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The Original Marini's Empanada House

#107 of 7,123 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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10001 Westheimer Rd Ste 2570, Houston, TX 77042-3253
+1 713-266-2729
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We heard about this gem from fellow travelers, and we are so glad we stopped in! The food is amazing! I had a Tex-Mex and a Nacho Macho empanadas. As we dined, we were delighted to meet the owner, his daughter, and granddaughter. They have a wonderful story to tell about their journey and following dreams. They are a hard... More 

Thank rj1222
Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I drove in the opposite direction after work just to pick up take-out from here. Worth it. They make delicious empanadas. Tonight I got the hot Tia maria, nacho macho, and mooskey. Honestly, I underestimated my hunger and could have had three savory empanadas tonight. The hot Tia maria is a standby for me, it has really good flavor with... More 

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Pearland, Texas
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109 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on Saturday evening around 5. There was 8 of us. Seat yourself and order at the register. They have a menu on the wall and also menus you can take to table to look at then go to register and order. We all tried different empanadas. Gaucho and Tex mex we're my favorites. Also tried s'mores for dessert.... More 

Thank vacationeverysummer
Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I made our first visit for dinner after a happy hour we were having in the area. The empanadas arevdry affordable at ~$3/piece. I ordered 2 and my husband ordered 4, which was perfect for us! The empanada dough was a little different than we have experienced in the past. It was thicker, crunchier but not was... More 

Thank alfer05
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I would of posted a picture but we were hungry. Went here with my wife and three kids. We all got different empanadas and there were all very good. We like a variety of foods and this place had something for all of use. If you're hungry you'll need at least three of the regular empanadas but plan accordingly. I... More 

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We were looking for something unique while passing through and stopped here based on others Trip Advisor reviews. We were not disappointed. The empanadas and service was great. Order several different types. 😊

Thank Wild_Place_Finder
Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Oh my gosh, this is one of my favorite places for lunch. I pretty much always get the Combo #1 but with different empanada combinations. And their soup - oh my gosh. I even like their salad, and those are words I don't often say. Best of all, it's a family run place, and they are so nice and sweet... More 

Thank smjones281
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458 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We went with my family for a holiday lunch and what a surprise. I had the bacon burger as well as the brisket empanada. They were incredible. The crust was perfect and the fries delicious. Fast friendly service and high quality.

Thank Yodatravel
New Orleans, Louisiana
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442 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 577 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

At first glance, Marini’s has the look-and-feel of a fast food joint. You stand in line, order, pay bargain basement prices, grab some red or green salsa in tiny plastic containers at the condiment counter, eat and go. Don’t let that fool you. Houston is loaded with restaurants which use the same logistics, but deliver outstanding foot: the top BBQ... More 

1 Thank Vincent M
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We had several different types. Everything was good. The prices are very reasonable. I love the fig/cheese dessert empanada best.

Thank S B

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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
USD 5 - USD 10
Latin, Argentinian, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10001 Westheimer Rd Ste 2570, Houston, TX 77042-3253
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Westchase
  • Neighbourhood: Westchase
  • Phone Number: +1 713-266-2729

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?