Great food, loud and happening spot
Went here on a whim and found, for a Wednesday, it was extremely loud. We discussed this with our wiatress who said it was actually quiet for a Wednesday and that weekends were even louder. However the food and ambiance matched or slightly outweighed the loudness. Appetizers, notably the ceasar salad were amazing followed by a fantastic steak. Service was sporatic but friendly, i.e. no check back on how our meal was or if we wanted anything else (luckily we were fine). Overall a great meal, maybe not for a quiet romantic evening, but certainly for upscale meal at a resonable price and a crowd to hang with.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Houston's has been one of my favorite spots dwntown for steak since it opened. I hadn't been there in awhile, and the new layout was a welcome site. Good job on the new? look, and the food was as good as it has always been.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service was really good! It was supercross weekend and we expected it to be loud, as that is why we were in Toronto, so that wasn't much of a bother to us. However, those sitting around us were obviously bothered by it because I don't think that they were really aware of the Red Bull after party occurring that night. Really enjoyed our visit and will definitely be back.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was amazing (mac
The food was amazing (mac n' cheese with Black Truffle & Bison Burger). The decor was very chic, accommodating both eating crowd and lounge/drinks afterwork crowd.
Unfortunately, the music was extremely loud when we were there (6:15 - 7:30) which made speaking to the person next you almost impossible without yelling (note: I am a young person and I love great loud music but this was TOO loud for a restaurant/lounge which didn't have a live band!)
Would highly recommend this place and will likely go back again to try other items on the menu.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very nicely prepared
The food was very nicely prepared and the service was very friendly and quick (lunch hour, so appreciated)
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good value for the money...
Modern decor, attractive servers and excellent food. What else can you ask for. The only aspect that I really didn't like was the table arrangements. Everything is in rows and columns, like a classroom, so not very conducive to having a private conversation. But if you're there with some friends for some good food and drinks, this is definitely a place to try.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Night on the town...
Our party of 4 enjoys our food and drink. We found the menu chock full of choices to whet many a palette. The restaurant has a great vibe and our wait staff was very engaging, humorous and knowledgable. Her recommendations were spot on. I had the Icelandic Cod and it was amazing and was a nice complement to the aps we ordered, Goat Cheese, Tune Tataki and the Calamari. One of our party ordered a Napa Valley Zinfidel which complemented our meal perfectly.
Overall a fantastic dining experience on our way to see the Shoals at Koolhaus.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to entertain clients !
Central to all my clients in the financial district.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Luv the ribs
I love the relaxed feel of this place, it really does feel like I am the most important person in the restaurant. The starter salad was so mouth watering and the fall off the bones ribs are the best I have every had. I keep coming back as I can't get enough of those ribs!!
Service was well times, friendly and extremely attentive!
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was exceptional. Our
Food was exceptional. Our party sampled many aspects of the menu and all were delicous and presented extremely well.
Music was FAR too loud, however. Would have loved to sit outside but volume was extreme. Even inside, we needed to shout at each other.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun place with great food & drinks
My husband and I were staying not far from this downtown Toronto restaurant and decided to give it a try. It had an active bar scene but we still had a quiet table. Really good food.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Houston's summerlicious lunch
This restaurant can't be beat for quick service. They seem to understand that people have to be back to work on time-which is something that many financial district restaurants have trouble with. The ribs are so tender and tasty and the meat falls right off the bone which is great to avoid messy fingers and clothes. The french fries were perfectly made, which is also something that many places overlook.
I think this place is a real gem and shouldn't be missed!
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place was great relative to the last time I was there. Excellent and hard working wait staff and the food was tasty. Recent renovations have also really spiced things up here and the new patio is a hit. Will be back.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked this as an alternative after another restaurant didn't have anyone answering their phone, nor returning calls. I'm actually quite glad it happened that way.
Service (from Nathan) was wonderful! The food was fantastic and they have an extensive wine list.
My only complaint would be the volume of the music (and the type of music as well). This place seems to cater to the Financial District's suit crowd, but it could be a very romantic spot if there wasn't techno music blaring. On the patio, that's fine but indoors it was a little too much. That being said, we were still able to carry on a conversation.
We shared a Summerlicious dinner of carpaccio, full rack of ribs and sorbet trio. Added their cheese board as an appy.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summerlicious menu - great value
Great way to try out the menu at this restaurant that has recently been renovated. Great location and the food (back ribs in particular) was delicious. Would highly recommend.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall -- Great place to eat and socialize. I had the ribs and it was okay, the BBQ sauce wasn't that exciting. The sirloin salad was a bit over powering. after 4 bites you grow tired of it... I bit to rich for me.
However, it was girls night out... we eat, they enjoyed their steak and we had a good time.
Very comfy place and great for socializing and the music brought you back to the good old 90s
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I booked a group of ten at Houston's and I can honestly say I had one of the best experiences. It was a fantastic time and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'd been to Houston's before but never with a big group. The food is a little pricey but the location and the venue are fantastic. Only complaints was the food took a little long to get to us, but that has never happened in my two previous trips to this location.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
our waiter was very good and
our waiter was very good and did a great job. They delivered the wrong meal to me but corrected there mistake asap. Mixes grill entrée was very good. The hostess would have rather been somewhere else. When we presented ourselves on time and by name she apparently felt we weren't "hip" enough and sat us down. She never checked us in and even after asking our waiter to make sure we were checked in I received a "no show" message from open table. nice resteraunt but we won't be back because of hostess.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went with my mom and girlfriend for Summerlicious, hoping to get a decent dinner and maybe try something new. The food was great—beef carpaccio was incredible and the ribs were perfect—and the service was top notch. It's a little pricey to be more than a special occasion, but I would definitely eat there again.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food good service
The only issue I had was the loudness of the music playing in the background. It was difficult to have a conversation without yelling.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting menu. Food and
Interesting menu. Food and service good. I would return
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but loud
Service is very good and the food is also good. I just find it too loud for a diner with clients
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have already recommended
I have already recommended it to someone. The food was incredible both for my guest and myself. The patio was great on a Friday event.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Happeneing Spot
Food was good...ambiance was chill with a mix of a DJ. Music was loud and reminded me of several hot restaurants in Miami. Not the best place if you're taking your date on a first date, if you'd really like to get to know her because it can tend to get loud. Ribs were great and the steak was cooked beautifully!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience!!
First time being at Houston and it was absolutely fabulous. Love the fact that there is a fixed menu to choose from and it's priced just right with really great options on it! The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was great. I really enjoyed my dinner for two - with a friend - that I came home and immediately told my boyfriend...we have to go back there! The very next day, dine.to had an offer (which we love!) and he picked up 4 coupons so I can't wait to go back! My brothers birthday is just around the corner so it was perfect timing! The menu options are great for a small or large group - especially for meat lovers. I would 100% recommend Houston to everyone. Thanks for the great experience!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friends and I tried Houston's for the first time on Saturday. My friends all had steaks and really enjoyed their food. I had the chicken tacos and didn't like my meal at all. Our waitress noticed that I wasn't eating and came over to talk to me. She really valued my feedback and gave me dessert on the house. As well, the chef came out to talk to me, which was totally unnecessary. This was really going above and beyond because there was nothing wrong with the meal, I just didn't like it. I may not have wanted to go back to Houston's but because of her amazing service I would definitely go back again and recommend this place to friends.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food but loud
I really enjoy the menu and the drink list. The prices are great ($12-20 approx for entres, appetizers approx 8-15 or so, 9oz glass of Pinot Grigio $9). The look is great. But it is loud. And the center sitting area is crammed with table very close together. So great for a Wednesday or but would avoid on a busier night. I've walked by on Thursday and it's packed and very loud.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for dinner with friends
Four of us had not seen each other for a couple of years. I forgot that it was a Thursday night and the bar was busy, plus a DJ was playing. The hostess was able to seat us away from the vibrant bar scene so that we could enjoy our evening socializing. The waiters were friendly and the food was fantastic. I look forward to eating there again.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Pre-Game Dinner
Headed to Houston's for a pre-game (Leafs) dinner on Saturday night. Did not take long to be seated as reservations were made and restaurant was not overly busy. Appreciated the option of sitting in the lounge/bar or dining room. Seating and table set-up was very comfortable. Great steak dinner made to your liking. Can't really think or say anything negative about my experience. Looking forward to my next visit.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, great place for
Good food, great place for a meal prior to an event at the ACC or the Sony Centre.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was looking for a restaurant to take a client to before the Leaf game. Hadn't been to Houstons since they renovated. The menu had been totally changed and the food was outstanding (steak & fries). The service was excellent and quick so that we could get to the game on time. The place energetic but not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, great service.
Consistently good quality meal; steak was great; attentive service.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM