Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Downtown

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At Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, we put immeasurable care into everything we do, all to provide our Guests a dining experience like no other. The steakhouse features USDA Prime in-house dry-aged beef. The award-winning wine list boasts over 3,900 selections, and the cellars have an inventory totaling over 30,000 bottles from every major fine wine-producing region in the world.

We are minutes away from NRG Stadium, Toyota Center, George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green.
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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the ambiance of the semi private room. When we got seated there were 3 other groups. After a few minutes we were the only one in the room. It was quite and easy to talk. Our server Matthew was always attentive even when we were the only people in the room. The food was reall good and the so was the wine. We had one issue with something being in the wine glass which was proply attended to.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here in town for a convention and easy walking distance from downtown hotels. Our server, Brian, was amiable, attentive and very informative about our dining experience and food choices. Service was excellent. Food was timely, delicious and was served at the perfect temperature. We had Ribeyes and filets that were cooked to the appropriate degree of doneness.

Side dishes are served family style and are meant to be shared.

We topped off our meal with the key lime pie and a caramel butterscotch Blondie that were large enough to share. Great food, I highly recommend Pappas brothers for a fine steak house dining experience.

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CF
Houston
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice moderately priced "bar menu" options. Very nice atmosphere with live piano. Service was a little lacking, not bad, we just didn't get a ton of attention.

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DJ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy environment. Great wait staff and good overall service. Not just a steakhouse. My wait time at the bar was very enjoyable. Food was really good but my dinner mate had the fish topped with shrimp and it was just as good as the steak I ordered. I was really impressed with my 1st visit. It was everything other positive reviews said it would be.

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KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

All the staff acknowledged our special occasion (my birthday) but didn't actually do anything to help us celebrate.
The food was fabulous and our waiter had excellent suggestions. The wine list is impressively extensive and the sommelier was very knowledgeable.
We were seated between the hostess stand and the kitchen. There were constantly service people "buzzing around", giving us the feeling that we were having dinner inside a beehive. The noise level was also high, made worse by the pianist in the bar. The volume of the piano & the conversations at all of the tables, with no apparent noise suppression, made it nearly impossible to have a conversation during our meal.

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JR
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to many steakhouses and have had some of the best meals but Pappas Bros has made it to our top! We have a home town favorite in San Antonio but these guys provided just a better tasting steak over all. My better half always has to have A1 steak sauce ( I know) but she said it was totally unnecessary because of how much flavor this delicious piece of beef was!! My question now is when do we go back to Houston????

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Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Expensive but really good quality beef. I went with my parents who are older so it was a little loud in the main dining area for them. This was my second time at this restaurant as we are not from the Houston area. We will definitely go back while in Houston.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding and was attentive without being intrusive. He recommended some sides to go with our steaks and everything was made fresh, and it was the best dining experience I have had in 10 years. No detail was too small. Steaks were brought out made to order (rare, medium rare and butterflied and well done). Asparagus as big as your thumb. Mushrooms drenched in butter. Onion rings that were flaky, tasty and fit on a table of fine food. Recommended wine was well received. Pricey, but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my boyfriends new favorite restaurant. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable on the entire menu and both our meals were amazing. The only complaint we had was that the side dishes were entirely too large and we barely made a dent in them.

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this restaurant because I wanted to take my wife on a romantic dinner. We were both impressed.

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MB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ONE OF THE BEST STEAK HOUSE EXPERIENCES I HAVE EVER HAD.

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n
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar. Incredible staff, ambiance, music and the food was outstanding.

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Houston
176 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great Steak !!!

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JK
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to entertain. Steak was amazing as were the vegetables. Service was excellent.

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L
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. The food was great. They were able to accommodate my dietary restrictions. However I was told that one of our sides would be on the house and come to find out that we were charged $15 for asparagus. Had I known that I would have never said yes. Otherwise everything was good, prices are not cheap but you get what you pay for. Just double check your receipt before you leave!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Service was exceptional! Very attentive by everyone we came in contact with! Ambience was awesome! Food amazing!

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KH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was amazing. Spoiled us.

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LT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top steakhouses we have been to. Ambiance very club-like;it did get a bit loud as the restaurant filled. Service was spot-on, always present but never intrusive. Food was over the top from crab leg appetizer, Cuban black bean soup with Pico de Gallo and lobster, to our steak entrees which were perfectly prepared. Unfortunately, too full to sample dessert. Highly recommend!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but not memorable. Tired sort if is the best way to out it. Waiter overly attentive to piont of actually interrupting conversation at table. Attempted several times to remove plates and glasses before food was consumed. Chef was kind enough to replace pasta with sauted spinach at request. Highend steak of Japanese genetics was a disappointment; nowhere near worth the price. Waiter up-sold wine selections for every person at table. Shameful, but it worked, lol. Kathryn

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, steak was tougher than expected though. Server seemed too busy to be available when we needed something, took a while to see her, get her attention and then have the needs met. Great overall experience though.

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RM
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I previously wrote a review for Pappas Steakhouse that was my side of the story so I have deleted that text after someone close to me pointed out that there are two sides to every story. So, here’s my experience - I made a reservation via OpenTable - I received a confirmation that my reservation, a table for two, was confirmed. I called Pappas just to make sure the reservation made via OpenTable was received. I was told by Pappas that I had a reservation for 5:45 pm for two. However, when we arrived we were informed by the hostess, that there is no guarantee for a table. We were told we could sit at the counter. I did state that I wanted to be seated at a table not the counter. I also noted to the hostess that there were multiple empty tables in the dining room. We did get a table after our discussion and the manager did give us a gift card to use at another time. The waiter did a good job and the food was good. In conclusion, the first experience a customer or patron has at a restaurant is being greeted and seated. My experience was not what I expected.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre concert

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D
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great birthday dinner! Everything was perfect!

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CH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was exceptional as well as the service. Our server Matthew made the evening most enjoyable.

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Houston
43 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Pappas Downtown location. The four of us included an out-of-town couple who love Pappas steaks. The food, as always, was beyond outstanding. From the variety of steaks we ordered to the sides and salads, everything was perfectly prepared and delicious. Differences we noted in this and the Galleria location were that, first, we got seated a lot sooner - a plus - and in a less frenetic environment. Service was a bit off, however. There were drink mixups and a forgotten coffee. Seemingly minor; but in the world we know as Pappas those things are rare. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable meal. You can't top the best steaks in Houston.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best steak in Houston, with service to match.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As beef producers ourselves, the steak was outstanding! Ordered cheesecake for dessert! Awesome and definitely shareable! Still trying to figure out how they bake a cheesecake that big?!

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L
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring back the Chilean Sea Bass! I will be coming quite a bit less often now that you don’t have my favorite entree in all of Houston. The Branzino was just ok. Does NOT measure up to the Sea Bass.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience!

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MG
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We felt a bit ignored by our server. I had to ask the manager to get my girlfriend’s previously ordered drink. Our waiter seemed distracted by a large party at another table. Understandable, but we were paying for great service also. Otherwise, a great meal.

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CH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXELLENT!!! Steaks were magnificent, and recommendations from the sommelier (wine and after dinner) were on point. From Europe to Asia to across the US, certainly one of our top dining experiences!

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PC
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It very good, we really enjoyed our dinner
Get the onion rings ..up scale atmosphere

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space but odd acoustics from bowled light fixtures put neighboring tables ‘ conversation in my ear but couldn’t hear across the table. Service was professional and obviously well trained, but over scripted for a slight modification and question. Steaks were high quality. Bisque was a bit bland. Brussels were perfect. Dessert was good. Salad was fresh produce, for sure, but somehow disappointing for $15. Valet brought car seat from all the way back to nut crunching and left mirror way off. A bad last impression. Frankly, for $100 / head without alcohol, not an immediate sense of value, but the plusses were good plusses. Minuses were minor but still show why every detail must be managed at a high four star shop.

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service great exptional food will come back agaig

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JR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome! Brandon the Somm was excellent as well - he gave us a great recommendation on a Crozes-Hermitage! Awesome Anniversary Dinner!

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lily was our server and she was phenomenal! The whole dining experience was excellent and the staff exceeded my expectations. I’d say that this place is the Chick-fil-A of upscale restaurants!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+
Expensive but nice

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V
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at the downtown location and we loved it. Our first stop was the bar where the bartender helped me chose an outstanding single malt Scotch. We sat in the dining cabin area of the restaurant which features an exquisite wall of wine. We liked that it was quiet enough to have a nice, low key conversation. Our waiter Philip was outstanding and patient. The steaks were perfectly done and heavenly. Dessert was a chocolate mousse creation that was as beautiful as it was delicious. I have yet to have a better overall experience at any Steakhouse in Houston, and that is saying a lot. As usual, we left wondering why we don't visit more often. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

They no longer have the Lobster tail - yet it is still listed in the online menu. King crab is NOT the same as lobster tail. While service was good - do have an issue with wine pour. May seem petty, but given pricing I do not expect a stingy pour well below the obvious “star” logo pour line located on the glass,!

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