Ambrosia

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$30 and under
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Asian
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
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dishes! The lamp lollipops are one of the more expensive items but well,well worth it.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good overall. Waitress was good at explaining the menu and portions. Enjoyed the lamb and Brussels sprouts. Would go back again

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute and quaint little restaurant in a convenient location. Food was creative and delicious. We came there for happy hour and they had great deals!

J
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening. Good was good

JC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is so well flavored and plated. I’ve had a great experience every time I’ve dined here and have yet to be disappointed with a dish. The service is excellent too, so that’s always a plus. Recently visited for Houston’s restaurant week and the variety of selections for each course was impressive. Can’t say enough about this restaurant!

AJ
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and presentation. HRW was a great value

LK
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did restaurant week here which was perfect to try different things on the menu. I’d say the small plates (before the main plates) were exceptionally good. The food is a nice change of pace from the many creole restaurants in the area. Nice romantic atmosphere for a date, and good service!

S
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Place is nice, our waiter was very sweet but the person who was bringing meals and taking away plates didn’t do good job we have to wait long time to be our empty plates taking away.
We order Houston week menu it can be reason why they didn’t put so much effort in it but to me seems like cooks skills are really bad. The salat was without taste, my beef was burn, Brussels sprouts was good but just fry very oily and the ice cream was really yummy that’s true but I definitely don’t go there again. Sorry

ZC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The meat was not cooked to order. (asked for medium-rare & rare, but instead got well-done).
Food wasn't the best and oversalted.
Waiters took forever. It seemed like only one worker was actually working while the other's hung around.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Under new ownership and things run smoothly and the owner and staff are great! Super flavorful fusion Asian food! Some amazing bites when you eat the components on the plate together. Great spice, salt, sweet, and sour all together! Cocktails are great too! Will come back again for sure!

There were dates, birthday parties, and families! Would definitely plan ahead and have a reservation.

O
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience was wonderful. The appetizer credos were delicious. The fish and the steak were perfect
Highly recommend. We will return

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was just ok

LV
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Houston Restaurant Weeks and service was really slow. There wasn’t a lot of people in the restaurant but the wait staff was still not as attentive. Food was ok. Best item was the karaage chicken appetizer and salmon crudo. The brussel sprouts and steak frites were flavorful but too salty or too sweet. The dessert (ginger ice cream) was ok. Regular menu looked pricey so I probably won’t be back if it wasn’t for the HRW menu. I’d suggest going for happy hour between 5-7p and after 9p.

RD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Went for HRW.

Happy hour specials and pricing great.
Servers were friendly and they did their best to handle our challenges as described below.

Appetizer course:
Salmon crudo came out at a temperature that we questioned (not ice cold). Flavor was ok, mild.
Ribeye : ok, came plated with exact same style sauce and garnish as crudo.

2nd course:
Pork dumplings - decent
Tom yum shishito peppers -great!

3rd course:
Striped bass : tasted old, off and like dirt. Sent back to kitchen. They replaced with steak frites which when ordered medium rare they came out well done and chewy. Lacked seasoning.
Ribs : dried and somewhat too dark on the char. Sauce too salty and overpowering and too thick.

4th course:
Two orders of chocolate mousse - one arrived slightly frozen with crusty top, but full of chocolate flavor. The other arrived much lighter, melty, and tasted like a jar of cardamom. Both were garnished the same. We deduced they put their kaluah cardamom ice cream in as chocolate mousse. We noticed the table next to us ordered one of each dessert and they were all garnished differently.

Someone in the kitchen was having a major fail at work when we tried to have an enjoyable experience.

Waitstaff did promptly handle concerns and took some $ off the bill.

NO
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first restaurant I tried of this year's Houston Restaurant Week and must say it exceeded my expectations! Fantastic food, great ambiance and kudos to our waitress, Rofia, who was a delight!

I shall return!

HH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, original dishes. The best service I have experienced in a long time. Would definitely go again. Highly recommend the ribs and brussel sprouts.

JL
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ambrosia was a great way to start off Houston Restaurant Month 2019. The wedge salad was a meal in itself. Really enjoyed the presentation and the dressing. This was followed by a bowl of roasted Brussel sprouts in a succulent sauce and Parmesan. This may have been the best dish of the evening. The steak frites were very tender and flavorful. They were marched well with the crispy noodles. The ginger ice-cream was a delicious ending to the meal. I am glad to start off the month with this little gem off of Shepherd.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Awesome service and a different menu compared to most. Great Happy Hour selection and prices. Also checked out the 2 private rooms. The best looking party room in Houston for a party of 12 to 14. Definitely taking my company happy hour there.

SR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food had a good concept and I was really excited for the flavors but they were trying to do too much. The food ended up not even tasting that good. I loved the ambience and set up of the restaurant but not the food.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They were understaffed and gave us a little room that was hot so everyone got antsy. We left without eating.

Would like to try them another time

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the environment was very good, very intimate atmosphere. The time I went was a little louder than most because a group near us were celebrating and being a little excited, nothing that the restaurant could control and it didn’t take away from the experience. I would definitely go back again. Everything is Tapa-Style (Family-Style) so I would most definitely go back again in the near future.

CB
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pride. So amazing

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Honestly the food was disappointing, but the service was very good

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant the ambiance was amazing and the staff is extremely nice will return very soon!!

DH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried 5 dishes they are not large portioned . Every dish was great not a joke seriously good food. Drinks we tried 5 of those they was decent . We will be back again. The crab and basamati rice was the best of all dishes and the shere kahn drink was the best drink for me.

MK
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was hit or miss - some dishes are great and some lousy. Place is nice and wants to be romantic but tables and chairs feel a tad cheap. Overall fine but not great

j
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and the service was impeccable!

G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Brussels sprouts amazing, service and ambience okay.

NR
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

There's nothing intimate about this place. The booth sections are open with no privacy and the place is loud. The food is ok, but overpriced. This is my first and last time coming here.

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Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

A great idea for an indian fusion restaurant with tapas style service. The portions are tiny. Not shareable at all unless you're sharing with one other person and you each take one bite. The prices are misleading as the "snacks" are a reasonable $8-12 for a small portion, where 2-3 people can take a bite, but the "larger" tapas are $20-40 but just as small as the snacks. The waitress explains this to you and recommends ordering 2 or 3 of the same item to feed a table of 4 people. The food itself was delicious very well spiced and a great blend of Indian and Thai flavors. Each tiny bite was amazing and made you want more, but alas there was no more to be had. They also never brought out two of our dishes but the service was so slow we opted not to wait. The tapas experience should be continuous ordering and delivery of food so you're always nibbling on something. The waitress waited for us to completely finish our first round of food before asking us for the second which then required us to wait empty handed for another 30 minutes for very unsatisfying amount of food. My taste buds left happy but my stomach left feeling empty. Maybe that's why she kept asking us if we wanted more alcohol so we would be distracted by the lack of food in our stomachs. Bigger portions and a better tapas service would make this place amazing.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were top notch for a reasonable price

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had salmon crudo as an appetizer, salmon and steak frites as main courses and everything was delicious. But our choice of brussel sprouts as a side was our favorite dish. Amazing!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect experience from the time we gave our keys to the valet. Wonderful evening. Amazing food. Spectacular service.

Z
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food was mostly fried, not very refined.

EN
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but a little too loud inside the restaurant. The outdoor patio was pleasant

Y
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

loved the food! broussel sprouts, wings, salad, flatbread was tasty. the place is set with perfect lighting for a sexy ambiance. Service was great, the only hiccup was that I had made reservations outside and they told me that there was a bigger party and we could not sit outside. I made the reservation months in advance and specifically asked to be seated outside.

SS
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Great place for a romantic or special occasion.

SN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Loud, understaffed and kitchen over worked. Getting food took forever and was mediocre at best. One dish we ordered never came.
You had to talk in a raised voice to be heard. Good luck to them, they will need it too succeed.

BH
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas are great. Many are reasonably priced. Since spot.

NA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We visited on Valentine’s Day, which they served a preset four course menu. This was our first time there, so I can say much to their regular menu. But everything we got from the preset menu was amazing! The sea bass dish was just plain amazing! We loved the ambiance and decor. Can’t wait to visit again!

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