Batanga

3.4
1362 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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vipScottH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience5

For a Saturday night with a live band, the kitchen closed too early, before 10. I would have ordered more food earlier if I knew! Actually only went to hear singer Gisele Duque, which they didn’t even advertise on website. The octopus for $19 was the size of my pinky or Index finger! Too hilarious to complain. The chef must have been smoking crack! Valet said I needed reservations, but the place was practically empty until closing. Now I know why! Lol.

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Sylvia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Had a reservation at 9, left at 11:47. Not because we were relaxing, but because we were waiting for food that entire time. How does a large paella (which was way over cooked) come out before a 3-scallop tapas? Server barely spoke or came to check on us.

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MTravieso
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Great music and ambience. Lack of attention to table food and drinks. Bathroom needed attention. Ran out of rice during our meal, had to canceled the main dish and walk away. For a paella advertised restaurant that is not acceptable.

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Lane
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is spot-on, always. Their staff is knowledgeable & helpful and their menu is vast and has just about all the Spanish stars on it....highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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eCoog
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for New Years, nice place, very active and food was good.

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Croissant
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service. Our waiter was never at our table and empty plates sat for over an hour. They were out of the dessert we ordered but we weren’t told until 45 minutes later.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Been here many times and usually a great spot! Maybe an off night in the food

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MarnieM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Terrible experience. Food came out cold, one dinner never arrived at all. We left and got a pizza.

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor patio to enjoy a delicious meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was good; what little they provided as an entree. Ordered ceviche and when we asked for more chips (because they provided so little and were out of crackers) they charged us for additional chips as a “side.” Had the octopus, which was good but only had one small tentacle. Ordered oysters and after multiple times of asking it wasn’t until we had finished our appetizer and an entree the the server finally informed us that they were out. We promptly asked for the check and left. I went for the ambiance and that was honestly the only thing worth coming to this “restaurant” for.

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vipMindyohbaby
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

This is all I have to said about this place . Last time I went was good. The oysters taste fresh and the sauce were thicker and not water down . There was a sweet kick to it too . Today the oyster was watery and taste not fresh . Even the sauces were water down . You can tell by the sauce textures and color in the pictures. And the piece ran out of cracker during oyster happy hour . The place open at 4pm . I came in at 4:10pm on a Wednesday and they have no cracker to go with their oyster .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

TERRIBLE!! We live nearby & dine here often & every time service gets worse!

Brought friends with this time-first time there. Was embarrassing poor experience.

Waited for several minutes at hostess station to be seated for our reservation. No one manning station or even paying attention at all. Finally had to go find someone to seat us.

Service very slow & poor. Waiter very unfamiliar with menu/drinks/beer selections.
Did not tell us specials.
Most of the food items we wanted to order were not in stock. & he didn’t offer other suggestions or alternatives.
Second round of drinks came after we were done eating. We watched them sit at the bar.
Never checked to see how doing or if could get anything else.

Very disappointing dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Service was pretty slow and restrooms were dirty and unstocked. Cocktails were great though.

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MiguelN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Horrible service. Avoid this place at all costs. It will ruin your evening.

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MrsMitchell
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Service was great. For six of us to eat and drink all we wanted, we spent under $400. Highly recommend!

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JESSICAS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I love this place BUT I wish they could have told us before we made the reservation at 930pm that Kitchen closes at 945pm , Someone should have called me to advised this prior to us arriving to the restaurant.
Drinks are good normally but this was not the case.

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victorm
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Overall we love the restaurant, the ambiance and the food is usually good there. Unfortunately due to a large party booked there that took the whole dining experience south. Food and drink shortages, not sure if it was supply chain issues or just the big party :(.
So be aware when you book ahead of time in these instances and be careful to using open table as we were 1.5 hour ahead our preferences were scrapped after various confirmations.
Still ...Good place still to enjoy dinner in downtown......

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went for my husband’s birthday. The entire indoor space was reserved for a private party, so no live music even though it was a Saturday. We had reserved a patio table so that was not a big deal to us to sit outside. We were seated and then two other tables came after us. Those tables received waters and were greeted by their servers. We waited, and waited, nothing. Flagged another server down after 10 minutes. Asked if we could get some waters and menus. He was apologetic and helpful. Not clear where the breakdown was with table assignments? Supposedly our original server was on break when we were seated. No one mentioned that when we were escorted to the table. Why would you assign a server that is on break to a table? Doesn’t make sense to me. They were out of a number of dishes, but the food we did order was good. I would return again, patio would be lovely in the spring.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun evening! The ambiance, the service and the food were very festive and had us all in a great mood!

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CrucelisL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

I love Batanga but service and food are always a hut and miss. The adobo steak smelled as if the meat was old. I ordered a burger with no bun and medium-rare and got a smashed up burger, with bun, past well done. Food comes out late or we have to remind the server to bring it. I love the ambiance and have great friends working the bar; perhaps it is best to keep Batanga as a drinking place?

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband and I had been wanting to try this restaurant for a very long time. We were very excited we had a 9 o’clock dinner reservation. We arrived about 25 minutes early and we’re more than happy to wait till our reservation time. The young man politely said that he was more than happy to see us as there was a table available. We reserved a table on the patio as it was a lovely evening and the weather was nice. Upon being walked to our table we noted that numerous outside tables had not been bussed so he sat us at a table in a corner which is fine. However after about five minutes of sitting there we kind of looked at ourselves and said I wonder how long it’s gonna take for service as there were numerous servers that had already walked by us the table next to us had already consumed multiple rounds of drinks and received their food. 25 minutes not one server asked if we had been helped, even though multiple of them walked by us. No water no menus nothing. Beyond one of the most disappointing situations that I have ever encountered at a restaurant. Incredibly unprofessional I would not recommend it to anyone.

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LexS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Had a reservation for outdoor seating @ 7:30, and was told we could not be seated outside for another hour. Food is always delicious here but service was extremely slow! Waited on drinks for over 30 minutes and waited on small plates for 45 + minutes. Ordered a dish and waiter kept telling us it was coming, 45 minutes later he comes and says they’re all out of what we ordered. Waiter was friendly and apologized for everything. Manager was able to comp 2 appetizers for us.

Love the food and atmosphere but it’s extremely chaotic and service is super slow!

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RoseD
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Our appetizers took forever to get to our table. The paella was under cooked. The beef empanadas were salty. Our waiter didn't seem like he wanted to work or at least not serving us. I was very disappointed because the first time we went to this restaurant our experience was the complete opposite.

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Pngwentx
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Sitting on the patio was nice. Redfish special was good. But stay away from the paella. Not good.

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EricJ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I was excited about this restaurant because of the menu items. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive however the drinks and appetizers took extremely long to arrive at our table. I ordered a couple of appetizers (tapas) and they were good but the drinks were very bad. We decided to ordered a large paella for the three of us. The paella was extremely salty so we did not eat it. We were in Downtown to watch a dancing show so we needed to leave but before we left we ordered some empanadas (6) to go since we’re still hungry. Later that night we took a bite of the empanadas and they tasted like pure salt! We threw them in the trash! I don’t recommend this place!

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vipwowvols
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Twice in the last 3 months this restaurant has accepted my reservation only to get a call 30 minutes prior to reservation time saying the restaurant was closed or closing early.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Took more than 30mins to get a drink. Didn’t get told there was no salmon until the food for the rest of the guests had arrived. Birthday girl was with no food until 1 hour Later. Everyone was done eating when her food arrived.

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Esgarcia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Batanga’s aesthetics did not disappoint. Food was creative and flavorful. Our server was attentive and friendly. The cocktails were the best part . For a Saturday, it was not crowded at all. We will definitely be back!

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Nate
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time here. Overall it was a great experience. Several food items took extremely long to get to us, but we will definitely be coming back. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Used to be an awesome place. Every time We go to Houston it was a must to stop by Batanga. Not Anymore. Really disappointing experience.

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Mily
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Wish I would have paid attention to the reviews before making reservations here. The patio area was nice and there weren't many people there on a Sunday evening, which was ideal. However, the food was subpar at best. The flavor was absolutely lacking in every dish we ordered. Things were either way overcooked or undercooked and one of the people in our party never had her paella order put in (which takes 30-40 mins to prepare) so they didn't get to eat. Small plates took a long time to come out and the service could have been more attentive and organized. Overpriced for a paella and breakfast potatoes ("patatas bravas") I can make better at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was the worst place I've ever been to in Houston. The ambiance is nice which made it look promising but the service was terrible. The waiter (Christopher) never took our order on time, would bring the wrong items, bring food late, triple charged us for items and didn't remove them off the receipt, forgot to put in items and when we asked about it said the kitchen is closed...He barely knew how to do his job and made the experience terrible for our friend's birthday, I'm shocked he is still employed there, he needs some serious training or needs to be let go.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Batanga is really nice! Very well put together atmosphere, good food. My only complaint is that service is slow, but that is happening everywhere. Overall a really nice place!

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VanM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They were out of empanadas and nachos by 8 pm on Saturday night….. we were told that if your want the empanadas then Saturday is not a good day to come because they sell out fast. Definitely fewer options on the menu than what I remember from going here in the past.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We were celebrating a friends wedding and it was very disappointing. I will not be coming back, even though we live a block away.
We didn’t get water or a waiter for about 25mins after sitting down and the night continued on like that.

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NolaSoniarita
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The restaurant itself is very cute, clean and spacious. We arrived for brunch on Saturday and our waiter Christopher was excellent, he was very attentive and fun and we appreciate his positive attitude. The food was overall good. It was four of us and we shared the Brunch Skillet which was excellent, the Migas which lacked some flavor they were pretty bland, the shrimp tacos were good and the patatas bravas which were ok but not very bravas. We also ordered the chorizo mac and cheese but it never came out so it got taken off of our bill. We got a carafe of Mimosa for $13 to split between the 4 of us and that was good enough for us. Overall the experience was nice, I'd like to return in the evening to hear the band and try the dinner menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We wanted a light bite before going to a concert at Jones Hall - this seemed to be a good place to try. We have done Tapas style before I know it can be a bit slower paced, but we explained to our server we did have to be out at a certain time - but we had over a hour. We were assured that it would be fine. Not exactly how it went.

It look 15 min to get drinks and order - then it was 30 min before the first plate arrived and another 15 before we had the rest. One dish never came and out server insisted I never ordered it. Since it was my “entree” dish - I’m fairly certain of what I ordered……

The place itself was nice, the noise level was low enough to have a nice conversation. The food was pretty good. The ceviche was actually one of the best I have had. The potato bravos were good - but no remarkable. Hubs had the rib eye and the wedge salad - the salad being the better of those dishes. Sadly the pork belly I ordered was the MIA dish so we will never know.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Lobster bisque had too much seasoning to my taste. Yuca chips were good but not the aioli. Beef empanadas were nice. Frito plate was ok. Tuna nachos were good. Service was very nice and the place was cute.

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Danny
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was not good. It was not busy. Went on a Tuesday. Messed up our app order. He didn’t ask if we wanted to replace it. We let it go. We politely waited for our food. Time went by and waiter kept saying it was on the way. Waited longer and finally asked to leave if the food was not made already. He said that they hadn’t even started making it. Why tell us it was on the way and have us wait. We didn’t get a chance to really eat there all we had were two apps. Can’t say much about the food, we were really excited to eat there because of the ambiance.

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Batanga is rated 3.4 stars by 1362 OpenTable diners.

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