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The Original Marini's Empanada House

#124 of 7,082 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 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Pearland, Texas
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109 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

Thank More_Ovaltine
Tupelo, Mississippi
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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420 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 548 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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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
Dallas, Texas
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201 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

get there early this is very popular with the lunch crowd. everything is good and they have some different takes on the fillings. the staff makes you feel like family as they come out to visit.

Thank Cynthia U
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I have had empanadas in others countries and these are the best tasting that I have eaten. I especially liked the Beef Gaucho, Tia Maria and the Chicken la Queen. Two or three empanadas make a great lunch.

Thank tishcitric

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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
US$5 - US$10
Argentinian, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?