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17 at The Sam Houston Hotel-Houston

4.0
521 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Located in the Sam Houston Hotel, a National Register of Historic Places, *17 is an onsite restaurant just minutes away from the Houston’s historic museum district. This establishment honors the true spirit of Texas through its adventurous and innovative take on classic American cuisine. It takes its name from the 17 railroad lines that extended from various parts of the state and Gulf Cost. *17’s modern and elegant design provides guests with an elevated dining experience.

Start with creative appetizers that reflect the region’s specialties like its smoky tomato soup, Texas plantain crab cakes or battered shrimp. For entrees, order its braised short ribs, tomato mascarpone ravioli or seared angus filet. There is an extensive wine list curated to pair well with any dish. Recognized by Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Gourmet and many other publications, *17, is perfect for a quiet or special night out.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday-Friday 6:30 A.M.-11 A.M.
Saturday-Sunday 7 A.M.-11 A.M.

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 A.M.-2 P.M.

Dinner:
Monday-Saturday 5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Sunday 5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
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Phone number
(832) 200-8994
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Humberto Molina Segura
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Private party facilities
An ideal ambiance for up to 30 located just behind our main dining room, our private dining room features flat screens with built in AV capabilities, complimentary WiFi and hard wired internet as well as direct phone lines for teleconferencing needs.
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Private party contact
Natalie Monk: (832) 200-8807
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Catering
All in-house catered events are served food prepared by award winning restaurant *17. Personalized menus can be created for any budget by our Executive Chef for parties of 8 to 215. Our on-site personal event specialists will help organize and arrange every detail of the food and beverages, contact us to learn more and set up a menu tasting at 832-200-8803. Please visit our website for more information.
thesamhoustonhotel.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Jacinto
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking when dining. Ask your server for ticket validation.
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Public transit
Located conveniently downtown at the corner of San Jacinto and Prairie Street in Houston's most happening zip code, 77002, and only steps away from the Main Street Light Rail Transit Train.
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Entertainment
Pre-dining cocktails available in The Sam Bar featuring plasma screen entertainment and outside seating. Park and walk to the ballpark with both pre/post game coverage of Houston Astros. With its relaxed vibe and attentive staff, the Sam Bar is the perfect location and a great venue to "warm up" for dinner at *17.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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food
4.2
service
4.2
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3.8
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on February 21, 2016

Limited breakfast menu

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vipchristocino (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2016

Somewhat surprisingly, there were only two tables filled at noon. You would expect that this place would do a brisk lunch business given its proximity to the courts and many high rise buildings. The room is nice and the food is quite good for a hotel restaurant. The problem is -- and it is a big problem -- is the service. We arrived at noon and all three persons at our table ordered the same thing (simple ravioli). It wasn't until 12:45 that our food arrived. Even for dinner this would have been slow, but for lunch it is completely unacceptable. While there obviously is some talent in the kitchen, this restaurant is poorly managed. No doubt, many others had discovered this long before me given that there was hardly anyone else here.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

We had to ask for a wine menu and was informed there is not a wine menu. During the meal I asked for rolls or bread and was informed by the server they were out, but he could check to see if there might be some back in the kitchen. Throughout all of this, there was a max of four customers, one table with two and us. I declined the sevre's offer to go search for bread. We ordered a crab cake and it had a crabby odor. As seafood lovers know, this is not a good thing and makes me question the freshness of the ingredients. The only food highlight was tomato ravioli with cream sauce. I ordered a steak that was chewy and flavorless. I ended up eating no more than half of it and the server did not even ask about the meal. Fortunately, I was offered the last of the ravioli.
We received our check, I placed my card in the receipt tray and signed the receipt with the gratuity. So many minutes passed that I didn't realize the super re never came to get the tickets and ran my card. Not knowing this, I put away my card and we left to head to the theatre. As we nearing the end of the block, I hear someone saying "sir, sir." It's the server who rarely came by the table who said the credk card had not been run through. I give him my card, we walk back to the restaurant for him to run my card.
So I get back and ask if we were checking in for our OpenTable app. He doesn't even know what that is and asks if we use It to pay for meals. I gave the hostess my name and she checked us in.
$90.13 will get you an appetizer, one glass of wine and two entrees at 17. That's it, you get nothing else. No customer service or concern about the quality of food.
Do yourself a favor and pass on this restaurant. Unless of course you can't find an establishment in downtown Houston where you can get quality food, quality service, or even both for this amount or less.

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vipJohnnyRocko (Kansas City)
3.0  Dined on July 17, 2015

We started at the bar across the hall inside The Sam but they would not come to the table and ask us for our drink order. The bar tender hollered out "if you want something you'll have to come to me." So... We walked over to the bar (because there wasn't another soul in the place) and said "we were looking for a place to relax (party of six) with my clients and I didn't want to be jumping up and down for drinks, could he please send someone over?" He said "no, there isn't any one". That wasn't the kind of place we were looking to gang out so we walked.

We walked across the hall inside the hotel, at *17 and sat there instead, we had dinner reservations there in a half hour anyway. We ordered apps and drinks, no one else in the dinning room. Quite place, nice little girl to serve us, food was good we each had a salad (I had the baby wedge, it was excellent - I mean really, really good) the rest of the group had various other soups (cream of mushroom soup was watered down) and salads along with our apps (most of it was good, not great, but good). We decided to eat some dogs and pizza at minute maid ballpark (or see what food was being served in the company suite).

We were on our way to a Stors game and staying at The Sam, and although stark in its appointments, the staff was exceptional and they had a comp shuttle ride to and from the ball park. It's only 8 or 9 blocks but it was very hot that afternoon so we took the shuttle - we tipped the guy $20 each way but to avoid the hassle of getting in and out of the park we would have been happy to pay double or triple - super nice driver and very easy in and put of the game.

By the way.... Have you ever been in Dallas and tried to get out after a Rangers game? Forget about it!

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vipRedd (Houston)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

Before my visit, I reviewed yelp and it gave it horrible ratings. Nevertheless, I proceeded because I visited the restaurant in 2007 before it was remodeled and was impressed by the service, food and professionalism. This visit was horrible. It was my wife and I 4 year anniversary; we were the only one in the restaurant, its apparent that the restaurant staff, management and valet could use a course in proper etiquette for services in an upscale hotel environment. The presentation of the food was horrible as well as the taste, this was not a culinary chef. The valet driver didn't provide curbside service; I had to remind him to open the door for my wife. The music selection to set the mood and lighting were terrible. This is the Sam Houston hotel, no hotel guest ate in the restaurant, and were seen leaving or sat in the bar. I know this hotel reopened , surely you didn't have your service expectations considered. I was so embarrassed and disappointed. I hate to be harsh but allow me to provide examples: The waitress has never worked in a fine dining restaurant. The bread and butter plate was empty until I reminded the waitress; I ordered the medium well New York Strip with spinach and potatoes. My steak was well done and the spinach never arrived. I notified the waitress, she brought it as side dish, and the Chef must have wasted the entire salt bottle on it. The triple chocolate cheesecake was actually a New York cheesecake with chocolate icing on it. The cake tasted like it was made from my daughter's easy bake oven. The wedge iceberg lettuce was awful. I elected to taste and keep the food on the plate until the end of the date. I tried to keep the event humorous, as my wife suggested that this was an entertaining 4 year dinner and she sorry that it didn't go well. The valet attendant was rude and nonchalant. Please take this review as constructive criticism and provide your staff training in hotel services.

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MrFulham (London)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2015

Good place for breakfast although menu is a little limited

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

The hotel is awesome, and the 17 restaurant is just as great. Treated very well. Large seelection of drinks from the bar. Prices were surprisingly reasonable also

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2015

For being the only ones at the restaurant it took forever to be served. The food was just mediocre. I'm sure its better for for breakfast as most hotels are.

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vipLocal (Houston)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2014

17 is a good quiet place for a meeting when you need to discuss business. The food was decent, but the service left much to be desired. Our service didn't come check on our coffee or juice. We had to chase him down.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2014

Umberto (Chef and relatively new to 17) brought a personal touch to our dinner.
His Braised beef dish was excellent with a his recipe for seasoning that
reminded me of the rubs (his is unique) from historic Memphis.

I would recommend 17 as a good place to converse with the Chef and make sure you get his
braised beef dish.

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vipReview (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2014

Very quiet, mostly because we were the only ones in the restaurant. I had a hamburger, which was slightly above average. Their chicken soup was great because it tasted like it was home-made. My guest had a roasted chicken plate which was much more food than he could handle. Service was very good because the waitress was very nice and personable.

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Josie (Houston)
1.0  Dined on August 25, 2014

Did not have a chef. Only a su chef prepared our dinner. Out of pasta, served plain quinoa, served popcorn costco like shrimp and I returned my meal. Asked for medium well steak and came back medium rare. Manager was very pleasant and adjusted our bill and offered to drive to and from us to our concert. She said they are in the middle of revamping the restaurant. Suggestion is close and reopen when you have it together!

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HoustonEats (Houston)
2.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

Small dining room with a large tv, slow service, limited lunch menu, and a noisy floor buffer in the lobby didn't contribute to a very satisfying lunch.

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Anonymous (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2014

Would have been a better experience if we were not the only table there on a Saturday night.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined on May 1, 2014

The room was great (except for the TVs--what's the point?). I liked the menu. The rosemary foccacia was nice. However, the tuna Nicoise that I ordered was missing both the green beans and the olives and was overcooked. This, after waiting about half an hour for the food when there was only one other table occupied in the restaurant. I asked the server about the green beans and he never addressed this omission. My companion's salad looked good but she said it was way overdressed (after she ordered dressing on the side). I really wanted to like 17 but will not be back.

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vipYukk (Houston)
1.0  Dined on April 7, 2014

The place smells, the service is slow, the food is bad...

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Melvino (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

It was quiet very nice wait staff and awesome food. I will most definitely be back.

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ChaLex (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

I celebrated the Valentine's day 2014 at the 17 with my love, and it was veryyyy romantic and the place was nice. The Waiter Oliver was so kind and I fell comfortable when i found out he was fluent in French as well! It reminded of France! I will definitely go back!!!

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vipDL27 (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

After dining here in 2010 and falling in love with the food and service, I thought it would be a wonderful treat for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately the food didn't live up to my expectations (it was a fixed menu this night) and the service was truly disappointing. We sat there with empty drinks and a non-bussed table for most of the evening. The small group for dinner was intimate and there were rose petals on the tables, so it was very romantic at least. Not sure we'll be going back anytime soon...

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K713 (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Booked for Valentines day after looking at reviews, majority were favorable, and proximity of concert hall. Our request for seating was honored and the ambience is lovely, very romantic. The food however, was terrible. Soup, greasy; the salad, although tasty was terribly presented. My guy ordered the same salad; his was lovely, mine looked liked they had thrown the ingredients on the plate. Not much of the 4 course meal was any better, though the creme brûlée was very tasty. Overall very disappointing, a waste of money.

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Papamayo (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2014

The Sam is extremely impressive and the Staff was top notch! We will definetly return soon! The best Filet I have ever had and my wife's Risotto was amazing. The personal touch of having a sedan take us to the Hobby Center and back was perfect. We won't stay anywhere else when we are downtown.

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Byron (Houston)
2.0  Dined on December 25, 2013

Quiet - the dining area had been divided and a buffet was set up. The Christmas buffet was strange - an odd mix of foods, no gravy for the mashed potatoes and only a single dressing for the salad. There was a quiche, oysters, and a very different kind of benedict - not the usual and certainly not what you would expect for Christmas dinner.

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Julie (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2013

We tried 17 with family for brunch on Christmas Day. I love the look of the restaurant; it is an intimate dining room, with only about 10 tables. The holiday decorations were lovely. Brunch buffet was laid out in the adjacent room. It wasn't very crowded. The service was excellent, attentive and friendly. The food was overall pretty good-- but not outstanding. The offerings on the buffet were fewer than I would have hoped. I would go again to try it on a day when they are having a regular dinner service. I think the romantic ambiance would be great for a date.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on December 14, 2013

Two of our table ordered risotto. When the entrees came out the waitress said, "The chef wanted me to tell you than we have ran out or rice so he made the risotto with barley'. No rice, no creamy texture, no warning. Given that we had an event to attend (and the other four members of our party had received their entrees) one of us excepted the bland barley salad and the other went without an entree. No wonder there was nobody else in the entire restaurant two Saturday before Xmas with the theaters right around the corner! This was our second, and last time, at the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

Food as always is just great, as the wine list.

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Fantastic (Houston)
3.0  Dined on September 28, 2013

Service was very slow. I appreciate being allowed time to linger over my plates, and a leisurely meal keeps you from getting too full, but the dishes arrived very slowly here. The evening at the restaurant was slow as well with very few customers, so I don't understand the drag.
The salad, appetizer and main courses were ok, but not fantastic. When we saw the apple pie on the dessert menu, we said,"Why not?" Although we would generally never order this at a restaurant. Unfortunately, although the presentation was fresh, the filling was anything but... Maybe the wrong variety of apples was used, or our fears that a canned filling was used are correct. Would certainly not order it again. Which won't be an issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on September 27, 2013

This was our second time eating there. Both times unmemorable. I feel like they try so hard, but just miss the mark. The offerings are limited and although the complexity isn't ignored, it is poorly executed. The food is not bad, I just don't believe anyone will return. We were unable to use a deal because it was restaurant wee so we did that and then came back a second time with our deal. Service was good.

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vipBlarney (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2013

Very nice ambiance, and the waiter was very good. Good wine recommendation and a great table for a romantic dinner. Food was pretty good, but I would not call it excellent. Braised short rib was tender but just slightly dry. Salmon was good. Our dessert choice was questionable. Still not quite sure what it was...sort of cookie crossed with cake. Should have tried something different. The waiter knew us by name when we arrived which was nice...and my gf got a kick out of being called mrs blarney :) really enjoyed the waiters service, he was excellent. 50-50 on whether I would recommend with so many other great restaurants around.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2013

This was the perfect restaurant for a party of one that wanted that extra special attention and they did provide.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on August 21, 2013

Nice quiet place at lunch; easy to talk business

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