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The Original Marini's Empanada House

#341 of 6,949 Restaurants in Houston
#357 of 7,487 Places to Eat in Houston
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Westchase
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10001 Westheimer Rd #2570, Houston, TX 77042
713.266.2729
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 25
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    Very good
  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Thanks, Trip Advisor! We ate here on our cross country trip thanks to Trip Advisor reviews and wish we could eat here once a week! The location is a small strip mall. The restaurant is very clean and cute. The empanadas were to die for! We are vegetarian and tried the bean and cheese, the roasted... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

I agree with a previous review...the empanadas are a hit and miss. For a sure thing, try the location in Katy...solid. The people at both locations are super nice...but the empanadas in Katy were perfection.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Thanks, Trip Advisor! We ate here on our cross country trip thanks to Trip Advisor reviews and wish we could eat here once a week! The location is a small strip mall. The restaurant is very clean and cute. The empanadas were to die for! We are vegetarian and tried the bean and cheese, the roasted poblano and cheese, and... More 

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Houston, TX
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Good option for a light lunch. Empanadas are not the best. I got soggy ones. I liked the chocolate Empanadas. The lunch combo is a good option at lunch time.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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274 reviews 274 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Ahhhhhh man ohhhh man ohhhhh man talk about talk about eating good this is absolutely great food..... Enjoyed every bite.

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Austin, Texas
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209 reviews 209 reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place was cute! However the empanada's are really hit or miss. Overall I think the casing is a bit to thick for an empanada but I could get past that cause it was flavorful. However the inside stuffings were very hit or miss. We loved the cheese ones and we loved the spicy ones all the others were just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

At first, when I heard my grandpa and I were going to eat empanadas, I wasn't too excited. It was Christmas Eve and I was in the mood for turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. As we pulled up to this restaurant, we exited the car and immediately, the first thing you notice is the smell. The most heavenly smell... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We really enjoyed both the savory and sweet empanadas. They are reasonably priced and a decent size. They had some toys there and my five year old played and let us have a quiet meal!

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Austin, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

We stopped off here for lunch not knowing what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised. There was a great menu with a wide variety of fillings to suit everyone's tastebuds. Staff were very friendly and the service was prompt. We loved our meal especially the sweet treat empanadas. Lastly, everything was great value

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Atlanta, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went here based strictly on other reviews. And the food we enjoyed at Marini's is exactly why we keep taking advice from TripAdvisor! We started with three empanadas each -- 2 savory and one dessert. But we had to go back for more. We tried the following: Beef gaucho, chicken poblano, chicken diablo, apple (with fresh chopped green apple!),... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

SWEET BABY OF MARY. I FOUND HEAVEN, AND HER NAME IS MARINI'S EMPANADA HOUSE. Why would I go to Katy, TX? Initially it was for an outlet mall nearby, and now I realize that my calling was to be brought to the light. The empanadas here at out of this world. Seriously, listen to every other review. They're consistent for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10001 Westheimer Rd #2570, Houston, TX 77042
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Westchase
  • Neighborhood: Westchase
  • Phone Number: 713.266.2729

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Latin
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?