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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W
Houston
52 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

l
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

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

TH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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

WS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

SA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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...

CC
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Made our anniversary dinner special.

f
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.

ML
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I have been lucky enough to go to Merlion since the original was opened and we're still going. We loved the location, ambiance, service, food, up to the dessert, very disappointed was looking forward to Asian Desserts maybe Sticky Rice with Mango so many choices, and the Chocolate Martini was okay needed some tweaking. Overall enjoyed it very much. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

KA
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC! We can’t wait to go back!

BE
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary at Merlion’s. A favorite of ours and they were outstanding. Everything about our dinner was excellent.

MG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful ambiance!! Would definitely go again!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. As usual, Justin took great and meticulous care to provide superb service. We will be back again soon

SL
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is superior to any 5 star restaurant. The service was excellent.

TS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion is our favorite place to go for special occasions. The food is great, the ambiance is superb and the service is top notch. We look forward to dining at Merlion for birthdays, anniversaries, and any other special occasion.

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you we appreciate your business!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent as always. Noise level was expected. I requested bar seating.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sons 15th birthday dinner. Great food, atmosphere and location.

SC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing (as usual) as well as the service. Our favorite restaurant in the Clear Lake Area.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Seated quickly at a nice table for 2. Our waitress, Kirby took excellent care if us the whole time always there when needed yet not overbearing. Great drinks, food, service and evening. Thanks

J
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great wait staff and the food was very tasty.
This place will be one of my regular stops for sure!

MT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Owner is friendly and the food is outstanding. Interesting wine list, good service. Relaxed pace so very much a social experience. Bar is busy but seating areas are
Great for conversation. Definitely one Of our favorites

NA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was fresh, made to order, and very tasty. My first time here and will definitely be back!

KA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have the best service and food when dining here.

i
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is our 2nd visit and this time we brought friends. Everyone enjoyed the food. Once again we sat in Pedro's section… if you get a chance to sit in his section you got a lot of great suggestions. He knows the menu inside and out and has great wine recommendations as well. We will be back!

LD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this restaurant when they where small and intimate. Right away we felt welcomed and whoever is in charge always comes and verify your satisfaction, not sure if she is the owner or not. We were worried that once they grew it would change but nope, same great atmosphere and more tables to reserve! We loooooove everything what this restaurant offers!! It’s become our regular and favorite date night spot for hubby and I💕

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Good food, poor sorry by several persons running around apologizing for the service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion is our favorite date night spot! Easy going, but nice. The food is excellent! There is an extensive drink menu also.
The bar area can be quite loud, but the dining rooms are much quieter.

C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an awesome time celebrating my wife’s birthday. Lauren took amazing care of us, the food was fantastic, the drinks were great, they made my wife feel really special for her birthday, including cake, flowers and Champaign. It was an amazing experience and we will be going back very soon!!! :-)

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on December 13, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful feed back. I will tell everyone to keep up the food work

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W
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best hands down! Food was amazing and so were drinks!

C
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was warm and inviting. We ordered amazing cocktails. Our meal was prepared in a timely manner and came out hot and delicious! Our server was accommodating I’m so happy I listened to his suggestions, bonus was he gave us a nice gift.

i
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can't wait to go back! Our server Pedro was invaluable as we were first timers. He explained everything and made tons of great recommendations. So enjoyable! Quite a bit more upscale than your average strip-mall Thai place but totally worth it. In addition to the typical items you'll find they has wild boar chops, venison and bison. I had the wild boar in a yellow curry and my husband had the bison tenderloin in a red curry. We didn't stop oohhhing and ahhhing!! GO, EAT AT THIS GREAT PLACE!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! So blessed to live close to this place!!!

BA
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!!

A
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion is our favorite restaurant. Food is wonderful as well as the service.

B
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Some of the food in the Clear Lake area. A most eat. Make sure to ask about the heat!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was fantastic! Our waitress was Kirby and she was so informative on every dish that we asked about! As well as the wines! I got the Raad Prick with filet and it was to die for! Extremely flavorful and will definitely order again. My fiancé got the green curry dish (can’t remember the exact name) and he also raves about it. We will 100% be back. No questions asked. Thank you Kirby for an awesome night!!

KB
Houston
99 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Merlion for a couple of years and this was our best experience yet! Our server could not have been any better. We ordered the chef's table and it was delicious. It comes with 5 courses of the chef's choosing and he did not disappoint. It started with a lamb chop, next were the 2 different soups they offer, next two salads one of which was a papaya salad. It was the best salad I have ever eaten! We next had a mediterranean sea bass in a road prick sauce and lamb in a ginger sauce. We finished our meal with mango sticky rice. My least favorite item was the mango sticky rice and that was because the mango was not ripe. Can't wait to go back next time and try chef's table again to see what Andrew will make! Thanks for making our anniversary dinner special!!

TD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited Merlion for our three year wedding anniversary dinner. While we do eat here somewhat regularly we were surprised by a decorated table, free dessert and a free bottle of champagne to take home from the restaurant because it was our anniversary. The food here is always outstanding, there Tom Ka soup cannot be beat, and I recommend the Chef Signature Dish as an entree

F
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with awesome staff

DT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with our daughter and son-in-law. In the Seabrook/Kemah area, Merlion's provides a nice venue that has a good wine list and a menu.

TS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Thai restaurant did not disappoint. I went with my wife for my birthday and ordered the signature special. I substituted Chilean sea bass for the red snapper. It also comes with scallops and mussels. It was fantastic as were the dragon fire dumplings I had as an appetizer. The hot and sour soup with shrimp was also delightful. Chef Andrew always does a fantastic job and his staff is top notch. I highly recommend Merlion to anyone who wants to experience Thai food at its finest.