Mark's American Cuisine
Mark's American Cuisine

Mark's American Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marks1658.com/
  • Phone: 7135233800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Cox
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer 2 private and 1 semi-private areas. Our first private space is for 5 to 8 people in our Alcove Room. Traditionally we do our Chef's Tasting in this room. It is perfect for those small private business dinners or Celebrations. Our Second Private Room is the Cloister Room. It seats 32-40 people and is completely sound proofed when the doors are closed. This is the only area where we allow audio visual presentations. It is a great room for small wedding receptions, and larger business dinner. The Loft is our Semi-private space. It overlooks the Main Dining Room and has a great view.
  • Private Party Facilities: Three rooms are available for private and semi-private functions. The Alcove is an elegant and private room that accommodates 5 to 8 guests; the Loft is an elegant semi-private area with a breathtaking view of the main dining room that accommodates between 18-20 guests; and the Cloisters, a uniquely designed room features high vaulted ceilings in a Gothic setting that accommodates 32 to 40 guests in a totally private setting.

    *Please keep in mind there is no elevator access to either The Alcove or The Loft, and prefixed menus are required for all private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: David Dworsky 7135233800x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dunlavy Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Mark's American Cuisine
Situated in an old church on lower Westheimer in Houston, Mark Cox, chef and owner of his namesake restaurant, Mark's, has given Houstonians, who have anxiously awaited his debut for years, a thoroughly unique dining experience.

