Merlion Restaurant

4.8
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
After 10pm the bar area got very loud

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haly
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and quality of food was very outstanding. One of the party was celebrating a birthday and they provided a small cake for dessert as well as a bottle of champagne to take home. Definitely will return again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was good. Kelly was kind. My only suggestion to become great is to say “no problem” and replace it with “my pleasure “ or “absolutely”.

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AmyC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing- sat outside with a view of the bay, it was so nice and relaxing! Service was incredible as always :))

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vipScott
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for dinner or date night. Merlion always shines.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liz is the best!

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DebiJanell
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have never been before, but our favorite seafood supplier (Rose Seafood) posts frequently about Merlion so we took a chance. Logan was wonderful at the bar - very helpful in choosing among their endless list of martinis. Bernice took care of us once we were seated and also had wonderful suggestions - we ate mostly off menu items, but ordered meals to go and enjoyed them at home the next evening. The menu is not overly extensive, but everything is amazing so we definitely will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pedro was great, lways available and helpful in every way.

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PamelaR
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible and the atmosphere lovely. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic. The food was perfectly prepared and so fresh. Our server had great suggestions and provided guidance on spice levels. It was a bit too dark sitting on the patio but sitting outside was our request. We can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! EVERYTHING was first class!

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MOTY
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner for two couples celebrating a birthday. We ordered from the HRW menu and everything was great!

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AshtonA
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The staff was super helpful and my friends and I had a great time. The happy our is amazing too, great value.

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viptthdfn4
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My GF and I enjoyed our visit. The service and food outstanding. We've been a few times now and never disappoints. We did wish we could've sat on balcony on such a lovely afternoon but Inside bar was fine. Our server was such a pro always refilling drinks without asking haha. We loved the ambiance and the LED lighting inside. Hope to be back soon.

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MatthewC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Perfect night to sit on the deck. You can't go wrong with Merlion!!

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MaryB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!!! Really enjoyed hanging out at the bar. I will be a regular!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion is a gem in the Bay Area. We recently celebrated my wife’s birthday there and as always the experience was wonderful.
It was Houston restaurant week and we dined from the menu that they have created. Luckily for us they had one of our favorites - Panang on the menu.
The Thai curry dishes are our favorite items on the menu and their ability to adjust the level of heat is a nice touch where I had a more spicy version of the same dish that my wife had but we both still get the same wonderful flavors of Thai curry.
Service was great, the tables are spaced such that social distancing is adhered to, and they always have a little something extra for special occasions.
If you like delicious Thai food, a quiet romantic setting, and good service, then Merlion in Seabrook is a definite gem!

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Izzy
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to this restaurant numerous times and have never had anything to complain about. The service is always on point and the food is absolutely amazing, I always recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family!

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Activaannie
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Thai restaurant. The Panang Curry is amazing! Along with everything else that we have tried. Staff is great.

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Lisa
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

My husband and I were excited to try restaurant week at Merlion based on the exceptional reviews we read. We were immediately seated for our 7:30 reservation on the patio, but was not served anything - not even water - until after 15 minutes. The patio tables were in close proximity to the other tables, well less than 5 feet. We finally asked if we could see a menu, get some water, etc. our waitress finally arrived and provided us with an excuse that she was not aware we were in her service area. 40 minutes after being initially seated, we were served our appetizers. The food was ok, some dishes we thought were excellent. However, the poor/slow service overshadowed everything. Our waitress notified us that two of our cocktails were comped, which would have been considered proactive if it had been done earlier in the service. We did not complain or ask to speak to anyone about the service. We will just choose not to dine their in the future.

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on September 7, 2020

I apologize there was some confusion on the restaurants part as to who's table it was. We are in the process of training new hostesses and your server Kendal was told the wrong table. Kendal let me know that you guys had been waiting 15 minutes before you were greeted. I told Kendal I would buy your first round of drinks. We normally don't tell guest we comp'd something until dinner is over so they do not feel uncomfortable. We tried to correct the mistake. Sorry you won't come back.

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BambiB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pay attention to server when they explain the heat choices. If I had gone with my first instinct, I might not have been able to eat. One concern, the bar was not monitored for social distancing at all. The restaurant areas are, but customers have to go through the bar to get to and leave the restaurant.

Merlion Restaurant
Responded on September 7, 2020

Thank you for your review. I just want to clarify that we do practice social distancing through out the whole restaurant. Around the bar there is normally 18 chairs. Now there is only 10. The hostess stand is right off the bar. You may have experienced couples waiting to be taken their tables and they stand inside the bar to do so but should have all been wearing their mask. It's just like going to a grocery store and passing people on an aisle. We have been following the CDC guidelines.

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PMLNJL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both excellent. We were there during Houston Restaurants Week and chose to eat from that menu. Our choices were wonderful, and we were surprised with complementary glasses of champagne with dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Two couples getting together, celebrating our birthdays. Table was nicely and festively decorated. Plenty of space and precautions taken with respect to Covid.
Very much appreciate Merlion participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks. One of the better menus offered, in my opinion.
Cocktails were unique and very tasty. Most food we had was very good (mussels, curries and lobster goat cheese appetizer special.) We enjoyed the crab fried rice the least.
Service was excellent. We felt welcomed and the waitstaff was very accommodating.
Enjoyed our visit very much!

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vipAudra
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Love it here, we’ve been eating at Merlions since they opened and will continue.
Tonight we were informed the dining room would be off limits to us because of the dress code. I was not dressed business casual, I was dressed in evening wear instead, long flowing khaki pants with a black ruffled strapless blouse ( my tummy was exposed) and heels, modern elegance look. Apparently the top was considered a “cut-off”, I honestly thought they were referring to shorts when reading the dress code not midriff blouses. Normally I do not dress to eat here, we just go as we are but I was wanting to feel cute.
Lesson learned, “cut-off” means midriff, no exposed tummy’s no matter how cute the outfit. Merlion has the best Thai food ever, just beware of the dress code.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all of the way around. Hosts were friendly, the waitstaff was courteous, and the food was amazing! This is by far our favorite Thai restaurant.

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FoodieT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service as always! Can't go wrong with Merlion

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vipSaulV
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. We will continue to visit as our guest enjoy it as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good, Food was very good. Did not realize it was restaurant week so got more than expected.

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MonicaP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway ms the best Thai food!

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vipWaterfordHarborresident
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and the wait staff attentive but not overbearing!

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vipcervezadude
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service, while pleasant and helpful, was pretty slow and seemed that way in the whole dining room. We loved our dinner and server, just wasn’t very timely. Will definitely be back and hope the night was just a little out of sync

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Susan
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. It was extremely busy but the masked staff was handling things professionally and keeping people appropriately spaced. It was a nice escape.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and excellent customer service.

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AmyC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing at Merlion- the Houston Food Week menu did not disappoint!

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SusanC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and dinner! Love this place! Food is so fresh.

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vipLocals
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Thai food around.
Pynang Maine Lobster was over the top.
Enjoyed every bite.

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AngelaB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We ate at Merlion’s old location several times, but this was our first time in their new restaurant. Lots of parking! Lots of space! And the food was just as good. That’s quite an upgrade from the old location. Well done Merlin!

It was Houston Restaurant Week so all 4 of us ordered off that special menu. Food was delicious! Awesome flavors and colors and beautiful presentation. Service was a bit slow but we didn’t mind. It gave us a chance to visit. Apparently Merlin was a bit overwhelmed with the crowd that showed up for restaurant week kickoff.

The only complaint I have is with the decor. Merlion is a gallery for artists to display and offer their pieces for sale to the public. This is a fabulous idea! However all the artwork in our particular dining room was off naked people. So if you’re into that sort of thing you would have loved it. However that’s not exactly what I want to look at while enjoying a nice meal.

Thankfully due to the space in their new location, I’ll just ask to sit in the other dining room.

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LenaS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food! Great value with the Houston’s restaurant week menu!

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vipiliketoeat
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back for a third time and this may have been the best yet! Great service from Fernando! We told them it was our anniversary and the decorated the table with rose petals. Nice touch. Hubs ate the venison chops as his main; the fried calamari were perfect as his appetizer. I had the special appetizer, lobster and goat cheese dumplings in a subline pineapple curry. Whoa! Amazing. I chickened out and just had Pad Thai for my main but with shrimp and they were done perfectly. We had a great bottle of wine. Their wine list completely affordable compared to the Texas steakhouses and eclectic. You won't find these bottles in Specs or Total Wine. All in all, a great night out! We'll be back again.

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You can order delivery directly from Merlion Restaurant using the Order Online button. Merlion Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 385-9975.

Merlion Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 899 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.