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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
3
2
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (75)
Special Occasion (36)
Scenic View (30)
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Good for a Date (30)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Romantic (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Business Meals (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
People Watching (12)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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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.

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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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 (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.

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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 .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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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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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent food and service. Artista is a wonderful restaurant for before a show at the Hobby Center! Highly recommended!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place to dine prior to an event at the Hobby Center. Food is excellent.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our favorite restaurant when going to a show at the Hobby Center. Our wait person, Benny, was outstanding. He was always available and has a great personality. We will ask for one his tables each and every time we go.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We love Artista and its location by the Hobby Center. It's the perfect place to go before the theater.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had lunch with friends before a play!! We eat at Artista every time we see a play!! It’s part of the experience and we love it. I love the ambiance, the view of the city, the food, the staff!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Probably the worst entree I’ve ever eaten — over fried chicken with slabs of cheese 🤦🏻‍♀️

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I've been to Artista several times as I have season tickets for the theatre in the same building. Thought we would try it again and see if they had changed up the menu at all, but no, the same items are there. Even the specials are a combo of items on the menu with the addition of a lobster tail. I do understand the kitchen is working to produce many meals at once to accommodate patrons of the Theatre but I hope they can make some changes soon. My fish was not good and my server took it away and offered me a choice of a different dish or the same. I tried the same and was still disappointed. The STAFF ARE GREAT!

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious food, friendly staff and convenient when attending a show at the Hobby Center. We liked that we didn't have to valet twice since the restaurant was in the center itself. The food was amazing! Cooked perfectly and everything tasted so fresh. We will be dining there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Artista is a reasonable place to eat before a show at the Hobby Center. You pay for the convenience of being at the Center. The food is reasonable; the service is acceptable. The setting and view is very nice, but all in all, it is not special enough to warrant the price.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went to the Artista before the play at TUTS, as we usually do. Food was not as good and portion were small I had the 8 oz filet mignon. It was more like 6 oz. the scallops were small and over cooked. Service was nonexistent. We were almost late as the server disappeared with our credit cards for 15 minutes. Disappointing. Food is usually good and service incredible. Not tonight. Poor choice.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our food was meh...fairly good but nothing great and our service war close to nonexistent. Drinks forgotten, cold coffee served, etc. Its really convenient for theatre days but otherwise, I dont know if we'd ever go

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was our first visit to Artista and we loved it! Our waitress was extra special and the food was cooked to perfection

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Casual, Seasonal
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