Offering Cox's own brand of American progressive cuisine, Mark's menu encompasses inspirations from many distant lands, indicative of America's true melting pot heritage. You'll find diverse styles of food are not intermingled in one dish, but rather American regional ingredients are fashioned in such a manner as to be reminiscent of a single culture's fare. Whether it's Asian or Italian food you crave, Mark's takes you there and back, with taste sensations which echo the authentic food of that land, coupled with Cox's own unrivaled American touch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Mark's American Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (167)romantic (143)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (89)neighborhood gem (47)great for lunch (28)hot spot (19)good for groups (17)scenic view (16)late-night find (8)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Amazing Experience
    Mark
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My most recent meal here re- affirmed that Mark's is my favorite restaurant in Houston. Every dish was delicious, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere here is fantastic. Keep it up Mark's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ultimate foodie dream
    TyTheFoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday, and had to pick from our top favorite spots in Houston. Mark's never fails to impress. It was a wonderful evening of wine, food and great service. The presentation of the food over the top, and the flavors were fantastic. The fact that the restaurant in inside of an old church adds to the fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mark Cox Delivers Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Mark's is one of my favorite restaurants. The cuisine produced by the kitchen has never disappointed. I gave the experience 4 stars because of my admitted sensitivity to the fact that the chef came out of the kitchen twice, but never acknowledged more than 2 tables of diners in the restaurant one of which was immediately adjacent to ours. It would have been nice to get a 'head nod' that we existed, especially since I indicated on the reservation and to the wait staff that one member of our table was dining there for the very first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Best
    Fine4Dinning
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food, excellent service, easy valet parking, easy to have a table conversation with guest whit out a lot of background noise.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Munchkin Pumpkins made their seasonal debut this past weekend--which was great news for me as I have been a big fan of these lobster stuffed goodies over the years that they have appeared on Mark's menu. He was also serving barramundi on this evening--my favorite of all his fish specials. Others in our group enjoyed a dungeoness crab bisque, a mixed seafood appetizer, a sesame crusted ahi tuna and chilean bass. Everything was delicious. And for the birthday splurge, I went with the nutella filled donut holes. YUM. As someone else's guest, I remain perplexed by the absence of reasonable price points on the extensive wine list. On the 16 page list, there are 4 reds and 22 whites [though no chardonnays] under $60.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious food and extensive Wine list but everything there is way over-priced. Nothing special. We had been there before, but it had been a while so thought we would try it again. Don't think we will be going back as there are so many other good restaurants in the city of Houston that just aren't that expensive and worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    Reggie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great service and wonderful resturant. It did get a bit noisy, however that did not negate the great time that I had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SMUmom
    SMUmom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always an incredible dining experience-fall menu selections were delightful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NumiVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always a great food we have never been dissapointed in this restaurant it is on top of our list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Anniversary
    bokhok99VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife and I went to Mark's and had a wonderful time. Allen was our waiter and he is a pro! Very knowledgeable and engaging. The bison steak was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    dclaybar
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It has been years since I have dined at Mark's, but decided to give it a try Friday night. Everything was over the top. The servers and their assistants did an impeccable job. We chose Heirloom tomatoes and the duck ravioli as appetizers, Caesar Salad and Pear Salad, Lobster special and the Black Bass special. All I can say is WOW! I chose Mark's for this special occasion because I knew that he wouldn't disappoint. This man has talent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not all that
    Jaxter17
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was just okay. For the price and all the talk the waiter did about flying in different food from all over the world, I expected my taste buds to be dazzled. The veal chop was a little dry and the side spinach nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not stand-out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Mark's has been a great restaurant for many years, and is still among the top in Houston (at least in our view). Nevertheless, with so many great new establishments in the City it is not as compelling as it once was. Prices are pushing to the high side relative to competition, and while creativity of the kitchen is good -- it is not measurably ahead, vs. where it once was. We will be back, but not at the frequency we used to visit Mark's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    Volfan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was excellent - especially the lobster, the service was impeccable, and the dining experience was memorable. Would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • M/M John Vecchio
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have become somewhat regulars at Mark's. We go for special occasions and just a good place to dine. The food, service, and ambiance is probably the best in Houston. I would highly recommends Mark's American Cruisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • World Class
    Exceptional
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A true world class restaurant. Dish after dish was creative, unique and exceptional! Many restaurants make standard food well. Mark's dishes are true creations!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Houston's Best Restautants
    dster
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went on Thursday night for Anniversary dinner. Duck (mine) and lobster (wife) entrees were superb. Wait staff very skilled. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything about Mark's was extremely good. It's a beautiful space with really fine food. The waiter was very accommodating and friendly. We will definitely go again, but you have to be prepared to spend at least $75 per person for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arguably the Best Food in Houston
    Brian
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Houston food scene has a lot of bright spots. While the new hot spots often get the most attention, don't overlook the well established excellence at Mark's. They continue to deliver consistently awesome food in an excellent venue, the staff is fantastic - the whole operation is truly top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fast food
    wormbassVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    reservation - 6:15 out by 7:15 - fried soft shell crab was a little hard - but, always good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marks is always great!
    We2dine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Ambience is the only thing ever lacking there. The menu, food presentation, meal and service were impeccable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary
    sthalderVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Once again, excellent dinner at mark's. Everything was superbly flavorful. The specials were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Corn Chowder
    Susan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went for a friend's birthday on a Friday night. Tuna entree was just so so...but berry crisp was great. Server nice but busy...did not come around as much as I would have liked.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic, but...
    deliveringVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was beyond fantastic. I was a bit disappointed that the wine ordered was not available and I was not told, nor offered an explanation. I'd expect the waitress would inform the change and not just bring another bottle. Small detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A great restaurant with a rare setting in a former church - very nicely done. I could have made a meal with just combinations of the appetisers - pasta with truffles was divine, and the seafood sampler was great. The softshell crab was excellent - tasty, not too salty, and not greasy. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Very special dinner!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary fail
    Cher
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We indicated on our reservation that it was a wedding anniversary, yet were know acknowledged by anyone there, nor were we put at a nice table. Instead, we were put in the middle of the dining room next to a large party of 6 that included children. Food was good, but did not feel the price point for each entree was worth it ($54 for lamb and $49 for fish) Draft beer was $9 too, seems a bit outlandish when the restaurant down the street sells it for $4. Mark up not worth the hype.
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  • Another great experiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Mark's continues its outstanding service and excellent food options. Our waiter, Mario, was simply fantastic. Excellent special occasion location however we noticed several men in jeans and tennis shoes but for the most part, gentlemen wore jackets.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance Top Notch, Food Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Came here for an anniversary dinner. I noted in my reservation and to the hostess that it's our first time so I'd like the full experience. I know I can be picky, but we were at a table closest to a kitchen area so the door was CONSTANTLY opening and closing right next to us. High traffic area, that's not my definition of romantic ambiance. Our waiter however, Anthony, was superb! Excellent service, explaining everything we ate down to the bread. I ordered a recommended Asian beef, cooked medium, it was very red but didn't want to send back and very bland to me. I enjoyed the bread with caramelized onions and scalloped potatoes more. Overall the service won over the food, left feeling that the hype about the food was just hype.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a great experience
    Leachim
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Every course of our meal was a culinary experience. Great flavors in every dish. Our waiter was exquisite. Though the place was a bit loud, it was never loud enough to interrupt our meal. Overall great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for avg food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was way overpriced for the quality and amount. Salmon and sides were lukewarm. Beef tenderloin and bonemarrow potatoe portions were way too small for price. Pork chop was the best thing at our table. Got stuffed into a tiny outdated 5 top room upstairs with no ambience. Way better choices elsewhere in Houston for better prices and quality.
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  • good experience
    mai2me
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was for a special occasion, I specified my husband's birthday on my online reservation and there was a candle and a note on his dessert! Food is good, the room is beautiful and the staff is really nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable Food and Service
    TinaMac
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The location is breathtaking. Our server was not only knowledgeable, but inspiring. His exuberant description of the food had our head spinning as to which delicious item to choose first. His recommendations are right on and being adventurous will not be a disappointment at Mark's. I had a watermelon and mango chilled soup with lump crab for an appetizer and the herb crusted ribeye with shingled potatoes for my main course. Every bite was divine. Thanks for creating a dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    njd1VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and as always- loved every bite! Chef Mark's nightly specials are like miniature pieces of edible art. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodiehouston
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent food, presentation and quality are equally amazing. Ability to maintain the food quality after all these years are not easy. So many restaurants come and go in Houston. The only draw back is the price. It is high but borderline excessive, especially relative to other restaurants in the area. Hope that won't push away customers and eventually lead to the downfall of the restaurant since it has happened to several restaurants in the Houston area.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever!
    HoustonNiteOut
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    From end to end our anniversary dinner at Mark's was the best meal that I have ever eaten. Every bite was so full of taste that I did not even want to swallow, but instead to savor the flavors for as long as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place to go!
    helderw
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had some wonderful surprises, like the best Poke outside Hawaii. The Duck was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rush
    nevergoagain
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It seems that the waiter wanted us out. He refilled the tea twice, removed the water and bumped the table twice. We were entertaining friends. We will not go again. With those prices, we should not have felt that we were being rushed out!
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  • The Best
    masque
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Mark's cannot be beat on any measure. They are in the highest category of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    mjm50
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Mark's is a place you never have to worry about the food or service. It always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BEST DINNER EVER! EVER!!
    Pattie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    In a family of foodies and would-be chefs I have had so many memorable meals. I was unprepared for the taste, presentation, preparation of the duck and lamb dinners we enjoyed on July 21st. A delightful evening I hope to enjoy again often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.