Ambrosia
Ambrosia
  • Address:
    2003 Lexington
    Houston, TX 77098
    Neighborhood:
    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: $30 and under

Ambrosia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ambrosiatx.com/
  • Phone: 8326494636x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    *if there is no availability on Open Table during a time period please check with us during business hours and we will do our best to accommodate you!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef Riks
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shepard Close to 59 south
  • Parking: No
A word from Ambrosia
'Ambrosia,' is a unique hideaway providing a dining and lounge experience that is sure to lure you back for more. A cozy restaurant located just minutes from Houston's museum district, our kitchen serves some of the city's tastiest plates - just perfect for sharing amongst friends. By blending flavors and spices from the far east with locally sourced ingredients, we have created an innovative cuisine that exudes exotic flavor in every last bite.


We invite you to join us for savory dishes inspired by the marvel and essence of Southeast Asia. A distinctive culinary experience awaits!


*if there is no availability on Open Table during a time period please call the restaurant during business hours and we will do our best to accommodate you!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Ambrosia reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (29)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (24)late-night find (15)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Delicious food in a quaint atmosphere. Music was a bit loud and didn't go with the look of the place, but not enough of a downer to affect the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    4Txdining
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Ambrosia serves a wide array of small, shareable plates combining fresh ingredients and creative imagination. The service is neither too frequent nor too inattentive. They strike that perfect balance and that is a skill. Be sure to try one of their specialty cocktails. Their bartenders are skilled at what they do. I have frequented Ambrosia several times. The staff is always courteous and friendly and greet you with a genuine smile. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the food was good
    Pradeep
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The chili panned was chili based and too strong on chili
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Job Well done
    1stTimer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The staff was nothing but excellent and very accommodating. They went above and beyond the expected service . Food and drinks were both also good. The ambiance was beautiful, its definitely worth to check it out yourself. I know I'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Came here for a friends birthday! It was such a great choice! The food was good (we virtually left nothing) and the overall atmosphere was nice. We really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely come back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Labor Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went here for a birthday dinner on Labor Day, so my experience might differ from the norm. Our food was good. There were some must have dishes such as the crab fried rice. The drinks were well made and their service was exceptionally friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb fusion
    David
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Truly enjoyed with the shifted merging of different cultures in food in creating a very unusual menu. The food tasting with the small plates was excellent for dining that evening. The spicing was although hot very flavorful and emerging of different nationalities of food created a dining experience that I really enjoyed. Although there were large groups tables and the noise level was a little high and creating a discussion amongst two people was a little difficult and strange overall get dining experience was enjoyed by both in my party very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ambrosia was Amazing
    phatmanjoe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    EVERYTHING!, we had was amazing, from the Sazerac drink, to the thai chicken flatbread, Korean wings, the tuesday steak night special, and the fantastic ice cream dish. Rarely do you go to a restaurant, when there is absolutely NOTHING to complain about. We will definitely be going back sometime next week to see if the chef and the food was a fluke :-) On top of that, the scenery in the little restaurant is what drew me to the place. We went for my wife's birthday and I'm contemplating having my birthday dinner there next month as well. Ambrosia is surely a hidden Houston treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food letdown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Ambiance and service was great but the food was extremely disappointing. It lacked flavor. We ordered lamb and chicken samosas gangnam ribs crab fried rice Brussels sprout veggie flatbread lamb chops A plus was that the was half off on Thursdays!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It's a great place to go for something different. The food was great and the ambience was great for catching up with friends or celebrating an anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Indian Spices
    Steve
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    While maybe not exact traditional Indian, the food is amazing with traditional Indian spice in every bite. Their Samosas are especially good. My wife is from South Africa in a place with many Indian cooks and restaurants; she rates these Samosas as the best she's tasted!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, yummy food and service.
    Lulu
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was a great choice for our work team dinner. The Ambience was warm and inviting. The staff was attentive and informative about the food. And the dishes we ordered was perfect and since it is smaller servings that we passed around the table made for a fun night sharing great food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tapaslover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tori was an awesome manager and wonderful server. She made sure we were happy as customers and made us all feel extremely welcoming. I would come back with my friends just to have her as a server again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food of the Gods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Each bite was delicious....Great food and prompt service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceptional
    EricHVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been going to Ambrosia since it opened and what is most impressive is that it is always exceptional. The service and the quality of the food is consistent and everyone we take says the same thing each time a new plate comes out: "Oh my God, this is amazing." While the menu is on the smaller side, there is nothing that I wouldn't order. Compare that to other places where the menu is pages long and full of items that you would never order, and then add in the ambiance of the restaurant itself and you have what has become one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not afraid of spice
    Familytradition
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Ambrosia was a new restaurant for my husband and me. The food was delicious. The drink menu was eclectic and fun. There were many spicy dishes - which we LOVE - but when they say spicy, it is not mild. I am personally a huge fan of restaurants who are not afraid to be SPICY, but if you are so-so with spice, there are fewer options. We will DEFINITELY be eating here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, food & service
    LokeVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My family & I enjoyed having brunch at Ambrosia. This time I invited my friends for Happy Hour and we were a party of 10......all my guests totally enjoyed the delicious flavorful food, great variety and we had a great service from our server Melissa.definitely a place to return for future celebrations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Group Night
    Padre
