AQUI

4.5
291 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian
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About

AQUI is a restaurant by Top Chef & James Beard Award-Winner Chef Paul Qui.

AQUI is located along the Westheimer corridor at the cusp of Midtown and Montrose. The restaurant serves contemporary South East Asian cuisine with Japanese influence. Menu changes daily.

Please contact us directly for parties of 6 or more guests.

Aquihtx.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southeast Asian, Meat, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(713) 360-7834
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Qui
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Catering
Please contact reservations@aquihtx.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Stanford and Whitney
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet. Available parking on public side streets. Do not park within 20 feet of an intersection. Please look out for "No Parking" signs in neighboring parking lots
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Special events & promotions
For inquiries about special events and entire restaurant booking for events please contact us at aquievents@gmail.com.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.5
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K
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sorry to see this place close. Houston's loss for not supporting the concept and the talented people in the kitchen.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was a mixture of good and ok. It’s closing soon which I was disappointed to hear but not sure I would return anyway.

h
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Omakase dinner with Chef Paul last night!

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. It was my second time eating there and I’m devastated about the upcoming closure.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad to see this place go!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Very unique. Food was excellent. Definitely not for the cautious eaters. Fun to eat with your hands.

f
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent menu and unique plates. Server spoke a little too fast and was very soft-spoken; had to ask them to repeat multiple times.

H
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Physical space quite nice. During our 90 minutes there, were the only people in the place. The food was good but seemed overpriced as were the drinks. I wouldn’t recommend.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not as good or exciting as before. No foie grad and
Many dishes were less flavorful. Over long waits for food. Business slowed so no valet.

l
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ever changing menu.
Well executed cuisine.
Knowledge, engaging waitstaff...

It’s what I call a “once a weeker”

L
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was extraordinary as was the waiter who made perfect recommendations and kept the food coming at an even pace. I have enjoyed Paul Qui’s cheffing since his early Eastside King days in Austin. Still great food and as far as I can see he is wonderful to his staff and to his patrons. We started with the Bread and Butter w coconut jam, the Philippine ceviche, then the chili crab (this is the only one that while very good—there are other options even better), grilled greens, and brazino was the fish of the day prepared grilled and whole. We finished w the tsamporado, and banana Turon. All amazing.

TS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Our server was fantastic. But after $200 we went to Burger King to fill up.

C
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very good and the entire staff very welcoming. The food was fresh, very flavorful and pleasing to the eye but more to the palet! If you're looking to relax and enjoy food that is carefully and uniquely prepared, this is the place!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food did not taste as good as it did before and portions are smaller than they used to be. The price you pay is just not worth it anymore. There is nothing special about this place. Service was great though.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, head chef checked on tables. Great all around.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , had the omakasa, highly recommended

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great nicer-than-usual spot for go-out or meet-up occasion with friends. Food was fantastic.

b
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aqui is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. I often bring people who have never been and they are always blown away by the unique menu items and how amazingly good the food is.

AY
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Changed owner. Changed Menu. Food is terrible. Not worth time and money there.

IJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful. Fresh. Delicious.
The grilled greens and the chili crab were sublime.

CR
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us shared the Filipino tasting meal. In contrast to other tasting menus, its all served at one time on a large banana leaf. Super fun , interesting, and delicious. We are already plotting our next visit.
Great job Aqui!

RS
Houston
178 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, drinks and service. One of the best whiskey menus in the city. Great server.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu, friendly staff, and delicious food!

OT
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

MS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was incredible with awesome descriptions of awesome unusual foods. Presentations were crazy beautiful. I took several people and enjoyed everything we tried. One of the best meals I’ve ever had and I travel extensively around the US. Thanks

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service even better. Great experience

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Missed some old dishes we used to have for the last 4 times we were there. We said we booked for a special occasion but the waiter didn’t even acknowledge it

FG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is way overpriced for what it is - but was tasty and a good ambiance. Will likely only return for drinks and snacks

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time food was very decent but the waiter decided to take items off the menu that we ordered and double them to accommodate everyone at the table

MK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the cuisine and ambiance there! New flavors and great nod to Asian inspired cuisine

m
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent live Uni, Fillipino Ceveche, Porkbelly Rice, and dessert. Waitstaff friendly and helpful.

JF
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Just awful. Service was terrible and food was not cooked.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yes, I've said that Zen Izakaya is the best traditional Japanese restaurant. But I've also said that I was sad that Yoshi san left, well guess where he went! To me Aqui is the perfect fit, where he could do things that were previously impossible. If you want the best Ankimo, the best Anago, the best Tamago, reserve the omakase with Aqui.

It's a new look with Japanese cuisine, and it's probably the most innovative in Houston, while keeping the traditional items on point. I won't be surprised if Aqui is the first Texas restaurant to get the Michelin star. But who cares, I know I'll be coming back.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a gorgeous space but the food is the star. Several raw bar choices like Filipino ceviche all were delicious. Creative cocktails and half price happy hour until 6:30. Can’t wait until cooler weather as there’s a pretty outdoor area too.

A
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is probably the 3-4th time my girl friend and I have eaten here. Every time it just keeps getting better and better. So they just recently started doing an 17-18 course omakase at the counter and we just had to try it. Im so glad we did, everything was on point and just truly amazing. Chef Yoshi was extremely knowledgeable about everything he was serving and how certain fish should taste if they are fresh or wild vs farm raised. I can't wait for my next trip back to Houston so we can eat here again!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Well crafted food, lively, and bright.

C
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ny husband and I have been here for our special occasions several times now. We both felt that this time the quality of the food is not as good as before. Pork lechón is very fatty, and our risotto was undercooked. We will still go back because we like the creativity and play on Asian food, but we really hope the food quality doesn’t go down.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emanuela was the best!

BM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Aqui has an amazing menu based on the idea of umami--every bite is a taste sensation. Excellent wine list and VERY gluten free friendly.

BH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was outstanding. The service was friendly, but absent at times. The mixed drinks were pleasantly unusual. The tapas items were great for sharing. Surprisingly not crowded for a Friday night.

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