No other phrase describes a place like Houston's other than 'a great night out'. Count on a great meal and great service every time. The dark, ... More
No other phrase describes a place like Houston's other than 'a great night out'. Count on a great meal and great service every time. The dark, club-like atmosphere features both traditional tables as well as booths with candlelight illuminating the dining area and just enough natural light filtering through the windows to create an inviting ambiance. The grilled chicken salad with peanut sauce is a local favorite, but a good old-fashioned hamburger gourmet style is always a classic. Well-prepared fish and pasta dishes are fantastic selections and come your choice of baked potato or soup. Be sure to finish with a five-nut brownie a la mode!
We went to Houstons in north Dallas last Sunday. The experience was extremely disappointing.
The food is expensive but lacking in quantity and Taste. For $23 I got the ribeye. It was about 6 ounces tops and was extremely dry. The ONE side that came with it, (I selected beans) was about 3 or 4 bites in a tiny little bowl.
My wife and son's girlfriend had rotissorie chicken which neither of them could eat, as the taste was awful. My son had a club sandwich for $11 which he said was OK.
The only thing edible were the chips. Unfortunately the staff did not want to leave the chips on the table when they brought the entrees. I convinced them to leave the chips, but when we had finished the meal and needed to eat the chips for nourishment, the waiter removed the chips while I was clearly still eating them and would not leave them. Apparently the policy is to get the food off the table and the patrons out the door as soon as possible.
I would not have tipped anything, but a 15% tip is required.
Needless to say, I won't be back.
I also recently left before eating because of the rude and unwelcoming attitude. I've always believed this to be true, but continued to go because my wife liked it.
My previous trip will be my last. I was dining with my wife, daughter, mother-in-law, and several other wonderful ladies, when I was told to remove my hat or leave - I chose to leave - my hair might have scared other diners away. I was dressed nicely, and perhaps they might have mentioned this rule when I walked in (they have so many rules, I guess even they can't keep track of them all). Come on folks - this is a casual dining chain, not the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
I wrote there headquarters a letter; and now know their snobby attitude is ovbiously a corporate culture thing. Of course, they don't care since you can't even get into the place, but oh well, I'm taking a stand.
I luv Houston's! I only go when my unlce is treating b/c I am a struggling college student..lol. The service is great....the food is finger licking (especially the Knife & Fork Ribs) and the value is more than what you pay for. But beware there arent dollar amount prices on the menu so haev your paper right!
For twenty years, Houston's has been among our favorite restaurants. We've sought them out whenever we could all over the country. But the one in Preston Center has definitely gone downhill, and I suspect the corporate culture has led the others down, as well. The ambience is still nice, but the wait staff has become curt and unattentive, the prices are exhorbitant (really, $32 for a piece of red snapper?), don't expect refills on your drinks, and the place is like a meat locker. We shivered through our lunch two days ago. If you like being treated like you're in a cheap chain place at upscale prices, and eating with a sweater on during the summer, this is the place for you.
My boyfriend raved about Houston's and has years of experience dining there, but this was my first time. The hostess informed us from the beginning that our wait was to be thirty minutes and it turned out that we waited an hour before leaving. In fact many had arrived and were seated before my boyfriend inquired about having been, perhaps, overlooked. We were, we were told, and then directed to wait over next to a wall closer to the dining room. We waited there for another ten minutes. We eventually left without having been seated. We noted the time when we walked towards the car hungry, that we had waited over fifty minutes. I would like to state that the ambience, however, was warm, dark with hints of amber lighting. I never was afforded the opportunity, however, to dine there.
i went to houstons and was very dissappointed! it was nicely decorated that is certain. other than that i have very few positive things to say. the dip was mediocre at best yeah you heard me. the salsa with it is pace from a jar come on! ask your server. and what is the pupose of it with the dip? anyway the bar area was nice! and the service was wonderful. the beer i had was right on point with price, BUT... the crab cakes were a joke and a crime all the way around. 32 dollars?! i am not cheap and i know food very well being a chef, but these things clearly showed that no one cares about the food. they would have tasted it before it got made. i blame poor leadership and a complete lack of guidance and knowledge by whomever is in charge. no i will never return to this place. it is quite sad to me that people just eat this kind of food up and think that it is good! i have been in dallas for almost 2 years and it deeply saddens me that corparate place can get away with the rape of cuisine and the theft of hard working peoples money. certainly there is other places that deserve the money and the business.
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