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Merlion Restaurant, Seabrook, TX

Merlion Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1503 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 1,503 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,503 Reviews
  1. Wadester

    Houston

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were happy to hear that there were some new appetizers to try this evening. We tried the Lollipop lamb chops, and my favorite softshell crab with marinated apples. Both appetizers were delicious. For our main course, we both ordered the Kan Kua Sapporos; mine with shrimp, and my Wife's with chicken. We both thoroughly enjoyed our dishes, however I would prefer this dish with a little more vegetables, and a little less sauce. My choice included very fresh gulf shrimp, which made it very accommodating for my taste and palate. Make sure you try the Mango & Sticky rice dessert; my Wife swears by it. It was very busy with long wait times this evening since many patrons were celebrating a belated Valentine's dinner, as were we. I suggest getting here a little early for your reservation, since this venue has become more and more popular for very good reason. The Thai dishes here are excellent. Don't miss trying a fine wine from the wine list here. The wine list is extensive and has many creative and excellent choices.

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  2. KarenB

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We are repeat customers and always will be, the food is unmatched and the poor service we experienced this time was an anomaly as every other time we are well taken care of. The server ignored us for a long bit, we could hear other servers describing specials and recommending things- when we asked our server she was almost comical in her response that they didn’t have any specials and were out of other things we JUST heard two other servers discuss with their tables. Regardless, it wasn’t indicative of how the service is overall here

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It was the worst service we’ve ever received here. Took 20 minutes to get drinks and an hour ten to get food. Our martini had lipstick on the rim and the espresso martini was HORRIBLE ! the dining area was so loud guests had to keep getting up And shutting the sliding door that the workers kept leaving open. Very disappointed!

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  4. WAYNEW

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Merlion's did not have my Open Table reservation. Great place to eat and unwind
    Merlion RestaurantResponded 3 days ago
    I am sorry you felt like we didn't have your reservation. Your wife let the manager know that she didn't it confirm. We were still able to accommodate your party. Please let us know if you need anything further.

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  5. NickB

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had Reservations (8pm) and still didn’t get a table for little over an hour after we checked in. Keep in mind it was Valentine’s Day although we checked In 15 mins prior (7:45) as requested and finally got a table a couple minutes after 9:15…. Left there within 5 mins of finishing our meal at 10:50…so per open table reservations every 15-30 mins is nearly not enough time to eat this should be every hour to hour and a half minimum.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I have heard so many good things about this place and was excited to try. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone for a holiday meal but I was not very impressed with the food. It was just ok. I would like to try it again though and just order from the regular menu.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always amazing, we go often. This was our first bad experience regarding service, the waiter was missing in action more than not. His hospitality was poor, he forgot we ever ordered dessert and I ask if he could just get the check since it had been so long. Took him forever to just get us out

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  8. Rockhound

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our regular “date night” without the kids. Great food, great bartenders, great ambience. It can get a little noisy, but that’s part of the fun. They are sometimes short staffed, but the waiters, waitresses and bartenders do a good job to stay on top of it. Be patient.

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  9. MeganW

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and value was fantastic! Unfortunately, they were so busy that it took about 3 hours from the time we sat down from the time we received our entrees.

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  10. AmberW

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! They made my birthday extra special. Love the ambiance and food!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jeff was a wonderful waiter. We can’t wait to come back again for date night!

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  12. Wadester

    Houston

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Thai cuisine in an cozy, elegant, upscale setting; this is one of many reasons we simply love to dine here. Merlion is an iconic venue that is a longtime staple here in the Seabrook area. Don't miss trying the Por Pia eggrolls, and the mixed shrimp & calamari tempura appetizers, served with a wonderful sauce (plum? cherry?). Shay was our waitress on our most recent visit, and is an expert at making fantastic martinis, and suggesting new dishes to try. Some of the martini flavors are served with a dark, little Italian cherry, which is simply divine. Make sure you notice the beautiful artwork on the walls here as well. They are truly beautiful. And while touring around the Seabrook area, don't miss gazing at the Pelican statues seen all around town; they are almost as iconic as Merlion.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar for drinks and dinner, if you were looking for a quiet scene this is not it, we did choose to sit here, so we are not complaining per se food is fantastic. I mean a 10 out of a 10 if you are looking for great Thai food however, the dessert is a literal zero. Absolutely the worst dessert I’ve ever had. We ordered the Keylime pie and the s’mores bread pudding to go. Barely even edible. we have always loved Merlion and will return again and again, if you want a nice peaceful atmosphere sit in the dining areas if you want a loud banging good time, sit at the bar. Do not order dessert.

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  14. BrownRiceGirl

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were so great and got the kids out right away. The staff is always top notch!

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  15. BrownRiceGirl

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Merlion never disappoints. Great service and great food!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best experience and Thai food anywhere! We love this place! 

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  17. Wadester

    Houston

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A rainy Friday night could not have better spent, than by dining at one of our all-time favorite restaurants, Merlion. The mixed calamari & shrimp tempura appetizer was delicious, as was the tempura fried softshell crab. I seem to have found a new favorite main course dish as well; the Merlion Thai Peanut Sauce Curry dish is just incredible. We love the attention to detail here, with candlelight and tablecloth covered tables. They have a very extensive wine list, which is much appreciate as well. Our waitress, Shae, was very professional, attentive, and courteous. She also made excellent martinis. We're so thankful to have this stellar restaurant right in our "backyard." I would love it, if they had glass martini glasses instead of the metal martini glasses. But that's just my personal preference.

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  18. KevinG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was amazing as always but pricey! It was so loud that we could barely hear each other!

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  19. RileyR

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful food!! The only downside to Merlion is the environment isn’t super family friendly given the wall art (pretty provocative). We would dine in more if this wasn’t the case. However, it’s still the best Thai food in the area!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great . Waitperson was helpful and informed. Time between order and delivery was well within reason. Manager checked on us a few times. Very professional.

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  21. SHAWNH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing restaurant!!! Great food, excellent service, and fantastic ambiance.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Houston. Best experience. Best food. Best bar.

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  23. Ramunev

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, outstanding service, cozy atmosphere.

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  24. Moneymom

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of the best Thai food I have ever had! Cocktails also outstanding!! Will definitely go back.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service, enjoy the experience at Merlion every time.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as always! We are starting to narrow down our head level 🥵. Bernice and Jeff were awesome, personable, helpful, and overall great. We will definitely be back! An awesome place to celebrate a birthday!

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  27. MaryZ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and treated like family.

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  28. NIKKIG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was AMAZING! Our Server Pedro was amazing as well. Love the ambiance! I will return!
    Merlion RestaurantResponded on January 5, 2024
    Thank you I will let him know. We appreciate the review.

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  29. Tlee

    Houston

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We usually love the food here, but last night it seemed that the spice level was higher than usual. Could not finish the entrees as our lips and mouth were burning due to high spice. I requested 1 level and my husband 3, but in the past theses levels were fine for us, but not last night. We could not really taste the flavor of the food, due to burning lips and tongue. But the New Year Eve decorations were nice and the other food items were very good.
    Merlion RestaurantResponded on January 3, 2024
    Thank you for the review. On the bottom of the menu for New Years Eve we even put the chilis were running extra hot. The batches we have been getting have been hot and we use a measuring scale we've always used. Also the servers have been letting customers know as well. In the future if something is to hot please let us know so we can try to fix the issue before you leave and can enjoy your food.

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  30. BrownRiceGirl

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Everything was cooked perfectly.

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  31. BryanB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is outstanding and service is great. If the bar area in the center gets loud, then the dining areas on the side can get a little loud. Staff does a good job of keeping the doors closed to mitigate it, but it still occasionally bleeds through. Love the Kang Masamaman at a .5 spice. Anything higher than that and you better LOVE Thai spice.

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  32. PedroM

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for an anniversary dinner. Merlion never disappoints. The ambiance is designed for adults, with excellent service and first class food and drinks. Highly recommended. Perfect for date nights or small groups. Relaxed atmosphere.

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  33. MarcoC

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience for our anniversary dinner. Excellent food, excellent server, excellent ambiance and many little touches and complimentary items for a special occasion. The best red curry I have ever tasted. Amazing evening all around. I highly recommend!
    Merlion RestaurantResponded on December 22, 2023
    We appreciate your business. Thank you so much and happy holidays~

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  34. Wadester

    Houston

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the small touches of elegance, such as the etched "Merlion" on their wine glasses, the wide variety of wine on their wine list, the mini blue and white Christmas lights in the windows, the beautiful Christmas trees, and the excellent Thai food. Don't forget to try the Tempura Soft-shell Crab appetizer served with caramelized green apples in a white wine butter sauce; simply divine.

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  35. TomK

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as always. Liz and the rest of the bar staff friendly and professional. Food is phenomenal A regular favorite of ours

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our FAVORITE!!! Love you guys! Thank you for being such a special place!

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  37. Dees

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, happy hour great, love this place, great service

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delicious visit to Merlion! The wine, the staff, the apps and the main course were all amazing. I love Sapporos- red curry w pineapples and I add chicken. This is the first time I ordered shrimp tempura for my appetizer, so glad I did! It was perfectly fluffy batter and juicy shrimp!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were not rushed to finish or dinner. The table was nicely decorated for my husband’s 65 th birthday celebration and the free desert was greatly appreciated

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed our anniversary dinner here, definitely coming back for another special event.

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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 4.7 stars by 1503 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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