benjy's upper washington
Ok food great serviceThe food was good but not exceptional but the service was great6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMnice dayComfortable dining room and I definitely would tell a friend about it. Service was well-timed and friendly. Good prices.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been to Benjy's severalWe've been to Benjy's several times for their great HH drinks/chow and for lunch or dinner, but had never hit the brunch until last Sunday when we had family in town. The brunch was just fantatic. Everyone's food was superb, quickly delivered and the service was perfect. We had the blood orange mimosas which were great. My daughter had one of the omelets and the guys had the breakfast platter, all were quite happy. My daughter is a foodie, so it's hard to please her, but pleased she was. I had the monkey bread and chicken and was really happy with it. Just the right combination of sweet and savory. Definitely want to go back soon!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food but too loud to visitI will return many times to enjoy the fabulously prepared and beautifully fresh food. However I won't plan on going there to talk or be able to hear conversations. Someone in our party noted many ideas to change the space to make it conducive for conversations. The service was impeccable6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAhhhhh Benjy'sConsistent, always friendly, great service, exciting food, Can't go wrong with Benjy's on Washington!6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday at Benjy'sThe drinks were great! None disappointed...The food was really good & prepared perfectly. Our waiter, Sean, was the best! Mom's Chocolate Cake was soooo good! Perfect ending to a wonderful family birthday dinner! One complaint: 18% tip added to the bill. We know that's the norm for large parties, but we were just a party of 5. It might have been noted on the menu, but we didn't notice...Luckily, we had a great waited & didn't mind the mandatory tip & even added extra for him.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMLeft Stunned - in a good way!I brought some out of town guests to Benjy's (European/Asian). They're used to the typical massive portions and standard flavors of Houston, so were happily surprised by the dishes available at Benjy's. Unique flavors, great service, and portions large enough to fill you up - but not so large you could eat left overs for a week.
I'm out for dinner at least three times a week for business, and I honestly can't remember an experience this good in months.
Looking forward to our next stop at Benjy's in the near future!6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMade my birthday so special!Not my first time at Benjy's, obviously won't be my last! Went there for my birthday on Saturday... and it is always a treat. I had the mahi mahi sald, it was absolutely delicious. Our waitress, a lovely gal from Nicaragua, was simply amazing... her recommendations were the best, and her honesty and friendly disposition made our visit very pleasant. Benjy's is one of those restaurants where you know they will always get it right... We're lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber in Houston. When I walked in the door, they wished me a Happy Birthday, and brought me chocolate cake and monkey bread after lunch! Bravo, Benjy's! You've done it again! :)6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMEclectic, interesting menu, but...The food and until this latest visit, the service keep us coming back. On this latest visit, everyone in our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our pre-dinner drinks, salads and entrees. However, our server seemed less than enthusiastic to be serving us. On past visits, our servers were so informative and engaging, describing menu items and making suggestions that were hard to resist. This time we basically had an order taker, we even had to flag him down to order more wine! How does that happen?!?! While the food was excellent, overall it was a somewhat disappointing experience marred by very mediocre service.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Lunch with Aunt and CousinOh My Gosh! I NEVER write reviews, but I am making an exception. Benjy's food was fantastic, reservations easy to make, service outstanding. ATTENTION TO DETAIL....unparalleled. I eat out all the time. Benjy's honored my Aunt with a complimentary appetizer that was spectacular and a complimentary chocolate cake dessert that was even better...if possible. That attention to detail makes ALL the difference. I host my birthday party there in July, and now Benjy's is my go-to restaurant for all occasions.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMLove this place. The foodLove this place. The food is always a pleasant surprise of interesting tastes that meld together beautifully.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful TimeWe went for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. Our server, the food and the ambiance was awesome.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was great andThe service was great and the pizza was amazing! Yum!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful decor, excellent menuI took my mother to a Saturday brunch for a belated Mother's Day. Though Sunday brunch is a longstanding tradition, I was glad Benjy's was open for Saturday brunch.
I had the seafood & avocado omelette. The lump crab & sauce were great, and the omelette was moist. However, the 'avocado' as listed on the menu was served as guacamole.
Also, my mother's 'Crunch French Toast', was crunchy on the outside, but being over two inches thick, was mustly just *bread* & not French Toast.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first time toThis was my first time to eat at Benjis, the food was excellent! I live so close and never have been, cant wait to try Brunch there.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceWe held my son's college graduation dinner here. We were a group of nine. We came on a Monday night to avoid a rushed scene, and it was pretty full but relaxed. The service was great, very attentive and personable. The guys enjoyed the beers on tap. Menu was fun.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic Mother's DayReally good food, seated on time, easy parking, great service--absolutely nothing to complain about!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food!Celebrated my birthday with 6 friends. Had to accomodate a larger group at the last minute (day before) and Benjy's came up on OpenTable as available. Great service and food. We all loved the brussels sprouts & crab cakes. Several people got the pork chop/belly and enjoyed it. My husband ate the chicken/sausage pizza and I had the octopus & we both cleaned our plates.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Benji'sWait staff was wonderfu, food was good. A little far from my home but in my old neighborhood, enjoy ed it!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Service & Great FoodWe took our daughter and her husband here for her birthday. The food is exceptional - great menu, good quality food and wonderful presentation. I did, however, mention in my note to Open Table when making the reservation that we would be celebrating our daughter's birthday but there was no mention of it by anyone at the restaurant.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways good.You can always count on a great meal at Benjy's. I recommend this to friends and out of town guests, everything is consistantly good so I'm never embarrassed by this recommendation.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for brunch!Brought my in-laws here for brunch Sunday. Food was great, place is beautiful. Music was too loud at first, but it was lowered shortly after we got there.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMVibrant atmosphereThe restaurant was energized by an attractive crowd of professionals enjoying good food and atmosphere. Our waiter was inattentive at times, which was annoying on this visit.
The crunchy chicken was delicious and perfectly cooked. I love this restaurant and hope to have a more focussed waiter on the next visit.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI think the noise level wasI think the noise level was higher than the last time I came during the week and that's to be expected in Houston restaurants.
The brussel sprouts were enjoyed by all. The crunchy chicken was a good choice. Others enjoyed their fish dish and pizza.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMVery ImpressedMy wife and I went there for the first time. We were thoroughly impressed. The food was outstanding! My wife's favorite snack is popcorn, and what appears on our table right away? Popcorn! We were provided a free appetizer because it was our first time there, the goat cheese was fantastic. Our entrees were very good, as well as the dessert. We were very impressed and will recommend Benjy's to others.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMHighly recommended.Great place, great food, great drinks. There is a little bit of everything on the menu, and it's all good.
They also have a decent selection of local beers, which was a pleasant surprise.
Waitstaff was pretty good, although our waiter failed to put in our appetizer order. The manager however was at our table in minutes to rectify the situation - we ended up having Mom's chocolate cake "on the house". If at all possible recommend to save room for that desert!