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We found the restaurant very interesting and appealing. Great twist on asian food with fusion flare! The service was fantastic and accommodating. We are definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night perfect
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This place is a hidden gem of Houston. I have lived here my whole life and am sad I just found it. Will be going back often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Cherzog
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Gangnum ribs, Brussels sprouts, curry wedges, all samosas, half price wine bottles during happy hour
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlwaysVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Very well prepared, although somewhat limited menu. Service was efficient, helpful, and friendly. Decor was dark and could use updating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 228 reviews are from the Ambrosia reviews archive.
  • Fantastic dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were greeted promptly as soon as we entered and seated quickly. The menu had a great variety and the food was cooked to perfection. The perfect blend of spices and ingredients brought out the flavors in our dishes. The staff was very friendly and our orders came out in a timely fashion. Drinks and dessert were great too....we'll be coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    Lulu
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was alright. We had the chicken samosa which was good but what fried food isn't good? Also had the Korean ribs which was tough, the Prawns was very over powering with a hundred flavors, there was 4 pieces to the order which we didn't even care to finish. The Brussel sprouts was delicious but I really don't think you can go wrong with Brussel sprouts, and last was the mushroom flat bread which was also good. This was my second time here and I felt that I should give it a second chance before ruling it out completely. I definitely was disappointed and which I chose a different venue for dinner. Place is very hip and trendy and that was all it was. Don't expect to have a romantic dinner because it's very loud inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed this Restaurant
    Dave
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The menus was very eclectic with a little of many kinds of foods. Everything that we had was great. There were a couple of very tasty wines by the glass on the list as well. The atmosphere was very cool as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but noise
    Magnetboy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had lamb chops, mushroom flatbread, brussel sprouts, chicken curry dish and ginger flavored kulfi for dessert. A house pinot was excellent in combination. Was about right for three persons. Great food. Very noisy with mildly uncomfortable chairs. Why can't Houston figure out how to dampen restaurant noise?!! Food was good enough to warrant return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good - Watch your wallet!
    PriceyTapas
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was good, service pleasant, a little noisy for ambiance, but prices quite high for many of the dishes. Part of the "tapas" approach are small dishes and prices should match. My eval was prices were about 30% higher than they should be for most dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Using OpenTable to book our reservation of 10 was simple and easy. It was so easy that I was afraid I was going to run into some problems the night of but it all turned out great! Restaurant called to confirm my reservation. Once I got there, our table was ready, service was great, and it all made for a great night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Liked the food and sittting outside in the garden - great cocktails and enjoyed talking to the bar tender about his creations !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place Fantastic Food
    StaceyM
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a girls night here with all the tapas style foods we had plenty to eat and lots of fun. Great atmosphere and wonderful service
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hidden perfection
    eatoutjunkie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The menu is small so please keep that in mind but...everything we had on the menu was outstanding only thing not up to par was the friend dumpling like filled with chicken...bok choy amazing, ribeye perfect, jumbo shrimp spicy good...service was good we went on a weeknight so they were always there....if going on a date sit outside in the corner nook area romantic...will def go back!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Reservations took an hour longer than requested. And servers pretty much ignored our party all night.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food-Liked the outdoor seating
    AUDCVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We loved the tapas share concept and the food was great. The service seemed good but limited because the place was bustling with customers but there seemed to be a dearth in the number of servers/host. The place was filled with people and seemed like a very live friday night-definitely a fun atmosphere. Yet since my fiance and I preferred to have a quiet night we waited for a table in their small outdoor seating area and took that. We were glad to be sitting outside since we could have a quiet intimate meal together.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud
    Discerningtastes
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was good, but small portions. Restaurant is very very loud and quite a "scene." The waitress kept messing up and gave us a free appetizer and dessert. Not horrible, but not an impressive experience for anyone with true discernment or sophistication.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Evening
    Renny2
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    They had two sections for me and my party of twenty ready when I walked in. I had been there before and decided to have my graduation happy hour there. The waitress was really great patient and personable. The food was awesome I had both flatbreads and the steak kabobs! Drinks were awazing I had the white coconut sangria, the Saigon , and the mani vanilla shot! I'm glad I had my graduation celebration at Ambrosia !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent neighborhood gem
    TexasRick
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was great, service prompt, nice atmosphere but inside was loud but with a fun crowd. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meeting Spot
    LokeVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Intimate, cozy, great plates of food to share over drinks.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute find
    Qtaylor
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    So we wanted to find a good place to eat but we were not looking for a full meal. This place was perfect!! My husband had the steak and said it was one of his top 3 steaks ever!! We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect All Around
    Foodie4Local
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Went with my husband and found that the service and food were great. Everything had a great fresh taste not the taste of salt. We sat outdoors and it had a great ambiance and it was nice to see great service out there as well. Inside looked great as well but the day was too nice to waste inside. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal!
    pkwhouVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had never tried brunch here, but have loved all the dinners we have been to, so we gave it a shot. Ambrosia continues to amaze us. The brunch menu has a great selection of favorites from the regular menu, as well as some more "brunch-type" foods with an Asian twist. Chef Matthew is amazing and always wants feedback and what we liked and what we would like to see coming out in the future. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience
    FoodFanatic24
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The waiters were friendly, but they kept changing around and did not seem to know who ordered what. They'd walk in the room, announce the food, and leave when no one responded in time. The decor and ambience was superb though. Great for late romantic dinners. Food was a bit overpriced - felt like people paid for the environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic