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About Merlion Restaurant

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.

1301 4th St
Seabrook, TX 77586
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Meyer

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(281) 385-9975

Website:
http://www.merlionrestaurant.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Andrew Lobeck

Private Party Facilities:
We have two rooms in our restaurant and can provide private settings.

Private Party Contact:
Brooke Villanueva: (281) 385-9975

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Merlion Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Cozy (13)
Spicy (13)
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Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Authentic (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We just happened upon this restaurant when looking for a place to go out late Friday night. It was booked up until 9:00 so that’s when we went. Very charming little house in Seabrook. Friendly staff, owner interacted with guests and personally served us at the bar while we waited to be seated (we arrived early). Our server Ian was extremely helpful in assisting us in choosing what to order. We had the corn cakes appetizer (to die for). Make sure to get a side of peanut sauce with them as suggested by Ian;) I had the green chicken curry and my hubby had Pad Thai with chicken. Both were outstanding, definitely worth the wait for made to order. Very fresh and extremely delicious. Will definitely be back:)

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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Food here is mediocre and super expensive!!! Has great potential, but when I spend $65 per person plus drinks I expect REALLY good food. It was just ok for me, not worth the money.

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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Have been going to Merlion's since it was Bay Thai. My wife would help Gabby at the original restaurant when help was needed. We have enjoyed it for many years, look forward to the new restaurant opening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

So let me preface these comments by saying that up to this point Merlion was one of my favorite restaurants in the entire Houston area. I have told several friends that they serve the best Thai food I have ever had outside Asia. Wednesday was frankly disappointing to the extent that I almost asked if they had changed the chef / owner. I understand the pressure to maximize Valentines revenues but you should protect your brand and reputation over making a few extra covers. I am now wondering if this was a one off experience or whether Merlion has truly descended from its prior quality into the abyss.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Wow. Excellent Thai dishes, large wine selection, good service and in Seabrook. I'm so happy this award winning restaurant is on my side of town. We had the Dragon Fire Dumplings, Chicken and Beef Satay, Pad Med Mammuang w/ beef (best overall), Kang Keo Waan w/ beef( green curry) Chocolate cake and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. We had a very happy Valentines day.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Friends from out of town

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First of all we had to wait for 1 hour and 20 minutes for the main course to be served. Appetizers came in fast. We ordered the Kang Keo Waan with lamb. Expected the curry, the chilies, the basil and the lomongrass to give the flavour of this dish; unfortunately the coconut milk prevailed. The Pad Pak Man Mun Hoi with beef was too strong on the garlic and too mych salt. The Pad Thai was tasteless. The wine list is extensive, but the way is presented is not user friendly. Needs to be better organized. Have travelled extensively to Thailand for work, this is not Thai cuisine.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place. Food and staff are amazing !!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great experience!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great dining experience in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy great Thai flavors and fresh food experiences.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Merlion is truly a Thai specialty restaurant having a most extensive wine list "by the glass" to accompany any food. The appetizers, salads and entrees are ALL made with taste thrills you won't find in any other restaurant, assuming you can even find one matching Merlion. Go for it and enjoy a fun evening of taste thrills.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Merlion is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. In my opinion, the best Thai food in the Houston area with some flare added to traditional Thai dishes (curry, etc.) Merlion maintains an excellent wine selection, with wine available by the glass or bottle from many price points and varietals.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great time, great food, great establishment.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Always a great meal at Merlion. Love this place. Andrew and Brooke are great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Never disappointed! Our favorite go to for dates❤️

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

My husband and I eat here frequently. We love the ambiance, the friendly wait staff and most of all the delicious, spicy Thai food. (They can make it mild if you need.) Merlion also has an expansive wine list which has never disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wonderful upscale Thai restaurant. One of my favorite restaurants in Houston.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Merlion is a hidden gem in old Seabrook, Tx to many Houstonians. A great venue for Thai food, as mild or as spicy as you want. A great wine list. Atmosphere is great. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My husband and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Merlion! We've been partaking of Chef Andrew's delicious Thai creations for years and have NEVER been disappointed. The staff is amazing! We've celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries at Merlion and the staff always goes above and beyond!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was amazing as usual. Still my favorite restaurant in the Houston area. Hands down.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I had the Merlion curry with jumbo shrimp and my husband had the lump crab fried rice. My meal was perfect and my husband’s was ok. We were really looking forward to coming here for our wedding anniversary so we made a reservation as recommended. We waited 5 minutes at the bar to be greeted and seated. We then waited 25 more minutes to be greeted by our server. Our server was lovely and attempted to make up for the huge wait time. She even threw in a bottle of complimentary cheap champagne, delicious anniversary cake and a top shelf cordial! Unfortunately, it did not make up for the fact that the whole waitstaff did not acknowledge us for 25 minutes and they were not incredibly busy. We also couldn’t help but notice that a lady at a table seated nearby had a hacking cough and wasn’t covering her mouth at all. This was not a romantic dinner, but the food was pretty good. A simple hello and a glass of water would suffice next time if we recover from our experience and give it another try!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent food. Nothing tasted prepared in advance. Everything fresh and made to order. Noise level could be moderated with a little carpeting, but the place has a cool, cozy vibe and a hometown ambiance. Loved it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Each of us ranked the meal, service and wine as superb. Waiter was very personable and helpful, and he helped us select a wonder Malbec.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great Food... Only, took too long to receive it... (an hour)

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Merlion is the best hidden gem in the Houston area and the best Thai food in the United States.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious! The folks here really know how to accommodate! Daughter ordered wrong dish and they replaced it no questions asked. One of our favorite restaurants in the area.

Tags: Spicy, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Their Thai food is absolutely the best! This was my second visit and it was just as good the second time around.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I took two friends who had never eaten Thai cuisine. They loved it! The food was fabulous!! The wine affordable. The waitress, (Laney) was knowledgeable. They were impressed and left replete and Thai cuisine believers!!! The Paanang Curry is simply delicious. Great spring rolls. Wonderful dumplings!! I've already made plans to return with another Thai loving friend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We love this place, cannot wait for the new restaurant to open and try it there.
Have eaten here multiple times, and always love it, not matter what we order.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great experience here at Merlion. Treated us for our Anniversary with rose pedals, champagne, and delicious dessert. (Never had that before) Food was made to order, of course, and very delicious! Waiter was very informative of the menu and wine list. And you have to try the mussels, they’re very good! Definitely recommend this hidden gem in Seabrook. Hats off to the chef, waitstaff, and the manager for making this a night to remember. Will return soon!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Merlin is absolutely FABULOUS! Everything there is so fresh, tasty and unique! My husband and I love Thai and this is our new favorite spot, we cannot wait to take our family here when they come to visit and we will definitely be back many times until then! Wonderful wonderful spot!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food always good ... kitchen very slow ... took one hour to get out first course

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love Merlion. We've been eating there since it first opened. Great food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The absolute best Thai food we have ever had. We will most definitely be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent unique restaurant. Try the crab fried rice and you won’t regret it. Beware of spiced levels three and higher.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wish I could give them 10 stars! Wonderful food, cannot say enough about the service. Just remember this is not a fast food restaurant. It does take time to get your meal but well worth the wait. Cozy setting so plan on having a glass of wine while you visiting with your guest.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My husband and I love the food at Merlion. It is our favorite place to eat in Clear Lake. The panang curry is wonderful. We also tried the shrimp tempura this time and it was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was fantastic as always. I had ordered the Raad Prick with the soft shell crab. The chef came out and explained that the soft shell crab did not look good and he would not serve it. He immediately offered a substitute. I really appreciated that. The waiter was very attentive and polite. Merlion has never disappointed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We've eaten there numerous times over the last couple of years and the food is consistently superb. They have a marvelous wine selection too. It's a bit noisy but like most busy restaurants it's survivable so we look forward to the new building in the hope that it will be a little more quiet.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Merlion is always FANTASTIC! The food is amazing and the service is top-notch. They have the best wine menu of any restaurant in town. Be sure to try the panang - it is wonderful! We have it with shrimp.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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