GREAT IntermissionAfter a wonderful dinner, it was time for curtain. At intermission, we returned for fabulous dessert and waiting hot coffee. It was GREAT! LOVED our waitstaff!5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent staff, excellentExcellent staff, excellent food and excellent scene5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBig BandHad a great night out with another couple. Went to hear the Big Band and had a wonderful time!!! Would defintely go back !!!!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Big Band and singers wereThe Big Band and singers were great as well as the food, service and atmosphere!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMArtista RocksI am so glad the restaurant has included music, dancing, and dinner theater; it is now our one-stop place for a wonderful evening out. We wil regularly make it our "date night" feature.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a GEM!!Since this restaurant is housed in the arts complex ~ Hobby Center, I was expecting a mediocre experience. I WAS SO WRONG! The decor is chic, elegant and quite fun with yummy, but leather chairs, and a wonderful glassed wall that looks out over the street. The service is equally as impressive, with the waiter asking if we had a curtain time...and doing everything to ensure we met it...further, we were going to a rather unknown theater that our GPS would not locate, and when I mentioned this to Chris, the host, he took time to research the location and gave us wonderful directions!
The food was also a huge surprise. Wonderfully prepared, great presentation and a complexity of flavors that made you want to swoon!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb!!Artista has repeatedly delivered great service and impeccable food! The atmosphere and abiance far exceed other downtown spots!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIn general, we enjoyed ourIn general, we enjoyed our dinner with one somewhat startling exception. We ordered iced tea, and the tea that was served was definitely not freshly brewed tea. It seemed to be from some fountain mix or possibly even "instant" tea, either way it was definitely very substandard for a restaurant such as Artista, especially in Texas.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic dining just beforeFantastic dining just before the curtain goes up at Hobby Center! The waiters are very friendly and attentive. The food is always great! We love the empanadas.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Business LunchArtista is a great place to take important clients to lunch. It is a great atmosphere / view / menu and leaves the right impression.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMFor my first time eating thereFor my first time eating there I was very impressed. It is a very upscale resturant with moderate prices. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. The food was very good. I had the snapper which was out of this world. I would definitely recommend.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great evening. WifeHad a great evening. Wife said she had the best martini ever.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. NotGreat food and service. Not rushed and finished dinner just in time to walk right in to the show.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect before a matinee.Perfect before a matinee. Food and service was good.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have eaten here a numberWe have eaten here a number of times over the years and have never been disappointed.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the restaurant, especiallyLoved the restaurant, especially its convenient location in the Hobby Center and great view. The pre-theater menu was rather restricted, but for the price the food was very good. Even though the restaurant was crowded, the waiter was friendly and helpful. i would definitely recommend Arista to anyone attending a show at the Hobby Center.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMA little crowded.Tables are a little too close together. Otherwise a lovely evening.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for dinner beforeGreat place for dinner before the theater since it is right at the Hobby. A little too pricey for more than an occasional dinner for me. Food and service was excellent.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner & a show...the place to go!This is my favorite spot to dine before a show at Hobby Center. Parking to eat early = easy exit after the show, as you're closer to the exit in early parking :) My friend had never been before & loved it, too.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful venue ....Charles was THE best waiter - so personable and very happy. We enjoyed him as much as the meal. Menu is a bit tired, quite limited selections. Food is good, just not much of a choice. If you're going the theatre, this is a perfect stop before (or after while the crowd clears!) I always enjoy Artista.
There was a bit of confusion when we were seated - the host took us to a location that was already occupied ... and left us standing in the middle of the restaurant while he figured out what happened.....awkward.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good, and theFood was very good, and the waiter asked us immediately if we were there before a show so that we would could have a relaxing dining experience and still make to the opening with time to spare. Very considerate. Having the banana chips and sauces on the table for all was a nice touch, one you do not find in many restaurants anymore.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen I booked the reservationWhen I booked the reservation was just hoping for adequate food and was surprised to find great food. Rudy was our server and he was very helpful and quick with our dessert to make the show
Will be back.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good butThe food was very good but my girl friend and I split an appetizer and dinner but the bill with $100. That was too pricey for me to go there again.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a good mealGreat place for a good meal before going to the theater. They serve you in a timely matter. So nice to just walk out the door into the theater lobby.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't say enough about theCan't say enough about the evening. It was exceptional.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWell, my date's food was outstandinWell, my date's food was outstanding. The wait staff was outstanding. My food however...they could not get it right. Nonetheless, the evening was a success. I will not bore you with the negativity. My meal ended up being comped. Everyone was happy in the end.
Thanks!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMBest customer service ever...We showed up on the night of our tickets, but our performance had been rescheduled for the next week. Supposedly season subscribers had been notified in October and sent replacement tickets. Not us, though.
The general manager, Jeff, took our tickets to the box office, got them replaced, along with complementary valet parking, made us reservations for the next week, and comped our desserts. The next week we discovered he'd given us the best table in the house. He remembered us and came by to visit our table and chat. Tickets are not at all the responsibility of the restaurant, but he came through for us big time.
The food both nights was, as always, exquisite. Don't miss the Buffalo Churrasco, only available on performance nights.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA Great ExperienceI am writing again after giving Artista a second chance following a not-so-good experience on Valentine's Day. The management, after learning of our experience via Open Table, invited us back in to try again. I must say, it was a completely different experience. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. I had the small Churrasco steak with a lobster tail and snapper and asparagus - everything was spot on and delicious. My date had the larger Churrasco steak and the lobster tail and enjoyed it very much. The seared tuna appetizer was amazing. We also had a TresLeches cake that was divine. The waiter was attentive & even knew to replace my white linen napkin with a black one without my having to ask. We will be coming back3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat View & FoodThis was our first visit to Artista - we were celebrating my husband's birthday. The service was great; our waiter gave several suggestions and did a great job explaining the menu and specials of the day. The skyline of downtown Houston was spectacular. My husband had the surf and turf special - steak and lobster and I had the red snapper. Both entrees were very good. We enjoyed the plantain chips that they served as soon as we were seated. The Parmesan truffle fries were also very good. It was very pricey but we enjoyed the overall experience.3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM