Restaurant – Tapas

We kept the original exposed brick walls–replete with a railroad tie that someone magically stashed in the middle of a wall. The space has changed quite a bit from when it housed the Big Casino Saloon and a liquor store the 1880’s. With 5,400 interior square feet, we can accommodate everything from a night out with friends to business tapas lunches and dinners to help close the deal. For intimate romantic dinners, to large parties and happy hour events. Take a peek inside Batanga, and check out the plat map for the space in the 1880’s  and the advertisement for Charles Dumler & Emil Clede’s Big Casino Saloon. We even found one of the casino tokens.


At 3,600 square feet, our bricked patio is the largest patio in Downtown Houston. It’s the perfect place for an evening out with friends under the patio string lights. Stop in for happy hour with your co-workers and colleagues, or for relaxing on Sunday with tapas. Our three-course Sunday Supper consisting of whole roasted suckling pig, local farm salad and vegetable, and Chef’s dessert.

Location and Parking

Parking for Batanga

We’re located at 908 Congress, right at the corner of Congress and Travis in Downtown Houston. Local landmarks include Market Square Park, Hotel Icon and the historic Houston clock tower, which sits right outside of our 3,600 square foot bricked patio. Other restaurants and bars within a block or two of Batanga include our next door neighbor OKRA Charity Saloon.

We offer valet parking Tuesday – Saturday at our doorstep, and there are hundreds of parking spaces available within two blocks of Batanga. Parking on the city streets is free after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and free all day Sunday. Be sure to read all parking signs around the space you choose, as parking is always prohibited in some areas (such as those with red parking meters, for example).