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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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Tapas (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
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Fun (11)
Casual (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Live Music (9)
Authentic (8)
Romantic (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service! Will be back soon!

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was very slow. We arrived ten minutes early and were seated immediately, which was great. We ordered the 6 tapas sampler and the first 3 arrived promptly. Approximately 45 minutes after ordering, our server approached and asked how everything was. At this point we informed her that we had yet to receive our final 3 tapas. Not until then were we informed that one was no longer available. Ultimately, it took another 45 minutes to get the rest of our food. We had to get the final tapas to go. Even after asking for the check, it took an additional 20 minutes. Further, our dirty plates were never cleared as the meal progressed. Definitely and experience that was not up to Batanga’s usual standard

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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Worst service in all of Houston. Actually probably worst service for anywhere in Texas, and I've been to a lot of places. No regard to my table being there, and zero check on us. It took over an hour to get the first tapas plate and then another thirty minutes for those after. Not to mention they brought wrong things out each time too... not sure who even listened. We went for a valentines special and didn't get our dessert and left with such frustration because by then they just wanted to get us out. Will not return, and so sad because I was looking forward to finding a good tapas place in Houston.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I came here valentine's day and did an 8 course tasting menu with my husband for $66 which was fantastic and so well priced. The options were so varied on the menu but everything was so tasty. We were stuffed! Happy hour is great! I'd come back for that alone even if I didn't enjoy the rest of the menu. Tacos for $2, mojitos and wine for $5, and beer for $3.
We were seated very quickly, the server was right there at our table as soon as we sat down to get us drinks. He was very conscious of our needs and clearly has had lot of experience waiting tables. He checked up on us regularly, we never were searching for him. The service was great. Overall, I have nothing bad to say. I loved it! sorry to hear others didn't have the same experience as we did. We came on the same night as some others who wrote a negative review and it's odd that we had such opposite experiences. If you're on the fence about booking a table for the evening, I would suggest giving it a shot. If you end up having the same experience we did, I'm sure you'd love it too :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Tapas, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved the place, the singer, maybe a bit loud, but it was ok because they were on break often. Food was very good and service was great. I couldn’t believe that the waiter was able to give us individual bills although it was a table of 13. Will return for sure.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We went to Batanga after a Houston Rocket's win. The outside patio is the most amazing location with the best ambiance. We tried several different tapas: The duck confit pot pie was my absolute favorite. My husband enjoyed the empanadas. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was wonderful. The waitress was very helpful in offering suggestions and answered all of our questions knowledgeably.
Lobster bisque was phenomenal!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Had a wonderful time at Batanga. Marshall was our server and he did a great job of taking care of us. He was attentive without hovering. The food was great. We had about 12 different dishes and the only one that didn't meet our expectations was the mac and cheese. Had it before and it was outstanding but was pretty blah this time. My favorite was the bacon wrapped dates. Yum!

Tags: Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, People Watching, Live Music
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome food at a good price. We had the lobster bisque, lamb ribs, and bacon wrapped figs. Spent $40, had an awesome meal and wished we had gone back instead of another place with less awesome food for $90. Seriously one of the best resturaunts I've ever been to.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was great! The ambiance was nice and cozy. Our waiter was excellent and very attentive. We loved all the food choices and the taste was delicious. We left just when the live music was starting and the group playing was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Tapas were good but the service needs work. I will go back to try my favorite tapas.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Have been here before but enjoyed this time more than previous visits. Tasty food, good service and better cocktails. Plus love music on Saturday night, good stuff!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Nice spot!

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Good service but food took a long time to come out

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome food and atmosphere!!!!!
Service was spot on!!! Live music was wonderful, but, the volume of the mics made it difficult to continue our table’s conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve at Batanga was fantastic--nice people, exceptional wait staff, great food and drink!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My friend and I dined at Batanga on a Wednesday night right before a theater show. So it was not very crowded at 6pm. Food was delicious and came out very quickly. We ate and drank well with their happy hour menu.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

It was nice, the food was expensive for us for the quantity they serve. The music was awesome, great to chill and listen with friends and have a few drinks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Every time we are downtown we make it a point to go for tapas. It was our son's birthday and so we went there since he is a vegan and I am a vegetarian as there was plenty for us to eat. Fabulous!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was delicious & service was great with a great ambiance

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 17, 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 15, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 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 10, 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 3, 2017

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

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vip
 (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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 (Houston)·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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 (San Antonio)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 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 6, 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 5, 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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vip
 (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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