Line & Lariat

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Contemporary American
Line & Lariat specializes in modern Texan cuisine. Located within Hotel ICON, the historic former Union National Bank building, our intimate alcoves and vaulted ceilings are sure to offer a memorable dining experience.

Experience Line & Lariat for a quick bite before the ballet or ballgame; New Happy Hour featuring wine, beer, and specialty cocktails from 4pm - 6pm Monday through Friday. Celebrate a special occasion with dinner and drinks in one of the city's most unique turn-of-the-century venues.
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1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

It would be great if they had a really creative chef and real restaurant service.

Looks like the focus is the hotel, not the restaurant. You could be one of the best restaurants in houston (and attract attention to your hotel). The location is the best. Beautiful. It was the reason we went.

The resultant food, disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was nice and the wine was great. The menu however was extremely limited (only had the choice of ordering from the Valentine’s special menu) and only one price available ($75 per person). Also, my husband had 2 bar drinks, that were also overpriced ($17 each). I enjoyed the meal but wouldn’t go back.

WH
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Too load for a date, better atmosphere for friends and happy hour

HL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had a party of 4, it was our annual pre-theater dinner. We waited over ten minutes to be greeted even having reservations. The restaurant was not busy the staff that was working was polite however the food was sub par. The appetizer was burnt. My steak was under cook and cold. My daughter's fish was fishy. My wife was upset. We got all dressed up for a nice dinner and definitely it was not. We were so disappointed.

UM
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

While we loved the ambiance of the building, the wait staff was extremely slow. I believe it was because the bar was backed up, however, we were seated behind a large wall that blocked us from view... I think we were easy to forget. The food was okay, but given the price one would expect it to be really good. Cocktails were good, but I have had many tastier drinks elsewhere for the $15 sticker price.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Line and Lariat is a great restaurant in the beautifully elegant “old” Hotel Icon. Both the restaurant and the hotel are a reminder of the Houston business world of long ago. L & L food is delicious and the portion sizes are very generous. The menu is not extensive but the build your salad and Thai bowl options increase the number of options to choose from even if you have to design it yourself. I have had dinner and lunch their several times and the atmosphere is quiet and conversation friendly.

AG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The setting was lovely but the place was empty. The person helping us was eager to please (and made a pitcher of Shirley Temple just for my daughter) but didn’t seem to be part of the typical waitstaff team. We had to look around to find someone to greet/seat us upon arriving. The food was good. My overall impression was the restaurant doesn’t typically see much daytime weekend traffic.

AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We arrived for the reservation and no one was there to seat us. The restaurant portion was completely dim. We then ordered a grilled mushroom with blue crab appetizer, and the mushrooms tasted almost raw, like they were merely heated up a few minutes before serving. A grilled mushroom should not be white, right? Then I get the menu is more expensive because it is in a hotel, but $27 for chicken breast with tomatoes and broccoli is a little much. I’ve heard they have great bar bites, so that may have been a better option than the restaurant experience.

JE
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and environment. Service was great and fast.

r
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Don’t waste your time. The restaurant was completely empty save one party, us. Very disappointed since it’s a beautiful restaurant with so much potential. It’s also terribly expensive & the only appetizer we had was mediocre at best.

J
Mississippi
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is inside the Icon Hotel right off the lobby and it is a lovely place
The service by Maria was awesome she was knowledgeable and very friendly. The lunch food choice was very good and all of the 3 plates was very good.
The value was excellent.

LL
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating here. It was very quiet, most of the other patrons were seated at the bar. The waitstaff was very attentive without being overbearing. When they didn't have my choice for dinner, the chef made a recommendation for another item that was off the menu that he would substitute; it was amazing! We will definitely be going back!

m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I am furious over our experience at Line and Lariat, and I don't know whether to be more mad at the restaurant or Open Table. A full month ahead of time, I made a reservation at Line and Lariat for Easter lunch or brunch when we couldn't get a table at our usual Brennan's or Brenner's. When you check this restaurant on Open Table, the dinner menu comes up, and it looks pretty interesting--lots of Texas seafood. The pictures of the place looked pretty online, so we thought, "Why not?" Understand that Easter brunch is a big deal to us--we like to splurge and have a really nice meal, especially when we have our grandson with us, which we did. I even mentioned on our reservation that it was for Easter brunch. So, we show up at the appointed time after church, and the place looks absolutely deserted. Finally a waiter showed up and we told him we had a reservation. He said there were no managers and they took no reservations, and furthermore, there was no Easter brunch or lunch other than the very limited normal lunch menu. Bless his heart--he could see we were confused and upset, and scooted two tables together (still adorned with last night's crumbs!). He made me a mimosa himself since there was no bartender, and I needed one! At this point, it was past one--we were all hungry, and there was little chance of getting a meal anywhere else. My grandson and I had a bowl of chili and everyone else had grilled cheese and tomato soup for Easter brunch. We might as well have gone to a coffee shop. We're not shallow enough to think this was the end of the world, but we were sadly misled. Why does Open Table take reservations for Easter brunch for this place if the restaurant had no plans to have an Easter brunch?
FURTHERMORE, I accidentally "favorited" this place and now I can't "unfavor" it! Bad experience all around.

K
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

I would not recommend the restaurant for anything. After I booked I read the reviews and was disappointed as we have stayed at the hotel several times, just never eaten there and thought the restaurant was in basement, we got there and it is an extension of the bar. We were there for almost 2 hours and there was NOT 1 other guest there, just my husband and I and after we were served we never saw waiter or actually he may have been the host never came back.
The food was good, but extremely overpriced for what we received. Plate of grits and 4 small pieces of beef tenderloin for $43. My husband ordered the fish which was very fishy tasting and if someone had come to wait on us, we would have returned it. Terrible evening out on our anniversary!!

T
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The problem with this restaurant had nothing to do with the food! Actually, the food was pretty decent, my family and I could just not enjoy it because of the lack of attention and horrible service from the staff! I get we were staying in the hotel and had a comp breakfast, but we were prepared to leave a generous tip for great service and possibly order drinks from the bar. The servers and staff could not be bothered with us and there were only two other tables in the restaurant for Sunday brunch! We went to order omelettes at the breakfast buffet and as we walked up we were told they wouldn't serve us because they were already breaking down. After much discussion, they finally agreed to make the omelettes in the kitchen for us.

LL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience at Line and Lariat. Four of us had a late dinner on Tuesday night. Service was very attentive. Great mojito and Manhattan. Tenderloin dish got rave reviews from my husband. Red snapper was heavenly too. Our guests from NYC commented on the beauty of the setting and the gorgeous lobby of the Hotel Icon and the dining area. Quiet, easy to have a private conversation, but lively too and lots of space between the tables. Comfortable, great food, great service, beautiful historic building, subdued lighting with no headache-y glare, no loud music. In a word, PERFECT. We'll be back! Ann Cook

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was not staffed appropriately which was reflected in the service. The food was good and ambiance was lovely.

LK
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite dining experience in a luxurious setting inside the beautiful Hotel ICON. I will be back and highly recommend!

K
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This historic gem in the heart of Downtown Houston is a former bank and the original vault sits in the lobby of the hotel, talk about a welcoming wow factor! From the moment you arrive you feel immersed in historic nostalgia. The luxurious look and feel of the lobby, bar, and restaurant Line & Lariat make you feel like you've traveled to a 5 star hotel in New York City or even Paris. Once sat and warmly greeted, the bountiful Texas-sized servings started to arrive at the table. From presentation to taste everything was beyond 5 stars. Do not pass up the craft cocktails at Line & Lariat! The Key to the vault is the signature cocktail and it’s almost too pretty to drink, but after your first sip, you’ll be convinced you have to drink it. I have been back to the L&L bar a few times just for cocktails before a Rockets game and business lunches. Truly a gem in the heart of downtown Houston that will impress your colleagues, date, or guests. Enjoy!

TP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Really like the salad card at lunch. Server seemed bothered we were there. Not attentive at all.

C
London
141 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I have Been to this restaurant many times and this time was a huge dissapointment my friend and i went there last year for breakfast and it was wonderful. This time it was not. The room smelled like varnish as they had been working on the floors. It was very profound The buffet was awful and 1/4 of the size. When I inquired they cut it down for the holidays. What? The price wasn’t cut. The service was also really bad. I’m not sure I’d go back. This is the first bad review I’ve written. Awful

D
Houston
108 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

set in a lovely room that once was a bank, with the vault door on display - the Hotel Icon's restaurant Line & Lariat is Texan themed. Food was very good (salmon, redfish, meatloaf) and wine reasonably priced. Décor is delightful and atmosphere very quiet compared to the Main St chaos on a Saturday night. Sunday night was even quieter with only one staff on bar and dining room - he did an admirable job but was really worked. Parking block next door $10 - and valet parking at Hotel available $?

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh and delicious! Noise level always a minimal. Service is excellent.

C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived at 6:02pm for our 6:00pm reservation. There was no one at the hostess stand and not one waiter in the place. We waited until 6:17 and still no one showed. The hotel concierge was rude and not interested that no one was in the restaurant. So we went to the bar and ate there. Ed the bar tender was great! I’d skip the restaurant and hit the bar from now on.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD ALSO WITH VERY DECENT PORTIONS.

J
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very limited menu - even though we could not get reservations at the time we requested, the restaurant was EMPTY - only 1 other table occupied!

Rolls were awful - obviously placed in microwave to warm up and were so tough they could not be bitten!

Food was so-so - certainly nothing to recommend.

Very disappointing

RP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The dining room in the beautiful old world bank interior glowed with lots of gold leaf embellishments. Food was very good and service was excellent. Would dine here again.

s
Chicago
178 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Line & Lariat was good. It had the trappings of a hotel restaurant however-- an overly formal dining room, too quiet and therefore too much awareness of the conversations at adjacent tables, and a relatively safe menu.

The meal was well-prepared, and was welcome to save me the trouble of going out during my stay at the hotel.

OD
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, one of our friends and I had a very pleasant dinner at Line & Lariat before the symphony. Our friend had just a Cobb salad but it was a dinner sized portion and he enjoyed it. My wife had a cup of chicken tortilla soup and I the gumbo. We then split the redfish entree. All were tasty and prepared properly with fish cooked just right; they also served our split entree on two plates.

FZ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and delicious food. Environment is a please open area.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Made Mother's day reservation for the brunch...arrived with mom excited, valet parked, walked in and they had CANCELED THE MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH due to low reservations. I never received a call. I was LIVID AND EMBARRASSED. The waiter Tilman and the Front desk manager was our saving grace. That's why I rated the service. They help make situation better by giving us grilled chicken and turkey wrap with dessert. Hotel Icon has changed. New ownership and it's horrible. The entire spirit has changed. Used to be one of the top hotels in Houston....that is of the past. Never again!!!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Our server was very nice, I felt bad for him since he can't be making very much money as there were only a few tables in the whole restaurant and when we went there was only one other table occupied.

We read really good reviews and had high hopes however we were worried as soon as the stale bread came out. The menu was very small and we wanted to try the cheese plate, a staple of ours for fancy date nights. We got it and the grapes looked amazing, the pita bread was warm but also not fresh-likely from a bag and the cheese left a LOT to be desired. The portion was large but each of the three cheeses were indistinguishable. Each was nearly the same texture and was not good quality. We had planned to order the sliders but decided to leave early and go to another restaurant. We spent nearly $30 on one glass of okay wine and a horrible cheese plate.

I would not recommend this restaurant when there are so many incredible places in Houston at around the same price point, serving the same style cuisine with FAR FAR superior food.

NF
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The waiter didn't seem to be normally a waiter. Barely spoke two words to us. Food was good for a fair price. Restaurant was very empty for being in the more active areas of Houston.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had Easter brunch at the Icon hotel several years ago; I am afraid this year's brunch was rather disappointing.
Brigitte Steiner

HM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The dining room is nice, but was not decorated with any flowers or Easter décor. The buffet was too high for the kids (although found this place on a top 10 kid friendly brunch list) and did not offer plain waffles or pancakes. The waffles were mixed in with jalapenos and the kids did not want to eat them. The website had promised an Easter bunny, but none appeared. The price was expensive for the quality and variety of food offered.

FM
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent, brussel sprouts were just amazing. We actually ordered seconds as everyone at the table devoured them.

RJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We want to go back to try the breakfast. I wished they could serve breakfast all day. There were a gnat or two flying around. The view was nice. This was our first visit.

P
Houston
60 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was a pre-theater meal on Sunday afternoon. Restaurant is in a hotel lobby, but don't let that scare you off. The food and service were very good. Portions were large. Each course was large enough to be the meal. We will go back and eat here for dinner.

F
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Husband and I stayed in Hotel Icon 8 or so years ago and loved lunch at the L&L which was a lovely nouvelle cuisine, very elegantly and well done. The restaurant has gone waaaayy downscale now to have just a few sandwiches, soup and salad. Big disappointment. We will not be going back.

p
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the meal had the special and wasnt disappointed. The bar tender Hurbert has a real wealth of information about the downtown scene.

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