Hearsay Market Square

4.5
1604 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Hearsay Market Square is conveniently located in Houston’s Historical Market Square on the corner of Travis and Congress. Housed in the 2nd oldest building in Houston, this Chic Antique venue is home to this one of a kind restaurant and lounge serving up delicious American inspired sandwiches, salads and entrees. We feature an extensive wine list, numerous beers on draft and premium liquors with a focus on Scotch Whiskey. Specializing in Handcrafted Specialty Cocktails, Hearsay Market Square is a destination for both food and cocktail enthusiasts'. Open late night and serving up small and large appetizers, Hearsay is a great place for a late night cocktail and bites.

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Treat your Mom this year and bring her in for our amazing Mother's Day Brunch! We will have Live music and of course drink specials!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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JL
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a hard time choosing between the salmon or the beer battered redfish. I went with the salmon. It was incredible, especially the sauce with seafood. The way the salmon and seafood sauce were served on top of the broccoli and that cous couis made every bite delicious. I could not put it down even when full. Next time I am going to try the beer battered redfish.

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SS
Houston
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pork chop and cheese grits were a good combo.

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C
Houston
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Positive: service was very friendly and helpful, and our meal was comped because it was very late in arriving, unnerving because we thought we might miss our play. And our table on the 2nd floor had a great view of the place.
Negative: I’d rather pay for my meal rather than have to wait 45 minutes after ordering, but our food was mediocre at best. Fried chicken was KFC-ish and whatever fish it was, it was not Snapper as ordered.
I’m glad they did the right thing by comping the meal but not sure that’s enough reason to go back.

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MB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Hearsay.

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H
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As advertised. Loved it! Will do it again sooooon!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The live music was nice but really is way too loud. You have to talk very closely and loudly to hear your company. The building is my favorite. So beautiful. The service is always good. The food was okay. The seafood pasta was good, but could use more seasoning. There were little bones in my salmon, which I hate and have not had before here. The chocolate cake was very stale, which they kindly replaced. The bread pudding was good, but tasted like a muffin. It needs to be more moist. Probably the bread choice that they use. I come from a family in the restaurant business, so I am critical. I am writing this review bc I love this restaurant and want it to be better.

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The band, Chick'n and Waffles, was great. We wanted to stay all day listening to them.

Unfortunately the service that would received could have required that. Drinks took a long time to come. Food came out even later, cold and overcooked in some cases, and one person didn't get their order until we were ready to leave.

The food we received if you overlooked cold eggs and hard cooked poached eggs was really tasty. That was the sad part. If it had been served in a timely manner, at the right temperature and everyone at the same time this review would have been outstanding.

I would not recommend their specialty drinks either. We weren't sure if we received what we ordered. The beverages came in glasses that did not fit the drink description. Some of us ordered the same drink and it was served in different glasses.

I may try it again because what the food tasted good. I would order a mimosa or a bloody mary though.

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B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for the bottomless mimosas but they no longer serve them. Did and service was still great.

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C
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice atmosphere, and great service! I will return, for sure.

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RE
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

They were out of both the rum I like and the desert I wanted, but the food was great and the manager and waiter worked hard to make it up to us. Lively place as well.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The lobster tempura was to die for, but I made the mistake of ordering a risotto and I was pretty disappointed with it. Drinks were on the average/good, some too sweet/artificially flavored (Just Peachy) and others that were more of a hit (Whiskey Smash). The server was great! Very friendly, welcoming, and on point with everything you can ask for. The only downside for us, who aren’t fans of the 80’s music, was the managers choice for it. The speaker blasted songs that the world doesn’t need to be remembered of, but it’s a personal preference. Because of the contemporary and stylish decor we would expect a more modern touch for the ambience, but c’est la vie. Overall we’ll be back!

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I
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a brunch with friends and everything was 5 stars. Our server was D and he really goes above and beyond for the customer experience. Everyone loved their food; I had the fried chicken and French toast. This was hands down the best French toast I ever had; no exaggeration. All around excellent experience.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, drinks were great, and Jessica was great!

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o
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a 6:30 reservation for two people for standard table seating. We arrived at 6:15 and were told that they could not seat us at a table because there was a 7:00pm private party. However we could sit at the bar on on the bar rail (an 8" drinks rail with bar stools). How they planed to serve dinner on the bar rail is beyond me. We chose the bar because we didn't have time to find someplace else to eat due to having show tickets for 8pm. Definitely poor planning on handing reservations on the part of Hearsay. The food and wait staff are great here, and this is not our first time at Hearsay, but I'll definitely think twice before returning due to this treatment of a reservation.

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DQ
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was prompt and friendly. We got there early for a long visit and he didnt rush us. Iceberg wedge and lobster tempura amazing. Would pass on the smoked salmon bruschetta and crab cake. Smoked duck quesadilla fantastic.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, beautiful architecture and history of the building. Will definitely go back.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such an outstanding experience every time I visit Hearsay. The food has been very good every visit. The bartenders make such good drinks. The service is pretty good, too. I recommend this place to anyone for any occasion!

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KK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice setting. No complaints!

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MR
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hearsay is the only place that will get me to leave Midtown for brunch. Our server Clara was a true gem. She dealt with the crowds and parade atmosphere with a touch of class and grace.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Pre concert dining. We made reservations, thank goodness. It was reservation only when we got there. Server was ok. Started out a little aloof but got better as the meal went on. Tuna sandwich was good, but guacamole and chipotle aioli were same as from subway. Tuna tacos were good. I thought I’d read valet parking was $6, but valet was adamant about it being $10.

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JD
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped for a quick business dinner. Great food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The drinks were good. The food was subpar and the service was terrible.

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JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to take a chance on the place for a Birthday brunch celebration for my best friend. We had a great time! The food, music and service was all fabulous.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Hearsay and taking the time to give us a great review. We look forward to having you back again soon.

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J
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere are wonderful. Pricing is extremely reasonable. Sunday lunch had a small band that was great.

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MM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to when I have out of town guests who want to "see" Houston. The food is great if you avoid the seafood dishes (more sauce than seafood). Our waiter doubled as a bartender which was a smash hit. We sat outside, got a perfect non humid, cool evening. Even forgot about the construction workers in the background. Don't have dessert there, go somewhere else. No problem since everything else is their strongest points. I'll be back ...again! :)

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Hearsay is beautiful and such a cool place to eat/drink. The staff is attentive, the music is great, and the food and drinks are wonderfully delicious. My friends and I go here ever time we go see a show at the Hobby. EVERYTIME. That's how much we love it.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Hearsay and taking the time to give us a great review. We look forward to having you back again soon.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, super friendly service in a building with great character.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 11, 2019

Hey Chris, thank you for dining with us at Hearsay and taking the time to give us a great review we look forward to have you back and show you another great experience.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, service was excellent and loved his recommendation.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 11, 2019

Hi Missy, thank you for dining with us at Hearsay and for giving us a great review we look forward to have you back and show you another great experience.

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a great place for before the theater or any other downtown activity.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 11, 2019

Hey Denis, thank you for dining with us at Hearsay and taking the time to give us a great review we look forward to have you back and show you another great experience.

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LP
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We went to celebrate our anniversary and my husband's birthday. There was no one at the front, so we walked up the stairs only to be sent back down to check in and there were a lot of empty tables upstairs. Still had to stand and wait for the bartender to check us in the restaurant and then sent us back upstairs for sitting. It was more of a bar atmosphere. I had a 2:00 pm reservation but Brunch menu was only available. There was nothing really on the menu that I wanted. We stayed and split a sandwich. I left disappointed. The sandwich was great!

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K
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Hostess was not very welcoming. Restaurant not full and told me there would be hour wait without reservation. I immediately went on open table and made one which forced her to seat us. The reservations were wide open. Is this practice becoming common to keep middle age diners out? My husband dines at your restaurant for lunch a lot and staff is just ok the food is good

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SN
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and tasty calamari and shrimp ..light but flavorful taste

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 4, 2019

Hey Sandra, thank you for dining with us at Hearsay and for taking the time to give us a great review we look forward to have you back and show you another great experience.

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NL
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place for jazz brunch - but can be a bit tight on seating

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on March 4, 2019

Hey Nick, thank you for the great review I am glad you had a great experience with us and we look forward to have you back again soon.

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KB
Houston
89 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is high energy and a lot of fun. Drinks were unique and delicious. Service was slow considering it wasn't that busy. It look a long time to get our food. I had the red snapper and it was over cooked. My husband had the shrimp & lobster risotto and it had very little flavor.
We may have been disappointed but we will try it again!

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hey Katy, thank you for taking the time to give us a review we appreciate all feed back so that we can continue to get better and give our guests a great experience.

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A
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful food. Service was mediocre this time, but we’d go back.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan was the best!!!! He made the outing very special....

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hi, thank you for taking the time to give us a great review, I am very happy Ryan took great care of you. We look forward to having you back at Hearsay soon.

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BF
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for something different.
Loved the history of the place.
Easy to park and walk over.
Versatile menu.
Lobster was awesome, and I loved the pinkalicious mixed drink.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hey Brenda, thank you for the outstanding review, we look forward to have you back soon.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service and food was good. My group of six enjoyed out dishes. The only downside is downtown parking. We visited on Saturday at noon so it was a brunch menu .

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi, thank you for the great review and we look forward to your next visit with us.

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DJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was the best however the menu presented was not the menu posted on Yelp. My friend and I were quite surprise and disappointed by the prices and almost left.

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi Debra, thank you for the feedback we are very happy you stayed and dined with us and we look forward to having you back soon.

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

Great first time experience

Hearsay Market Square
Responded on February 19, 2019

Hi, I am very happy you had a great experience with us and we look forward to having you back soon.

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