Overall a great dining experience. We'll be back for sure.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was good as usual. AccomdatedFood was good as usual. Accomdated us very nicely as we wanted a quiet table, or as quiet as you can that in its energetic environment.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBrussels Sprouts are outstanding.Brussels Sprouts are outstanding. The paella is not their thing. It is nothing like Spanish paella. The boys loved the pork chop and BBQ pizza.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBenjy's was recommended toBenjy's was recommended to us on our recent visit to Houston. I would return, but I'd probably order differently. While our cocktails, salad, and crispy brussels sprouts were an outstanding start to the meal, my crunchy chicken was dry and luke warm when it arrived. I imagine it was probably really good about 8 minutes before it got to the table. My partner's paella was flavorful, but quite different from a conventional paella, with an almost Asian quality to it. Nothing wrong with it, just different than what he was hoping for when he ordered it.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had to wait quite a bitWe had to wait quite a bit on our waiter. We got drinks at the upstairs bar and brought them down when our table was ready and waited a good 10 minutes before anyone came over. The food was great, our only complaint is that we didn't see our server much, and didn't get a chance to ask questions about anything. We went ahead and ordered so we didn't have to wait on him to return. I'd recommend to a friend only because we've been there before and know that it's usually wonderful.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI've been a long-time fanI've been a long-time fan of the original Benjy's in the Rice Village and have been impressed how Benjy has managed to create something as interesting as, but different from, the original.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat brunch!We have had brunch at Benjyy's twice in the last six weeks. Their menu is inventive, the service is very professional, and we've had a great time on both occasions. Definitely try the brussel sprouts as an appetizer to split. They are the best ever!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was hot and tastedThe food was hot and tasted wonderful. The service was impeccable! Will be back ASAP! I love Benjy's and their Crunchy Chicken!4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways top notch. For oneAlways top notch. For one of our dinner companions, it was a first time to dine there, and he loved it. The goat cheese cakes were (as always) great, and the gnocchi was terrific. Everything was a hit, and service was perfect, especially for a new diner.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGo for brunch!Always impressed by Benjy's. Creative food with attention to detail.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I have found aMy wife and I have found a new favorite restaurant is Houston! Everything was excellent!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was wonderful.Everything was wonderful. I just wish the retaurant would consider valet parking at lunch time. I have been there a few times for lunch and there were no more parking spaces in their lot. I would suggest arriving at noon or earlier for lunch due to the parking.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for brunch last SaturdayWent for brunch last Saturday and it was great! Mimosas were refreshing and menu options were varied. Our server did a great job explaining the daily specials and answering any questions we had about the menu.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBenjy's is always a good optionBenjy's is always a good option for any meal. The locally sourced ingredients make every plate feel fresh. My only issue with the dining experience is the noise level, which is generally really high as a result of the young, somewhat inebriated crowd.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBenjy's is a fine "farm-to-table"Benjy's is a fine "farm-to-table" restaurant. The food is always fresh, prepared well, and never overdone. They let the fresh, local, seasonal ingredients speak for themselves. The menu is creative, yet accessible; the service is professional and friendly (I had an issue with one of my side dishes and the manager came right over to address it promptly); the prices are reasonable, and the ambiance is inviting. Good food... Good service... Good location... what more could you want?3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNew TasteThe crab and shrimp omelette was mouth watering awesome. Very great service.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding all around....lovedOutstanding all around....loved the brussel sprouts!.....3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were excellent.Food and service were excellent. Steak cooked to perfection. Crunchy chicken was excellent. Chocolate cake is our favorite dessert.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall experience was great,Overall experience was great, however, I don't understand why reservations where needed. Since I had reservations and the restaurant was not crowded, a little peeved that our group was sat next to a screamy toddler. Other than that, it was nice and the service was excellent.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful staff and fantasticWonderful staff and fantastic food makes this my favorit restaurant in HOUSTON. Will and Bunny and the rest of staff provided excellent service.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful first time experienceGreat, inventive menu that apparently changes often according to seasonal availability of ingredients. I had trouble making up my mind about what to order as there was so much to try. The interior is nice and open creating a feeling of spaciousness, but they've arranged the tables and booths to be far enough apart to give a sense of privacy. Everything was good, and the service was well-paced and attentive. It's a bit on the expensive side, and the wine list could use some diversity, but overall I was VERY satisfied with my first visit, I will definitely go back.3/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first time atThis was our first time at Benjy's and we were wowed by the food. My wife had the goat cheese cakes which she said were outstanding and I had the popcorn shrimp - I still can't believe how much food they give you for appetizers - they're a great value. Both the ravioli and mahi mahi entrees were also fabulous. We really enjoyed dining on the patio and our server Drea was great! By the end of our meal it was a little cool and they could have used heaters but this is just an observation - not a complaint. We'll be back.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMPartner and I have eaten herePartner and I have eaten here several times over the past few months and love the brussel sprouts and veggie dinner. Decided to add a few new visitors to the mix this time and everyone throughly enjoy the food, atmosphere and service. Will continue to patronize Benjy's.2/13/2013 12:00:00 AM