Irma's Southwest

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374 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican / Southwestern

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Irma’s Southwest along with Irma’s Original have been household names in downtown food scene for over 17 years. Headed by the leadership of Louis Galvan and Irma Galvan, recipient of the 2008 James Beard Award.
Irma’s Southwest Grill is a casual elegant restaurant where you will enjoy some of the best Mexican food you will ever have north of the Mexican border. Our menu showcases some of the classic Mexican dishes including Carne Guisada, Pork Carnitas and Chile Relleno but it also incorporates Texas Wild Game in the form of Axis Barbacoa and Nilgai Tamales. Come to Irma’s and let yourself be completely mesmerized by our amazing food.
Whether you are looking for a hearty lunch, a quick bite before a baseball game or a full dinner Irma’s Southwest is your destination in downtown.
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Good and tasty

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Irma’s! Great food and great service!

d
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Ask for Moses!!

A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service lacked, as well as the salad...dirty patio.

OT
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dare to try boar tacos, they were amazing!

MK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was fantastic simple menu with Mexican and wild game options. Very tasty

Service was some of the worst. Ordered drinks 15 min later they came out. Asked for the check 20 mi later it was brought. They were not busy (bar or restaurant) yet the server would disappear for 10-15 min and had to be flagged multiple times to come to the table or asked for.

The icing on the cake was 20% service charge for a party of 5 paying 1 bill.

No manager or hostess on the way out.

Too bad, fantastic food and really bad service leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

PD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice the sauce on the tacos was spicy and it was not noted on the menu nor did the server mention it. If I were not on a time line I would have sent them back. It’s hard fir me to enjoy food spicer than my taste.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual great service and attention to detail.

SU
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Irma’s Southwest was a great restaurant to have a meal before an Astros game. It is very close to Minute Maid Park. They take reservations on game day which is great because some in the area do not.
Service was great, orders were promptly taken and delivered. The Irma-Rita was amazing & refreshing.
Grilled salmon (substituted for blackened) was cooked perfectly for the salad and the Combos #1 and #2 were both excellent. Can’t wait to return to try something new!

C
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good local mexican food joint. good for eating solo especially at the bar. friendly staffs.

LW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a great experience. The waitress we had was remarkable and very helpful when I was deciding what to order for my dinner. We’ve eaten here before and will definitely return!

JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Best margaritas in Houston. Wonderful friendly wait staff.

b
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My open table started 6pm as requested. Irma's had it for 7pm. They worked with us and we only had to wait 15 min. Not sure where the mis connect came from.

b
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Astros game

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BF
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Pollo Verde is my favorite meal - but the enchiladas are great also!!

PA
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Josh our waiter was awesome and knew the menu well. This was very helpful with our first visit.

CO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always amazing and always help the experience wonderful. Delicious food and beautiful ambiance as well.

ML
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was just OK was hoping for more of a southwest influence. Servings were small for the price.

BW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, plan to go again. Staff is friendly and the food is fantastic!

m
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. I asked our waiter what he liked to eat there and he recommended combo # 3 (not on the menu). It had a chicken tamale, some amazing pork and a cheese enchilada. With rice and beans. So very good. The sauces were amazing. And so much food I could only eat half, so we chopped the remainder up for breakfast the next day and added some eggs and had enough more deliciousness to feed 2 people. This was our first visit. We will be back!

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, but food and margaritas very expensive!

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent combos!

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RP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Tex Mex upscale fusion. Relatively quite open dining area. Easy to carry on a conversation. Attentive service

JW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked it... live in San Antonio, know enchiladas Close to Minute Maid Park... very convenient

C
New York Area
149 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good neighborhood Mexican restaurant with lots of meat options.

BF
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can honestly say that I had the best meal of the year here, and I was not expecting that!! We eat out quite a bit and I guess I have high standards that are rarely met, but I am still thinking about this meal!
Pollo Verde - beautiful presentation with perfect taste/textures and spicing! We will be returning, as my husband loved his chicken mole enchiladas also! The hostesses and wait staff were all very nice and attentive also!

KR
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Irma’s is a beautiful, relaxed environment and the staff is very friendly and attentive. The drinks were interesting and delicious. The food was good in many ways but the fajitas were a disappointment (skimpy on the meat and not much flavor.) and the fish tacos needed some more pizazz! We were also surprised to find that we had to pay for the chips and salsa if we didn’t order guacamole or queso. We will try Irma’s again before an Astros game, but just order accordingly!

MD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We we were so very pleased with our first visit to Irma’s Southwest
It by far exceeded our expectations & we will most certainly dine there when we are in Houston again.

TW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, service and drinks were very good.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet before an Astros game. Convenient location with an upscale dining atmosphere.

MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Hard to get past the prices; hard to "get" why either a traditional tex mex or new century tex mex limits choices on basics like beans and rice, may sound pedestrian, but my view. great location for before Astros game, great service, but a bit high priced for amount of food, not why I go to get mexican food.

CH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Try the bacon wrapped axis!

GE
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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K
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Irma's is one of the best (if not the best) Tex-Mex in Houston, and that's saying a lot! There are a lot of Tex-Mex places here. Everything is wonderful, and they really make you feel at home by always personally thanking you for coming and welcoming specialty orders. Their roasted salsa is amazing, as is their mole sauce. The new location downtown is really nice and doesn't lose that small town, friendly feel that Irma's is known for.

BW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything especially the greeters and the waitstaff, everyone was awesome, i believe our waiters name was Josh! :)

P
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! We will definitely be back!

NA
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Margarita and quacamole were good. Had boar and deer tacos. The deer tacos were a little more moist but tortillas had no flavor and there was no sauce on them.

RG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was flavorful, the staff was polite and attentive, and the convenience to Minute Maid Park is tough to beat.

G
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good but I was really surprised at how small the portions were for everything we ordered, including the drinks. So value was not very good. Also, our waitress disappeared for awhile for a staff meeting which seemed odd

SD
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Parking can be an issue downtown during the week so the valet service also made it easy.

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