Cafe Ginger
Cafe Ginger

Cafe Ginger

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeginger.net/
  • Phone: (713) 528-4288
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cafe Ginger does provide off-site catering. We cater everything from office luncheons for 20 people to private dinner parties for 100 guests. Please contact us by calling 713-528-4288 for any special requests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Driscoll/South Shepherd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: River Oaks parking lot
A word from Cafe Ginger
If you are looking for an authentic Asian cuisine, then Cafe Ginger is your place. Our ambiance and decor will transform you to an exotic place in the Orient while you sit back and enjoy our signature dishes. We offer authentic Chinese dishes such as Beijing duck, steamed Chilean sea bass, and lobster tail with scallion. Our restaurant also includes a sophisticated and comprehensive wine bar where you may order wine by the glass or bottle. Although we specialize in Chinese cuisine, our Japanese dishes are just as good. Not only do we have an outstanding sushi bar, but our sushi chefs are happy to create unique specials to satisfy the toughest critique. All of our food is prepared fresh daily and we use the freshest produce and finest ingredients. We are happy to invite you to enjoy a unique and memorable experience at Cafe Ginger.
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Cafe Ginger reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    Amalina52VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We always have a good meal when we go to Cafe Ginger. Very consistent and accommadating to us since we had only 30-45 minutes to eat before seeing a movie across the street. Our ho to restaurant especially when in a hurry!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skip the lunch special
    Paulie1VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Skip it. Service was slow and we never got our soup. Dinner is another story. We enjoy going to CG for dinner. Service and food is always good. However, lunch is a no no!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food!
    Sws1jct
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As always our dinner at Cafe Ginger was fabulous. Our go to place for Chinese.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for business lunch
    HouTexRunner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Quiet enough to carry on business discussion without having to speak above a normal tone. Service is always excellent and the food outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr
    Paulie1VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    What a great place! Food is fantastic! We have been back several times and always try to eat different things. You know that P.F. place, well this is just as good, if not better, and you do not have to wait in line for a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for vegetarian options.
    kaykren
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have eaten her many times and love it. We had a vegetarian friend visiting from out of town and Cafe Ginger was the perfect place for the three of us to dine. We enjoyed the Tangy & Spicy Chicken while our friend had numerous options to chose from. We were very happy and enjoyed catching up over a leisurely, quiet dinner. We were there almost three hours and never felt rushed. We also enjoyed the pineapple sorbet and key lime pie for dessert.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best upscale Chinese food in town.
    unclejonathanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been frequenting this restaurant for years. The best upscale Chinese restaurant in town. White table cloth service. Superb wine list and sushi bar. Very reasonable prices. Spectacular decor'.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 91 reviews are from the Cafe Ginger reviews archive.
  • When you think of Chinese food...
    WorkingLunchVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    ...their menu satisfies. Great lunch special, good with groups. Amazing decor! Love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous setting and great food
    Cindy8000VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've been eating at Cafe Ginger for several years. The food is always delicious and the venue is lovely. It's the most unusual high style Chinese spot in town, and the lunch specials are great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best chinese yet
    friendsVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    4 of us dined recently at Cafe Ginger and we were all impressed with the menu. We all shared 4 different plates and loved it all! Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Ginger - a new go-to for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had the sesame chicken and found the food to be just right. The lunch came with choice of soup, spring roll or similar item, and your choice of rice. The decor gives the impress of a much more expensive restaurant for a very reasonable price. The service was fast and attentive. The location is a very good lunch half-way point to meet up for Galleria-area and downtown workers. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dubbsatehere
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great atmosphere, great service and good food with amazing Vodka selection!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and reasonable prices
    JanF
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went to cafe Ginger for our 20 year anniversary. The food was good (the deserts not to special, just ice cream "out of the box") and the service good. The atmosphere is relaxed. Overall a nice place but nothing special; a good place for a regular night out or dinner. I did put in the reservation that we had diner for a special occasion, but this was not picked up by the restaurant (just a congratulation or so would have been nice). Will come here again to have a meal, however not for a special occasion...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cafe ginger
    Nene
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was fair. Not like it used to be. The quality of food was also, fair. The menu has changed and the sushi was okay. Nothing was outstanding. However, the people were nice who served and greeted.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Chinese food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This was a great evening choice that worked out for the best. The food and presentation were great .
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, staple Chinese cuisine
    Steincat04VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great selection of traditional Chinese dishes. Plenty of choices, quick while table cloth service. No complaints, food portions are well sized for take-home afterwards as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real treat
    KingbVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    friends had recommended Café Ginger to us. We were very pleased with all aspects of the meal. The service was as good as it gets - prompt, courteous, attentive, willing to make changes to the offering. Neatly decorated. Food was exceptional. This is not your common Oriental restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, not great
    Momskitchen
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I ate at this restaurant a few weeks ago. We had an appetizer and three different entrees. By Houston standards for Asian restaurants the dishes were good. The ingredients seemed fresh, and were not over cooked. We did not have any of the signature entrees, which was probably a mistake on our part, they sounded unique.
