Permanently Closed - International Smoke Houston

4.2
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475 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. International Smoke, the wildly popular collaboration between Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry is inspired by Curry’s love for healthy, delicious cooking and Mina’s enthusiasm for travel as well as preparing food over an open flame. International Smoke will showcase smoked and grilled foods in a fresh and bright way, combining proteins with local, seasonal produce.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:30 pm
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(713) 714-0126
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
EJ Miller
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Private party facilities
International Smoke offers semi-private dining for up to 118 seated guests or 250 guests for a standing cocktail reception.
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Private party contact
Boris Galindo : (713) 714-0126
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Catering
International Smoke is available for catering requests. Please contact our events department at 713-714-0126 or events-hou@internationalsmoke.com
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Paid parking can be found in the surrounding shopping area as well as free parking on the 3rd and 4th floors of the adjacent parking garage.
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Entertainment
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service as always is slow. Food was cold and not that great, usually love the ribs, however they didn’t taste that great today.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Before we finished our appetizer, we had already said to ourselves “this will be our first and last time here”. We came early for dinner and they weren’t busy at all but the service was very very slow. The jumbo shrimp appetizer was truly the size of a small finger. There were three of us and they brought our food at two separate times! The food quality and price is nowhere near what is available at several other restaurants at City Centre.

Don’t waste your time and money on mediocre!

OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from presentation to taste was phenomenal. We ordered the nachos and bacon bao buns as starters. The nachos put Mexican restaurants to shame. Freshly fried tortillas stacked and layered with just the right amount of goodness then cut right at the table. For our main entree we decided to split the pulled pork sandwich. The bbq sauce is more on the sweet/tangy side rather than a smokey sauce. The french fries are pure gold! Best fries in all of Houston. Staff was very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable of the menu. Happy to say this is our new go-to spot.

S
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very tasty but $12 for 3 oysters, $8 for 3 cornbread muffins and $16 for one unspectacular Bloody Mary? Would love to try some of the other unique dishes on the menu but unlikely. Hard to justify prices on relatively low costs food items.

D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful first experience at International Smoke. It was slow the night we went and they had run out of the short-ribs, but every dish and cocktail we did get were delicious. The service was also uncommonly friendly.

JE
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server was attentive and made great suggestions. Will return.

MM
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We had a great time. Food great. Service experience excellent. We enjoyed our special day.

SL
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Meh! I was really looking forward to eating here but never wanted to drive far. I finally did and was underwhelmed. I couldn’t even finish my Mac & cheese??? How can you go wrong with that??

TB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We went to this location for a business dinner. Our waitress was no knowledgeable about the menu and was inattentive.

TK
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spectacular! Borisov helped us out with a birthday lunch- and he is wonderful! Will definitely be back!

RH
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a family member’s birthday. The service was great and the attendance to the birthday person was awesome. We sat outside and the you family members were able to play and enjoy themselves. The noise level was just fine for a fun conversation around the table.

AD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

It was my birthday and all I got was a card. The cornbread had this weird thick curry sauce that threw my husband and I off. The non- alcoholic drink that contained pineapple, tamarind, lemon, and soda was disgusting and somehow green, so I ordered a sweet tea. The tea was water and sugar almost, so I ordered a regular tea... and that was too concentrated with caffeine to the point it looked foggy. My Vietnamese beef rib was 50% fat. The 3 crusted oysters were delicious but $10 for 3 oysters? I loved my company more than the food. The rice didn’t match my tastebuds’ satisfaction to top of the meal. Never coming back

CT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I have only been here twice, but both times we enjoyed the experience. The food is always top-notch and the service is excellent. The only reason I failed to give the food the highest rating is that they had run out of the one appetizer I was looking forward to trying.

M
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice restaurant not many options on the meal I was also expecting the food to be really good. Honestly it was ok. Waiter could have been a little more Attentive.

T
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our server Jasmyne was great! The food was just okay, didn't really meet our expectations. We'll most likely not be dining there in the future.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we have been here. The food was amazing again and the service is always wonderful. Everyone at International Smoke made us feel welcome and made the birthday celebration even better!

