Babin’s Seafood House Willowbrook

4.3
173 reviews
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Babin's Seafood House offers you the finest taste of New Orleans, where we deliver a unique brand of hospitality, culture and cooking. South Louisiana customs come alive with authentic recipes, generous helpings and our Bon Temps hospitality.

There is nothing like soul-satisfying New Orleans style seafood. Sample our world-famous gumbo, made with dark brown roux and the Cajun trinity (bell peppers, onions and celery). Blue crabs from the Gulf of Mexico, catfish from the Atchafalaya swamps, oysters shucked to order and a whole fish filleted in-house bring New Orleans right to your table.
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Houston
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service

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CA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I think the food is good and the waitstaff is friendly. I don't remember the previous visit but this waiter worked hard to memorize the order. Having a waiter memorize an order isn't as important as getting it right.

We also had to wait for some of the food.

We like the food and would return. We just want to ensure the food is brought out at the same time and is accurate.

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DO
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Victoria was awesome. Sweet, courteous and professional. Did all she could to make our visit nice. There were 6 of us - 2 of our guests have cognitive issues and can be confused with a lot of noise, etc, but Victoria was kind, patient and did all that anyone could do to keep them satisfied.

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Q
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great, however service was about non-existent. Had to flag down servers to get water, butter, etc and it definitely was not crowded, so can’t be that they were overworked. Would go back for the food and hopefully better service.

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MM
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a great place for awesome seafood. The Golden tile was delicious but not what I expected. I am looking forward to coming back and trying their redfish!

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D
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. All 5 members of our group were delighted with their food. Great service.

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M
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

My husband and I have eaten at the Willowbrook at least three times in the past year, and our experience is usually about the same -- mediocre! The time before our last visit, it took an exceptionally long time to get our entrees. A black couple came in quite a bit after us. For whatever reason, they had a few words with the manager; and he and the waitress seemed to cater to them. We finally asked the manager why we hadn't gotten our entrees. He apologized and went to check on our order. Our entrees came out soon after that, and he gave us a business card for a free appetizer or dessert on our next visit there. This past visit, our waitress mixed up order. When we finally got our entrees, my husband's entrees were not correct; so they had to be taken back and redone. We've been to the Katy Babin's several times, and the service has always been good to exceptional. I''m not sure why the Willowbrook location seems to have sub-par service, but we've decided never to go there again.

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cocktails could have been a little stronger. Everything was delicious. Decor was a little rustic so we felt overdressed even in the slightly dressy outfit we wore. Overall, nice night out.

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c
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service throughout the visit, from the time we arrived until the time we left.

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BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A shout out to Courtney. She is courteous, efficient, friendly and an excellent server.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food was much better than expected. The waitress Deshay was very attentive. The overall ambiance of Babin’s failed my expectations is not what I expected, but that’s my fault since I did not do proper research it was sort of a spontaneous thing. Luckily, the food however was much better than the ambiance. I was very satisfied with my meal. We don’t eat out as much because I am an excellent cook and feel I can fix just about anything I get in your typical restaurant. Well let me say I had the Shrimp platter and it is indeed amazing. Unfortunately, the ambiance was a major turn off for me and I will most likely not dine here for quite some time...years.

The ambiance does not match the menu prices. There are chairs at the same table that didn’t match, the booth table was a tad too high for comfort while eating and overall the tables could use some simple white table cloths. This alone would give a different vibe and improve the ambiance. Aside from the food and service it looked like Golden Corral commercial.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

The service was horrible

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Yes but not on valentine's day. It seemed very chaotic and unorganized.

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SC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was good but we had our truck broke into and stuff stolen from truck!!!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Nice place but waitress got my order confused and the food wasn't tasteful.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was phenomenal! Courteous, very prompt, knowlegeable, and lovely to have as our waitress

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food but no music so all we heard was just people taking in the background

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GW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was Valentines Day and the restaurant was packed. The service was not up to the usual Landry’s standard.

