Irma's Southwest

4.7
429 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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KevinL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Waiter was more concerned with us ordering expensive items then what we wanted

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining at this location, I usually visit the original location. Service and food were great!

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vipUFrankM
Miami
141 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant with outstanding personal service. Food was outstanding and we were told the great story behind this restaurant. Mexican old fashioned was great and even got a free tasting of the whiskey. Perfect restaurant for the Panasonic times with great outdoor area. Definitely on my regular Houston list!

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TWash
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a quiet date night to celebrate my 50th birthday. The food was AMAZING and the service was beyond excellent!! We would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went out to eat with a friend and lived the food! I will highly recommend the skinny margaritas! So good and tasty!

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VikkiS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location--cool place for a nice dinner and the margaritas are fab!

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KarenB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Took an out of town friend for dinner. We both had salads, hers was shrimp and mine steak. They were good but nothing special, They were good but not all that different from other similar les expensive restaurants and not really very big. We sat outside, they could add some more plants to make the view better and more appealing.
Service was good but several times had to ask for something and the wait person (Not our person) looked inconvenienced. Drinks were good.

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vipJohnr
Mississippi
63 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a puppy with me so I sat outside in the nice patio area. There is some nice shaded areas and the service was very good. I enjoyed their cocktails, I had asked the bartender to make up his 3 best selling cocktails and I can see why they were his best sellers they were all delicious. I tried the wild meat combo and I loved it. I will return.

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vipFrank
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Janet, Nick, and Jacob are great hosts. The food was amazing. The service was impeccable and the cocktails were delicious. Their patio had great energy. We highly recommend it!

JD
vipJuliusD
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Service was prompt and courteous. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Great food and environment.

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Khadisha
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

When we first entered there was a little commotion between a waiter and guest which had us a little concerned for our first time, but after the food and drinks were amazing great night to spend my birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, safety and food were all excellent.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing and the staff is extremely attentive. Highly recommend the guacamole, fish tacos and the spiked lemonade (be careful though - it goes down smooth! 😃)

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vipToriS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with phenomenal service.

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vipTonyV
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food quality & service!
Treat you like family.

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NatalieN
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!!! Service was great. I highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding...only rivaled by the quality of service and attention to detail. We had the Sea Bass and Wild Game Combo - both were fantastic. The Sea Bass was arguably the best we ever had. Phenomenal service made it a great evening out during these unique times.

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vipRobert
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Nick was great!

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vipdubba919
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Janet. Like family.

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IsaacW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was being treated by my wife and the service was perfect

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CynthiaC
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty place, nice environment and delicious authentic food.

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LisaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great experience at Irmas Southwest. Great fresh food and wonderful service. Try the Pollo Verde!

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vipChrisF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much better than previous visits! The food quality has improved!

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RachelR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my 11th anniversary with my husband, first time and will definitely be back. Staff were super sweet and the music was on point. The food was very delicious! Will definitely be back. We went after 6pm and didn’t find parking in garage but the street parking was free after 6pm. (5.16.2020)

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vipChrisF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Overall, the service was outstanding!

Food was subpar to mediocre. Definitely overpriced for what it is.

As someone who dines out 3-4 nights a week, probably won’t recommend for furure visits.

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vipMarkS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food

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TreyH
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with friendly staff

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vipTroyH
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food

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Robert
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Really enjoyed the lentil soup and the guacamole was fantastic. However our table of four found every single dish to be extremely too hot and spicy. We were slathering everything in sour cream and downing glasses of water to finish our meal. The quality of the food was very good.However the heat definitely took away our ability to enjoy the meal.

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vipNicoleL
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the Bartender provided excellent service. Food was authentic and delicious. I had a combo that included the carne guisada it taste just like grandmas.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Irma’s was amazing. The ambience and service were top notch. You have to try the lemonade and the El Jefe margarita! The guacamole is great as well as the bacon wrapped Nilgai. This was my first time trying this tender game meat and I was impressed! We will definitely be back!

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vipDonald
Baton Rouge
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu was very limited and the prices were exorbitant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening for valentine’s

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JackB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

We sat down on time but did not receive our meal for 40 minutes. Owner had to come by to get the meal moving forward. Noise level was pretty high and it made conversation difficult. An hour after the meal I became very ill for about 3 hours with stomach issues. It was bad enough that I had to leave work early.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Prompt friendly service.

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DaveR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best. Irma’s has upgraded to fancier surroundings but the people that made this a Houston go to are still there - and the food remains classic Mexican with a Texas twist.

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Fandan
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious wild game tamales. The staff is very friendly and seem to enjoy working there.

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vipJoeM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had outstanding food and service at Irma's Southwest. Louis took great care of us from beginning to end and made the evening memorable.

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remy
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Waitress made great suggestions for food. Don’t skip the queso or guacamole! Will definitely go again.

FAQs

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

Irma's Southwest is rated 4.7 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.