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About Batanga

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.

908 Congress
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Kitchen Hours:

Sun - Tues: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wed - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bar Hours:

Sun - Tues: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wed - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Cross Street:
Travis

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 224-9500

Website:
http://www.batangahouston.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Valet parking Tuesday - Saturday at our front door. Free parking on city streets Monday - 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.

Executive Chef:
Rishi Singh

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

Special Events & Promotions:
We handle corporate events, holiday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and other private events featuring special food and drink menus for parties of up to 430 people. Please contact us at 713.224.9500 for more information.

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Private Dining

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.

Batanga Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Tapas (12)
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Fun (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Casual (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Seasonal (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was delicious & service was great with a great ambiance

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

First we got there the hostess looked overwhelmed and disorganized! We get seated it took 20 minutes for somebody to come to our table and the fact was after I ask somebody for some assistance. We ask for drinks the waiter comes back that they are out of michelob ultra. Ok I ask for coke he brings me Dr. pepper . Then we order our food one was from the chef special which was the the “ the lobster tamale”. A few minutes later he comes back and said they run out of the item. This is a Saturday night you know you have to be stocked with your menu items. But either way it was a fair tasting food and made the best of it!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The atmosphere & setting was amazing. The food was good but waited an hour to get it & was the last of the party to eat. Service sucked. Our waiter only came back after we were done eating to let us know there was a rush & if we wanted to order more. Then my boyfriend had to go find her inside to ask where was my plate.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went to celebrate a colleague after our original reservations at SpindleTop didn’t work out and turned out to be a great night!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We really enjoyed our mid week dinner at Batanga. The atmosphere was nice and the weather was perfect for sitting out on the patio. Our waiter was great and provided great service. We ordered off the happy hour menu which gave us tons of yummy tacos and drinks! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Spicy, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great Beer, Casual, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, great patio, nice ambiance, eclectic music and atmosphere. The patio got really busy. When this happens the servers are really scattered out. All in all we had a good experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Live Music, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Happy Hour, Tapas, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Disabled Access, Late-night Find
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Recently dined here after about a year from our last visit. A group of us had a less than stellar experience. The hosts seemed confused how and where to seat people, (they even incorrectly reported us as "no shows" on Open Table), so that gives you an idea of what hoes on here. Table service was poor, my wife had to get up from the table to order and pay for another glass of wine at the bar, as our waiter frequently disappeared. Then our entree arrived about 30min after our friends food arrived, making for an awkward dining experience, especially when they've almost finished eating. I asked the manager what the issue was, and if part of the order was forgotten, and his reply was "a lot of tables arrived". Clearly not the place to go on a weekend night, as they have neither the staff nor the organization to handle any sort of crowd. The redeeming qualities were the band, and the crispy pig ears. Aside from that, poor service and average food. Likely won't return.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Too many flies!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We spend a Beautiful night at the patio with friends. The food was delicious

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

After making a reservation, I got there to find the restaurant CLOSED. There was a note on the door saying they were sorry for any inconvenience. This is the second time this has happened. I like the place, but wouldn't count on making a reservation meaning they would actually be open.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We were visiting Houston for a quilt show, and when I searched through open table to find somewhere to eat this place caught our eye.
The service from the get go was friendly personable and informative. We were the first table there and one of only maybe 2 or 3 reservations for a Wednesday. So we have the undivided attention of our server. He did great.
On to food: we ordered the 8 plate option because we couldn't decide.
So here goes:
The mac and cheese (we added lobster) probably not worth the splurge when said and done it was just OK. Lacked flavor, though the lobster was very prevelant it overpowered the flavor of any cheese. And it lacked spices.
The meat sticks: if I could remember the name I'd tell you, sorry. Those were amazing, the aoili was good.
Hummus and pita: fantastic. The pita chips could have been less... Chewy?!(tough? But still, flavor wise , amazing)