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  • Service
    JackVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Our waitress was friendly but seemed to be new and unsure of things. She also may have had a language. Very nice young lady who meant to be helpful but might need more training/experience.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    RickSnickersVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My wife and I always are welcomed at Cafe Ginger. The Chinese Food is very unique and fresh. We always ask for Victor who has been serving us for over a year. Food, service and wine are fabulous. You always walk out with a doggie bag.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my new favorite restaurants
    Paulie1VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Twice in 8 days. Service and food were great. The waiters (both times) were helpful in making choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect 4 family event dining
    familymanager
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Took family from in- and out-of-town, party of 9 total with an 11 year old. Wait staff very patient while group decided on apps and entrees. Overall, staff incredibly acommodating, friendly and unintrusive. Food was TERRIFIC and all ages/palates were pleased. Perfect for special ocassion dinner (white table cloths, requested round table--perfect!) with ambiance (and space) that did not mind large group and all felt comfortable enough to be themselves and stay as long as needed. Also a favorite spot for just me and hubby to have a getaway dinner on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Ginger Yee Haw
    Amalina52VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Rodeo get up was a great departure and very unexpected. My husband and I were seated in the back room and after hearing the ladies at the back corned table nearby yelling and talking loud to hear across the large round table of nine , I had to ask Jackie, our waiter, to please see if there might be another table in another room. At first he said that it was totally booked and that there were a few people waiting for a table. Then a minute later, a table became available . Thank goodness we were able to move because I wasn't able to even enjoy myself. The food was very good though. We tried the soft shell crab, snow peas and mushrooms.and Hunan Chicken. We will return I'm sure but just not to that back room where they put larger groups.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable Luxury
    FoodieAdventurer
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    White tablecloths, awesome service and impressive ambience coupled with delicious chinese food that tastes amazing. The first restaurant we have eaten at since moving to Houston that was quiet and exceeded expectations. The affordability aspect is a positive as it means we can order more. We will be back again for sure...in fact, writing this review makes me want to go back NOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Asian
    MiltonVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Café Ginger is a very nice Asian restaurant. The décor is stunning with the glass sculpture behind the reception area and the Giant Chinese Horses coming out of the ceiling....It also has a very nice private dining area if you are looking for a group dinner. This is not a typical Chinese restaurant. They have a variety of cuisine choices and were very willing to customize a dish for us. Definitely a restaurant we recommend and frequently visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been a customer of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I have been a customer of Café Ginger since it opened. Love it, good food and good service consistently. Thanks, Mari Jozwiak
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian Fusion at its best
    Yummy
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We try to eat at Cafe Ginger as often as we can when in Houston. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review from sg
    sandygVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The food was good, the only thing I find irritating is how fast they start coming to your table to remove your plates, it is veryirritating, because they don';t just do it once, and you decline, but they continue doing it every few minutes. Very irritating, one of my friends said she would never come back. But the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch - thanks.
    Everylunch
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We had an excellent lunch with scrumptious food and wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I wanted to take my date here, mainly for the reputed ambiance, but the food they served us was really yummy. And we ate only vegetarian dishes, all of which were super! I recommend the eggplant - delicious!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent experience
    jeffs
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent service - relaxed friendly personable. Food was great, ambiance special, and perfect for fri ednds and conversation. Recommend highly
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's Delight
    foodhobby
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    As first timers at Cafe Ginger, we could not have imagined the experience we had. From the moment we walked in to when we left, everything was handled with impeccable detail. Our server patiently answered all our questions and described the dishes we were most interested in. His suggestion of wine was perfect. We cannot say enough about the food! Cafe Ginger provided us with a total experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food!
    Amalina52VIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We have never had a bad meal here. We come here many times when we don't have any dining plans. Usually we can get a table but it is usually full of filled tables. I keep wanting to try the short ribs because it is unusual to have them at a Asian restaurant but they are quite pricey. Sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining Choice
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Cafe Ginger was a great choice for our recent ladies night out. Great Happy Hour, great food, great service. It is on our list of favorites...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Restaurant
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We've been coming here for years. The food is terrific, an excellent menu, exemplary service. What's not to like? And goog sushi in addition to excellent Chinese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    Goode
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I had reservations for a group of 8 on Sat evening. The staff were flexible and accommodating. The food and service were great. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and delicious
    Ximena
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great service and delicious food! I forgot out serves name, but he was very friendly, patient and nice! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food was extremely tasty. We had shrimp tempura and Beijing Duck for appetizers. Main course we had Mongolian Beef and Chicken with Eggplant--beef was sooo tender and the chicken had lots of basil, my favorite herb. I opted for the brown rice and it was perfectly prepared. I must mention that the waitress actually got my cocktail perfect on the first try--Captain Morgans and club soda with a splash of coke. This doesn't happen, ever! But when I gave her my drink order she didn't blink and it was perfect, so she gets three thumbs up from me. She was super busy, but was attentive and polite. She had lots of help, and I felt the restaurant was well run. My husband and I both agreed we need to come here more often!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    Yummy
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    One of our all time favorite restaurants in Houston. Six people in our party and when we saw what we had ordered we didn't think we could eat all but we ate pretty much all of it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiter and attendant
    mmen123
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    since my friends and i "looked young", i feel like we were treated with less respect and attention. when seated, we weren't even asked if we wanted to order from the wine menu even though we were clearly all over the age of 21.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet