Hearsay Gastro Lounge
Hearsay Gastro Lounge

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hearsayhouston.com/
  • Phone: (713) 225-8079
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - :00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Edwin Chanas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Hearsay Gastro Lounge offers limited special catering services ranging from lunches to off-site dinner events. Our staff is eager to work with you to design and create the perfect experience. Please call us to place your catering order. Minimum order required. Delivery fees apply.
  • Entertainment: The restaurant features live music every Wednesday for Ladies night and during Sunday Brunch.
  • Special Events: On most holidays and celebratory days, we have lunch, dinner, cocktail, or beer specials or features. Please call us for more information or visit http://hearsayhouston.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress
  • Public Transit: METRO Rail Stops nearby: UH-Downtown, Preston, Main Street Square
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking options include front door valet service after 6pm, street parking and downtown parking lots. Please obey street signs and all local, state, and federal traffic laws. We are not responsible if you violate city parking rules. Valet is not associated with Hearsay Gastro Lounge and any disputes related to valet should be taken up with their company.
A word from Hearsay Gastro Lounge
Hearsay Gastro Lounge is conveniently located in Houston’s Historical Market Square on the corner of Travis and Congress. Housed in the 2nd oldest building in Houston, this Chic Antique venue is home to this one of a kind restaurant and lounge serving up delicious American inspired sandwiches, salads and entrees. We feature an extensive wine list, numerous beers on draft and premium liquors with a focus on Scotch Whiskey. Specializing in Handcrafted Specialty Cocktails, Hearsay Gastro Lounge is a destination for both food and cocktail enthusiasts'. Open late night and serving up small and large appetizers, Hearsay is a great place for a late night cocktail and bites.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Hearsay Gastro Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
225 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)vibrant bar scene (79)romantic (77)hot spot (75)special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (61)great for brunch (59)great for lunch (52)good for groups (40)late-night find (39)notable wine list (17)scenic view (11)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • First Visit
    ShantellanaVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Loved this cute, little place. The inside is so nice, love the exposed brick! Food is great, french toast was a favorite. Only negative thing is it took our server a very long time to even acknowledge us. We were very quickly seated by the hostess(we had brunch reservations). It took 11 mins (yes we timed) for a server to bring us our menus -didn't even ask what we wanted to drink, just dropped menus off. Once she returned we asked if we could go sit outside instead. After moving outside a new waiter introduced himself & saved the day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Houston Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My family requests Hearsay for theatre nights and special occasions. New York-type experience in the heart of downtown Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks, suspect food
    Hubba
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Stay away from the omelets, food is less than spectacular here
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun night with friends
    Houstonfoodi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great dining experience here. Our waitress was very patient and offered several tips on what to order. The only negative thing was my filet that I ordered medium, was very well done. Everything else we ordered was phenomenal, including the tempura lobster, the mushroom risotto, the snapper, the appetizer platter and the pork chop. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Food and Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the food and drinks. Just had to do a bit of waiting to get served even though the place wasn't very full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience, food, and seevice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Really enjoyed my dining experience here. Brought a girl on a first date and it was a perfect spot that I'd recommend. Food was great, service was great, and the atmosphere seemed just right. It's a trendy, hip, place but not overcrowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigeater
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The dining room is kind of small. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hearsay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Over-eager, over-sharing waiter, mediocre food, and miserably long waits just to get a (poorly mixed) cocktail. Nice location and a great, lively space, but I won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jayme
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very nice place. Had a reservation however they did not honor our request to sit upstairs, and they didn't try to work anything out with us or fix the issue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Hearsay used to be our favorite spot for Sunday brunch downtown with its variety of food offerings and the fact that it opens at 10 instead of 11 like most spots. However, this past Sunday, even though its doors may have opened at 10, the restaurant wasn't really ready to go until almost 10:30. With only 3 other tables occupied when we arrived, it took until 10:29 to get the first glass of our bottomless mimosas. It looked as if the bartender hadn't even started his prep work until they opened. What exactly is the prep required for mimosas? Open bottle of sparkling, pour into carafe, open orange juice, add to carafe, mix and serve. An irritating way to start our day. The waffle and burger were very good; the service not so much. Ugh.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dark, Dark......
    Martico
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Booked for Friday night dinner here and arrived to find it jumping - apparently as usual. Were going to have a glass of bubbles pre-dinner but they did not have any cold enough..... Were taken to a table in the small 'restaurant' area upstairs at the back which was probably OK but it was almost too dark to see, and only just enough candlelight to read the menu! We split a good and generous salad (brought on two plates); main courses (from a limited but interesting menu) were good and well-presented. Thought we'd end with an espresso, but they do not offer it: our server directed us to a great place across the street. A buzzy place making great use of an older building. Would certainly go back - if they up the lighting just a little
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too much hype
    khpglenview
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    heard so much about this place but the place did not live up to expectations. nothing special about the food. I have seen this menu before other places. seated on the 2nd floor . had to climb 2 flights of dark stairway. this place is dark. good if you are just coming for drinks but barely light to see the menu. The waiter was okay but he had 1 large table plus ours and had to climb the stairs for each course and even tho there was a bar upstairs they didn't have all the ingredients so the wait was long for both food and drinks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is just Hearsay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I recently dined here with my wife for date night. The food was excellent and they certainly have some interesting and unique options. I had the duck burrito and it was outstanding. The only disappointing part of the experience was the seating situation. There are a limited number of private tables. We were literally 3 feet from another couple right next to us and it really felt like I was being rude if I didn't talk to them. So, next time I will be sure to request a private table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hearsay = amazing dinner experience
    ShellyFM
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Any with my wife for our one year anniversary and I couldn't have been happier. I the food was amazing and I loved the atmosphere of Hearsay the brick walls and low lights really made it romantic. And again the food... Just wow, we had the Tuscan pasta and Lamb Chops and even with with bread pudding for dessert (my first) and I would go back just for the bread pudding again,. And the drinks were great. We sat upstairs by the bar and the bartender was great loved watching her mix drinks very professional. Overall wonderful experience and can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The atmosphere was awesome! The dim lighting and décor were just want I wanted for a night celebrating my one year anniversary with my Husband. The server was kind, attentive and helpful when I asked her about the menu. I plan to visit again the next time I am in Houston.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere nice; food OK
    cinjodi
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Third visit to Hearsay; each visit has followed our attendance at another event downtown. There were four of us. We had the sweet corn and crab chowder, poblana soup, roasted beet salad, tuscan pasta, hearsay burger and one of the other burgers. The best dish was the Tuscan pasta. The flavors were complex and spicy. Biggest disappointments were the "roasted beet" salad that used canned pickled beets (and without the cashews as described on the menu) and the corn and crab chowder (thin, no corn, tiny bits of crab). Service was friendly. We like Hearsay mostly for the ambiance, which is a funky elegance, with the brick walls and little "tower" and the starry lighting. No live music this time, on a Thursday evening. Great location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • looking for something different
    nottonight
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful on the inside, terrible parking options, wait staff mediocre , and I had the stuff chicken which was very dry and no good at all...need some work on this dish.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Unique experience
    Wissam
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Dim lights and bar-style waiters... Food is good here, but the item not to miss is their very creative cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town er liked it!
    BWilson
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Pretty cool We'll run Good food Nice menu place Would go there again next time visiting Houston
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, cool location
    Datenight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We finally had a babysitter and some extra money so we went to Hearsay. We asked for a great table since it was our anniversary and they gave a perfect spot. The food was excellent and the service was even better. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite restaurant in Houston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We sat upstairs, had great service, drinks and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service was spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We go to Hearsay often, I like the food and the atmosphere and the location. Usually the service is outstanding, but tonight it was a little spotty. slow with getting drinks, entrées served while the salads were still being consumed and when we ordered wine, there was no tasting before pouring, it was simply poured into to the wine glasses. Not huge issues, and not enough to keep me from coming back, but something the restaurant should monitor and correct with extra training.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic brunch
    pickysucker
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Read a couple of yelp reviews and we were in the area for Sunday brunch. French Toast and Eggs Benedict were 100% perfect! We will be going back to try their lemon ricotta pancakes, since we just didn't have any room left to try them on the spot. Bottomless mimosas for $11... Need I say more?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    At an early Saturday dinner, all of the downstairs tables were filled with most of the upstairs appearing busy as well. We came here for the Hearsay Burger--our favorite downtown burger--with the parmesan fries. The Burger was outstanding as always and the fries had changed from thin matchstick-like fries to more substantial krinkle cut fries. That's an improvement in our book. We found a reasonable bottle of red to accompany our meal and enjoyed watching and feeling the excitement of the crowd around us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Delicious
    dolwilson
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I have eaten here a hand full of times for lunch. Making reservations is a great idea, so when I walk in I am seated right away. The staff is always friendly but the food makes the place! They have a variety of entrees that ensure every person in the party gets something that they will enjoy. One day I'll try this place for brunch but with reservations as I tried to brunch once without reservations and it was a two hour wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Experience!
    CeeCee
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I'm new to Houston & coming to Hearsay for my birthday brunch was a great idea! From the staff to the food it was an all around great experience. The manager Paxton greeted us at the door & was very attentive while they were prepping our table. I'd read the reviews & they said the Lemon Ricotta pancakes were to die for, but I saw they were offering Sweet Potato pancakes now that it's fall. I asked Paxton & he recommended them since I was in a "fall mood' so my friends & I got both. They were delicious!!!! Everyone in our party was very pleased with our food & the service we received. Hearsay has found some new regulars for sure. Thank you Paxton & team! Swirl on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner date
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a dinner date there after watching a performance at TUTS. We wanted to order everything in the menu it sounded so good. We ordered the appetizer sampler and enjoyed the seafood stuffed mushrooms the best. For dinner I have the Bryd (huge burger) and Mac n four cheese. It came hot and tasted great! My girlfriend ordered the Porkchop, and managed to eat very bit. I can't say it was the best Porkchop I've ever tasted but it was damn close. The mushroom risotto was addicting! My girlfriend loved everything. Also the cocktails were creative and delicious. I highly recommend Hearsay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, and...
    workingmomVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It got pretty loud around 7:30. I forgot about finding parking down there on a Friday night. Really tough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We'll be going back
    Dawnibelle
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    At the top of our "Search for the Perfect Bar" list. Excellent food, service and drink. We could actually hear each other talk, which was a huge plus as we only see each other once a month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place/Food - few shortcomings
    GR8Food
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great place with great food. Seems to be understaffed or something the 2 times I have been there (both times - table of 2). When the servers were available, they were great, friendly and quite helpful. The food is pretty unique and quite good. Goat cheese salad and hot dog were OUT OF THIS WORLD! Brunch -Lemon Ricotta pancakes with scrambled eggs and Potato Hash (instead of bacon) was absolutely awesome! I definitely WON the brunch war! Outstanding... everything was so perfectly seasoned that it didn't need additional salt or pepper, and the pancakes were SO GOOD that I barely used any syrup. Go here. For late night or brunch! seriously. Just do it. Order Lemon Ricotta pancakes 4 brunch and choose something cool if you go for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had the kobe dog and will definitely be going back some more to get it. The cocktails were very good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good place to eat
    Matt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and cocktails were on point. I had the corn soup, calamari, and the kobe dog. Only shortcoming was the bun was way better than the hot dog itself. Also, the chocolate layer cake was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hearsay was great find
    Ayeluvfood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We picked Hearsay before a comedy show. They made a note and got us in & out in time for the show. There was 6 of us & all of us enjoyed their good. Definitely would go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot @ Downtown Market Sqr
    Natalia
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had been 2-3 times before. I like the ambiance, i always find interesting how the lightning is set up. My guests perhaps found it dark at the beginning (2nd floor I think it tends to be darker) but their eyes got adjusted. Still they liked the food (Fish tacos and stuffed chicken) and drinks. I like the bar variety and this time I had the Chicken Marsala, it was very good taste and size. The servers were very friendly and helpful. Overall very good dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Hearsay has become our downtown go-to spot when we're looking for a really good burger. The Hearsay Burger is great, but if you want over-the-top, go with The Byrd [adds a fried egg, jalapenos and comes with mac & cheese instead of fries]. Decent enough wines, though place is more noted for its cocktail program.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantice hideaway
    rlatt
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A great place to wow a date. Cool historical building downtown Houston on the square.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hank
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Nice bar scene in up and coming historic end of downtown. three of us had the snapper and it was well prepared and tasty. I was not a big fan of their ceviche, in particular the way it is served on a flat plate without chips. Nice atmosphere and great service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    Nicole
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed the bar, enjoyed the dining. Food was really good. One person in our party ordered the fish and it was unfortunately very salty. The stuffed chicken and steak were really good. Fried asparagus was great as an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this place....
    Fashionista
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is a great place to have brunch or dinner. Great food and awesome customer service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best burger Ive had downtown
    MrsWilliamTaylorVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We come here when we want to eat upscale bar food like burgers and nachos after 9 or 10p. I really enjoy thier burgers . Super delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.