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The Original Marini's Empanada House

10001 Westheimer Rd #2570, Houston, TX 77042 (Westchase)
713.266.2729
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Ranked #139 of 7,200 restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Latin
Neighborhood: Westchase
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  • English first
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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We came here twice on our visit to Houston and this place is amazing!! Everyone is really nice and it's family owned. This should be on the number one spot of places to eat while I'm Houston. They have so many options for empanadas, even dessert ones that are delicious!! During lunch time it does get very full so try... More

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Taylorsville, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This family eatery claims to offer traditional Argentinian fare with a wide variety of empenada's that highlight this menu. Combining traditional Argentinian flavors, local favorites, and international flare from around the world make this one of my favorite destinations in houston. Not to mention I don't look out of placing sipping a Yerba Mate from my gourd.

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Pagudpud, Philippines
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139 reviews 139 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Found this place by accident, was a great discovery and this place is almost a local institution. They were great empanada's and we ended up ordering more and Linda's Chicken we very good, a bit of time warp back to the 70's and rustic café ambience. We will be back

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Katy, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

These hot and tasty empanadas are great! The dessert empanadas are the best.....raspberry and peach! Yummy! Two meat or cheese empanadas, then a desserts empanadas and you are full and satisfied. Service was good ......prices were normal, not too expensive for the area and amount of food! A great place for a quick lunch or afternoon treat!

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San Antonio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We bought over $36 worth of empanadas because we were under the impression that they were delicious. What a big mistake. Only one of the dozen or so empanadas we purchased were just OK. Listen folks, you don't have to do so many different exotic things to empanadas to make them delicious. Well seasoned ground beef or chicken is all... More

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Houston, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Empandas! This was a good change in pace after eating the same ol for a while. FYI: They have a coupon on their website for a free dessert Empanada. They will also freeze some Empanadas for you if your wife is like mine and won't let you back in the house without bringing some back on the plane with you.... More

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paris
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108 reviews 108 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Good empanadas for a very reasonable price. Not the best though (I've tasted far better ones outside the US) The sweet ones (with homemade fruit preserve) are a pleasure as well: do try them ! The place also sells various argentinan products (maté, alfajores...etc)

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Missouri City, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Great empanada's - meat, vegetarian and dessert! I had all three - I loved them so much, I had to take some home to my husband. The dough and all fillings are so good - they serve them hot, nice and crispy, no utensils necessary (actually they are not available for empanadas). You are to pick them up and eat... More

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Sandnes, Norway
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I love the food here. Its simple, fresh, and they have a massive selection of empanadas on their menu. Absolutely love coming here whether it be for lunch, dinner or just a snack! The restaurant is family managed, and you can tell that they take pride in that. Rightfully so because their food is delicious, their restaurant is clean, and... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Marini's had such a good reputation we went eat for lunch to beat the crowd. My brisket and Serrano pepper empanada reminded me of my West Texas roots. The chicken barbecue empanada was perfectly seasoned - not too heavy on the BBQ sauce. My wife's English empanada was also delicately balanced - easy on the worcestershire. The #1 Combo is... More

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