Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine

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Own and operated by the Teas family for over 12 years, Eugene's (formally Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen), continues to serve Houston's finest Cajun-style Gulf Coast Cuisine. Conveniently located between Montrose and River Oaks. The restaurant is a neighborhood spot where everyone feels at home.

Join us in celebrating the flavors and traditions of the Gulf Coast in a charming, casual-fine dining atmosphere. All our dishes are made from scratch (except the Ranch dressing and Blue Bell ice cream) and our seafood and steaks are grilled over a wood-burning fire of oak and hickory. The freshest seafood, certified angus beef steaks, delicious sides, daily specials, decadent desserts, wonderful wines, best martini’s in town and genuine Southern hospitality are a few of the things that will keep you coming back.
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Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is an old school Houston establishment, and the clientele reflected the restaurant’s rich history. This was a business dinner, but I could see bringing my grandparents here for a special occasion. Every dish was delectable and rich. Nice experience!

B
Houston
91 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

High quality diverse selection of seafood in a nice setting, but very pricey.

CB
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seated promptly with reservations fortunately. Server did an excellent job, great recommendations, both our fish dishes were wonderful. Not the place for an intimate or romantic date though. Very loud and busy all around.

l
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delicious as always and service is wonderful

RA
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I love getting the ice cream/pecan ball but it is always frozen hard so that I need an axe to cut it. I wrestle with it to keep from slinging it to the floor.

CS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I liked the neighborhood, somewhat old fashioned atmosphere, and the fact that we could converse comfortably without shouting. Food and cocktails were satisfying. They need to do something about the wine list. I am not a connoisseur at all, but it was pretty feeble for a expensive restaurant in a big city.

MB
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter!!

F
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the whole experience. The food was superb and our server, Pablo, was tremendous. Throughly enjoyed our evening!

D
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very busy and service a little slow but everything else was outstanding

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you. Sorry about the pace, we are working on that.

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DJ
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very glad that Eugene’s is open ! Love their Gumbo, the design of the restaurant and the wonderful fresh fish

LW
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The meal was outstanding - we shared raw and cooked oysters, a fish special and the stuffed shrimp for dinner, and shared a bottle of white wine. The new space is great, and you can talk to your party without being forced to scream above the background noise and other diners.

MB
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our food was great, pecan crusted snapper. Our friends’ was not good. Blackened snapper and one of the crab dishes that was “dry and hard”.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 17, 2020

So sorry about your friends food. Next time PLEASE let us know if anything comes out that's not satisfactory and I assure you we will remake or substitute something else. We pride our self on quality and need to know if we fall short. Yours, Kyle

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OT
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch today. Love the Kyle Salad with lump white crab meat, sweet potato strings and bacon. We'll be back for happy hour soon.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review!

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TK
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very similar to Danton's, the predecessor restaurant. I am glad they kept the favorites, but I would like a listing of daily specials with prices as I remembered at Danton's, instead of having the server list them without prices. That said, very nice evening.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you. We really appreciate hearing from our guests. We realize it takes time to write a review. Especially a nice one! Cheers!!!

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T
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is so nice for a conversation. The food is good. I had the salmon salad and it was great.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you!

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JP
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a must try. It is beautiful inside, the service was a-one and the food excellent. I will definitely be returning here. they also have a happy hour with happy hour prices that are worth going to. Make an early dinner reservation and enjoy the happy hour menu and prices.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you so much. It means a lot to us when one of our guests takes the time to let us know we met or exceeded expectations.

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OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Years Even dinner

ML
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

One of the things we love of Eugene's is the ambiance and the waitstaff. Our waiter on New Year's Eve was not as personable as other's we have had. Maybe it was just a stressful evening because it was busy.

j
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best snapper menuiere I've ever had! Excellent food and service.

S
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food, somewhat slow service, extra tables were a challenge. Eugene's is not quite ready for large events.

BH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner at Eugene’s on New Year’s Eve 2019. Excellent food and service. Highly recommend Eugene’s.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Ask to set in James Baker’s area. He’s the very best.

GB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a amazingly outstanding New Year's Eve dinner at Eugene's with 2 other couples. The food was incredible and the service was super attentive, helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend for any occasion. We look forward to going back and ordering off their regular menu.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Same delicious food as Danton’s, but didn’t like the place they sat us near the walkway by the bar. Sat literally in the doorway :-(

DG
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wish could have ordered off reg menu....... they ran out of johnny's cheesecake. Otherwise all good.

HD
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fun New Year's Eve at Eugene's. The food and service was excellent. Food presentation seemed a little old school.

t
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Service was excellent. Dishes were presented well and tasted great. Large portions well priced nice relaxed ambience. A great new addition to the area replacing John Sheely's
Mockingbird. Very gulf coast very well done. We will be back--

UT
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our first visit to Eugene's. Had read a lot about the restaurant and had high expectations. We both had soup for our first course on a cold rainy night - both were very good - small portions, but filling. I had the rainbow trout - it was smothered in sauce, but was very well-cooked, so I scraped off quite a lot of the sauce. Ordered broccoli which had practically no taste - all white with a little green on top. We shared an "extra-large" twice baked potato, which wouldn't count for extra large in most restaurants. Still it was plenty, if it had only had ANY FLAVOR. Most bland twice baked I've ever had - maybe the forgot the seasonings/salt? My husband had stuffed redfish which he liked, but neither of us were impressed like we'd hoped. If we try it again, I'll definitely order differently.

g
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Are waitress was sweet but it didnt seem like she had it together. I had to ask for bread, she didnt seem to know the menu well, i asked for no bacon on my potato but still recieved i, i asked for fried crabfingers but recieved sauteed, i asked for extra bleu cheese dressing and i had got olives in my margaritas. As first time guest i probably wont be back.

LF
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eugene’s is a lovely place for dinner. The food and service is always outstanding.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you. It's so nice to hear when we meet or exceed expectations. Cheers! Kyle

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EB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and the employees are amazing!!!

NO
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food better service!! One of my families favorites!!

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. Cheers! Kyle

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I was very dissappinted for the hype - almost start to finish things were off. I asked for a dirty martini which was pretty much straight vodka and then the second martini was straight olive juice after I asked them to correct it - so cocktails bad. Our server was very knowledgable about the specials but when I ordered the shrimp cocktail (one of their signature dishes with pictures on the website and many other guest had ordered it) it came out as a couple slices of tomato, five plane shrimp on a bed of lettuce with cocktail sauce on the side. Not sure if something got lost in translation but this deconstructed appetizer cost almost $20 ?!! (It was basically a broken down side salad). Then it took 1 hr and 15 min to get out entrees - mind you this was not a packed restaurant. I ordered the red snapper special which was cold and my dining partners entree was hot. Also I was literally chewing huge chunks of sea salt in my dish - so salt on entree was too much plus a pickle juice chaser in the form of a martini - over salted! Food was like going to Laundrys or Joes Crab Shack but cost twice the price. The atmosphere is great, building is nice and its a good concept but the staff were definitely undertrained and the food was not good. Probably just try some other seafood restaurants before I ever come back here

JH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good po boy

DM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Out first visit to new location. Food in the past was 5* but this visit was a 3. Crab claws were dry, pecan crusted snapper was dry and pecans burnt. Not sure if a different chef now. We have always loved dining with this establishment and food was always on point. Not the case thus time.

LF
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding.

BP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

How can you complain that my only negative is that the serving sizes are LARGE. But the quality & the freshness - and of course the deliciousness - are great.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know we met or exceeded your expectations. Its really important to us to hear the positives. Yours, Kyle

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KH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The service was fine. The white wine was not what we ordered and it was warm. The food was subpar.
We will not return.

t
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get together for holidays

j
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hurrah! I was afraid the restaurant would lose its quiet sophisticated ambience in the relocation, but all is well. Same great food.! The museum district was closer, but I will come to Welch St. So glad to have you back.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you. It takes time to write a review. Especially a good one and we love to hear when we do well. Cheers, Kyle

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