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Américas River Oaks
Américas River Oaks

Américas River Oaks Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cordua.com
  • Phone: (832) 200-1492
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;

    Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 3:00pm;

    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cordúa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cordúa has taken the best of his portfolio along with the most talented staff in event planning and hospitality to create a contemporary “one-of-a-kind” event production company.

    Combining the flavorful cuisines of North, Central and South Americas with progressive techniques and European discipline, MjC Events delivers the food Houstonians have loved for years with the impeccable service and hospitality you’ve come to expect from Cordúa Restaurants. With remarkable attention to detail, at your location or ours, our Event Managers will help you create your dream experience!
  • Private Party Facilities: Teamed once again with architect Jordan Mozer, Américas River Oaks highlights and celebrates the gifts the Americas gave to the world, its native ingredients and tropical tapestries. Located in the heart of River Oaks Shopping Center, Américas is ideal for your next event. Whether you are in need of a private space for a business meeting in the Macondo, a celebration in the Alegrias, a quaint private dinner in the Corazón or the entire restaurant for your upcoming holiday party, our event managers welcome the opportunity to create a memorable experience for you and your guests!
  • Private Party Contact: Darla Hickman (713) 961-0911

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shepherd
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus available
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self parking and complimentary valet available.
A word from Américas River Oaks
The third incarnation of Américas, the global culinary experience from famed chef and restaurateur, Michael Cordúa, is now open in the heart of River Oaks. Partnered once again with celebrated architect and designer Jordan Mozer, who brought his outstanding talent and vision to the original Américas in 1993, Américas River Oaks will be a unique dining experience that represents the weaving of South, Central and North American cultures and cuisines—from Alaska to Chile. Cordúa, whose reputation as one of the leading proponents of authentic Latin cuisine, returns to his foundational roots and creates a stage to showcase the yummy foods that the Americas have given to the world. Continually blazing a trail of New World cuisine that keeps critics raving, FOOD & WINE recognized Cordúa as one of the pioneers of the modernization of Latin cuisine when naming him into the Hall of Fame: 50 Best New Chefs of all time in 2008. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I took my wife and her parents to Americas for my wife's birthday dinner. Americas has always been a special occasion place for us. First when we got there the greeters were disorganized. They were looking for my name and am not really sure if he every found it but sat us anyway. Well it turns out that the person who greeted us was our waiter as well. Our waiter was not very good at all. He left us sitting there many times to where we had to ask other waiters where our waiter was. He had no other personality and when we ordered did not explain the menu. We overheard all the other waiters around converse with their guests but not ours. I felt bad because she and I were looking forward to a great dining experience but did not get it."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "As usual, Americas was wonderful The portions were generous and food excellent"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Went during Houston Restaurant Week - what a great experience! Service = outstanding, menu choices = excellent, food = perfectly prepared and served. It was our anniversary, they brought celebratory glasses of champagne - a lovely touch!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Great menu for HRW! Out waitress made great recommendations and was very patient. once the food started coming out it was paced very well."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I absolutely LOVE the decor, & the restrooms are BEAUTIFUL!!:-)"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "the food was incredible. If you enjoy latin fusion food this is definitely a place for you."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We went to Americas River Oaks for Restaurant Week in Houston. Some waiters at other restaurants look down their noses on people "dining on the cheap" but not here! We had excellent service and the food was also very good. I especially liked the idea of the $5 glasses of wine that complemented the food. Don't miss the interesting bathrooms while dining here."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Had their Carnitas Pibil & Beef Tenderloin taquitos to start. Very delicious! (ask for the spicier habanero salsa) The churrasco is their signature dish, & it's the best tasting tenderloin I've had. Finished it off with their Alfajores!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The banana chips are very good. My meal was very good, the desert Tres Leches was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Poor and uncoordinated service. Mediocre food. Valet slow and disorganized."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "My girlfriend had raved about how this place had the best steaks. When I went with my husband, I was looking forward to trying their signature steak paired with their private labeled wine. I even got the largest 12oz size. My water was almost empty for a majority of my meal time and my waiter didn't offer to do anything when I told him after the first bite that the steak was mushy. The tuna appetizer was good. Dessert was soaked in sweetness and not edible."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Abundant buffet-delicious! All the favorites included in a lavish spread including an omelet and waffle station. Mimosas, Mojotos, Bloody Mary's $12.99 endless! Great for entertaining a group!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "You can never go wrong with Americas. Starting from the free plantains with dip, every course after is never average. Everything about it is great!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I was excited for my first trip to Americas with my family. We had a reservation at 7:30 and were seated promptly. Initially the service seemed excellent, but after our waiter introduced himself, it went downhill from there. Once we had placed our food order, I don't think we saw our waiter again until he brought us the bill. He never checked to see if our food was OK and I was unable to order another glass of wine because we never saw our server again until the end of the meal. Since this is my first and probably last time to visit this restaurant, I can't say if this type of service is typical. But I can say that I won't return to this particular Americas. My family spent too much money to receive such poor service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The churrasco is not a top 20 steak. The server was a B with no consideration and a lack of smiles. A bit noisy inside but not overwhelming. The empanadas were amazing. The ambience of the restaurant is what saves this review."