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“Batanga Restaurant”
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Ranked #482 of 8,283 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, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Travis
Description: Tapas (small plates) restaurant featuring dishes from various regions of Spain, South America and the Caribbean, including Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, and more. We have live Latin music Wednesday - Sunday, including Salsa, Merengue, Samba and other Brazilian styles, and Flamenco during Sunday brunch. 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.
Houston
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Batanga Restaurant”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I wish I could say I love this restaurant as the location is great, but, the food was just "ok". Several items on the menu were not available the night I was there so finally settled for a selection of Tapas. They were all edible but none of them were standouts. The bar menu seemed to be limited to the items on a special bar menu. The drinks we had were very sweet fruity concoctions. I asked for a regular mojito and was told that wasn't available, just fruit flavored mojitos as per the bar menu. Most of the patrons were seated on the patio so the waitstaff had to go through the main dining area to get to them. The waiters were literally running through the dining room to get to the patio, kudos to the waiters for effort, but kind of distracting to have someone racing by your table constantly. The waitstaff did do their best given the circumstances and fact that so many items were unavailable. Hopefully, given time, this place will improve.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Sabien
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Kingwood, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“I know it is new, but ...”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food was fine .. But the service was questionable. We have been twice and both times after ordering, there were repeated returns with items not available. Our first visit was right after it opened .. So the staff should have already been aware what was not available. I also recommend some service training .. If there is only one table and five staff people are yucking it up at the bar while your guests don't even have water .. That is a training problem. I'm not dissuaded from returning .. But it will be awhile.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank jjm_Texas
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