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Merlion Restaurant, Seabrook, TX

Merlion Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1320 Reviews
$31 to $50
Thai
You'll be enchanted by this cozy haven nestled in Historic Seabrook - a quaint, yet lavishly appointed Thai destination. The menu offers a culinary tour through Thailand, carefully prepared and executed by Chef Andrew Lobeck, a second-generation virtuoso Thai chef. Expect an impressive wine selection that varies regularly, a lively lounge stocked with a full-bar, and a knowledgeable & friendly staff that will recommend the perfect pairing. The atmosphere is sultry, and an aura of understated elegance prevails. Merlion is a top choice whether you are seeking a romantic dinner for two or for a larger group for a special event.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (281) 385-9975

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Lobeck

  • Catering

    We can design any kind of catering menu to fit the customers' needs.

  • Private party facilities

    We have two rooms in our restaurant and can provide private settings.

  • Private party contact

    Brooke Villanueva: (281) 385-9975

  • Neighborhood

    Kemah / Seabrook

  • Cross street

    Bryan Ave

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • NYE Alice In Wonderland

    $85.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    3 Course NYE Menu! Only menu offered on NYE!! Can check menu out on our facebook page or our website www.merlionrestaurant.com

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What 1,320 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

  • Houston

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  1. a

    aval

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The waiter was pleasant, but for a more upscale restaurant experience , he needed some coaching on service. He was a good waiter but needed polish.
  2. FC

    FoyC

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, great service, and great wine and apps at happy-hour prices. Also, I checked the Date box under the occasion because my wife and I don't get out as often as we'd like. The rose petals awaiting us on the bar in front of our seats was very nice touch.
  3. RS

    RandallS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good and good value. Service was good. Good experience.
  4. CJ

    CindyJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My nephew and his wife treated my sister and I to Happy Hour and apps and it was a culinary delight. Loved the ambiance and Jimmy was extremely spot on with his recommendations for our specialty drinks. Kudos to Brooke, Andrew and their amazing staff for once again making it a night to remember! Happy Thanksgiving to All!
  5. J

    Jenn

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Was delicious as always. It was a pretty slow Sunday night, probably due to the yucky weather. I usually have a fantastic dining experience and am made to feel like somebody special. For as few patrons as there were, I felt the service was just ok last night. We got everything we asked for, but it felt slow and inattentive.

    Merlion RestaurantResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you for the review. I will speak with Kendal and make sure that she improves. We appreciate your business/.

  6. A

    Aerocab

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always good, unique, flavor-full; watch your spice-level.
  7. KS

    KarinaS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Thai restaurant I’ve ever been!!!
  8. CM

    CarolM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. I always choose tofu as my “meat” option. They do a great job with it. Their sauces are beyond delicious. Much better than any other Thai restaurant in the area. They are expensive if you choose something like the Chilean sea bass or scallops, but very affordably priced if you order the tofu, which I love.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jake did a great job of taking care of us. He was attentive, helpful with the drinks and menu and personable.
  10. BR

    BrownRiceGirl

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to go! The whole snapper was delicious! Brooke and the gang are top notch as always ❤️
  11. CJ

    ColleenJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merlion never disappoints! Celebrated my son's birthday with great food, great service and great atmosphere!
  12. LP

    LaurieP92

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for a nice date night! Hubby and I ordered the chef’s table, everything was excellent! Sarah was our server, she was so attentive and helpful. We were the last patrons to leave the dining room. The ONLY thing that I would change is not have the sliding door into the bar area kept open at the end of the night. The music is pretty loud in that part. Fabulous experience, highly recommend!
  13. GR

    GavinRobertMcGowen

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming for years! Always an incredible time! Phenomenal food!
  14. MJ

    MalloryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first experience was amazing. Merlion was recommended by a friend and it didn’t disappoint. The hostesses were warm and inviting. The vibe of the restaurant was awesome. Jimmy our server was exceptional. The service was top notch and we let him pick our entrees. Food was presentation was aesthetically pleasing and tasted delicious. Drinks were delicious as well. One of the best expresso martinis I have had. Hands down will be back. It was a great date night !!
  15. DW

    DonnaW

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I dine quite often at Merlion, but our waitress tonight apparently didn't know we existed. A young Hispanic gentleman saw we were being neglected and took our order - he was very accommodating. One would think that a 5:30 reservation on a Tuesday evening wouldn't be so busy that a table for three would be overlooked. I will be back as I know that was not the norm for Merlion.
  16. HT

