Hearsay Gastro Lounge
Very nice Sunday brunch!We were in town and chose Hearsay for Sunday brunch to celebrate our daughter's birthday. Food and service were excellent and we loved the live acoustic guitar players. Great ambience in old historic building downtown. My only issue was we were squeezed into an 8 top but had 10 in our party. The hostess refused to let us spread out to the 2 top table next to us since our reservation was for 9, ( had a last minute addition) saying they were completely booked and needed the table. That table remained empty the whole time plus several tables where still empty when we left.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMimosa heavenFood was wonderful with a great brunch menu and bottomless mimosas outstanding5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMHearsayWe had lunch at Hearsay and loved the service and education of how it is one of the oldest buildings in Houston. We loved the expose brick and will be back to see this beautiful building at night. We had the appetizer sampler and the fish tacos. The Fish tacos were some of the best I had ever had. Definitely a must.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMHidden Gem DowntownHearsay is a great place for a business lunch or to hang out after work with friends. Great atmosphere with fantastic food and drinks. Recommended.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMByrd Burger is the wordThe Byrd burger is one of the best burgers I have ever had in my life - angus beef, applewood bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, onions, jalapeños, fried egg, avocado, etc! Plus, the ambiance inside of Hearsay is so unique. Great date night restaurant!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistency is key for successConsistency is key for success and Hearsay Gastro Lounge is demonstrates through their staff, menu selection, and overall dining experience dedication to bringing diners back again and again.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM=)The food was awesome. The service was great and speedy. I will definitely be back very soon.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat, Hip PlaceA friend recommended Hearsay- we decided to take my Mom for Mother's Day while she was in town. We made a reservation for 6pm- when we arrived it wasn't all that busy, but by the time we left, the place was slammed. The service was great- our waiter was very attentive, and answered all of our questions and made some great recommendations. I had the stuffed chicken breast, and substituted the potatoes for their "mac and four cheese," my fiance got the pork chop and mom got the rib eye. Everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly. I think it would be hard for me to go back and try anything else on the menu! It's an intimate place and the building has some history. I loved the decor and their choice of music. We'll definitely be going back!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDifferent in an impressive wayTook my wife while we were staying at Hotel ICON because she had never been. They have done such a great job of preserving and mixing in the history of the building while making it a cool place for food and drinks. The live music was most enjoyable and the food itself was excellent. The menu is quite varied if not extensive. The presentation was also impressive. There were a lot of guys crowding around a small stand-up table right behind my seat so people trying to get around them kept bumping into my chair, but it wasn't a big deal. The staff was friendly and attentive without being intrusive on our conversation.
I travel to Houston once a month, always stay at the ICON and almost always grab a dinner at the Hearsay!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceGreat upstairs seating overlooking restaurant . Nice mix of ages but would probably not recommend for families. Perfect for couples and small groups. Noise level allowed for conversation at normal levels. Highly recommend this place.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful downtown spot!Had a great dinner here with my senior parents and their friends. Normally I have a hard time finding a place that they and I will agree on, but everyone really loved this restaurant. The historic building was amazing, the food selection was great, and the drinks were outstanding. Highly recommend!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMenjoyedwas glad there was an outdoor spot (2 tables out front) on a beautiful day. we didn't sample much of the menu but my friend had the hamburger - after hearing they were really good - which he enjoyed. i had the fish tacos, good, not outstanding. good drinks as well & great service. nice to have people opening new bars/restaurants downtown who are kind to the history and atmosphere of the buildings.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMfabulous food in downtown houstonon par with the great restaurants i frequent in northern california. nice lively ambience, fantastic service (they accommodated all our requests with improvised, creative solutions, e.g. when i wanted french baguette and they didnt have any but created a wonderful ciabatta-based item). cocktails are great. bartender & staff super friendly.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceI am a frequent visitor to Houston, but this was the first time at Hearsay. I decided to take a gamble and have our business dinner here. The cocktails were delicious and quite strong. The food was pretty good, not unique, but fairly priced and it tasted pretty good. Also they had a range of dishes from Salads, Sandwiches to higher priced entrees. The Ambiance was pretty cool as it seemed to be a converted warehouse or something.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGotta try it!This place is great! So easy to make reservations online, so you never have to wait for a table. The food is amazing and we've never had a bad plate. The St.Arnold Beer Battered Asparagus is a must. They have only local brews on tap from St.Arnold, Karbach and Buffalo Bayou. The interior is fantastic and the decor behind the bar looks like the NYC skyline when the Trade Center was still standing. The staff is friendly and helpful, but sometimes it gets so busy there's a bit of a wait to get the tab. Only complaint is the tables are very close together so it's hard to have a conversation with your dining companion if there's a larger group at the next table.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe tried various appetizersWe tried various appetizers (tomato/mozzarella flatbread, spring rolls, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon)and 2 entrees (Tuscan pasta and hamburger), and all were great!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI have been here multipleI have been here multiple times and the food & service are always excellent. Two in our group of six were vegetarians and the chef went out of his way to prepare something for them.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMoverall greatwent with a couple friends on a whim monday. it took like 20 minutes before our server brought us water, usually we dont have to ask for it... after this our experience was good, great food, ambience great as usual, but, also we noticed a group of people that waited at the front reading menus, cause the host was busy helping with something else, we saw they were finally seated though. usually service has been good the past couple times we came, this time its like they didnt have many people working.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMNice late night spotAlways looking for a place to eat light after the theatre. This place fits the bill. Good food, good service, nice drinks.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe drinks here were delicious,The drinks here were delicious, as usual. The food was a little disappointing - we had the beer-battered asparagus, the fish tacos, and the burger. The asparagus, which I had held high hopes for, was good but not memorable. The batter could have been a bit more crunchy, and the asparagus was tough. It's hard to get asparagus tender without it being soggy, so this is understandable, but more crunch would have been nice overall. The hamburger was good - the bun was the highlight, soft and sweet - but the fries were not crispy or even particularly warm. The fish tacos were dry; could have used a sauce other than just the pico de gallo.
Our waitress was great and had plenty of recommendations for drinks. I'd give a second shot at the food.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for an early 6 pmWe went for an early 6 pm meal before a jazz concert at Wortham. Hearsay was busy with after work partiers and early eaters. Our salads were good and the fish tacos were great! The wine was good and the service was very attentive but not bothersome. We will definitely go again.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great dining experienceHad a great dining experience after the theater the other night. Such a great place for late night dining. Had a great atmosphere and noise was at a minimum this particular night. Chef came by table. Very nice touch.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good for late night diningVery good for late night dining after the theater or symphony. Service was excellent and food was very good.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe was our first time toThe was our first time to Hearsay and it knocked our socks off. We sampled some appetizers including the deviled eggs, caprese salad, seared tuna, and crab cake. They were all gourmet tasting! The drinks were also fantastic too- in our group we sampled bourbon based drinks, vodka and campaign mix, absinthe, and gin. All were mixology style and VERY tasty! Overall, amazing find and cannot wait to return!!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome food!Came here when I was in Houston for a conference, with a group of 6. We were pretty blown away at how delicious everything was. Also, the Thursday night happy hour had some pretty amazing prices and an excellent beer variety. If you're in the area - definitely check this place out.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMa great little place witha great little place with an oustanding team. The food is always great and the service is a great match.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have only recently discoveredWe have only recently discovered Hearsay, and after three visits, it is already our favorite Houston restaurant. We FAR prefer their cocktail offerings over Anvil, which we consider to be highly overrated. The service at Hearsay is aware and attentive, and seems justifiably proud to work at a cool restaurant. The design of the interior is vibrant and stimulating, and a great place to bring anyone who appreciates style.
All this would be great on its own, but we also get to add that the FOOD IS FANTASTIC. The chefs are clearly very talented, and we have loved every meal. The pricing is very fair given how hard this restaurant is working on all of the above, and we will find ways to frequent Hearsay whenever we are downtown!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLove Hearsay. Recommend itLove Hearsay. Recommend it to everyone. This was our first brunch there and everything was spectacular. Food was amazing. Atmosphere young and vibrant. The only complaint I have is the ordering of the bottomless mimosas. It was difficult to ever get a refill. A pitcher on the table or someone walking around would have been much more ideal (we were literally right in front of the bar so I'm not sure why we would sit empty for so long; we're not lushes, but it worked out to us each paying $12 for 2-3 which is not worth it). Music is awesome but for my parents, they would have preferred it just be a couple decibels lower so that they could hear.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat spot to end the night...Awesome late night spot! The fish tacos were amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and personable. Hearsay is the perfect spot for any occasion.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Happy Hour, Great VibeWe went to Hearsay for drinks and a light dinner before a symphony performance. Parked in street parking about 1 block east of the restaurant, so it was just a short convenient walk to Jones hall after dinner. I was impressed with the happy hour... a wide range of $6 cocktails, house wine and beer. I loved every drink I had, even one made with Scotch, which I don't normally drink. The food we had was tasty, probably not the most inventive things ever, but good none the less. The menu has something for everyone. I enjoyed most the atmosphere and the service. Our waiter was very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The restaurant is in a old building, and the decor really took advantage of the building's character.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMI was with a group for EasterI was with a group for Easter Brunch this past Sunday. We sat upstairs and had Jaime (sp) as a server. He was very attentive and full of jokes. He made our time at Hearsay a great and memorable experience3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and great drinks.Great food and great drinks. Highly recommended for a fun night out! Service was very good, though the waiter never brought a drink for one of our party. Not a huge deal, but worth mentioning.
Food was really excellent. Our second time there and certainly plan on visiting again!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMI love the Hearsay. The staffI love the Hearsay. The staff is friendly, professional and courteous, all working together as a team to ensure your best possible dining experience. The atmosphere is warm, cozy and comfortable with live music and an eclectic flair. The service is impeccable. Our party of eight felt as though we were the only customers when in fact there wasn't a empty seat to be had. The food was amazing! I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the lamb chop pops, pork chops, brisket sandwich, fingerling potatoes and rosemary Parmesan fries. Our group also loved the Hearsay burger, the Byrd, the spring rolls and the St. Arnold's beer battered asparagus. Perfect place to dine before a concert or show. Also perfect afterwards as they're open late.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWas there during happy hourWas there during happy hour so it was quite busy. We had reservations and were very impressed with the food! The table seating is quite crowded. An individual sitting at the table next to ours was very loud and we couldn't hardly talk because the conversation next to us was so distracting. Food was really great though and I would definitely go back.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMTry the fresh-squeezed grapefruitTry the fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice; it's delicious! The food is always unique and delicious, and I've always had great service.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food & Drinks, Poor ServiceThis place is starting to lose some of it's luster as far as service goes, but the food and cocktails are still amazing to say the least. We dined as a party of two on a Sunday night and did not need a reservation. Downtown is a scary place on Sunday nights for some reason as there are very few people other than the homeless down there. The service staff was bare bones and our server was a bit overbearing. When I did not go with his recommendations on the menu he almost seemed insulted. I love this little gem for it's individuality and old world charms. It is a fantastic place so long as downtown is alive with people. Stick to Friday nights as it seems to be a bit more alive the3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMUnique atmosphere and niceUnique atmosphere and nice variety on menu. Everyone's food was high standard. Valet service wasn't outside when we arrived, so we ended up parking across the street where valet was $12, rather than the $5 charged by Hearsay. So be aware to have someone go inside to ask if valet isn't out front.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMTried Hearsay as a beforeTried Hearsay as a before theater alternative to the usual haunts and it met expectations. The space and atmosphere is very charming; old-city building renovation. Service was fine and food was just fine too. Was hoping for a better experience.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was amazing. The food wasIt was amazing. The food was so good. I can't wait to go back.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a 7 pm reservationWe had a 7 pm reservation and arrived early. Valet service was very affordable and the way to go. They had a live acoustic guitar player, which made the ambiance great for upstairs dining. Music may have been too loud if downstairs. Service was excellent. Very impressed with menu, food presentation and food was outstanding. Desert was great also. Will definitely be back.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was a great find andThis was a great find and I was super pleased with our food and service during our visit. I had the Tuscan Pasta and it really did taste like an amazing home cooked Italian dish that I was having at someone's home. My husband had the Mahi Mahi tacos which were very fresh and delicious. I will definitely be back soon!!3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAs far as I am concerned,As far as I am concerned, you won't find a better late night dining experience in Houston Texas than this place. Their food is incredible and they have a great atmosphere.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for BrunchHearsay was very accommodating to our large group. I called ahead for reservations and the evening manager was so kind and went above and beyond to meet my expectations. We were seated upstairs and it was a nice vantage spot to view the bar and restaurant below. The brunch selections were good and everyone enjoyed the food and ambiance. Will certainly be back!2/10/2013 12:00:00 AM