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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (26)
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Notable Wine List (19)
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Authentic (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Spicy (13)
Cozy (13)
Casual (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Healthy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·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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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always a great place for date night. We had the Chef's Table and it was delicious.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great Service, Great Food, Highly Recommend!! The waiter even remember the cocktail my daughter likes to order. All the dishes we order are outstanding. The ambience is always nice. It's great for special occasions or just a casual get together. Will be returning as soon as possible.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent food. Wine and food recommendations by the waiter were spot on!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

One of the best Thai places in the Houston area! The food quality is superb and service has been wonderful each time I've visited. Kitchen is a bit slow, so don't expect a quick meal. Each dish is made to order, so the wait time is worth it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This was our second visit and again it did not disappoint. Food was very good, especially the lamb and duck. Heat levels were accurately described by our server, who was also very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our Friday night date night and will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Wonderful meal as ever- simply the best Thai I have eaten outside Thailand. Wine list is really interesting and we always find something good to try. Great restaurant and one of my favorites

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Our meal was great as usual. Multiple choices always make decisions difficult for us. The curries are flavorful. Stir fry has abundant fresh vegetables
Their wine list has varietals that allow easy pairings with whatever our food choices happen to be. Tried a new appetizer, crab and chefs rolls, they were tasty.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Reservations for 8:30 and arrived on time, ordered soups and a bottle of wine once the waitier came around. A short time later the wine arrived and we ordered our entree'. Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. 50 minutes after arriving out soup arrived. No we weren't in a rush and we're enjoying our wine but this was ridiculous. Another 40 mins later and our main courses finally arrived. Nearly 2 hours in to finish a meal is insane. The food is spectacular and that's why we've been been to Merlion several times. It the wait stuff although friendly are seldom seen and always rushed. If the food wasn't so good I would not return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent Cocktails, Thai Curries, Appetizers, Service. Sign at Door, "Parents your children are expected to sit at the Table", there was Not One person wearing a Baseball Cap either. Just these 2 Observations will make me a regular Diner. For those of you who think I am being a snob....yes I am, and thank you.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food is good but not worth $55 per person. The service is very slow. It took us 3 1/2 hours to finish a 5-course dinner.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We came to celebrate our anniversary and were not disappointed! We chose the chef's table from the menu and it was a good price ($55/each). We started with the mussels, and seriously - they were the best I have ever tasted! I could have jumped in the bowl (and slurped the broth). It was followed by a sweet and sour soup and a chicken/coconut soup. Both were great! Then we had a lump crab and apple salad which we split. It was good, but a bit salty for my taste. (but we RARELY use salt when cooking, so no surprise). Next to the entrees....the shrimp curry was FANTASTIC, and we had a fish that was panfried in panic bread crumbs. It was ok, we loved the veggies and sides with it, but found the fish a bit dry. Again, we do not eat fried food, so that could be why i'm not raving. Dessert was a chocolate chip mini-bundt cake which was delicious - but we were stuffed at this point. The waiter Ryan was fun, knowledgeable and attentive. We will DEFINITELY be back, and can't wait to try more. (oh, and they even decorated our table with roses and hearts) :) Nice touch! Oh, and the wine list was amazing - 2 pages of boutique wines! (great dry martini as well- WHEW, we had a super time) I'm craving those mussels though!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Everything was great. Incredible wine list. The food was great

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Visited for HRW menu. Food was very good, especially the lamb chop appetizer. Entree portions huge! Opt for the coconut "ice cream" & pass on the chocolate cake dessert.
Very nice wine menu wth attractive pricing.
Service was poor, maybe reflecting the laid back vibe too much.
Fun, funky, place with an eclectic clientele.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Took advantage of restaurant week to sample Merlion. Excellent food. Noise level in bar as we arrived was very high. It was better once seated. Look forward to going again and enjoying the patio when it is cooler. Had an excellent dinner and bottle of wine.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Merlion never disappoints! Excellent food, service, and friendly staff. The Por Pia is my favorite appetizer and their award winning RAAD Prick was delicious. Highly recommend this great place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very good food every time we go. Servers are very good and always do a good job. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

A very enjoyable experience all around the food was delicious and the service was excellent. The space was small and tables close together. But a new space is being built which should alleviate the space problem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Spicy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I have been to Merlion multiple times in the past couple of years. The food is always excellent and our service has likewise always been top notch. However, this past Sunday was very disappointing. We arrived on time for our reservations and were sat immediately. It took 10-15 minutes to even be brought water and menus. By the time we were presented with our dinner, an hour and a half had passed. It appeared that the same issue was affecting the other patrons on our side of the restaurant. When we inquired as to the extended waiting period, our server first told us that it was because there was a large table on the other side of the restaurant and then later told us they were short staffed. They were short staffed this night as we had to wave our server down just to refill our water glasses. The food was delicious as always but the overall experience was a disappointment.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We went with another couple on a Friday night during Houston Restaurant Weeks and it very crowded and noisy. We still managed good conversation. The service was slow because of the crowd but that suited us fine. The wine was good and all dishes tasty. Tip: the Level 1 spiciness (out of 5) was mild. If you want any heat at all, go on up to 2 or more.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Went for Houston Restaurant Week, well worth the drive from Houston. I will return to try more menu items. The food was excellent, so authentic. The drinks were very good, I had a Martini and enjoyed it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

This is a great restaurant! The atmosphere was great too. My wife and I were excited to celebrate our anniversary at Merlion. Our table was set with fresh roses and they treated us to a bottle of champagne. Food was amazing. Our server Kelly was also amazing. She was very help and took her time to explain to us what Merlion offered and suggested all their specialties. We will definitely be going back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Spicy
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in the world! The owner Brooke always remembers us and is so kind. The food is unbelievably amazing, no matter what you order.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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