Hearsay Market Square

4.5
1425 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • 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.

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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

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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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2.0Dined 3 days ago

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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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Visited for restaurant weeks. Good value.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

“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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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Bartenders were very rude and not polite or curtious

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Delicious craft cocktails and yummy food.

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

More bar than restaurant. Service was average. Venue decor is excellent.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I made reservations on open table and submitted comments via open table. Then I also called the restaurant and confirmed twice. We had an after theater reservation for 10pm for a party of 8. And we wanted to be seated upstairs since the scene is very energetic. Upstairs offered a little bit more quiet so we could all chat. It was my husband's birthday so we wanted it very fun. Besides the confusion when we first arrived, and had to wait about 30 minutes, Jason, along with the wait staff made our night worth it. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is due to the wait and confusion. But honestly, it was worth it. 5 stars for sure next time!!!

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Hearsay was much better several years ago, food had declined, atmosphere is tired

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Lack of staff led to an almost 15 min wait for a reservation of 3 on a Wednesday night and management felt no need to compensate in any kind of way. Thankfully the chef and kitchen made up for the lack of service.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Ideal location for a business lunch/dinner. Very fun and beautiful ambience, perfect for almost any occasion. The menu includes a variety of options and proteins, along with great dessert, almost anyone can find a classic favorite.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I love this place

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Amazing food, bottomless mimosas and great music!

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Good, however wine list very poor

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food quality was below expectations

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was excellent!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Good as usual. Enjoy coming here.

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