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The Original Marini's Empanada House

#180 of 6,990 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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10001 Westheimer Rd Ste 2570, Houston, TX 77042-3253
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Durham, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a wide array of options on the menu, but all of the empanadas are under $3, so my boyfriend and I tried 10 of them (7 for him, 3 for me) and a dessert empanada. The cashier helped us with our order, and we were impressed with all 11 of her empanada suggestions! They were served to us... More 

Thank Jennifer T
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is packed for dinner! The empanadas, both savory & dessert are delicious!! San Gria was decent, not great. Go hungry & try different ones.

Thank wLLb
Houston, Texas
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308 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Custom empanadas made to order. Huge selection of sweet and savory. If you're looking for something new for lunch, give this place a try.

Thank BevoBurn96
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Thanks to shhh...Yelp, I came here during a business trip. Amazing!! I don't eat empanadas too often, but these by far are the best I've ever had!! They have a pretty large menu, so you WILL find something that you will like! Their store made hot sauces are also pretty wonderful...the hot is hot, but the taste is excellent. Please,... More 

Thank Kyle T
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

I am not really a fan of Empanadas so I was a little reluctant to order when my friend took me there for lunch. I had the dinner special for $10 which included 2 Empanadas, a salad, desert and drink. I went with the beef Empanadas and they were so good. The deal was def worth it, and I enjoyed... More 

Thank Ketty J
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

I'm born and raised in south america and having an Argentinean dad I will say this place is the best! Their empanadas are authentic and made feel like home. Also great customer service. We arrived at 9:30am and they weren't even open but they still took our order and made them for us! Excellent! And a must try!

Thank Melanie G
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115 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This was my first time trying Empanadas and they were very good! There are so many to choose from it is a difficult task deciding! I was worried they might be greasy, but they were not at all. I had the tomato basil with a chocolate for dessert. Very delicious and I will return if I am back in the... More 

Thank momtravelswith3
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

I dined at this little mom and pop restaurant today with a friend! Both of our 1st times! It smelled great! We ordered the two empanada combo that came with a soup and dessert for like $9. It was great! The cashier was part owner and her mother makes almost everything!!!! I love when someone's mother or grandparents are cooking... More 

Thank htownstar32
Aberdeen, Scotland
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

What a great find! Big selection of empanadas, you're sure to find a filling to your taste, I had Asparagus King and an English and for dessert chocolate. Think I may have to work my way through all the dessert options. Hubby has been before as he works nearby and my 17 year old son really enjoyed it. He said... More 

Thank ChocolateBabz
Montreal, Canada
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

It a family owned restaurant where locals seem to go. No real decor, in a mall near the Marriott Westchase and the Hilton. Very good food and cheap.

Thank ame054

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Latin, Spanish, Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10001 Westheimer Rd Ste 2570, Houston, TX 77042-3253
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Westchase
  • Neighborhood: Westchase
  • Phone Number: 713.266.2729

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