Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint
Mother's Day Menus & Specials
Join us for our famous Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, including a complimentary glass of Champagne for Mom! Expect all of Mom's favorites, like the made-to-order omelettes and pastas, fresh seafood, the chef-manned carving station, and more. $38.95/adult, $15.96/12 & under
Our waitress was spot on. The steak was perfectly prepared. The scallops in the seafood alfredo were delicious. We were well attended to during our dinner.
Tim, our waiter was great! His service was outstanding, & fun! Food was great! Just wish we could of picked the table! Maybe next time! We will be back!! Thanks, Merrill and Houston's for making our Anniversary special! ❤
Lovely experience for a first time visit. Waiter arrive quickly. Menus had many good and variable options. Drinks, Apps, dinner and dessert was served at a nice cadence. My one comment - the ambiance / atmosphere was lacking for a higher end steak place. I felt like we were sitting in a large conference room for a wedding that was converted to a restaurant. I understand spacing limitations due to covid and maybe that was the case here. As a first timer, perhaps we did not see the actual area of the described restaurant. We will be back again soon.
Wonderful steak dinner and Pete the waiter was nic. We will be back.
The ambiance was perfect for a nice dinner for two. We had oysters Rockefeller for an appetizer and they were awesome! Also the baked French onion soup may have been the best I've ever had, and I am a WI supper club junkie so that is saying a lot. The brandy old fashion was also very well done. The steaks and seafood were very solid. Overall, was a very good experience.
The food and service from our waiter was wonderful!
Absolutely loved our first visit. Everything was amazing! We will be returning for more. :)
Alex was excellent server . Food was fresh and appetizing but noise is a detractor need to soften up the room so it isn’t so loud
My family and I come here often, and every time the food and service are excellent. No complaints. If you are thinking about trying this place out, then you should definitely go ahead and make your reservation. You won’t be disappointed!
This was a wonderful dining experience. My wife and I celebrated 20 years of marriage at Merrill & Houston's, and I think we will return soon! Our server was excellent, and the whole staff made us feel loved. We even had a Happy Anniversary card waiting for us at our table!
Good atmosphere good food and delicious drinks
Easter brunch. There where 3 of us and we enjoyed every minute of it. Will be back next year
Great service, food prepared to perfection. With great choices. Just wish the drink prices would come down a bit. The Argentine wine Tekal they have is out standing.
Mashed potatoes were cold.
Prime rib was warm at best.
Apple desert was cold. The ice cream was warmer.
Pancakes were cold.
Consistently great. This is a go-to restaurant for us.
Very nice place. The staff was very accommodating and helping my fiancé celebrate her birthday weekend. The food was really good and we go back to eat there again and probably well.
Wonderful atmosphere! Came with my husband for my 30th birthday. The food was delicious and the dessert was a sweet touch. Will definitely be back!
Great night out Good service and yummy food. I would recommend
All I can say it’s the best place to go out for steak & lobster!!! It literally melts in your mouth 😋 great drinks!you must try the baked French onion soup!! I recommend this place 💯
Had a great night. Was seated on outside porch, nice ambiance but had a plastic burning smell, i'm assuming from heat device??.......otherwise great!
Had a lovely dinner. Atmosphere was great for a romantic night out to celebrate a birthday. Food was excellent and staff was very attentive!
The fish special was delicious as were the appetizers. Bruschetta and Calamari. One in our party had the cowboy steak. For the price it was only ok. Wouldn’t get it again. Would like to try other steaks once lent is over
Solid food and drinks. Prices could have been lower for the portion sizes.
We had the back room, so it was a lot quieter than the other dining areas.
Our server was cordial and offered the many “specials” for the day. NOTE TO SELF!!!! ASK HOW MUCH THE SPECIALS ARE!!! We neglected to, although this wee little voice in my head said I should...incredibly surprised when the bill came and it was almost $500 for 4 people. We then asked...how much was that add on lobster tail, which was delicious, by the way. Server replies, $71!!! LOL. Which made the “special” entree with add on lobster tail $116 for a plate on a Tuesday night.
Overall, the food was great! The ambiance is intimate, the brandy old-fashioned is so good!!! Highly recommend!!! I ordered a couple of appetizers for my entree. This is the way to go, for sure. Baked French onion soup, the shrimp d’jonghe, and the Italian steak bites. My own little surf and turf.
We found this wonderful place a number of years ago. A friend suggested we try it, knowing we were steak and salmon lovers. Since the first dining experience was so wonderful, we gave up our "go to place" in Rockford for Merrill & Houston. This dinner was no exception. The steak was perfect, the salmon was outstanding, the service was first rate, and we loved what was done to the old patio!!
We will definitely be back! The food was amazing.
Went there for fish. Out of salmon from the night before but failed to replenish the fish with local vendors . No other fish options other than $74 lobster tails. Seafood options (not fish but "seafood") all swimming in butter (shrimp scampi, shrimp dejonge, seafood Alfredo, seafood mac and cheese). Ordered seafood Alfredo without the Alfredo and without the pasta; asked for rice instead. "We don't have rice". So my dinner was a 4" lobster piece, 3 shrimp and 2 scallops with steamed broccoli; for $30.95.
Waitress very unforgiving and overall unwilling to accommodate.
I have declared this restaurant as being my most favorite for many years. Told all my friends and patients. This was our families first meal out since Sept. 2020. Really looking forward to it, but I was close to tears by the time it was over, I was so disappointed. Four dinners, 2 drinks, 1 appetizer, $173.00 . Not worth it unfortunately.
Was not happy with this visit, Service was Poor. Did not get the order right waitress did not seem like she was with it, got several things wrong.
This place pretends to be high-end and offers very little in terms of quality or customer service. They’ve opened up a banquet room to increase the number of people it can serve. The owner must really be going through hardship. Don’t bother!!!
Wonderful atmosphere, service, and food ! A Trifecta ! Thank you !
Went on a Friday during lent for Fish Fry. Was disappointed to find out they no longer have it - seems they are just out to sell more $$$ entrees. Ordered the salmon and it was overcooked. Last time I ordered a steak there, it was also overcooked.
Wonderful staff, great food and drinks. We will definitely be returning.
My wife and I had steaks and they were done perfectly. Great atmosphere and staff
We had a great evening celebrating our anniversary! The food was outstanding and the service was top notch! Can’t wait to visit again!
Food was excellent. Anybody concerned about protocols re Covid need not be, excellent precautions. Service was very good, but not quite excellent. Server not able to answer questions regarding menu entrees. Glad to be back.
This was a dinner for our 20th anniversary and we may make this an every year thing. Great food, great service.
Great atmosphere for a date night. We had a great bartender (Kyle), awesome drinks and very professional but fun! The food was wonderful. The service was very good! Overall experience was a 5 out of 5. Will return again!
Excellent meal and service, as always!
I had the scallops and filet. My meal was perfect and very delicious. My husband had the sirloin steak that was so tough that he was not able to eat. He left the meat on his plate that was also under cooked. We told waitress about it she did nothing except she told the manager. Charged us for entire meal my husband was not able to eat. Very disappointed. I got a copy of my receipt on open table it was not even the correct check.
Great service, appropriate spacing, good music. Food was delicious. My family had a wonderful evening.
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 313-0700.
Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint is rated 4.7 stars by 1134 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.