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
285 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (192)romantic (136)fit for foodies (132)good for groups (98)great for brunch (76)hot spot (69)notable wine list (61)great for lunch (58)neighborhood gem (58)vibrant bar scene (46)late-night find (17)scenic view (17)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional service, terrific food!
    LynneR912
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Superstar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I absolutely LOVE the decor, & the restrooms are BEAUTIFUL!!:-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Location
    Latino1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the food was incredible. If you enjoy latin fusion food this is definitely a place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Americas River Oaks Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One word, CHURRASCO
    Htxlove2dine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Always2hungry
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The banana chips are very good. My meal was very good, the desert Tres Leches was awesome!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    ShoxVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Poor and uncoordinated service. Mediocre food. Valet slow and disorganized.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad food, Romantic atmosphere
    Neveragain
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Endless Bloody Mary's!
    DonnaBellVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Americas
    raquel
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • started off well but went downhill
    dancergirbookworm
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • America's for Restaurant Week
    Risaj
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostess
    Great
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely check out HRW menu!
    EKHouston
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    mateo98
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    first time I went to Americas. Everything was excellent. no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nanou
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We loved the decor annd the privacy of the tables. The service is very friendly and the food good. I recommend this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Customer Event
    Salesguy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food but Lacking Salt
    Pctechnocrat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weird in a good way
    JonathanGoldWannabe
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Excellent
    FoodLoverVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HRW
    lolob96
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Food was great and nice portion sizes. Our service was excellent! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Americas let me down
    Charchar
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way!
    htownfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful all around
    jamesmc2006
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was perfection!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Pearland
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went here for a girlfriends celebration and it was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A consistent favorite!
    GCHouston
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The restaurant décor is very impressive. The ambience exclusive. The food was outstanding and the service very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant week
    lovedining
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    HfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Las Americas
    Hungry713
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good date night
    OneHappyCustomer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A real treat! The decor was beautiful! We love the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic