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Marini's Empanada House

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Argentinean, South American
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3522 S. Mason Rd, #100, Katy, TX 77450
281.391.4273
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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 - 10:00 pm
Description: Over 70 variety of empanadas made fresh. Selection of craft beers.
Good for:
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

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  • 20
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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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 of 5 stars
Most recent review
So good!

The empanadas are amazing!!! There are so many options anyone can find something they like here. The cheese & Jalepeno is my favorite and the chicken Diablo is my husband's. Don't forget to try the s'more desert empanada! The two of us can eat for about $20.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Vishtani
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The empanadas are amazing!!! There are so many options anyone can find something they like here. The cheese & Jalepeno is my favorite and the chicken Diablo is my husband's. Don't forget to try the s'more desert empanada! The two of us can eat for about $20.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This place absolutely has THE BEST empanadas I have tried! I've been to other empanada restaurants, but in no way do they compare to this place. It feels like family here. The staff is very attentive. It seems they enjoy what they do, because they care. I give it a thumbs up! My favorite empanadas are the gaucho. I highly... More 

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Katy, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This Gem is tucked away in Katy in a little Strip Mall. You have to know where it's at or your'e going to miss it. Lunch is my favorite time to go here. The service is always the same as it's always the same team working. Consistency is always the same which is something important for me when I eat... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Party of four from South America . . . Wanted something different from the usual Katy Area restaurants. Don't expect this place to be a four star full-service place. It's clean, good food at reasonable prices and friendly, helpful service. Initial order was 6 meat/cheese and 2 vegetable. Food was piping hot and fresh with an explanation of order on... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We ordered empanada's here while visiting. They have savory as well as desert ones made to order. We will stop here again when we visit. The location is at a strip mall, the price is less than $3 each.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We have been in Houston since the 70's, and remember the original family restaurant in the Montrose. Today the children carry on, and the empanadas are the best we know of in the Houston area. We recently had the "gaucho", "Tia Maria", and "chicken poblana". All very good, flaky crust, highly seasoned. In fact the spicy mole chicken poblana will... More 

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The first time I went to Marini's the food was great and the empanadas were delicious.... I've been back several times and the empanadas are very poor.... either the dough is sitting in the refrigerator too long or something is not right.... and the price is pretty high for what they are.

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smarini, Owner at Marini's Empanada House, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that the quality is not the same. Here at Marini's in Katy we pride ourselves in providing consistency in the quality of our empanadas. Our dough is made fresh daily and our oil is filtered daily to maintain the highest quality. Please let me know the next time you visit to assure you of our quality.... More 

Mobile, Alabama
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282 reviews 282 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I was looking for a different kind of restaurant to try while visiting Katy on 10-27-14 and turned to Tripadvisor for help. Oh wow, I am glad that I did, this place is awesome! I tried the Avocado, Eggplant, Apple, pumpkin, banana and raspberry empanadas and was not disappointed. The place is clean and the staff was very friendly. My... More 

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Katy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had heard really good things about Marini's and were excited to try it. The empanada's are good and there is a wide variety, but it honestly isnt that great. i would try ti again if i were nearby, but i wouldnt drive out of my way to go there.

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Austin, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

If you are wondering if there is really GOOD food in Katy...here it is! We found this extraordinary place years ago and keep coming back for more! Every single Empanada is delish! And...the beer...what a selection. Yesterday I had the envision from No Name Brewery in Katy...Excellent...we will always stop by Marini's whenever we are in Katy!

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smarini, Owner at Marini's Empanada House, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We will be here when you come back to visit Katy. Alex More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3522 S. Mason Rd, #100, Katy, TX 77450
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Katy
  • Phone Number: 281.391.4273

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget

Description

Over 70 variety of empanadas made fresh. Selection of craft beers.
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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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