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“Decent food, so so service”
Review of Batanga

Batanga
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Ranked #443 of 8,452 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Latin, Mexican, South American, Spanish, Peruvian
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Dining options: After-hours, 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.
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Sat at the bar with a friend, had several appetizers and beers...Octopus, gambas al ajillo, pao de quejo, mushroom croquettes, grilled hangar steak and empanadas de carne...

All appetizers were good...tasted very well....

My expectations could have been off as I was under the impression that this is a tapas/spanish restaurant....the octopus or gambas had this Mexican spicy taste that was good, however very different from what you would find in Spain or in a Spanish restaurant

The service was lacking, especially from the guy tending the bar......felt as if he was doing me a favour by serving us.
Later went outside were our server Jessica was nice.

Not sure I'll return....

Thank Fsucre
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

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.

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 16 June 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.

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Thank GoCrows123
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

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.

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Thank gredwat
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Reviewed 12 May 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)

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Thank Negroycanche
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