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About Merlion Restaurant

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.

1301 4th St
Seabrook, TX 77586
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Thai, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.

Cross Street:
Meyer

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(281) 385-9975

Website:
http://www.merlionrestaurant.com/

Catering:
We can design any kind of catering menu to fit the customers' needs.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Lobeck

Private Party Facilities:
We have two rooms in our restaurant and can provide private settings.

Private Party Contact:
Brooke Villanueva: (281) 385-9975

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Merlion Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Cozy (16)
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Notable Wine List (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Spicy (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Romantic (12)
Authentic (11)
Casual (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Never disappointed! Our favorite go to for dates❤️

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I eat here frequently. We love the ambiance, the friendly wait staff and most of all the delicious, spicy Thai food. (They can make it mild if you need.) Merlion also has an expansive wine list which has never disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful upscale Thai restaurant. One of my favorite restaurants in Houston.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Merlion is a hidden gem in old Seabrook, Tx to many Houstonians. A great venue for Thai food, as mild or as spicy as you want. A great wine list. Atmosphere is great. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Merlion! We've been partaking of Chef Andrew's delicious Thai creations for years and have NEVER been disappointed. The staff is amazing! We've celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries at Merlion and the staff always goes above and beyond!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was amazing as usual. Still my favorite restaurant in the Houston area. Hands down.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I had the Merlion curry with jumbo shrimp and my husband had the lump crab fried rice. My meal was perfect and my husband’s was ok. We were really looking forward to coming here for our wedding anniversary so we made a reservation as recommended. We waited 5 minutes at the bar to be greeted and seated. We then waited 25 more minutes to be greeted by our server. Our server was lovely and attempted to make up for the huge wait time. She even threw in a bottle of complimentary cheap champagne, delicious anniversary cake and a top shelf cordial! Unfortunately, it did not make up for the fact that the whole waitstaff did not acknowledge us for 25 minutes and they were not incredibly busy. We also couldn’t help but notice that a lady at a table seated nearby had a hacking cough and wasn’t covering her mouth at all. This was not a romantic dinner, but the food was pretty good. A simple hello and a glass of water would suffice next time if we recover from our experience and give it another try!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food. Nothing tasted prepared in advance. Everything fresh and made to order. Noise level could be moderated with a little carpeting, but the place has a cool, cozy vibe and a hometown ambiance. Loved it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Each of us ranked the meal, service and wine as superb. Waiter was very personable and helpful, and he helped us select a wonder Malbec.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great Food... Only, took too long to receive it... (an hour)

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Merlion is the best hidden gem in the Houston area and the best Thai food in the United States.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Delicious! The folks here really know how to accommodate! Daughter ordered wrong dish and they replaced it no questions asked. One of our favorite restaurants in the area.

Tags: Spicy, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Their Thai food is absolutely the best! This was my second visit and it was just as good the second time around.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

I took two friends who had never eaten Thai cuisine. They loved it! The food was fabulous!! The wine affordable. The waitress, (Laney) was knowledgeable. They were impressed and left replete and Thai cuisine believers!!! The Paanang Curry is simply delicious. Great spring rolls. Wonderful dumplings!! I've already made plans to return with another Thai loving friend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Great experience here at Merlion. Treated us for our Anniversary with rose pedals, champagne, and delicious dessert. (Never had that before) Food was made to order, of course, and very delicious! Waiter was very informative of the menu and wine list. And you have to try the mussels, they’re very good! Definitely recommend this hidden gem in Seabrook. Hats off to the chef, waitstaff, and the manager for making this a night to remember. Will return soon!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Merlin is absolutely FABULOUS! Everything there is so fresh, tasty and unique! My husband and I love Thai and this is our new favorite spot, we cannot wait to take our family here when they come to visit and we will definitely be back many times until then! Wonderful wonderful spot!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food always good ... kitchen very slow ... took one hour to get out first course

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We love Merlion. We've been eating there since it first opened. Great food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The absolute best Thai food we have ever had. We will most definitely be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent unique restaurant. Try the crab fried rice and you won’t regret it. Beware of spiced levels three and higher.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wish I could give them 10 stars! Wonderful food, cannot say enough about the service. Just remember this is not a fast food restaurant. It does take time to get your meal but well worth the wait. Cozy setting so plan on having a glass of wine while you visiting with your guest.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I love the food at Merlion. It is our favorite place to eat in Clear Lake. The panang curry is wonderful. We also tried the shrimp tempura this time and it was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was fantastic as always. I had ordered the Raad Prick with the soft shell crab. The chef came out and explained that the soft shell crab did not look good and he would not serve it. He immediately offered a substitute. I really appreciated that. The waiter was very attentive and polite. Merlion has never disappointed.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We've eaten there numerous times over the last couple of years and the food is consistently superb. They have a marvelous wine selection too. It's a bit noisy but like most busy restaurants it's survivable so we look forward to the new building in the hope that it will be a little more quiet.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Merlion is always FANTASTIC! The food is amazing and the service is top-notch. They have the best wine menu of any restaurant in town. Be sure to try the panang - it is wonderful! We have it with shrimp.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was wonderful but I wish they wouldn't clean the floor with chemicals just before they open. It's distracting especially when you're about to eat. The food is wonderful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding food always, but be prepared to wait as kitchen is slow. Waited probably an hour or so for our food this time. Pleasant service after we waved them down to take our drink order. Great reasonable wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

They made me feel so special on my birthday dinner. I usually come here once every couple months because the food is amazing and it quickly became my favorite place to eat. Then they exceeded my expectations even more when I came here to celebrate my birthday.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We loved our 1st visit.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always enjoy the food. The only negative was it took too long to get our entree.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

OBSESSED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent staff! Will recommend and return in the near future!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This was my 3rd visit in as many months. I can't get enough! This time, I brought my son and his wife and daughter (and hubby, who's been before). Everyone LOVED it! We sat outside because we had a 2 year old. It was a nice evening, great service. We started off with the mussels - DELICIOUS! - and everyone ordered their own variation of spicy curry/seafood combination....fried rice, peanut based, panang, etc. The tempura chicken that they fixed our grand was delicious as well! (our only complaint was once the food came out the FLIES descended....)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always great food and service. This is not your average Thai dining experience. It is way beyond that level. Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I took a friend to Merlion for her birthday as a special treat. The food was amazing. The staff was friendly. The wine was tasty. We spent almost two hours there enjoying our meal and chatting. If you're in a hurry, this isn't the place for you. But if you have time to relax and enjoy some delicious dining, give it a try. You won't regret it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Merlion never disappoints. Food, service, ambiance are always first rate.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love everything about this place! The food, the service and the atmosphere is all great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food is very good. It is a little pricy though. The tables are very close together so it is very easy to listen to other table’s conversations. It is not really a private place to eat and it can get a bit loud. Wine list is very extensive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Unfortunately, our experience wasn't up to Merlion's normally excellent standard!
We arrived early for our 8.30 reservation, met our friends and had drinks outside, good so far.
We ordered appetisers which took over 1 hour to arrive!
At 8.30 we were seated at our table, ordered entrees, waited and waited, apologetic staff offered us shots and agreed to refund our appetisers. Apparently there was an extreme lack of kitchen staff.
At 10.15 we were served our long awaited entrees!
I hope Merlion can overcome their staff issues soon.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Very long time to get appetizer. Requested spicy curry for the main dish, got bland instead. This was our fifth and last time at Merlion. The quality of the food has steadily gone downhill.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I can get better Thai food at chain restaurants. Very disappointing!!

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