Houston >Food & Dining > Rioja
11920 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7707729.736565 -95.589568
Tue-Fri 11am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Briarforest, Westside
I spoke with the owner to place a catering order for 10 people for my father's birthday dinner. Over the phone I was told the price for the Paella Mixta (Valencia Saffron Rice, Prawns, Shrimp, Mussels, Calamari, chicken and home-made chorizo) is $18.95 per person, but he would give it to me for $16. I thought I was getting a decent deal, until I looked at their catering prices online and it showed $17.95 per person, plus a 20% discount on orders of 10 or more. I decided I would bring it up when I picked up my order.
I arrived at the restaurant at the agreed time, only to be told that they forgot my order. The staff member who was helping me said she had a lot on her mind, and she knows she has that order somewhere. I repeated my order to her, and I was told it would be right out. I brought up the issue of the pricing, and she refused to honor it. Instead she gave me a $3.00 discount for my trouble. I waited over 30 minutes, and finally my order was ready. Had this been any other occasion I would have walked right out, but my father's birthday guests were waiting.
At the dinner party, I discovered that the Paella had ZERO chicken, and barely enough shrimp to cover 1 per person! Not only was I made to wait for my over-priced order, it did not have all the components listed on their menu. I will be contacting the owner regarding my experience.
Best Tapas in Houston by far! – I have been to Mi Luna, Tintos, and Andalucia in Houston and all have disappointed. Riojas is the best place for tapas in Houston. After spending a summer in Spain, this is the only place in Houston that I have tried that serves genuine Spanish cuisine. Great sangria too – not the water downed sangria they serve at the other places. Great place to celebrate with a large party, I had a table of 12 and the staff was very attentive and helpful
WOW tapas! – The lunch tapas selection is great! the wine selection incredible, and I have yet to experience brunch here. Check out pictures of the patio on Facebook-"Around the World in 80 Restaurants".
Great for families. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Welcome to Spain. The Best Dining in Houston – I received celebrity treatment from the moment I stepped into the door all the way until I left. Bravo! I had the brunch which was superb! I have never had such an elegant brunch as such a reasonable price. A bonus was the FREE bottomless mimosas and sangria. I was in heaven. I have never received such great service. The waitresses were a great team, and you could tell that they genuinely liked working there. They had a great family vibe, but still maintained prestige and elegance. This restaraunt deserves its 5 stars. I was blown away at the delicious food and its beautiful presentation. The owner of this establishment should be very proud. I can not say enough good things. I will be back, this time for dinner. Do not pass up this place! You will regret it. Everyone needs a getaway to Spain at reasonable prices (and without motion sickness!) This is it! It is my understanding that they do caterings as well. If there catering is anything like the dining experience, then count me in! This food would awe any critic and please any crowd. Rioja, wow.
Nice night out in the West of Houston – Went on a Saturday night with my father. We shared 3 tapas and an entree, the paella. The food was really good, though the paella was a bit heavy on the chorizo. The house wine was only $15 per bottle and only $5 for takeout! I had both the white and the red and they were both great. My dad bought a mixed case!
It was a beautiful evening so we sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful patio. Check it out...
Great Girls Night Out – I called same day for a party of 15, after some confusion with another restauarant.
The owner was attentive and helpful, and my wife and her friends had a great time.
The Tapas were delicious and they loved the atmosphere and attentive service.
I'm the wife and had a whale of a time!!! Myself and my friends.
We were in a lovely room off to ourselves which was probably just as well for everyone else as we were not quiet!! Although we did have a few other diners popping their heads in to say hello and try to join the party.
The tapas were yummy, varied and plentiful and the wine was excellent. Great place for a group but I noticed lots of smaller tables too so next time when we return it may be with a few less appetities.
Thank You very much for a wonderful 40th celebration. You all gave us a glorious meal in great atmosphere and made me feel quite quite fabulous!!
We'll be back soon!
Excellent food, the best wine menu, great service and relaxing amotsphere – I have eaten at some of the most renowned Spanish tapas restaurants throughout the United States and Spain. Rioja truly stands as one of the best tapas I have ever eaten at. Anyone who says otherwise does not know what good tapas food is. I stumbled upon Rioja while on a business trip in Houston. The food was so good I went back four times in one week! They serve an excellent breakfast on the weekend also! The pork tenderloin and grilled lamb off of their low carb menu is to die for. I can not forget to mention the INCREDIBLE Spanish wine list which is one of the best I've ever seen. I tried a vertical tasting with Zumaya Crianza and Reserva---Excellent! Even my ten year old son now craves Riojas' steak and Asparagus! Excellent food, great service and relaxing amotsphere. I wish I had a Rioja in my home town!
San Francisco Treat – Crab Empanadas = Flavorless Grease
Custard/Creme Brulee = sugarwater with blowtorch
Paella = Rice -A -Roni with a bucket of seawater on top
Sangria =welch's grape juice with water and a splash of box wine
Mediocre Food ... Services as Average – After watching Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow travel through Spain, we had major cravings for tapas. So of to Rioja we went on a Friday night. We were greeted with a "Do you have a reservation?" Little mifffed, but I let it go. We were offered a drink and chose a sangria. After we were seated, it took a few minutes for the staff to bring a menu. We ordered a bottle of wine, an asparagus appetizer, the chorizo and something else I can't remember. The asparagus was CANNED (ie soft) asparagus topped with MAYONAISE. The chorizo was lukewarm, and definitly not homemade. In order words ... we were totally disappointed ! Don't plan on going back at all. Mi Luna certainly has better tapas, and I'm willing to put up with their non-existent parking.
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