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

Artista Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cordua.com
  • Phone: (713) 278-4782
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch:
    Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm

    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: Contemporary American, Seafood, Latin 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 (713) 961-0911
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "We finally checked out the Houstonian Big Band playing at Artista, and it was a great night. Featuring a strong band and vocalists Horace Grigsby and Karen Nightingale, the music was fantastic. The food ranged from very good to great with the always enjoyable chiaroscuro, wonderful bread pudding and really special soups. Throw in the fabulous view and it remains one of our Houston favorites."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The BIG BAND NIGHT, MYSTERY DINNER, and PLAID were too much fun...add the food, service, and ambiance for a GREAT night out!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Cordua restaurants always have great food, and lunch at Artista is always great. The design-your-own salad is terrific. My only qualm is in attentive service--after we were served we had a perfunctory question about quality and then couldn't find anyone to get us the check. Given the business lunch clientele, they need to be around and visible."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Artista was the perfect spot to take overseas business visitors after a day of intense meetings. From the comfort of the dining room, we could view some of Houston's incredible buildings and converse easily , enjoying the excellent food and beverage selections with helpful yet discreet service. Artista on nights when there are no shows at the Hobby becomes a great business entertaining restaurant. Thank you for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went for a late lunch at Artista and loved the luncheon menu. Our waitress Sherone (sp?) was very good. She had a large group in another room, but found bread for one of the diners that requested it when they don't normally serve bread. She was very accommodating. The food is always delicious...the salmon was very good and the paella was a hit with one of our guests. Any Cordua restaurant is exceptional!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "On our last visit, the service was horrible, but this time, it was excellent. Such a nice man with just the right amount of attentiveness. My salmon was good, but not great. I was expecting a more spicy sauce as it had "habanero" in the title. The salad was very good and I love their cilantro dressing. We ended with the Tres Leches and it was excellent. Overall, a very nice dinner."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Perfect before theatre. They are sensitive to the time constraints before a performance."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "It never ceases to amaze me how prompt the service is at Artista. No matter how crowded it is I have never been late for a performance in the theater district when I eat there. Every server is courteous and really knows the menu. The food is consistently great!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We went to Artista before a show at the Hobby Center. Everything started really well until the food delivery. The food server did not know where the tables were so our dinner traveled the restaurant for 5 minutes or so. We identified the tray but could not get the servers attention. When we got our food, one of the side dishes was wrong. 2 of our party ordered the lamb cooked differently. The server did not make sure each person got the right dish. For the money we spent, we would have expected the service to be excellent. Will not go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had heard great things. Took my adult daughters befor The Little Mermaid. Nice staff. Salad and Tres Leches cake were good. Tilapia did not taste fresh. Could not finish. Service a bit slow."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Waitress was nice, but when we hadn't received our order in over an hour she came by and said it would be out shortly because she had just put the order in. She didn't act like it was a big deal or offer an apology. We had 2 young children at the table. Our dinner reservations were at 6pm and we didn't leave until 745 pm."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was subpar for what you get and it is extremely expensive. The only thing going for it, was its proximity to the theatre. If you want better South American inspired food, go to chimichurris in Kingwood."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I only visit this restaurant when I am attending an event at the Hobby Center. Only for convenience. View is excellent and food is average. Over priced and nothing special. My last visit was less than favorable. I had the scallops and they were undercooked. Service was great, though. Really bad table. I was certain the waiter would drop something on my head at any time."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The atmosphere was nice, the tables were beautifully set and the overall decor was nice. The service was fine. Everything looked good until the food arrived. My overpriced ceasar salad and lobster bisque left much to be desired. The "salad" consisted of three pieces of romaine lettuce with a bit of cheese and dressing. It was very expensive for so little. My daughter got a different salad with basically the exact same look but with a few pecans and different cheese and dressing. The bisque was average with little of the lobster that served as it's namesake. I do not recommend this restraunt."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food at Artista was delicious and very reasonable for lunch. The petite Chirrasco was prepared to perfection. Good service. So much better than I had remembered. I'll be back soon"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This restaurant was good when it first opened years ago - not so much any longer. Very disappointed all around with food - even my daughters Mac and Cheese tasted horrible! How do you mess up Mac and Cheese?"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a great time eating our delicious dinner before seeing The Little Mermaid."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Artista, on its own, is a lovely place to dine. The fact that is so conveniently located inside the Hobby Center is an added bonus. We had a delicious meal and as always - exceptional service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was a great lunch to have before the Musical. Very convent to just walk into the play from there. I will also do this for now on."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We have been going to Artista for many years and recently had felt the quality of the food had declined. I am happy to say after this visit, I believe there has been a vast improvement. Our steaks were perfectly cooked, great char yet internal temp was on point. The mascarpone mashed potatoes were creamy and well seasoned and our asparagus was perfectly grilled, crisp but tender. We were all very pleased with our lunch and happy to see Artista return to the quality we knew."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food is very good but over priced. You are paying for the convenience of on site dining before the play."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Been a TUTS season ticket holder for the better part of ten years. My group always has a "fancy" dinner out pre-show. No matter how convenient Artista is to Hobby Center theatre-going, we never choose it as our dinner destination. Simply put, the food is over-priced. The atmosphere is great, but a $200 meal for four (pre-tip and with very few glasses of wine) can be beat at most of the area's top level restaurants."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I was very impressed with the atmosphere as well as the service & food. My wife, two daughters ( 5 & 7 ) and I had just came from watching a show at the Hobby Center. Our Waiter Daniel was very attentive as well as patient with our Daughters. The food was great, but the genuine customer service was the best! I will make sure to let everyone know. Thank you Daniel for a great meal, & helping to make the end of my Fathers Day Fantastic!!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We dined with 2 children prior to seeing "The Little Mermaid." They could not have made the experience of dining with children at a fine restaurant easier or more pleasant. Our waiter made spot-on suggestions about what to order from the "kids' menu." Although the chicken was not what she was used to, one of the children made the comment, "This chicken is soooo good.""
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The ambiance is wonderful. The waiters are very friendly and helpful. The food is great and the lunch specials are quite reasonable. Going there for lunch makes my day special."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love this place. We sat at the bar and had great service both bar and food! The bartender was friendly and make excellent drinks. Food as always was delicious! Love the ceviche!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "What more can you say...Great food, the waiter, Carlos, was outstanding and the view from our table was beautiful. Whether it is before a show or just wanting to dine downtown this is a great place to go."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Totally enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service at Artista! A wonderful place for a dinner out down town and especially convenient for pre Hobby show dining!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We love coming to Artista! Looking forward to next time!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Our favorite before a play. The convenience can't be beat and the food and service is aways terrific. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We love dining at Artista before we see a show at Hobby Theatre. Our last visit was a special treat. Our server was top notch, from recommending an excellent substitute for our original wine choice to giving us plenty of attention throughout the meal, to suggesting our new favorite dessert...the espresso creme brûlée cheesecake. Our steaks were seasoned perfectly and our side dishes were delicious, as well. We're looking forward to our next chance to dine at Artista."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I always look forward to eating here before the show, not only is is very convienent, it is delicious! I recommend the cerviche, it is my favorite!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Artista is a great location for a pre-theatre meal. Broad choices of food and quality is good. Service is in step with the art experience."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I love the service and atmosphere of this restaurant. The mixed drinks are really good and so are the appetizers. I stop in before the Broadway shows when they are in town. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in the Hobby Center, which makes it convenient when attending an entertainment event. The ambience, food, and service are all excellent. They also have some tables on an outside balcony. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a very pleasant location for dining. You'll enjoy it. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The service is excellent and the food is even better. We went before the show and had a wonderful dinner. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Good news: Food, staff and ambiance were very good. Bad news: From the order to the kitchen and back, what I ordered was not what was served. Left off crab and spinach from my Snapper dish and waiter did not even notice it. Salad without onions, had onions. Good news: To make up, they offered free cheese cake. Bad news: Cheese cake was still on tab when presented. Good news: Bill was sent back to be corrected. Bad news: Was not corrected. Good news: Bill was sent back for correction. Bad news: Final bill still had it. We were running late for Evita so I just signed it with the cheese cake. Could not wait. Good news: Cheese cake was excellent. Would I go again? Yes. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Food and service was great. We celebrated our 40th anniversary here. It was a special evening. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Extremely good resaurant attached to Hobby theater complex. Go early and have a wonderful meal and then walk into the theater lobby."
    Dined on 5/13/2014