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Merlion Restaurant

4.8
476 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Thai
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Thai, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
(281) 385-9975
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Lobeck
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Private party facilities
We have two rooms in our restaurant and can provide private settings.
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Private party contact
Brooke Villanueva: (281) 385-9975
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Catering
We can design any kind of catering menu to fit the customers' needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Meyer
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
What 476 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Another great time at Merlion! Great food, wine, and always excellent service.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We love sitting at the bar and visiting with the bartender. Dumplings are fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Our server Brian was outstanding. This was not our first visit to Merlion. Brian was professional and friendly, and when asked helped us determine our wine, entrée selection and the heat level. He was attentive without being annoying. The food was remarkable as always. Highly recommend this spot if you love true Thai.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of our favorite places in the area. Never disappoints. Mussels are a must.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Merlion is one of our favorite restaurants in the clear lake area.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We love this place, it's our favorite restaurant, and it becomes the favorite of almost all of the friends we bring. Merlion's has never disappointed us--except when we can't get in because everyone else loves it as much as we do!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

You can expect to wait a little while for your meal at this place, but it’s worth it. Every dish is made fresh when you order it. The food is outstanding and the service was fantastic. This is a small, locally owned business that puts lots of love into the food and it shines. We love it here!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The Yelp reviews did not steer me wrong. Merlion had great food and atmosphere, but what really stood out was the service. I took my boyfriend for his birthday, and when I informed our waitress Candace, she began to work her magic. She surrounded the candle on our table with real rose petals, brought his desert with a candle and Happy Birthday written in chocolate sauce on the plate, and presented him with a bottle of champagne as a gift. Those were the standout elements, but it's also the little things. He wanted sangria, which wasn't on the menu, but they made it with no problem. When I described what I wanted in a wine, she suggested something that fit the bill perfectly. The fried rice portions were large enought that a I had a second full meal the next day, and the signiagure snapper dish was delicious. It was a wonderful experience and we will most definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great meal, service. Server knowledgeable and engaged.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

As always, Merlion didn’t disappoint. We had a corner table, with fresh rose petals... Love, love, love this place. Food is outstanding. We weren’t rushed and allowed to enjoy our evening.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The restaurant was very busy. We waited about 30 minutes for our appetizer and another 20 minutes after that for entree, but server was very attentive throughout. Food was tasty- worth the wait. It was my birthday and was surprised with a delicious celebration bundt cake and bottle of bubbly. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Always amazing - always fantastic and this time was no different.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Excellent food & service. Authentic recipes & flavors.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We absolutely LOVE this restaurant. If you are not in the area, it is well worth the drive. The wine list is EXTENSIVE and the food is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We love Merlion! The food is always delicious, the restaurant is cozy, and the service is friendly. Looking forward to the opening of Merlion on Main.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Good food, service a bit slow. We will definitely go back even though pricing was higher than other Thai in the area.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We expected a slow paced dinner but this was extremely slow! The food was outstanding. It was not a very busy night, but the server was not often visible and very slow to take our order. the entrees took so long that one person in our party had to just have theirs packed in to go containers.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Once again Chef Andrew and the staff at Merlion created a wonderful evening and a great celebration of our anniversary. We chose the Chef's table, 5 courses selected by Andrew from on and off menu items (just tell him what you DON'T like). Everything tasted delicious. Sorry we missed Brook - catch you next time lady.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We just happened upon this restaurant when looking for a place to go out late Friday night. It was booked up until 9:00 so that’s when we went. Very charming little house in Seabrook. Friendly staff, owner interacted with guests and personally served us at the bar while we waited to be seated (we arrived early). Our server Ian was extremely helpful in assisting us in choosing what to order. We had the corn cakes appetizer (to die for). Make sure to get a side of peanut sauce with them as suggested by Ian;) I had the green chicken curry and my hubby had Pad Thai with chicken. Both were outstanding, definitely worth the wait for made to order. Very fresh and extremely delicious. Will definitely be back:)

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food here is mediocre and super expensive!!! Has great potential, but when I spend $65 per person plus drinks I expect REALLY good food. It was just ok for me, not worth the money.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Have been going to Merlion's since it was Bay Thai. My wife would help Gabby at the original restaurant when help was needed. We have enjoyed it for many years, look forward to the new restaurant opening.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

So let me preface these comments by saying that up to this point Merlion was one of my favorite restaurants in the entire Houston area. I have told several friends that they serve the best Thai food I have ever had outside Asia. Wednesday was frankly disappointing to the extent that I almost asked if they had changed the chef / owner. I understand the pressure to maximize Valentines revenues but you should protect your brand and reputation over making a few extra covers. I am now wondering if this was a one off experience or whether Merlion has truly descended from its prior quality into the abyss.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wow. Excellent Thai dishes, large wine selection, good service and in Seabrook. I'm so happy this award winning restaurant is on my side of town. We had the Dragon Fire Dumplings, Chicken and Beef Satay, Pad Med Mammuang w/ beef (best overall), Kang Keo Waan w/ beef( green curry) Chocolate cake and strawberry cheesecake for dessert. We had a very happy Valentines day.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Friends from out of town

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

First of all we had to wait for 1 hour and 20 minutes for the main course to be served. Appetizers came in fast. We ordered the Kang Keo Waan with lamb. Expected the curry, the chilies, the basil and the lomongrass to give the flavour of this dish; unfortunately the coconut milk prevailed. The Pad Pak Man Mun Hoi with beef was too strong on the garlic and too mych salt. The Pad Thai was tasteless. The wine list is extensive, but the way is presented is not user friendly. Needs to be better organized. Have travelled extensively to Thailand for work, this is not Thai cuisine.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place. Food and staff are amazing !!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Great experience!!!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Great dining experience in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy great Thai flavors and fresh food experiences.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Merlion is truly a Thai specialty restaurant having a most extensive wine list "by the glass" to accompany any food. The appetizers, salads and entrees are ALL made with taste thrills you won't find in any other restaurant, assuming you can even find one matching Merlion. Go for it and enjoy a fun evening of taste thrills.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Merlion is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion. In my opinion, the best Thai food in the Houston area with some flare added to traditional Thai dishes (curry, etc.) Merlion maintains an excellent wine selection, with wine available by the glass or bottle from many price points and varietals.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Great time, great food, great establishment.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Always a great meal at Merlion. Love this place. Andrew and Brooke are great.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Never disappointed! Our favorite go to for dates❤️

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 3, 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!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 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!

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