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benjy's upper washington

4.3
1037 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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The benjy�s on Upper Washington Avenue in Houston, Texas offers both a lounge and dining room. The lounge offers a happy hour menu and the dining room serves lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends. The lunch menu at benjy�s fits both light and hearty appetites with salads, sandwiches, wood oven pizza and large entr�es such as braised short ribs and 12-ounce NY strip.

The dinner menu at benjy�s also offers wood-oven pizza and a number of large plates including fennel crusted swordfish, Scottish salmon, angry shrimp and Texas Buffalo burger. The pistachio empanada is ideal for completing the meal. Local draft beer is on tap to quench your thirst. Wine is also offered.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday 11:00am - 3:00 pm; Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm

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Phone number
(713) 868-1131
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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
Mike Potowski
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Cross street
Knox
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Parking details
We offer both self parking in our private lot as well as complimentary valet parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.0
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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UltimateWarrior (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2013

Been here for brunch twice in the last month. Tried the Shrimp and Crab Omelette once and Benjy's Breakfast Plate the other. Neither was particularly amazing. The omelette was rather tasteless, and the Breakfast Plate was solid, but the chicken sausage was odd tasting. They do a Bloody Mary right and the staff is attentive and courteous. Get there early (11ish) if you want to walk in, it starts to get crowded after that time.

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MrsKateSmith (Houston)
1.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

We should have known something was wrong when the parking lot was half empty and the restaurant wasn't even half full at 8:15 on a Saturday night. It took 10 minutes for our server to come to the table and another 20 to get our drinks. The menu has completely changed and over half of the ingredients listed are things 90% of consumers wouldn't know. The server informed us that the chef changed the menu in an effort to get patrons to "share dishes and stop ordering the Crunchy Chicken." I loved the Crunchy Chicken, why mess up a good thing? Our dishes weren't anything as they were described. Goat cheese grits had no goat cheese flavor. The risotto was overpowered with herbs and the pork was bland. So disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

Both the food and the service were exceptional. Will definitely visit benjy's again!

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HJF1 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2013

Really nice attentive service without being overpowering. Great choice of food and drinks. A little noisy - acoustics are bad - but not too extreme. Will definitely go back.

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vipCookster (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2013

Dining at Benjy's was thoroughly enjoyable. The food was delicious, and the menu offered items that were different without being "kooky". Very innovative, very satisfying. The Washington Avenue restaurant is beautiful with a luxe atmosphere, with leather seating and a variety of table sizes.

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Meby85 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2013

Benjy's is our favorite restaurant. We decided to go for my boyfriend's birthday because he loves the crunchy chicken. When we learned that the crunchy chicken had changed, we were upset but still ordered it anyway. It turned out to be BETTER and we loved it! We followed it with the amazing "Mom's Chocolate Cake" and the dinner was nothing short of perfect.

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celina (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2013

I recently had a business lunch here and it was perfect!! The ambiance was quite so it was perfect... I could actually hear the conversation that was going on.
I have also eaten dinner on a Saturday- such a fun atmosphere.

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Lizzie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2013

My friends and I went before the theatre and were excited by the menu. I had the shrimp and grits which were yummy, although very rich. The others tried different omelets. Portions were large. Hmmmm.....and definitely the blood orange mimosas.

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vipHookem720 (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2013

After going to Benjy's many times for brunch, lunch, and dinner, I visited again with some out of town guests. Again, the service was excellent and the food was delicious. I had the brisket stack this time, which was extremely tasty, but that didn't stop me from eating several bites of my husband's fried chicken, which is my fave! Thanks again!

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sonya (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2013

I came to the restaurant for the first time to brunch in Sunday. I brought my (Sometime pretentious) foodie friend from out of town and we were both super pleased with out meals and service. My crunchy chicken and his brisket stack were flavorful and very filling. Not to mention the mimosas were quite potent. He and I can't wait to have dinner there.

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Bobbie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2013

We had tickets to Opera in the Heights so we wanted to dine close-by. Benjy's was a great choice. Everything went well and it was delicious.

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MikeG (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

Loved the farm to table dinner, food and drinks were fantastic!

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MeganBecerra (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

We were originally going to eat at Lorenzo's on Saturday but the wait was 35-40 minutes. I guess we got lucky when a table opened up because made a 7:30pm reservation at 7:15pm. We were seated immediately, ordered and ate within 40 minutes. It was some of the best service we've ever had and the food was fantastic. Great way to spend last-minute Saturday night plans.

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vipBeckyDMc (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

We went to benjy's prior to attending the theatre. When we made the reservation we let them know we needed to leave by 7:15 and that task was taken to heart as we were finished at 7:14. The service was prompt and attentive, the food was delicious and the ambience was eclectic and interesting. I loved the comfy booth, intimate enough for good conversation. My only disappointment would be the server talked too fast and did not explain the menu fully. But that was a very minor bump in a delightful eating journey.

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Foodie (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2013

The food here is wonderful. Crispy chicken is amazing -- and I don't generally care for restaurant chicken. The alcohol is grossly over priced and the service is quite unprofessional but the food makes up for it.

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vipPamela (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2013

Many visits, many great reviews, always top notch.

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vipJROW (Houston)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2013

Incredibly noisy, impossible to have a business conversation at lunch

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StephW (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2013

Our dining experience at Benjy's was the best that we experienced while we were in Houston. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was very helpful and fun.

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vipisee2 (Houston)
3.0  Dined on September 28, 2013

The menu provides many unique options. The ingredients always seem to include a few less familiar items in every dish. Never is a dish like what you've had elsewhere. Usually that's good, sometimes not. Wine list is well designed for the food served and has plenty to choose from at good prices.

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outtolunch (Houston)
4.0  Dined on September 25, 2013

I made a reservation but the place was not that busy at lunch on a Thursday. It still managed to be loud. The hostess wanted to seat us at a corner booth which was right on top of two other people, but quickly got us a table on request. The rest of the service was professional and polite, the menu is typically a little weird but there is something for everyone. If you are looking for something that looks like a turkey melt, don't order the turkey melt. .

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