Down House

4.3
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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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m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great! Our server was Ryan and he was attentive but didn't hover and answered a multitude of questions from our group. Our meals were also good, but due to ordering & delivery issues a few things were not available. Will go back again for another try.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious drinks and conversation that was out of this world.

DS
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cozy and inviting on the inside. Korean Fried Cauliflower is amazing. Shrimp and grits was a little skimpy on the shrimp (3), but tasty and pretty satisfying nonetheless. Wait staff was polite and attentive.

S
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Pork Chop I've ever had. It's great food with a local atmosphere for a neighborhood price.

OT
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Really bad service from waiter. Food was underdone except fries which were overdone

TO
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good experience at downhouse. Great waitress and also good food

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for a table but decided to sit at the bar since the Astros game was on. There is only 1 tv in the restaurant. Food and service was great. So were the cocktails.

M
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice all the way around. Great and efficient service and thoughtful fiod that tastes great. Fairly priced

LT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some friends from out of town and we had a great time and great food!

M
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Heights neighborhood bar vibe with some interesting libations and waaaay above avwrage pub grub. It is a 'gastropub' after all! Casual and good!

KP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I would but ONLY for the Moscow Mule and desert. My appetizer was hood and my dessert was amazing. Unfortunately, the steamed vegetables had a horrible and unidentifiable taste.
I'll try one more time.

j
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was good, and the service was excellent, Chase did a fine job

AT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked via Open Table, but Down House refused to honor the reservation. The hostess claimed that Open Table was booking reservations by mistake that night, and rather than come up with a solution, they offered us no options but to put our name at the end of the list. We went elsewhere as a result.

QO
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and nice atmosphere. We ate outside of normal hours for what it's worth.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff!

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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!

KR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

D
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

K
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

JJ
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

g
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JM
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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.

OT
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LO
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Highly recommend the salmon dish!!!

OT
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

HP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HK
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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!

F
Houston
119 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

l
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Took the bf for his birthday brunch. Neither he or myself were a fan. Perhaps were in the middle of a staff shift, or it was just really slow and was overlooked. All in all, service was not great and the food was not that much better. We ordered the shrimp and grits just to get something. It was bland. We finished our drinks and left.

MM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

KK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

BW
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

PJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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