800 Bagby Street, Suite 400
Hobby Center of the Performing Arts
Houston, TX 77002Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.cordua.com/
- Phone: 7132784782x
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Monday - Tuesday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
- 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: email@example.com 7139610911x
- Entertainment: piano, rat-pack, jazz
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.Continued
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Artista reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since June 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
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
- AverageCharlesDined on 10/19/2014Went there before show at Hobby...wasn't bad but no wow factor...service was averageI would recommend this to a friend.
- Price has gone way up. Too expensijm4cloudDined on 10/19/2014Prices are too expensive for the quality and amount of food you receive. I am not eating here again.Special Features:
- Perfect for the theaterFirecrackerVIPDined on 10/19/2014Delicious food - great service - and so nice when attending the theater.Special Features:
- KeithKeithDined on 10/19/2014The service was excellent and the food is very good. We had a wonderful time.Special Features:
- Special Eventhawk23nightoutDined on 10/19/2014My 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:
- Sometimes great and sometimes not!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/19/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingWandaDined on 10/19/2014Having 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.
- impeccable service, excellent foodJunaidaJDined on 10/18/2014we 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:
- Poor food and servicefoodie567Dined on 10/16/2014Our 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:
- Always good foodMagnificentVIPDined on 10/15/2014Artista 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:
- Not too KindTerryDined on 10/14/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Absolutely fantastic!BrieDined on 10/13/2014Absolutely 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great place for before show!Ingrid61VIPDined on 10/4/2014We 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:
- kellyDined on 10/4/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/3/2014I 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:
- Love this locationKatherineDined on 9/28/2014The food is amazing and the staff are like ninjas. So quick and always treating you like kings.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomeJNPWDined on 9/28/2014Return visit for 1; excellent as usual. 2 new visitors enjoyed wine, appetizers, and excellent meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great lunchiheartyeemeeDined on 9/28/2014We 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:
- Pre Show havenMorese1VIPDined on 9/27/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AlwaysVIPDined on 9/27/2014What 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/27/2014Good food and great service. Artista for lunch and the matinee TUTS performance is the perfect entertainment combination.Special Features:
- Good experiencFeeeeeeedMeDined on 9/26/2014I'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Show stopperElizabethDined on 9/24/2014Dinner 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- It's a treat to visitStephanieDined on 9/21/2014Artista 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:
- DisappointedLjmcDined on 9/20/2014Too 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:
- Perfect for a show at Hobby CenterYumB4ShowDined on 9/18/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulDebdoesdiningVIPDined on 9/18/2014This was a repeat visit and was not a disappointment !! Wonderful choice when visiting the Hobby TheaterSpecial Features:
- Great as usual!!!abc123Dined on 9/17/2014Super food as usual! Everyone at our table was happy! Thanks Michael!!Special Features:
- DancerDined on 9/17/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious.FoodandfunDined on 9/16/2014Our 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:
- Mouth-wateringNjoydiningDined on 9/13/2014The 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 disappointingSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OverpricedKkdineDined on 8/30/2014The view of downtown was alright. The food was very overpriced, as well as, the valet service.Special Features:
- Fine Restaurant for Lunch GroupTJinABDined on 8/28/2014Perfect 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:
- Lovely eveningsendlimesDined on 8/23/2014A 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/22/2014Went 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Texan2theboneDined on 8/22/2014The service was perfect. The food was good but the Emanadas were a little over fried.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go elsewhereFoodieVIPDined on 8/22/2014My 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.
- Excellent service and amazing foodOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/21/2014Our 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 downtownSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Romance at L'ArtistaHappyBirthdayGirlDined on 8/21/2014Very romantic restaurant. Friendly service. Good food. Great view.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very goodCharlesDined on 8/16/2014Everyone 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: