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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: 11:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00pm-9:00pm

Non-performance days:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: Closed
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) 315-2562

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (55)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for a Date (20)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Scenic View (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Business Meals (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
People Watching (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Cozy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Casual (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Fun (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and awesome food , enjoyed the view,

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Full off laughter

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The new menu items are terrific!
Have had the chicken and scallop entrees and both were delicious!
Looking forward to the next visit!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very slow service

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always a wonderful experience! We love making Artista a part of our theater experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good for Pre or Post Theatre (attached to Hobby Center.

Food is good, reasonable and staff is aware of time shows start

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food and service were great! I went before going to a musical and the menu was perfect!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a very nice pre-theater lunch. We were impressed that we were not rushed - we expected they might want to turn the table but that didn’t happen. Very lovely lunch before a great play at Hobby Center.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our waitress was attentive and helpful with menu options. The salmon on salads was delicious. We were served well and gently even though everybody in the restaurant needed to be out at the same time for a show.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Artista is always just average for the price. Our service this time was pretty awful. The only reason we go there is it's convenience to the theatre before a show. I don't think I'd go there otherwise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Overall we had a great dining experience; even though 2 out the 3 bottles of wine we selected were not available.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. We were there before a show and it was so convenient.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Good menu, food was well presented, staff friendly and professional, ambience was very good for a business meeting.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Not sure if they are under new management... i love good wine, and most days do not mind paying for great wine, however, a house wine should not be $16.95 a glass!!!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

After making a reservation 2 months in advance, we were seated in the upstairs area that looked like an afterthought. Better suited for a Chinese Buffett, not a 200 dollar dinner for two. I requested we be seated downstairs, and the manager told us everything downstairs is "reserved for big donors of the hobby center" and there was nothing he could do. This definitely made us feel second class and unappreciated. Never going back.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, outstanding service, very convenient lunch before a matinee at the Hobby Center.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Color Purple

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our reservation was for lunch. We were unaware that Artista was under new ownership which did not include a prix fixe or lunch menu, only a pricey dinner menu. Our meal was well prepared and presented but not worth the excessive price. Our server was pleasant but poorly trained, we waited at various times for simple things like placing our orders, bringing a requested beverage straw and additional napkin and after 90 minutes we had to ask for the check in order to rush to our theater seats. It's unlikely that we will return.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Highly recommended! The unique location of the restaurant offers a view of downtown. The service was very dependable and prompt, and the food was delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants. Go to Artistas before all Broadway and Tuts shows

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Cold food and mediocre at best. Wouldn’t go back except for convenience

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food quality and size of proportions not represented as per the menu. Did not have hot tea as on the menu. Service was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was tasty and our waiter was in training, he made some rookie mistakes but that wasn't what bothered me. I ordered the trio which is three meats: lobster, fish and steak. The plate I received only had the steak and lobster. I pointed it out to the manager and he offered a free dessert. I politely declined as we had a VIP Experance before the Nutcracker and they would be serving sweets. He then offered to bring out the missing fish. I, again, declined because the VIP Experance was starting soon and I didn't want my daughter sitting in a restaurant waiting on my fish when she could be enjoying something I payed for. The manager went back-and-forth with me a bit before finally agreeing to ajust my bill. Upon receiving the bill a discovered my bill was adjusted $5. HE TOOK $5 OFF OF A $120 BILL! I took it as a big F-you. The meal cost $48 and I only received one third of it, one third of 48 is 16, not 5. Taking half off the meal would have been acceptable and appreciated or even $20 off, but $5... why bother.
Other than the manager, our experience was a nice one.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Beware!! They have eliminated the Matinee menu and not added a lunch menu. $38 dollar entrees and up for lunch! $5 plate charge when we split the fish. Food was good quality and service was good as always. However, it’s really an awkward lunch menu. Maybe add some salads with protein? Or soup and salad combos? Many people spent a lot of time looking at the menu confused and then ordered off the appetizer menu or soups/salads and that was it. Probably won’t be back unless the menu offerings improve. What happened to the excellent halibut? Plaintain crusted chicken? Burger? All had been eliminated. Have been going to the restaurant since it opened and always look forward to going before a show. Very disappointed.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I am disappointed they removed the lunch menu and increased their prices. Sadly I’d encourage others to look elsewhere for better value for money.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food and Service as always! We come here before the theatre and they have a great atmosphere.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I have been to the restaurant many times in the past, both as a company function and personally. It was always a great experience.

But this time the entire visit was a disaster. There were only 7 tables occupied and it took 17 minutes for a waitress to come to our table. We ordered 3 entrees and 2 served were not what we ordered and the fish on the wrong entrees was served cold. We ordered a child's chicken meal and they brought shrimp. We asked for lattes at the end of the meal and were told they didn't serve them ... we had to show the waitress they were on the menu.

I had to ask twice to speak to the manager ... he offered a free desert but did not offer to fix the wrong meals. Then charged us full price ($45-$50) for entrees that were inedible.

Overall a very disappointing experience.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good experience but way too expensive.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Cold food and slow service which did not improve despite complaining.
Don’t waste your money there are many better places than this.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent place to enjoy a the company of family surrounded by great food and wine. The overall customer service was EXCELLENT!! - Customers comes first. The staff provided tips and kept us on time not to miss our after dinner plans. Great place for any special occasion

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I love Artista. It's the perfect place to eat before a show at Hobby Center. I have never been disappointed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Date w my daughter and show

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 20, 2017

To noisey. Kids jumping around and manager moved us instead of reminding parents that a restaurant is not a playground. Food not great.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lovely wait staff - food was fine

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Huge disappointment. The service was not good at all. Waiter was not attentive and we never got drink refills, nor did he tell us about any off the menu items. The Manager would not accept the gift card that was issued through open table that was specifically for Artista. The food was just ok. For the price of an entrée of $45 , you would expect it to be great, and its just not. I don't recommend.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were seated upstairs at a square table. The table leaves under the table hit all four of our knees (it obviously could also be converted into a round table)
My husband and I both order the special trio and surf and turf - you would think the specials would be special... they were served cold and the fish was dry and cold. The steak was cooked nicely but it was cold. Not one of our meals was hot and we were there on Sunday at 5:45. My kids ordered the roasted chicken and it looked reheated by the tough texture of the outside and it was served room temperature if not almost cold. The fried potato things on my plate tasted refried/reheated and were cold. The service was not bad, they were kind but they were not trained well.
I wanted to have a nice dinner before the theatre but was disappointed. I used to eat here for business lunches and don’t recall it being so chain-like and bad. I wish the manager and chef would take more pride in their work. I guess since it’s hooked to the hobby, they are not hurting for customers so they can get away with cutting corners the food preparation and quality.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This a great place for when you are going to the show. I have been here many times but this time I was a bit disappointed in our main server. The support staff was wonderful. Just our main waitress fell short of my expectations. Food was wonderful!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lucy was outstanding, great suggestions and service, friendly. Wanted everyone to have a memorable experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love the food, the view at night and the ambiance.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good food and convenient.

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