Hearsay Market Square

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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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DM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious and service was decent. What ruined the experience was hostest came to our table and told us we had to leave because they had a reservation for our table, but their were 15 open tables in the restaurant. I could a hostest doing that if the restuarant was full but it was not. Which makes the experience go from an 8.5 to a 2.75 - 3.

MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time. The ambiance was great and our server was on top of everything...even during the Astros game (Altuve homerun)! We made reservations to ensure we had good seating but were running late. The hostess was very accommodating and easy to work with.

Def suggest this location over the one that is closer to the Toyota Center.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Hearsay Market Square. The drinks, food and service (Anthony was the best!) we all outstanding.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to have the burger here at this location!!!! My favorite burger downtown Houston. Yum.

OM
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was dirty. My menu was sticky. The table was dirty as well. The floor was sticky also. If what you can see is this dirty I hate to see what kitchen is like. Total turn off. Would not recommend.

M
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed Hearsay Market Square! The drinks were excellent and the bartender was great! We loved sitting at the bar watching the Astros, but it would be good for any sports watching. The burgers are excellent, as well as the sides.

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

21 Birthday for our daughter

AB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great Southern Burger! Best burger that I can recall!

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

This place has been talked about so much by my friends that I had really high expectations. So I came here with an out of town friend, and that was a big mistake. It was ear-deafening loud from a live musician. We eventually asked them to turn it down and they did. The other issue is that the tables are like a foot or less apart. We just so happened to have this extremely loud group of women next to us and then with another group on the other side of us talking, I really felt claustrophobic and it was honestly hard to think and talk with so much around us.

Then the food. So they brought our cheese board before the wine. They just set it down and ran off without telling us anything about it or asking if we needed anything. We had to sit for many minutes staring at it before we could flag someone down to ask for plates and where our wine was.

There is also the $10 valet charge. Overall I feel like there are so many amazing places in Houston, I can’t ever see myself coming here. I felt so regretful of bringing my friend here who I rarely see.

TC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was very poor. Apparently the servers did not show up for work and they were trying to use a buss boy as a server. Probably a much better place when their people show up for work.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great (as usual) but our waiter was super inattentive. We had to ask for a drink menu after about 20 mins of being seated and only saw her about 2 times during our dinner. We’ve come here many times & often bring out of town friends. The service was pretty disappointing this time.

j
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The building was breath-taking!! Food was great and the service wonderful!! We would make that choice again!!

d
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great. So enjoy the live music during Sunday brunch. I tried that kale chicken salad-delicious! Eric gave us great service too. We’ll be back soon.

PB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hearsay is always a treat to visit and our favorite when we attend an event in downtown Houston.
We truly enjoyed our dining, wine and drinks this time at Hearsay. Danny was our server and we found him to be be very attentive, helpful and pleasant.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it, took my friend for her birthday and she was surprised and amazed but the atmosphere

RW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing hostess! Our new best friend!

JR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place. Very nice. Waitress could have been quicker to help.

JH
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat prior to Houston Symphony performance...within walking distance.

GG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing as we have had dinner before the show on other occasions. While the waitress was friendly she had not been trained so wasn’t aware to take our drink orders first while we reviewed the menu. Time to receive the food was poor as we did not have time for dessert despite a 6 pm reservation and 8 pm show. Steaks were cooked poorly. I had ordered a filet medium rare and it was well done and maybe 2 inches in diameter so it was very small. My wife’s steak was cold so it had been sitting out for awhile before the food was served. Same issue with the soup we ordered. The food had been high end before as well as the service so we were quite puzzled as to what changed.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my husbands birthday. The food, drinks, service and ambiance was great. Not a big fan of their fish tacos. Were a little dry for my taste

SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

I have been to Hearsay many times. My daughter and I have season tickets to the Pops at Jones Hall.
This past Friday night we had reservations for 6:00 pm. We arrived on time. The first question from the hostess was did we have reservations. Then she proceeded to walk us past an almost empty dining area on the first floor and take us upstairs to our table. I requested we sit downstairs and she said the tables were all reserved. “But we have a reservation”, I replied. She disregarded my statement. About 20 minutes later when I went downstairs to the ladies room, the majority of tables were still empty. When we left the restaurant at 7:20, sadly there were still empty tables.
If you don’t mind arriving for an event only to find that a few people came early to save the best seats and you have to sit in a corner away from the entertainment-then the food at Hearsay is worth it. (Our waiter was excellent).
But, if you appreciate the ambiance of a restaurant along with polite treatment by the hostess, I recommend the Lancaster or Perbacco.

CH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and dining experience!

N
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was rushed but slow to take drink orders, and no paying attention to whether we needed refills or not. They closed at 10pm and said their kitchen closed at 9 and rushed us out as best they could. Shame about the service, the food was mainly good, steak was average. Ambience is nice in there, cool location and decor.

E
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Amazing food. Would highly recommend to friends and family.

AE
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Hearsay was very nice. The environment was very relaxing and at the same time entertaining. Our meal was full of flavor and pleasant on the palate. I had the chicken and waffles which I switched for the lemon ricotta pancakes and my husband had the Cajun salmon omelet. I had the best both worlds some of his and a little bit of mine. My family accompanied us and they enjoyed their meal and experience as well. The band was AMAZING! We enjoyed our experience and will be back.

AW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Stay away. Horrible service, out of 2 things we tried to order. Waitress was clueless on on menu...only thing quick was the check...

AD
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Hearsay Market Square used to be my favorite brunch spot but after my recent visit, I don’t think I will go back. The aesthetic and my waitress were amazing but that’s it. There is now $10 valet but that didn’t used to be there. They got rid of the bottomless mimosas and now charge $4/mimosa, and tried to tell me that’s cheap. There are plenty of downtown brunch spots who, if they don’t do bottomless mimosas, they have $10/pitcher or carafe. The mimosa at Hearsay was strong but tasted weirs. The food isn’t bad but it’s nothing to write home about. There’s nothing that makes Hearsay stand out to me anymore, unfortunately.

TB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Would recommend ONLY for appetizers and drinks NOT dinner. My steak salad was missing ALL the ingredients (tomatoes, onions, corn, alvacado and salad dressing ) basically it was dry lettuce and a little piece if steak with fat in it. I kept thinking something was missing ??? Asked server for dressing and about the salad, he didn’t even take the salad back or get me the missing ingredients. We had s party of 8 and spent over $300.00 will not return.

PK
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I'd recommend it. The drinks aren't that good in my opinion. Get beer or wine. Something that don't have to make.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this place and IT WAS OUTSTANDING!!!!! Steaks. Shrimp pasta and chicken sandwich were all ON point!!!!

Absolutely recommend this restaurant!!

J
Mississippi
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

They got the wine wrong, one of the 3 meals wrong and the service person was inexperienced.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and great value. I would recommend to others

BA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service is very slow!! Had to ask for everything. Several mistakes with our order. Great cocktail menu.

RM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , atmosphere and service. Our server Grace was very attentive and it was nice to meet the new manager Brian. A wonderful, relaxing evening! Thank you.

EH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I so love this place! Not too crowded, setting is beautiful and the food is so delicious! Will definitely return soon!

T
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service decor and ambiance. Perfect for date night. Interior has true character. A Houston gem.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the drinks to the food to the conversation with our waiter, it was a fantastic evening dinner date!

l
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! We sat upstairs and it was really nice and quiet. Service was great!

Highly recommend!

KB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food is excellent. The ambiance is one of the best in the Houston downtown area. The scene hip and close to the downtown action for a great night out.

s
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This is the third time I have eaten at Hearsay. This time I was very disappointed. Hostess was rude. Service was not great and the food was bad. Two of us ordered the salad with the steak on it and the meat was not tender and had big chunks of fat all through it. My husband order the sandwich with the same type of steak in it and it was the same way. The cooks should trim this off of the meat!!! I will not be back.