Hearsay Market Square

4.5
1451 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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Sip, Savor + Shake.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am-12am (serving Small Plates from 3pm-4pm and Dinner 4pm-12am)
Friday - Saturday: 11am-3pm (Saturday Brunch only) (serving Small Plates from 3pm-4pm, Dinner from 4pm-12am, and Small Plates from 12am-1am)
Sunday: 10am-3pm (Brunch Only) Dinner: 4pm-10pm (serving Small Plates from 3pm-4pm)

Jan 27 - Feb. 6, 2017
Jan 27: 11am - 2am
Jan 28: 11am - 2am
Jan 29: 10am - Midnight
Jan 30: 11am - 2am
Jan 31: 11am - 2am
Feb 1: 11am - 2am
Feb 2: 10am - 2am
Feb 3: 10am - 2am
Feb 4: 10am - 2am
Feb 5: 10am - 2am
Feb 6: 10am - Midnight
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Phone number
(713) 225-8079
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Nunez
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Catering
Hearsay Gastro Lounge offers limited special catering services ranging from lunches to off-site dinner events. Our staff is eager to work with you to design and create the perfect experience. Please call us to place your catering order. Minimum order required. Delivery fees apply.
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Cross street
Congress
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Parking details
Parking options include front door valet service after 6pm, street parking and downtown parking lots. Please obey street signs and all local, state, and federal traffic laws. We are not responsible if you violate city parking rules. Valet is not associated with Hearsay Gastro Lounge and any disputes related to valet should be taken up with their company.
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Public transit
METRO Rail Stops nearby: UH-Downtown, Preston, Main Street Square
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Entertainment
The restaurant features live music every Wednesday for Ladies night and during Sunday Brunch.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Hearsay Gastro Lounge offers the finest craft cocktails, new American dishes, and a chic-unique dining experience in historic Downtown Houston, TX.

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MW
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a very good experience

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CF
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food, and great drinks! Highly recommend!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 4 in our party. My son and Daughter in law . Visiting from Birmingham. Great food and excellent service

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HT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok food but good service

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NB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sebastain the bartender was great! He was very friendly with a really good sense of humor. We felt welcomed the moment we walked through the door. I have visited the restaurant before, but it was very busy that day and the hostess curt. I didn't plan on coming back, but i was in the area and wanted to have lunch with a friend and im happy we did! The food was awesome and the drinks were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great scotch menu! Staff were very professional and waited on us like royalty

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely a great experience! We were celebrating my husbands birthday and we were seated upstairs at the balcony overlooking the lower level. Nice touch! Food was great lollipop lamb chops were fantastic, the drinks 🍸 were on point and the server was attentive!

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JB
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Table was at the for of the stairs in a noisy area. Waitstaff was attentive and accommodating to some picky eaters. Food was somewhat messy to eat. I would definitely go back and try it again. Great cocktails!

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had family in town and invited them to come hear the band and get some delicious food and drinks. They had a wonderful time. Thank you guys for the best time ever.

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but no space between tables. No romantic atmosphere when you sit 4 inches next to other tables.

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TB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Hearsay for dinner before any events we attend in the downtown area. The food is consistently delicious and the ambiance is perfect for our date nights! Great bartenders who know what they’re doing just enhances our visits!

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was amazing. We ended up there because our reservations at another restaurant went sour. Set the reservation and were seated as soon as we got in the door. Great atmosphere, great food, the Blood & Sand cocktail is too good.

It was the perfect place for an evening weekend date.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was amazing - second only to the good and drinks. Lobster tempura is a must! Their mixed drinks were phenomenal and well priced.

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C
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The noise level was a bit too much. The food was very good, but not great. Service was good. Overall a good Restaurant Week experience.

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T
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The ac wasn’t working for some reason and the drinks were kinda watered down...That’s the negative🤷🏾‍♂️

The food was good though and of course the scenery from upstairs (I had the southern chicken, greens and mashed potatoes)
Free cake for bday

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AB
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We went here for Sunday Brunch and I am not impressed, even more disappointed. Venue is not great, too loud, food is mere average. Not a place for eating, is probably a good bar and late night find, not your neighborhood restaurant.

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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good meal, some issues with getting a seat after booking expired, but was handled satisfactorily

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PG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was ny first time there and I have zero complaints. The decor and atmosphere was cozy and classy. My lamb shank was cooked perfectly. The cocktails were fresh and delicious and the dessert was perfect. I'll definitely be back!

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M
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in our experience here with two other couples last weekend. We sat upstairs, it was packed and our poor waitress was slammed. I must give her credit because she was trying her hardest but frankly had too many tables. The most frustrating part was the manager was just standing by the computer most of the evening and not helping her at all, he should have been helping deliver food, not once did he come by our tables - so bad and lazy! Dinner took 2.5 hours, the sides came out 12 minutes after we got our entrees, I could go on.... Normally we love Hearsay but this time around was disappointing.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open table let us book. No one called to tell us that the restaurant was closed because the AC was not working.

In poor taste for someone to Uber up to a restaurant for a reservation to be told at the door that it was closed. Pure laziness. They should have at least 1. Told open table no reservations or 2. Called the people that had reservations. The AC was not working. That has no effect on the phone system. Very disappointed.

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KB
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came to Hearsay for our first time for Houston Restaurant weeks because we wanted to try something new and we were celebrating my husbands birthday. We made reservations and were seated promptly at our reservation time. The restaurant has a really cool vibe and overall the ambiance and decor were exactly as I expected from the pictures. The food was great. I ordered the shrimp tortellini, filet as the entree and chocolate cake for Desert. The food was great! We were a group of 6 and we all ordered drinks, which were also great but a little pricey. That’s to be expected at a place downtown though. The only small turnoff was that our waitress was so busy making conversation with the guys working the bar, that it took a solid 15 minutes to get her attention so we could order another round of drinks before our dinner came. We ordered with another waiter and asked to get our waitresses attention. Wasn’t a big deal, but it was a little annoying that it took so long. Overall though, we liked and would go back.

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BR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hearsay was amazing! We were in town for only one day and I am so glad we stopped here. Would most certainly come back the next time we're in Houston!

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was delayed due to a large party the manager was very accommodating and kept us informed and even bought us an appetizer.

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SS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Weeks- food and menu were great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

had to ask for server to come over; told that there was only one server working all of the tables for lunch; not the server's fault for slow service

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of my favorite places in Houston!

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Well where to start?! I don’t want to completely bash them, but there were some mess ups by them that could have been prevented. We went there for my GF’s bday dinner and I had made a table reservation for 10 people at 9pm, and made the reservation 2 weeks prior to going. We had a show to be at at 11pm after at Prohibition that we figured 2 hours was enough time to eat and drink before. Well we got there at 8:45 and they said it would be a few minutes before our table was ready, which at the time was no problem. Then by 9:15 still we were not sat by this time, I let them know we had to be somewhere by 11, so we need to hurry up, and they were saying they were trying. They then proceeded to tell me they had a spot for 6 of our guests and would pull a few more tables together as soon as other guests get up, which was annoying because 4 of us had to stand by the table waiting on other people to finish. The floor manager then gave us a complimentary bottle of champagne bc of the wait, but pours glasses for everyone seated and left the 4 of us standing left out. So I had to go to the bar and ask for 4 more glasses so the rest of the party could get some. Finally by 9:30 all of us were sat, and I let the server know that we had to hurry and had to have eaten and paid for our checks by 10:40, which she understood. The server was very nice and did her best to get everything done as quick as she could and put our orders in and drinks. The food was taking awhile to get there and I got the floor manager again to let him know we only had a short time to finish, and he headed to the kitchen to hurry up everything. The first plate of food arrives at 10:15 and the last arrives at 10:30 for everyone and we are in an extremely fast rush to eat. This left some of our party less than 10 mins to eat and pay, and not get anything extra. I feel they should have been better prepared for everything. Overall food was good, server was awesome, management was horrible.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve had better meals at Hearsay prior to this evening. Hoping it was just an off night as the menu is usually very good.

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KL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited for restaurant weeks. Good value.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary with an early dinner out without the kids.

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JW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great and so is the food! Haven’t been disappointed yet! One of my fav brunch spots!

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DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the restaurant weeks menu and everyone enjoyed their food.

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JB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was fabulous. And our server was excellent. It would have been 5s across the board, but the bar service seemed overwhelmed. Fantastic craft cocktail menu needs enough bar support to make it happen! Highly recommend otherwise!

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MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant week menu. Our go to date night spot!

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M
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Three of us went to Hearsay's Sunday Brunch. They had $10 mimosas and every additional mimosa was 0.50. My meal, the chilaquiles, were a bit on the blander side. The eggs had no seasoning at all, not even salt. Our waitress, although very nice, would go MIA at times. It took her almost 15 to 20 minutes to even come over and ask if we were ready to order. The coffee we were served was on the colder side, and one of the entrees was actually cold. Overall, I was unimpressed. I've been here for dinner on several ocassions, and I have had much better service then. I would not return for their brunch.

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DF
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

“The Bird” is the absolute best burger in Houston! Pairs perfectly with El Diablo off of my he Specialty Coctail list.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Bartenders were very rude and not polite or curtious

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HH
San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined early on a Saturday evening and were seated immediately. Interesting, high energy space in one of downtown Houston’s oldest buildings. Nice cocktail menu. Service was attentive . There were several gluten free options. I had the shrimp and lobster risotto, which was nicely done. The white chocolate creme brûlée was outstanding, perfectly done!

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Drinks and food were great. Our server wasn’t very attentive, but the other stuff made up for it and we’d comr back again.

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L
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious craft cocktails and yummy food.

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