About Batanga

908 Congress
Houston, TX 77002
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Kitchen Hours:

Sun - Tues: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wed - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Bar Hours:

Sun - Tues: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Wed - Thurs: 11 a.m. - 12 a.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.

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Promotions

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Details
Sun - Wed 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:15PM 10:00PM - 11:30PM

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4

service

3.6

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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great for outdoor dining (51)
good for groups (43)
fit for foodies (36)
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vibrant bar scene (23)
special occasion (23)
romantic (20)
late-night find (19)
hot spot (19)
neighborhood gem (17)
great for brunch (14)
great for lunch (12)
notable wine list (6)
scenic view (6)
kid-friendly (4)
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great food, awesome ambience!

Dined on April 17, 2016

The service was great! Anthony was our server; he was absolutely amazing! Tapas style dining is a lot of fun and everything we tried on the menu was delicious and surpassed all expectations!! I have already recommended Batanga to many friends!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service3

Love their take on patatas bravas. Nice ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Love their take on patatas bravas. Nice ambience on the patio.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great service great food always a pleasa ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

Great service great food always a pleasant experience.

food4
ambience2
service1
value1

Service Neglected

Dined on April 9, 2016

I'm not usually a demanding customer, but I think this was the worst service I've ever had. The waitress was no where to be found much of the time. We would have ordered much more food and drinks if she'd bothered to check on us. Food was very slow. We ended up cancelling orders so we could leave. She incorrectly charged one of our credit cards and then corrected it, but did not explain this when she handed back a confusing check. We asked to speak with the manager and were kept waiting 15 minutes for that to happen.

food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Batanga from an over 50 perspective

Dined on April 8, 2016

While I single-handedly raised the age demographic, I also lowered the hipster quotient by my presence. The food was good, the service was impeccable. It was a great way to spend a Friday evening. I like the old-world flavor with just enough hip...

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service3
value5

Great tapas!

Dined on April 7, 2016

Great food, lots of variety. The veggie dishes were especially notable. We were there on a night they were having a big anniversary celebration so it was particularly loud, and I think that;s why our service was a bit slow too. Good for groups (the "select 6/8/10 tapas" option was really helpful) but it was so loud, hard to have much group conversation with anyone not seated near you. Definitely an energetic atmosphere.

Tags: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service1
value2

Overall not a great experience

Dined on April 3, 2016

It was my first time at the restaurant along with 7 others for brunch. Honestly felt like staff was not friendly, non accommodating, and lacked communication with each other. Many mistakes occurred from the time we arrived til the time we left! Too many to list and explain and I dont have the time, just wanted to voice my opinion. Im a patient and understanding person because I've worked in restaurants for 10 years and I'd have to say this restaurant was one of the worst services. Needless to say all 8 of us felt the same and will not be returning to this restaurant.

food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Service needs improvement

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

This is the 2nd time we dined here. The first was shortly after it opened. I see the menu hasn't changed much but many of the items are tasty so that's okay. What's not okay is putting an inexperienced waitperson who obviously doesn't know much about the menu to wait on people. Several of the items we planned to order were out but no one was thoughtful enough to tell us while handing out the menu. Also I asked the waitress what the seasonal beers on tap were and she went to check and came back to tell me they were St. Arnold and Karbach which is what is written on the menu, not the actual beer flavor. So if you're really particular about your beer, you might want to go elsewhere or sit at the bar where hopefully the bartender has a clue.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service2
value5

We loved the food and atmosphere.

Dined on March 27, 2016

We ordered several tapas to try between the 4 of use and they were all delicious.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5

All of the dishes are excellently prepar ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

All of the dishes are excellently prepared and great for sharing

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I cannot wait to go back!

Dined on March 26, 2016

Went there this past weekend for my 25th. The food was awesome, our waiter was super friendly and the atmosphere rocked. There's a huge, spacious patio and the location is great!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service1

Waiter completely messed up our order. H ...

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

Waiter completely messed up our order. Had to request dish for 4th guest several times. Manager came. In the end, they did not even gave us a free drink or the time of day. And the food was very subpar. Too bad because the patio is lovely.

food3
ambience5
service5

Great food, I'll be back!

Dined on March 17, 2016

Great food, I'll be back!

food1
ambience2
service1
value1

Food and service not good

Dined on March 13, 2016

I took to Batanga for his birthday loves trying new places, Spanish food and great music. We were sorely disappointed with everything including the service. The only food dish worth noting is the grilled steak. We will not be going to Batanga again.

food1
ambience4
service4
value3

Bad food

Dined on March 12, 2016

Food was terrible. We tried 12 different tapas and only one was Ok. Will not come back, i prefer other tapas places in houston.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Early dinner after a ballet show

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

We were easily seated since I made a reservation w/ OpenTable. But since it's one of the 1,000 dining point restaurants, be sure to emphasize upon check in since it happened twice where they just canceled the reservation and tagged me as a no-show. We ordered the grilled octopus, skirt steak w/c were both flavorless and swimming in oil. The skirt steak came out room temperature. This was a little surprising to me. Get the yucca fries, meatballs and grilled avocado. The waiter was spread thin or he was just very absent-minded that day. They need to take care some of the dead plants in the patio area. I'm sorry to pick them apart but visual presentation will add to the ambience.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Slam dunk

Dined on February 27, 2016

Chef Rishi is outstanding. Everything from start to finish was absolutely delectable, and I am eager to return and sample more of his creations.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service2
value2

I brought my boyfriend here to celebrate ...

Dined on February 21, 2016

I brought my boyfriend here to celebrate an anniversary and I was not really blown away like I was the first time I visited batanga. It took our waiter a while to even take our drink order, then longer to take our food order. We ordered the grilldabeast paella and we knew it would take 30 minutes to prepare. 30 minutes later, our server came to apologize and let us know that he has forgotten to submit our food order. He stated he it would be another 30 minutes for our food if we decided to stay and promised a manager would come speak to us. We decided to stay because I had enjoyed the food before and I was hoping to speak to a manager as promised. 30 minutes later our food came out and it wasn't something to get excited for. The meat was lukewarm and the fries were cold. Our waiter did not seem to want check on us afterwards, so I settled for the food and to wait to speak to a manager. After paying 100 plus dollars for food and tip, a manager never came to speak to us and I did not feel like waiting anymore for poor service. I'm a little bit disappointed in this experience.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service5
value4

valet parking

Dined on February 21, 2016

overall everything was great but the valet parking guy was trying to rip me off with a 5 dollar, I know is just 5 dollars but if he's taking 5 dollars what else he can take? He charge me with 15 dollars and the sign said 10 dollars now if he wanted 5 dollar tip then thats on the costumer desition.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
food5
ambience4
service3
value2

Overall great but a few minor setbacks

Dined on February 21, 2016

I really enjoyed my overall dining experience. Food was delicious and was brought out in a timely manner. The only thing that was negative was the time it took to be seated. I had reservations for 8pm and did not get seated until 8:45. This is unacceptable considering I made reservations two weeks prior. Luckily my friends and I had drinks at the bar and we're enjoying each others company so we not too bothered, but I'd hope to wait less in the future.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Enjoyed the patio, Mimosas and food.

Dined on February 20, 2016

Ladies brunch on the patio on a lovely Saturday afternoon. Mimosas and Bloody Marys were great. Food was unique. It was fun to try new things--who knew?--Yucca fries are delish! We had a very good server who was full of personality and made our lunch even more fun.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service2
value4

Love the tapas & paella and the patio!

Dined on February 20, 2016

I love Batanga and their food! The only Problem they have is the service. It is very slow and they are unattetive when the owners are not around. Kinda slow. They have to make sure to keep up with their guests and keep them updated so at least the wait will be worth it. But all in all I love the food they offer and chef Rishi is the best! Patio is amazing also!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, late-night find
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Great open table find

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

Batanga had great food awesome service both at the table and the bar where Lisa was fantastic.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome food !, the service could not ha ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

Awesome food !, the service could not have been any better, amazing patio.... Fantastic dining experience!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food2
ambience4
service3
value3

Overwhelmed

Dined on February 14, 2016

On Valentines Day it appears that the restaurant got more patrons than they anticipated. The staff seemed overwhelmed. They could not keep food on the Brunch Buffet and there were long delays in getting food ordered off the menu. Some of the food seemed very good, but some items were poorly executed, I think because the kitchen was so far behind. The patio was nice and our waiter was fantastic given the circumstances. I may try this place again on a day that is less busy, but they definitely weren't ready for a Valentines Day Brunch.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience4
service5

Very good tapas better service

Dined on February 14, 2016

Very good tapas better service

food4
ambience4
service1
value3

all the training is in the back

Dined on February 14, 2016

The chef's work is spot on. The servers run around in chaos and shortchange themselves. The food runners had to go to multiple tables with food, showing the servers didn't use the write table numbers when entering orders. Our server made a single trip for every task. The manager needs to train these guys or get a team that knows how in there. You can see the stress in the atmosphere and it wasn't even 100% capacity. Food though... very nice.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service1

Food and drinks are always great at Bata ...

vip
Dined on February 7, 2016

Food and drinks are always great at Batanga; however, the service on our last visit was sub-par.

food3
ambience5
service1
value3

Great ambiance, slow service

Dined on February 7, 2016

Although the ambiance was fun, vibrant and entertaining (great live music), the service was unfortunately very slow. They took more than a day to reply to our voicemail to see if they could accomadate us with a table of ten for a birthday dinner only to reply back and say to book it ourselves on-line. We were unable to speak with a manager. Once we got there, it took them 20 minutes to sit us. It took them a long time to deliver our drinks and appetizers, and bill once we were ready to check-out. There was a private party going on in the patio and I can try to understand if there was a shortage of staff due to this and the reasons for a delay in service, but at the same time I believe that we deserved just as much attention as the other people dining there that night. Despite the slow service, I think it's a great place for a late night bite and live latin music entertainment.

Tags: late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience3
service2
value2

Go somewhere else...

Dined on February 7, 2016

Fairly unimpressed. Hostess seemed high, which manifested itself in her inability to indicate I showed up for my reservation. Food was OK. Service was slow and impersonal. Would have preferred to waste my $92 for two people somewhere else.

food2
ambience3
service2
value1

Disappointed

Dined on February 7, 2016

There was inconsistency with the quality of the food. Portion sizes were extremely small. It's a nice place just to catch a performance and a drink once in a while.

Tags: vibrant bar scene
food3
ambience4
service2

The place itself is fun- great date spot ...

Dined on January 31, 2016

The place itself is fun- great date spot or place to catch up with friends. Live music was a little eclectic, but a nice touch. Drinks are great! Food is hit or miss, but their menu offers a great selection. We sent back the half baked oysters, which is something we rarely do. The only thing keeping this restaurant from great is the service. Our waiter was great, but it took an hour from sitting down to getting or food. We were brought wrong orders 6 times from the kitchen, and noticed this was happening to other tables as well. Seems like batanga needs a better system for food ordering and delivery?

food4
ambience4
service1
value3

Service was spotty

Dined on January 30, 2016

We had reservations for 4 at 10 pm. We got there early and the table was not ready but we were seated by 10 So no problem there. Or first waiter Eric was awesome he made us laugh had fun with his job and took our order. After he brought out our drinks he disappeared. We got the 10 tapas tasting menu. We received all but 1. Finally a new waiter came by after about 20 minutes of us eating. Huge said he was taking over for Eric. We informed him of the missing dish....it still did not show up. Finally a manager came by. We told him we were missing a dish and he went to check on it. Still did not come out and we had to ask again for it. The manager came back by to tell us they are out of that dish. No big deal I work in the industry and it happens, but we should not have to wait 1 hour to be told that. The manager got another dish in its place. Finally end off the night time to pay. Our new waiter dropped off the check which still had the missing item on it as well as the new item. I would think the manager would have fixed that when he got us the new item. We put payment down and waited another 15-20 minutes for someone to pick it up, we actually had to ask the guy bussing the table next to us to handle the check, new waiter never came back. By this time it was 12:30 and they closed at midnight. It was us and another table there, waiter not to be found. After signing credit card slips he picked them up right away...disappointed in the top I am sure. As I said I work the industry I start at 20% for average service. 15 for eh 10 for bad in know you have to pay too share and I won't make you pay to wait on me. I have under 10% for the first time in a long time. Do Anthony aka new waiter if you see this your tip from my check went 25 that Eric would have gotten to 7. Manager never came by after the mix up on the food or the mix up on the check. Food was good. Live music was nice. Eric was awesome, where did you go? Anthony maybe just a bad night.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

Waitress preoccupied

Dined on January 26, 2016

Service was terrible, we had to ask 2 times for a menu, 3 times for water refill and 2 times to order extra items. They made me the wrong drink i ordered but she was quick with the bill. Very disappointed.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Brunch

Dined on January 24, 2016

We celebrated my 31st birthday here and everything was great. Staff was friendly and never felt rushed. Food was delicious!

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience3
service4
value3

Typical Tapas - Good Service

Dined on January 23, 2016

Batanga offers diners a rather typical selection of tapas. The happy hour menu is uninspiring in for food and drink offerings. On a recent visit my party and I found the preparation of the tapas to be unimpressive. The service, however, was friendly and attentive.

Tags: late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Small Plate Samplers Delight

Dined on January 23, 2016

The energy level at Batanga was fun and vibrant. Service was fast and the food was great. Big variety with some old faithfuls and plenty of unusual food items offered. Everything we tried was tasty. Between the four of us, we ordered about a dozen small plates and passed them around. We got in at about 6PM and made the show at 8PM with time to spare.

Tags: fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing show and great dinner!

Dined on January 22, 2016

I really enjoyed the show and the food was outstanding! I went for a friends birthday dinner, but will definitely be going back with my husband!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service2
value1

You can skip this one

Dined on January 13, 2016

Sent back 3 drinks to start; even the gin and tonic was made with seltzer. Ordered three appetizers. One came out with brown avocado on it. The others (fried banana and marinated beet salad) were meh. Beet salad very acidic. Wife ordered the Duck confit and ate one bite. I had the fish tacos and they were very good. We sent back the duck and ordered another set of fish tacos before leaving. Won't be back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Food. Service. Atmosphere!

Dined on January 10, 2016

I went here on the suggestion of a coworker and it paid off! I've only been to a few tapas places, and I don't know that I've had traditional Latin American dishes before so it was something new. I went with my girlfriend and had their Sunday brunch. It was fantastic! We tasted their green eggs and ham, chicken empanadas, and stuffed french toast. All three were delicious. Our waiter's name was Eric and he gave us great suggestions on what we should try. A musician came in halfway through our stay and played his guitar. It really added to the experience. Overall, it was a nice adventure made better by excellent staff and atmosphere.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem

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