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The Original Marini's Empanada House

#173 of 7,026 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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Houston, Texas
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I usually don't like to eat fried foods but the empanadas here are delicious. I really enjoy their dulce de leche (miniatures) that way I can eat 2 small ones without feeling too guilty. Also the chicken with queso and delicious. It's a family restaurant so everyone is kind and helpful. Love it!!

Thank chiki_tix_tix
Leicester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic family owned place. Empanadas were so delicious we were tempted to go back for dinner the same day! Super affordable. Will definitely be back super soon!

Thank kaaaymart
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was taken to this place on my last day in Houston. Great empanadas. This has all the feel of a family run business - Papa was sitting inside holding court. Great atmosphere and sitting outside in the sun people watching was a great end to my trip. Will come back here again next trip. Food was really good, and the... More 

Thank WeegieQuine
Rome, Italy
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can hear you ask -- 5 stars for an empanadas place, really? Yes, really. Quality ingredients, perfectly cooked. These are some great empanadas.

Thank Verocras
Durham, North Carolina
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 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 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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324 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Latin, Spanish, Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?