Artista
Artista
  • Address:
    800 Bagby Street, Suite 400
    Hobby Center of the Performing Arts
    Houston, TX 77002
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Artista

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cordua.com/
  • Phone: 7132784782x
  • Hours of Operation:


    During performances:
    Monday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
    Saturday: 12:00pm-9:00pm
    Sunday: 10:30am-9:00pm

    Non-performance days:
    Monday - Tuesday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cordúa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With six award-winning restaurants, Américas, Artista, Churrascos and Amazón Grill to choose from, The Cordúa Group has taken the best of their portfolio and added other unique flavors. The result: a contemporary flavor unique to MjC Events that can be enjoyed outside of their restaurants. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a gala of splendor, the finest events always start with MjC Events. Event Managers are ready to help you plan your next event! Please contact them at MjC Events 713.961.0911.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant available for buy-outs, please contact us for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: events@cordua.com 7139610911x
  • Entertainment: piano, rat-pack, jazz

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walker/Rusk
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking provided by Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Secured parking garage also available.
A word from Artista
A much-anticipated addition to the Houston restaurant scene, Artista offers creative cuisine, impeccable service and a perfect location to downtown Houston entertainment.
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Artista reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)scenic view (64)romantic (48)fit for foodies (41)great for lunch (27)good for groups (27)great for outdoor dining (20)notable wine list (17)hot spot (11)great for brunch (9)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Average
    Charles
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went there before show at Hobby...wasn't bad but no wow factor...service was average
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price has gone way up. Too expensi
    jm4cloud
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Prices are too expensive for the quality and amount of food you receive. I am not eating here again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for the theater
    FirecrackerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Delicious food - great service - and so nice when attending the theater.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keith
    Keith
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The service was excellent and the food is very good. We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Event
    hawk23nightout
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My wife and I always dine at Artista when we drive down to Houston for a Broadway play. It is a rare treat for us as we have a disabled child and we have to hire a caretaker and it makes the evening quite costly. However, it is worth it as the ambiance and service are always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sometimes great and sometimes not!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have been here several tines always before a show. The past two times my food was terribly prepared and had to send it back. Burned lobster and over and under cooked steaks. Sloppy presentation and our waiter was terrible and they weren't even half full. Use to love dining here before a show but for the price I tjjnkni might find another option before s show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Wanda
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Having dined here on several previous occasions, I was extremely disappointed ! The service, food quality and the noise level have all declined. The service was extremely slow. Hostess offered black napkins when we sat down, but never returned with the napkins. My fellow diner ordered the chicken salad sandwich, which came with such a small amount of chicken salad on the sandwich, she could not taste chicken. Following the meal, we waited almost 15 minutes for the waiter to return with the check. The noise level was very high. Seems the presence of some VIP diner caused lots of running and noisy conferences between staff members. Overall, not a good experience. The rest of the theater season I will dine elsewhere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • impeccable service, excellent food
    JunaidaJ
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    we had pre-theater dinner at Arista - food, ambiance and service was excellent and will be visiting again. Be sure to reserve table a few weeks early if you want your time slot - it gets busy 1.5 hours before theater start time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor food and service
    foodie567
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our table was horrible - upstairs by the service kitchen. None of the staff knew who was doing what. Food was cold and some of it had to go back. The coffee was cold and stale. Not a good experience at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food
    MagnificentVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Artista is a wonderful place to go for a meal or for a meal before a play. Excellent food, always great service. Ask for Cici and let her take care of everything. Naomi runs the place and works hard to treat guests as VIPs. Great wine list too. Ask for a table outside when the weather is nice and enjoy the view of downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not too Kind
    Terry
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had an elderly gentleman who has difficulty walking. Our reserved table was upstairs. We were early, prior to a show, and although many tables downstairs were open the host stated that they were reserved as well. He could have switched tables if he wanted to. Although our guest made it up the stairs, it put an overall damper on our experience. I realize that I should have let you know this prior to our arrival but I still feel you were inconsiderate in not resolving the problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic!
    Brie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Absolutely delicious with fantastic ambiance and views. The 3-story glass windows provide a great view, especially during the intense rain storm outside. This lunch was such a special treat for my in-laws out of town from New Zealand. They can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for before show!
    Ingrid61VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We always go before a show, the service is the best food is superb! The wine list is great, and the service staff they are always great! we always try to get the chef special, but if not the Churrasco is great, the sea bass is very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kelly
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went before a show, very convenient! . There was not a show on the main stage so things at the restaurant were calm. Im sure if there was a big show it would have been different, more crazy ,louder. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I don't envy management at Artista. During shows at Sarofim Hall in the Hobby Center, Artista is slammed from 6 to 8 with diners on a short string angling to get to opening curtain. But on nights without such shows, there is often barely a trickle of diners as was the case this past Friday evening. Even so, Artista seemed short staffed even with the small crowd. While we still love the food-especially starters such as the crawfish tacquitos and any seafood entree-the prices have gone way up over the last year. I get there is a captive audience on show nights and price your menu accordingly, but it will keep us away for a while as there are many other spots not charging as much. And don't get me started on the ridiculously priced wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this location