The quail on quail was tied for best with the red snapper ceviche, both knocked our socks off. The plantain mash was deceivingly delicious, the BBQ sauce was perfect. Not too sweet, not too spicy.
The ceviche was perfectly seasoned, had a strong lime flavor, and not over powering on the onion. The fish was fresh, so my mom who hates fish, she loved it!! Not fishy AT ALL could have almost been chicken... Or... Something but, you get my point.
We had some lamb meatballs: They were good, but not great. Might just be me though. I don't like ground lamb much. The sauce could have used some salt, or other seasonings.
I can't remember if I am missing anything. But if you go, go early to get ahead of dinner crowd, and get the quail on quail and the red Snapper ceviche! And a size of hummus. we left stuffed!!!
Thank you to our server who went above and beyond to try and figure out bus routes for us. You know who you are. And I'm sorry I can't remember your name.
But you made the experience that much better!!!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was okay it could have been better and a little pricy for not that much. Also the waiter, I forgot her name was rude and was giving attitude when we tried to explain to her that are total check was like 60 something but we were gonna round it up to 80 so she would be able to keep the change. Which was like 12 dollars or more. That, I did not like.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The Food at brunch is very tasty and drinks were great. Restaurant wasn’t busy at all but the food took a while coming out. Oh well, no biggie.
The lobster bisque shooters are the best!!! Everything is great but the portions seem to be getting smaller each time I go. Not a great value but delicious anyway

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was good but our service was terrible. The waiter didn’t seem to care and was rude and rushed us to order.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We are recent empty nesters and have not gone out much until now because of the kids. We were walking around the downtown area and ran into the restaurant. Loved to be able to sit outside and not die from the heat. Food was great. Ambiance was nice, a little in the noisy side, but not too bad. We'll definitely go back! Maybe come with friends next time. The only thing I did not like was that they were not taking walkins (even though they were not busy). So I had to go online right then and make the reservation through opentable. Waste of time!

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Live Music
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The only good thing was the food, the part of the order that we received. We were attending for my birthday. The service was the worst. It ruined the start of the evening. I definitely would not recommend it

Tags: Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful meal with friends! Great service. The only note is that they told us the paella was a good portion for 2 people, so we ordered 2 orders for a table for 6. Literally didn't touch one of the paella and the 6 of us each had seconds. at $46 that was a huge hiccup! Its a tapas restaruant, management should take that into consideration when suggesting quantities. Dates, cheese bread, poke, barbacoa tacos, baked avocado - all terrific. Pineapple mojito was special as was the prickly pear Marg.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Just one word: EXCELLENT.
Best tapas, great menu.
Mango Mojito is one of the best cocktails.

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Casual, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We went to Batangas for my managers birthday and it was perfect! I picked it as it was the only place that was easily able to accommodate a party of 16. We went on a Friday and the band started playing about 8:30/9. It was a wonderful lively experience. The service and surroundings took our party to a new level.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Man...
I’ve been to batanga before but probably was my last time there. For once it’s a Thursday and I don’t want to know how things are now during the weekend if one half of our table didn’t get food!!!! And then when we saw the server and complained 30 plus minutes after that we didn’t get their food we decided to cancel. We were ready to go and asked for our checks and they were wrong! and took forever and then when we gave her our credit cards she took 30 plus minutes to check us out and even when to go find her and we just wanted to leave. We told the managers and he was no help at all. He didn’t do anything. The food is great but the service was horrible. I don’t think I want to go back for a very long time and give it a chance again.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Made a reservation days in advance reserving a table on the patio as we wanted to enjoy the weather. Drove 35 minutes to get there, paid to park and upon arrival was told that the patio would not be available to us. Someone could have told us that well in advance. We left and won’t be back. Not recommended.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Friend reunion for a Sunday Brunch.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service was slow partly because there were so many large parties. We were not in a hurry so it wasn't a big deal really. The drink orders could have been faster so that we weren't so restless, and I don't think the speed of drinks can solely be blamed on the bar but both the bar and waitstaff. We love sitting outside on the patio, the inside dining area can get rather loud. Overall an God experience and we would go back for another date night.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 21, 2017

fun stop for a light dinner. Small plates so I picked a few things to try. The Nacho Batanga were great, loaded with queso and jalapenos and a good smattering of crispy beef.
The duck confit pot pie was another excellent choice., a perfect blend of peas, carrots, duck in a savory cream sauce.
The smoked pork belly was the only disappointment. The beans were a bit salty and the pork was under whelming. Guess I am real used to the crispy style but the smoke didn't come through and didn't work for me.
overall a pleasant experience with exceptional service from the wait staff.

