Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint

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With its rustic feel, hardwood floors and abundant photographs capturing historic Beloit, Merrill & Houston’s has branded itself to tell a great story, but, most importantly, its focus is on the classic steakhouse. The highest of quality steaks and seafood with down-to-earth and attentive service make you feel like you are at your best friend’s home.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special menu served until 11 p.m. and live music from Duane Worden from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Gary the Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stay for the champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year with Merrill & Houston's.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 755 People Are Saying
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RS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ordered steak. They were melt in your mouth delicious. We had bruschetta which was a huge portion and so good. The Moscato was good as well. This place will now be my favorite steak house near me.

BW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was excellent. We will definitely be back!

PH
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience. The food was very good. My ribeye was the best I’ve had in the area hands down.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and was very impressed. Server Lamonica(?) was excellent

Will be back

AD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to Come, Celebrate, Eat and just Be.

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great! Loved everything from ambiance, staff, food, service was awesome. Steak were on point, melted like butter in your mouth. Great evening!

GA
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food is ok. Service is good. Music is very loud for a nice steak place. Please add a vegan entre. Mushroom ravioli doesn't count. News flash, many vegans HATE mushrooms.

AH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!! We will be back for sure!

GD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my birthday with my parents. Thought it would be empty on a Wednesday night, but it was hopping. Food was great and the desserts were out of this world. We will definitely be back!

AH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a peice of plastic in our soup. It wasnt a huge deal to us, because mistakes happen. But the manager came over to us with Champaign and apologized and picked up our entire bill. No place can be perfect, but I have to say that they blew us away with a perfect ending to our night. They really made up for the mistake and we would happily give them another visit again!

MY
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, and my husband and I appreciated that it seemed more adult oriented. If you order a steak, you won't be disappointed...the other food choices are good, but not excellent. I ordered the shrimp scampi and it was very bland, for example. The service was fine, but personally I would have expected more friendly service for such a pricey menu. Overall good, and worth a try!

CW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

One steak was medium but charred on half so knife could hardly cut it waitress behavior condemning us and ice cold manager finished wrecking our evening!!
Will not drive from Rockford again! Are spreading word to numerous friends to be careful or stay with Frenchescos.

We eat out several times a week so your staff cost you some future business.

K
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband here for his 25th birthday and we were both absolutely blown away! Everything was beyond what we were expecting. The crab stuffed mushrooms basically melted in our mouths, the drinks were hard to put down, the steaks were above and beyond what we expected and the free birthday creme brulee just topped it all off! Our server was very friendly and made sure that everything was exactly as we had wanted it. The atmosphere is so classy, you almost forget you're in Beloit! We will definitely be back sometime for another special occasion!

GG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I find Merrill & Houston's perfect for our evenings out. The food is always excellent, the service has never been less than stellar always leaving us looking forward to our next visit.

SM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was very nice and the staff was very accommodating. Our steaks unfortunately were not as good as they have been in the past. I ordered medium rare and my it was pretty much well done, zero pink. My husbands cut had a lot of fat and he found he could not eat a lot of it. It was still a nice dinner over the food just did not meet the expectations of the times we have previously dined there.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations and were seated quickly. Our server was very attentive, yet not overbearing. Overall food, service, and ambiance were excellent. We will definitely return!

JR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

One in our party wanted steak well done and took two tries and still not done to his liking. The manager did comp his steak. Server forgot bernaise sauce for one steak and reminded when steak was brought out and didn't arrive for 20 more minutes with steak nearly finished. 6:15 reservation and didn't finish eating until 8:30. Don't expect super quick food at place like that but it was a little long.

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we could not have asked for better service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and had a wonderful experience. Angelica was our waitress and she made it awesome. She made us laugh, smile and decorated my birthday dessert bowl. Our steaks were prepared as ordered and the sides were delicious.

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, drinks and food as always was top notch!!

PP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful as usual! The party next to us was loud so it made it hard to converse.

TS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we'll be back!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Never can get the steak cooked at the right temp and this is our 3rd time asking for there to be "no blood" or it cooked Medium / Medium+. No apologies when it needed to be cooked more and the rest of our meals got cold. Very slow. Disappointing when they knew we were there to celebrate a birthday. On our bill we were charged for another tables glass of wine and I'm glad we caught it on the bill. Used to be our favorite restaurant!!

m
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Too much money. Food not that good. Liked the vibe of the place.

DZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue and excellent steaks! Would certainly come back soon!

EH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food though my son thought the edges of steak slightly burned. Bread had great taste and texture. Jesse at the bar made the best old fashions. Only complaint was they texted when table ready but no one told us that and I had put my phone away . We had told them we would be at the bar . So we were late being seated. We will return and I will keep my phone out .

KW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

OT
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! One of our favorites!

CG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. Enjoyed outdoor seating with the great weather.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful, as always at Houston's in Manhattan Beach, CA.
The food was cooked perfectly and I think the Margarita I had was the best I have ever had! Seriously! I am a huge fan of the Margarita and I always want to go to Houston's for Margaritas.
It is a little noisy there but we arrive a little earlier than the usual dinner crowd. My favorite side is the coleslaw....Oh My! It's wonderful.

I
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great, food was okay. Nice location and good patio.

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Wrote one earlier. Ugh! 50 characters aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

LW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the filet here!!! My husband usually gets the special and said it was also very good!

DW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we were really disappointed... we have been there before and had a great time with amazing food but this time it fell short... took 1 and 15 min to get food. Once we got our food my wife’s duck was dry! Like dry dry . I had to eat alone and it ruined the vibe completely... I didn’t want to eat after that. 140 bucks wasted

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We have eaten several times at Merrill and Houston’s and always enjoyed excellent food; however, this past weekend we were very disappointed. Both dinners were marginal, not the quality we enjoyed in the past. We probably will not return in the near future.

AW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was wonderful BEST STEAK I'VE EVER HAD. Can't wait to go back

MM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing, one of the best dirty martinis ever! A really great night!

t
Milwaukee
48 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, bartender made an after dinner grasshopper martini that was outstanding. Thanks for a great evening!

ME
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess and server were friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious! We really enjoyed our time

OG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with our teenage son's there. Nice table away from the bar so we could talk away from the noise. Cool decor like old pictures from the area in the restaurant. Made it feel very homy. Friendly staff and great service. Food was delicious. The spinach stuffed salmon was outstanding. Nice wine selection. Overall a great experience. Would recommend it to our friends and family to celebrate a special occasion or just a nice dinner.

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