Merlion Restaurant

4.7
734 reviews
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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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R
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always THE BEST!!

SD
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
6 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!

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
4 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
44 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.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious as always

B
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was our anniversary. We were surprised with dessert and a bottle of champagne. We had a delightful evening.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our reservations were made for my Husbands 40th Birthday. It was our first visit to the new location. Fabulous design and decor job! Love how roomy the entire establishment was. I didn’t expect any less. We arrived early and was able to sit at the bar for a bit . Bartender Colton was phenomenal at his job. We moved our seating arrangement from outdoor to inside due to the overwhelming Texas heat with no issues. They decorated our table fitted for the 40th occasion. I’m not sure of our waiters name. He was kind but not attentive as we’ve had at Merlion’s in the past. His conversation skills could improve. Overall I give it 2 thumbs up for food & ambiance.

Cons- There was a group seated directly in the middle of the far right closed room where we were seated. The group was obviously seated at a table that didn’t accommodate their party comfortably. The problem was because they were seated directly in the center of the room with a nice group of at least 8 guests.. All three tables dining next to us approached us annoyed with conversation on how inconsiderate that party was to everyone else with a dining party of less than 4 each. I couldn’t have a quiet evening conversing with my husband because I could hear every word that party was saying and laughing about. Understandable friends like to dine together in groups but there’s other places more suitable for that exhaustingly loud type of group. The staff never asked any of them to at lest time it down. Besides that, waiting in line to utilize either of the restrooms was a shock for such a huge establishment it only accommodates two at a time per gender.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and will be back!

s
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Locks date night - great place !

CT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was five star all the way except it gets a little loud (it’s a bar also it was our first time there ) but food was awesome we did the chef table and everything we ate was amazing we will be be back soon exploring other options on the menu

B
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always! This was my first time back since moved to a new location and I thought it was so nice!! Service was excellent as well.

JA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merlion was delicious and the ambiance was modern, warm & welcoming.
You can tell that the chef uses all fresh ingredients in each dish. Will definitely be returning.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merlion is one of our favorite restaurants! The food, and service are fantastic, and the owners are great people too!

L
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Would have given 5* but the mussel appetizer was very bland and tough otherwise our meal was outstanding we both chose snapper with red curry sauce 2 variations..very good. Fresh spring rolls outstanding. Great wine selection!
Definitely returning!

HH
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here and it was outstanding! Can not wait to go back

OT
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding start to finish. What an unexpected hidden gem "at the end of the road". Great food and service. They have 5 levels of spice. Be cautious, level 1 was a scorcher, at least for this meal.

W
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Merlion this past Saturday night, and everything was just wonderful. Two of us had the Pad Med Mammuong; one with chicken, and mine with seafood. My Daughter had Pad Thai with chicken. Everything was just impeccable, from the food, the atmosphere, and the service. Our waitress, Kirby, took very good care of us throughout our entire meal. She also makes perfect Martinis. The grey room is our favorite, and has just the perfect subdued lighting for a romantic meal. Oh, and don't forget to try the appetizers and deserts; we love the shrimp and calamari tempura, and the chicken satay. My girls absolutely love the mango and sticky rice desert, as well. Merlion also has a very varied wine list, with plenty of choices to suit any palate and price range.

g
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We were seated, got our beverages, and got comfortable, then the management had the nerve to come over and re-seat us; apparently they were more important than us. They were loud, so between them and the wall speaker above our table (the speaker pointed onto the deck, we were indoors, so the only thing that penetrated the wall was the deep thumping bass), we couldn't carry on a conversation. I want to know why my money/patronage is second fiddle to others???

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on July 4, 2019

The hostess took you guys to the table and she showed you to the 2 top on your left and you guys sat to the right at a 4 top which she didn't see when she walked off. One of owners came and explained that we had a 4 top table that had reserved where you guys had sat and apologized and offered you an other 2 top table in the restaurant. You guys chose the original 2 top the hostess thought you sat at. It was a complete misunderstanding it wasn't to be malicious. Just a misunderstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Merloin has an eclectic decor that allows for casual to business casual. The menu is Thai fusion that has lots of flexibility (ex. 5 or 6 types of curry and then you choose a protein, menu does suggest pairings). Prices for appetizers and entrees are reasonable. Wine selection was good and there is a full bar. Service was good but not excellent - staff was friendly and punctual. Our waitress was not familiar enough with the menu and couldn’t inform choices.

R
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our favorite restaurant for awhile We ate there for the last time, because we are moving......I want to cry.

TT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! The ambiance of the restaurant was exactly what I wanted to experience with my family! Our server was so friendly, thank you!! :)

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. It’s loud so be ready for noise. The seating is very close together as well, but the food and wine make up for it.

RC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always delicious and ample quantity. My first time guests enjoyed their meal too. Conversation was very important to us, so we were satisfied with the noise level.

CM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This is only my second time to experience Thai food and it was out of this world!!! The wait staff was very knowledgeable and polite. My wife and I definitely be coming back here!

EF
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat customer. Chef Andrew is always on top form. His cuisine is delicious, the new location lovely and the staff always welcoming.

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