Hard Rock Cafe - Houston

4.3
211 reviews
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Located in Houston’s dazzling theater district, a 35-foot replica of the Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Gibson Firebird guitar lights the way to the most exciting restaurant in the city. Hard Rock Cafe Houston is located near Buffalo Bayou, just a short distance from top Houston attractions including the Downtown Aquarium-Houston, Bayou Music Center, Wortham Theater Center, and The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Hard Rock Cafe Houston offers world class service and an expansive menu of your favorite American cuisine. Choose from classic entrees, juicy Legendary® Burgers, and fresh, crispy salads. Whatever selection you make is sure to be legendary. Besides tasty food and exciting live events, Hard Rock Cafe is known for our extensive collection of music memorabilia. Our ever changing collection includes guitars, clothing, and accessories worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment history and local favorites. Stop and explore our collection of music history.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful atmosphere and most importantly, amazing staff with great food!
Bartender, "The Brittany", greeted us at our table in less than a minute of being sat. Super friendly and on the ball. Jesus, the manager, came over and greeted us shortly after with a simple genuine thank you for coming in. Food was out fast. More importantly, fresh, hot, and delicious. Staff seemed to enjoy being at work and had a good time with each other, making for a better experience.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you very much for the great review - I am very glad we showed you the hospitality you deserve. Please come back and see us again soon.

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1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat before a show at Jones Hall, Wortham, or Hobby Center.

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Responded 7 days ago

Theatregoer - thank you for the great review - please come back and see us again.

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BT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Very attentive server and manager! Enjoyed our experience!

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Responded 7 days ago

BrittanyT - thank you for the great review - I am glad you enjoyed your visit.

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch before our Hobby Center Theater performance. The steak salad was fresh and the meat was tender and had a great flavor. The meat was also cooked to the right temperature. The greens and salad dressing were a good pairing. The grilled chicken and mac and cheese was a hit too. Our server was Zayeed and he was friendly, attentive, and made sure our meal moved along so we could make the show. The GM, Dean, came by to check on us and see how our meal was going. I haven't had that happen in a restaurant in a while and it was a nice touch. If you are looking for a place for a quiet meal, this may not be the place, but remember the name "Hard Rock". We sat in the front by the bar. I actually enjoyed watching the screens showing music videos and listening to the tunes that were played.

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Responded on July 14, 2019

LisaD - thank you for the great review - I ma glad you enjoyed your visit.

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SN
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat in front which was mostly empty. The back was fuller. Service was a little slow. For a comparison, steak prices were a little higher than at a steakhouse. Ordered well done. About a third of it was medium to medium-well. The farther to one end you get the pinker it got.

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RP
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to dine at Hard Rock when we have a show nearby (Hobby Center or Revention). We get there early, park on the street for free, eat and get to show in plenty of time. This time, I reserved a table for 4 through Open Table. They seated us promptly. The manager came over and introduced himself and asked me about my Open Table experience. It was easy and worked like expected. He offered us a free dessert (we didn't take him up on the offer, watching the waists) but it was a very nice gesture. Our waitress was Ashley and she took really good care of us. Drinks are pricey but expected for the name. Music was really loud although they did ask us for any preferences. Food was really good (salad and burgers). Overall a very good experience. Will go again.

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Responded 7 days ago

RhondaP - thank you for the great review - I am so glad you enjoyed yourself.

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OT
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Thank you for the great review - I am glad you had a great time.

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BE
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was average, but it was hard to taste the food due to the amount of salt that was on it. Excessive!

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WE
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their salads and really fresh and tasty and their burgers can't be beat!

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Responded on July 8, 2019

WENDYG - Thank you for the great review - I am glad you enjoyed your visit.

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was nice however out waitress was not. She was very pushy and rushed us. Barely let us speak to tell her our order and kept telling us to hold on or would say something like ya I already got that. Just unprofessional and would not want her again.

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B
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and enjoyed the food...service was great, too. It was a perfect start to our girls night out!

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Responded on July 6, 2019

Bowenib - thank you for the great review - please come back and see us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Manager came by to introduce himself and ask if everything was good.

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Thank you for the great review - come back and see us again real soon.

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CM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything was good accept the fruit flies or gnats that came out with our food. My salad had fruit on it and they were all over the table the moment they set our food down. Overall food was good but they need to address this issue.

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Responded on July 3, 2019

CandiceM - thank you for the great review - I apologize for the fruit flies and we have already addressed the issue. Thanks again.

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JB
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spend almost every birthday at Hard Rock. It's a tradition my parents started when I was very young and I am so lucky to have one close here in Houston.
Everything was perfect as always except for one EXTREMELY minor issue:
This was the first year I had a little one with me and we had to go through 3 highchairs before we found one that had a working strap.
Thank you for making my birthday special Hard Rock - I'll see you next year!

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Responded on July 1, 2019

JoyB - thank you for the great review - please come back again soon.

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PA
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service ever, loved the online reserve table.
Our table was waiting for us when we arrived.
And OMG, that Boozy milkshake. You have to get. we will definitely go here again when in Houston.

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Responded on July 1, 2019

PAMC - thank you for the great review - glad you enjoyed your visit.

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CH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks to the manager Dean for helping my Husband’s Birthday experience a great one!

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Responded on July 4, 2019

CrystalH - thank you for the great review - and thank you for choosing Hard Rock to celebrate such a special occasion.

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j
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Easy pre-theater option with lots of choices for everyone. only objection: cleanliness level of restaurant. our table was sticky/greasy and little fruit flies all over.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff, went for our 3 year anniversary! They were nice enough to celebrate with us!

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Responded on June 29, 2019

JocylinL - thank you for the great review - and thank you for picking Hard Rock to celebrate your 3rd anniversary.

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JD
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Celebrating my son turning 16. Food was great and tasty. Our server was excellent and predicted what we needed before we even requested it. The one and only negative was there were fruit flies. I had to swat them away several times during eating.

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Responded on June 27, 2019

JulietD - thank you for the great review and thank you for choosing us to celebrate your son's birthday - please come back again real soon.

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ER
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We have been to Hard Rock Cafes all around the world in fact we make a point of eating at them if there is one in the city we are visiting and this one in Houston is at the bottom of our list. We have always found them to be vibrant full of customers and have a really good ambience and feel good place to be and this one was none of that. Spoke to the staff about it and the opinion seemed to be that it was adjacent to the music halls and it was only busy when there was a show on outside of that it was pretty much only a handful of tables at the other times.

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QJ
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to take the kids before the theatre. Close to the Alley Theatre and other venues.

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Responded on June 26, 2019

QoftheJ - thank you for the great review - I am glad you enjoyed your visit.

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RG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go with the family (kids love it). Close by the Alley Theatre and Hobby Center as well.

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Responded on June 26, 2019

RichardG - thank you for the great review - please come back again.

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TB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The General Manager as well as the staff were absolutely awesome! They made everyone feel welcomed as they introduced themselves to everyone at different tables.

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Responded on June 24, 2019

ToniaB - thank you for the great review - I am glad you had a great time - come back soon.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place, good service, good food. We went in June and it was 94 deg outside and just as hot inside... couldn’t feel any AC ... even waitress was complaining about the heat inside.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

It was my son's 1st time there and it was a less than memorable experience. The waiter made us feel like we were bothering him when we asked for things for our meal and drinks. Also, they do not offer coke products.

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

The experience at the Hard Rock Cafe was amazing! I went with my son to have an early dinner and from the moment we walked in to the moment we left the service was great and the staff was outstanding and setting up a reservation through OpenTable was SUPER easy!

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Responded on June 24, 2019

David - thank you for the great review - please come back and see us again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was better than expected. Service was great and friendly. Recommended!

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Responded on June 23, 2019

Thank you for the nice review - please come back and see us again.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here before watching machine gun kelly live in concert , and I’ll say , I’m really impressed . The food was really good , the service was amazing , and the restaurant was extremely clean . The only complaint I have is how humid and smelly the bathroom was ): . Other than that , I loved it , would go again .

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Responded on June 19, 2019

laurenC - thank you for the great review - glad you enjoyed your visit before the concert.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time here. Food good, service good. Just too bad we visited during gay pride month where it was blasted in your face as soon as you entered. Not what I wanted to see as soon as I walked in.

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Responded on June 18, 2019

KelliK - thank you for the great review - I am glad you enjoyed your visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It took an hour for them to bring us a burger each and my husband’s was significantly overdone. But by that point we needed to leave for our tickets to a show. We won’t go again.

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RR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food is awful and expensive! $17 for a chicken Caesar salad & the chicken was so tough you couldn’t it cut with a knife easily. You could tell they just threw it on the grill frozen so it didn’t cook properly and it was a small portion. My daughter ordered chicken tenders and they tasted like old grease! A burger and appetizer were also ordered and they were super basic and not good! There were only about 3 tables in the whole restaurant but our server was incredibly slow. The rock memorabilia is extremely lacking.....mostly posters you can order online. We were really disappointed.

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JN
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great pleasure to have some good old Chicken Nachos! We have been to 25 Hard Rock Cafes over the World and this is one of the best. The manager Jesus came to our table and he was so nice! He even offered us desert on the house!
Great experience! Lots of Rock memorabilia!
Definitively will come as we call Houston home.

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Responded on June 10, 2019

JuanN - Thank you for the great review - since you live in Houston see you next week.

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

Honestly nothing too exciting... drinks are just eh and food is way overpriced and isn’t even that good. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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AA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice location in theatre district. Having a reservation with Open Table guaranteed our spot on time. Food was good.

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Responded on June 10, 2019

AA2018 - thank you for the great review - please come back soon.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I think I was a little harsh in only giving 3 stars originally so I have revised my post and changed my rating to 4. The wait staff and manager were very good and the food was very tasty. My original 3 star review was not directed at them but more to the ambience/atmosphere of the place. It was a Thursday night which may explain some of that but I didn’t feel the same vibe that most Hard Rock cafes have, a different lay out may help. Will definitely try again maybe at a busier time.

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YM
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, service was fast , manager and staff attentive

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Responded on June 8, 2019

Yvonne - thank you for the review - come back soon.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was amazing will definitely be back

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Responded on June 6, 2019

Katymell - thank you for the great review - please come back and see us.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brittany was our waiting Saturday. She was also training a new employee. She did an amazing job.

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Responded on June 4, 2019

Brandibee - thank you for the great review - Brittany is our head trainer and a very valuable part of our cafe - I am very glad she made you visit memorable.

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VB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food. Great start to our girls day afternoon.

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Responded on June 1, 2019

VickieB - thanks for the great review and stopping by for lunch - have fun at your show.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hard Rock is depressing

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