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benjy's in the village

4.2
913 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

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About

Benjy�s in the Village is a restaurant in Houston, Texas that specializes in serving modern American cuisine. The restaurant features casual dining in a sleek and trendy space.

Benjy�s in the Village offers brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, happy hour and wine menus. Brunch at the restaurant features such fare as classic French toast, ham and cheese omelet, Korean fried chicken, fried catfish and grits and biscuits and country gravy. Lunch and dinner at Benjy�s in the Village offers an assortment of wood oven pizza and small and large plate selections, including kale salad, albacore tuna sashimi, pan seared gulf flounder, braised short ribs and crunchy chicken.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 522-7602
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Joseph Stayshich
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Private party facilities
The wine room at benjy's in the village overlooks the main dining room. The room accommodates groups of 12 to 22. Food and beverage minimums do apply and vary based on the time of day and the day of the week. Our staff is happy to personally assist you in developing a menu that best suits the needs of you and your guests. Chef's tasting menu and wine pairing dinners are also available.
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Cross street
Kelvin
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Parking details
Ample self parking located directly in front of the restaurant
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Sunday Supper! Three course dinner served every Sunday from 5 to 9.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.0
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 27, 2013

I took two colleagues from Maryland, so we ate a variety of dishes. Both said their dishes were great & showed it by absolutely cleaning their plates (for all dishes, appetizer & entree). They had soup, salmon tartare, risotto & short ribs. I ate the crunchy chicken which was great. I had to take a box home only because I had eaten late that afternoon,

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2013

Consistently good food and great service. Interesting menu prepared well.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2013

First time to visit. Food was delicious, service was good, would certainly go again. Noise level very high at noon on a Sunday, but that's okay if you're not expecting quiet and/or intimate. Small place so do make a reservation. We had one, and without it would have been a 35 minute wait.

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2.0Dined on October 26, 2013

service is not good at peak time and no flexibility at peak time

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2013

Everything about this resturaunt outstanding and the chocolate cake is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten in my life.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2013

I brought my friend from Canada to Benjy's for dinner and he loved it so much that we went to Local Foods for lunch. My friend had the Crunchy Chicken, one of my favorites. I had the Asian salad which was perfectly blended. Keep up the good work, Benjy.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2013

I have always enjoyed Benjy's as one of my favorite restaurants. The new menu is outstanding with unusual and delicious items. I like the focus on local sources. We tried two new dishes--a kale salad that was outstanding and their new salmon main course which was delicious. I can't wait t go back and try some of the other new dishes!

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2013

I came for brunch with my family and service was so attentive and perfect! The food was excellent and it is a funky venue! Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2013

I used to eat at Benjy's regularly when I lived in Houston and made sure to go back on this past visit. The food was great and the muffins before the meal were a unique touch. You can't go wrong with any of the food choices on the menu!

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2013

The food and service was good. We only wished they 'd have more light in the room, hard to read a menu , hard to see.Had a better experience at lunch there with day light in the room.

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2.0Dined on October 18, 2013

We arrived at our reserved lunch a few minutes behind schedule. It was noticeable that this was not a huge issue due to the restaurant not being fully booked. When we arrived there was nobody at the counter to greet us and the table we had requested for five had not been set up at that point. In the reservation we stated that we would like a quiet table that was not in the aisle or near the kitchen. After about 7 minutes the hostess came to get us and took us to the first table located by the door... in the aisle. I politely asked her for a quieter table which she said was fine, but did not look pleased. We were sat in one of their booths which was a little big for our group, but out of the way. Service and food were okay at best.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2013

It's the Farm to Table that attracted us. Good locally sourced food and prepared in generally a healthy idea. The Kale Caesar salad was just wonderful.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2013

We really enjoyed our evening, the sommelier brought us a beautiful bottle of red wine...dinner was very good and we highly recommend it for any occasion. The bar upstairs was a happening scene and we enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2013

Loved this place. Food was creative, flavorful and fresh. Service was outstanding. I will return. Parking was a little challenging.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2013

This was my second time to Benjy's and I really love the food. I specifically picked Benjy's since their website stated that they were serving their wedge salad. Upon arrival, the staff were amazing and our service was outstanding!!!! Unfortunately, the wedge was not on the menu and instead we went with a 5 spice salad - it was an interesting blend, but was not complimentary to the main dish or appetizer. Just a thought - it seemed a bit too complicated. Will be back soon. =)

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2013

You can't really go wrong at Benjys. I've been there 4 times over the last year and each time it's different. The Kale Caesar Salad was AMAZING! It was not a typical Caesar, but instead of new innovative and delicious. I'd definitely go back for that again.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2013

At first. We were wondering what the wait staff was doing. There were so many standing around, especially this tall woman who was watching how the restaurant was running. At first she didn't smile & was intimidating. There were about 5 different waiters asking us how everything was. That was a tad bit annoying because our conversation was getting interrupted. But, the food was so amazing & this is one of my favorite restaurants, that we overlooked the interruptions.

The flavored popcorn on the tables was not very good & not necessary. But to get back to the tall, beautiful manager, she smiled & we melted. So, our experience was wonderful & the food better. By the way, she reminded us of Joan from Mad Man.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2013

Our waiter was amazing! Couldn't have picked a better one! Very pleased!!

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2013

The food was very good but the service didn't leave an impression.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2013

Or waitress had her hands full with our 13 top table but she was nice quick and didn't flinch when we told her we needed split checks.

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2013

We made reservations for a mid-afternoon brunch on a Saturday (I was surprised that reservations were recommended but it was a smart move - the place was hopping at 1:30). The service was perfect and the food was very good. I had the chicken and waffles, which were served with a fruit compote spread and bacon. The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside - yum! I am a crispy bacon fan but Benjy's was a wonderful mix of tender and substance. It was the first time I ever actually enjoyed a softer bacon, plus the saltiness was just right to offset the sweet fruit and waffle. My husband had one of the specials of the day, a short rib hash. It was really good too, in a dinner-for-breakfast kind of way. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2013

this is a great place for a mid-week meal out, as usual, great service, good food,and a really good time had by all. excellent cocktails.the only problem-parking has become a nightmare-no spots in lot,none on street, perhaps its time for valet?

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2013

Great restaurant! Benjy's does a great job of getting good local food to you in creative and delicious plates. Went with my family so it was really easy for us to all order something different and split. Highly recommend this as it is a good way to taste what they hvae to offer, all of which was great!!

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2013

Our experience took place on a Monday night, and it may not be completely representative of the total experience.
The menu seemed limited, but the food was well prepared and served. Nothing was offered to nibble on while waiting for the meal.
The waiter was nice, but did not go out the way to explain the menu, and her description did not match my dish.
The quantities were adequate and well presented.
Dessert was the best part of the meal, and all 4 shared it, and brought excitement to the end of the evening.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2013

I have never had a bad meal here - everything is great!

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2013

Brunch is busy and there was some confusion with my reservation, but the manager was very helpful and made everything work.

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2013

Awesome cocktail list and a very good wine list with lots of variety in the $40-$50/bottle. Also the food did not disappoint! A little noisy but adds to the fun environment.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2013

This was my second time to Benjy's. I had the 10 vegetable dish with chicken and it was very good. I started with the Kale salad with stonefruit, which was equally good. My friends and I were seated in the upper dining room, which is smaller and quieter. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2013

As always, the staff at Benjy's was very friendly. Has always received good service at Benjy's. The food was well prepared and accommodated my special request with no problems. A place to visit often.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2013

OMG, even the sweet curry popcorn placed on the table as an appetizer/snack was delicious! I recently celebrated my birthday here, and enjoyed a wonderful meal full of farm-fresh vegetables and ingredients. The mushroom goat cheese tart was outstanding; and others at my table enjoyed the Rye-crusted Salmon, and Barbeque Pizza. And let's not forget about Mom's chocolate cake....to go!

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2013

I alway enjoy the atmosphere an food.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2013

The crab cake brunch entree was delicious. The crunchy french toast was unique and very good. The service, from the waitstaff and the restaurant managers, was outstanding!! Very highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2013

Definitely one of my Houston favorites!

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2013

Benjy's never disappoints. The Village location is great...the restaurant is beautiful and has a great outdoor bar. The food was really good....as always!! We will be back again!

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2013

One of the better restaurants ive been to in a long time. We went during Houston Restaurant Weeks and had the Weeks menu which the restaurant donates a portion of your bill to the Houston Food Bank. Three course meal was incredible. Probably the best dinner me and my wife have had out to eat in a long time.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2013

After being diagnosed with gluten, wheat, dairy and soy allergies, I thought my days of being a foodie were over! I loved everything I ordered! I'd take their Pistachia Semi-Freddo dessert any day and the Shrimp Scallop risotto was divine! Fresh, flavorful, suprisingly indulgent and satisfying! The environment was very upbeat, modern and classy.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2013

The waiter suggested a "little plate" dish when I said I wanted room for dessert and it was wonderful - smoked salmon on top of crispy hash browns with a lovely sauce and a little salad. Left room for their "grandma's" chocolate cake - pretty good!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2013

We love Local Foods next door, and thought we would try Benjy's in HRW. The restaurant was vibrant and quite full, but not enough to accommodate 4 diners who came before us without a reservation. It was a mixed crowd, mainly young professionals, but quite a few families and couples dining. The welcome and service was warm, friendly and impeccable.
The menu is varied, and brings a strong focus to the great sides and accompaniments locally sourced at the Farmers market on Richmond.
I loved the pork potstickers with their different levels of flavors. My husband tried the blackened salmon as his entrée and it was barely a notch above the saffron risotto with shrimp. We finished the meal with the watermelon sorbet with peach and pink peppercorn.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2013

My experience couldn't have been any easier. I booked my table on-line and when I got there, went straight to my table. It was a great experience.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2013

Wen there first time for Sunday Brunch. Chicken and waffles were excellent! Nice place with good service. Freinds liked the spicy bloody mary

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