Américas River Oaks
Américas River Oaks

Américas River Oaks

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cordua.com/
  • Phone: 8322001492x
  • 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 7139610911x

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.
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Américas River Oaks reviews from OpenTable diners
255 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (168)romantic (121)fit for foodies (121)good for groups (95)hot spot (69)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (49)great for lunch (47)notable wine list (45)vibrant bar scene (37)late-night find (18)great for outdoor dining (17)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Good ceviche!
    Apolo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overall, I enjoyed the taste of the Latin cuisine. The ceviche is the best choice. Also, the tres leches is a nice option for desert. The service is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Pleased
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderful variety of dishes - loved the steak specialty of the house. Cooked to perfection. Fast service-attentive waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Americas River Oaks. I found the décor a little strange (it looks like overgrown popcorn on the walls), but the food is fantastic and the service was superb! Our waiter made us feel like we were the only diners in the restaurant. If it wasn't for the screaming child near by, the evening would have been perfect and my bar bill not so big!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Mary
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary here. Food,service, everything was excellent! Will definitelly be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last night in Houston
    Renee
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a wonderfull diner at the last night my sister and her son stayed in Houston. The food was good and they loved the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    foodlover4life
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We dined a Saturday aboout 6pm. Our server was kind of weird and he was just talking with all thw other servers most of the time. The food was great but the plantains disappointed us this time around. We had been to Churrascos a while back and the plantain chips were warm and crispy, but here they were a bit cold. The food was good but it was almost the same menu as Churrascos - yes I know the places are owned by the same chefs but we went thinking maybe we had more to see from the chefs. Overall ot was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    PopeyeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food really is superb! The flight of ceviche is superb, as is the crab capprichiosa, the lobster corn dogs and the filet churrasco. Wine prices could be a tad lower though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    LittleJam
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The ambience and character of Americas is wonderful. All of our meals were delicious. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Americas!
    DateNightLover
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Americas is my favorite restaurant in Houston! The whole Cordua chain is amazing. My husband and I had our wedding at Artista. But we love Americas for a special occasion dinner. The restaurant has great ambience, it's very fancy but without having to wear a cocktail dress and suit (unless you want to). The food is outstanding. Never disappoints! Lamb lollichops and empanadas are our favorite appetizers. My husband always gets the famous Churrasco, and I always end up with their seafood special. The service is always great, and the flambé tres leches is always a fun end to the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Luncheon
    edwardlaaseVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I decided to take my beautiful wife to a romantic lunch after a late morning appointment we had. What better place than Americas. The restaurant design is very eclectic and gives the place a special ambiance. The menu selection is positively mind boggling with all of the choices. Having said that I chose and off menu item of Churrasco Steak and grilled shrimp. As you would expect from a restaurant with a strong Argentine influence the steak was tender and delicious. The shrimp added a nice touch to complete the meal. My beautiful wife dined on the empanadas. She was equally pleased with her meal. We enjoyed so much we have made plans to return for their Halloween Costume Party!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food, Horrible Service
    SCHK
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This place had seriously insanely awesome food - the empanadas, the paella, the lamb, the fish...so good!! And don't even get me started on the desserts - that tres leches cake was to die for! However, the entire experience was completely marred by the terrible service - specifically how Loooong it took for food to come out. The servers were extremely polite and very attentive but it just took soooo long for food to come out. V v frustrating and really really affected the experience. Looking on Yelp, it seems that most people had the same experience as me and the restaurant really needs to rethink their wait times if they want to take their restaurant to the next level. Lots of potential that is being wasted right now
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great value
    Victor
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Rather than spending time and money on all Cordua's restaurants, the brunch gives you all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    WineNDine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I came here for the second year in a row for my birthday. The food is great and this time we got a private room that i didn't even know it was an option. My family and I were able to all chat and laugh without feeling like we might be bothering others. It was very intimate and a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KPJacksonHill
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Whether it be the Galleria or River Oaks locations, the food and service is consistently good. The homemade sorbets are delightful for an after dinner dessert and palate cleanser. The Cordua brothers rock as restaurateurs producing an outstanding product regardless of the theme or venue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two Visits in One
    NoMas
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Took our daughter to America's River Oaks last night to celebrate her birthday. It was two visits in one, our first and our last. We all had filets, at least that's what they were listed as on the menu...instead of being able to cut it, I actually had to saw it with my knife. They were as tender and as tasty as a 10 minute pan fried flank steak. Normally I would have sent it back, but it's (was) my daughter's favorite restaurant, and she didn't express her disappointment until we left, so we'll just make sure we don't the same mistake of going back. If you insist on eating there, better make it quick, because I don't think their reputation will carry them when their food doesn't
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  • Weekend Brunch
    Suzy8VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Americas offer a weekend brunch. Beautifully presented with a large variety of Latin specialties. A great way to experience their menu. $35/person. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. They bought out a complementary dessert with flame presentation instead of a candle. Very entertaining! Made our birthday meal extra special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been to America's multiple times and this was the worst experience. While we were sat right away, we were not greeted by waitstaff and had to ask for service after sitting at our table for 15 minutes. 5 minutes later a waitress came over to ask for our drink order without greeting us. In the past, entrees came with grilled vegetables and plantains now rice and lentils which were very dry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    TexasRick
