Cafe Annie (FKA RDG + Bar Annie)

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1587 reviews
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Cafe Annie is a casual elegant dining restaurant serving innovative regional cuisine. Under the guidance of owner, Robert Del Grande (nominated by The James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef 2010).
Cafe Annie has been named one of the best 10 restaurants by Forbes , MSN and Texas Monthly. With sleek,contemporary design, neon couches, and high ceilings, RDG/ Bar Annie is a handsome space that serves the most consistently astonishing food in Houston.

Please note: Due to the cozy size of THE PRIME ROOM, please contact us directly for reservations for THE PRIME ROOM. At this time, online reservations are for Café Annie main dining only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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CL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food is just ok. It’s lacking on flavor. The quail was really good. However, the pheasant was really bad. It’s not on the same level as other restaurants like Doris Metropolitan, B&B Butchers, UB Preserve, etc.

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FF
Houston
110 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our neighborhood favorites, always! Best tortilla soup in town!

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business lunch with great food and our server was excellent. The chocolate brownies with our coffee was a nice touch.

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

New Year’s Eve

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DK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been a while since we have dined at Cafe Annie (formerly RDG, formerly Cafe Annie). It is nice to see that Chef Robert DG has modified the menu from hit or miss French dishes to one with a wonderfully upscale Texas flavor: Oysters, tuna carpaccio, redfish, steaks, and lobster (ok, so lobster is not from Texas, but it was still good). Adrian was a very attentive and pleasant waiter who made a spectacular meal a special event.

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SA
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to go this restaurant (with the first being years ago at their original location). We now live in Austin and when we found ourselves coming into Houston the weekend of our anniversary, we decided to make reservations. We were not disappointed. They made us feel special with complimentary glass of champagne, exceptional service and the food was fantastic. We will be back.

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n
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant and the food is always dependable and delicious.
We were seated in the bar area as they had closed the large restaurant down for a party or so they
said. We did not see people going in there, so we sat at a tiny bar table for a full dinner.
That was a disappointment.

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S
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menus, excellent food, excellent margarita and excellent service.

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J
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

5 ladies...we all were impressed

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R
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old friends enjoyed our annual Christmas lunch at Cafe Annie on Wednesday. The food was wonderful and also the atmosphere was, too! We will be back!!!

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F
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My wife ordered the ribeye and I ordered the filet. Her steak was cooked as ordered but was very salty And had an odd taste. My steak was also cooked to order but was very fatty and chewy which is odd for a filet. The taste was not very good either. They offered side sauces to sample and they were all bad. We ordered fries and mashed potatoes as sides. The fries were cold and very crunchy (not in a good way). My mashed potatoes were very cheesy and stringy and tasted funny.

We have been to RDG multiple times and Cafe Annie before. Normally the food is good. This time it was terrible.

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l
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best steak in Houston

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JR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I would not recommend this restaurant. One of our party became sick after eating a Caesar salad. The food was overpriced and the dishes were just fair. Our waiter was friendly but not very helpful. Never returned to ask how our food was. This restaurant is listed as one of the better places to eat in Houston, but I believe that the chefs have changed and so has the quality. Much better choices are available.

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RU
Palm Springs
59 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cafe Annie’s returns to its old standards. Vibrant, excellent food and service.

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SJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive service, nice atmosphere!

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FB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary there and they went over the top to make it a wonderful and memorable event. Fantastic food. Cocktails. And all round evening. Absolutely wonderful.

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FF
Houston
111 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a nice quiet dinner and great bottle of wine. Loved the quail dish!

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M
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a relatively quiet Monday evening, a few couples and several large groups. Weather hadn’t been great and road construction on Post Oak Blvd currently. First time in the new location, my last visit was the original location 15 or more years ago. Setting and ambience was impeccable and contemporary. Cafe Annie continued its tradition of great food, service and atmosphere.

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SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World Class on every level! Food was insanely good and service was impeccable.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found everything about our evening wonderful. The ambience, the drinks, the service and the food!

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LB
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just and awesome experience , EVERYTHING was excellent , highly recommend

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OT
Houston
130 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been in ages. Really glad it's still there and presumably doing well. That said, I was a little taken aback by how sparse the crowd was on a Friday night. Maybe it's the construction on Post Oak. LaTable Chateau/Marche next door was pretty sparse as well. I bet North Italia around the corner was hopping though.

I forgot my reading glasses, which renders menus useless for me, and maitre'd Alberto lent me his, which was very friendly. Our server was very helpful and friendly as well.

Loved my redfish with chilaquiles. Little underwhelmed by the ceviche and the crab cake (which my GF mused may have come off the kids' menu because it was so small), but they were fine. Really good house salad and broccolini. Very cool upscale casual elegant vibe/ambiance, but again not a very lively crowd because it was so sparse. The couple at the next table didn't dig their steaks, surprisingly.

The other thing that struck me was that for a long, long time there were about two restaurants of this caliber in Houston - Cafe Annie and Tony's. Now there are lots and lots. Cafe Annie is still top-notch, but it's a much more crowded field now, which makes it much more difficult to stand out. The best part is that it's got no chainy vibe whatsoever. It's still a uniquely Houston place and among the best of the best.

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T
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding and very attentive without being overbearing. Myself and a friend went for HRW and to celebrate my birthday. They put a happy birthday sign on the wall and my table which was super cute. During dessert they also gave us 2 glasses of champagne to celebrate. The food was delicious and we would definitely come again.

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JW
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice. Went for the restaurant menu and it was tasty and generous. Very good atmosphere, quiet and good service.

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M
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Love everything about this place.

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h
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fabulous lunch and wait staff the best It was restaurant week and had the special. Treated like a regular.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Cafe Annie with friends and enjoyed the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. The appetizers were all good, and entrees of redfish, shrimp with scallops and steak were also delicious. Personally, we did not care for the chilaquiles with the redfish as it was too much like migas, but the fish was good. For dessert, the fig brownie and strawberry sundae were good, but the chocolate mousse was tiny so that is a pass. Service was excellent. We will be back!

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were celebrating our 29th anniversary 28was canceled last year by Harvey.
We were greeted from the beginning by cheerful employees and things only got better. Our table was decorated for the occasion and really made us feel special. Our waiter was on his game and had some great suggestions for us. We started with the Gulf Crab Tostadas that were excellent and complemented well with the 2 accompanying sauces. Both the filet and rabbit were perfect, paired with mushrooms and roasted corn. The meal was completed by a richly flavored bread pudding and fruit cobbler. We will return again and have always been well pleased since they have opened.

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AP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I haven’t been back to Cafe Annie in a few years. They have lost their touch.
A friend wanted to try it for HRW. It was lackluster. Oysters room temperature. Entrees tasteless and desserts sub par. Waiters lacked personality and enthusiasm. Beautiful restaurant- but no depth.

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KC
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

one of my favorite Houston restaurants for many, many years. Was seated in a separate room which was obviously understaffed. Waiter was polite, friendly and helpful- but clearly overwhelmed.

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D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service on Houston.

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OB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Sommelier was not familiar with wine. He was not attentive to our tastings. Due to his lack of knowledge and rudeness, we walked out on our dinner reservations.

Within 5 minutes of walking distance, we enjoyed great service/wine/dinner at La Table.

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GC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu at the lovely Cafe Annie. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is modern and romantic. Service was perfect!

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GP
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived earlier than other 2 couples, were so grateful they helped us arrange the type of seating we really wanted !!!

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CB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food - innovative and delicious; service - attentive and interactive just enough; atmosphere - lovely, exquisitely casual.
Overall it was all outstanding.

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l
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We had a wonderful dinner.

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SA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to this Cafe Annie's as our annual anniversary since this is the place where we had dinner on the night of the engagement and we had our reception here as well. We always like this restaurant. The service and food is usually fantastic. We had a table reserved for us with a "Happy Anniversary" sign, with complimentary glass of champagne and dessert. Everything was very good as always. This was my first time ordering pheasant, and I don't think I will order it again. The flavor was good due to sauce, but the bird was tough... I am not blaming the restaurant its just the nature of the wild game.

Appetizers were great, we had oysters and ceviche - exceptionally fresh.

Complementary dessert was pecan pie with vanilla ice cream and flour less chocolate cake. Both were exceptional, especially pecan pie, and neither of us are fans of pecan pies.

Overall, it was fantastic.

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JE
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Took in a Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. Food was good, well prepared, but just average for the extensive HRW menus in town. The facility, however, is aging. A/C condensation leak in dining area has been there for years. Downstairs lobby windows were filthy - nearby road construction?? The fixtures in the bathrooms were dull, corroded and loose in the lavatories. All says someone is waiting out their lease.

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K
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The carpaccio is one of my ten all-time favorite food dining pleasures.

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WB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

3 of us had the fish and it was awful. Soup good and pear dessert was hard and not tasty. If this is how you want to impress new people to your restaurant it is not the way to do it. Waste of money even though it was restaurant week

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