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Mark's American Cuisine

4.5
2875 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • 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  based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined 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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vipZach (Houston)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

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

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big4hand (Houston)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
1.0  Dined 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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birthday (Houston)
4.0  Dined 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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vipUmame (Houston)
4.0  Dined on May 23, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on May 23, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined 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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eat4life (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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vipSeanB (Houston)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined 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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vipirmackirk (Houston)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined 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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