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BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour was just what we needed. Great prices and great drinks. Food was fantastic. Nice portion sizes. Service was excellent

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W
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I made reservations weeks in advance as we had a show after dinner. There must have been 3-4 Hostess type young ladies at the front desk. We were seated immediately. We were showed to the first booth by the door, literally 5 feet from the kitchen, Hostess stand and what sounds like a Babin's manager in an intense phone conversation. We asked for something a little out of the traffic. The hostess paused for a brief second....I got the feeling we had just cratered the entire evening seating plan by her glance. But gave it no more thought as she moved us a few booths down..."Thank you for a nicer table"

15 minutes later we see a table that was seated after us greeted by a waiter, water...and attention. I went to the hostess and pointed to him, "Is that our waiter", She said "I believe so". "If he does not stop at our table after he finishes, could you ask him to". She said she would. I watched, nothing happened. + 5 more minutes...

I got up again, went to the waiter and asked him directly, are you my waiter? He said, "no I don't think so"...I turned to what looked like a potential supervisor and said "please find someone that can make that determination, get them to my table as we are thirsty and hungry. We do not even have water yet".

Thinking it was resolved as we did get a waitress quickly...turned out, she was stationed on the other side of the restaurant...We were "that table" on the other side of the restaurant and subsequently had "just too late" service the entire remainder of the evening. Not to mention appetizers, salad, and the main served all within 10 minutes. Management was good enough to pay for our appetizer but our issues was never really resolved...felt like we were sort of a burden and being hurried all at the same time.

Good tip for the waitress, an honest review for management, at least 3 of them I saw walking the floors and returning cards/receipts.

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FS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The server seemed confused and did not service our table in a timely manner.

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JE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Server was very good, but she had no support staff.

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s
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our visit to Babin's. It's a good value for quality food.

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I am a Ladry's member and this is one of our favorite restaurants we dine at regularly. We received a date night offer for 3 course meal for $35.00 each. We went Thursday night and enjoyed the selections. The waitress was pleasant but she was also very busy, it seemed they were short handed. We enjoyed our date night despite the long wait for our courses. We will keep coming back!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good except for the bread pudding. I didn't care much for the sweet sauce drizzled on my crawfish rolls. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. My server was very attentive.

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VA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent , my lady and I really enjoyed the food .
Our evening there was great.

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D
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place, close to home. Staff and management are top notch! Thank you for making my sons birthday enjoyable

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JB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Golden Tile with Crabmeat topping is fantastic. Also love file gumbo.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very good, everyone was happy with their meals.

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KJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very inexperienced server caused a business dinner for 7 to lengthen to 3 hours. She was insufficiently trained on the menu, drinks ordered, and how to wait tables. The restaurant was uncrowded when we arrived, but by the time we (finally) got our entrees, it was quite busy, which also contributed to the 3 hours. The appetizers were very tasty and were enjoyed by all (alligator, fondeaux, spinach dip, baked oysters, calamari), but the entrees were all overcooked and undersize. I do not intend to return to Babin's again.

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JJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only complaint I had was that the a/c was a little too cool to suit me and we were right under a vent. However it was tolerable

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KD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were traveling on business and grew tired of the restaurants in Tomball so we made the drive! It was delightful!

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

Great service and food!

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s
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

My food was cold and the shrimp were burnt. Everything else was good, Friends were happy so no need to complain. Everyone's food was hot so I didn't want to cause a fuss. Our waiter Rick was amazing! Thanks for a great evening.

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M
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Extensive fish menus, very good but not exceptional. Bread pudding with meringue topping- excellent!

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EW
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There lunch menu is extensive. All the food is excellent.

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NL
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent selection, nice ambiance and great staff. Salmon was fresh and delicious.

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The salad and stuffed shrimp was the best part of my meal. The rest of the meal tasted bland. The
highlight of our visit was the waiter who went above and beyond to make our experience a memorable one.

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A
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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g
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We waited for 6-7 minutes before a hostess showed up and then it was because we stopped a waiter to find her. As it turned out, it was the same person that had walked past us three times while we were waiting. The service was good, but the kitchen was extremely slow in getting our appetizers and our entrees to us.

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