Diana American Grill

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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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.
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Houston
71 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastically convenient prior to or after theater! Bright, light and pleasant in the day time and elegant views of downtown at night. Enjoy a varied menu of choices that will (or should) meet everyone's desires. I especially recommend the house salad and the lobster mac and cheese side dish - together they make a great meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Maurice was an amazing waiter! He was attentive without hovering and knew the menus well enough to make great suggestions.

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

In the Hobby Center, connects to TUTS Theater so really convenient if you are going to the theater. Fast service since they know many customers are going to the theater. Highly recommended.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We’ll be back!

v
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my deceased mothers birthday with my sisters then the show

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We arrived a few minutes after 6pm with theatre tickets for 7:30. Waitress eventually got drinks and entree order. then came back and asked for entree order again. in the meantime people all around us who arrived after us were eating. but not us. eventually the three orders came. all were cold. not warm. cold. it was returned. shortly after 7pm the entrees arrived again. manager came by and comped dessert. all in all not a pleasant experience. we were rushed to make the theatre and took our drinks with us

SB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Diana. My friend and I go there every time we go to a show and the fabulous service and food are consistent every time

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Before theatre

CG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed our experience - not fond of the food, but I think it was just a bad choice on my part... I would go again and order something different!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but worth the splurge. Angie was our server and she was super helpful.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our waiter was not organized at all, and he was very short in his answers - bad day?

LZ
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The soup as always was spectacular. Wendell, our server, did an excellent job taking care of us. The restaurant was crowded but we never even noticed because everyone made sure we had everything we needed. We finished our meal with the cheesecake. This has to be hands down the best in the city. The nut crust is amazing! We have reservations for the next few Hobby Center shows and can’t wait to return.

R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect and convenient restaurant the play

JR
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent this time, and the food was great. We finished dinner in time to have dessert, and it did not disappoint. We will definitely go back before the theater.

R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service from Maurice was exceptional. The food was good but not great. The lobster on the surf & turf was ice cold. Drinks & dessert very good. It is a good place for convenience when going to the theater but wouldn’t go there otherwise.

H
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even when the restaurant is full, the service and food are outstanding. Always something new on the menu to try.

LE
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service. The restaurant was very crowded so it was kind of noisy. Only complaint I have.

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had some drink-pricing issues on our last visit and Marcello responded/apologized. We met Marcello this time and had a very nice chat. The salmon my wife had was done perfectly, the prime rib I had was excellent, and the lemon cheesecake dessert was outstanding.

We definitely will be back.

t
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While the appetizers were as food as ever, the Caribbean style crab cakes while wrm, were dried out. We asked for additional sauce to help moisten the crab cakes.

The wine selection was excellent and paired well with the food.

E
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family went before a play. Great service. Marcello was a wonderful host. The order included the Red Snapper, Rigatoni Pasta and Filet Mignon. Every dish was perfect. Of course, a nice wine list is available as well as wonderful cocktails. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and look forward to going back soon.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was it - one last try to be fair and really give it an honest shot (third times the charm they say). Ordered Prosecco, waiter brought Moscato and got an attitude when I asked him to exchange it (there’s a price difference - AND it’s not what I ordered). From that point forward his friendly demeanor was reserved for the tables surrounding us and he stopped by our table ONLY to ask if we wanted dessert and to give us our check. And believe me - we tried MANY TIMES to get his attention for drink refills and even for an extra utensil when my dinner guest dropped hers. The salmon and carmelized cauliflower was good but I hoped for a more flavorful experience based on the menu’s description. Also, it arrived at the table fewer than 5 minutes after we ordered - so the freshness of preparation was highly suspect. I just cannot justify the price ($120 with tip) with inattentive (somewhat dismissive) staff and good but not outstanding food.

I am saddened because the location is wonderful. If the staff were outstanding, I would still come to this restaurant - to me, they are its biggest liability. The staff’s behavior (and slack appearance - the hostess had on dangling HUGE Oujia board earrings - that doesn’t scream high-class fine dining establishment) is enough to send me down the road.

CW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The convenience of being the Hobby center makes this restaurant a good choice. The prices are high for what you get and as expected everyone is there to see the play so service stretched and not great. Our server was polite but overworked. Took forever just to get water. Other places that offer shuttles to the play downtown would be our first choice. Better food, better service for same price.

ME
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service, but not the place to go if you’re looking for value for your dollar.

KJ
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to have lunch before a show. Arthur was our waiter and he was very attentive to our needs. The food was well prepared and tasty.

MB
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, fine dining next to the doors to the theatre. Elgy our waitress was outstanding! highly recommended

C
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

It was a very disappointing experience after getting consistently high quality food and service when it used to be Artista. First the waiter was terrible, he lacked personality and had a way of creating awkwardness every time he approached our table and/or we had a request or question. Then the food... my friend and I ordered the rainbow trout and we could taste the oil that it was cooked in and it wasn't a pleasant taste that unfortunately lingered through the rest of the night. The spinach had no flavor and was dry and the steak fries were soggy. The wine and chocolate cake were the only good things we had. Given the prices we were expecting much better and do not recommend this place which is unfortunately conveniently located in the Hobby theatre.

j
Houston
142 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful; food was excellent; server was a little passive/aggressive (said he'd give us a few minutes, but kept coming back quickly, not giving us enough time to review menu - then after we finished our meal, he didn't come back to ask us about dessert very promptly).

MH
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Diana not long after it opened and I had previously written a partly negative review. The chef Marcello contacted me and persuaded me to return. Glad we did. Everything was excellent. They've gotten over the initial issues and now are a great place to eat. There were four of us, we all had different dinners and appetizers, and all were good. We'll eat at Diana every time we go to a show at TUTS, and some times even if we're not going to the theater. Highly recommended.

EG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a wonderful “adder” to a day at the theatre. Service and food are great!

DC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maurice was outstanding and took very good care of us. The service and food went complemented each other very good time was had by all.
THANK YOU

LW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family of four dined here prior to a showing of Aladdin. All was great, from arrival to departure. The food was wonderful, the service was prompt and pleasant, and the atmosphere was lovely. We very much appreciated the desserts and drinks given to us from Marcello Liberona, as promised from a prior review. We were still celebrating a recent anniversary, and dining here made it all the more memorable. I definitely recommend Diana American Grill, especially as a lovely, pre-show dinner.

JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! The food was great quality but pricey.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Great location for dinner before a show at Hobby Centre but unfortunately just a bad meal. Gulf etouffee described as having shrimp, scallops and etouffee sauce. Not a scallop to be found and more of a canned creole sauce than etouffee. Rice was severely underdone as well. Between the three of us, no one enjoyed their entree. Server asked us and others around us if we could pay cash as well and pointed out there was an ATM machine downstairs claiming issues with the credit card system saying it was taking a long time although I saw others pay with card. Poor experience overall.

BJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but it’s absolutely friggin’ ridiculous to get charged $18 for a Hendricks gin martini.

DR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but not great. Dessert was outstanding. Atmosphere great, other than one table that was loud by talking and laughing like they were in a bar. Beautiful place although under construction. General Manager was going table by table talking to people.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We decided to give Diana’s another try after a disappointing first turn. I still don’t accept it as “fine dining” but the wait staff in my section appeared a little better trained that the cafeteria-style staff we had last time. Baby steps I suppose. The food still has a way to go, but the carrot cake is outstanding.

M
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Since opening this restaurant has suffered from low quality food, uninspiring menu and careless service. It’s a shame. Artista was very good. The only reason this restaurant may survive is because of convenience. This is our third time to dine here. As season ticket holders this will be our last. Waste of money!

NS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

See share appetizers and salad before theater

Not a lot of choices to share and crab cakes were very small for the price

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful experience at the Diana American Grill. The service was outstanding and we really enjoy the space especially following the renovations. We had a small concern with one of the dishes we ordered and between the wait staff and the manager it was immediately address and corrected. Outstanding service. We recommend the Diana American Grill.

CB
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant has evolved since its opening. Much better prices, better service and the menu is more
varied. The chips and dip placed on the table is a nice touch. The special was a shrimp etoufee with scallop herb rice. It really was a shrimp creole and not an etoufee so a little disappointing. However, the carrot ginger soup appetizer course was very nice!

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