Hearsay Market Square

4.5
1405 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
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.

Come see if the rumors are true!

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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Neighborhood
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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

Private Dining

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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1,405 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
19%
Good
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Fair
4%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SC
Houston
8 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome date with the wife - always good service and pretty good value to quality of food - steaks were great

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LC
New Orleans
7 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I were in town for the weekend and wanted to try Hearsay. We did not regret it. They have bottomless mimosas, which had my name all over them. They were the perfect proportion of champagne to OJ and my glass was never empty. I had the Hearsay burger, which was super yummy. The bun was one of the best I'd ever eaten. The truffle fries were yummy as well. My friends order the chicken and waffles but subbed French toast for the waffles. They raved about how well the chicken was seasoned. Another friend tried the tuna sandwich and got garlic mashed potatoes on the side. She too raved about how yummy it was. Next time I'm in town I'll definitely be back.

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PK
Houston
8 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being on the outer edges of downtown, walking to Hearsay for lunch on a weekday is a hike, but well worth it. The food is always fabulous and the service is always top shelf. Hearsay is a great place to dine with friends, co-workers and your special someone.

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Baltimore
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, bottomless mimosas and great music!

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RG
Richmond
1 review
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I thought the atmosphere was very nice—the building has a lot of charm. The service was great, but The steaks we had were not worth the price. They were priced like a fancy steakhouse, but did not compare as well with taste and presentation.

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AL
1 review
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Creative interesting drinks. Our favorite place downtown.

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OT
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was really great! Love the atmosphere!

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R
1 review
2.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Even though I had made reservations and arrived on time I was seated at the worst table in the restaurant by the restrooms! There were plenty of empty tables so I asked to be seated at a better table. I didn’t appreciate being treated this way! Won’t go there again!

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JR
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic experience ; the snapper was very good; side dishes were excellent ; excellent value as well

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good, however wine list very poor

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A
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and fashionable atmosphere. Bar area downstairs. We were seated upstairs where it was a bit less lively which was good because we wanted to hear each other. Very professional service. Fun!

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OT
1 review
2.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food quality was below expectations

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SW
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Everything was delicious! We had a fantastic waiter - wish I could remember his name - He moved things along quickly, knowing we were headed to the theatre, but he didn't rush us. My new favorite restaurant in downtown Houston.

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PS
San Antonio
1 review
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great, the service was good, the reservation was pointless. Made reservations for 12:15 pm on a Sunday. At 12:35 pm I asked if my table was anywhere close to being ready and they could not give me an answer. Due to the time constraints of seeing a show at the theater, we took a table outside, which was available at noon, the time we originally arrived. The food was great, however I would not recommend this place unless hey got their reservations and seating more organized.

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MA
1 review
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service could have been better, but the food was excellent.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent!

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Houston
6 reviews
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Positives: we did not have to wait for our reserved table; happy hour drinks are well-made and tasty; appetizers (asparagus, smoked duck quesadillas, tuna tacos) were tasty and the correct temperature;
Negatives: very slow service
If you don’t mind having to flag down your server and the noise this is a fun place for a drink and appetizers (we did not order a meal), with a lively bar

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TD
1 review
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Definitely not what I expected, from the reviews and the website I was looking to be blown away by Hearsay. We came with some friends, I have to be honest I was a little embarrassed because it did meet the expectations the website claimed. The history of the building was very nice but after that it was a let down, from the host to the waiter. I should have went with my gut and went with my first choice. We will not be returning, Hearsay needs an overhaul in the service department.

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San Antonio
1 review
1.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Reservation for 3 people was at 8:45pm. Showed up at 8:25pm. At 9:10pm still did not have a table for us. I complained to the staff that I made a reservation and that I should be seated at 8:45pm. They contacted the manager who subsequently combined two single tables for us and then made us move when another table opened up. Offered a free appetizer for the inconvenience of the delayed seating. Ordered side of sauce with dinner (mid-dinner) and it never came - simply forgot it. Also received the wrong check which took another 15 minutes to sort out. I will take my money and spend it elsewhere - there are much better places in Houston with better service and better food and drinks.

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Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as usual. Enjoy coming here.

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TM
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The place was very interesting but we were all dissapointed with our food. We ordered 7 different things and felt like it was kinda lack luster. It was all displayed pretty and the service was excellent. But we were not real impressed with the food.
We did think the cocktails were EXCELLENT!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and great food.

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PE
Houston
3 reviews
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Brunch was ok. Food was average. The building itself is worth the visit!

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JM
1 review
2.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Took more than 45 minutes for food to arrive. Waitstaff was in attentive. Do not plan to return.

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JD
Milwaukee
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a great treat. We didn’t have much time due to theatre tickets. Service was awesome and very understanding. Food and cocktail were great! Will definitely be back and leave more time to enjoy!

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SU
1 review
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great... Minus the music.

It was a bad blend of 80's soft rock that DEFINITELY didn't go with the ambiance and aesthetic if the restaurant.

Outside of that, service was admirable and the food was PHENOMENAL! you have to try the fried quail!!

