Down House

4.5
217 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
An eclectic neighborhood restaurant featuring creative locally sourced food, craft cocktails, and a great selection of craft beers on tap. We take reservations for dinner service. Our Saturday and Sunday Brunch is available for Walk-in Service. To make reservations for groups of 6 or larger please call Down House.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff!

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Downhouse!! Once again it was a perfect evening. Great menu options, well priced, great ambiance.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Waitress was great and made good recommendations. Food was delicious and the vibe was awesome.

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1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went with friends for a mid-afternoon meal around 3:30pm on a Sunday. It was quiet, good music and great service with even better food and beverages! Not crowded at all since we missed the main lunch rush. We are eagerly anticipating returning for our next meal!

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KR
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great. We ordered the steak and blue cheese salad and the steak bowl (black beans, salsa, street corn) and a side of fries. Temperature on the steaks were correct. The spicy aoili was just okay. Service was a little slow. We had to flag down another server to get out server to place our order. We had been there nearly 30 minutes at that point. Water needed to be refilled as well.

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

Great server, nice farm-to-market menu and good drinks. The pastry chef just came from Common Bond, so the dessert was fantastic.

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

Good food. Happy hour deals are phenomenal. French fries are delicious.

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K
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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JJ
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food for all palates. Got caught in the transition between brunch and dinner and had to wait.

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Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a really laid-back place. Not too noisy. Food was really, good. Not a lot of items to choose from - but that was fine for us this particular evening. You can tell that what’s on the menu - they do a great job of making sure it’s delicious!

The BEST of what we all had: the cheese platter as an appetizer, chicken and waffles for dinner and the blackberry cobbler was incredible. We had other wonderful things - but these were my favorites.

Definitely visit! We’ll be back soon!

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JM
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The chicken pot pie barely contained chicken. I counted 4 small cubes. It was all biscuit on top.
The squash blossom appetizer was overly coated as was the fried cauliflower. Definite disappointment. Although the prices are moderate, the value is not there because the food is so poorly made.

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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a few drinks and a light meal!

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LO
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable environment, engaging staff and great food and drinks!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I recommend that you avoid this place. Terrible service. Had 7:15p reservation on a Fri night. Restaurant was not busy. Shown table and given menus and water by a hostess. That was the last help we received. We were not greeted by a waiter, asked about drink orders, or offered anything else. 10 minutes turns into about 15 minutes while we were ignored. It was kind of awkward as other guests were being helped. Went back to hostess stand. Told her I don’t normally complain, but no one has been to our table since you seated us ... could you help us? About 5 minutes later a young lady comes to our general area and says “that’s not my table” and walks away. Still no help. We decide to leave. Stopped at hostess stand one last time and asked to quickly speak to a manager. Hostess said sure, let me get him. About 5 minutes pass, no one arrives, we elected to no longer wait, and just left. Disappointing evening. It’s a shame because the menu and drink offerings look good, but the service was horrific. Went to Harold’s restaurant instead on 19th Street near Ashland. Warmly and promptly greeted. Go there instead.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Highly recommend the salmon dish!!!

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food! Very cute and secret gem. Food was delicious. Service was great at the hostess stand, staff all around and our waitress was Heather. It is a little dark inside, but great for groups at lunch.

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1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good prices for the experience, nothing super interesting on the menu but great value.

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HP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite breakfast place when in Houston! Try the shrimp and grits with a poached egg or the waffles and fried chicken..Yum!!

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HK
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was good but according to the reviews, I thought it would be better. Beautiful place though. Love the atmosphere. Would maybe try again. Server was nice!

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F
Houston
113 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great happy hours drinks. The food is southern home cooking. The Asian shrimp and grits was an unusual and deliciously different

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and too many choices of beer on tap. Could have made lots of meals off snacks and shares.

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KK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the concept and the menu options, including the value-added happy hour!

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BW
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was pleasant. The breakfast was a southern delight and the frozen sangria was refreshing.

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

Lunched at Down House at noon. Not crowded, so noise level was low, which pleased me. The waiter was very helpful to us making food selections. Service was excellent. Menu items have changed since I was last there, so will be returning soon to try them out.

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1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Down House, and if we are ever back in Houston, we will definitely be back to try more menu items. Service and food was excellent. Loved it!

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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a great vibe. Definitely want to go back and try more dishes - it was so hard to choose!

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Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was the best. Beck was bright and happy and pleasant when I really wasn’t, which really made my day sooo much better. I want to come back

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Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with everything - from the bartenders, the service, the food (fantastic!), the drinks, and the ambiance! I will be back and cannot wait to try everything on the menu - and then some!

What a great neighborhood treasure!

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D
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good bar and service. Fish and chips with curry sounds better than it is. The menu is rather limited. Okay place for a quick meal, but certainly not fine dining. .

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GC
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was rainy and crazy weather and we arrived late for our reservation. They couldn't have been nicer, in spite of how busy they were. We sat in a side room that was quiet--perfect for my mom who has hearing issues in a noisy restaurant.
We were also on our way to a local theater and were now on a tight schedule. Our waitress was on it and got us served quickly and on our way.
The food was perfect for a rainy night--fresh and hot and delicious!
Many thanks and we'll be back.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience

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Houston
44 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service

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

Great food, great service. I was concerned because I brought a toddler with me but the attention from the server helped us keep her busy and quiet. Lovely evening

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JN
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chicken pot pie was delicious! Our waitress was wonderful and very patient with our indecision of what to order. She offered good advice and we thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and dinner!

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

Met friends for a much needed support session!

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j
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is good and the place has a great feel... but service was very slow. Our server was hustling, but our table felt ignored.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Emily’s service was fantastic and the food was great.

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

Introduced two new fans to DownHouse. They loved it!

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TG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Neat little place with excellent food and drinks. Very enjoyable atmosphere - my son picked it for his 18th birthday dinner and he really liked the restaurant and the food. Sunday afternoon around 5, so the place was relatively quiet and not very busy.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food we had while in Houston.

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