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Irma's Southwest, Houston, TX
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Irma's Southwest

4.6
4.6
622 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

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

What 622 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DN

    DebbieN

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and beverages were great. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet, relaxing and enjoyable.
  2. JK

    JamesK

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Tex Mex in Houston!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience2
    No menu provided. Food and margaritas were mediocre at best and the prices were outrageous. Never again.
  4. R

    Robear

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Service was spotty and the food is definitely over-priced. Ambience is generic and there is nothing really special about this place other than it’s convenient if you’re staying downtown.
  5. SL

    SamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best fish tacos i’ve ever had. There cocktail Jefe was the best!
  6. A

    Ashley

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent first experience! Service was great, drinks were delicious and the food was outstanding. The chips and salsa were delicious also. I can't wait to go again.
  7. EB

    ElizabethB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved lunch downtown at Irma's! This was a special birthday lunch. The food and lemonade was amazing!
  8. K

    Kyle

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and drinks and service. Extremely expensive.
  9. AB

    ArtB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great drinks great staff. Perfect location to Minute Maid.
  10. CM

    CoryM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Astros playoff game- they DONT have valet- despite their voicemail saying they do! Since that is why we booked it- caused a big problem . Crowded and loud but it’s game day and they only have a game day menu, which was not good and expensive. Not going to do that again.
  11. C

    Charlie

    Houston

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner at Irma’s Southwest. We will visit again. The margaritas are very good. It is a lovely restaurant. The only negative was we felt we were being rushed. When we asked about it we were told they did want to turn the tables as quick as possible. That was a bummer. We had a reservation and wanted to relax ,have a few cocktails and have dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the white tablecloths! The ambiance was awesome!
  13. BB

    BellaBlue0425

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Spice level way too hot. Did not enjoy at all.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is impeccable and the food was delicious.
  15. SW

    SWal

    Houston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went on an Astros game day so the menu was limited but nice. Our waitress was excellent and the food & drinks were great.
  16. OM

    OfeM

    Houston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant next to ballpark.
  17. D

    Dannyboy

    Houston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We have eaten at Irma's SW over 20 times and also purchase gift cards for friends before going to the ballgame. Yesterday was our last time . If one is lucky enough you can park in front or the garage if any spaces are open. Yesterday , when we arrived there was one SUV parked in front and 5 empty spaces blocked by Cones. I got out of our truck and asked the owner, Mr Galvan , if we could park since we did have reservations and he told me that this night "there is no parking thing today ". We then found a lot , parked and headed to the restaurant where we had reservations. When we got to the restaurant, I saw that now all the parking spaces were occupied and the cones were gone After dinner I asked the inside manager , who normally directs us with parking, how come we could not park outside today? He pointed outside to Mr Galvan and said " it is his thing today " . We left and I approached Mr Galvan, and told him that I was disappointed that we were not told the truth about his parking policy that night . He then said " that parking this night is for VIP only " . When I told him that we will come back to eat there anymore . His response was "DON'T". May the TABC and Harris County health dept have mercy on you !
  18. LB

    LisaB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a friend’s birthday before going to the Astros game! Food was delicious. I wasn’t happy about the $10 split plate charge. I’ve NEVER seen it that high. Also not happy about the one check per table. We were a group of 4 ladies & I like to control what I spend on eating & ended up splitting the ticket four ways which left me holding the short end of the stick. The location is great to the stadium! The service was excellent. Just not happy about the split plate charge & one ticket per table.
  19. i

    inah

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Service and the food is outstanding and good value
  20. S

    Steaks

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  21. KH

    KipH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Irma's was awesome....as always. The most delicious and convenient place to eat on game day! The food, drinks, and service are great, a quick in and out OR you can stay a while. The staff is super welcoming and friendly. Love the El Hefe margarita.
  22. TG

    TammiG

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic!! Had reservations, just the two of us, it was slow so we opted to sit at the bar!! Juan, our bartender was knowledgeable and had a great personality!! The lentil soup is soooo good!! We will definitely be back!!
  23. EH

    ErinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best in Houston! The only reason to return to the area!
  24. GL

    GayeL

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our table was ready at out reservation time. The service was wonderful and the food was absolutely delicious. Both ordered the Combo #1 that was a spicy shrimp taco, some beef fajitas and a cheese enchilada. It also had very delicious rice. We also had the guacamole which was out of this world. good. I will most definitely be back.
  25. K

    travelKahn

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a game night with a limited menu so we were a bit nervous about how things would be. We were so happily surprised that the service was great & food was fantastic! Salsa & chips were brought to the table so we ordered guac and it was fresh with chucks of avocado. For dinner we shared the salmon which was some of the best we’ve ever had & the potatoes were amazing!!! Our server was friendly, attentive & fast!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Made reservations for 5:30 before an Astros game. Walked up at 5:29 and they said they had no tables for our party of 4, even though we had reservations. So our options were to wait (no estimated wait time given) or sit outside in the 95 degree heat. There were several 6-top tables open inside, but, when asked, the hostesses said those were reserved for parties coming in 30 minutes later. So what's the point of making a reservation if there's no tables? We ended up sitting outside and sweating, and our waitress was doing her best, but I won't be going back. Especially for the cost of food.
  27. PC

    PatC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love eating at Irma's especially before an event at Minute Maid Park. The staff is is attentive and aware that people are trying to get to a ball game or a concert so they are really efficient. The service was great and the food was incredible.
  28. RS

    RoyS

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always awesome!
  29. KS

    KarlS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Food and service were great! Fantastic place to eat before an Astros game. Five minute Walt to Minute Maid.
  30. CA

    ChrisA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are ever going to an Astros game, this is the place to have your pregame meal!
  31. RM

    RosemaryM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very convenient location to Minute Mail stadium. Lively atmosphere and good tasty food. Good drinks and wait staff.
  32. HH

    HeathH

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food is way overpriced and there are not enough options.
  33. J

    John

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The wild game dishes are really tasty and have a little heat to them as well...always a great place to dine before an Astros game
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and great game food
  35. d

    davidb

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The menu on game day is too limited, the steak fries were way too physically hot, badly burned my mouth so hard to eat after that. not as high a food quality as it used to be, the burger and shrimp tacos were ok. The staff was excellent and food came out fast.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing from the time we walked into the restaurant until we walked out!!!! Service, food, drinks, ambiance….everything.
  37. S

    Sportsmed

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre game menu was great, service and communication was perfect! We will definitely return
  38. RV

    RobinV

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had Combo #1 and it was amazing. Even liked the cheese enchilada which I’m not normally a fan of. Shrimp tacos were perfect. They don’t allow split checks within a table but food was so good willing to overlook the minor inconvenience. Will be back.
  39. TK

    TomKatR

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ok very limited menu and prices are high
  40. BO

    BarbOB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Not anything like the original Irma's before mama Irma passed. Have not tried the original location,but this one is a far cry from good food. Chips were salty, too thick and tasted blagh. Fajitas were overdone, halfway grilled veggies and soggy oily tortillas. IRMA MUST BE TURNING OVER IN HER GRAVE.

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 622 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Irma's Southwest

1475 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002

Dining areas

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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