    Katherine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food is amazing and the staff are like ninjas. So quick and always treating you like kings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    JNPW
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Return visit for 1; excellent as usual. 2 new visitors enjoyed wine, appetizers, and excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    iheartyeemee
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a great lunch then went to the matinee, which made a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Food and service were wonderful, and the restaurant is comfortable and very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre Show haven
    Morese1VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at artista prior to seeing our show. I made a 545 reservation and was immediately reassured the table was ours until the show. Our waiter was attentive and the food was delicious. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlwaysVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    What is it with some waiters and pouring wine? They expect to be tipped on the full amount of the bill, which I agree, but then they leave you alone after the food is served as the wine is self service. I understand sometimes they get busy and/or do not notice for a few minutes, but I poured entire bottle myself, even though the waiter was not that busy and saw my wine glass near empty several times. Restaurants- train your wait staff!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good food and great service. Artista for lunch and the matinee TUTS performance is the perfect entertainment combination.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experienc
    FeeeeeeedMe
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've been here a number of times, but this time for a work-related lunch. Our waiting was good at timing things, and our lunch was fantastic. We both had the roasted salmon and it was the best salmon dish I've had in a long long time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Show stopper
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Dinner at Artista is a must before a show --- the food was fabulous! Don't know which I liked better -- Artista or Victor, Victoria!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a treat to visit
    Stephanie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Artista is absolutely lovely: the food, the service, the atmosphere - it's expensive, but worth it. It's a perfect little pre-theatre indulgence, and as an added bonus, you can walk directly into the Hobby Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Ljmc
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Too pricey for what is served. Good was good for 3 of 4 of us. Much too loud to carry on a conversation. Sorry. Was hopeful it would be better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect for a show at Hobby Center
    YumB4Show
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We decided to try Artista out so we wouldn't be late to our show. Our server was amazing!! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and curious. The food was pricey, but so yummy! We recommend the scallops and steak...mmmmm Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    DebdoesdiningVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was a repeat visit and was not a disappointment !! Wonderful choice when visiting the Hobby Theater
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual!!!
    abc123
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Super food as usual! Everyone at our table was happy! Thanks Michael!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dancer
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant before the theatre. It would be wonderful any time if you lived downtown. I always look forward to going. The food is very good and the view is really nice.when weather permitting it is great for outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious.
    Foodandfun
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our food was excellent. Totally cleaned my plates! It was our waiter's first night and he was great. Friendly and attentive. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mouth-watering
    Njoydining
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The ambiance, food and service was on point. There is such a variety of foods for varying taste bud with that special flare. Always a good place to eat..never disappointing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Kkdine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The view of downtown was alright. The food was very overpriced, as well as, the valet service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Restaurant for Lunch Group
    TJinAB
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Perfect atmosphere for a group of seven, round table, well appointed, low noise level (although it was not busy the day we were there), very open and bright space, high ceilings. Great choices on the menu...South American fusion...Seafood Paella was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening
    sendlimes
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A fun dinner out while taking advantage of Houston Restaraunt Week? Everything was delicious, our only complaint was a cup of lobster bisque that was served "cool", but this was remedied quickly by our excellent waiter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went to an HRW dinner Friday night with 4 of us. Although there was no public performance at the Hobby that evening, there was a local group hosting a function in the theater, so there was a bit larger crowd than there otherwise would have been. The 4 of us enjoyed the empanadas, tuna taquito and salad for starters. I really liked the shrimp masala with polenta--4 grilled shrimp atop a bed of creamy polenta with a small cup of masala to spread as you wish. I added a side of the sesame spinach and enjoyed the flavor combinations greatly. The only dish that wasn't enjoyed was the plantain crusted chicken. Iris did a good job as our waitress for the evening as others have mentioned.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Texan2thebone
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was perfect. The food was good but the Emanadas were a little over fried.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go elsewhere
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My parents went here several years ago and we returned before a performance at the Hobby Center. Unfortunately the best thing we had all night was the plantain chips which came as a starter. The lobster bisque was too salty to finish. The beef with chimichurri sauce was edible, but nothing exciting since that sauce was used for the plantain chips. The plantain crusted chicken was like regular fried chicken from any fast food joint. The fish dish suffered from poor fish selection and was a bit overcooked. The ambience was great, but the food failed to live up to my expectations.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service and amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our server Iris was really knowledgable about the food and made sure she wrote down all the titbits of information on paper for is to use later. We really enjoyed the scenic view of Houston downtown
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance at L'Artista
    HappyBirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very romantic restaurant. Friendly service. Good food. Great view.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Charles
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everyone is our part is a big fan of Churrasco's and America's but this was the first visit to Artista for everyone in my group of four. The food was excellent, though my salmon was bland. Our only real complaint was that our server was either over-sat or just inattentive to our table because in the course of our meal another server appeared with no explanation and completed the evening with us. We attended on a slow Saturday evening as there was nothing on stage at the Hobby Center. We also ordered from the Restaurant Month menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet