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About Artista

Artista offers creative cuisine, impeccable service and a perfect location to the downtown area.

800 Bagby Street, Suite 400
Hobby Center of the Performing Arts
Houston, TX 77002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
During performances:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm

Non-performance days:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Walker/Rusk

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 278-4782

Website:
http://www.artistahouston.com/

Entertainment:
piano, rat-pack, jazz

Parking Details:
Valet parking provided by Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Secured parking garage also available.

Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant available for buy-outs, please contact us for more details.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Artista Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (18)
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Creative Cuisine (16)
Romantic (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Business Meals (12)
People Watching (11)
Fun (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Casual (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Sorry to hear they are closing ... Second time at the restaurant very nice atmosphere and service gr at.

Tags: Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We usually book a table at Artista prior to performances at the Hobby Center. It is so convenient. The ambiance is always very quiet and elegant. The waiter staff is very polite and efficient. And the food has always been excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was a very enjoyable evening. I think you need to keep it a little dressy like it is although there were those that were not dressed up. It's nice to go to a special place and have a good dinner with a little class. :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a great experience before a Broadway show. Quite a lot of food no matter what you order. I especially love the empanadas.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our group of six enjoyed drinks and appetizers before seeing "On Your Feet." It was a nice way to come together on Thanksgiving evening, relax a bit, and prepare to see a great performance!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food is pretty good, but really wish Artista would change their dinner menu - the menu has not changed much since they opened. Understand that they have to serve a big crowd in a short time, but think the chef could come up with a new set of dishes that are quick to finish and serve. Very tired of the same butter sauce on all fish dishes. The sea bass is supposed to have a vinaigrette, but, it was the same sauce that is served with the other seafood entrees. Some lighter options would be greatly appreciated.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Prior meals had been better. The service was poor - we had to wait to place our order and then wait again to pay the bill. The lobster bisque was disappointing, and the empanadas we ordered had been crushed when cut in half, making the presentation quite amateurish. It will be a while before we return - certainly not up to the expected standards.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Broadway show

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Wonderful empanadas and the Churrasco steak was great as always. Red snapper was good, but I have had better. Grilled asparagus had too many thick stalks vs. tender tips.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Pre-Show Lunch. The Paella was good but a little dry.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a wonderful time. My steak was cooked to perfection. Definitely deserves a second trip!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Eating here is very convenient if going to a show at Hobby Center.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Pre theater dining on Sunday night. We had empanadas, churrasco steak, scallops ,and tres leches. All of the food was very good. Service was a bit slow but still finished in time for the show. Prices are high but obviously paying for the convenience factor.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Beautiful location and Cordula family name should be a combination for a memorable dining experience. Our service was good. The food was buffet quality at best. The Tilapia was bland. The special came with a container of milky brown sauce resembling old chocolate milk, crusted over and dribbled on the outside. The crab looked like runny crab mash potatoes. The desert was really disappointing. The delirious de chocolate was described as including raspberry coulis & tropical fruit ceviche. The tropical fruit ceviche was a third of a strawberry and a half teaspoon of crushed pineapple. Disappointing. Maybe the matinee menu is too hard to pull off. You’d think a restaurant in the Hobby Center would have figured out how to do better. Disappointed

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food at Artista - as usual! It has always been so.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fish dishes were not as good as usual and were slightly overcooked, dry and did not taste very fresh. Service was not up to the high standard usually received. Another waiter who recognized us from a previous dinner brought another round of wine after our server was no where to be found. Our server only asked how everything was when clearing the table. After 10 minutes waiting for the server to pick up the credit card for payment I ended up paying cash and reduced tip dramatically. This is not a typical experience but we will definitely request the waiter who recognized us from a previous dinner. Suggest you do the same. His name is Oseas.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food quality and service have declined over the past few months. We go for work Birthday lunches but this visit was pre theater. I understand new management has taken over. Very disappointing.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went pre-theater and were very disappointed in the food. Being big fans of Hugo's and Caracol we expected the same quality of food. Our food was not warm. It came out right after we ordered, so we assume they had plates already done and waiting for someone to order. That said, our waiters were incredibly attentive and warm. They did not rush us and were always there if we needed them. Five stars on service. Two stars on food.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food - perfect for a meal before seeing a show at the Hobby Theater.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Waitstaff is always friendly and helpful. Our food was not cooked properly and sent back to be redone. Since we had tickets for 2 pm show. Our waiter suggested we come back during intermission and he had our table set up with coffee and dessert. It was perfect.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We are long time season ticket holders for the Broadway Across America series and this was our first and last dining experience at Artista.

We were seated immediately for our noon reservation at a table overlooking the park- unfortunately it was in direct sunlight and half our party was dealing with glare and bright sun for more than half the meal- they apologized for the glare, but didn’t offer to move us to another table out of the sun.
Service was slow, even drinks took a while to arrive (tea and soda). Most of our party ordered off the “Matinee” menu. Food was hit or miss, the lobster bisque came out Luke warm at best, entrees were a little better- but the bacon cheeseburger on the menu came out with no bacon (none to be had in the whole restaurant apparently), and no cheese. For $30, it should have been more than a frozen patty cooked into a dry chunk, but it looked like a hockey puck on a bun. The calamari appetizer was so greasy it was inedible. The tilapia was good.

From check in to us leaving, the dining experience took 1:45. Most of which was us sitting waiting on food or drinks.

We will not be back, I did hear later that the restaurant recently changed ownership, but that was no excuse for the absolute mess of a meal we paid over $200. Save your money, or spend it somewhere that you might actually enjoy your meal and dining experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Artista is so convenient for eating before or after the theater. The food is good and being able to order drinks for intermission makes it a treasure.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I used to love coming here before the theater. And I realize it is clising in May - but until then ... it's pretty expensive for lukewarm food and poor service. It is not worth the price at all.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Only visit it because it’s convenient . Probably the worst service personnel in the city of Houston . Waiter walked away twice while we were talking to him . Unapologetic attitude . Saving grace is the fact that they are inside the Hobby Centre . This attitude is recent . Used to be one of my favorite restaurants . Not anymore . Wish they had another restaurant inside the Centre .

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 (London)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food, service and the view were amazing. The only issue was that we were the only diners! Not sure if this is because the restaurant is mainly a pre-theatre place (being within the Hobby Centre for Performing Arts) or if it’s just because they were hosting a special event for VIPs at the theatre that night. Either way, despite the slightly odd experience of eating in a restaurant on our own, the food was amazing and I’d definitely recommend!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Host was stringent about no caps but he then seated a man of his own race wearing an almost see through white undershirt.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have been here many times and albeit expensive, the food and service has been worth it. We arrived in plenty of time for a relaxing dinner before the show. It ended up that we didn’t get our food until 15 minutes before the show started. It was very stressful - others around us had the same problem. No discounts were given. We were very disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

They are overwhelmed on show night. Service and food have deteriorated recently. Good venue before the show. Hope they get better

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Was seated at a table that should not have been located where it was. Wait staff and bus staff bumped us several times running into one of us and knocking menus off the table several times. Asked to be moved and were. Waitress seemed to forget us after move had to flag her down to order.

Food was OK certainly not great

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Alex was overwhelmed with tables that came and left at the same time. He delivered excellent and personable service.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great pre theatre dining. Good food, service, and wine choices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

My wife and I had dinner at Artista for a special occasion; her birthday and for a pre show musical at The Hobby Center. Great night! Service and food were excellent. Did not comp dessert for my wife (birthday) but they may not do that or had known. They did not have the bottle of wine that I ordered and recommended others at significant higher prices. Overall another great experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Unfortunately there are not vegetarian entrees for those who are vegetarians. My friend has had to order sides and salads in order to get a full meal. I will say, kudos for the Cheeseburger in Paradise during the Escape to Margaritaville show.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great seafood and loved the plantain chips. Unfortunately the caviar Twinkies were a disapointment.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This is the restaurant we go to before our shows at the hobby cwntrt

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service was fantastic and food excellent. Salmon and scallops were and love the potato soup. Ambience was perfect for the theater and ballet. Making a reservation ahead of time makes this endeavor worthwhile.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food is OK though I have bad memories of a few not-so-good meals at other restaurants owned by this same group (e.g., America's). Artista is best for pre-theatre dining since it sits within the Hobby Center. I've learned that you must reserve a table in the open area to ensure you're not stuck under the dark low area on the far inside - not where you want to be.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This is the easiest / best place for dinner before the theatre at the Hobby Center!

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I feel like the quality of the food was not good. Have taken clients and staff to this restaurant many times. Look the view and the atmosphere but will not go again until the quality of the food improves. When the food was delivered to the table the food was cold. Did not send back since I had guests with me.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at pre-show lunch. It was a treat to be able to relax and dine prior to attending the show.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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