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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • " I made reservations for Thursday evening. The staff was helpful with the menu. I had one drink that was good and a glass of wine: the pour was generous. I had a four course menu sponsored by a Restaurant Week in Houston and vicinity. The spring rolls really did not have any flavor of their own; the peanut sauce that accompanied them was not bad. I elected to have an extra appetizer, a soft shell crab, of which I am fond. Deep frying in in a heavy batter did it no favors. I also had a sauteed grouper that was swimming in a red sauce. The salad was okay. I ordered fruit plate, which was one of the choices on the 4 course prix fixe meal, but that was not available, so the waiter deducted the cost of my glass of wine. A disappointing meal."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "What can I say. I took a date to Merlions and everything was perfect. Both meals and horsdourves were delicious and the service was on-spot. Would recommend and will be going back!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Make reservations because they do get busy. Be sure to ask the staff about specials and wine pairings. Very good wine list and Thai specialties are wonderful, just check the heat level. Ours are always perefect. Good for a small group or a date night, just plan ahead a bit and tell staff what you are looking for. A real gem."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food is incredible. Brooke & Lauren make the best drinks. And servers are always fun."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food is always wonderful. The panang is fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Amazing, fresh seafood, consistent food and wonderful staff and servers!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food and service is always amazing. The bar always knows how to make the perfect drink for you or choose the right wine for you. This restaurant is a hidden gem. The owner Brooke, always makes you feel special."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Another great experience at Merlion's. Cannot recommend this place enough."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Everything is always fresh and so very good! Great wine list!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Merlion has the best Thai food I have ever had in the entire Houston area. I am so glad it is close to my home. Do not be in a rush here; it is slow to get your food because everything is fresh and worth the wait."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "went there for the first time last week. we had the specials (sea bass), the food was outstanding, we definitely go back for the food. the wine list is very reasonably priced. it's not an overly romantic place, and noise is a tad loud when the dining area is crowded, which I suspect most weekend it would be. though not the time of year in Houston, the outdoor dining area looked interesting as did the bar area (crowded on a friday night)."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food is fantastic. Always very tasty. Lauren makes the best martinis. And Brooke makes you feel like she's known you for years."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Merlion is an exceptional Thai restaurant. We got the Chef's Table, a five course tasting menu that included two appetizers, a salad, two soups, two entrees and a dessert. Sort of pricey ($45/person, minimum of two), as everything was outstanding, it was a bargain. The chef chose the menu and, in my opinion, he/she couldn't have chosen better. This was our first visit but it certainly won't be our last."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "We have been dining at Merlions for many years and it is consistently great. Merlion's possesses a rare combination of ambiance, comfort, great people and wonderful food and wine. Merlion's often reminds us of the dining in Napa Valley. Brooke, Andrew and their entire team are first-class but more so make you feel as if you a good friend just stopping by for a drink and dinner. One of the best restaurants in the Houston area."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great food and great service. This has become our standard date night venue and always look forward to it."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "First time to dine at Merlion, recommended by several friends. The food and service were excellent, will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/2/2014