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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Houston
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoy visiting this restaurant.

L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. We went there to celebrate my birthday. The table was set with fresh flower pedals and sparkling decorations.
Food and service was excellent. They also gave us a bottle of Champagne to celebrate the occasion.
We’ll be going back!

W
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you walk in the entrance of Merlion, you're greeted by a nice hostess who's waiting to help you. You can't hope but notice the unusual "MerLion" on the wall and the double-sliding doors on a rail that lead you into the bar and restaurant. There's a wonderful bar with soft blue ambient lighting under the bar and bar tables. We love that there's always an upbeat music playing as you pass the bar into the dining room. On this visit we started with the Por Pia Thai eggrolls, filled with crab. They are always served piping hot and crisp, accompanied by a fruity plum or pineapple sauce. We also love the fantastic martini's here, as well. Try a Cosmopolitan or Apple Martini; they make them perfectly here. For our main course we went directly for the Pad Med Mammuang. We are admittedly kinda' stuck on this dish because of the wide variety of vegetables and hoison flavored sauce. This specialty includes water chestnuts, pea pods, mushrooms, cashews, and a few other wonderful veggies as well. I always order mine with shrimp and scallops, and a spice level of 2/5. My Wife usually orders hers with chicken, and a milder spice level of 1/5. We keep telling each other that we're going to try another dish next time, but we absolutely love this dish. Be sure to take advantage of their extensive wine list, and try one with your dinner. Each time we come, we try a wine that we have not had previously. This time was no exception, and we thoroughly enjoyed the Browne Family Heritage Cabernet; it was fantastic. Depending on what "vibe" you prefer, there's a brighter-side dining room and a more subdued darker-side dining room, which are both comforting and relaxing. We've come to know and love all of the waitresses and waiters here as well. Look for Kirby, Justin, Kaitlyn, Kelly, or Dariann. They are all wonderful, and will take great care of you. PS: The Curry Thai dishes here will rock your World as well. This is our hidden gem in Seabrook!

JA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was 5-star, however the bill was a little hard to swallow as the cost of the meal was not explained to us at $45 a plate, the price was too high for a special. But again food was great!

PM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent first visit. Great service. Lovely ambiance, works well for date night or a group of friends. Food is first rate, not too salty.

b
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is the best! Their new location is so much better than the old one. The service was great as well. I highly recommend Merlion

W
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On our latest trip to Merlion, we started with an appetizer of the Por Pia (crab) egg rolls, which were absolutely delicious. Dariann, our waitress, was very sweet and polite in helping us pick a nice wine to go with our dinner. In fact, Dariann was the first person to wait on us for our very first two dinner experiences at Merlion a couple of years ago. I was amazed that she remembered us so well, down to every detail of what type of wines we prefer, and what appetizers we usually like. We received our dinner meals (Pad Med Mammahuang) promptly, and both were prepared exactly to our liking. I ordered my dinner with a spice level of 2 out of 5. While my hair has been thinning, I woke up the next morning with a full head of hair, from the spices! (Just kidding) On the rare occasions when our Son comes with us, he orders his dish with a spice level of 5 out of 5! I'm surprised he hasn't burnt his tongue off already! My Wife and Daughter order their dishes with a tame spice level of 1 out of 5. We keep returning to Merlion for the wonderful atmosphere, excellent service and delicious Thai dishes. We even discussed maybe coming here for a nice New Year's Eve dinner, if they're open for the occasion.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting with Friends!!!!

RV
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall very pleased with the food at Merlion, the food makes the visit worth it. Our server was very sweet and attentive. And all the staff had a good attitude.

The reason for the theee stars is mainly the cleanliness level of the dishes. We had several dirty plates, knives and forks on the table. One of the water cups had some kind of food particles floating in it before anyone took a sip. Every time we brought it up to the server she was kind and replaced them. It’s understandable to have a dirty fork every once in awhile at a restaurant.
However, for the price levels of the food we thought finding so many dirty dishes was unacceptable.

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for letting me know. I will be taking this up with the kitchen today. I apologize and you are correct it should never happen. Thank you for your business and rest assured the issue will be handled. Brooke

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W
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My Wife and I keep a list of all the restaurants we have dined at around the Houston area. Our list is well over 350 restaurants, so far. Merlion is one of the very few restaurants that we repeatedly return to for an excellent dining experience. We usually book a reservation for three, since we try to get our daughter to attend with us. But she's hit her early twenties now, and likes to hang out with her own friends. But on our latest outing here, our waiter Justin took very good care of us. We both shared the chicken satay and the tempura fried seafood for appetizers, and they were both excellent. We also shared a couple of excellent martinis; a Cosmopolitan, and an Apple martini. Both drinks were prepared just perfectly. (Look out Kirby; Justin's got you in a neck and neck race for best martinis!) We love the service, creative Thai fare, and the subdued atmosphere with beautiful artwork on the walls. The wait staff on the darker, more formal side of the restaurant here, really have service to impeccable standards.
Ask for Kirby, Kelly, Katelyn, or Justin when dining here. They are all fantastic. As longtime residents of Seabrook, we love this restaurant and will keep coming back again and again. And don't forget to try a great wine; they have a very eclectic wine list here, to suit any palate.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

TM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner, excellent service by Kirby. I wish we lived closer. This would be our go-to place.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dates and small group celebrations. I love the signature dish, it is a must try.

c
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very exciting addition to the food choices south of Houston. The flavors were amazing! I highly recommend Merlion and will be going back.

CT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Wine selection was great. Food was adjusted to the American palate.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at the new place. It did not disappoint!!!! The food was still amazing and the wine selection exceptional. You cannot go wrong with the restaurant

T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level was high for an enjoyable dinner. One server would close the sliding doors and another one open them and leave them open. The food was good but a bit overpriced. The drinks were really overpriced. I’d go back but not too soon. I can eat just as good Thai food other places for less money.

R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to eat at Merlion. It was delicious! Wendy was our waitress and she was very helpful! We enjoyed everything from the Dragon Fire dumplings, New Zealand Mussels, goat cheese Thai salad and Raad Prick (Panko crusted red snapper). Happy hour continues all day on Sunday and even extends into the dining room. It was a great experience and we plan to return!

BB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!! Blown away!!

We visited Merlion during Houston restaurant week on a Friday night. We made a reservation and were seated promptly during our reserved time. Prior to being seated, we sat at the bar for a drink and Liz took care of us. My husband had an old fashioned and I wanted something spicy so Liz recommended a jalapeño lemon drop (not on menu but divine!). We both thoroughly enjoyed Liz's hospitality!

I had the dragon fire dumplings from the Houston restaurant week and it was AMAZING!! The broth it's in, omg! Fantastic. Don't think, just order it!

Hubby ordered the pad Thai with sirloin and he said it's the BEST he's ever had!! I had the chicken panang curry with avocado and bamboo shoots. Omg it's so good. I'm wondering what took us so long to try this place and can't wait to return!!!!

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you so much we appreciate your business...

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TL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! The waiter offered great suggestions and provided good service.

R
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Here for HRW, took 3 hours from start to finish. Service was poor, however food was good.

MN
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I know it’s a great restaurant, but this experience was not the best. Although we were in no rush, the service was very very slow. My friend ordered her food “negative heat”, meaning she didn’t want basically any spice, and I myself enjoy spice and said mine would be ok. Well, my food showed up completely plain, zero seasoning spice anything, and hers was spicy as heck! Was just an off night for them I think.

KS
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always THE BEST!!

SD
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Normal night at Merlion - food was awesome, service was outstanding, and we had a good bottle of wine. No one ever hurries you out the door. Enjoyable evening.

TP
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated wife's B-Day & our anniv. Most importantly, our food was great. It was our 1st Thai Food experience. We will return, there are more menu items we want to try. Our server Kirby did an outstanding job of making our evening enjoyable. She decorated our table and personally made sure our needs were met. Thanks again for a great evening.

VM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food as always!

ME
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very busy, probably because of Houston Restaurant Weeks, but our waiter took care to advise us that things might take longer than usual. And when the food came out, it was DELICIOUS. So all in all, an excellent evening!

CA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our experience was so bad that I don’t even want to re-live by writing about it. I just hope that anyone who chooses to frequent this restaurant does not have the night mare we had.

DB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was fantastic! Sauces on point and decent service it was my Mom’s birthday and she recurved something special to bring home !!

W
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have come to really love visiting Merlion for a wonderful dinner. My Wife and I revisited Merlion this past Friday and had our favorite dish, Pad Med Mammuang. We love the wide assortment of vegetables in this dish, and the hoison based sauce. We always love sitting on the darker side of the restaurant, with the wonderful paintings and subdued atmosphere. The waitresses on this side are also wonderful; Kirby, Kelly, and Kaitlyn. They are all friendly, polite and professional. It does sometimes take a little long to get our dinner plates, but then the restaurant was super-busy on our last visit. I was sorry to see that they sold some of the artwork that I had come to love on this side of the dining room. Hopefully they'll get some new artwork from the same artist, soon. It's the combination of aspects that makes Merlion so special to us; the atmosphere, friendly servers, excellent array of wines, and the fantastic Thai dishes. I have to admittedly say that I am getting very addicted to Thai food!

1
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Love going here for date night!

MS
East Texas
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience and service. Huge portions and good food. Great location and you don’t have to drive all the way to downtown Houston!

CB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy going to Merlion. The food is amazing and I love their martinis.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We have been to a Merlion before and I have to say I was disappointed in this visit. Took over an hour and 15 minutes for our food, getting a second round of drinks was challenging and the noise level was pretty high. I understand that they were busy but the notation I had called about this being a gong away celebration was completely ignored...even when I reiterated it to our waitress when we arrived. I could t actually find a manage to share this feedback with in person 😕

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and so was the service!

DT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends for dinner. It is the Houston Restaurant Week, so we were very pleased with the menu choices and the fact that we were able to support a good cause. Wine selection was very good. I look forward to our next dinner there.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Merlion for a year or so and were pleasantly pleased that the noise level was much better than last time. The food was delicious as always.

KR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. It was our first time dining at Merlion and we enjoyed our food, service was good and the restaurant is very nice .

TP
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good venue and great food, will continue to visit there often.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.