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Merlion Restaurant
Merlion Restaurant

Merlion Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.merlionrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (281) 385-9975
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - late
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Lobeck
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Catering: We can design any kind of catering menu to fit the customers' needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two rooms in our restaurant and can provide private settings.
  • Private Party Contact: Brooke Villanueva (281) 385-9975
  • Entertainment: We have live music during our wine tastings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meyer
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Merlion Restaurant
You'll be enchanted by this cozy haven nestled in Historic Seabrook - a quaint, yet lavishly appointed Thai destination. The menu offers a culinary tour through Thailand, carefully prepared and executed by Chef Andrew Lobeck, a second-generation virtuoso Thai chef. Expect an impressive wine selection that varies regularly, a lively lounge stocked with a full-bar, and a knowledgeable & friendly staff that will recommend the perfect pairing. The atmosphere is sultry, and an aura of understated elegance prevails. Merlion is a top choice whether you are seeking a romantic dinner for two or for a larger group for a special event.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Awesome dining!Spicey food and service. Quality fare with personable service. Great, classy restaurant! Love the staff! Made my wife's birthday special!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We've been visiting the restaurant over the past three years. We have always had excellent service and enjoyed the meal so much. The wine list is extensive and sure to satisfy all those who enjoy a good glass. The Panang dish is my personal favorite but everything is good! I said they were kid-friendly but this is because they went out of the way to accommodate us off-the-menu with three children. I prefer to enjoy this restaurant with my husband alone! Thanks for a lovely evening on Thursday and we look forward to the next time we get to visit Merlion!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food is consistently excellent. Merlion has a nice relaxed atmosphere, you're not rushed through your meal. Not a place for someone who wants to get in and out quickly, but great for those who want to eat at their own pace."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This restaurant serves excellent Thai food. It's somewhat expensive, but would be an excellent place for special occasions or when you feel you deserve a "treat"!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Merlion is an excellent restaurant with great food and a classy romantic atmosphere. Or it can be. This last time, some people at two other tables were just very loud. Not the fault of the establishment at all, just people with no class. All our other visits have been lovely. The food is outstanding and the manager / owner will be happy to help with selections of food andf wine. Spice levels can vary from night to night.... so be sure to inquire."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The restaurant might be a little off the beaten path, but it is definitely worth the drive. Great Thai food in a small intimate setting. We often choose the Chef's choice with delightful results. You tell the waitstaff your allergies, the chef prepares five courses for you. We have never been disappointed and leave with food for another meal. because the restaurant is small, it always pays to make a reservation! Waitstaff is attentive. This is not a fast food dining experience. plan on having a leisurely dinner."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Several people had recommended Merlion to us, and we wanted a special place for celebrating 2 birthdays. The food was very tasty, and the cocktails were also done well. They presented us with a whole cake (Kroger) for dessert, and 2 bottles of campaign as we were leaving, which was a surprise. On the negative side, it was a bit strange that some random man, sitting in the bar, yelled at us to ask if we had a reservation when we walked in. Also, the waitress never told us about the specials, but other tables were informed. We asked about the "Chef's Table" and were told it was a secret, however we could tell her what we were allergic to. We will probably return, but not dress up, as it is very casual."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First visit and it will not be my last. The food was excellent and our server was on point. Everything we ordered was amazing. The seafood that was in my dish tasted incredibly fresh. This place has just landed on my weekly treats list. Can't wait to explore the menu even more."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our first visit and the wine, food and service were outstanding. The Merlion Soft Spring Rolls with Shrimp were the best I have ever had."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We visit Merlion frequently. The food is always wonderful. They have a great wine selection and an outdoor area with a fire pit. Staff is friendly and helpful. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Lauren makes the best spicy martini. And the currys are incredible. Add goat cheese. This team is consistently fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Was very impressed that since I specified birthday on reservations that a full sized cake was brought out and a bottle of champagne . My guests live out of state and were quite impressed ! Thanks for a very enjoyable evening! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Over the years, Merlion has maintained its reputation for preparing the best Thai food in the Houston area. I've never been disappointed in my favorite dish, panang curry. The decor is sophisticated, despite the restaurant's surprising location in an Old Seabrook neighborhood. I certainly will return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fantastic dining experience, relaxed, romantic setting with delicious curry and a wide selection of meats to pair with the curries. I will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Visiting from Edmonton, Alberta and found this place on Open Table. Booked it based on the excellent reviews and we were not disappointed. We never would have found it by driving around - tucked away in a quiet residential area; staff were very friendly, service was excellent as was the food. We will be sure to visit again if in Houston, and will most certainly recommend."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Usually our experience here is wonderful. On a recent night we had a wonderful meal but then the music changed to loud old school rap, current rap etc. The mood changed. As we left, one of the waitresses (who I had thought from a previous visit was a sommelier) was actually dancing, unpleasantly, on the bar. Also, a manager(?) and other employees sat right outside of the bar door near outside tables and smoked. The food is always divine but this night has definitely put a bad taste in my mouth."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great food and great service. This has become our standard date night venue and always look forward to it."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Found this place on Yelp while looking for a place for Valentines day. We were leaving the next day for a cruise on Princess and this was close to our hotel, got good reviews and was not a chain. What a find! The food was TO DIE FOR! It was a Prix Fixe menu and everything ended with desert and champagne. We took the rest of our champagne out by the fire pit after and enjoyed the evening. Highly recommend! "
