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Mi Luna

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(92 Reviews)

2441 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

(713) 520-5025

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Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
21
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General Info
Mi Luna Authentic Tapas Restaurant and Bar has been providing great food, cocktails, live music, and dancing in Houston, Texas for the past 15 years. When you walk into Mi Luna you are entering one of the best restaurants in Houston with one of the best atmospheres for dining with friends, enjoying happy hour, dancing with great people, and drinking excellent cocktails. We offer live music Wednesday thru Saturday ranging from Flamenco, Cuban, and a diverse Latino playlist. Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant and Bar serves lunch and dinner for Houston locals in search of a great date night, friends get together, or large party event. At Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant and Bar, we also cater parties. Visit us to enjoy a great Spanish restaurant with excellent tapas, small plates, cocktails, live music, and dancing.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (713) 520-7822

Fax Number: (713) 520-7822

Fax: (713) 520-7822

Payment method
debit
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Village Arcade, South Central Houston, University Place
AKA

Mi Luna Tapas Restaurant & Bar

Categories
Tapas, Bar & Grills, Bars, Mediterranean Restaurants, Spanish Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean, European, Tapas, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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maureen1964

02/26/2012

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Sucks!

The bread was at least day old (feeling it you can tell it had been sitting out a while) and the food came out WAY too quick - evidence that Chef Mike works there (the microwave). There was hardly anyone in the place and yes the music was way to loud. Also, the waiter tried to give us someone else's dish, scallops, which smelled fish; that means it was either not fresh, or it was prepared earlier and microwaved. All seafood that has been microwaved smells fishy; that's why you never doggy bag seafood from a restaurant to eat later. Also, the Pollo Croquettes were burnt on the outside and the chicken inside was dry and bland - obvious that they're old and reheated.

chulita1980

11/13/2011

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Mi Luna

I went their for the first time on a Saturday night. I got their around 11pm. The place is so nice and upscale. People are nice. Drink service was fast and the live band was outstanding. They played good hip latin music. I couldn't stop dancing. Not sure about their food because I didn't eat their. I highly recommended to anybody.

Le Vieux Loup

10/04/2011

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Tapas and Entertainment

We heve been going here often for over 7 years. The food is always very good from seafood to lamb and never takes too long. Nice selection of wines and their mojitos are excellent. Live entertainment is a plus and is usually pretty good. They even have valet parking which is a must in that area. Go try Spanish tapas!

Dan75

05/23/2011

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Overall
Just OK

I have been to this place 4 times and every time the food was just ok and the service was ok a little slow.
One thing I will never order was the Monkfish. Monkfish is one of my favorite fish to eat and prepare. You can say I know monkfish when I see it/eat it. I had Monkfish twice here and twice I did not get monkfish. The first time I order it with a yellow coconut sauce and they gave me a different kind of fish instead of monkfish. Most likely they gave me Tilapia and just called it monkfish.
The second time I ordered monkfish this time with a mixture of calamari, smelt, and monkfish. Again I would say they used tilapia or some other white meat fish but not monkfish. I don’t mind they sub one thing with another if they just tell me. They could say hey we are out of monkfish but you still can get that dish with tilapia or a diffrent fish. (at a reduced price). Over all the food here is just ok, the best thing they have here is not food but Sangria.

maylou

05/19/2011

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WAY TOO LOUD-HORRIBLE

This place was such a disappointment. The music was so loud I had a sore throat from trying to scream!

And I had to pay $10 to park! Rip off! Food was just okay--service was not good--the waiter did not even know what a glass of Rose was.

I would never return. This is Rice Village? Never again.

ccwill

05/09/2011

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Great Music!

Love to dance and eat? Mi Luna is for you!
They have great live band that plays Latin music. I love to have date night with my husband there. We have several favorites with the tapas like the goat cheese and bread, also try the olive plate. Service can be pretty hit or miss- but overall not bad.

Figrut

01/12/2011

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They instituted there own border tariffs.

The prices for the drinks on my unexpectedly large bill was actually entirely dependant on where in the restraunt I was physically standing when I ordered them. They really need to put down tape on the floor or something and mark those areas properly. If the bar tender/chalk board/server tells you how much a drink costs, litterally walk him or her down over to your table and ask him again. The price will change. There are unmarked zones you have to be physically standing when you order to benefit from happy hour pricing.

asharyaya

11/08/2010

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LOVE THEIR FOOD!

The plates are delicious and perfect for snacking on while having a drink. I always order the muscles and patatas verdes! HEAVENLY!

maxrobert

06/17/2010

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Looks can be deceiving . . .

I had high expectations when I first visited Mi Luna. The menus is quite exciting, with items that blend Mediterranean, Spanish, and North African cuisines. The dining room itself is pleasant with a certain Spanish flair.

Sometimes (Fri, Sat), there is live music which can be nice if you are spending your time at the bar, but can be miserable if you are trying to enjoy dinner. When the band starts playing the acoustics provide a loud, boisterous atmosphere.

Given all these pro's I am still disappointed every time I eat there. The food is generally bland, even the exotic dishes lack proper seasoning. On top of that the service is consistently poor. Very poor. There is little coordination between the front and back of house. The hostesses do not properly manage the dining room, frequently telling customers there is a wait when empty tables are in clear sight. The wait staff seems more interested in entertaining one another rather than the patrons. They are aloof and slow. Couple that with overpriced drinks and you have a recipe for mediocre evening.

Cavet emptor.

@maxrobert

hector74

06/05/2010

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worst experience of my life

we went with 7 friends to have dessert and coffee, time 11:30 pm, they seat us, and we star order tres leches and coffee they brought the coffe and ask if we were going to order food, we told the waiter no, 5m later manager came to the table and said that we could not use a table for only dessert and told us to leave the table just like that he kick us from the table yeahh the manager, he mkick us from the restaurant this is really bad, i could not beleive but it was true....

emilyg esq

05/05/2010

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Bad service, bad food, good drinks

Prepare to be ignored.

Don't order escargot - full of grit.

ShellSherer

04/13/2010

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We love Mi Luna!!

I have been eating at Mi Luna for YEARS - and everytime I do it is WONDERFUL. My husband and I went for lunch yesterday and our food was great...our server was awesome & the mojitos ADDICTIVE!

This place never lets us down -- and is always worth our drive from Friendswood.

Dishes we love to share....
~marinated mushrooms
~marinated olives
~scallops in tomato sauce
~lamb kabobs with couscous
~beef with saffron rice
~salmon (for my hubby - not for me!)
add some sangria or one of the best fresh mint mojitos...can't beat it!
Darn, just typing this makes me want to go back already! Enjoy!!

laxba 3885

04/12/2010

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Surprisingly the worst restaurant in Houston

Mi Luna has to be one of the worst restaurants I have ever encountered. The management is extremely unorganized, rude, and not attentive to customer needs. I am appalled that this restaurant is even in existence because of its horrible service.

KitchenInc

03/30/2010

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The charade of the ""tapas bar"" lingers on

It both puzzles and angers me to see the fake mediocrity that Spanish cuisine in the US is reduced to. The chef acclaimed to be the greatest in all the world hails from this Country and yet, Americans still cannot seem to get enough of the tourist show tapas concepts.

It appears to be a consistent model: someone with absolutely no attachment to the Spanish culture makes a stop in Andalucia on a tour through Europe and sees marketing potential – charge 20x mark-up for flavorful peasant food billed as high-end European cuisine by spicing up the menu with foreign words.
Then, throw some Carlo Rossi jugs in a vat of fruit punch and charge $8 a cup to dull the palates of your patrons before they try your lackluster food. To top it all off, lure in the ladies by the dozen by spicing up the scene with music you can shake your hips to that, despite being nothing like Spanish music, passes off quite swimmingly due to the fact that it is sung in Spanish. Hire the hottest Mexican waiters you can find with perfectly thick accents – they won’t know the difference, especially after all that “sangria.”

And just when you think I am done bursting your bubble, I have to inform you of the shocking news that mojitos are not served in Spain. You can cry now.

Such is Mi Luna, and such is the state of the vast majority of “Spanish restaurants” in the U.S. I was lucky enough to grow up in Santa Fe, NM, which touts the best chef of Spanish cuisine this side of the Atlantic. Yes, spoiled.

Don’t get me wrong – I am all about eating olives and plates of ham and cheese and mushrooms drenched in garlic and butter – when they are properly priced as the peasant food bar snacks that they really are without any pretense of “upscale cuisine.” I am also happy to go out to Mi Luna and dance the night away to their salsa band, but my interaction with this place ends there. I may get a wee bit hungry at the end of the night, but as a matter of principle, I ward off my cravings until I’m on my way home and passing by El Rey.

Two places seem to offer up a real Spanish dining experience in town – the much acclaimed Catalan and Rioja in Westchase. I am yet to try them but rest assured you will find a review here when I do. The other place that served quality Spanish food in town was Tio Pepe in Bellaire but it has, much to my dismay, closed down, most likely because they failed to offer the “tapas bar” charade that this country somehow, never seems to tire of.

cujodu

03/07/2010

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Great Food, Great Place, Mediocre Service

Even though we had a 45 minute wait, we had a pitcher of Sangria and it flew by. Unfortunately, when we sat down, the waiter did everything he could to make us feel like we were the least important guests, and I saw him going around making sure every table felt the same. The food was awesome, and it's reasonably priced. All in all a good place, just hope you get a different waiter than we got!

chefrd1

10/14/2009

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This restaurant needs HELP

I really wanted to like this place. unfortunately the service, food, and overall atmosphere needs help.
Management is non existant, and the food came out cold and flavorless. I really like the decor, and this restaurant could be good with just a little attention to detail. I used to come years ago and it was fantastic. What happend? Anyway I'll stick with Oporto and even Rioja for a better tapas fix.

Sarah1980

09/11/2009

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Overall
Don't bother

I love tapas places, so I was really excited to try Mi Luna....The food was just okay... really disappointing. Our table tried at least 7 tapas. One of the things I tried was a veggie pizza with goat cheese- it was so loaded with zucchini it was like I was eating zucchini on bread. No big deal, I ordered something else leaving the pizza untouched. Now I use to work as a server for 8+ years and good service means recognizing when your customers don't like something and then taking it off the bill without the customer having to ask you to do so....which is what I had to do. After asking the server to remove the item I got an unnecessary look. The service was pretty poor too.

msims1980

08/21/2009

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love it!

Service okay, but the ambience is great. love the sangria! My friends and I will definitely be back.

KOBY

08/10/2009

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NOT CUSTOMER FRIENDLY,,,

CAN BARELY WALK THROUGH 2THE BATHROOM, TABLES ARE TOO CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER. U BRUSH OFF AGAINST OTHER CUSTOMER WHEN U R WALKING 2THE RESTROOMS.
WE ASKED TO SPLIT OUR CHECK PER COUPLE TO MAKE IT EASY ON US AT THE END OF THE NIGHT. WE KNOW THAT IT IS POSSIBLE BUT THEY REFUSED TO DO IT. AT THE END, IT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO ATE WHAT & HOW MUCH THEY NEED TO CHIP IN. SOMEONE ALWAYS EITHER PAY MORE OR LESS, AND THE ONE HANDLING THE CHECK ENDS UP WITH MORE TO PAY AT THE END.. THE OWNERS/MANAGERS SHOULD GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND MAKE IT CUSTOMER FRIENDLY, IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT HAVING US THERE, IT'S ABOUT HAVING US COMING BACK, AND WE R NOT COMING BACK BECOZ OF THAT.

sandrasandison

07/27/2009

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Will NEVER GO BACK

7 of us met for a multiple b/day brunch. The place was hot so we had to ask for fans. Tables were sticky, flies all around. Price is 18.95 per person, but the variety of food & quality was down to nothing. SERVICE WAS HORRIBLE. We had to stack our own plates & continually ask for water/drinks because no one ever came to our table...and the place was almost empty. Guess it was a bad time b/c there was a sports show on TV & the staff was too busy watching the TV instead of us. There was not even salad on the buffett. NEVER AGAIN.