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "America's chose to stay with the $35.00 dollar Dinner option instead of the new $45.00 one. The menu offerings at this price are really nice and we enjoyed each course and the wine pairings very much. The wine pairing is also at a discounted glass price from regular wine menu pricing...I asked if it was a smaller tasting pour...nope full pour just discounted for the Special Menu for Restaurant Week! Very Nice. From the Valet to the Reception area to the Server - the staff is friendly, outgoing, very unpretentious, and makes one feel right at home in this Beautiful setting. I am very pleased we chose America's for our Friday Night Restaurant Week dining experience and plan to be a regular from now on."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The only problem I had was the hostess at the front desk. She was on the phone and not once acknowledged me standing in front of her. After a few minutes I sat down. It was at least 15 minutes before she offered to help me. That is not a good way to start lunch."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. You gotta try it - the selection is so much more extensive than most HRW menus. PLUS they have excellent wine pairings for a steal. Everything we had was awesome. Angel Wings, Tuna Ceviche, Lomo y Mar, Carnitas, Alfadores, Tres Leches. My favorite dish of the evening was the Carnitas, but only by a slim margin. Loved it all!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "first time I went to Americas. Everything was excellent. no complaints."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We loved the decor annd the privacy of the tables. The service is very friendly and the food good. I recommend this neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Food was perfectly prepared. Many of my guests said it was the best Tres Leches and beef they have ever had. The waiter was very engaged and funny. Pedro made great recommendations and the rest of the staff was constanly filling up and taking care of us. The prices were resonable for the quality of food received. I will be back next time I am in Houston."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My wife and I recently visited America's for Houston Restaraunt Week. The portion sizes were good for one, filling but not texas sized. My wife was happy with her meal, beef and shrimp. I was satisfied with mine - Churasco Steak, but overall I felt it was lacking salt, I am generally not a salt heavy person but there are no salt/pepper shakers on the table."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food is great here; from the empanadas to the Churrasco steak to the sauces (can't get enough of the chimichurri sauce!) but the restaurant as a whole is a little weird. It looks like Beetlejuice tried his hand at interior design. Eyeball mirrors, large arching furniture, and random lounge chairs to name a few. Overall definitely tasty but pretty odd."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great vibrant atmosphere. Great food. Not exactly a "relaxing meal". A lot of activity - felt like we were rushed to "turn the table". Food is always excellent. Fun, place, a tad bit loud had a hard time hearing my dining partners. Had three people in my party and sat at a table for 7. Not sure why that happened."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Food was great and nice portion sizes. Our service was excellent! Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I was very disappointed during my last visit to Americas. I've been there a few times before and I've always loved the food and ambiance. Everything was just fine except for one key point....I never recieved my food!!! As it was a Friday night I knew they were very busy but after an hour and a half from the time I sat down I felt it was just a way to long to wait. I believe the waiter never put in our order. I observed the surrounding tables, one of which was seated after me, recieve their appetizer, entrée and dessert and I had recieved just an appetizer after an hour of waiting. Though this experince was poor I would still visit Americas in the future as I have experienced much better service before, plus I do love the food."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food is incredible. We have ordered several dishes, and never been disappointed. My absolute favorite is the Tres Leches cake. Do not miss! The ambiance is very upscale, with unique decor and low lighting."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was perfection!!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Went here for a girlfriends celebration and it was great!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Took my work group out for a celebratory lunch during restaurant week. It was the first time for many and they we impressed with the fun décor and wonderful range of choices on the lunch menu. We were seated at one of the leather-sculpted tables, which is always special. Service was great and the food was awesome. It was such a great value. I casually noted that I missed the bread bowl that typically comes with their signature black bean soup. While only a minor disappointment the manager came over to personally extend his apologies and provide complementary dessert for the table. That gesture so greatly impressed the group that they all planned to come back for the great food, wonderful atmosphere, and outstanding service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The restaurant décor is very impressive. The ambience exclusive. The food was outstanding and the service very friendly."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We tried this restaurant when we saw it on houston food bank restaurants. We had the three course meal. It was really great and enjoyed it. Would go again."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Amazing ambience, incredible Latin american food and a great wine list. I recommend it to anyone visiting Houston who is looking for a great place for lunch and/or dinner"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Didn't like the new menu change. Made me feel like I was eatting at a chilies or an Applebee's with the 3 course meal idea. There's a lot of good food that isn't there anymore, the portions are smaller, the prices have gone up. The bottle of moscato was $30-39 now it's $48. Now for the appetizers. There known for there empanadas. We'll say goodbye to the trio of the beef chicken and seafood. Now it's beef chicken and a small piece of plantain filled with a dry cheese on a top of a black bean spread. They use to fill it with melting cheese. Becoming cheap an skimping on us. Just not satisfied I didn't get my monies worth like I use to at Las Americas. I love that restaurant but if this keeps up I will find another restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "A real treat! The decor was beautiful! We love the food."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have been going for years and love the food. It's always been excellent and very good service. The atmosphere is really neat too and parking is easy."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I love this place. Nina was my server and Aaron assisted her. She was fantastic and Aaron was such a gentleman. My wife and I are frequent customers for our Friday night date night. We spend at least 2 hours dining. See you guys next week."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. It was a bit busy as the Houston Restaurant weeks just kicked off. You can't beat their menu / value for $35."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The restaurant was very busy and, although noticeable on two occasions, the wait-staff was working at top speed to compensate---probably due to Houston's Restaurant Weeks specials. The menu had variety and the wine pairings were a welcomed addition. The black bean appetizer served in bread bowl was fantastic! Such flavor and the slice of cheese over the top literally sent it over the top. The dessert portion was almost too much---not the norm in restaurants these days. The presentation and care in service makes this a class, but affordable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014