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K
Houston
13 reviews
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our server was excellent. Unfortunately, I can't remember her name. She had straight brown hair and wore glasses. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations! If you like sweet, fruity drinks, The Smoot was delicious. The Whitney was very good also. My husband really like the Blood and Sand but thought the Smoke and Mirror was awful. Skip the lobster tempura, very greasy. The Ahi tacos were very good. Our most constructive criticism is that the hostesses need training on customer service and how to greet customers and especially what to do when you seat a guest. The hostess was less than friendly when we arrived and when she seated us, she put the menus down and walked away.

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RL
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hearsay NEVER disappoints. Hostess and waiter/bartender were extremely friendly and gracious. Seared Ahi Tuna dish was perfect. Live band was a great addition to the night. I've been here numerous times before and food AND drinks have always been delicious. With their great group of employees(hostess, waitstaff, bartender, cook) who know exactly how to do things right, Hearsay will be sure to please.

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JP
Tallahassee
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the shrimp and lobster risotto. Every element of the dish was cooked to perfection! We had a vegan diner in the group and she was impressed with the vegetarian menu and there were vegan options for her. Our server was great and the ambience as amazing. I highly recommend Hearsay on Market Square!

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas. Fun time for our family!

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KO
1 review
2.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The atmosphere iwas nice. High ceilings, attractive bar. Not very many tables downstairs and are a little too close together for conversation privacy. I believe there is space for groups upstairs. Service was less than satisfactory. Food was good.

I ordered a Whiskey Smash. The menu described a Whiskey Smash as Bourbon, lemon, and mint. I ordered it because I figured with those ingredients, it would be relatively low calorie. When I received it, the low ball glass was not full with 2 large square ice cubes in it, so the liquid was probably actually only 1/3 of the glass. It obviously had more than those three ingredients in it because it tasted a little sweet. I asked the waiter what the ingredients were and he said Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon and mint. I told him that I noticed something sweet but that I'd ordered it because the menu listed only 3 ingredients and I thought it would not be sweet. The waiter said "oh. yeah, it has simple syrup in it". No offer to have it re-made. I figured I'd go ahead and drink it, since it was not very much liquid rather than make a request for it to be remixed. If it had only been bourbon, mint and lemon, a 1/3-1/2 full glass would have seemed appropriate. But a drink with simple syrup usually fills a glass.

I ordered the salmon salad for dinner. When the waiter brought out my husband's dish and my salad, the fish on top of my salad did not look like salmon. I said, "I ordered salmon. That looks like tuna". He said, "oh, I will change it" and took it away. Fifteen minutes passed before my salad was brought out. No apology, just said that "they read the ticket wrong". It felt like he took no responsibility. The way I see it, he picked the dish up from the kitchen and didn't notice. Anyway, it was tasty.

I was thinking that the "right" thing to do would be to comp us part of our meal for the "mix-ups". I didn't ask for a manager or anything, just left fairly disappointed.

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M
Houston
18 reviews
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and great food and service both times.

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RB
1 review
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was mediocre. We appeared to have service by committee. Ordered iced tea and never got a refill even after I asked one of the four people coming around.

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DM
Charleston
1 review
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Waitress Ever!! Thanks Margot

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GB
1 review
3.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve visited Hearsay several times before and enjoyed the food and ambience, so I made reservations to celebrate wife and I’s 5th anniversary. Sadly, when we showed up they didn’t have table available, and when they finally did find one, it was a small bar top on the side of the upstairs bar in the middle of the traffic/walkway. The actual building has some great character and the food was good, however the cocktails were 75% ice and the attention to detail was the most disappointing part. I had added a note to the reservations about it being our anniversary, and ended up sitting at a tiny bar table with barely room for both our plates. The waiter was attentive and friendly, but I’d expect better from a downtown restaurant on a Friday night. I’m hoping we just caught them on a off night, but overall it was a disappointing visit.

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FT
Houston
1 review
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good, but the food was lacking and our server could not answer questions about the food. There were plenty of tables open in the restaurant but we were seated next to another table with only about a foot of space between us (and yes, we had a reservation). The beef egg roll was surprisingly tasty. We ordered red snapper with shrimp and crawfish. The fish was slightly overcooked and the crawfish was so small and tasteless we asked where they were from. We were told they were from Louisianna, but they looked and tasted like they were more likely from Indonesia. The lemon curd blueberry crumble for desert was also a total fail. It wasn't a crumble at all and when we asked about this, the waitress said the cake was the crumble. What? Whatever. The building is beautiful but doesn't make up for the lack luster food being served.

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

It was brunch and the high top table was pushed up against another table and when we asked to move to another table we were told we could not. The wait staff was not quick to accommodate. The did try to reposition the tables and chairs for us. That should have been done before seating customers.

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
2.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Such a cool space, wasted on lackluster cocktails and food that could have been served at a chain restaurant. The truffle fries were basically McDonalds fries with a dusting of pre-shredded Parmesan and rosemary. The burrata salad was good, but not great. The kale and Brussels sprouts salad was over-dressed and the crab cake was straight from freezer to fryer. A shame, really, because this building and setting has great ambiance and would be a great place to go before a show, a game, or anything else that brings me downtown.

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I recently got married at the courthouse in downtown Houston. We dined there after our vows.

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R
Houston
7 reviews
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and decor. Limited menu but great options.

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