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.

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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
Mark's American Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (165)romantic (132)fit for foodies (110)notable wine list (96)neighborhood gem (50)great for lunch (29)good for groups (17)hot spot (16)scenic view (14)late-night find (8)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Amazing food
    slightsey
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went for our anniversary. The food was amazing, and so was the service. A great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Go To
    Jimbo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I dine at Mark's on most of our special evenings because we've come to expect and receive an evening where quality of food and service are a given. This affords us a respite to slow down, catch up enjoy each others company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had lunch here to celebrate our anniversary. Allen was an excellent waiter. He covered everything a good waiter should cover. So did the busboy (sorry i forgot his name but he was not a very tall man but very nice too.) They both offered to have our pics taken many times. We ordered the turtle soup and the oysters for appetizers. My husband had the mahi mahi (prix fixe lunch) and I had the mashima beef special. They did not disappoint as they were both delicious. I would go back here for birthdays and anniversaries in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Outstanding
    Jcope
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Mark's is always fantastic, though pricey. Definitely a special occasion type of place, but perhaps the most unique restaurant in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Oyster Appetizer
    smurphy522
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The oyster appetizer is the best my wife and I ever had. We've had it many times and it is consistently delicious. If you like oysters and do not get this you are doing yourself a disservice. The truffle pasta appetizer is also great, though limited availability. For meat the 32oz. dry aged rib eye is hard to beat in Houston. The Escobar (white fish) is a great seafood alternative. Wines by the glass are reasonable for this level of restaurant and the selection is decent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Anniversay Dinner
    TexasFoodie1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary @ Mark's. The food was fantastic & Marco gave us the best service we've ever had. He made the night fun with his effervescent personality & his delight in the menu options & wine pairings. He obviously loves his job & those he serves. Despite very tempting menu choices & specials, we selected the tasting menu, which I highly recommend. Most items are on the regular menu, but come in smaller portions. The 7 courses come with 2-3 items, so you sample a large variety of dishes. All delicious, but quail & duck ravioli, oxtail, beef tenderloin, and trio of desserts were especially memorable. We enjoyed our meal so much that we purchased several gift cards for family & friends. We will return to Mark's VERY SOON!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    AdventureDiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have many co-workers who travel to Houston for business (we are in the food business) and Marks is always my top pick to take them for an absolutely fantastic meal. They get to enjoy the local Houston flavor as they drive to Mark's and I have yet to have anyone not enjoy the beauty of Marks, as well as, the service and food. It is truly a remarkable experience. The menu never disappoints and the off the menu items are always a wonderful choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Ambience
    Oliver
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We loved this place! The interior is amazing, and the idea of converting an old church to a restaurant makes it even more eccentric. The service was perfect, our server was very friendly and professional. The soft shell crab is a must to order! the pasta with fresh black truffle was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth the $
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good but not great, service was great but food was just ok.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed it, I hate veggies but ate them all up they were cooked so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at Mark's
    Exquisite1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was outstanding... The oyster appetizer was fantastic, the bison special and chicken entre were prepared amazingly.. Highly recommend! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Mark's is usually tops but this time the food failed somewhat not in quality but in interest. I asked for a fish entree without garlic (as I always do at Mark's). The waiter said that they may need to make some substitutions and this was fine with me. However, the substitutions were not up to Mark's standards-bland vegetables. I love vegetables and in the past each vegetable was terrific, but this time, very pedestrian. The pistachio ice cream was also a let down. I recently had pistachio gelato in Itay that really tasted of pistachios. Mark's version was your typical overly sweet American pistachio ice cream. I tasted a friend's chocolate dessert and it was incredible. Waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All of the expected charm
    DwightVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have been trying to get to Mark's literally for years. Every time I'd try to get a reservation for a special occasion, they were booked weeks in advance. We bought a Groupon for a fixed price lunch for 2. We should have been here years ago. It was great- wonderful food. Service (Mario) was absolutely outstanding. It is always refreshing to have an experienced, mature, hospitably server who knows the food and wine and is genuinely interested in maximizing your dining experience (as opposed to the 21 year old in fishnet that looks like they were caught in an explosion between a tattoo parlor and a hardware store...). Mario was most generous and made our experience one of the best! Chef Mark came out to check on us as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fine dining
    hotdish
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Go to Marks every time I'm in Houston Great service and the food is wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional and pricey
    TedCanuck
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Mark's is an exceptional fine dining experience. The re-purposed church that houses the restaurant gives the place a real sense of elegance and space. The wait staff is attentive and very knowledgable while the bus staff is plentiful, so service is very good. The angel hair pasta with truffles made a wonderful appetizer for sharing. My tuna entree was perfectly prepared and very flavorful, while the turbot my wife ordered was delicious but not exceptional. We shared the bread pudding with fruits and Grand Marnier, which was a memorable dessert - one where you want to ask for the recipe! Not cheap - a dinner for 2 with wine will run you $200 - $300. But for a romantic dinner, or to impress a friend or date, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning
    DMCS
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For over ten years my husband and I have celebrated special occasions and romantic dates at marks. We have introduced several friends to the restaurant and delight in watching their faces when they see the dining room and taste the food. Thank you for consistently being excellent!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant, Great Food
    Davoli
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I brought a date for a birthday celebration. It is honestly the best fine dinning restaurant that I have ever been to. The setting of a remodeled church is unique, as well as, beautiful and romantic. But the menu items were just as unique and well thought out. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazing
    Live2dine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of the places where you can pick literally anything in the menu and it will be executed to perfection and to die for. Not many places like this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mis-step in a rated restaurant
    Foodseeker
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great service from the parking attendant, hostess, waiters, manager and bus boys on this Tuesday night. The 3 main entrees were: chicken, duck and in-bone rib-eye. The chicken and duck were excellent. The recommended rib-eye was not a great value. Prepared at medium rare, it was very gristly. Excellent appetizers and desserts. I have been at Mark's several times as a guest of friends and had a great eating experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Taprooter
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Mark's is consistently excellent. The noise was a little more than usual as we had some Aussies sit next to us that were competing for the podium. The food and service were so good the noise hardly dampened our experience. Not much a restaurant can do about it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - a tad pricey wine btg
    MimineVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Mark's is a reference in Houston for longevity and quality. Food is always unique. The wine list is top level; the By The Glass price however is a bit high. I wish this wasn't jus a Special Occasion place and meals were a little more accessible on certain days of the week. But truthfully, it's a pretty cool place that may deserve the premium price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    StevieB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was leisurely, but attentive. [I expected this as all the dishes are prepared to order.] The specials were outstanding, especially the branzino. We split that entree and added soft shell crab. Appetizers and desserts were very good, as well. The tab was a bit pricey for 'everyday', but appropriate for a 'special occasion'. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time guest here.
    Like2finedine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    after we were seated we order our drinks, the waiter told us about the specials for dinner he had for the evening & as he told us they all sounded good, they really need to show the prices of all the special on the menu because if you don't know you really will be shock when you get you bill, the prices for the special menu was really HIGH, me & my wife had Lobster MC that cost me $137.90 for 2 dinners which seam to be less that 1 LB.& my daughter had 12 OZ Steak Spinalis that cost me $144.00 which had no flavor to it & slightly over cooked, I went with a party of 4 and my bill was $478.14 with out the tip & we had no deserts. I don't mind paying a higher price for fine dining but it really has to taste good at lease
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet, elegant
    Williamcun
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great place for a quiet, excellent dinner spot. Service very timely, not too fast, not too slow
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mark Cox Delivers Again
    2Serve
    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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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.
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    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
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    • 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.