benjy's upper washington
benjy's upper washington
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benjy's upper washington

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://benjys.com/
  • Phone: 7138681131x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:00am - 3:00 pm; Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Mike Potowski
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The wine room at benjy's upper washington has a maximum capacity of 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 7138681131x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Knox
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer both self parking in our private lot as well as complimentary valet parking.
A word from benjy's upper washington
benjy’s modern American dining experience is the combination of a focused chef driven menu and warm Texas hospitality. Using fresh local produce our chefs apply world flavors and techniques that allow the ingredients to express themselves without borders. Rounding out the dining experience is a passionate wait staff that creates a relaxed atmosphere utilizing an accessible wine list and progressive cocktails. Since 1995, benjy’s has strived to build a restaurant that is uniquely Houston.
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benjy's upper washington reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Solid, not Spectacular
    UltimateWarrior
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Been here for brunch twice in the last month. Tried the Shrimp and Crab Omelette once and Benjy's Breakfast Plate the other. Neither was particularly amazing. The omelette was rather tasteless, and the Breakfast Plate was solid, but the chicken sausage was odd tasting. They do a Bloody Mary right and the staff is attentive and courteous. Get there early (11ish) if you want to walk in, it starts to get crowded after that time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed all around
    MrsKateSmith
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We should have known something was wrong when the parking lot was half empty and the restaurant wasn't even half full at 8:15 on a Saturday night. It took 10 minutes for our server to come to the table and another 20 to get our drinks. The menu has completely changed and over half of the ingredients listed are things 90% of consumers wouldn't know. The server informed us that the chef changed the menu in an effort to get patrons to "share dishes and stop ordering the Crunchy Chicken." I loved the Crunchy Chicken, why mess up a good thing? Our dishes weren't anything as they were described. Goat cheese grits had no goat cheese flavor. The risotto was overpowered with herbs and the pork was bland. So disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Both the food and the service were exceptional. Will definitely visit benjy's again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    HJF1
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Really nice attentive service without being overpowering. Great choice of food and drinks. A little noisy - acoustics are bad - but not too extreme. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and different
    Cookster
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Dining at Benjy's was thoroughly enjoyable. The food was delicious, and the menu offered items that were different without being "kooky". Very innovative, very satisfying. The Washington Avenue restaurant is beautiful with a luxe atmosphere, with leather seating and a variety of table sizes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday Dinner
    Meby85
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Benjy's is our favorite restaurant. We decided to go for my boyfriend's birthday because he loves the crunchy chicken. When we learned that the crunchy chicken had changed, we were upset but still ordered it anyway. It turned out to be BETTER and we loved it! We followed it with the amazing "Mom's Chocolate Cake" and the dinner was nothing short of perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • business lunch
    celina
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    I recently had a business lunch here and it was perfect!! The ambiance was quite so it was perfect... I could actually hear the conversation that was going on. I have also eaten dinner on a Saturday- such a fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Lizzie
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    My friends and I went before the theatre and were excited by the menu. I had the shrimp and grits which were yummy, although very rich. The others tried different omelets. Portions were large. Hmmmm.....and definitely the blood orange mimosas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    Hookem720
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    After going to Benjy's many times for brunch, lunch, and dinner, I visited again with some out of town guests. Again, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. I had the brisket stack this time, which was extremely tasty, but that didn't stop me from eating several bites of my husband's fried chicken, which is my fave! Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truly delightful
    sonya
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    I came to the restaurant for the first time to brunch in Sunday. I brought my (Sometime pretentious) foodie friend from out of town and we were both super pleased with out meals and service. My crunchy chicken and his brisket stack were flavorful and very filling. Not to mention the mimosas were quite potent. He and I can't wait to have dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the opera
    Bobbie
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had tickets to Opera in the Heights so we wanted to dine close-by. Benjy's was a great choice. Everything went well and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    MikeG
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Loved the farm to table dinner, food and drinks were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were originally going to
    MeganBecerra
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We were originally going to eat at Lorenzo's on Saturday but the wait was 35-40 minutes. I guess we got lucky when a table opened up because made a 7:30pm reservation at 7:15pm. We were seated immediately, ordered and ate within 40 minutes. It was some of the best service we've ever had and the food was fantastic. Great way to spend last-minute Saturday night plans.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening
    BeckyDMcVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We went to benjy's prior to attending the theatre. When we made the reservation we let them know we needed to leave by 7:15 and that task was taken to heart as we were finished at 7:14. The service was prompt and attentive, the food was delicious and the ambience was eclectic and interesting. I loved the comfy booth, intimate enough for good conversation. My only disappointment would be the server talked too fast and did not explain the menu fully. But that was a very minor bump in a delightful eating journey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Fair Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    The food here is wonderful. Crispy chicken is amazing -- and I don't generally care for restaurant chicken. The alcohol is grossly over priced and the service is quite unprofessional but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Many visits, many great reviews, always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly noisy, impossible
    JROWVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Incredibly noisy, impossible to have a business conversation at lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find in Houston
    StephW
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Our dining experience at Benjy's was the best that we experienced while we were in Houston. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was very helpful and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice as a change from routine
    isee2
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The menu provides many unique options. The ingredients always seem to include a few less familiar items in every dish. Never is a dish like what you've had elsewhere. Usually that's good, sometimes not. Wine list is well designed for the food served and has plenty to choose from at good prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loud but comfortable
    outtolunch
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    I made a reservation but the place was not that busy at lunch on a Thursday. It still managed to be loud. The hostess wanted to seat us at a corner booth which was right on top of two other people, but quickly got us a table on request. The rest of the service was professional and polite, the menu is typically a little weird but there is something for everyone. If you are looking for something that looks like a turkey melt, don't order the turkey melt. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    Richard
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Consistently excellent food, very good service, great ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delivers
    Brad
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    You can always count on a very good meal here. The service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu needs balance
    texasgirl
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    I've always enjoyed going to benjy's particularly for the atmosphere. However unless they change the menu I won't be going back. The majority of the menu was sort of an eclectic fusion mix. Everything my group ordered tasted good, but the pickier eater really didn't have much to choose from. Wish I would have looked at their menu ahead of time, I would suggest others do the same.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best farm to table dinner
    CelesteVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I remember this place being better. The service was decent but the menu just didn't excite me. Some of the menu choices paired with their sides just didnt make sense to me but I am not a trained chef either. The table was oddly placed and I felt like I was on display and could never get comfortable as the wicker style chairs were too tall for me and quite uncomfortable. I had the crunch chicken and it was okay but nothing special. The gratin potatoes were undercooked but the broccoli was pretty good. Its about par for the pricing but I just feel like this place has lost that "oh my gosh that was so delicious" feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and yummy cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We really enjoyed this place. When we got there our table wasn't ready so they had us go to the bar and order drinks. It was a quick wait and we had delicious cocktails before beig seated for dinner. The menu featured locally acquired ingredients and specials. The waiter was well informed and gave great recommendations. Will define lay be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for drinks, bad for food.
    Dionne
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    My husband and I came friday night for date night. While the service and the drinks were amazing, the food was really bad. We should have sent back both meals, but wound up only sending one back. When a porterhouse-thick pork chop comes to the table overdone and dry, not 20 minutes after I've ordered it, I have to question if it was already in the oven before I requested it. The grits were actually gritty and this wasn't even the meal we sent back. :( My husband's chicken meal was equally overcooked and hard. Maybe it was an off night for the kitchen, but we won't be going back. I typically am anti-sending food back but when you're spending $$$, it should be edible at a minimum. We were so excited to eat there--so disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popular Spot
    QualitynotQuantityVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    Benj's is a very popular, happening place and deserves to be so--appealing menu, pleasant atmosphere, good food and service. And they are responsive to reservations and special requests. I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Sunday Supper!
    kittyproVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Benjy's is still one of my very favorite restaurants. They always keep the menu interesting, the service is excellent, and the wine selection is terrific. The Sunday Supper is an INCREDIBLE deal! For $20, this week's menu included an heirloom tomato salad with bacon - almost like eating a BLT without the bread. Delicious! The main course was an amazing, huge beef filet, cooked to perfection, served atop a bed of incredibly good mustard greens - something I normally don't like at all. And dessert was a sinfully rich pistachio brownie topped with cream. The entree alone would cost upwards of $30 in any good steakhouse in town! By far the best meal deal to be found in Houston. Everything was cooked and served perfectly. Just wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner after the theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    First time eating at Benjy's for my wife and I. Love this place. The manager, waitstaff, food, wine were all excellent. We weren't sure what wine we wanted, manager made a recommendation and it was terrific. Ordered appetizers, meal, both were excellent. Will be advising our friends/family to go to Benjy's. You won't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a safe bet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Benjy's always is a good dining experience. The food is great, and the flavors are just reliable, interesting, bright, and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • second time at Benji's for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    second time at Benji's for brunch. Bloody Mary's are delic and the service is great. I had crab cakes the first visit and loved them. I had the crunchy chicken this visit and it wasn't my favorite, but that is just my taste, not a knock on their food. The brussel sprouts and shrimp starters were great. I wish I had our servers name, she was awesome. We had a small child with us and she was very accommodating to his needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice place to dine
    softwareguy
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Good food, good value , great service, nice ambiance. While maybe not the place for a foodie to delight in, this is a great restaurant for a nice meal
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    SugarlandBG
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    We had great food and service. It was my first visit and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok Happy Hour Spot!!
    DINEQUEEN
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    A friend and I went here for Happy Hour after work. The servers weren't the greatest - we had to wait literally over 10 minutes to get a glass of water. The food wasn't that bad though. I just like exceptional service!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but very noisy
    HoustonFoodLover
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Go there for the food not for serious conversation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    SandJFoodies
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Our entire experience was over the top! The menu was diverse & delicious. The service we received was top notch. You have to try Benjy's when you're in Houston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ecclectic menu, local flavor
    BatchVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Great food with locally sourced ingredients, creatively prepared. Good cocktails, rotating beer list. Great place to dine with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ingredients and great vibe!
    Kay1
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    We have been big fans of Benji's in the Village. Took some friends from work to lunch at the Washington location. Lovely decor, food is as always, interesting with a big emphasis on quality organic greens. Love it, and will go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service was Excellent
    Smitty
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Napoleon is an outstanding server! His customer service skills are superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious from appetizers
    Lea81
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. The sashimi appetizer was delicious. If you are a brussell sprout fan, the crispy brussell sprouts were quite tasy. The pork chops were fantastic. The monkey cake dessert with coffee ice cream, yum! Service was exceptional from every person who worked there from the moment we walked in the door. Our waiter, Nathaniel, was the best waiter I have ever encountered, and that includes many fancy smancy restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.