Diana American Grill

4.2
159 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Diana American Grill is now open, offering lunch Tuesday through Friday, and pre-theater dinner on show nights.
Our website www.dianaamericangrill.com for update menus and specials.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(713) 315-2562
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Restaurant available for buy-outs, please contact us for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Walker/Rusk
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Parking details
Valet parking provided by Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Secured parking garage also available.
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Entertainment
piano, rat-pack, jazz
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 159 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
ambience
3.8
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OT
Houston
97 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beauty & the beast with the family. Great show and the the food and service was great.

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OT
Houston
98 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matinee with granddaughter was excellent.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We had been to this restaurant before and it was a much better experience. On this occasion we were disappointed with the quality/presentation of the food. I highly recommend you discontinue the inclusion of the sardine/anchovy with the Caesar salad. That did not start the meal off well. The dressing on the salad was also quite bitter. While our steaks were good, my daughter’s potato soup was supposed to have some chicken included and there was very little. My Gulf Snapper entree was also very disappointing. It was quite tough.

While disappointed with the food, our service/server was pretty good. We did provide feedback to him on the salads.

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MH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nic our waitress was outstanding

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OT
Houston
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch, we really enjoy the view, food and service.

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DF
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

As a TUTS member for years I have always had lunch at the restaurant before my Saturday 2pm performance. I am disappointed that the new owners have not started a Theater price fixe menu. That was a great value when Artista's was there. I hope they decide to add that soon.

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OT
Houston
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your typical restaurant, is more like theater oriented restaurant. Service was great and profesional. Food was delicious and we had no complain about it.
This our 4 time since they open. And this time everything was much better for us.
Marcello stop by a couple time to double check on us.

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S
Houston
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre theatre dinner. Amazing service.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was pricey and tasted average at best. I don't think it was worth the price and probably would not go back again. Our waiter was good, but must have been new. He made a few mistakes, but nothing we really cared about. It was more annoying that another nearby waiter kept correcting his mistakes right in front of us. It was awkward for us and for our waiter I'm sure. Its ok to correct mistakes, but don't do it in front of the costumers. It's just unprofessional. Also, we were seated right by the entryway to the kitchen, so we would often have a group of waiters standing there right next to our table...which was weird. For dessert we had a cheesecake. It was good except for the crust...neither my husband or myself liked the crust at all.

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j
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The pimento cheese appetizer is delicious! The shrimp cocktail was ok too. However the Diana salad with added grilled chicken was pretty below par.

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ME
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Meal was unimaginative but the restaurant is very convenient for the Hobby Center. The menu is fairly limited, sauce on the expensive red snapper was very bland. We give the restaurant an A for convenience, but a C on food. Staff were attentive but lacked polish.

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OT
Houston
98 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great matinee dinner, our waitress was great, sebi.
food was delicious and the show was great the beauty and the best.
Perfect day for me and my daughter..

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First play and lunch in a great restaurant for my five year old granddaughter.

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OT
Houston
98 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at Diana, and this time service was perfect and food was delicious. Good job Marcello. thank you for answering my first email and making sure everything was up to hobby standard.

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TC
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

A beautiful, very pleasant setting. Obviously very convenient before or after a Hobby Center theater performance. Food very attractive, service very pleasant. That said, it's a bit pricey. And — for our personal taste — several dishes were too spicy. (Other Houstonians may well have other preferences, of course!) So for us, it's a nice place, but not likely one we'll visit frequently.

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

The whole experience was very pleasant. The cuisine is absolutely fabulously fresh and delicious. Be sure to try their homemade pimento cheese appetizer. You will not be disappointed.

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C
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pre-theatre lunch with my granddaughter. Does not compare with Artista’s but it was ok. Overpriced and fewer selections. Snapper was well prepared.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the theater. The service is outstanding. Food is good, and like so many other reviews, arrives so quickly. The convenience of having the restaurant right here is a plus. Make your reservations early, they fill up pretty quickly especially for the better shows. Don’t show up hoping they can seat you at the bar or a table. If you want to eat without a reservation you’ll need to hope you can find a table for the Bistro area of the grand lobby. We’ll be back.

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CB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Loved Artista for its great choices if food. This menu is limited and heavy and expensive.

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LG
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Very disappointed. This was our first visit after Artista closed and we were really hopeful that Diana would become a favorite. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are too few appetizers to choose from and they are small and definitely not "For The Table" which implies quantities to share. The shrimp were poorly cleaned and the dish was overpriced. We all had steak and not one was properly cooked and they were not seasoned at all. Wine list is acceptable, but over priced. The menu seems to be mostly salads. I could not have identified the potato soup as potato soup if I had not known what it was supposed to be. It was very bland and watery. Overall, this restaurant does not uphold the quality of what a theatre restaurant should be.

Our server was wonderful. She was attentive, prompt and took very good care of us.

The chef visited tables to check on his customers, but could have spent time better in the kitchen overseeing the preparation of the food.

After close to ten years of having Artista to enjoy before the show, Diana is not up to par. I doubt we will go back, unless the menu changes drastically and the quality improves.

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j
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. Ordered our meal , appetizer arrived quickly which was fine , before we were finished our mains arrived , sent them back till we had finished appetizers then the same food came back cold , sent them back for hot food . Ordered espresso to finish but received terrible tasting coffee in an espresso cup , no crema on the top and a light brown color , sent back ! Paid the check and left . Will not go back . Poor food for expensive price .

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G
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had tickets to Phantom and decided to try the new restaurant Diane that replaced Arista. The layout was similar and a bit more relaxed. The menu items were interesting and presented opportunities to delight. It did not. The flavor was not unique or inspiring. It tasted okay but not what was expected for the price. I had the snapper and my wife had the lobster pasta. The doneness of the protein was exact and the texture of all accessories were excellent. It was the expected taste wow that wasn't there. For desert we had the carrot cake which had more frosting and "sauce" than cake.

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C
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Everything was delicious. Our waiter was so great (Oseas G). He recommended a really great wine and had a fantastic personality. I gave it 4 stars for value because I though the wine list for bottled wine was a little pricey, but overall it was worth it.

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AP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here before a theatre show. Service and food were excellent. We also had a great view of the skyline.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Jonathan the bartender took very good care of us and was very helpful and friendly. Marcelo the GM couldn’t have been more grateful to host us and made arrangements to come back during our next show - Beauty and The Beast with the kids!

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This restaurant replaced the former America's Restaurant in Hobby Center. I had the ribeye which was not very high quality. Other than ambiance of the view of down town and location in Hobby Center, it just was not that appealing. We'll look for other options for next meal before a theater experience.

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DS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, I had to pour my own $70 bottle of wine, couldn't get the dirty dishes removed without asking, and had to get fresh silverware from the next table. This is an Aramark run restaurant and it shows, they run it like any other convention or sports stadium restaurant not like the upscale restaurant it should be.
The food was at best average at high prices. The crab appetizer was all sauce and the presentation was terrible.
I'd really hoped the new management team here would succeed. They won't.

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TP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My chicken was excellent. My wife’ Salad was good but the dressing left a lot to be desired. The view from our booth was very nice.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant right in Hobby Center and perfect before the show. Wonderful menu I had the veal chop with the Asparagus Salad w| Roasted Bacon & Chopped Egg Sauce. The view looking out at the downtown skyscrapers lit up against the dark sky set the scene. Excellent service. Highly recommend. Look forward to going soon again.

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D
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

It’s just not the same... wine and cocktails are expensive and so is the food. The atmosphere is a bit “cooler”... all in all, I miss Artista and their food offerings. I will go to the lobby cafe as opposed to Diane for pre show dining.

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KB
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable and delicious! Great food presentation

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R
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first diding experience at Dianna’s and we were very impressed. The service, food and atmosphere were wonderful !

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d
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bennie our server was great as were the overall service staff. Great ambience decor. Food was good ( I’m a foodie and really critical on food) but not great. Would go back.

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F
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Negatives: it was VERY expensive and entree was so-so, bread was awful.

Positives: Convenient when seeing a show.

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KM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Artista, the prior restaurant at this address, because of the convenience prior to attending shows at The Hobby Center. Diana's offers a much better variety on their menu and the quality exceeded expectations. Service was attentive and helpful with suggestions and we enjoyed the change in décor from its predecessor. We will look forward to being repeat customers.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The service and ambience were very good, but the food was mediocre. There are no vegetarian entrees. We had a rather greasy pimiento cheese spread, extremely bland potato soup and an unremarkable salad. The carrot cake tasted under baked. Disappointing food, but the interior is lovely and it's very convenient for a pre-theater meal. Might be a better experience if you're a meat eater.

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N
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We really liked the new look of the restaurant and the menu. We did have a couple of food issues...the chicken on the sandwich ordered was raw in the center. It was returned to the kitchen and the second try was a success. The steak salad was good, but some of the steak bites were very tough (so tough had to be discarded). We will give it another try. Service was very good.

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JJ
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious & service was great! We always go there before the TUTS performance!

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OT
Houston
98 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the new Diana American Grill Maurice our server was fabulous.
The only thing was my steak was under cook, but the chef marcello come to the the table with a new one. And that makes everything g much better. Little dessert at the end.
Great costumer service by all the staff.

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IT
East Texas
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Diana American Grille is an interesting combination of upscale dining and fast food service. The recently opened upscale restaurant in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in an interesting enigma. The location is obviously extremely convenient for theater patrons. My wife and I had an early dinner before the 8 PM showing of Phantom of the Opera. The decor is somewhat modern and contemporary. We sat in the smaller upstairs loft area. The service was great and very attentive. We were not rushed and were able to take our time with each course. The wine and cocktail offerings are a bit limited, but, good.

The most mysterious part of the experience was the incredibly short amount of turn around time from placing your order to receiving your food. We literally ordered our salads and got them is less than a couple of minutes. Same with the main entrees, only a few minutes from taking our order to having them arrive at the table. This makes it feel like the food is prepared ahead of time and not really made to order. While our entree's were very good, they were not exceptional. I guess being primarily a theater crowd, this might allow them to maximize the number of people that can be served prior to the start of the show. It does make the experience feel more like a fast food restaurant.

So again, Diana is a good, convenient location for dinner before attending and event at the Hobby Center. As you would expect, it is a pricey menu. Just be prepared for a dichotomy of upscale dining and fast food service.

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