Ambrosia

4.4
561 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
An intimate space situated in Houston's hip Montrose neighborhood just minutes from the Museum District, Ambrosia Kitchen + Bar serves inventive small plates, perfect to share with your date or a group of family and friends. The space—formerly a residential bungalow—features an enclosed garden patio and sultry dining room that provide guests with a sense that they’ve journeyed beyond Houston to an exotic locale. A mix of signature and seasonal items, the menu playfully blends Southeast Asian flavors with European techniques and local ingredients. Pair dishes with a bottle of wine or craft cocktails from the full bar. Enjoy daily happy hour specials on on the lantern-lit patio on breezy evenings.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Small restaurant with nice outdoor seating area. Menu offers all small plates which is great for sharing. We went with our waitress‘s recommendations. All was delicious. We had great service, our waitress was very friendly and engaging and the different type foods were served remarkably fast. We will definitely come back.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, quick service even though it was super busy!

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KB
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great concept with small plates that are meant for sharing with Asian fusion theme. We really enjoyed all of the dishes, the standouts being the potatoes and the strip steak as well as the ribs. Will definitely be back!

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DS
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and cocktails are always great. Service was exceptional. Such a lively place.

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DB
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a cozy date night spot. Asides from the fact that I got stuck with a wobbly chair, the food and ambiance at Ambrosia were excellent. We enjoyed the ribs very much and hope to come back soon.

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LH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 9 seated in one of the alcoves. The food was delicious, particularly the Brussels sprouts and lamb samosas. We tried many of the small dishes and most were winners. We tried several of the cocktails and they were just okay...nothing to write home about. The seating in the front alcove has low tables, so you will be leaning in to eat. Overall, excellent service and delicious food. This restaurant has a unique and relaxed vibe...if you are looking for uptight and stuffy, stay away. We will be returning to enjoy the “reverse” happy hour.

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HT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Appreciate the menu as it labels what's veggie friendly etc easily.

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EB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation an hour in advance & was able to get a private room & table of 10. Staff was SO nice & accommodating. They stayed on top of keeping us updated with our table while we waited. Waitress told us the history about the restaurant & explained the menu very well. Food was good but some dishes are a bit different which is why I rated that area a 3. None the less, over all would rate it a 9/10. It’s very affordable too!! & perfect for a date night or special occasion. Oh & the rice was taking a while so they gave us free Brussels sprouts! Awesome service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was great! I do think in they need to adjust their menu.

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b
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Noise level was quiet as we ate early in dinner service. Service was attentive throughout meal until we were ready for credit card to be collected. Food was disappointing and in general, overpriced for the portion and quality. The bok choy was tasty as it was fresh and pleasantly sauced. The grilled rib-eye special was well-priced for happy hour, but requested medium was served well done. The samosas tasted like they were wrapped in wonton wrappers, not samosa pastry, and the lamb filling was under-seasoned and dry. The desserts were an abomination: the pandan cake tasted like it was either cooked or at least reheated in a microwave and had the texture and delicacy of a kitchen sponge; the pot de creme was obviously stored frozen and microwaved or otherwise quickly defrosted for serving as it had an icy core and mushy exterior.

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SG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Special mention must be made of the Pandan dessert (BRILLIANT, I’m Malaysian and can attest to how authentic it tasted) and Samosas as well as the Pork Shu Mai and Thai-Talian Risotto. The latter most definitely not for the faint of heart but AMAZING. The Red Snapper was delicious but so salty we could not finish it. And the Mushroom Flatbread was ok. My critique, if you can call it that, would be the misspelling of my name. It may seem trivial but service is everything and it’s these little things that make someone come back. That being said, we’ll be returning if only for the Risotto and Pandan Cake!!!

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UD
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

First time we went there ... food was excellent. So we decided to go there again. Not sure if the chef is different or different owner. But the food was very greasy, the restaurant didn’t seem appetizing, it was not so clean so to speak. The staff though are extremely friendly and nice.

I would not go again there.

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food experience was extraordinary but the service and the extra charges on my credit card for “add on tip” after I left cash were unprofessional- which is being disputed. As a former waiter, it’s a rule that you don’t do that to your customers even if they leave you a bad tip. Because of it, I would like everyone who goes here to keep your receipts and be wary of this type of behavior.

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FN
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very fun and lively. The menu was very creative and the food—such as the sprouts, the wings, the steak were all excellent. The one down side was that we went on Xmas and they were understaffed and service was slow. I don’t think this is the norm and I certainly intend to return on another more normal day.

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JN
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and food.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I’ve been at this restaurant a number of times, so I know it’s good. I knew something weird was up when i received a confirmation call just thirty minutes before arrival, asking if we still planned on coming. Unfortunately, some inconsiderate company party overtook most of the dining room, attention of the wait staff, and made our entrees come out in the most bizarre order as the kitchen staff was in the weeds the entire night. It really impacted the enjoyment of our birthday dinners. If you’re going to have a party that large disrupt everyone else’s meals with subpar service, poorly timed service, or at points over cooked food, you cannot handle a party that size and other guests. I mean, shame on the people who booked up a small restaurant on a busy Friday night, but this was an oversight on whoever handles reservations. They were out of samosas at 7:30, and that’s far too early in the evening to be out of a dish. I kind of feel like we wasted money when we could’ve spent it at another restaurant that didn’t treat an entire section of guests like they were secondary to a tab across the restaurant.

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CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was outstanding - however they are not set up to manage a large party. We had 16 guests and the service was pretty slow. The table was not ready when we arrived - causing the party to gather in the bar area which is in the middle of the restaurant. I would suggest the limit their table reservations sizes or add more servers on nights when they have larger parties.

I've been there before and the food was outstanding as always. Normally the service is much better. To be clear, the waiter was friendly and responsive - however it took forever to get drinks and food out. I think he had been stretched too thin by the large groups that night.

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HB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I absolutely LOVE the food at Ambrosia. Very unique mix of tastes, all delicious. My only complaint was that it was relatively noisy (at peak time on a Saturday night). Overall, highly, highly recommended.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. Amanda was our server and she was wonderful. She was very attentive even as the place got very busy. Food was tasty and super hot coming out of the kitchen. Brussels sprouts and prawns were both delicious. Ambrosia never disappoints.

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p
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice venue, but impossibly noisy. Very hard to hear with lots of hard surfaces and a noisy bar that is part of the space. Food is interesting, but the service is spotty. Large gaps in the delivery of food.

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LM
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, service was nice. The interior was really load for such a small restaurant.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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SH
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriend and I met for after work drinks and dinner. She’d been here before but I had not. I found the menu tantalizing and our server Kristin was perfect. At first we were the only ones there because we arrived early (sometimes that means you’ll get either overbearing service or absent service), but she was right on point. I don’t handle excessive Lee hot spice very well, and she directed me away from certain dishes so that I wouldn’t be displeased. We enjoyed several dishes and I will get all of them again. The only potential downside was the fact that ithe restaurant was extremely dimly lit, which led to the requisite iPhone flashlight to read the menu. Also, when the food was served you didn’t get the visual impact that they intended, because you couldn’t see it very well.

Keep in mind that they do not have regular happy hour on Friday, but they do have reverse happy hour that night. Cocktails are $12 each unless you get them at happy hour and then they’re $8.

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K
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great find on Lexington. Loved everything
Crab fried rice
Brussels sprouts
Flat bread
Curry French fries
All outstanding.

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JL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Very, very loud. Too loud for a business dinner.

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M
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another enjoyable dinner at Ambrosia. I appreciate that it seems like a lot of thought went into each dish we ordered. I think the flavor combinations are unique, and set this restaurant apart. Fortunately, there is great overlap between what the chef thinks of and what I like to eat - so I'll be back.

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j
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth time here. Outstanding as always.

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JA
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for a little variety and spice in your foodie life, Ambrosia is a nice change of pace from the usual Houston fare. Their dishes are a blend of Indian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai influences. Most of their dishes are actually a bit on the spicy side. The outdoor courtyard in front was nice, airy, and cozy. Inside is a pub vibe, but a little claustrophobic. Great drink list too, again with lots of asian influenced hand crafted cocktails.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing! I hate that I can’t remember her name! She was an excellent bartender as well. Love this place!

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KH
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, I thought the food was good and there were several things on the happy hour menu that were really good and well priced. Unfortunately, I tried to order several items and I was told they were out of those items. We were there early during happy hour on Sunday and would expect Ambrosia to have a full menu. That was disappointing and the main reason I'm giving a lower rating.

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LN
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and amazing food. Will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Highly recommend the flatbread, brussel sprouts, salmon and the Texas sea bass. Definitely planning to come back!!

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j
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food.

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Energetic and hip vibe. Good food, nice place to share different items in the menu.

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first visit and I was very well pleased. The food and service were both excellent. I will be back!

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DI
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, outstnding service. We will go back and recommend it to our friends.

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A
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow. Food was great. Nice photo op on the patio. Service was good. Everyone in my party loved the food - super creative flavors. Pickles, karaage chicken and risotto were stand outs.

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EH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Aside from the noise level, was a great dining experience!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, good! Food was great and restaurant week menu had great variety of choice. Kulfi dessert was a bit melted when it came.

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