Main Kitchen

4.4
164 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Main Kitchen Restaurant and 806 Lounge indulge guests with a variety of classic cocktails and lively American fare in an intimate atmosphere where the downtown vibe is palpable. Newly appointed Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez has developed locally infused, seasonal menus, founded on the freshest ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 164 people are saying
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DanaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business professional lunch spot, good selection on lunch menu and everything came out perfect. Service and food on point and in a beautiful space.

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vipChristopherK
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’m a big fan of your Almond croissant. The service was spot on too!

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CarlW
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We really can’t speak on the food after looking at the menu we left. Way over priced and the restaurant was empty

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vipAPHouston
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my friend for birthday lunch and we really enjoyed our food. The burger was very good and we loved the gourmet grilled cheese. Fries were crispy and hot.
The server was friendly. Prices are high, but it's a hotel, so not surprised.

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MonikaS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of food definitely isn’t what it use to be.

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vipCharmgirl13
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Main Kitchen was fantastic! Four of us enjoyed lunch there. We started with the guac (so good and spicy), and we got the Soba noodles salad, the Taco salad, the Turkey Panini and the Grilled Cheese, and everyone loved their dish. Two of the people with us were celebrating birthdays and they brought out full pieces of their cheesecake, pecan bar and chocolate layered something. They were all fantastic and such a nice touch. Loved our lunch!

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vipceke
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

wine list, steak frits mediocre. Steak was very, very salty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We go for lunch often. The s’mores cheesecake is scrumptious!

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vipchristocino
Houston
233 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Good food but this is the second time in a row where I could not get my server’s attention when I needed it. It took 15 minutes to get a check plus another 10 to get my credit card back. If you want to attract business people you need to be more attentive

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vipDonnaA
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant for business or everyday dining with food service by staff. Tasty menu selections too.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Main Kitchen is one of the best spots for lunch in downtown Houston.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Online did not communicate there was only valentines menu available so we had to eat bar menu cause we went for the bone in ribeye.

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vipMiracle
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are great. Nice bar and the vibe is good. The view of the streets at night is a nice touch.

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Shirls
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly located downtown Houston. The restaurant is sophisticated without the stuffiness. Great atmosphere, service, settings, excellent and delicious dishes, the menu is versatile and changes with seasons. It offers choices for food lovers, healthiness, or just casual hardy plates as well. Value is appropriate. I highly recommend this place for private or business settings.

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RussC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Was a Saturday night and the service was very slow. Waitress was very friendly but drinks took forever... First round was almost 30 minutes...

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vipF00dieL0ve
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food is great, but service was slow and inattentive. The hostess needs to be replaced.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Nice ambiance and food but the server could have been far more attentive. We arrived for our 5:30pm dinner reservation and were rushing out the door gulping down our dessert at 7:40pm to make it to the theater in time for curtain.

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vipGoodAmericanFood
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our food was delicious. The presentation was very unique and fun. Not very busy when we were there (6pm on a Saturday)

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had reservations at 11:00 AM, and ordered at 11:15 appetizers, we were told it's 15 minutes before they will begin making appetizers and won't get them until that time. After that they got an order wrong, and offered to fix it but it would be another 15- minutes. We took what we got, but the did not offer a discount on the order.

I have been there 25-30 times before this and have never had this level of service

Main Kitchen
Responded on November 25, 2019

Jennifer N. We greatly appreciate your review, as we are always looking for better ways to improve service. I have spoken to our culinary department and management team. Please ask to speak with a manager or supervisor on your next visit. We would like to make it up to you. Have a wonderful day. Main Kitchen Management.

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vipLindaM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience for large group of 8. Fabulous food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The happy hour that was listed on OpenTable did not exist at the restaurant. Service was very slow especially at the bar. Food was OK and atmosphere was very nice.

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vipEmersonius
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good for a business meal downtown. I have only eaten there at lunch. The menu is good, and it is possible to get a somewhat private table along the window, or a booth. The servers are attentive without being pushy. The food is quite good. Professional setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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MeganW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is located inside the JW Marriott downtown. We love this hotel and the restaurant is incredible. The service is impeccable. The food is excellent. The ambience is elegant. All of the wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Main Kitchen!

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KeithS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Slow service. Average food

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vipLeeL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Veggie burger was delicious. Service was a little slow.

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vipKelstini
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good except that the poke bowl came with fully cooked tuna.

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WandaS
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Slow service. Had to ask for service. We had a reservation for lunch and although the place was mostly empty st 11:30 am, we walked around in circles while they figured out a dr rent spot to sit us. Food is great!

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vipJamesM
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dinner, nice wines. Our waiter, Luis, was fantastic. He gave great suggestions and was there when we needed him. The truffle fries are AMAZING!

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RobertoJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really like Main Kitchen, but I would hesitate visiting again without my parka. It was super cold in the dining room, uncomfortably so.

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Steincat04
Houston
77 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very tasty and underrated downtown hotel restaurant. All of the classics, done well - but leave plenty of time, the kitchen is quite slow in preparing and bringing out food!

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Kendall
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large party of ten, 7 adults and 3 children. The Sunday brunch was perfect for a such a diverse group. We were celebrating a birthday and the manager Robert stepped up to assure that the cake and cupcakes were plated, and placed on a cart for us to use for our brunch. The food was delicious, the kitchen kept the buffet hot and full for all the guest on a busy morning. Two of our party ordered off menu and the wait staff stepped up to aid them immediately! There is no doubt that Main Kitchen runs so well due to upper management. Robert was on hand to oversee all aspects of the brunch that morning and it was obvious he is a seasoned professional. With thanks for all those that went above and beyond at Main Kitchen!

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vipLT11
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Lunch service was extremely slow! Not good during busy workday!

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DustinS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was ok. The customer service was sub par. The waiter wasn’t very attentive for the type of restaurant and the amount of money spent. However the food was very good and the atmosphere is nice. I would probably not return.

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VATX
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious, but our waitress didn’t fill our water glasses until asked and even then it took multiple reminders for the water glass to finally be filled.

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vipRSGTX
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Need new menu

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BarbH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was sketchy and confused. New?
Green, I mean GREEN mashed potatoes? Presentation seemed to be total direction. Salmon was dry.
Maybe, I'm too normal to understand where the chef is ???
I'll be back because it is convenient, but I will not be able to recommend it.

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vipLgenius2001
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal; everything tasted great. They were surprisingly busy on the Friday afternoon that we dined. So food service was slow as was the check. Other than that, good meal.

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LeahW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good. The service not so much because of this I won't be back.

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GregB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible experience. No hostess to great us as we entered. We had to find a waiter to seat us and then nothing for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile the tables are in the hotel bar which was very load and crowded. Not at all the experience we were looking for compounded by a complete lack of service. After the 15 minutes, we left.

FAQs

Main Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 237-1111 ext. 3700.

Main Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 164 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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