Merlion Restaurant

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff as always. Owners are awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten! We keep going back despite service being consistently slow. This time we waited over an hour for our entrees. The food is so good, we had forgotten by the end of dinner.

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JenK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to eat at Merlion with my friends to celebrate a birthday. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. The food is amazing and flavorful, but be aware that it can be spicy. I would recommend eating here. They even celebrated her with a piece of cheesecake. Everything was very yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We greatly enjoyed our meal out at Merlion. The bar had chairs grouped in pairs and spaced out. We were not seated directly next to any other guests. The food was delicious, we had our old favorite of Panang Scallops but also tried a couple of off menu items. The lobster bisque was decadent without being overpowering. We also enjoyed a fried rice that was topped with strips of seared tuna & served with dragon sauce on the side. It was amazing! No room left for dessert or after dinner drinks but we were extremely happy to be able to dine in again.

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DanetteT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the midst of the COVID-19, what a joyous evening was. Wonderful food, fabulous service.

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BobS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic wine menu, Awesome food. Chef Andrew is a culinary wizard. He produces an adventure for your palate. The service is attentive and constant. Merlion is one of our favorite places to eat. It’s always an amazing experience.

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vipRaymondP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The sauces are remarkable!

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Tlrkn67
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LUV LUV LUV!!! One of our Favorites & always Amazing service!!!🌟❤️

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vipKellyS
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to go. The food is the highest quality around along with amazing staff who become like family. A great place for any occasion!

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vipAliciaH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Merlion; the food, the service, and atmosphere never dissappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion never fails to impress. I'm always happy with the quality and prices.

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ReneeR
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that our first time out since all of the craziness started was at Merlion -- top notch as always in every aspect.

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ScarlettC6
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early Mother’s Day celebration. The food and service was fabulous, as usual. And they used good social distancing practices, which is a huge plus right now.

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KellEatsWell
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best Thai food and curry in the area!

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LindaR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Now dining in. Just as good or better than before. Glad to see the staff serving again.

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PeggyE550C
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best food anywhere in our area..Also reasonably priced and great wines.
Services is impeccable too.
Our favorite restaurant in the Houston area.. I know it's in Seabrook.

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BZEE
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing start to finish. Service was great and they went out of their way to social distance. They made my husband feel extra special on this birthday.

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JenPaw
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion was absolutely fabulous! The food is delicious, the wait staff and bartenders are awesome, and the happy hour prices are unbeatable!

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CPL2178
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were most excited for Merlion to be our first dine in experience since the COVID restrictions were lifted. Service was excellent and the food was outstanding!!

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vipWadester
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an excellent evening at Merlion while sampling a Pomegranate martini, and some excellent wine. Our waitress Kristen, took excellent care of us and helped us pick an appetizer and dinner plate we had not tried in a long time. The Chicken Satay was moist and delicious, and served with a sweet peanut-based sauce that was just heavenly.
We truly love the more subdued, darker side of the restaurant that also has stunning, creative artwork on the walls. My Wife tried the Kang Ped with chicken, which I must say was really delicious. It was full of red curry and vegetable flavors, and is one of the best Thai dishes I have tried in quite awhile. We also love the ample and eclectic array of wine selections here, and always make an effort to try one we have not previously ordered.
The elegant, upscale atmosphere combined with friendly and professional service makes Merlion one of the best dining choices in all of Houston. Sweet Kaitlyn and owner Brooke came by to greet us during dinner, which made our wonderful evening compete. Everyone here is truly like Family to us both.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at Merlion and could not think of a better place. The food, service and exceptional atmosphere made us feel right at home and enjoy our evening.

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RachelH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Wonderful Food. This was our first visit and we will return soon.

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vipWadester
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at many restaurants in the Houston and Metro area over the years, but there are very few that we venture back to more than once or twice. Merlion is an amazing Thai restaurant with elegant sophistication that we visit very often. All of the appetizers are delicious; try the Por Pia crispy Thai egg rolls with crab stuffing, the chicken satay, calamari\shrimp tempura. My Pad Med Mammuang was flavorful, and full of vegetables with delicious gulf shrimp. During our dinner sweet Kaitlyn came by to check on us; she's one of the really great waitresses here. Brooke, the owner came by as well to greet us, and offer a few dining options. And our waiter Justin, took really great care of us and offered us some nice wine options. He's an expert at serving a great bottle of wine with dinner. And he also makes a super apple grey goose martini as well. The crowd around us in the dining room was very loud, but that's to be expected on a beautiful Saturday evening. They now have the mango with sticky rice back in stock for dessert; it's absolutely delicious. When my Wife started eating the mango with sticky rice, a smile slowly returned to her face. Merlion is a truly special place to us, where we always feel like we're dining with family.

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DJPIndo
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not a great experience, the food was overcooked and very salty. I would not promote as Thai authentic - The quality was not there.

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John
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had eaten at old location a lot but had not been to the new location. I have to tell you i think the new building is AMAZING. The attention to detail is outstanding a d beautiful. Our friends were not only amazed with the building but the food. It is almost better then in the old building...that will tell you a lot. I recommend it highly.

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FrancineW
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time going to this intimate and Lovely restaurant. Will definitely return, and recommend to friends and family. Small dining room that is separated from the bar area with doors creating a relaxed and intimate setting. The food was tasty with the perfect amount of spice that can be kicked up for those who prefer a more spicy Thai meal. I ordered the Raad Prick with red snapper and my husband ordered the Kan Kua Sapparos with prawns; we both enjoyed our meals. We noted on the reservation that it was our anniversary. Our table was set with rose petals and heart confetti. We were also given a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine to take home and a mini red velvet bundt for dessert. Truly a sweet surprise.

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ShelleyE
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good place for going on a date. Not for large rowdy groups. Not small kid friendly unless the kids are usually quiet. Got looks anytime my older kids spoke above a whisper. No kids menu, but there are options. My youngest liked the chicken satay. The backs of the chairs are low, so you cannot sit back comfortably (and I'm short). The food is very good, large portions, so good for sharing. We chose this place because of gluten free options.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my girl’s birthday and it was an awesome experience.

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ShariH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought out of town guests and we all loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful!!

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vipWadester
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I thought about where to take my Wife for Valentine's weekend, Merlion was the first restaurant that came to mind. If you love creative Thai cuisine in an elegant setting with excellent service, then Merlion is the place for you. I tend to gravitate to the non coconut-based sauces, since I try to watch my sugar level, and also love the wide variety of vegetables in the Pad Med Mammuang. I always add seafood to my choice, while my Wife usually opts for chicken or beef. The owner helped us make an excellent wine selection, while our sweet waitress Kirby took excellent care of us. We love the ambiance, eclectic wine offerings, excellent service, and delicious Thai cuisine here. No matter what selection you make, you will be rewarded with wonderful, fresh Thai dishes. We also loved the beautiful Valentine's decorations that they added to our table. One thought; I'd love it if they could add a couple of new noodle-based dishes, such as Drunken Noodles and\or Pad Se Ew; just an idea.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Waiting 1.5 hours to sit with a reservation. We didn’t eat dinner until 11 pm! The good is always great but wish device would have been better!

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langb
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Nice experience but reservations where 45min late and food took hour and half to get.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

It was Valentine’s Day so they get a pass but I preferred their old location. It had character. Food was still great but pricey. Drinks way to high $$. VD set menu was not what I planned to have

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tiernddg14
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My son and I took took my wife to Merlion for Valentine's day. We have been there many times, but this was our first Valentine's day visit. For starters, Merlion has $75/head Valentine's day menu which is a limited choice from their regular menu. The menu didn't contain what we normally order. Next they added more tables for the night. Not sure if that was the reason or not, but it took two hours from time we set down to when we left. Slow, slow, slow. We didn't even eat our dessert there, we took it to go. Glad we had a 18:30 reservation, because there were many people waiting to be seated when we left.

Yes we will go again, just not on Valentine's day.

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The server was not really friendly and did not exhibit any personality at all. The tables were too close to each other I was sitting right next to people I didn’t know listening to their conversation and they were listening to mine. The portions were a little bit smaller than what you would normally get for the price. Very unhappy.

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SteveA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I took my wife there for her birthday. The service was fair. She ordered Pad Thai, heat #2. I ordered a chef special, fried rice with seafood, also #2. Hers was so hot it was , well, lets just say, although she loves spicy food, no way she could eat and enjoy it. Mine was ok but mushy, a bit warm but nothing like hers. We had heard lots of good things about this establishment, but probably won't go back for dinner. We sent hers back with one bite taken....no apologies, no …. no nada.... Seems like they would have least taken it off the bill since she had only taken ONE bite.. Oh well, live and learn...

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ChrisC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Made our anniversary dinner special.

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foodntheatre
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been diappointed with our dining experience here. The food is plentiful and we always have leftovers. Service is attentive but not intrusive.

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Merlion Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 385-9975.

Merlion Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 831 OpenTable diners.

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