This casual, family-friendly spot is so well-known for its food and hospitality that it has been written up in the Houston ... More
This casual, family-friendly spot is so well-known for its food and hospitality that it has been written up in the Houston (Texas) Chronicle. Steaks and slow-roasted prime rib are served by a friendly staff. Besides offering a good bet for Grade-A beef when you are in town, the menu includes chicken, ribs and seafood. A children's menu is also available. Rod's Special Margarita is the house specialty drink. Domino, the restaurant's bull mascot, is prevalent in the decor here, as are memorabilia and souvenirs from historic Route 66.
Based on the first three reviews, I can't imagine we were at the same location. We arrived later in the evening - around 8:30 p.m. - and were taken to our table by Annie. She was the lone waitress with about 5 groups besides our foursome.
Her service was superb - attentive, efficient, and completely thourough in every respect. She not only was excellent at her job but very engaging when we asked questions about Rod's, the town, the grand canyon, etc.
The food was great - each of us had a different steak prepared to a different degree of "doneness" with one going for the ribs. The steaks were prepared exactly to order and were tender and juicy. I've paid a good deal more at other restaurants for a strip steak that was half as good. The sides were similarly delicious and properly done.
I was the only one to have dessert and I chose the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. I make my own cheesecake and the only one I eat that isn't homemade is made by the Cheesecake Factory - and that is where my dessert came from. For a restaurant to be astute enough to serve the very best commercial product available says a lot to me. A great cheesecake takes about two hours from start to finish so I don't expect to see it homemade. Buying the best isn't a step down in this case.
As to price, we left minus $80 - $100 for four but without a solitary doubt as to whether or not it was well spent. Kudos to Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez and the staff at Rod's.
First of all, right when you walk in there are signs which state their tip "policy" is 18%. Then, I think they forgot us after we were seated. We finally had to motion to someone to take our order for drinks.
The dinner rolls were tiny, burnt and the baked potato was undercooked. I ordered coffee and got a cup. Just one. A tiny cup.
But here's the most shocking aspect.....the bathroom stall doors are GLASS...see through....TRANSPARENT..
..shower stall doors! Are you kidding me? You are totally visible while setting in the stall. I was NOT going to use those facilities and when I mentioned it to an employee she laughed. Totally unacceptable. If you are going to go to the trouble to put a door on a stall in a bathroom you could at least pick a door that's made out of material that's NOT SEE THROUGH! I'm all for "character" in a place, as long as I'm not the character on display. Or at the very least give me a free cocktail or two first!
The decor in this place is very plastic, cheap and very dated. It's not a place I would recommend at all and I'm usually such an easy going person. Frankly Rob's Steakhouse is not worth it. If I do ever go back in there it will be to take a photo of their bathroom stall doors 'cause I know my friends back home are just not going to believe me when I tell them about it.
THe steak and prime rib were both very tough. It was hard to cut even with the sharpest of knives. We were both served canned green beans instead of fresh. The rolls were burnt to A crisp. They tasted awful. The drinks were very small, and over priced. I, we would never recommend this place to others. the entire staff was very rude to us,this place was a nightmare.....
Looked like a neat place to stop on the way to Sedona. Atmosphere was nice. Kids loved the giant cow outside. But the service was slow and didn't seemed like they cared too much. The brought out a basket of Rolls that were burned on the top and I had to ask them if this was the best they could do? Then the brought out a basket of only slightly burned rolls. Steak was OK, nothing special for the price. They charged us 8 dollars for a kids macaroni and cheese meal, and the Mac and Cheese was Kraft microwave "quick mac" or close to it. I think the owners of Rod's nowdays might be living off the reputation of this place from the past.....not impressed!
We found Rod's Steak House on our way back from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas.
The place has a specific theme, and the staff is very friendly and relaxed. The food - especially the steak - is excellent, and not at all expensive.
Overall, with dinner, drinks and tip we paid around $70 for 3 persons. Each of us was very impressed, and the staff threated us like we were locals.
I would highly recommend it! give it a try!
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