The service was great, too! The friend who went with me and myself are from out of town. This is the restaurant I picked to go to for dinner, and I’m glad that I did! The patio is really cool with the umbrella decor above your head, too.

                                                                                                          16. SA

                                                                                                            SandyA

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service3ambience1

                                                                                                            I booked a reservation for my birthday for the food and live band. Very disappointed they did not have one main dish that I originally go for to this restaurant I also loved the original live salsa band but this time they had one guy signing on stage and it was very boring. Don’t think I will go back:(

                                                                                                          17. A

                                                                                                            Angelika

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Perfect date night ! Loved the live Latin music and every dish we ordered was great! My bf and I will be back. Thank you!

                                                                                                          18. JP

                                                                                                            JustinP

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            I like the indoor/outside patio feel. I'm sure the patio would be nice on mild days, but it was too windy for us that day. Indoors still felt like you were outdoors. The tapas were varied and good, and the drinks were good. They had a nice band that wasn't too loud. Understand that it might be too loud, if you get a table near the stage, so plan for that. Otherwise, we enjoyed it and would come back.

                                                                                                          19. GT

                                                                                                            GirlinTexas

                                                                                                            Dallas

                                                                                                            25 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            25 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food2service2ambience1

                                                                                                            It’s more tiki bar vibe than tapas restaurant. The first round of drinks (a bottle of wine) took 36 minutes to come and the paella which said 40 minutes was closer to 85 minutes. I can’t swear to it but I think they have it to the one other table in the entire restaurant on a Wednesday night.

                                                                                                          20. AE

                                                                                                            AlEl

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                            overall3food5service1ambience4

                                                                                                            Food was great. Service was bad. Young kid, that took forever to bring drinks and food for a table of 13 people. Place was not that crowed when we arrived. He would start attending other tables and would take a long time to get our food. Seemed to forget we were there. Had to keep going inside the building to ask for things. He forgot to bring octopus even though I reminded him several times. One of the times I was inside the restaurant to ask for other things I saw him hugging and kissing what appeared to be his girlfriend. No wonder why he was not on top of things

                                                                                                          21. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                                                                            They brought everybody’s food except for the steak. We had to wait 45 minutes to get this meal. I understand they are shortage of workers but 45 minutes is too much. Drinks are horrible, too sweet and little alcohol. And it’s a bit pricey for the size of the dishes. I will not go back

                                                                                                          22. a

                                                                                                            alines

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Food was good service not that much, took forever to come our dessert , we had to cancel. But overall the place is nice

                                                                                                          23. SB

                                                                                                            StacieB

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience5

                                                                                                            Waiter was not service oriented . Manager never came to table to address issues when requested . Only table in the restaurant and never received food . Food served at different times and not all together .

                                                                                                          24. J

                                                                                                            Justdont

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience5

                                                                                                            The food was bland, waiter never came back to check on us except twice. We ended up leaving the food and leaving.

                                                                                                          25. AH

                                                                                                            AliceH

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                                                            The first and only time we saw our waiter without having to ask someone to fetch him for us was a few minutes after we sat down. He never came back to ask if we wanted additional drinks, etc. After waiting over 20 minutes to see our waiter again to place our order, we had to ask someone else to find him. The appetizer food we ordered came in no apparent order and was mediocre at best. We also ordered the paella for 4, which needs to be ordered 35 minutes beforehand, so we were expecting a fabulous paella at least. When it came, it was dry, 95% rice, with a few shrimp and mussels. The service was the worst we’ve ever had.

                                                                                                          26. KG

                                                                                                            KatyG

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 22, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service1ambience2

                                                                                                            Took more than 30 minutes to place a drink order. Had been sitting for 45 minutes before we got our drinks. Food came pretty quickly after we ordered, but waited 30 minutes to even get waiters attention. Happy hour prices are great, so we didn’t complain.

                                                                                                          27. W

                                                                                                            Winni

                                                                                                            Philadelphia

                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            7 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                            Looked much nicer on the website than it actually was. Food was ok; service was great: price to portion size ratio was not favorable. Would not go again.

                                                                                                          28. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            2 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                            Was a walk-in and asked to sit on the patio. Hostess stated all of the tables were reserved. There were three that were currently already dining… And possibly 20 other tables that were free. This was 5 PM on a Sunday. She kept trying to persuade us to sit inside but it was such a beautiful day we decided we were just go somewhere else. I walked outside and decided that maybe I’ll check OpenTable to see if there are any dining options and sure enough… 515, 530, 545, 6 PM, etc. etc. all had openings for outdoor seating. I reserved the 515 and walked right back in the restaurant. Her comment was that someone must’ve just left. Right after we were seated… Two other young ladies showed up without a reservation, and was seated properly without any discussion. The manager was nice and offered a Mimosas on the house for our weird interaction with the hostess. The food was fabulous! The server was fabulous! And the atmosphere was top notch… Highly recommend!

                                                                                                          29. IC

                                                                                                            IsradethC

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            The food was terribly disappointing I went to celebrate my birthday and order a paella 🥘 it was disappointing they gave me burn dry rice no meat it look like they had it there for days and just heated it up it even tasted really burned and bad is not a good place to celebrate your birthday they don't give you a cake slice and the waitress are rude and take so long bad service

                                                                                                          30. AK

                                                                                                            AnneliseK

                                                                                                            Orlando

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            Worst place I’ve ever been to. The food was absolutely awful and extremely small portions. The service was absolutely horrid we will never go back to this place again.

                                                                                                          31. DT

                                                                                                            DanellaT

                                                                                                            Central Texas

                                                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            13 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                                            overall3food3service1ambience4

                                                                                                            Nice atmosphere. Waiter was dry and lacking curtesy. Food had some high note (lobster bisque, shrimp, cauliflower) and some lows (cheese rolls, octopus). Overall a great concept which would have been much more enjoyable if staff were more engaging.

                                                                                                          32. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                            4.0

                                                                                                            11 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Excellent service & staff very helpful. Great atmosphere. Drinks were great. Flavor profiles are fresh & unique. Must try.

                                                                                                          33. NB

                                                                                                            NicoleB

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            16 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            16 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                                                            Okay small plates bad service but nice live music

                                                                                                          34. AZ

                                                                                                            AclZ

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            40 reviews

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            40 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                                            overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                                            I been to Batanga several times and I've noticed that the place is crashing down, Unfortunately Service was not like before, they were not quick, responsive and attentive, they seem to forgot about us. The Mojitos were not that "Flavoured" as before and the Food Quality lacked that Kick... We order Tapas, meatballs were served almost at room temperature, the Cubano shareable was good however, the mushroom croquets and the Queso were not even closer than before. Certainly understanding how the pandemic has affected all business, this one is no longer one of my favorite spots.

                                                                                                          35. MK

                                                                                                            MeganK

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            3.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                                                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Our waiter was extraordinary! Took care of us the moment we walked in. There is no shortage of service on his side. I was expecting a larger list or selection of Tapas, not a large selection. We ordered a Charcutterie Board and it was very very sad, perhaps the saddest cheeseboard I've seen. The steak we ordered Medium Rare and they nailed it! Steak was phenomenal. We ordered calamari and it was very tough, our waiter asked how we liked it and we gave him our honest response. He understood and happily had it remade. It came back lightly breaded and more chewy which was a lot better. The breading has good flavor. Tough and lightly breaded, we really enjoyed the flavor of the breading. Good wine selection. I don't believe the Mojitos are made the traditional way, I'm sure they use 7up or Sprite. FYI if you're a Mojito lover.

                                                                                                          36. KF

                                                                                                            KennethF

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            1.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                                                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                            One of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had. The whole place smelled awful upon entry. It took 20 minutes to get a server, and then another 20 minutes to get one glass of wine. Food was consistently awful, and it took forever to get anything, (the restaurant only had a few customers at the time). One of the tapas dishes was finally delivered to the table when we were standing up to leave. Everyone was very unprofessional and unperturbed. I was on a date, so I was very embarrassed. Will never go back.

                                                                                                          37. B

                                                                                                            Beau

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            25 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            25 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food1service3ambience3

                                                                                                            We’ve been to Batanga several times since moving to Houston in 2018 and have enjoyed it each time. We’ve brought guests here for the ambience, live music, and unique tapas selection. However, when last night was an entirely different experience. We arrived and were seated promptly then the server did not show up for over 15 minutes. The wait wasn’t too bad since we were enjoying the live music. Once we ordered, the food came out very quickly. The presentation was very nice, but the flavor was severely lacking. Empanadas, Ceviche, Patatas Bravas, Pao de Queijo, Cuban sandwich, Calamari, and Yuca chips all were not up to par. The Cuban sandwich didn’t even have pickles. If it were 1 dish or just a service issue, we would understand; however, when there are issues in every step of the process there are bigger problems. Needless to say, this was our last time at Batanga.

                                                                                                          38. K

                                                                                                            Kirk

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            2.0

                                                                                                            1 review

                                                                                                            Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                                                            overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                            Cold food, slow service, forgotten items. Good cocktails and staff were apologetic for mistakes and didn’t charge us for a couple of things that were late/forgotten

                                                                                                          39. OT

                                                                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            vip
                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            3 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Had my 25th bday dinner here as an 18 top. I am so happy I decided to have it here because the food,drinks,service, and ambiance was amazing! They were so accommodating to me and they really made me feel special on my big day! They even had live music and serenaded me happy birthday! Patrick was the best server ever! He didn’t make us feel rushed was very patient with us and just over all kept a good mood and smile and really added good energy to the whole experience!

                                                                                                          40. JM

                                                                                                            JudyM

                                                                                                            Houston

                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                            5.0

                                                                                                            5 reviews

                                                                                                            Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                            Great as always!

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                                                                                                          Batanga is rated 3.6 stars by 1390 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                          Google Map for Batanga

                                                                                                          908 Congress Houston, TX 77002

                                                                                                          Dining areas

                                                                                                          Additional information

                                                                                                          • Cross street

                                                                                                            Travis

                                                                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                                                                            Downtown

                                                                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                                                                            Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                                                                                            Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                                                                            Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
                                                                                                            Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

                                                                                                          • Cuisines

                                                                                                            Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Latin American

                                                                                                          • Dining style

                                                                                                            Casual Dining

                                                                                                          • Dress code

                                                                                                            Casual Dress

                                                                                                          • Parking details

                                                                                                            Valet parking Thursday - Saturday at our front door. Free parking on city streets Tuesday - Saturday after 6:00 p.m. and all day Sunday. Hundreds of paid parking spots within two blocks on surface lots and garages.

                                                                                                          • Public transit

                                                                                                            One block from the Preston Stop on the Houston Metro Light Rail.

                                                                                                          • Payment options

                                                                                                            AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                          • Entertainment

                                                                                                            We feature live Latin Music from some of Houston's best known artists every Wednesday through Saturday, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Flamenco, Salsa, Merengue and more.

                                                                                                          • Additional

                                                                                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                          • Phone number

                                                                                                            (713) 224-9500

                                                                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                                                                            With capacity for up to 430 guests, we are a very popular spot for corporate events, holiday parties, and private buyouts. Our interior capacity is 215, and we can accommodate another 215 on our 3,600 bricked patio, the largest in downtown Houston.

                                                                                                          • Private party contact

                                                                                                            Brian Fasthoff: (713) 224-9500

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