Tags: Live Music, Fun, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

super cute spot with a chill vibe. Food was good and at a great price. We went on a sturdy night and the live band set a great mood.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Loved everything about this place! Great live music, great cocktails & food was really good. Chef even made a off menu dish just to accommodate me on my birthday so truly appreciated that. It is very small portions tho but overall so worth it.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Drunk dude screaming at the bar. No bueno.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The place is really nice but, the service is horrible waited 2 hours for a paella, had to ask for plates more than once. Order a plate that was $13 and it only had 2 crazy shrimps on it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Live Music
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We made reservations through Open Table and arrived on time to be told by the hostess they didn't have a table for us. I asked, "Even for reservations?" She told us if we wanted to sit outside, they could accomodate us. It's hotter than seven hells in Houston right now, so that wasn't an option for us. She then told me I should have indicated on my reservations that I wanted indoor seating, and then gestured at the crowd and asked if I could see how busy they were. I told her that wasn't an option on Open Table or I would have selected it. My husband stepped in and said we would be leaving and a table magically became available. We waited almost 20 minutes after being seated and never saw a server. We left. Highly disappointed! We will not be returning or recommending.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Meh. Horrible service and not enough waitstaff.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our first visit. We were introduced to Tapas menu in Spain and enjoyed and decided to give Batanga a try. There are many choices and a large variety. Even for picky eaters, there is something for everyone. The pricing is very reasonable and the atmosphere is very upbeat and casual. A large patio if the weather is good. Service was very attentive.

Tags: Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Was at Batanga for Restaurant Weeks. A member of out party didn't receive her appetizer until she was almost finished with her entree. Our server was great, however, it seemed as though the kitchen was overwhelmed and the 'vibe' of the entire restaurant felt chaotic. The live music was so loud that we couldn't talk to our party without yelling.
Food portions we're larger than expected, yet a bit over priced. Sticking to the restaurant weeks menu and only having one drinks each, our bill was over $100.00.
We will not be back.

Tags: Live Music, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I was pretty excited about the restaurant. Food was good, not amazing. I guess I have pretty high expectations for tapas. Feel like you should pack a ton of flavor in a smaller plate. Like I said, good food, would recommend, not great.

Side note: band was awesome and like the decor

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great Atmosphere, great food, fantastic service.... If traveling to H-town or just out for a fun night with friends, family, or significant other, it's a must try..

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Nice tapas restaurant. Definitely had more of a bar vibe than a fancy restaurant, but was perfect for what we were looking for. We selected 8 tapas dishes and they all came out at once. It would have been nice to have them staggered a little, but that may have been on us since we ordered them all at the same time. FYI 1/2 off any bottle of wine on Sunday evenings!!! We will definitely go back if we are in the area.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Tapas
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

While Batanga bills itself as a tapas place it is really more of a small plate. For a tapas place the food should come out in the multiples of the number of people at the table. Bacon wrapped dates for a 3 top has 4 dates. The empanadas came at 2 to a plate.

The quality of the food was fantastic and I would come again as it is well worth the visit. The only other critique I have is the menus need to be printed darker, on thicker paper and in a font easier to read. The sunlight shone through the thin paper causing the printing on the other side to show through.

Once again, quality of the food was fantastic and the bill was reasonable for a downtown location.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Good food and atmosphere! Would bring friends and return!!!!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Decent tapas restaurant downtown. Service was a little off. But the food tasted great, and the live music was enjoyable.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Tapas, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good place to go for dinner before a show in the theater district.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The flaw was that it was advertised as a Salsa night, and there was no salsa. Music was great, but we were expecting salsa night.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Live Music
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