The food was fresh from the farm and cooked to perfection. The chef came to our table to make sure everything was satisfactory.
The wine selection was awesome. We will be a returning customer in the near future and bring our friends. Thank you Chef Coco for a romantic evening with my husband.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great little secret.
Tabella was a refreshing surprise. I am not much of a wine drinker but since they make their own wines I had to try it and was very pleased.I had a tropical themed wine that was great. We then ordered the cheese plate which needs a little work but was decent. Next we had the three course tasting menu which started with a salad. My Cesar salad tasted very fresh and flavorful using kale was a nice touch. My wife had the garden salad which also was excellent. For our entrees I had crab cakes with seasonal veggies. Crab cake actually tasted like crab not a ball of breading with a little crab. My wife had the chicken which although it was a little small had a great flavor to it. We finished off with a canelle for desert and it tasted home made
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
My mother and I had a lovely 4-course dinner in a beautiful restaurant. Everything was delicious and fresh.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for a special ladies'
We went for a special ladies' night event. It was a fun evening on the patio painting wine glasses and eating appetizers and wine. I was introducing the place to a friend. She had fun and will return to eat a meal in the dining room. I really like this place. The chef, Coco, is a sweetheart.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Adorable & delicious
This place is very nice. Small inside area and wonderful outside dining area. Food was remarkable. Innovative, great flavors, perfect potion sizes but not too fussy. I recommend it.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food quality was outstanding.
Food quality was outstanding. We will be back. A
refreshing change of pace from the normal Kemah crazy.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
great little place
Though the restaurant is small and only houses about 26 people, the food is OUTSTANDING. everything on the menu is delicious, and the fruit-infused wines made on site are delicious.
this was an amazing departure from our normal chain restaurant-ing, and well worth the prices on menu.
reservations are pretty close to a must, but they are well worth any wait you may have in making them.
the chef even greeted us at our table, introduced herself, and thanked us for coming out.
we will definitely be back in the future.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
You will have a tongue-asm
The best food you'll get in the greater Houston area hands down. The wait staff is friendly, and the Chef was really cool. We'll definitely be back soon.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. Our server was dingy. She didn't know the answer to any of our questions. But overall we were taken care of. Wine pairing was great!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch Near the Bay
First time for lunch at Tabella. Thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the food. The service was good, but the plates took some time to come out of the kitchen. Considering that the restaurant was not busy, the slow delivery was a bit puzzling. I ordered a spinach caesar salad listed on the menu, but what came out of the kitchen was a kale caesar It was very good, but some diners may not have found the substitution acceptable and the waitperson should have mentioned the change.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
we celebrated my wife's thirtieth birthday by once again enjoying a meal at Tabella, her "new favorite restaurant."
The server this time was not the same as our previous server, and two courses were delivered to the table incorrectly (though quickly remedied with almost no wait.) her knowledge of wine was very good, however, and she did recommend a wonderful second bottle of wine that everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed.
the table was pretty wobbly, but, for that's just being a bit nit-picky, i suppose.
we once again enjoyed our meal there; the food beyond delectably delicious.
we will be back again soon.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Quiet Evening
My husband and I went here to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. We couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere, service and food. The wine was exceptionally good! It was a local wine that we will defiantly be purchasing more of. Coco, the chef, comes out to talk to you once you order to make sure everything is just right. She makes it a very personally, special dining experience. Can't wait to go back! And I'm looking forward to attending their ladies night out!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience here. The restaurant is small and intimate. The service is great, and the food is amazing! We will be back.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Night out with friends
Good food. Loved the wine. Fun for a multi-course dinner with wine pairings night with friends. Plates were small, but with the multi courses and wine it was enough. Would return!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary! Food and service was wonderful! Love the fact that farm to table food is served. The pomegranate wine is our new favorite . We will definitely be going back very soon.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tabella at Clear Creek Winery
Beautiful building, quaint dining room, quiet cosy atmosphere. Very small intimate place to dine on a special occasion. Presentation of food is wonderful. Delicious food, small portions compared to most places these days. Make sure you tour around and check out the outside spaces, wine bar upstairs.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
David and Goliath!!
There are a ton of huge chain restaurants in the Kemah Boardwalk area; however, Tabella is tucked away just down the street. We were surprised to have never realized it was there. We were immediately shown to our table by our delightful waiter and our experience went from delightful to downright awesome when we were offered tastings of the wine before ordering. The food was incredible, the chef answered our silly questions and we left vowing to return.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
LOVE the food!
Food is fresh. I started with an appetizer of cheddar bacon on toast my husband really enjoyed. The crab cakes are full of crab, no breading fillers. fresh veggies and salads. My favorite is the gluten free chocolate cake! The places is small and very quiet. We have been twice and will definitely be back often. Tabella is the only fresh ingredient restaurant in our area.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quaint & Tasty
I've always enjoyed tasting menus, where plates served are smaller than a normal portion but you get more than one, so you can sample several of the chef's dishes. I think many of the reviewers who commented on small portions missed that they were eating a tasting menu. The food was quite good, the herbs were fresh, fragrant and full of flavor. The wine pairings were perfect and impressive. Dessert was wonderful too. The chef visited with us. The waiter was attentive and kind. The lamb lollipops with a pineapple chile sauce was, hands down, the best lamb I've ever eaten in a restaurant. Two small complaints: They used tap water instead of RO or bottled and they have no sodas for those who don't want wine or tea. Will definitely return.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxing, very enjoyable
Other then the small portions the food is really good. The chef came out and introduced herself along with each dish. The lamb chop are savory and well seasoned. The veggies are super fresh. The wine was wonderful. Afterwards we went upstairs and enjoyed more wine. It was a great evening.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Taster's Menu a Delight
Three of us had early dinner, 5 PM, on a Saturday night. The dining room is small but delightful, clean as a whistle. Chef Coco's presentations were spot on visually and crafted well. The three of us shared the chef's tasting menu. Although this type of service serves small entrées, my appetite was satisfied completely. The grilled lamb chops were perfectly prepared and tender as butter. The pulled pork BBQ open face sandwich would stack up against BBQ anywhere. The restaurant is situated inside a winery, and we got to sample about 6 half-glasses with our dinner. The wines were excellent, perfectly chilled, and hand picked by Chef Coco to match up with the courses of service. I gave 4 stars for the food because, as a chef myself, I'm tough.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
went there for date night,
went there for date night, is a great little hidden gem. Very romantic, the chef personally comes out and visits with you before and after she prepares the meal. Was even better than expected. Will definitely be going there again after the new fall menu comes out. It is a little pricey but so very worth every bite and sip :)
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Suburban gourmet gem
This place is an unexpected foodie oasis in Kemah! The atmosphere is quiet and unhurried unlike the rest of Kemah and the food was outstanding-comparable to anything in Houston. The tasting menu allows for a chance to explore your palate and adding the wine pairings is a must! Dessert is a must and the wine pairing with dessert was an unexpected pleasure. Cannot wait to go back and enjoy the experience again although it will be different as the menu is seasonal. Kudos to Chef Coco and her friendly, service-oriented staff!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter made our dining experience truly fantastic. We were from out of town & just decided to try the place. The waiter was very helpful with recommending food & wine. He was very attentive to our needs.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Without a doubt, Chef Coco has created a wonderful dining experience using local farm to market resources, growing her own herbs, and offering wonderful wine pairings. She also personally stops to chat with diners to make sure they are enjoying their culinary fare. Highly recommend!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing wine pairing experience
I am baffled at the previous reviews which were negative because our experience was outstanding service and outstanding food/wine. Chef Coco visited every table to ensure our experience was delightful. I highly recommend the crab cakes, lamb lollipops, buffalo mozzarella ravioli, bacon wrapped asparagus and tomato basil soup. Make sure to also save room for their amazing desserts. Our new favorite is their creme brulee cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake! The atmosphere was so charming and intimate.Their Sauvignon Blanc, Red Zinfandel Reserve and Tropical Bliss were my top favorite wines of the night. Chef Coco Hogue is so attentive which is exhibited in your entire experience at Tabella! We will definitely return again and again
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wait staff Luis ( a little
Wait staff Luis ( a little young) not aware of proper table service. Broke the cork trying to get the wine open. Nice guy just very green. Food was good especially the pistachio salad with goat cheese.
I will come back again.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Not the fastest
Food was great. Not the fastest service though he waiter was very nice.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, even better wine
This place truly blew me away. I have been trying to find a good farm to table restaurant in this area and Tabella definitely is. Great staff, unbelievable food choices, and spectacular wine pairings is what I received at Tabella
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious and the service was great! We will definitely go back for a special occasion!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience from the minute we stepped in the front door. We were greeted by an assistant manager, I think Justin was his name. He made us feel very welcome and was very helpful working through the menu and wine pairing. We added the wine pairing to our meal and were very happy with the choices selected to go with our individual items, from the appetizers to the main course and especially the dessert.
Our server was so personable and interactive, great job.
We will definitely return, do the wine tasting and maybe a 5 or 7 course meal.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
great little hole in the wall
Had a great time with my husband and enjoyed a delish meal. Crab cakes and mahi mahi were exceptional especially with the paired wines! Will certainly head back!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceeded My Expectations
Went with a small group. They sat us in a separate room which was perfect. The food was excellent. Memorable experience.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere, fabulous food, delicious wine, & friendly & knowledgable staff.
Justin was fantastic! We will be back!! & we're bringing our friends!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The 4 course next time...
Overall experience was great. Had the 3 course with pairing. Salad was very good but not thrilling. Lamb lollipops were terrific. My wife and I both felt we could have ordered the lamb again right away. Dessert was uninspiring. Pairing was nice compliment to the first two courses. The service was very good and attentive. Will return.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very intimate place
This is a small winery but the food is great and made fresh. The wine is really good as well. The chef comes personally to each table and greets, talks with you. Very good experience!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience but the dress code was waived for the owners friend.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my 2nd time here and they do a great job! Chef Coco is an excellent cook and the service there was great! I love the wine pairing they do for each course.. It was always a perfect match.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were at Tabella for his belated birthday celebration. We had the 3-course menu; I also had the wine pairings and my husband had his choice of wine. We met the chef and were surprised to see how young she is. The menu was very interesting and the dishes we chose as our entrees were delicious. We were very impressed overall with the restaurant, the ambiance and outstanding meal. We have already recommended it to some friends and will return to the restaurant again soon.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
unique and wonderful
this was our second trip here. We love the food, the wine, and the cozy atmosphere. It's a great place to go to relax, enjoy a leisurely dinner, and have a wonderful evening with your other half.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
A real surprise! Small, cozy restaurant with very good wait staff. Diverse menu with a gourmet flare. Not the run of the mill restaurant. Already recommended to others that want something different, and GOOD.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very pleased with this trip to Tabela. We went there for my FiL's birthday and it was very nice. The food was great, the service was fantastic and we had a wonderful time. This was our second trip there, and we will go back again. Thank you Tabela.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time dining at Tabella. It was just as good as the first time. We didn't do the wine tasting this time but we did enjoy some really good food.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
5th anniversary dinner
Very elegant little find in Kemah, away from the hustle and bustle (and poor food) of the Boardwalk. Greeted and seated by the chef herself, who then took the time to go over the menu and the options for the dining experience. We had the 7 course Chef's Choice menu, and everything we were served was beautifully presented, but most importantly, the food tasted wonderful. Probably the overall best quality meal that this Clear Lake native has ever had in the entire Galveston Bay area, and pretty high on the "Forever" list. My wife and I have decided that this will be our special occasion spot.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, friendly staff,
Great food, friendly staff, romantic setting. Wine was not to my taste but the food was delicious.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go for the ambiance, skimp on food!
This restaurant experience was good, mostly due to its ambiance. My girlfriend and I were 10 minutes late for our reservations that were made 2 months ahead of time, and were put at a table in the corner (2 sides of the table faced the wall!) despite the restaurant being less than half full. The food was decent, although I can honestly say I've had better meals for less than half the price. The service was decent and relaxed, but for the price you'd expect a shoeshine, where as we found ourselves waiting for silverware. I seriously am not a stickler about this kind of stuff, but if I was going to buy a Rolls Royce I'd expect it to come with tires. The lamb was overcooked but my girlfriend enjoyed it. Stay away from the ravioli, bland!!!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is an unusual restaurant for Kemah. The atmosphere is something like you would find downtown somewhere. Since it is a winery the wine selection was nice and varied, but a bit overpriced. The food is fresh but I felt a little overlooked. I wouldn't recommend the pecan pie as it tasted store bought. The atmosphere was nice and the place was packed at 7:30.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for date night!
Quiet, nice ambiance, low lights, soft music. Close tables, can hear each others conversations. Wine parings were very good. The cherry wine with dessert was excellent!! I don't like sweet wines, but it was very nice. Smoked seafood was great, the fish a little dry around the edges. Wonderful flavor! Sweet potato gnocci was excellent!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed ourselves however the food was mediocre at best. We are not picky and easily pleased, I guess we expected more from the quality ad creativity of our meal. We ordered the 5 course meal. Wine was excellently priced and we enjoyed many glasses. We may try again or lunch some day:)
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our visit very
We enjoyed our visit very much. Portions seemed a little small but overall good food. The crab cake was a little soft for my liking but my husband really enjoyed it. Desserts and wines were wonderful!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM