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For 2
Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
7:30 PM
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Batanga

4.3
867 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day Buffet plus our regular brunch and tapas menu will be available from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. We also had live music on the Patio, $3 mimosas and sangria ($12 carafes) and 50% off bottles of wine. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 867 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.4
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Came for Easter lunch. Changed our seating to outdoors because inside was too cold with the AC. Server had hard time setting up the umbrella set but was very polite and apologetic. Food was decent overall except the potatoes in duck confit pot pie were severely undercooked, almost raw. Drinks are delicious.
Good value too.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Enjoyed our Saturday lunch; great service; enjoyed all of the dishes and the drinks we tried. We’ll come again

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

First time, def not last. Best for I have had in a while. The bacon wrapped dates were AMAZING!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fun place with great outdoor seating area!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a great experience hosting a couples shower here on a Sunday afternoon. They were very accommodating for a large group (13 of us), and the service was excellent! The kitchen had some issues with their equipment, and the waitress was gracious enough to keep us posted and offer replacements for any tapas that couldn't be made. I would recommend Batanga for groups as they're easy to coordinate with and have plenty of seating.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The service was very poor. It was as if we didn’t even have a reservation so we didn’t get a seat, as reserved, outside. The sangria was gross. The tapas were ok and even with 3 tapas and 1 brunch between the two of us we left unimpressed and a little hungry. I’d think if we could have gotten a seat outside it would have at least been a better atmosphere. Live music was playing. The sad part is it’s in the blazing sun with only a couple umbrellas.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I was seated on the patio and band was playing indoors however, the music was blaring louder on the patio. The singer was hitting some high notes that made me cringe while I ate.... Food was mediocre. A bit over-priced for the quality of food served.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I selected this restaurant because it was recommended online in all web sites. The place is really nice , the patio was even nicer. Our waiter was a little busy with some large groups, one was having a friends gathering and the other a huge birthday party, so our service was slow but the staff was nice and friendly all the time. It was a very special occasion and it went not too bad but not as expected, sorry to say that.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great service and food was amazing. Justin was a fun bartender

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Made a reservation, took 15 minutes to get a greet and meet our server. Took another 10-15 for our drinks to come out. Food came out quick and was excellent. Our male server checked up on us maybe once throughout the entire night. Would’ve left the food runner a tip versus our server.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Pretty disappoined with my experience here. Went on a Sunday night, so it was almost empty. The music was too loud inside, service was lackluster and the food was not very good at all (sauce on meatballs and chicken seemed like it was from a can / bottle). Not saying all their food is bad, just what I got. My previous experience was a little better, perhaps because the place was full and I sat on the patio, which is nice.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

First plate still cold. Slow service. Ribeye was pretty good. Dessert was terrible.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Here for brunch. Limited menu but great selection. Bountiful servings. We had croque Quixote, huge thick slices of bread with Serrano ham in between, Mornay sauce and 2 fried eggs on top. Also adobo steak and eggs... beautiful presentation of steak sliced avocados, grilled pepper and egg, beans rice.. delicious. Best sangria...$3 at brunch and a great drink served in fresh coconut.

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We went there because it was close enough to the Hobby Center to see River Dance based on the online recommendations. I am finding out that Open Table reviews are the pits. Everyone is 4 to 4-1/2 stars or better. Stop being nice. The food - nachos were limp dressed with a jarred / canned cheese and cold - tacos both the chicken and fish were the worst drenched in overlay wet coleslaw The empanadas carne came out of a box or frozen bag. The stuffed bacon wrapped dates were the only decent thing we ate. The only bright spot was the bartender Brittney. Avoid this place because its the pits. Taco Bell is 100% better.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was great. The tapas were delicious and came quickly after ordering. The service was a bit spotty. Our server seemed to disappear for long periods of time. We were a large party and I understand that only half of us arrived on time but it took a while to get greeted and order drinks while we waited. We also somehow ended up with a different sever by the end of our meal. We weren't offered any dessert or after dinner drinks, they just dropped the check off without asking. The live latin band was great, I wish I had requested a table closer to them. I will be back because everyone loved the food plus the sangria is great.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Decent spot for Sunday brunch. However, food and service were just ok, nothing spectacular. both could be improved it.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing place, but the food is so expensive for the amount of each portion. Go there, it's a good ambiance, but go with money and not hungry.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We were staying at The Icon and found this gem right across the street! Luckily, they had availability for seating on Valentine's Day and we had a lovely table in the enclosed courtyard. Such a gorgeous setting. The food was delightful! The Lobster Tamale was simply delicious and the Tulum Shrimp was our favorite of the night. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Batanga Mac & Chees. Such an interesting and thoughtfully designed menu. Can't wait for another trip to Houston, as we will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service! Will be back soon!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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 :)

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5.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Nice spot!

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Good service but food took a long time to come out

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

I randomly stumbled upon Batanga while searching for a place close to my hotel on my last visit to Houston. What a pleasant surprise! I was greeted warmly by the host and escorted to our table immediately. We had a large group of 10+ and the table was ready for us when we arrived. There was a live band playing so the atmosphere was fun (but a little loud). At a table of 10 you can expect to be seated far away from each other so even though it was a little loud, it was expected. If you're looking for an intimate place to chat on a date, you might want to look elsewhere.

The food was amazing and the service was quick and attentive. One of the management staff Wilmer kept checking in on us and made sure our dinner was perfect. As someone who travels weekly to different cities in the US, I'll definitely say it was one of my favorite "new finds" in a city. I'll be back when I return to Houston!!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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