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Eculent

4.6
47 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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Welcome to eculent, where chef David Skinner is breaking the boundaries that a typical dining experience would create.
The first restaurant in the United States to create a fully immersive multi-sensory dining experience, eculent combines food with state-of-the-art technologies to create a custom atmosphere and ambiance for each course.

Chef Skinner describes eculent’s cuisine as modern farm-to-table. Which means using only the freshest local ingredients prepared using the most modern techniques available. Many of the techniques and preparations used have been developed and tested at eculent’s fully equipped food lab.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 7.00pm -10.00pm; Friday - Saturday: 6.30pm - 10.00pm
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Phone number
(713) 429-4311
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Christopher Skinner
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Additional
Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.6  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
3.8
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kristine (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

This was our first time dining at a gastronomy restaurant. I enjoyed touring the food lab - seeing all the ingredients from around the world and equipment.
This is truly a unique dining experience -they changed the lights, music, pictures on the wall, and even the scents within the dining room with each course. We even ate with scented forks. We both enjoyed the approximately 25 courses. The price is expensive, but they only have 1 seating per night to a maximum of 18 people. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. Chef Christopher came around and talked with each guest -asking them what their favorite dishes are. Chef Christopher said he changes the menu every 4-6 months so there is always something new.

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vipArneB (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Eculent serves a very different style of culinary experience. When you go, you do not just pay for food, but for the experience of molecular dining. At least a 12+ course menu for not more than 16 guests per evening. The food is very tasty, a joy for all senses. Service is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

This place is a Cant-Miss! As Bostonians would say, it's Wicked Awesome! The entire experience will blow you away! I can't give it away... but the food lab they use to change and alter their food, will have you reaching the outer realms of what your imagination can fathom, when it comes to the possibility of food. I can't say enough.....you must go.

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Chaztble42 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a true culinary experience! If you're interested in a Cirque du Soleil experience with food this will being a treat.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

We received a Groupon from family to celebrate our engagement. Neither of us had been to a dinner like this before and it was an awesome experience. We enjoyed trying all of the different food and flavors. Would definitely recommend this to friends for a special occasion or anniversary due to the pricing being a bit on the high side.

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vipKatyB (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

This is the second time we have been here in two months. The food is unique and is very tasty. The chef comes out and talks with the guests. He is very delightful and interesting to talk with.
Blake is the host/ server. He is nice but needs to remove his scripted talk. There were 4 tables with 2 people each and he says the exact same thing to every table, word for word. Having been in a service industry, he should try to get to know the people by name since there are so few. Also the same script for everything gets old, especially because every table is about 2 feet apart. It is a long evening with many courses but it was obvious to us that Blake was ready for all of us to be gone last night.
For the price you pay for this experience, I would expect more choices of beverages, not just water or their wine. Iced tea or sodas would be a nice option. The cost is $189/person plus service charge and tax. For two people your bill will be close to $500 without wine. Think this is a unique experience but not worth the money.
Also, make sure you check when you make your reservation as to what is on the menu. We were there in August. They told us they would be changing their menu to their fall menu in September. When we went last night, the menu had not changed.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

The food is amazing. It's a fun experience to try at least once.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Great place for a fun evening of different, innovative, creative dining. If you don’t mind splurging for a special occasion dinner that’s fun, unusual, a real experience that you won’t find anywhere else, Eculent is the place.

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wordsmith (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Eculent is a very special place. There is only one other spot in Houston doing food like this - and it's not a restaurant - It's Alvin Shultz's pop ups. This is farm-to-table meets molecular gastronomy. Highest quality ingredients used in creative geekdom fare! I'm not going to spoil the experience for you by being too specific. It's expensive, but if you're a Foodie, it's your chance to have an experience like none other in this area.

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PeterP (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

My wife and I have been to Eculent twice now and will go back again. We enjoyed every minute of the experience, enough said!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

Underwhelming experience for the price tag. The atmosphere was not inviting and quite honestly it felt "tired". Overall, the food was not great. Mid-meal we kept wondering when it would come to an end. We had a terrible bottle of wine with the meal. I really wanted this to be a great dining experience since I just moved to the area, but unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.

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vipKatyB (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

We did Houston Restaurant week and what a dining experience it was! The food was so unique and tasty. If you haven't been to Eculent, I don't want to spoil the surprise of how this restaurant works. We enjoyed everything we ate, our only disappointment was the wine. We did the wine pairing and the wine was just ok. It was not worth the $20 for the three small glasses we received. Next time we go, we will probably not order wine as it is only their wine you can buy and we did not care for it.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
2.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

The concept is interesting but the execution was poor and did not justify the extravagant expense, especially when compared to Michellin starred restaurants in the same price range. My review would go to 4 stars if they would lower their prices, focus on quality ingredients (being local doesn't automatically mean quality), and change the layout of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

My son and I loved it. It was the perfect welcome to our new home. Gracias for making us feel welcomed.

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Bricker (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Fantastic experience and excellent food! I can't say too much or it would ruin the surprises.

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