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The Original Marini's Empanada House

10001 Westheimer Rd #2570, Houston, TX 77042 (Westchase)
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Ranked #164 of 7,231 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Latin
Neighborhood: Westchase
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Neighborhood: Westchase
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Cabot, Arkansas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

while in training in Houston texas I ran across this restaurant. Great place to eat with great people working there. Will probably eat here a couple more times this week. Price is cheap cheap.

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Houston, Texas
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190 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I first enjoyed the Argentine empanadas on old Westheimer near Montrose in the seventies. Yesterday I experienced Marini's empanadas on far Westheimer. We tried the meat, vegetable and dessert empanadas and neither my wife nor I were impressed. The dough of the empanadas was heavy and without fresh taste. My wife even tried adding salt to improve the taste of... More

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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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32 helpful votes 32 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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14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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