Houston - Yonge
Houston - Yonge

Houston - Yonge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://yongedowntown.houstonresto.com/
  • Phone: 4162142207x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Joe Mercuri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Houston Avenue Bar & Grill is located in the heart of Toronto's Financial District, making our facilities perfect for hosting clients as well as internal company functions. Our two private dining rooms are equipped with 42" LCD tv's with full AV capabilities. In addition, our extensive bar lounge and restaurant seating areas permit us to offer your next group gathering an unparalleled experience. From business meetings, to birthday parties, from formal dinners to cocktail receptions-you name it we host it!
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Fuselli 4162142207x
  • Entertainment: Live DJ Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday evenings, starting at 5pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yonge St. & Wellington St.
  • Public Transit: TTC - Houston Avenue bar & Grill is located one block south of the King St. subway stop on the Yonge line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking is availible at 33 Yonge St. You will find the parking garage entrance on Scott St., immediately north of Front St. We offer parking validation from Monday-Saturday for guests entering the parking garage after 5:30 PM.

    Additional parking is located on Wellington St., or on the Esplenade( Green P)
A word from Houston - Yonge
As a proudly Canadian owned business, Houston Avenue Bar & Grill has a new attitude towards our food, decor, and our guests...We Take Your Fun Seriously!
Keeping up with the demands of the neighbourhood’s young professionals, our Yonge and Wellington location is leading the charge with a stylish and effortlessly classy decor, outstanding service from a dedicated brigade of friendly staff, and of course - exceptional food.
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Houston - Yonge reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (73)great for outdoor dining (59)great for lunch (59)vibrant bar scene (45)hot spot (41)special occasion (32)fit for foodies (31)late-night find (20)notable wine list (15)neighborhood gem (14)romantic (14)great for brunch (9)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • LynetteLFW
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our server was attentive and did a truely awesome job staying on top of our needs, while also giving us "space". Cudos to the kitchen who served me one of the top 5 steaks in my life (the brie-steak). It was so good, I had my husband try it on Thursday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    funforgroup
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was excellent, venue was great, and the service was outstanding. I'd highly recommend Houston's and hope to return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amanda is outstanding!
    catsforlife
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've eaten at a million and one spots.... Finding good food isn't difficult. Finding EXCELLENT, friendly, customer-centered service however often is. Not only way my rib steak out of this world...Amanda's demeanor, her knowledge of the menu, and her willingness to take time to ensure we had a spot on dinner was outstanding. Thank you for a great meal ~ twice! I'll definitely be coming back...over and over again;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Youranthony
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Aside from having a drink on the nice outdoor patio, I can't really recommend Houston over other similar restaurants. My food wasn't bad, just average all around.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good beef
    Ptown
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Quality of steaks were excellent and flavors were very good. My wife' steak was overdone but still flavorful. Mine was well prepared and excellent. The starter salads were outstanding, fresh, creative, and the deserts were delicious. Our server was attentive but not hovering and was very thoughtful, removing the charge for drinks and desert from our bill. Overall, a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This visit to Houston Yonge was a bit disheartening compared to my other visits. There were only two people at our table and we ordered the same thing. It took three tries to get our salad right and our steak was overcooked. Waitress disappeared after the main course and then didn't even offer the dessert menu. She kept asking us if we wanted coffee or capp which we declined multiple times. The restaurant wasn't busy, so not sure what happened that day.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My salad was amazing, however, the salmon add on was overcooked (as was my guest's salmon).
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  • Good food bad service
    SeasonedDiner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Had dinner last night 7/28/14, advised hostess we had booked through Open Table. No recognition of who we were or what if any special requests we had made it was our anniversary dinner before a concert. We advised our server Geetu that we were going to a concert although we initially had plenty of time. Meal took 50 minutes to be delivered. 30 min into our wait we were asked what we had ordered because one of the items was not in the system. Server then blamed delay on the kitchen receiving many meal orders at the same time. Patio was only 20% full and I doubt the inside restaurant was full. The food once delivered was delicious and for that reason we would recommend the restaurant. Sincere interest in our dinning experience was not evident
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    - fake cocktail - rather dirty - reheated food - disorganized service - we ordered a desert but at the end the desert was unavailable => too much expensive for this experience
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Stake was under cooked (Rare) then brought back over cooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay123
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I ordered my steak well done but it was red with blood in the middle. I didnt not enjoy that. I also ordered a pop and it was flat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better elsewhere...
    SgtMajorFoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service and ambience was great, but the most important part (food) not so great. Went there for summerlicious, we ordered a 10oz steak. You could tell it's not the best of steaks out there, heavily seasoned and salted, as if they were trying to cover up the cheap quality, I kid you not it was literally just a bigger version of the frozen steaks you can get at M&M meat shop except with the Keg seasoning. Lacked it's "fresh meat" flavor, don't know how I could better put it. Yrs ago we went to this other steakhouse also called Houston, different logo, located near Vaughan Mills, too bad they went out of business b/c they had the best steaks bar-none! Thought this was the same establishment but I was wrong. For this price, just go to The Keg.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food but noisy establishment
    torontofoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was good with excellent service. Outdoor patio dining is less noisy but indoor dining has a more intimate setting though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic and satisfying
    AlexLh
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We took advantage of the summerlicious menu offered at Houston and were not disappointed. The food came out in a timely manor, it was warm and good! The wine list had many bottle and glass offerings starting at 8 per 6oz ( pretty standard in the area) looking at the menu outside of summerlicious it has a approachable steakhouse feel, high end burgers/ sandwiches Shareable apps, fish and of course lots of steak. The restaurant is in the financial district so there are a lot of after work groups, many taking advantage if the lounge/ bar area for drinks ( adds to the energetic feel) - though note that if you want a little more calm during your meal you can be seated in the 'dining' area away from the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious
    TCollalti
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Summerlicious can be hit and miss, this was a definite hit. Our party was large so each of the featured items were chosen by at least one person and everyone enjoyed their dish. The strawberry cheese cake and sticky toffee pudding were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively Lunch
    Eskay
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was excellent. My meal consisted of basics - that were all done well. Check in at the hostess station was slow. Didn't seem anyone knew what the 'process' was. Table service was attentive, but our meal took a long time to transpire (it was Summerlicious - so I'll grant some leniency). Although nice outside, we opted for an indoor table. It gets LOUD. This is not a place for a quiet date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • summerlicious
    Eastender
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our group went for summerlicous and the service was great. We were served quickly and promptly. I had the Icelandic Cod which was cooked perfectly. No problem getting separate bills for the group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio is probably terrific
    JPCLVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was full when we arrived, we will make more of an effort to be seated there next time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable!
    everika
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Overall great dining experience. The burger was delicious and the sticky toffee pudding - to die for :) Would definitely return to try more dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food bad service
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I really enjoyed the food choices available for the Summerlicious event. Our lunch dining experience was ok and it would have been better if we had a different server. She wasn't friendly or attentive and took the order of the couple at the table beside us first even though they were seated 20 minutes after us. My dining companion was not satisfied with the service as well and we felt we were being treated differently because we weren't dressed in a business casual fashion. In any case this is just the first dining experience at this restaurant perhaps next time it will be better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not meet expectations
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went with the work team for a Summerlicious lunch. Was expecting a more polished service. Food was lacklustre. Waiter was gracious enough to point out that tip was included in bill, which was highly appreciated. Not the best restaurant I've been to, but not the worst.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    taster123
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Delicious food and superior service. Very attentive and responsive to any requests. Very friendly. I would go back if I had the chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious # 2
    row416
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I promised myself that this year, I would try more spots in my hood that participated in the program. I brought a co-worker here who was leaving our company and all 4 of us had a super lunch. I had the burger that was on the Summerlicious menu and I cannot rave enough about the combination of toppings they planned out for this burger...herbed cream cheese, Jack Daniel's sautéed onion, capicollo and a roasted tomato...what a yummy combo...wish I could have ordered two. All of my companions had the ribs and they too were raving about how good they tasted. I would definitely go back again at a different time of year to try their other menu items!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but a hit or miss!!
    Serendipity
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great service. Had a fantastic waitress! Food was good. Had the lobster dumpling which was yummy and the Brie cheese steak was excellent but also had the summerlicious steak sirloin and that was horrible! Too chewy and just yucks! Had good seasoning on the steaks. Good portions. The sticky toffee pudding was delicious but the cheese cake was blend. Had a strawberry sangria but wish I didn't. It was tasteless. Not sweet at all. All and all the starter was great and the Brie steak was to die for. I mean... Seriously good and I use to only take my steaks at harbour sixty. The rest... Was alright.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    nurse99ca
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Unique atmosphere and great selection of food and wine. Choice of indoor or patio seating offered at a good location. Servers were attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Houston on Yonge
    pinacolada
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good location with easy access to trains, buses etc. Place was hoping when we arrived and stayed that way. Music was loud but they found us a quiet table inside where we could talk and be heard. The service was prompt and friendly. Summerlicious menu was discussed vis a vis the a la carte. Picked the Summerlicious and felt we were getting a good deal. The Ribs were excellent and the fries were perfectly salted. We had a good bottle of red wine at a reasonable restaurant cost and finished off with a refreshing sorbet. Would recommend for the food and for the service. It was an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summerlicious Experience!
    2ndtime
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went to Houston Avenue on Friday July 11th for Summerlicious. From the moment we walked in the hostesses were very attentive. We had to wait a bit for our table, however I saw them scrubbing it down so I was OK with the wait. Our server (Olivia) was great! As soon as we sat down she came over right away and was constantly checking on us throughout the night. Food was great and portions for Summerlicious were regular size. Salmon was cooked perfectly! Overall it was a great night and I definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio, lots of meat
    DeanVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Leave the youngsters at home when the hip hop is blaring on Friday. Not kid-friendly language.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great and great service
    Milktealv
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The stake was cooked and seasoned perfectly. Out party also ordered stake nachos and they were super yummy. Our server was fantastic. The only problem I have is that the music was really loud that it made talking with eat other really hard. Other then that, I would definatly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • summerlicious servers..
    Rapman58VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    great summerlicious treat. ribs and burgers are excellent and the sorbet trio desert a must. Sexy servers, if a bit ditzy at times, but always a pleasure to look at. Nice sized shady patio great for hot days. Don't bring foodies here, but if you like good old fashioned American food, this your place and very easy on the eyes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    went during Summerlicious. it was very busy and the service was terrible, BUT they recognized their mistakes and ended up paying our entire group's lunch which I thought was very generous! The food was quite tasty and portions were substantial. I will definitely give them a second chance because they were so apologetic about the service.
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  • Slowest in the Financial District
    Heathersmilez
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Took over 1 week to make a reservation b/c 1 person is responsible for booking groups over 8 and you can only reach them by email. Took over 1 hour to get our salads, shocking considering this is the FD, if u don't serve fast u lose all future business (so much competition) and our business is based on relationships so wining and dining are what my team of 12 does often - obviously it won't be here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good, but service TERRIBLE
    LouLou
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went for Summerlicious. Had a group of 12. They put us in a great room that was separate. It was spacious and bright with lots of room and a TV mounted on the wall. All agreed the food was generally good. BUT, we had to wait a full hour for our meals to be delivered. The waiter did apologize, but we still had to wait and there was nothing done to compensate us. By they time they finally delivered our desserts, the ice cream had completely melted. Once again, no compensation. And because we had a large group, they automatically added tip. The manager actually brought around our individual bills, and never acknowledged the tremendous delay. We were very disappointed and probably will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Almost too much service when they were not busy, but then no one appeared for quite awhile - didn't notice that they lost the dessert order - we waited 25 mins. Waitresses are hired by the same HR as Earl's..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Amazing
    Michael
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Thought this restaurant would stand out since it is located in such a central location of downtown Toronto. Our food took very long to arrive especially since it is lunch time and most people coming for lunch wouldn't have 2 hours to spare. Now for the food, we ordered from the Summerilicious menu. The Cesar salad was not fresh, the lettuce wasn't crisp at all and seemed like it was past it's prime. The ribs were okay but nothing to rave about. Costco ribs taste more superior than what we paid for. I had Baton Rouge ribs and they were WOW compared to Houston. The wait staff took way too long to check on us, while the restaurant seemed almost half empty.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not bad, would consider going again
    Cruz4Him
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We went for a group lunch from the office. There were 10 of us. We all ordered either the ribs or fish from the Summerlicious menu. A couple of us found the ribs to be lacking salt, although they were all-off-the-bone tender. One found the raspberry dressing for the tangerine salad a bit sweet. Another also found his fish dish to be lacking salt. All-in-all though, we gave it a thumbs up. It was good value for the $20 and I found the portions to be just right. We were quite full, but not falling asleep at my desk full. :-) The staff was super friendly and efficient, although they forgot one of our desserts.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good ribs, slow service
    mary
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I went to Houston with a girlfriend. We ended up getting the Summerlicuous menu with caesar salad, ribs and sorbet. The ribs were fall off the bone delicious. Unfortunately, are food took a very long time to arrive. Our waitress was very and didn't serve us the salad first. As well, water and the bill took about 20 minutes. Overall the meal took 2 hours because of the slow service-and we weren't even on the patio !
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Houston's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was very good, but noise level was too high for our group. As well, our attendant told us we had no reservation even though we booked through open table. Fortunately there was room for us.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was just okay not great, service was adequate. Overall not very impressed with this restaurant. Not likely to return
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  • Pleasantly Surprised!
    JamMuzaffar
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My wife and I tried Houston's summerlicious menu, mainly because they offered a 10oz steak on a $35 fixed price menu. I was not expecting much, especially since we have dined at more expensive steak house's like Jacobs and Harbor Sixty. However, we both found our meals to be amazing. I chose the tomato bonaccini salad, the 10oz steak, and bread pudding, while my wife tried the carpacio, ribs, and sorbet. The salad was one of the best I've ever had and the steak and ribs were very well cooked and delicious. The desserts were so-so, but we were both very full from the meal as well. I had a very positive experience at Houston, and would recommend everyone try it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic