Loved the chefs table special!
Loved the chefs table special! Not knowing what you're going to eat was fun! We'll definitely do that again.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
You must try this place!
Our first time here and was so excited to learn that the chef (who came out to speak to us before our meal) is the son of another great Thai chef who had a restaurant near the current location back in the 90's. I loved that place and missed it when it closed. This new version is all that and more. The food is great!. If you are afraid that Thai is too spicy don't be. My dish was prepared exactly the way I described my spice level to our very knowledgeable wait person. They did not have my favorite wine on their list but she found a perfect substitute. We will be back often!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Thai food and service.
Excellent Thai food and service. Awesome and we will be back.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had not heard much about
I had not heard much about Merlion but boy was I missing out. The food was fantastic, the ambiance was great and our server was exceptionally knowledgeable about the menu, even making suggestions for us since it was our first visit! We will definitely be back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unexpected gem in an old home! Lov
Unexpected gem in an old home!
Loved everything about it...
Will go back soon and bring friends...
Don't miss it if you are in the Bay Area...
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best kept secret in Clear Lake area
Chef Andrew makes the best Thai food we have ever had in the US. Each dish is made to order, so be prepared to wait more than 10 minutes for your dish. But it is worth it. The peppers have been spicy lately, '2' is very hot, so if you like more mild spices, select a '1' for the level of spice.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Make an evening of it
Good enough to stick around after dinner for an after-dinner cocktail, dessert or to makw new friends by the fire on the gorgeous patio.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day dining
We have been visiting this restaurant since the first week they opened their doors. The food, wine, and service is always exceptional! It is our "go to" special place!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Gourmet Thai Food in Seabrook
Took my husband here for date night and we loved it. Great place!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
we didnt know what to expect and we were completely blown away. The staff was spot on the details of how hot the food was and knew them menu. When our dinner arrived, i felt like i had gone to curry heaven. Both my husband and I could not stop commenting on how wonderful the food was. and especially how come it took us so long to find this place.
We will go back as much as we can.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Weeknight birthday dinner
Thank you so much for all the added touches on my husbands birthday. I am so glad we chose to spend it at Merlion. I am never disappointed!
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with quiet, intimate atmosphere. Excellent service. Will come again.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
15th Anniversary Surprise
I decided to surprise my wife with a new restaurant venue to celebrate our anniversary. We were pleasantly greeted upon our entry and were quickly seated at nice table for two in the corner of the back room. The staff was very attentive, answered a few questions, offered some suggestions, and informed us of their 'Spicy Hot' rating system. They recommended level 2 out of 5, which is what my wife selected. I've eaten at other Thai restaurants that were pretty hot, so I decide to try their level 3. We both enjoyed the spicy level of our entrees, but I'm pretty sure that I'd be crying at anything level 4 and up. The food was delicious and the portion size was perfect. We selected two desserts and left with the intention of returning soon.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Find in Seabrook
My dining companion and I decided to venture outside our normal haunts to the Kemah area to try the Merlion restaurant. We brought our bikes and spent a couple hours touring the vicinity of the Kemah waterfront, and then had dinner at Merlion. We had a great time - both of us thoroughly enjoyed our appetizers and entries. We will definitely be back!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I love this place. It is our favorite place for date night.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden Gem In Old Seabrook
This is a very excellent place to eat. We went to celebrate a friend's birthday and had never been before. We all had different dishes and the were all good. The service was very attentive but not pushy. We were able to have a nice relaxed dinner and desert withou being puzhed. Prices are consistent with quality of food and ambience. Food can be spicy (we liked) but be sure to ask questions before you order. The place is not on the main drags so you will not drive by it every day and be reminded to go there. Dinning room was quiet a d there is outdoor seating for some non summer eves.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Its hidden and doesn't advertise but worth finding
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tucked away in a charming
Tucked away in a charming area, Merlion is a real treasure. We made reservations for the chef's table and Brooke made every effort to make sure we were accommodated to our needs. Each of the five dishes we received were wonderful. My favorite was the apple and crab salad--it was light, refreshing, and the salad dressing was addictive. It is what I will be ordering when I return. While we enjoyed everything we tried in the restaurant, I'm afraid the chef's table meal split between two people is just too much for each of us to eat. We ended up taking most of the main course home, and asking for our mango and sticky rice dessert to be boxed up. I have told everyone I know about this great place, and I hope the locals keep it alive.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was good as always. The service was extremely slow on this night. It was an hour & a half before our food arrived. But we will be back.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here for an anniversary dinner and we both loved this place! The food was absolutely amazing!!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my local favorites!
Living in Baytown, my only options for Thai are to drive into Houston or down to Seabrook. When I'm really craving Thai, the choice is always Merlion. I've tried many of their menu offerings and I've enjoyed them all. My favorites are the soups - both Tom Yum and Tom Kha - the Kang Massaman curry, Thai Salad w/ Goat Cheese or Crab and Apple. Tasty appetizers and desserts as well. The staff is friendly and attentive. You may have to wait a little longer for your meal than some of the Houston restaurants, but it's very fresh and worth it for finer dining. The noise level depends on the crowd. Usually only moderate, but the good food and wine are conducive to lively conversation in larger groups at times. Foodies should love this place.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merlion July 27, 2013
Great place. Excellent Asian food, they can spice it up or down to your taste. They have a surprisingly good wine list. Lots of very interesting wines from all over, good cross section of places/grapes/styles. Waitresses and hostess/owner are all very knowledgeable and helpful. They will even pour tastes. Clear Lake has a dearth of wine bars. This place is worthy of stopping in just for the wine.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's great to have an upscale and delicious restaurant in our area
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant had excellent food! My fish curry was cooked perfectly and the mussels appetizer was delicious. The only complaint was that the service was a little slow but the manager came by an apoligized claiming they were not expecting such a large crowd from the Houston Restaurant Weeks so the wait was understandable. The dining room was also on the small side so the noise level was notable. We could hear everything going on at the table next to us... overall, it was a pleasant experience though so we will be returning, probably not during Restaurant Weeks though.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I returned for our second visit which happened to be during their Houston Restaurant Week. We each selected an appetizer, entree, and dessert with a portion of the cost benefiting a local food bank. The menu choices were very good and allowed us to sample each others selection. The flavors are well crafted and made the whole evening very satisfying. Everything was delicious, the service was great, and we look forward to our return visit. Make a reservation and give them a try.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We're going back!
We visited Merlion for the first time as part of Houston Restaurant Weeks and we were blown away. Our server, Lauren, was more than attentive, she was helpful with ideas and recommendations, and she was all-around fabulous.
The appetizers were just the right size- I had 2 satay skewers and my husband had the lobster rolls. The curry dishes were delicious and were large enough servings for us to bring home for dinner the next night.
The key lime pie dessert was one of the next I've had and my husband had the mocha cake.
Everything was very well prepared and beautifully presented.
We enjoyed a leisurely evening out, but know that if you're looking for a quick bite, Merlion may not be for you. Our meal was about 2 hours long.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Thai Food in Seabrook
Merlion has authentic food in a cozy atmosphere with great service. We are regulars and enjoy the quality and variety of food. We always are made to feel welcome. Good wine and cocktails. Chef/Owner is always on site. This is our "go-to" restaurant for Thai food in a casual atmosphere in the Clear Lake area. It is a hidden gem.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never disappoints. A great place to bring out of town guests.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went in a group of 5 for dinner. A couple of us did the restaurant week menu while the others did a la carte. Food took awhile to come out but it was worth the wait. Spicy options were from 1 to 5. I got 2, but probably could have done 1. Service was great apart from the waiting time. One of us wanted to pack leftovers but the staff misunderstood and threw the food out. They ended up making us a whole new half size serve to go! Tom yum soup was a winner.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
a favorite for years
Merlion has been a favorite of ours for years. The curry is wonderful - and I'm normally not a curry lover. Going there during restaurant week was interesting - I've not seen it that busy before. Their patio is also lovely once it cools off.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful, unique flavors.
Wonderful, unique flavors. Lovely location. Give it a try!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wife & I highly recommend Merlion!
Seriously, I can't pick one dish over another as every time we go, we try a new dish and love it. Since its Thai, they always explain their heat scale, & then as you what level of heat you desire. Merlion is located in an unassuming location, and the feel is a very relaxed one. The Staff is friendly and you can easily feel that you are having dinner at a friend's home, instead of out somewhere. The decor is different in a good way, perhaps a bit funky, cosmic... Sometimes there is a bit more time between dishes than I like, but their wine list helps past the time with friends, as it's easy to hear each other at the table without shouting. My overall rating for Merlion is definitely, " Superior!"
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
tasty but long dinner
The food is amazing. the service, when the waitstaff shows up, is great but it takes a long time to get through a meal, get the check, etc.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome! It was my wife's bday and they took care of her nicely! Bday cake, champagne and table decorations without me asking! Great food and wonderful staff.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food - Needed earplugs
This was not exactly a quiet romantic evening to celebrate our anniversary - but the food made up for it.
The restaurant had a couple of noisy groups that made the evening lively, but not relaxing.
We enjoyed all the food - the soup and mussels were to die for. The curry was cooked perfectly. The staff was extremely friendly. The wait time for food was a tad slow, but could have been delayed because of the 2 big tables dining at the same time.
Will go back - and maybe bring earplugs just in case. The noise level was by no means the fault of the restaurant - we just happen to pick a day and time when the restaurant was busy.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. Great food and service. We will for sure go back
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh food & excellent service
My husband made reservations at Merlion to celebrate my birthday and we were extremely happy with the food and the service. They seated us at a corner table, per our Open Table request, in the inviting and tastefully decorated dining room. My husband had mentioned my birthday and they decorated our table - very cute! Our waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. The service was efficient, and the dishes well-spaced. We had the fresh spring rolls, Panang curry, and Merlion Signature Dish - everything was fresh and flavorful. To top it off, the staff presented us with a surprise birthday cake. We will definitely be back here and highly recommend it!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Night
We order the "Chef's Choice" and had a wonderful 5 course meal. We loved it and can't wait to go back! We noticed some people sitting outside and relaxing ---- we need to find out what that's all about! Looked like something we would enjoy! The bar area looked very nice too!!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad We Found It
Who knew that this restaurant was tucked away in Seabrook. Beautiful atmosphere on the off-beaten path. Will definitely go back.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A toast to Chef Andrew
Best Thai we have found in the entire Houston area.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience! I
Great dining experience! I had called the day of my reservations to let them know that it was my boyfriends birthday , and when we sat down at our table they had decorated it for us with roses and Happy Birthday confetti , and at the end of our meal brought out a cake large enough for four and had some extra! The service was outstanding as well as the food ! Excellent wine list !
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite special
This is our favorite special occasion restaurant. The food is awesome and the staff always attend to every detail.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went there for the first time for dinner and it was awesome! The food wass great and the service was impeccable! They treated us like royalty with rose petals on our table and everything. It's a little pricy but worth it and will definitely go back in the near future maybe for a special occasion.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went here with my in a
We went here with my in a weeknight with my wife, it was very quiet and intimate. Jessica, our waitress was very attentive to our request and helped us with the wine and dinner selections. The menu has a lot of options from vegetarian, fresh fish and even Kobe beef. We will definitely go back soon.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food and wait staff.
Terrific food and wait staff. However, the noise level can be very bad due to the relatively small dining rooms and low ceilings. Recommend dining outside if weather permits.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you are looking somewhere a little off the beaten path that is fantastic, Merlion is the place for you. They are willing to talk you through the menu to make sure that everything you order is the right spice level for you. Fantastic service and amazing food!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Without reservation (but not without reservationS), I recommend this restaurant. We are repeat diners and have never had a bad experience. Impressive. From wine to appetizer to main course to the absolutely amazing mango sticky rice, it's worth it.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was my first visit to the restaurant. I will definitely return! The entire experience was absolutely delightful.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Six of us were celebrating a friends 60th. We were a little loud but it fit right in with the noise level. The food and service were great and the owner/manager gave us a bottle of champaign for the birthday boy. Nice touch. We enjoyed by the open pit fire outside after dinner. Great find Open table. Prices very reasonable.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been to merlion many times, for many occasions, with parties of 2 to 20, and we've never been disappointed!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM