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“Insulting service....but band was fun” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Batanga

Batanga
908 Congress, Travis, Houston, TX 77002
713.224.9500
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Ranked #538 of 7,200 restaurants in Houston
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Argentinean, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Latin, Mexican, South American, Spanish, Peruvian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Travis
Description: Tapas restaurant featuring dishes from various regions of Spain and South America, including Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and more. Live Latin music most nights, much of which is influenced by Brazlian sounds. The music is also piped outside to our 3,600 square foot bricked patio--the largest in downtown Houston--which features thick stalk bamboo and lush greenery. The historic clock tower sits right outside our patio fence. It's a cool vibe.
Webster, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Insulting service....but band was fun”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Waited 22 minutes and hit the bar ourselves after every waiter ignored us several times. Wait staff seemed to work hard but table assignments were quite chaotic and hostess quite stuck up!

Thank goodness bartender was top notch! Saw another couple complaining over and over about a messed up order and another couple gave up and left all together.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Houston, Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Ok but wanted the food to be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

It's a good location and waitstaff were fine and the food average. Not sure if we will be back but will keep an eye on the reviews while we have look at other restaurants around downtown.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“After dinner drinks - your best bet”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Gave the food a 3 (average rating) but, aside from the Mushroom Croquettes, we didn't want seconds of any of the 7 dishes we tried. The Meatballs belonged in pasta, not served as tapas with a fancy name.
Drinks were a delicious. Pineapple Mojito was the best and try one of the local beers.
Outdoor patio, live music, and great overall ambience made it worth while.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Live music and nice patio!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Pros:
Patio seating
Valet parking
Live music
Small plates
Good food
Reasonably priced food

Cons:
- too much ice on the cocktails (you finish them in two sips)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houst
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“On a wing and prayer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

We decided to do a downtown Houston night witthout plans other than okra bar and wandered into here despite so so reviews but we thought it was awesome particularly when we asked about the ham on the kitchen counter not on the menu the chef came out and cut it for us and explained - great tapas experience, friendly and very accommodating staff we lived Sebastian!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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