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We found out about this place through my wife's spin instructor. The menu had very interesting choices for all courses of a meal. The "chips and dip" were not your usual chips or dips and were excellent (you will have to visit to learn more). We got a paella dish which was superb. The off menu choice of sea bass looked delicious (served at table next to us). The ambiance was delightful, service was friendly and excellent. The wines were very good - at least the malbec I had was very smooth, full bodied and a perfect fit for our meal. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • careful paying with credit
    daddy73
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my wife for dinner for her birthday everything was good. The check was for $105.00 dollars for 2 people I paid $100 cash and $5.00 in a credit card plus tip. So I sign the $5.00 receipt and added $15.00 tip. The next day I checked my bank account and noticed that they did 2 transactions in my account one for $105.00 and another one for $5 plus 15. Tip. So what happen with $100 cash I gave the waiter ( pedro)?? When I told him $100 cash and $5.00 credit. Why did he keep the $100 cash. Charge my credit for $105 with out telling me and charge again for $5.00 so I could sign that receipt. Waiter knows that I will dispute The $105 with my bank and I will get my money back. But he kept the $100
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    JanWestU
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Americas did a wonderful job at our dinner to celebrate a birthday. The complimentary plaintain chips were a hit with our guests. The main courses were excellent. Our guests raved about the carnitas (pork and shrimp) and we loved the churrascos steak. We loved the bread pudding dessert as well as the lovely tres leches that the restaurant comped for our birthday celebration. They also brought champagne to celebrate the birthday. All in all a wonderful evening. Our server (think her name was Sara?) was excellent and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Americas Brunch
    LadyHuck
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was a lovely dining experience. The Brunch at America's includes many of the tasty dishes from their regular menu, so it is a great opportunity for newbies to taste. For a $12.00 addition, you may have endless Mimosas, Sangria and Mojitos. The avante garde décor is a bit jarring at first, but then you will find the ambiance and service a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the churrasco
    annie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Seating along the walls is TIGHT! We were placed here first and had to slide into the chairs (we are not large but the people on either side of us were). Hostess took no notice-we asked to be moved. Dining room was a little noisy but able to carry on a conversation. Started with the lobster corn dogs and mojitos-very good. For a main, we each had the Churrasco, their signature steak. My dining partner and I like them cooked to different degrees-both were prepared perfectly to our taste-they were delicious. The sides could use some work-dry, tasteless. We finished with the Tres Leches cake which was moist, if not overly flavorful. The food was good-a little pricey for what you get-I'll be trying other places before I return here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    Tucker
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I took some friends for their first time and it exceeded all expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Celebration
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were a party of six celebrating two birthdays. The service was excellent and the churrascos were delicious. Our friends loved the complimentary flaming tres leches. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy per Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is an amazing place to take your special someone out for a night of great dining. The staff is so amazing and the food equally so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our service could have been better. Food was very good however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food....
    None
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The good was good and my request to have a special slice of cake be brought out for my oartner's birthday was fulfilled! There were two of us, and we were seated at a table big enough to sit at least seven people. The table behind us had a huge party, so their noise level made it difficult for conversation. But the wait staff was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    TXDCBevo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was NOT good. She knew it was our anniversary and yet, didn't care. She kept apologizing for her lack of service. The food plate for sharing was as big as side dish. It was strange, awkward and the food was mediocre. I would NEVER spend this kind of money for this food again. It is our last time there. I would save your $100 and eat anywhere else. Consider La Griglia. It is in the same parking lot and soooooo much better on all accounts.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy customer!
    Marz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Reserving was super easy and had availability! So relieved! Staff at the front desk were kind and welcoming Bar staff was welcoming and helpful! Pedro out waiter was incredible! Really really awesome service! Can I just say I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Americas! Thank you for making my birthday dinner fun and entertaining! Please keep it up!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - order carefully
    AllysonJVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our server was fantastic. He provided just the right amount of attention. However, I ordered my filt "medium plus" and further explained that meant "between medium and medium well." Unfortunatley, the filet was served very well done and was not any good. We took it home and fed it to the dog. When the server asked how everything was, I just didn't have the heart to tell him. Lesson learned - order filets at Americas "medium" at maximum!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Good4me
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our first time here. Service was best I have had. Food was perfect. Ambiance was correct. Every detail was attend to. We are going to be regulars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dinner
    marlene
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was awesome. Our waiter was very attentive without being overbearing. We chose from the restaurant weeks menu and really enjoyed all 3 courses. Easy parking and a nice short walk to River Oaks Theatre made this the perfect choice for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    LagosgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a work lunch here recently and many of the party had not been here before. The Ceviche flight is always very popular as well as the steak lunch choices. One of the steaks was over cooked and they brought the person a separate plate of rice, lentils, yucca, etc to have while they waited for their dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food AND service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love everything about Americas!!! Free valet, friendly staff, awesome food and very interesting atmosphere! Always enjoy my visits here for dinner OR lunch! Awesome!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dinner
    JbrayVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Brought a group of co-workers here for a special dinner. The food and service were excellent. My only complaint is that we requested a quiet table and were seated in the middle of the main dining room, which made it difficult to talk among our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tHEY COULD DO BETTER
    POWELL123456
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    STAFF SEEMS TO BE HANGED OVER. HOSTES WAS VERY RUDE. WE ASK FOR THINGS SUCH MENU AND HE INSISTED WE SHOULD GET BRUNCH. IS CHOICE CUSTOMER WHAT TO EAT. SUGESTING IS SUGESTING NOT FORCING. SITTING WAS HORRIBLE. WE ASKED FOR BETTER TABLE AND IT WAS DENIED. I FOUND A MOSQUITO ON MY MILK, RETURNED AND NO APOLOGY GIVEN NOT THAT I CARE BUT THE THING WAS THAT THEY NEVER BROUGHT MY MILK FOR COFFEE. ORANGE JUICE OVER PRICE WHEN IS A TAMPICO ORANGE JUICE. ONE VALET ASSISTANT FOR 200 GUEST. LITTLE BIT ANOYING WAITING UNDER SUN FOR 20 MINUTES.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As usual, Americas was wonderful The portions were generous and food excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional service, terrific food!
    LynneR912VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HRW Review
    HRW14
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.