Inside Batanga
Inside Batanga Adrienne Raquel
A cocktail at Batanga
Cheers! Andre Rievers
Grilled Octopus Potato Pimento Sofrito
Grilled Octopus Potato Pimento Sofrito at Batanga Courtesy of Batanga / Facebook
Batanga Chef Ben McPherson
Batanga Chef Ben McPherson plating food. Courtesy of Batanga
Outdoor seating at Batanga
Outdoor seating at Batanga. Adrienne Raquel
Empenada de Carne Colombian Style
Empanada de Carne Colombian Style Courtesy of Batanga / Facebook
Inside Batanga
A cocktail at Batanga
Grilled Octopus Potato Pimento Sofrito
Batanga Chef Ben McPherson
Outdoor seating at Batanga
Empenada de Carne Colombian Style

Atlanta-transplant Brian Fasthoff, his brother Hank and their wives Ianne and Maya have retained the historic atmosphere of an 1880s saloon near Market Square (with exposed brick walls and railroad tie) while creating a little history of their own by featuring Latin American tapas with a modern twist. The menu at Batanga offers "something for everyone" with options that can please vegetarians, those on a gluten-free diet and committed meat eaters. The discounts for ordering six, eight or 10 dishes make it a perfect choice for a group looking to fuel up before attacking the new Main Street bars.

The massive patio — the largest in downtown Houston — is a great gathering spot, particularly on Sundays, when all bottles of wine are half price (except champagne) and a three-course Sunday Supper of whole roasted suckling pig, local farm salad and vegetable, and dessert is available after 4 p.m. Live music on the weekends adds to the high-energy vibe.


908 Congress St.
Houston, TX 77002


Open Now
Sun: 11 am-10 pm
Mon: 11 am-10 pm
Tue: 11 am-10 pm
Wed: 11 am-midnight
Thu: 11 am-2 am
Fri: 11 am-2 am
Sat: 11 am-2 am

Good to Know

  • Casual
  • $$-$$$
  • Beer/Wine
  • Full Bar
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining