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Mark's American Cuisine

4.5
2876 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Situated in an old church on lower Westheimer in Houston, Mark Cox, chef and owner of his namesake restaurant, Mark's, has given Houstonians, who have anxiously awaited his debut for years, a thoroughly unique dining experience.

Offering Cox's own brand of American progressive cuisine, Mark's menu encompasses inspirations from many distant lands, indicative of America's true melting pot heritage. You'll find diverse styles of food are not intermingled in one dish, but rather American regional ingredients are fashioned in such a manner as to be reminiscent of a single culture's fare. Whether it's Asian or Italian food you crave, Mark's takes you there and back, with taste sensations which echo the authentic food of that land, coupled with Cox's own unrivaled American touch.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm; Brunch: Sunday 11am- 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 523-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Cox
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Private party facilities
Three rooms are available for private and semi-private functions. The Alcove is an elegant and private room that accommodates 5 to 8 guests; the Loft is an elegant semi-private area with a breathtaking view of the main dining room that accommodates between 18-20 guests; and the Cloisters, a uniquel
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Private party contact
David Dworsky: (844) 657-7557
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Catering
We offer 2 private and 1 semi-private areas. Our first private space is for 5 to 8 people in our Alcove Room. Traditionally we do our Chef's Tasting in this room. It is perfect for those small private business dinners or Celebrations. Our Second Private Room is the Cloister Room. It seats 32-40 people and is completely sound proofed when the doors are closed. This is the only area where we allow audio visual presentations. It is a great room for small wedding receptions, and larger business dinner. The Loft is our Semi-private space. It overlooks the Main Dining Room and has a great view.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dunlavy Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5
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4.5
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3.9
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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

It was very crowded since this was closing night. The food and service suffered. But even on it's worst night, Mark's is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Bittersweet night..amazing food as usual. Sad to see it end.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

So sad to this restaurant gem close. My wife and I celebrated her 60th birthday and 39th anniversary up in the alcove - it was a phenomenal evening. This restaurant has always been a solid 'go to' restaurant for special occasions! It was nice getting a chance to talk with Mark. We wish he and his wife the best.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2016

Was very disappointed. Bought the 8 course tasting and it was not honored because the restaurant was closing. Manager said it would be honored and when we got there it was not. Very disappointed with the food we ordered and the very small portions for what we paid.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2016

The best....the oysters. Wonderful


Worst. Noise.

Do not think any remodeling in over 18 yrs.

Kids loved lamb and veal.

Fish a bit dry. Sorry to say...worst meal in 18 years. At least kids liked it!

Best luck in future.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2016

Good was decent but a little overpriced. Sad it's closing its doors, though.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2016

Everything about Mark's was great. Sorry to know it's closing soon.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2016

Enjoyed our whole experience from the great service to the awesome food.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2016

I Have always loved marks the food is outstanding the service is supurb and cocktails are so ever delicious. The resturant itself is very unusual as it is in an old church converted into this wonderful place to enjoy a special event or just to have an outstanding evening out to dinner and relaxation. The Chef is outstanding also the flavor and presentation is marvelous too bad it is closing the end of May

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2016

We met friends for brunch on pSunday 21 May and had anticipated an exceptional meal. My appetizer of seafood cantolloini was excellent and my wife had the duck ravioli which she enjoyed very much. Everything went south after that. My wife ordered the sea bass which she.said was very good but it did not contain artichokes or olives which were listed on the menu. My lamb chop was about 3 and one -half inches long containing two small bites of meat. Filling eout the plate was one green bean, one small stalk of asparagus,and one very small carrot "coin". The lamb sausage was so tough that I could not cut it. I could not identify the third item on the plate which appeared to be some sort of custard,doughy mass. Overall, it is no surprise that Mark's is going out of business. $48 per person was extremely expensive for the very small amount of food served. The raspberry sorbet served with the very small serving of white chocolate bread pudding was miniscule and was a blip on the plate. Even the biscuits and two muffins were one bite wonders. Chef made several trips out to the dining room speaking only to the sameness two tables and ignoring all other diners.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

I am saddened to hear that this establishment will be closing. It has always been one of our favorites.

I wish them the Best of Luck in their next endeavor and want to Thank Marks for all of the special Meals we have had there over the years.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Wanted to return one final time before they close, and we were not disappointed. The hostess, sommelier, and waiter were all very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, as was the wine. Mark Cox greeted us on the way out and thanked us for dining with them. We had a great night.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

An absolute favorite of mine for ywars and so sorry to see it go. Our laat meal there was as perfect as the first. The chef's off menu selections were a delight as always, especially the most prefect soft shell crab. Waitstaff is the best anywhere. A true Houston landmark that will be missed!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Our evening brought back great memories of a restaurant we loved very much but will miss terribly as it will soon be closed by it's owner, Mark Cox. We wish he would reconsider as it will be a terrible loss for Houston's high end foodies.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Previous experience here was exceptional and hoped to recreate that before they shut down, but things appear to have dropped off.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2016

The food was great. The service staff was very friendly. However, the whole experience was a rush somehow. Overall, I didn't get to enjoy the experience or feel satisfy with the meal.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Veryromantic. Waitstaff is great. Food is amazing. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2016

Was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2016

This restaurant has been the pinnacle of excellence. It was so nice to enjoy one last meal there. Sad to see it close its doors.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2016

Delicious food. Beautifulplace. Never dissapoints. Sorry it's closing.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

We ate here for my birthday dinner and it was fabulous. I am so sad that they are closing to the public. The service was great. I was impressed by the hearty amount of crab and lobster in the bisque!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2016

A delightful yet sorrowful end to a Houston Institution of excellent food and service! OR IS IT????

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2016

We dined here as we knew it was closing at the end of the month (May 2016). The food is always fabulous. I have yet to have poor service - they let you sit and talk. The only negative is the overly priced wine list.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2016

I am so sad that Mark's is closing. I has been our celebration venue for many years.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2016

Outstanding food and service. Disappointed they are closing.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

The agnolotti was sublime!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

Unique menu with excellent presentation and flavors

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Fantastic place for a date night! Will be closing end of the month, sadly, get in while you can!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Chef Cox, we look forward to the future xxx
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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Excellent all the way around. Terribly sorry they'll be closing on the 29th. One of the best restaurants in the country.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2016

We celebrated our 43rd Wedding Anniversary, as we loved the recognition and acknowledgement. Awesome experience. Regret it will be closing this month.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

First time at Mark's. Lovely food, I got the lobster special entree which was slightly over cooked but was still tasty. Partner had the lamb which he said was outstanding. Service was fantastic. We had an upstairs table and a nice view of the restaurant.

Only downside was the restaurant felt a little dated. The food was very well cooked and modern that the dated restaurant let it all down a little, still a great evening.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2016

My wife and I hadn't been to Mark's in 6 years but always had fond recollections of it. On our return visit, the food did not disappoint. Very flavorful and well executed. The service however was among the worst that we've had at a fine dining restaurant. Our waiter did the bare minimum and seemed very disinterested in what he was doing. He would walk by our table multiple times without stopping to see if we were ready to order or to check in on how we liked our dishes. After dropping off our dessert menus he didn't return for 25 minutes to take our order. By that time we pretty much had had enough and finished our evening on a low note. Unfortunate experience.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

The food was very good (my only very minor complaint was that the ahi tuna sashimi, while very tasty, had the tuna cut up so small it was hard to identify the individual pieces--non-sashimi-lovers probably would prefer this, but I love sushi/sashimi where I can experience the texture of the fish). Service could not have possibly been better.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Mark's has consistently been one of Houston's finest restaurants for the past 20 years. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

I have eaten fine cuisine around the world. If the Michelin Star were awarded to American Restaurants, this place would certainly be on the radar to earn one. I was amazed by the level of service and the tantilizing dishes. While certainly not inexpensive, I would now consider this to be the best restaurant I have eaten at in Houston.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Great place
It's very expensive though. About $200 bucks for me and my wife. All worth it though.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

I took my then-girlfriend (now-fiance) out to dinner at Mark's on the night that I proposed to her. It was a perfect way to set a romantic tone for the evening. Moreover, the food was great and so was the service (my waiter's name was Chris). I strongly recommend Mark's to anyone looking to plan a romantic date or looking to have a classy night!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

The food was really great and the service was off the charts awesome. The meal portions were not too small but the dessert portion could be a bit larger. We had the duck and the Monchong and they were both great. The pasta stuffed with smoked pheasant and duck was a hit as well. The evening was very relaxing and we enjoyed the meal and the service. The price was a bit higher than we are used to paying at places comparable but it was still a great experience.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2016

Mark's used to be one of Houston's premier restaurants a few years ago. My wife and I decided to revisit it. As we walked in, we were struck that it was nearly empty on a Thursday night. The clientele was 70+ (we are talking walkers and oxygen tanks) and the restaurant was brightly lit (like Luby's), completely destroying the ambiance of the beautiful building. We waited a very long time for our food in spite of the fact that the restaurant was empty. By the time the food arrived, we were so frustrated (and filled-up with bread) that we quickly ate half of our meals and got the heck out. It's quite sad to see a fine restaurant hit rock bottom.

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