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AQUI

4.4
4.4
291 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Meat, Seafood

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (713) 360-7834

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paul Qui

  • Catering

    Please contact reservations@aquihtx.com

  • Private party facilities

    For parties of 6 people or more please contact the restaurant directly or send an email to reservations@aquihtx.com For inquiries about special events and entire restaurant booking for events please contact us at aquievents@gmail.com.

  • Private party contact

    aquievents@gmail.com: (713) 360-7834

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Cross street

    Between Stanford and Whitney

  • 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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 291 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. K

    Kman

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sorry to see this place close. Houston's loss for not supporting the concept and the talented people in the kitchen.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    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.
  3. h

    holidayevent

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Omakase dinner with Chef Paul last night!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. It was my second time eating there and I’m devastated about the upcoming closure.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad to see this place go!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. Very unique. Food was excellent. Definitely not for the cautious eaters. Fun to eat with your hands.
  7. f

    fignewtonium

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Excellent menu and unique plates. Server spoke a little too fast and was very soft-spoken; had to ask them to repeat multiple times.
  8. H

    Highland770

    Houston

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    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.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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.
  10. l

    luv2eat

    Los Angeles

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ever changing menu. Well executed cuisine. Knowledge, engaging waitstaff... It’s what I call a “once a weeker”
  11. L

    Leeza

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  12. TS

    TedS

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Our server was fantastic. But after $200 we went to Burger King to fill up.
  13. C

    Cheers

    Houston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, head chef checked on tables. Great all around.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food , had the omakasa, highly recommended
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great nicer-than-usual spot for go-out or meet-up occasion with friends. Food was fantastic.
  18. b

    billys

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  19. AY

    AmyY

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Changed owner. Changed Menu. Food is terrible. Not worth time and money there.
  20. IJ

    IsaacJ

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful. Fresh. Delicious. The grilled greens and the chili crab were sublime.
  21. CR

    CR12

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  22. RS

    RaphealSienteSe

    Houston

    285 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    285 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, drinks and service. One of the best whiskey menus in the city. Great server.
  23. JM

    JacobM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative menu, friendly staff, and delicious food!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!
  25. MS

    MartyS

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great and service even better. Great experience
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    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
  28. FG

    FoodisGood

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is way overpriced for what it is - but was tasty and a good ambiance. Will likely only return for drinks and snacks
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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
  30. MK

    MelissaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the cuisine and ambiance there! New flavors and great nod to Asian inspired cuisine
  31. b

    born2receive

    Houston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent live Uni, Fillipino Ceveche, Porkbelly Rice, and dessert. Waitstaff friendly and helpful.
  32. JF

    JeffreyF

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Just awful. Service was terrible and food was not cooked.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  35. A

    omakaseAqui

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Well crafted food, lively, and bright.
  37. C

    Customer1

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    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.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emanuela was the best!
  39. DF

    DFWfoodie

    East Texas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    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.
  40. BH

    BrittonH

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    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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AQUI is rated 4.4 stars by 291 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Stanford and Whitney

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown / Montrose

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Meat, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Qui

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 360-7834

  • Catering

    Please contact reservations@aquihtx.com

  • Private party facilities

    For parties of 6 people or more please contact the restaurant directly or send an email to reservations@aquihtx.com For inquiries about special events and entire restaurant booking for events please contact us at aquievents@gmail.com.

  • Private party contact

    aquievents@gmail.com: (713) 360-7834

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