Rio Ranch Steakhouse
Rio Ranch Steakhouse

Rio Ranch Steakhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rioranch.com/
  • Phone: (713) 952-5000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: San Hemwattikit
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have Private Dining Rooms available for 10 to 200 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Briarpark
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rio Ranch Steakhouse
Welcome to Rio Ranch, Texas! We invite you to enjoy our one of a kind Cowboy Cuisine featuring Mesquite Grilled Steaks and Seafood. From our scrumptious Sunday Breakfast Brunch to our private dining rooms, Rio Ranch has something for everyone. Rio Ranch is perfect for business dinners, family celebrations, romantic dinners or just a casual get together. We feature a full service bar, patio dining, a romantic fireplace and cowboy hospitality and service.
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Rio Ranch Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (6)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)fit for foodies (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • No One There
    LikeToEat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    There were very few people eating there on a Saturday night. They said most of their business comes from the Hilton Hotel and that they are much busier during the week. Even though there were less than 20 people in the restaurant, they seemed to have enough wait staff, but the service was spotty at best. After we had finished eating and waited quite awhile, our server brought our bill and then asked if we wanted any coffee or dessert. Usually we do have dessert and coffee but we were over it by that time.
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  • Excellent Food and Service
    5thTexan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was our first visit to Rio Ranch. While I was surprised to find it so empty on a Friday night ( we were one of only about six parties in the 2 hours we were there), this made for a quiet meal with excellent attention from our waiter, John. We took John's suggestions and ordered the off-menu Peppercorn Filet and the Chicken Enchiladas. Both were well-prepared and SUPER flavorful. Thank you, john for your recommendations and your superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • IamavisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    In the past I had pretty good experience in this restaurant, until recent two times. The server did not do a good job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved the food and the atmosphere.. will definitely be going back there
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    This was a group dinner and everyone was pleased with their order. Will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    we have been there many times but the open table reservation was not nessasary as it would not hold a table after 9 am and it is just open at that time needed around 11am
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 121 reviews are from the Rio Ranch Steakhouse reviews archive.
  • Pacific NW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Anthony was our Waiter and was fantastic! He knew the menu and presented it well. Upon his recommendation with the nightly steak special, we tried it and were not disappointed. Kudos to Anthony and the Chef for making a very nice meal and evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It has been a few years
    virginiagVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It's been a long time since we last ate at Rio Ranch and that was usually for brunch. Since we'd been given a gift card, we opted to try it for Saturday dinner. It was a 10 minutes before anyone showed up at the hostess desk to seat us. Only 3 other tables were in use. The waiter was cordial enough, but did not bring our wine until our dinner was served. The food was okay, but nothing exceptional. We both ordered salads with a protein. My grilled salmon was good. My husband's smoked turkey salad was basically deli turkey sitting on top of a greens. Overall disappointing, in its heyday I remember the food as being quite good. I hope they've done a better job of keeping the quality of their brunch up. It used to be outstanding.
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  • First timer
    Shmandy
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Basically chose Rio for convenience near Hilton and was pleasantly surprised. Nice atmosphere good food good service. If you like steaks that taste like your favorite backyard bar b que, this is the place. I plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter @ Rio Ranch
    Quilter
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great for holiday dining. Brunch may be busy, but evenings are great. Our fav place for Mother's Day evening with the family. Will certainly ask for Jerry!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It was ok
    Charles
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Food was ok...service was good...we had never been there before...what we thought was strange was that we were there on Friday night at 7pm and there were on (including us) 4 tables being served???????....pretty strange in Houston, TX
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  • This has been a business breakfast
    eatsoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    This has been a business breakfast go to for years. Lunches are plentiful with good selection. Food always above average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group
    Mari
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    I went with a group of 15. My reservation was set for 12pm and I arrived at 11:45 just to make sure everything was in place. We got seated closer to 12:15 but I guess it was because they were super busy! My group and I didn't mind though. The food definitely made up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FIRST SUNDAY BRUNCH
    WapTraveler
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This was our first "Sunday Brunch" at Rio Ranch. We enjoyed the decor, and the service was excellent. Thought there could have been more choices in the buffet, but what was there was good. Egg station and waffle station did a great job.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shhhh! Best kept secret in
    TasteseekersVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Shhhh! Best kept secret in Houston. Steaks can hold their own against any steakhouse in town. Plus, sides are included; what a concept! Some items are best-in-class: Wings; to die for. Onion rings - maybe best in town? Something for everyone on the menu. And bottles of secret sauce are right there on the table! Now, don't tell anyone, or everyone will be going there and it will be too busy to just walk in be assured of a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Steaklover
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    I took my husband out for his birthday, we had a nice evening without the kids.Rio Ranch's staff was very friendly and ready to wait on us, even though we were there early. This was our second time eating there and it won't be our last. The place was very clean and inviting. Sitting by the fireplace gave the night a romantic feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality has slipped in past year
    dlcjac
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This used to be a nice Houston-area restaurant for special occasions. This time my wife's fish was undercooked (despite asking the server to make sure the fish was fully cooked), and my prime rib was half fat -- we would have sent the food back if we hadn't been with a large party. Plus, prices were too high (compared to our favorite steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse), and the extra charges for minor substitutions were infuriating. All the place is now is a "typical hotel restaurant."
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Company Christmas Party
    MyDine
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We had our Chistmas party there for a small group. We were put in the side room ( not main dining area) due to a large, noisy party being hosted there. There were about 6 tables in our room , which seemed to be only tended by one waitstaff. This made our order take a bit longer. Others would help him occasionaly. One persons dinner was totally wrong and he had to wait for the correct steak to be brought out. The food was good but not exceptional, except for the appetizers- they are excellent. The table was not bussed after each course. I would go here for lunch again, but probably not dinner and not during the holidays.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Brunch Buffet
    Alli28
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    It was not very crowded and we were seated right away. I went with a large group of friends and we had an awesome time sampling the buffet fare and drinking mimosas! I would reccommend this place to anyone looking for a good Sunday brunch with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud & just average
    LPotter
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    The restaurant was loud and the food was just average. The meat temperatures were not as requested. Too expensive for the level of quality. Service was very good, but not worth going back for.
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  • Food good; service disappointing
    SpecialP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    I come here specifically for the chicken fried steak; I was disappointed it's not offered on Sunday brunch. After telling my server I'd traveled across town just for the chicken fried steak, he made it happen. My one complaint is the decline in customer service. My companion arrived 10-15 minutes prior to me. I was seated for 15 minutes before a server came to check on either of us. In fact, I had to go to the hostess stand to inquire about a server. After our food arrived, we were rarely checked on. We sat on the patio, but there was another table served out there, so I don't know what the problem was. I do enjoy the food, but I'd have to think twice about driving across town again if this is the level of service I can expect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration for my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Birthday celebration for my husband !! Drove fromNear Galveston !! Very good desition !! Will go back!!Even got to go for next day, that was well worth it!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre service and food at best
    Timouston
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    The food was okay - nothing to write home about. The unique thing was the waffle cup fruit bowl. Otherwise most of the things were pretty standard. The biscuits was a bit on the sweet side and so was the gravy (it was also lacking in sausages in the gravy). The breakfast taco bar was something unique and the ingredients were fresh. The omelette bar had a good selection of things that you could add to your omelette.. but the omelette was not well made - slightly on the greasy side. The fresh waffle and pancake bar was unique - but the service could be slow at times. Service is one area that was poor... often the cups was empty and the waitress did not come over to the table to pick up the empty plates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Staple!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We will drive from Sugar Land anytime to enjoy Sunday brunch. We have been blessed with this treasure for over 15 years:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable dinner. Consistent
    CiCiVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Very enjoyable dinner. Consistent quality food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really nothing special in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Really nothing special in my opinion. We were there between 7 and 8 PM and there were only 3 tables of diners. Food was okay, but nothing that would make me make a special trip.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food for the price and
    Loveseatingout
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Good food for the price and good selection. But service let it down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Celebration!
    DrinkMoreWineVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Always a favorite place to celebrate with the whole family over a Sunday brunch. Food and service are very good and everyone is happy because they get exactly what they want! Thanks for continuing to be our "go to" place for Sunday brunch for our family celebrations!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is always excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food is always excellent. My wife had the bone in ribeye and it was one of the best steaks we have tasted. Good service and a good wine list with reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • We went to Rio Ranch to celebrate
    number1foodloverVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    We went to Rio Ranch to celebrate my wife's birthday and truly enjoyed the entire evening from appetizers to the special birthday dessert they provided. We judge a place by the fried calamari if they have it, and it is outstanding at Rio Ranch! Out table had the mahi mahi as well as ribyeye, filet, and beef medallions and shrimp. All were prepared just right and thoroughly enjoyed. The special sauce for the steaks was served on the side instead of spread on the steak and that is how I would suggest getting it. The entrees were nothing short of fantastic and then there came a fresh baked bithday cobbler, ice cream and spoons for all. This reatuarant is defintely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • For Sunday Brunch it can't
    BigStar
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    For Sunday Brunch it can't be beat! Food was great tasting and fresh!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Impression
    AnaMaria17
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    It took almost 10 mins to be greeter by out server. Not a good first impression, plus server did not explain the dynamic of the brunch, etc. we had to asked him.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good as usual......
    Cooker72
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    This is a favorite casual restaurant of mine .....usually breakfast or lunch . We went at 10:30am on Saturday....after having coffee, we went to the buffet line.....I felt like it was a little empty....but I know we were late! What was there was good...not great! As usual, the service was great and the ambiance was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 Hungry Locals.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    We found the experience to be somewhat of what we expected it to be. For the number of people dining about 20 total in the place the service was sluggish. We only counted 2-3 waiters/waitresses working the floor. Staffing is short! Pricing was a little over? The ambiance made up for the dilution of everything else. Would we return? The answer is HIGHLY DOUBTFULL. Would we recommend; yes but only as a next to last resort for anybody....Regards; Dave and Family
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Decent food, but the place
    SteakloverfromKaty
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Decent food, but the place was DEAD...... Not sure why so few patrons, because the food was good, and service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat Customer
    RicMoreThanThreeChars
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Dined with two other couples in the front (wine?) room. The prime rib was very good, the chicken fried steak was very large and half had to go home. The service was very good. I understand why Fridays and Saturdays are prime rib nights as there was not a very large crowd; just us and a few other tables. Maybe that's an artifact of being in a hotel. All in all, we have been to dinner with these couples at the Ranch several times; and we will continue going back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My only issue was the soup
    Hard2Impress
    Dined on 11/6/2012
    My only issue was the soup which came with the special - it was cold. Otherwise, blackened red snapper entree was quite flavorful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good steak, wonder service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    Very good steak, wonder service, decor is great. Had a good time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok, slow service in an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Just ok, slow service in an empty restaurant, and the food has gone downhill.
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  • Coolly Rustic with a Good Ribeye
    MCinTheWoodlandsVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Overall, we enjoyed our evening at Rio Ranch Steakhouse. The calamari was very tender, and the breading was nice and light though on the salty side. Two of us ordered the prime rib, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was wonderfully tender and seasoned perfectly. My husband, who always orders chicken fried steak if it's on the menu, had the chicken fried ribeye. He said that the flavor was good but the breading was too thick; I did notice that when he was finished, he had a rather large pile of breading left on his plate. Mushrooms had a nice buttery flavor. We had 2 servers: one seemed either new or in training, and the one doing the training, was outstanding - very professional and thorough. The hostess was pleasant as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet