BlackFinn American Grille - Houston
BlackFinn American Grille - Houston
Reviews Coming Soon

BlackFinn American Grille - Houston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.blackfinnhouston.com/
  • Phone: 7136519550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 2:00am Sat - Sun: 10:00a.m. - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Turner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music on the Patio every weekend night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pierce
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are on the first floor under a new seven story public parking garage.
A word from BlackFinn American Grille - Houston
BlackFinn offers quality food and drink in a comfortable, social environment. The menu boasts a wide variety of American classics and regional favorites that are made fresh, served with a smile and won’t break the bank. The restaurant’s unique interior offers Guests four distinct settings to experience BlackFinn in multiple ways for lunch, dinner, happy hour, game day and late night.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
BlackFinn American Grille - Houston reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Service was excellent, food
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Service was excellent, food was good, price a little high - hard to find and no parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprisingly good
    LarissaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    I say surprisingly because it is not a restaurant that has alot of buzz about it - it isn't a "hot spot" and doesn't have a celebrity chef, but was quite enjoyable. We went as part of restaurant weeks, and were pleased. The ying yang shrimp was quite good, as was the blackened brie. Shrimp and grits were better than most with a hint of (I think) ginger that wasn't over powering at all, but an interesting add. We will be back for the full menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went here for the first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    We went here for the first time because of HRW. We liked the look of the brunch menu and 3 courses for $20 was one of the better brunch deals available. We were not alone in our choosing as 10 tables were quickly occupied within 15 minutes of opening. We split the two appetizers (queso and hummus) since they're shareable anyway. One of us had the crabcake benedict and the other the "hangover" flatbread. Desserts were nice (not gargantuan but more than just a few bites) and included key lime pie and pineapple upside down cake. When we got the bill, we were both pleasantly surprised AND disappointed. The mimosas [$7 per the menu we were given] were only ONE DOLLAR each. So why the disappointment? No one told us about the deal!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BlackFinn was a fantastic
    sknoeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    BlackFinn was a fantastic experience. Went there for Restaurants Weeks- the food was great and the service was excellent. We sat on the patio with our dog and they were very accomodating to him as well. We had appetizers (Ying Yang Shrimp and the Chicken Quesadillas), salads (BlackFinn x 2), entrees (Ahi Tuna Salad and Shrimp Tacos), and desserts (Key Lime Pie and Pineapple Upside Down Cake). All the food was really good- our favorite was the crisy shrimp appetizer. We also received an email from the restaurant giving us a free appetizer on our next visit. Very nice! Overall, it was outstanding and we may have found our new hangout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret Find
    EatNStyle
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Walking into Blackfin, I was immediately reminded of an old English pub. Cannot believe that they are able to support such an extensive menu. From crabcakes (made like Mom's) to porkloin and baconwrapped meatloaf---you can't go wrong. There is something for everyone. I have lived in the neighborhood since 2001 and pride myself on knowing the newest eateries to open. I had no idea this was right under the nose. Only disappointment was that the mini-desserts are no longer part of the menu (although still in print). Someone should seriously consider bringing them back. I'm sure they are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ick! Expensive and terrible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We thought we would check this place out because our dinner guests requested American cuisine. It was much worse than we anticipated. The food was some of the worst I have had in a very long time. Kitchen forgot items on salad, and we had to track waiter down to get him missing items. Poor quality and tasteless food. Nothing tasted fresh.We're happy to pay for good quality food, but this was expensive and tasted like frozen dinners! I had a tiny piece of stuffed (only breadcrumbs) salmon and a broiled tomato was the side for $21.99. The waiter basically told us that the food was bad right from the start. We should have left. Save your money and time! We eat out all of the time, and this was one of the worst meals I have had in a long time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    We decided to try BlackFinn for restaurant week & it was not at all what we expected. We were seated in a huge room in the very back with maybe 2 other groups of diners. It felt very weird & secluded. The appetizers were alright. I would definitely not reccommend the blackened brie. It tasted burnt. The steak diana was actually pretty flavorful but the desserts were way too sweet & should be shared amongst several people. Overall, i think I would return here to sit at the bar and have drinks with friends. Definitely wouldn't go back for the dinner scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the bacon wrapped meatloaf!
    Matt
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    After all, everything is better with bacon! Burgers are also good, and they have a great beer selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and outdoor
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Great location and outdoor patio. Food can be inconsist. When good it is very good ( mac n cheese!) and when not mediocre. Ask for Jordan who is a terrific waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but can be a little pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    It has a nice atmosphere, but the menu items can be a bit pricey for what you get. The seafood salad didn't contain much seafood for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Bad Service
    Dixxie11
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    I made a reservation for 6 people on a Friday evening. They rushed us to place our order we enjoyed the meal but as soon as we finished our food about an hour after arriving they cleared the table and brought our bills. They never asked if we would like additional drinks or dessert. Clearly they just wanted us out of the restaurant so they could seat another table. I would not expect a restaurant to push customers out the door especially with a reservation on a Friday night. I'll go back because the food was good and my past experience with BlackFinn have been good ones but not with a big group and not on a busy night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth the Hassle
    HolostoiVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    This place is not worth the hassle. You must pay for parking, food was bland, and when pointed out there was 1 piece of extra unknown something- appeared to be a cranberry or grape in my pasta dish, no care was taken to find out what it was or appoligize for it. There are too many better places within 1 mile radiance that have free parking, faster service, better tasting and better prices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Jeremy's service was outstanding and the food was awesome (crab cake eggs benedict and the shrimp and crab omlete). Thanks for making my wifes mothers day a great day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu items are unigue and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Menu items are unigue and easily changed if you are not interested in mustard greens. Great Food, cold beer and fine wine who could ask for more!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When we walked in we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    When we walked in we were told that they were short-handed and that there would be a wait. In less than a minute, we were seated. The service was excellent, I could not tell at all that they were short handed. The portions were huge and though my pork chops were not what I expected, the fried fish and baby back ribs that my friends had were great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was ok the price was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    It was ok the price was good but the food was sub-par
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was the best part
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The service was the best part of our experience. Everyone was very friendly from the moment we walked through the door. Unfortunately, the food was subpar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was hoping this visit to
    AvidFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    I was hoping this visit to Blackfinn would raise my rating to 4 stars but no such luck. We had a great meal and great happy hour deals on wine. The service could have been better. I don't know if it were poor because we were in the bar area or for some other reason. We had a small party: there were 3 of us. Oh well....I may return in another year-ish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good beer selection. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Good beer selection. Food was tasteless and the presentation was poor. Also, paid $7.00 for parking after five on Friday and was just for one and one-half hours.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was very noisy and we hadn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    It was very noisy and we hadn't realized it was mostly a sports bar.I am sure if you are into sports bars it would be great. We were looking for a quieter place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    My husband and I really enjoyed it. The mac-n-cheese was my fav! ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was fantastic as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Everything was fantastic as usual! Miyanda was my server and she was amazing! The food was scrumptious and so were the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Ambiance, Pass on Steak Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    This is the second time I've eaten at the BlackFinn, but was disappointed this time with the quality of the food. It was "Steak Night" so several of us had it. The meat was less than lean... Granted $12 for 16oz steak should not buy the best steak, but I'd rather the food be better and price higher, given the normal standard of the restaurant. The ambiance of BlackFinn is very nice, with attentive servers, and I returned because my previous experience was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent. However,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    The food was excellent. However, eait staff made us feel as if we were interrupting his day. He wasn't attentive or friendly at all. He made us all feel uncomfortable the one or two times he approached the table. We were there for approximately two hours.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for HRW on a Sunday.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Went for HRW on a Sunday. Although the HRW website said BlackFinn would be serving their Lunch menu they only had the Brunch menu available. Slightly disappointing. The server was a little slow (10-15 min after clearing away dessert) to bring around the check. Overall the food is good and portions are fair.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food (but not as great
    MsMVGVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Good food (but not as great as a steakhouse). Good ambiance. There Houston Restaurant Weeks menu was 4 delicious courses!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I normally don't endorse franchise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    I normally don't endorse franchise or chain restaurants, but I really liked BlackFinn.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We ate brunch here for Houston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    We ate brunch here for Houston Restaurant Weeks last year. The menu sounded delicious (and it was), but the atmosphere was lacking. We sat in a bar booth in the dark bar area. It still smelled of beer from the night before. The food was delicious and the $1 mimosas were fantastic, but the atmosphere was not ideal for brunch. There were several extremely loud groups that were seated next to us. All in all, I'd go back for dinner or drinks, but I think I'll skip having breakfast at a bar. Houston has far too many wonderful brunch spots with outdoor seating to sit in a dark bar on a nice Sunday morning.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 7 of us were there for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    7 of us were there for brunch on a Sunday. While I think most others were pleased with their meals, mine (prime rib hash with two eggs) was tasteless. Presentation was unimaginative. However, their bloody marys were good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I went for Houston Restaurant
    amateurfoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    I went for Houston Restaurant Weeks with a group of 5. $1 mimosas on Sundays until 3 and a ton of TVs makes it a great place for football Sundays! The food was good, but not amazing. The wait staff was attentive, though a little pushy -- trying to get us to purchase a pitcher of mimosas. The mimosas were the highlight of the meal, for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new place, loved the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Great new place, loved the decor. Food very good but desert was barely ok.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not all it's cracked up to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    The service was bad. The waiter friendly, but then disappeared, or was so busy taking orders from other tables he didn't fulfill the ones he had. Although we arrived early for lunch around 11:30, as they got crowded our waiter seemed unable to keep up. The kitchen also became backed up delaying our dessert by about 20 minutes after we had finished our entrees, and resulting in undercooked food. The strawberry shortcakes was all whip cream with a handful of very thin, tastless strawberries, and two wafer-thin slices of stale pound cake. The fruit cobbler was so underdone the apples were too hard to cut. The dessert experience was so bad they lost my recommendation, despite the good entree. I was quite disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took 2 hours for dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Took 2 hours for dinner! Service was terrible, thought our waitress forgot about us. We sat in the bar area which was extremely loud.! Food was very good once it came.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Try
    Leggs4days
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Went for Houston Restaurant week and boy was it awesome! Me and my bestfriends really enjoyed the food. It was soo yummy I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We spent our anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    We spent our anniversary dinner at BlackFinn which we really enjoyed. It took me some time to figure out what to eat unfortunately but I enjoyed the flatbread and my beau loved the pulled pork sandwich. Wish I had a chance to taste the tiramisu though -- they were out of mini desserts!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A tale of two establishments
    REF531
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    Went for HRW. Will not go back...but it is not because of the service and food...it was just getting to the dining room. Restaurant is in Midtown and so street parking is tough to find and they have a parking garage...if you know about it. Once you find parking, if you walk by the attached sports bar you wonder if you are at a nice restaurant. Once inside you have to wait in that noisy sports bar because the Saloon a much nicer place for a before dinner drink was closed off. When you are called with a vibrating disk (classy)you are led to a very nicely decorated dining room with doors to block the noise from the sports bar. Once inside this was one of the nicest dining experiences we have had this year. Great food and service
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit and Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    Made reservations for Restaurant weeks menu, upon arrival they were not ready for us. We were 6 minutes early, but they seemed confused. The place was swarmiing with people and very noisy! We sat to wait and then were handed a wait button..really? A wait button for a reservation? Finally we were seated. Some of the food was very good while others parts were okay at best - way too much food! I had a herb-rubbed steak for main course-the steak was very fat and full of gristle. Not the best cut of beef! Two things worth mentioning - the BlackFinn Crab Tower starter and the Hong Kong Chilean Seabass. Both of these were really good! Overall, just okay for this one try - not sure they know what they want this place to be, likely won't go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    The food was good the restaurant was a bits loud. We had a good time and would return for another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there for the second
    Amanda
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Went there for the second time in a weekend! It was again just as amazing as before, and the service was just as wonderful. This has to be my new favorite restaurant in Houston!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We decided to try Black Finn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    We decided to try Black Finn for a quiet Sunday Dinner. Food was decent, service was acceptable but we were the only table there for the first hour or so & sat with empty drinks, empty plates & searching for our server.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet