Houston Avenue Bar & Grill
Houston Avenue Bar & Grill

Houston Avenue Bar & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.houstonresto.com/
  • Phone: 7057397427x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday - 11AM to 11PM
    Friday & Saturday - 11AM to 12AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Steven Drown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live DJ

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cundles
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Houston Avenue Bar & Grill
Established in 1998, Houston Avenue Bar & Grill offers their guests an exceptional ambiance in a superior setting where the food and service are outstanding and special events memorable.
Although our specialty is steaks and ribs, the whole concept of what we do here at Houston Avenue Bar & Grill is new Texan cuisine, which is presented with a great concern for detail in quality. By using many ingredients that are native to Texas area, we offer creative dishes that blend the flavors of Mexico, France, Italy and other regions into savory meals. This results in authentic tastes dishes that are both original and traditional.
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Houston Avenue Bar & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating5
  • Food5
    Service5
  • Ambiance5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
  • Pour Service
    Notsatisfied7
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I would not recommend Houston's to anyone who doesn't want to spend 3 hours for appetizers and beverages. I waited over half an hour for my check after asking twice for it and was late for the rest of my birthday plans definitely a ruined night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great evening
    beebat
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    service was great food excellent desserts were great Thursday special was great as well
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huston
    Huston
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Incredibly poor service making the whole experience long and drawen out. Food quality was good but I can understand why it was empty with one waiter and the lack of timely service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful restaurant - bit pricey
    Shesallnat
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Love the decor and ambiance, food was good but a bit pricey. Loved the good selection and $5 margaritas! Found it very spacious and pretty empty for a Friday night, would have been nice to see a crowd to mask the sound of our own personal conversation, felt like everyone could hear everything we were saying.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible service. Food was
    notimpressed
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Terrible service. Food was average. Not going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and modern decor
    cmdacos
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Quiet for 5pm but served us well. Great service, diverse menu and drink options helped make our special night a little better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were treated with friendliness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We were treated with friendliness and shown to our table right away. The waiter explained the menu and took our drink ordersimmediately. One thing that I would ask is the hostess when she seats you tells you where the washrooms are located. The food was excellent and the dessert we were given for our anniversary finished the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing, I will definetly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was amazing, I will definetly return in the future.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service.
    Michael
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The service was excellent, but because it was valentines and they overbooked their tables, we had to wait until8:45 for our 8:15 table, then our meals took another hour to come out. When the food arrived it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good 2nd time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was our second time at Houston's. The place still has a great vibe to it. Unfortunately the steaks we ordered were not cooked properly. Let me start by saying I never complain but this time the steaks were bad. I ordered mine medium rare it came out chared and well done. My wife ordered medium and it also came out well. The waiter did come by to ask how the meal was and we told him about the steaks. He said the steaks look well done because of the lighting in the restaurant. It wasn't the lighting. I had to put sauce on my steak to eat it because it was so dry. Needless to say I didn't finish my steak. Thank you
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The steak was too tough and
    Linds
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The steak was too tough and the rest of the food was cold. Also it was very loud and waitresses were very unprofessional and did not make us feel welcomed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good, but not Great
    wutang
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Their cuts of beef are very high quality and delicious. All of there meat seems to be very well prepared but the sides and desserts fail to match up. Frozen unseasoned french fries and still frozen cake cheapened the overall quality of my meal. Service could have been better too, but it was extremely busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food was okay
    ValentineDiners
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The atmosphere was awesome, the restaurant was very relaxed. Our server was good. However I was disappointed with the steak. I was expecting the Keg type quality, and it wasn't there. The steak extremely thin for a NY strip, almost like pan steak thin. The steak came out very well done which is far from what was ordered. The manager came out and corrected the situation immediately and was very apologetic. We were quite happy upon speaking to the manager and server. We really enjoyed the restaurant, and we would go back again. I have to add that all other parts of our food were excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Dinner
    ladybug
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to this location for Valentines Day. We arrived for our reservations, and were seated promptly. The evening went downhill from there. It took about 45minutes before our food came, the appetizer, calamari, was good, but both of us had steak. Neither steaks were hot, and the mashed potatoes I had were lumpy. My husband had the baked potato which wasn't fully cooked. When we were finally able to get the waiters attention for a refill the wrong drink was brought. We again had to get her attention to have our dessert brought and then had to wait almost 20 minutes for brownie and ice cream, which appeared to have been left sitting out as the ice cream was half melted. I won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I booked a reservation here for my boyfriend and myself for Valentine's day. I'm glad we did because it was very busy. The amount of people made the wait time for food a little long, but everything we ordered was delicious, and out waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service, food expensive
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went to Houston's for a special Vallentines Dinner. Our waitress didn't seem too busy but we rarely saw her. In fact we had to ask for a refill of pop, even if our table was at the main stairs up to the serving area. Our food wasn't as good as it should have been give the cost! This restaurant is VERY expensive and quality that doesn't meet the cost. It will be a very long time before I go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Very nice meal and service was quite good Highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice bar, good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Good place to go for the bar scene, high energy crowd & lots of fun. The food is okay, expensive for the quality, but the environment makes up for that. Service is very good & overall a place to keep in mind.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Washrooms
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The barrier free washroom door was not operational. Unless you have the use the barrier free facilities, it may not effect you, but it should be noted that washrooms are one of the main areas of a restaurant that are remembered. Only one of the automatic taps was working and there was a line up for it. The washroom itself was clean and bright, but with areas noted not functioning, it was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night Out
    DateMyHusband
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant during the Barrielicious, so that a wide sample of the menu could be experienced. While the food was good, it was not as remarkable as some of the other restaurants we have enjoyed during this event. As well, since we were looking forward to a romantic evening without our 5 children, we were a little disappointed at the noise level. My husband is deaf in one ear and the noise level made it impossible for him to hear our server at all. And while the atmosphere was very on trend, it was not the cosy experience we have come to enjoy with some of the smaller venues. Our server was quite personable and we did enjoy her service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We arrived and were shown our table promptly. Our waitress quickly introduced herself and told about the Barrielicious menu. I interrupted and asked about the group-on menu and whether we could chose from either. She apologized and said she would have to ask. The manager returned. I've forgotten her name (Friday feb 7 - 7 pm). She was fantastic, apologizing for some of the items not being available on the group-on menu. She explained how it was a much better value sticking with the group-on menu, and offered a substitution from the regular menu for the missing items. The food was delicious ! I was also surprised when I found my glass of wine was comped as well. Great food, outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went with my family. One
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I went with my family. One of my children is only 10. I did not find that it was a family restaurant. Although the food was good, service was very good. My suggestion would be to seat families in a quieter section.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The decor was different and vibrant
    dine2please
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The staff was friendly and the manager came around and asked how things are. It was a Saturday night ,so for a calm quiet setting this wasn't really the place, But it was still nice Will try it again maybe on a different night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didnt get a confirmation by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Didnt get a confirmation by email when I reserved online so we had to call to make sure it was booked. We like Terrylyn but she was not there that night. They switched server before main course because the first one was going to be the supervisor for the rest of the night. Their service was not to compare to Terrylyn's service. Next time if she's not there we wont go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good at alll. To long
    biggins
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Not good at alll. To long for service. Drinks were terrible. When you work the next day, timibg is important.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • questionable service
    Decadent
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The ambiance was very romantic.I highly recommend the steak but definitely don't order the sauteed mushrooms too much pepper ...to the point of being inedible. The hostess forgot to inform someone that we were there causing us to wait ten minutes before being served and whomever poured the wine into the glass didn't realize the wine should be in the glass ...not all over it. Because of the lack of professionalism and questionable service i doubt I would ever venture there again but the steak was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wont go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was either under or over cooked and the service was poor. This was our second attempt and quite frankly there are much better choices in Barrie.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The caesar salad is so delicious with roasted capers. The food presentation is fantastic. High quality food & great service. I really enjoyed my meal, as did my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellant service
    nancy
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    the food is very good, the servers are excellent they are all very happy, quick and attentive when needed never feel rushed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    LAROSS
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We attended Houstons for the first time on January 19 to celebrate my mother-in-laws birthday. Very impressed by the ambience of the restaurant. Food was really good - good portions and well priced. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience at Houston's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Our experience at Houston's in Barrie was an overall excellent experience. The staff was very friendly and our food was delicious. I tried out their 3 for $25 special and was very happy with the quality of the dishes and the presentation. We look forward to returning there in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve
    Barbara
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    New Years is a busy night for diners and those who like to celebrate the new year. I appreciated that Houstons actually took a reservation unlike other steak houses that simply expect you to wait in line for them.....I also appreciated the confirmation phone call that I received the day of the reservation. The waiter we had was excellent; attentive yet not overly so. The music was a little much but our group was probably over the average age for the restaurant. The food was very delicious but if I have to say one negative thing and that is it was very expensive. I appreciate that it was New Years but it's like charging twice the price for roses on Valentines day. Felt slightly taken advantage of. Overall experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine dining
    jennibee
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    I love the lighting in the restaurant, almost romantic. Food has always been amazing, portions are perfect size. Good for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wing night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    During our stay at Houston's we had to wait for 15 mins for our reserved table. Once we were ready to order we were told that the restaurant had run out of wings during with night. No other compensations were given. We weren't even offered a free appetizer. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night out with family
    Love2dine4
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    It was our first visit to Houston's. We used the on line reservation booking which was extremely user friendly. The steak was perfectly done and everyone enjoyed their choices from fish to pasta as well. The staff were extremely attentive and genuine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise in Barrie
    EvM2304VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Houston's was a nice surprise in an otherwise pretty "boring" dining scene in Barrie. Good food, good service, very nice restaurant. Will definitely return when in Barrie again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and atmosphere is awesome.
    KH1962
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Food and atmosphere is awesome. Great service too! Would highly recommend Houston Avenue Grill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service
    DWDTJD
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Good food and good service but a bit too noisy with club music. Dining and convesation should not be hindered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak was very good...
    Barriegal80
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I had the filet mignon; cooked as I had ordered and seasoned very nicely. The restaurant is nicely decorated, very modern, however, it is quite loud. All in all I would recommend Houston's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expensive as you might think
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Exceeded expectations. Not as expensive as I thought it would be. Lots of choice. Particularly enjoyed the 25$ set menu - good variety and great value for money. Kids loved the atmosphere and the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate