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Irma's Southwest, Houston, TX

Irma's Southwest

4.6
4.6
566 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican / Southwestern
Irma’s Southwest along with Irma’s Original have been household names in downtown food scene for over 17 years. Headed by the leadership of Louis Galvan and Irma Galvan, recipient of the 2008 James Beard Award.
Irma’s Southwest Grill is a casual elegant restaurant where you will enjoy some of the best Mexican food you will ever have north of the Mexican border. Our menu showcases some of the classic Mexican dishes including Carne Guisada, Pork Carnitas and Chile Relleno but it also incorporates Texas Wild Game in the form of Axis Barbacoa and Nilgai Tamales. Come to Irma’s and let yourself be completely mesmerized by our amazing food.
Whether you are looking for a hearty lunch, a quick bite before a baseball game or a full dinner Irma’s Southwest is your destination in downtown.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Wild Game, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of operation

    Monday through Saturday 11am-10 pm Now feature a lounge.

  • Phone number

    (713) 247-9651

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Irma Galvan

  • Catering

    We cater to offices and homes in the downtown area. For areas outside of downtown please give us a call for details. We will create a specific menu for your event. Our Fajita package is our most ordered catering meal.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private room can accommodate about 120 persons seated and 180 standing. Our private room can also be divided to accommodate smaller groups. We specialize in corporate dining, corporate happy hour, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, retirement parties, Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs, birthday parties and graduation parties.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    La Branch

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 566 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. KM

    KellyM

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of four had a fantastic experience at Irma's Southwest! It was mid-afternoon, so the restaurant was probably more quiet than it would be in peak times. Our server, Matthew, took great care of us and was able to make helpful suggestions on the menu items. We all thought it was one of the best Mexican meals we have had, and we loved having some unique wild game options. Everyone in our party is from out of town, but we all look forward to our next visit to Houston and will be sure to dine at Irma's Southwest again!
  2. AG

    ArturoG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always Great food and great service. Homemade lemonade is the best . . . .
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food not great. Immediately gave us our seat even though early. Which was nice. Food overpriced for what we had. Special occasion not celebrated there. Forgot to give us water after we asked, waitress hard to find.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    amazing service!
  5. HS

    HungryShopper

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Reservations were for 4:30. We walked in about 10 minutes late and were promptly seated. 10 minutes later I flagged down a hostess to ask about our waiter who still had yet to make an appearance (and our table wasn’t the only one looking annoyed by the lack of attention). We were told there was a staff meeting in progress, but it should be over soon. I’m sorry but what manager holds their wait staff at the inconvenience of customers?!?!? Yes apologies were made by our waitress and by someone who never identified himself, but no offer to comp a drink or dessert was ever made to try to make retribution. Food was good, the margaritas were good, but not good enough to excuse the rudeness of the staff and deserve our business again.
  6. EK

    EdwinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service surpassed only by the best Chilean sea bass I’ve had.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday
  8. HH

    HowardH

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eclectic menu, generous portions, great service. Love the hand made guacamole.
  9. DT

    DustinT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We were seated right next to the door blowing hot air in every time it opened even though it wasn’t packed. Drink was made wrong twice even after explaining what we wanted. Fajitas came in extremely small portion for the price.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Will not be back! Family attempted to have appetizers before Astros game…. We were lectured by waitress before and after ordering. First we were told if each person did not order she would have to charge us a plating fee .. then we were told if one of us ordered an appetizer it would have to stay in front of that person only or she would charge us a plating fee. Then we were told if we all didn’t order food she would charge person not ordering a plating fee. Have no idea why this restaurant feels the need to treat customers in this manner. Insane rules. We have never been treated in such a manner. Definitely will not be back! Do not waste your money here.
  11. JB

    JBTexasEx

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The nilgai enchiladas were amazing and the watermelon lemonade margarita was a great twist on Irma’s signature beverage!
  12. AR

    AnnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, impeccable service. Highly recommend!
  13. JL

    JenniferL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender was wonderful. Attentive to our needs. The guacamole was the best I have ever eaten. Food was amazing!!!
  14. KL

    KevinL

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food. $18 cheese dip was tiny. Food prices were very high for elevated Mexican.
  15. K

    Karen

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Nice restaurant with good service and food. The only thing was the loud music - I felt like I was in a disco. Hard to have a conversation and just didn’t fit the otherwise classy atmosphere. Probably won’t be back
  16. PC

    PaulC

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Friendly staff. Close to ballpark.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Are at the bar this time. Mathew our bartender and server was wonderful. Always pleasant.
  18. PO

    PatriciaO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    My 1st time there, my experience would have been So much better if I was not greeted with a manager telling us they was closed after I had a reservation it Rained that night so we were 10 minutes late and repeatly asking if I had a reservation after I answer 3 Times he went to check first impression is everything.
  19. NJ

    NickJ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Wanted to love Irma’s but left underwhelmed. Highlight is definitely the bar. It’s well appointed, the staff is awesome, and they make good drinks. The dining room however has zero ambiance and the food—though tasty enough—was way overpriced for small portions of simple food.
  20. AE

    ArthurE

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Irma’s is always good and quick before an Astro game.
  21. w

    wildhare

    Houston

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Year after year, Irma’s continues to serve up great food. The Irma’s team of servers are very efficient, attentive, and friendly. This is our go-to restaurant, especially on Astros game days.
  22. JR

    JulieR

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    The food is way overpriced, the menu limited and the ambience nil. The service was decent, but didn't make up for the rest. Go to the original Irma's.
  23. AC

    AlliC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was good, but it had the same flavor palate throughout everything. Not worth the cost.
  24. JM

    JamesM

    Houston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thé margaritas are delicious and the wild boar sausages are amazing. My wife loves the wild boar tacos and I can’t get enough of the wild game combo. The guacamole is always fresh and perfectly seasoned. You can’t go wrong at Irma’s Southwest.
  25. DG

    DaveG

    Houston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great start to a night at the ballpark.
  26. LR

    LexineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff! Amazing food! Beautiful ambiance!! And the best Mexican Old Fashion!
  27. J

    Jamon

    Houston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good drinks, food, and service.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food is decent but a tad overpriced. BUT if you’re looking for a meal before a ballgame or something to talk shop with a nice ambiance, it’s great. Service is phenomenal too.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The meal was very tasty. We had nilgai (antelope) for our appetizer and a sliced meat entree for two with chicken, sausage, wild boar, and shrimp. The drinks were ok, and our waiter was very attentive. I would go back.
  30. SL

    SingingLibrarian

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Irma's Southwest is always welcoming, warm, and the food is consistently yummy. Janet is a treasure!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Good food and nice atmosphere.
  32. JG

    JohnG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were both beyond expectations. When we arrived for our Saturday night, 7:00 reservation we were surprised at how few tables were occupied. After the best margarita in town and wild boar combo dinner, it didn’t matter any more. We would return, happily.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Irma’s was Fantastic as always. We are long time patrons of Irma’s. The food is fantastic and the staff are so welcoming and accommodating. You should honored having such remarkable people under your wing. This also has to reflect management and ownership. As we say in the Houston Fire Department after a successful incident “Job Well Done”. Respectfully, Captain Robert Russo
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the new location. Very nice. Food and service excellent as usual. Low noise level made conversation easy.
  35. GA

    GeorgeA

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Irma's is a Houston Jewel and worth a visit either location. Nice place for a business meeting, a date, or even a family. One location slightly uppity the other quaint, regardless both location are exceptional!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. However, service supercedes the the food quality. Our waitress was always attentive and made out valentines dinner perfect.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Food was great but the service was lacking. After getting drinks server said to get the complementary chip etc we need to place a food order. While the table next got Chip when the sat down. RUDE
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food, but kitchen is slow. We will return.
  39. CS

    CarltonS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Mexican food in downtown!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place had a really unique menu and was absolutely amazing.

FAQs

Irma's Southwest offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 247-9651.

Irma's Southwest is rated 4.6 stars by 566 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Irma's Southwest

1475 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Branch

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Monday through Saturday 11am-10 pm Now feature a lounge.

  • Cuisines

    Mexican / Southwestern, Wild Game, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Irma Galvan

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 247-9651

  • Catering

    We cater to offices and homes in the downtown area. For areas outside of downtown please give us a call for details. We will create a specific menu for your event. Our Fajita package is our most ordered catering meal.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private room can accommodate about 120 persons seated and 180 standing. Our private room can also be divided to accommodate smaller groups. We specialize in corporate dining, corporate happy hour, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, retirement parties, Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs, birthday parties and graduation parties.

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