Cafe Annie (FKA RDG + Bar Annie)

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1621 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.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Amazing food!

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ST
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific seafood. Great atmosphere. Amazing service. You wil not be disappointed.

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Houston
37 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 34th anniversary there. Such special memories of the old days when we had more disposable income before kids and spent many special occasions and New Years Eve dates at Cafe Annie. Robert and Mimi have kept those times alive to this day with the delicious food and impeccable service. The dining area and bar are beautiful Hats off to Enrique for being the most awesome and attentive waiter possible. Hoping to spend many more special occasions with you.

Linda and Kelly Younger

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always amazing, fresh and superbly executed, innovative and bright, and the waitstaff is probably the best in town. Robert and Mimi (chef and owners) are always the consummate hosts. Cafe Annie is a very special restaurant.

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AV
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Annie made our anniversary very special. Thank U!!

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DO
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with complexity and nuanced flavor. Service was excellent. Wonderful patio for after dinner espresso and dessert.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super awesome assisting in this celebration.

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S
New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Appeared to us as though this place was struggling. The large inviting dining room has now been closed off an dedicated to private events. What use to be table seating in the bar area is now the dining room. The place was only half full at 8:00 and there was no one at the bar which in the past was a bit of a hot spot. . Food quality was good but the atmosphere was such that you just wanted to eat and get out of there.

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TX
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treating ourselves to a relaxing and elegant evening out. The food was appropriately elegant and the ambiance comfortably quiet.

We worried to each other that the place was less than half full: I hope that’s not an ominous sign for the future of such a classy restaurant.

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WC
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance are consistently excellent, as they have been for decades. Still one of Houston's best restaurants. Robert and Mimi are always outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, service, & ambience!! Great for dates!

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d
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the restaurant accommodate us with a quick change of diners from a party of 6 to 8. within minutes we were seated promptly. service and food were excellent. we will definitely be back again

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TN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is not good as before

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TR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

When we arrived for our 7 pm reservation, we were told that Open Table was not supposed to allow reservations for 5 and that it would "be a while" before they could seat us. The restaurant was very empty at the time, and there were many open tables for 5, but the hostess would not seat us because she said those tables "were reserved." This was very annoying because we had a reservation! We were offered a table for 4 in the bar, which we declined because we had five people. Eventually we were seated, but we were made to feel uncomfortable and unwanted -- like we had done something wrong by making a reservation online. It was a bad start to the evening and tainted the entire night. I emailed the restaurant about this on Saturday evening but the restaurant did not respond.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Cafe Annie, and it was everything I expected and more. Cafe Annie made our Valentines Day celebration pleasant and unforgettable at the same time. I can't say enough about the superb wine selection and amazing entries. If you are looking for a venue to make an impression on group of people, or to simple have an intimate romantic evening, I would highly recommend Cafe Annie.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall though my date ordered a medium-well new york stip steak & it did come out bloody & very rare, it was more like it was just seared on both sides & not cooked fully.

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

It was Valentine’s Day and 4th date with this lady. I generally don’t like dining on Valentines because of the crowd and fixed menu.
We were promptly seated a little before our reservation time. Despite the crowd, the noise level was surprisingly lower than I would expect. The menu provided a broad range of options, many more than other restaurants of comparable quality. As usual, the service was excellent despite a full dining area. Best of all, the experience led to a future 5th date :)

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time having dinner with my sister, who lives in California and was only in town for 1 night. Cafe Annie and the staff made it very special for us. Thank you!

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OT
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as always.

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ML
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service impeccable but food just didn’t have the “wow” factor I expected from RDG. Shrimps in the 20-pc cocktail were small and a little overcooked. Steaks were cooked correctly (med-rare) but nothing special in terms of taste/flavor. Sides wee OK. Pecan pie dessert, however, was outstanding.

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i
Houston
74 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dishes all have inventive touches using mostly familiar ingredients. The quality is outstanding throughout. Even better was the extraordinary service. The staff were respectful and playful while glad to accommodate our needs and desires. We were celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary and found ourselves treated like honored guests. We will definitely be back.

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

I visited Cafe Annie with my husband for an early dinner. They do have a happy hour but only on some of their appetizers and drinks. We opted for our favorite cocktail instead but did get to take advantage of one of the appetizers. We don't eat big meals so I was pleased that an entree could be split, the meal was served on two plates and had a beautiful presentation. since it was happy hour, the noise level was higher. Otherwise, I would love to return to try another dish at a later hour for quieter atmosphere.

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l
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful business lunch. The food was delicious and enhanced by the expert service.

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RP
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was fine, not outstanding. Moderate value

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RP
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

after all of these years, a bit disappointed. Food was great but service was mediocre and noise level was too high

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EG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Renfari was wonderful. Will definitely return-one if my new favorite spots!

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CG
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful quiet place for a business lunch. Many great lunch choices on the menu for both hearty eaters and those wanting a light lunch.

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Houston locally owned place....don't let the construction on Post Oak keep you from this one of a kind culinary gem.

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been my favorite restaurant in Houston for many years, still living up to their great food and atmosphere reputation!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was nice but very slow. The food was not good.

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DT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, super nice and accommodating staff. Service was just a little slow. We had a great time and will for sure be back.

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AR
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was all fabulous. The only thing was 3 small children were sat behind us and it did take away from our quiet dinner. Very distracting!!!

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AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!!!

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LH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Totally empty, food just ok. Blah.

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CL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
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
115 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
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 December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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DK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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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