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We go here as much as possible, great Thai food with a flair of western tastes. Chef Andrew and his staff are always happy to take care of the customers. Everything is excellent and each main dish is made to order - so it takes a little longer but enjoy the ambience, the great wines, and amazing food. We bring visitors here, and once they have been here, we can never get them to go to any other restaurant in the Houston area when they come back. "
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "It is a comfortable dining place. Love to bring guests for dining. Great staff. Very friendly atmosphere. Good food, specially for vegetarians, great choices. Willing to convert any recepie into vegetarian dish. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The chef here is great and the Thai food is the best in the area. The service is unbeatable but make a reservation, especially on the weekend. My favorites on the menu are The Tiger Eye Salad and The Soft Shell Crab."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food here is superb. Just be wary of the heat levels! They take delivery if fresh chilies and crush them complete to add to their recipes. They will warn you if that days batch are especially hot :) Excellent wine menu at reasonable prices as well."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is a great Thai restaurant tucked away in Seabrook. It's a great local restaurant and a great change from the chain restaurants in Clear Lake area. Great food, wonderful service! If going on a weekend, make a reservation! You don't want to miss out on the great restaurant."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We have been going to this restaurant and the location they had before Ike. Andrew has his father's secrets and some of his own. We have been a patron for ~15 years The wine list is extensive, the satay excellent and the Pad Thai, well, the old man hated making it, but we still insisted on ordering it. He once gave us a lecture at our table on selecting something different. It went unheeded.... Andrew is more flexible and we still order the Pad Thai"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Friendly staff, excellent food, and cozy atmosphere - all the elements of a great restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We recently discovered Merlion tucked away in our neighborhood. The outdoor setting is lovely with a courtyard and nice tables. The inside is kind of shabby chic, but we like it. The wine list is extrodinary and I have found more than one wine on their menu that I didnt know about before. The food can be very spicy or mild - they let you select. Each dish I have ordered had fresh vegatables, seafood and was cooked right. The food takes a little longer to cook so we enjoy a glass of wine while its prepared. Its worth the wait. Service is nice and attentive without being annoying. Be sure to make a reservation or you will be waiting!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Because each order is made personally for you it does take a little longer than most places but it is worth the wait!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First time to dine at Merlion, recommended by several friends. The food and service were excellent, will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This was the second time to visit Merlion and once again we loved it! Jessica took good care of us & helped us maneuver through the menu choices. We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food at Merlion has ALWAYS impressed and every time we try something new, it becomes our new "favorite." The food is always made to order so it is not a place to go if you are in a hurry, this is what makes Merlion so special to us. We can go, relax and enjoy our dining experience without feeling rushed by anyone. This is a great spot that is tucked away from the crowds, but not for long as more and more people discover them it has seen larger and larger crowds."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "You wouldn't expect really good Thai food in a little converted house in a residential neighborhood in Seabrook, but that's what you get. The place is really unique, the opposite of a chain restaurant, especially when it comes to the food, which is made to order. The food is spiced on a scale of one to five stars and my eyes were watering from just a level two, so I'd think twice before asking for four or five stars!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great place if you like real Thai food. Best in Texas!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a hidden gem in the heart of the Bay Area. Took the whole family for a birthday celebration. The personalized service from the owners was heartwarming. This was without a doubt the best Thai food we ever ate. Incredibly flavorful and authentic. Best in Houston!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been going to Merlion for over 2 years. I am thai myself and am very picky when it comes to thai food and This by far is the next best thing to my moms cooking. The owner and staff are WONDERFUL. Merlion has become our family tradition every week! I love going to a place where they know what you want before you even walk in and that is Merlion."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The food and wine were amazing as always! We have been coming to this restaurant since it was opened by the current owner's father. We have probably spent 20 of our 23 anniversary dinners here! We love it."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Going to a restaurant with out heating when it's 40 degrees outside isn't my idea of a great dining experience. Had we realized when we walked in that everyone (even staff) was wearing their coats and scarves I'm pretty sure we would have left. The food was good but service was really slow. Lighting in the restaurant is horrible. When guest have to use their cellphones to light up the menu as the young couple seated next to us did I think it's too dark. Definitely need to make some changes before we return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "best part about night is that we were sat instantly with our reservations...crammed into a corner in uncomfortable seating and the noise was above the normal for any restaurant... So we sat and sat and after about 10-12 minutes we finally got a server and she blamed many big parties that were there...(7:30pm)...order wine and an appetizers...45min later....appetizer comes and we are starving so it takes good...then 1 1/2 into us being there 8:50pm we finally received a plate of rice and was told our food was coming...5min later it came out..The meal was good..we love Thai food and they have lots of goo options...left immediately. I think this place has potential...just don't come hungry or on a Fri/Sat night..."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It hard to maintain quality restaurant over the long term, but Merlions has mastered the skill. The food is always consistently excellent and the service is first rate. Remember to always get reservations!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My wife convinced me we should go. Didn't expect much when we pulled up. Man was I wrong. The food was awesome. Masamann Curry with Kobe Ribeye cooked perfectly. Nothing else needs to be said."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Great food and good wine selection. Have been a number of times and the food is always consistently good. Give yourself some time, it isn't a place to go if you are in a hurry."
    Dined on 12/27/2013