Merlion Restaurant

4.6
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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
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.

OT
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.

RH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

W
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.

DJ
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.

J
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.

FW
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.

SE
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.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful!!

W
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.

OT
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!

l
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.

TH
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

t
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.

WS
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.

SA
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...

CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
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
44 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
59 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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