Batanga

4.1
905 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Latin American
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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.
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Phone number
(713) 224-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rishi Singh
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Travis
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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.
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Public transit
One block from the Preston Stop on the Houston Metro Light Rail.
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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.
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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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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

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.

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Reviews from verified diners
905 reviews
4.1 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
52%
Very Good
24%
Good
11%
Fair
9%
Poor
5%
4.1
food
3.8
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Houston
1.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

The service was so horrible we didn’t even order our food. The restaurant was obviously short handed, but there was not a preemptive apology about the wait being longer than usual or anything to make us aware that service/ wait time may be a bit delayed. The waitress was very annoyed when we asked if she could help us with drinks. We also had to ask her for menus to order food which annoyed her more. By that time we figured it was best if we leave. There was a manager on duty who was more occupied with opening a box of wine than being attentive to the guest that were not receiving service. This is a HUGE disappointment to me and my friends as we love the food, service and atmosphere at Batanga. Who knows maybe the box of wine got opened and all went back to normal once we left.

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New Orleans
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Service was great since it was after happy hour. Portions can be small but food was good overall.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

We sat outside and it was great. The inside had a strong (I’m not sure if it was incense or what) smell that gave me a headache. The service was great. Our waiter gave amazing recommendations and everything tasted great. I will definitely go back and recommend to my friends.

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Houston
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

It was a bit loud and hard to get service at times but the food was delicious.

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Austin
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Everythibg was great except the hostess. She was very rude and seemed like she had an attitude. That is the only downfall.

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BJ
Houston
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Gathering before a concert. Service was slow in the beginning but we understood they get a big crowd all at once. Server was helpful & food was great

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OT
1.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Service was not attentive until he brought the check and then he waited at our table until we reviewed the tab and provided a card for payment. Impatient and rude. Food is mediocre at best. The patio is the only thing enjoyable part. Ive been here several times and consistently poor service.

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BH
Houston
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

I LOVED the singer on Thursday he has a beautiful voice and the band was wonderful; although I only saw the singer.... (not sure if it was a 1 man band :)

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B
Houston
2.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Very disappointingibreallybwanted to like this place as a friend had been and had a great time
The ambience is good on the Patio but inside was too loud to hold a conversation
There was a band but the mixing was terrible as the instruments drowned out the singer’s voice
The drinks and food were nothing special
Food portions were tiny and flavor was lacking given the prices
I know this is a tapas bar but they could do better Grilled octopus was 1 very small tentacle which wastasteless
Campachana was mostly ketchup
Ceveiche was also tasteless
I am very familiar with Spanish/Latin food and I would suggest they get a new chef

Drinks (Pisco based Moscow mule) that were recommended by the server were nothing special
Server was nice but was hard to find toward the end of our time there

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l
Houston
4.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

It’s been a while since I was there, but the food has gone majorly downhill. Portion size of ceviche was small for the price, campenchana was like watery salsa with a few bits of crab in it, potatoes bravas were undercooked, ribs had no flavor, etc. The ambiance and the waitstaff attitude seemed to be that of a casual restaurant, not the higher end price point I expect from Batanga.

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JF
Houston
3.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

We ate here for lunch as we wanted tapas and have not eaten here for lunch. They have a nice outdoor seating area, but we had already walked around in the heat for two hours so we ate inside. We had the mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork ribs tapas. They are all good, but we have had better tapas elsewhere. I would certainly go back as I would like to try dinner and the sunday brunch.

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E
Houston
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful!!

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OT
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Celebrate my graduation

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OT
2.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Food quality suffered under the dinner rush.

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TP
Houston
1.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

Despite having this reservation confirmed with the request to sit inside they would only offer us seating outside in the sun - it was 96 degrees outside - are you kidding me. We again explained and showed the reservation and all they did was to say “sorry - we booked everything inside for a special event.” If they had done that, why did they accept our reservation? They could have called or canceled it and We could easily have made other plans before paying $12 to park. Not happy at all and not going back.

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CK
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

We had a 5:45pm reservation and were seated outside. Our server promptly took our drink order and brought the drinks. That's the last we saw of her. After waiting 1/2 hour, we asked another server to get our server. He took our order and the food came out in stages. Our server never checked on us. Quite a wait to get our check. We weren't quite sure who our server was at this point. We finally flagged down the second server and asked for our check. It was brought by the first server. We waited again and had to flag down the first server to get the credit card run. Finally, we were able to leave.

The food was very good but the service experience was awful. I would not come back here again. The food was not exceptional enough to override the poor service. I was generous at two stars.