    HeidiT

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is excellent and fun!
  17. C

    Coolchange

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated closing on the sale of our house.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in our neck of the woods hands down. ♥️
  19. J

    James

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and the food was fantastic. We went for our anniversary and really enjoyed the resturant and the service. Will definitely be back.
  20. PA

    PATTIP

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merlion never disappoints. It is our favorite restaurant. Same with my foodie friends. YUM!
  21. F

    Foodie33

    Houston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very tasty. Heather, Our server was very personable and gave us delicious recommendations. Would definitely like to try some other things on the menu. Would have liked more reposado tequila choices but everything else was great.
  22. FC

    FoyC

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best happy-hour or date spots around. Food is excellent, Service is outstanding.
  23. S

    Sergeant1

    Houston

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food takes a while to come out, but is good when it gets there. My biggest problem with Merlin is that the waiters make their own drinks and there isn’t an experienced bartender. Making a drink from a generic recipe is not a good practice. Also, because the waiters make their own drinks it slows the service down. This is the second visit in a row where the drinks were returned due to low quality.
  24. CJ

    CindyJ

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best Thai food you will ever experience! Kudos to Brooke, Andrew and Bernice for making our twin birthday 🎂 memorable ❤
  25. SB

    SeanB

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merlion is a great restaurant for a date night or special occasion. We love the food and the service is always over the top. Kathy did an awesome job taking care of us and we will be back soon.
  26. JM

    JohnM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jake was our waiter and he was very personable and attentive.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food service and staff are outstanding!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with family — was so good! Great drinks and great service. Food is a step above and so yummy
  29. KH

    KarenH

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Go out of their way to celebrate special occasions.
  30. l

    luv2eatout

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    They were very busy so our server was very slow
  31. A

    Aerocab

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The unique and delicious flavors, curry's and variety of seafood and meat choices and combinations are excellent and sincerely, may be the best of anywhere. Pick your spice level from 1-to-5, but be careful, even level-2 might be too hot for many. Great values and large selections on wines and drinks, as well. The servers and staff are very accommodating and very friendly. We wish the servers would come around the table more often and that the meals would come out sooner; we've ordered appetizers and meals, finished appetizers and ordered additional appetizers to help get through the very long wait for the dinner meal to be served, can take more than an hour, last visit was two hours. So, yes, really great in every way, just don't be in a hurry; relax, order another bottle for the table...
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best happy hour drinks and food. Dinner is also amazing here! Can’t go wrong!
  33. RW

    RoyceW

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening at Merlion. The food was very good, and we enjoyed ourselves. Good service. We chose there Restaurant Week menu and were not disappointed. Plan to go again soon.
  34. AI

    AnnI

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food & waitress service was excellent. They custom make each order so be prepared for a lengthy wait between courses. Worth the wait, just plan accordingly; we were there 2.5 hrs on Saturday night
  35. AB

    AngelaB

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always fresh and delicious. It’s a fun dining experience at Merlion, not a run in and out quick meal. Spice level Is legit!!! Try the Raad Prick with the Pablo crusted red fish!
  36. R

    Redfish

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all the way around. Everything first class and we will be a repeat customer. LH & JL Fuqua
  37. s

    shannonh

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time. The food was amazing and our server was top notch. He was very attentive to all tables and never let our drinks get low. I always look forward to a dinner here!
  38. DG

    DarcyG

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Merlion for our birthdays, anniversaries and enjoy sometimes just sitting at the bar for a more party atmosphere.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as usual
  40. K

    Kevin

    Houston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was Houston Restaurant week and our first visit to Merlion. The service and ambiance was outstanding. The food delicious and portions large - in some cases for 2 or even more. My wife and I each had different dishes so we could taste some different items. They were all excellent. We will be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Merlion Restaurant using the Order Online button. Merlion Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 385-9975.

Merlion Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1320 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Merlion Restaurant

1205 Main St, Seabrook, TX 77586

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bryan Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Kemah / Seabrook

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Thai, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Lobeck

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (281) 385-9975

  • Catering

    We can design any kind of catering menu to fit the customers' needs.

  • Private party facilities

    We have two rooms in our restaurant and can provide private settings.

  • Private party contact

    Brooke Villanueva: (281) 385-9975

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