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Irma's Southwest, Houston, TX

Irma's Southwest

4.6
4.6
559 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican / Southwestern

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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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Wild Game, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of operation

    Monday through Saturday 11am-10 pm Now feature a lounge.

  • Phone number

    (713) 247-9651

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Irma Galvan

  • Catering

    We cater to offices and homes in the downtown area. For areas outside of downtown please give us a call for details. We will create a specific menu for your event. Our Fajita package is our most ordered catering meal.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private room can accommodate about 120 persons seated and 180 standing. Our private room can also be divided to accommodate smaller groups. We specialize in corporate dining, corporate happy hour, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, retirement parties, Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs, birthday parties and graduation parties.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    La Branch

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 559 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. HH

    HowardH

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Eclectic menu, generous portions, great service. Love the hand made guacamole.

  2. DT

    DustinT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    We were seated right next to the door blowing hot air in every time it opened even though it wasn’t packed. Drink was made wrong twice even after explaining what we wanted. Fajitas came in extremely small portion for the price.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Will not be back! Family attempted to have appetizers before Astros game…. We were lectured by waitress before and after ordering. First we were told if each person did not order she would have to charge us a plating fee .. then we were told if one of us ordered an appetizer it would have to stay in front of that person only or she would charge us a plating fee. Then we were told if we all didn’t order food she would charge person not ordering a plating fee. Have no idea why this restaurant feels the need to treat customers in this manner. Insane rules. We have never been treated in such a manner. Definitely will not be back! Do not waste your money here.

  4. JB

    JBTexasEx

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The nilgai enchiladas were amazing and the watermelon lemonade margarita was a great twist on Irma’s signature beverage!

  5. AR

    AnnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, impeccable service. Highly recommend!

  6. JL

    JenniferL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The bartender was wonderful. Attentive to our needs. The guacamole was the best I have ever eaten. Food was amazing!!!

  7. KL

    KevinL

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Good food. $18 cheese dip was tiny. Food prices were very high for elevated Mexican.

  8. K

    Karen

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Nice restaurant with good service and food. The only thing was the loud music - I felt like I was in a disco. Hard to have a conversation and just didn’t fit the otherwise classy atmosphere. Probably won’t be back

  9. PC

    PaulC

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service. Friendly staff. Close to ballpark.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Are at the bar this time. Mathew our bartender and server was wonderful. Always pleasant.

  11. PO

    PatriciaO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    My 1st time there, my experience would have been So much better if I was not greeted with a manager telling us they was closed after I had a reservation it Rained that night so we were 10 minutes late and repeatly asking if I had a reservation after I answer 3 Times he went to check first impression is everything.

  12. NJ

    NickJ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Wanted to love Irma’s but left underwhelmed. Highlight is definitely the bar. It’s well appointed, the staff is awesome, and they make good drinks. The dining room however has zero ambiance and the food—though tasty enough—was way overpriced for small portions of simple food.

  13. AE

    ArthurE

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Irma’s is always good and quick before an Astro game.

  14. w

    wildhare

    Houston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Year after year, Irma’s continues to serve up great food. The Irma’s team of servers are very efficient, attentive, and friendly. This is our go-to restaurant, especially on Astros game days.

  15. JR

    JulieR

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    The food is way overpriced, the menu limited and the ambience nil. The service was decent, but didn't make up for the rest. Go to the original Irma's.

  16. AC

    AlliC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Food was good, but it had the same flavor palate throughout everything. Not worth the cost.

  17. JM

    JamesM

    Houston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thé margaritas are delicious and the wild boar sausages are amazing. My wife loves the wild boar tacos and I can’t get enough of the wild game combo. The guacamole is always fresh and perfectly seasoned. You can’t go wrong at Irma’s Southwest.

  18. DG

    DaveG

    Houston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great start to a night at the ballpark.

  19. LR

    LexineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff! Amazing food! Beautiful ambiance!! And the best Mexican Old Fashion!

  20. J

    Jamon

    Houston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good drinks, food, and service.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Food is decent but a tad overpriced. BUT if you’re looking for a meal before a ballgame or something to talk shop with a nice ambiance, it’s great. Service is phenomenal too.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The meal was very tasty. We had nilgai (antelope) for our appetizer and a sliced meat entree for two with chicken, sausage, wild boar, and shrimp. The drinks were ok, and our waiter was very attentive. I would go back.

  23. SL

    SingingLibrarian

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Irma's Southwest is always welcoming, warm, and the food is consistently yummy. Janet is a treasure!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Good food and nice atmosphere.

  25. JG

    JohnG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food and service were both beyond expectations. When we arrived for our Saturday night, 7:00 reservation we were surprised at how few tables were occupied. After the best margarita in town and wild boar combo dinner, it didn’t matter any more. We would return, happily.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Irma’s was Fantastic as always. We are long time patrons of Irma’s. The food is fantastic and the staff are so welcoming and accommodating. You should honored having such remarkable people under your wing. This also has to reflect management and ownership. As we say in the Houston Fire Department after a successful incident “Job Well Done”. Respectfully, Captain Robert Russo

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at the new location. Very nice. Food and service excellent as usual. Low noise level made conversation easy.

  28. GA

    GeorgeA

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Irma's is a Houston Jewel and worth a visit either location. Nice place for a business meeting, a date, or even a family. One location slightly uppity the other quaint, regardless both location are exceptional!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent. However, service supercedes the the food quality. Our waitress was always attentive and made out valentines dinner perfect.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Food was great but the service was lacking. After getting drinks server said to get the complementary chip etc we need to place a food order. While the table next got Chip when the sat down. RUDE

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Good food, but kitchen is slow. We will return.

  32. CS

    CarltonS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best Mexican food in downtown!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place had a really unique menu and was absolutely amazing.

  34. CJ

    CionJ

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Overall, food and ambience were great. Seemed that with the number of guests, there needed to be more than one waiter for the front area.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great and the service was awesome.

  36. DS

    DeShannaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything from the time we arrived and through dinner service was as if it was custom tailored for us. We will definitely be back!

  37. T

    Thomas

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Terrific gulf shrimp

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Irmas’s has been a go to place to take customers especially from out of for great food!

  39. CM

    ChrisM

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The food was good but not the best we ever had. We thought it was quite pricey for what we received. We thought it was strange that you had high chairs but no kids menu.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    You Have to try the wild boar & axis tacos on home made tortillas & the tamales were amazing!! Top Rated in my opinion!

FAQs

Irma's Southwest offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 247-9651.

Irma's Southwest is rated 4.6 stars by 559 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

May 2022
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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Irma's Southwest

1475 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Branch

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Monday through Saturday 11am-10 pm Now feature a lounge.

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Wild Game, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Irma Galvan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 247-9651

  • Catering

    We cater to offices and homes in the downtown area. For areas outside of downtown please give us a call for details. We will create a specific menu for your event. Our Fajita package is our most ordered catering meal.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private room can accommodate about 120 persons seated and 180 standing. Our private room can also be divided to accommodate smaller groups. We specialize in corporate dining, corporate happy hour, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, retirement parties, Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs, birthday parties and graduation parties.

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