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H
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

The kids wanted to take their mother here for Mother's Day. This is not our first visit as it is a great place and worth the hour drive for us. We enjoy the atmosphere and the food is awesome but your hostess acts as if she could care less if we were there or what we wanted as our table. I would recommend a friendly, outgoing, and helpful hostess to greet your customers.

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JH
Houston
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a reservation and when we arrived the restaurant was nearly empty and we were told we would have to sit outside on a blistering hot night. They did finally accommodate us inside but weren’t very welcoming or friendly. My drink was good. Food was okay, the quail and empanadas were probably the best dishes we tried.

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MG
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

great experience as always and great service. Our waiter went above and beyond to provide a wonderful experience for Mother's day. My only complaint was the portion size for a few plates was a little disappointing.

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m
Houston
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Came for a Mother's Day brunch before attending a performance at the Hobby Center. Although the food was good, the dishes came out at very different times. We each ordered a brunch menu item, not meant to be shared. We had 6 guests. The last dish came out 20 minutes later than the first dish, and one of the dishes was cold and the rice was not completely cooked. It was sent back and returned cold again, but with cooked rice. Overall value was good.

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CG
Houston
1.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

I went with a group of friends to Batanga for the brunch on Mother's Day. Ordinarily a poor quality dining experience might be excusable on that particular day because of the crowds, but Batanga was not crowded so there was no real reason why it took almost a hour for us to get our food and none of it came out at the same time. The kitchen was so slow that it was necessary for the Manager to comp our meals. He did what was appropriate. The food was very good so it is a shame they were so unorganized. I probably won't go back.

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AL
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

the accent and theme of the restaurant is consistent and smooth, Food is full of flavor and unique spins on classics... but the sunday brunch buffet for the price of $29 not including mimosas, was a little over priced with only a small amount of choices and small plates.

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Nice date atmosphere

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JV
2.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Arrived early and no one was there. Hostess sat us next to a big party. Wanted to move tables but she refused. Spent a hour and a half there and restaurant was still empty. I didn't see why she couldn't move us. Decided to try new foods and when we didn't care for them they didn't offer something else. It was a waste.

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AJ
4.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Batanga on a Friday night. There was great outdoor seating - I highly recommend! There was a DJ playing Latin music outside which was really great and enjoyable. The tapas were great. I recommend the mushroom croquettes and ceviche. The sangria would be better with more fresh fruit. Overall, it was a great experience (and our waiter was awesome!)

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Houston
3.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

The happy hour menu is a great deal! The only complaint I have is that we were automatically seated outside instead of picking a table. We were told that the inside seating was all reserved but when we left, there were plenty of empty tables inside. At least it was not too hot outside.

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AP
5.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

I truly enjoyed the vibe at Batanga. The wait staff were so amazing and attentive. The fresh Raspberry Sangria was refreshing on a hot day and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend.

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Pittsburgh
1.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

Showed up and they told us they had one table in the back corner and that service would be slow. There were open tables throughout the dining room. Been before and enjoyed it but this was a bizarre experience.

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A
Washington DC
1.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Food was horrible, service was poor... I have no idea why people go to this place

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PH
San Diego
2.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Everything was just ok. We won’t be back.

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New Orleans
3.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

I’ve always enjoyed Batanga, but the service on Saturday was just awful. I would understand if it had been a busy brunch rush. However, I believe there were two other tables when we arrived. My friends eggs Benedict was very over cooked and the English muffin was rubbery. One of my dishes was wrong, but that was remedied in a somewhat timely manner.

Overall, just not the experience I’m used to having in this restaurant.

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Houston
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

It was super nice and relaxing!

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b
Houston
5.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

Great time, good food, good mojitos. Service was excellent. Definitely going back.

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t
Houston
4.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Great Happy Hour. Mojitos, sangria, and house wines for $5.00. Food includes nachos, sliders, flatbreads, fish tacos. Food is good, but the prices make them even better.

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Houston
2.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

Our waitress was sweet but we needed more people for a table of 18, also the food took forever to get to our table

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SB
El Paso
3.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Management was very accommodating for seating our party or 12 and service was fairly good. Great ambiance and music. Good variety of food, but it was just ok for flavor.

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SS
Houston
4.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

Cozy spot in Downtown with a great patio. Wine selection was good. Tapas were tasty! Will definitely go back :)

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AH
Houston
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Love this place!! Food is always amazing and the love music make for a great time! Perfect place for a casual date even if it's a first or 15th date.

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TS
Houston
4.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food !! Wonderful service and lovely music. Many tapas with tons of selections.

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OT
Houston
5.0
Dined on April 7, 2018

Great ambiance on patio with live music on a Friday. Tapas, so mostly small plates
Some dishes great, some less so, but nothing outright bad. Great service. A cool place to hang out or have romantic date. Will definitely return.

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