Merlion Restaurant

4.9
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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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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.7
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
55 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
55 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!

BA
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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
1 review
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.

AS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Thai food quality ever had and that is saying alot! This is our new favorite Seabrook goto place. You will not be disappointed and every dish Chef Andrew makes will make you wonder why you did not try that one first!

TP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great local place to eat.

1
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as usual!

m
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoy visiting this restaurant.

L
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
51 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you walk in the entrance of Merlion, you're greeted by a nice hostess who's waiting to help you. You can't help 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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
50 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
51 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with Friends!!!!

RV
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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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