Eloise Nichols Grill + Liquors

4.5
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors is an American Bistro from the Adair Family. We serve inventive cocktails paired with modern American comfort food.

Well done but never overdone, where drinks are a food group, late-night is a staple, and quality is a given. Come when you can and stay as long as you’d like.

Please call the restaurant for parties of 9 or more to make reservations.

Reservations are not necessary for Saturday and Sunday brunch. It is suggested that larger parties call the restaurant ahead of their arrival.

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M
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

excellent place for a small dinner. We enjoyed the service

MJ
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Disappointed

This is our third time getting cold food and undercooked hash browns. The brunch used to include wonderful hash browns, but have been replaced with something more common and undercooked in our last two visits. The biscuits used to be glorious: fluffy and delicious; this last time they were more like those biscuits you get in the supermarket that come in a pop up tube.

I don’t think we’ll be branching here again. A shame as it was one of our favourite brunch places.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to place - great food, drinks, service. And NOT loud at all. Amazing!!!!

P
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had lunch at Elois with a girlfriend. We had the shrimp and grits and that was to die for! Highly recommend

L
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

There weren’t enough servers so it was slow. Food was tasteless. I expected a lot more.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable! Great food, wonderful service and great ambiance. We really enjoyed our experience and are headed back next weekend for a special occasion!

k
Houston
122 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We were there for brunch, and we all had the Biscuit Benedict. It's unusual, with a pulled pork base and paprika Hollandaise, and very tasty. The food was good, but the service pretty bad. We were there to visit, so it was OK, but we sat for a very long time before someone came to offer beverages. Even then, he was reluctant to go ahead and take our order, but we'd had plenty of time to choose! The food came out quickly, so no problem there, but we hardly saw the waiter afterwards. Then it was an effort to flag him down for the bill.
Be aware that the restaurant is very noisy if anyone in your party has difficulty hearing.

m
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely place to go for a date or with friends

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service provided by Miles.

r
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Went with my wife. Was hoping for a quiet evening. The ambience was way to loud for us. The food was good

S
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank You, it was wonderful drinks, the food, everything was good!!

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The food was bland and unseasoned. It was fresh, well cooked, but tasteless.

J
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Eloise Nichol, and it certainly won’t be our last! Everything about it was perfect. We were greeted immediately and warmly, seated at a comfortable half booth table, with the sweetest server, Bernice. She was wonderful, suggesting certain items and explaining that their menu is seasonal, pointing out the items that change and the ones that are favorites which stay.

We started with the fried calamari and shrimp, which was delicious, and I don’t even eat calamari! For dinner I had the rib eye steak with Brussels sprouts and hubby had the shrimp and grits. I have fined at many upscale steak restaurants, and have to say this was better than the steaks I have had at the others. It was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. Hubby loved his shrimp and grits and said it was very flavorful. We were not planning to have dessert, and decided to give one a try. On Bernice’s suggestion we ordered the apple fritters, which are made to order, served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream! All I can say is “Wow!” Even the coffee was great.

In addition to the food and service being wonderful, our water glasses were always filled for us, and the atmosphere was relaxed and warm. Enjoy!

DW
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Loved then Brussels sprout dish and the roasted oysters. Everything else, from service to food to wine, was pretty disappointing.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very tasty food but incredibly noisy

N
Houston
114 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We eat out often. Been to 15 of the worlds top restaurants and 32 of Houston tops. This restaurant is the worst we have ever been to. I had the grilled chicken sandwich. It was a thin piece of very burnt chicken on a dry bun. Chick fil a does it 100 times better. My wife had the fish tacos. They were just as terrible. Not sure how this place stays in business serving such terrible food. Acoustics terrible. Very loud and noisy.

EG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter and my birthday we like to celebrate just the two it was perfect not to crowded nice environment delicious food and great prices

JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was just ok. Nothing to rave about. The service was really good though. The restaurant is very nice and bright.

B
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

So disappointing. We’ve have enjoyed Eloise Nichols for several years now but this visit was a dud. We love going for their fried chicken! We’ve taken groups as big as 14 for fried chicken dinner so we were excited to go and enjoy it again. I was craving their biscuits something fierce and the first thing the server did was inform us they were out of biscuits. I just don’t understand how this happens. Biscuits are made with flour and water. It’s pretty basic and available at any grocery store. Can’t someone go get the items needed or are they just too lazy to make them? The rice cauliflower had absolutely no flavor at all and the server just wasn’t really with it. The real disappointment was the chicken that had absolutely no flavor.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall the experience was okay. I’ve been here for brunch and was much more impressed with the quality/value of the food. The menu for dinner was a bit disappointing, it was a very basic menu in comparison to the ambiance of the restaurant. I also thought the service was mediocre. Nothing wrong or bad happened but it was just very average. Not likely to return for dinner but will go back for brunch.

p
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was the perfect server. Pleasant and knowledgeable. I would return

EH
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The hostess was very friendly, but the wait staff was not and although it wasn’t busy, everything (drink and food)took a long time to come out.

It needs to expand their happy hour menu besides martinis and a burger. There are all kinds of competitions around them, it’s time to get creative.

W
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Much too loud for a business lunch.

EH
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So so food, slow service. Overall a so so place.

BL
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great neighborhood brunch spot with a fun vibe and great food. I hosted a birthday party for my daughter who was celebrating her 17th, and the restaurant was very accommodating and attentive to the girls. The Chicken & Waffles is a family favorite!

GO
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very loud music playing - even at an earlier time. Food is great

KS
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety of food. The tables are not as close together as so many places so we could carry on a conversation.

HD
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They closed early for a private party, but allowed us to stay.
I would have not picked that reservation/ restaurant had I known they were closing early for a private event.
The reservation time should have have been an option.

S
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was very disappointed as I have eaten here several times and really enjoyed it. This time the food was definitely not as good: I had the catch of the day-it looked and tasted like it had been reheated in a microwave too long; my husband’s chicken was tough; our friend’s power bowl had practically uncooked rice in it (which they did replace, but still!). It was very loud, which was not unexpected. When we arrived, they said someone had changed our reservation time (we had not, and they were able to seat us). Our server was pleasant but often not attentive.
Sigh, I hate to see one of my go-to restaurants not keep up.

KC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and food. Waitress was very warm and friendlyz

G
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely no complaints here! From the happy hour martinis to the delicious chocolate cake we shared for dessert, it was all good! Our server Kevin was super and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We will return to try something else on the menu.

RB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good lunch spot. Go early to beat the crowd!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I want to be a fan of Eloise Nichols as I was in the past. I now feel like this place lacks a bit of direction. My party ordered the cheese plate, pork chop, and the Thai salad. The cheese plate was not allowed to come to room temperature before it was served cold. The Thai salad had too much fish oil. The pork chop was overdone and lacked flavor. I want to be able to come back and have meals like I did in the past but tonight’s meal reflected a lack of attention to detail in the kitchen.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice waitress who was attentive throughout our meal.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience all around

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We enjoyed the ambiance and the food was amazing!!!

DV
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Great brussel sprouts, terrible service. Would not return based on the service experience.

G
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ribeye was well done and not medium as we ordered it. Despite their happy hour menu being clearly posted on their website, we were told they changed their happy hour menu and were charged full price for our drinks with no advance notification. Brussel sprouts were the only standout dish of this meal, otherwise the entire experience was very disappointing.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had to wait way too long for our food to be prepared, and while our waiter was pleasant enough he was not nearly as attentive as he should have been. I had made reservations online indicating it was a special occasion for my sister’s birthday. The waiter did not present options for a birthday dessert until he was asked.