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Batanga, Houston, TX

Batanga

3.7
3.7
1403 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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  • 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

What 1,403 people are saying

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3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. TL

    TaitL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This restaurant had an amazing vibe, and outstanding food with a variety of great options! Only downside was the service was a little eh.
  2. A

    Anaufybgkmbgjmbbnjkmngvj

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was ok. We tried 4 different dishes. We loved the pulpo gallego and the other 3 were ok. The mojito tasted awful.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food is outstanding. Drinks are sub par. Waiters are slow.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Our waiter was very slow to fill drinks and forgot to put in some of our so in the end we canceled some dishes as they ran out once they realized it was entered incorrectly
  5. AQ

    AlexQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome customer service!!! Personally food and drinks were 8 out of 10. I’ll give the Ahi Tuna Nachos and smashed potatoes a 10 though lol. Customer service wise they made it right when things went wrong
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always live their menu and the staff is amazing!!
  7. TS

    TraceyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Batanga staff provided a beautiful night for our graduation celebration dinner. The ambiance was perfect, they treated us all so special, and we will go back as often as we can. Thank you, Batanga, for a phenomenal and memorable evening!
  8. SC

    StayC

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    My first impression was a good one. The staff was great, my server was really nice. The drinks were ok nothing spectacular. I ordered an appetizer that was ok and then I ordered the paella, my server did mention it was gonna take about 40mins to prepare which was ok since I was already drinking and having great conversations. When the paella finally came out I had to send it back because it was burned, the rice was crispy and the entire dish was dry. The server did apologize and took it away. Everyone has an off day, I hope the next time I visit it gets better.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food was great. I’ll definitely be back!
  10. SV

    ShelbyV

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We sat outside on their patio and had dinner for four. We ordered cocktails, which took an average time to receive. Everyone enjoyed their drinks, but they were nothing particularly special. We ordered the smashed fried potatoes at the same time as the drinks. They took what seemed like a long time to get, as we inquired about them when we started receiving dishes we ordered after receiving our drinks. Someone from the kitchen even came to our table to check if we had received them yet. Once we did, we all loved them. I would recommend those potatoes to anyone dining here. We also ordered Gambas al Ajillo - they were just ok. We ordered Arroz con pollo and it was surprisingly a half chicken on top of some rice. The rice was excellent, the chicken was super dry. We also ordered the hangar steak and empanadas, but as I did not have any of those dishes, I can not comment on them. Not necessarily somewhere I will be visiting again unless someone else wants to go. And even then I might try to talk them into going somewhere else.
  11. RS

    RonS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Worst service ever, stay away from this restaurant, The waiter was high on something. When we received the food , about 20 flies joined us We couldn’t eat and left everything on the table and left They had the balls to try to charge us , but when I mentioned I will put a bad review they let us go. This restaurant has no management onsite and no one knows what to do Definitely stay away from this one
  12. R

    Randy

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service. Only complaint is no paper menus. Must use phone to access the menu.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! The food and drinks were so good. The restaurant itself is so pretty.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    This place has gone downhill. Food and service were not good and ladies bathroom was unattended- some toilets don’t flush, no toilet paper!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    El Paso

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I went to Batanga while my entire family was in town. Everyone got a round of dishes to share and then we all shared the paella. The drinks were all delicious and no one complained about the food. The most interesting thing was definitely the banana ketchup.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    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!
  18. P

    Patriots

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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 .
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. 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.
  32. 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:(
  33. 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!
  34. JP

    JustinP

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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 .
  40. 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.

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Batanga is rated 3.7 stars by 1403 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

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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