HC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dropped by for lunch on Sunday at our college son's recommendation. Had a hard time choosing from the menu. It all looked spectacular. Our oyster appetizers were excellent as well as our entrees. And the service was attentive and knowledgeable while allowing us to enjoy ourselves with few unnecessary interruptions. We will definitely be back!

TG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

It was very smoky in the restaurant. My fries were cold

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Ribs were outstanding as was several appetizers: char siu pork buns, corn bread and pretzels.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place was so peaceful and the food was great!

h
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it great food!

LR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner and I needed the night in tears because the service was so poor and the waiter was horribly mean and cold.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredibly great! The foods were delicious and looked amazing. International Smoke did not disappoint my mother’s birthday, but brought my family closer. The foods at the restaurant did not only satisfy my family’s taste bud, but also our nose and eyes. Big thank to International Smoke for the amazing experience. I will for sure come back in the near future.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, even better food. Great atmosphere with genuinely nice staff. Great first impression and I will definitely be back!

TM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Everything we tasted was great from the ribs to the mushroom fried rice and smoked redfish. Absolutely no complaints, the staff went above and beyond to make our anniversary special.

B
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice note to welcome us a we celebrate our anniversary along with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The waitress was detailed and offered many recommendations on favorites. We had the Jamaican jerk chicken, wedge salad, pork ribs with sesame - G sauce and pulled pork sandwich. All was good but we have had better at other local restaurants that could out do these offerings and prices, Pappas & Goode Company, Cool Runnings. It was nice to try the restaurant after hearing about it from friends and family. Probably, will not drive from Sugar Land again but if in City Center and Cyclone Anaya’s is busy, we will go again. All the staff was attentive and friendly.

JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was absolutely amazing! Complete 360 from my original visit. Will definitely return again!

SP
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time dining it was a Saturday evening.Best service and food! Excellent customer service from the greeters who seat you up to the manager Borris and our awesome server Erin. I was celebrating my Bday and the hospitality was top shelf. It was two in my party and they made us feel like we were the only guest in the restaurant. I had the Mexican street chicken if you like spicy; my guest had the Red fish on half shell. Both absolutely delicious. The tuna poppers were good as well as the wonderful Ayesha's cornbread that's a hit in the show!! The ambiance was great; I would definitely recommend, will be returning. Thanks to the hands that prepared the food & the wonderful staff!... Bon appetite!!

LY
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose International Smoke to celebrate a birthday. Best decision ever! The food was scrumptious. Our party of 4 had several items among us and every single dish was amazing. We had appetizers, ribs, a variety of sides, and dessert. There was not a single thing lacking. Our server Felicia was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and engaging. We could tell that it was her pleasure to serve us and we thoroughly appreciated the evening all the more. We can hardly wait to return!

S
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beautifully presented. With unique fusion of flavors. Alex the server was very professional, friendly, and attentive.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and customer

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Brunch

t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Friends in town

IL
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Food extremely weird. My pulled pork sandwich was so sourer I could not eat it. Papaya ice shaving was hot and spicy..... there was almost no papaya but a lot of black-red spice reminding me of sourer pepper....

PL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday weekend and the staff did the lil extras to make it a special day. From the time we entered the front door until our departure, everyone was very accommodating. Big shout out to our waitress Logan for putting up with us. Oh BTW let's talk food, the ribs were good and the mushroom fried rice was excellent. I will be back.

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, looking forward to coming back! We will be bringing friends and family for sure.

C
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to International Smoke on the last day of Houston Restaurant Weeks and we had a wonderful time! The menu was very eclectic and the food was wonderful.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night + International smoke = perfection

JC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

This place is overrated. An absolutely waste of my money. Could of gone to steak 48 for what we paid there. Only good thing was the bottle of wine but OVERPRICED! I ordered Korean ribs that were salty, dry, and over cooked. My friend ordered the steak frites medium rare... just dry! My 7 yr old ordered the Mac and cheese which she sent back. She said it tasted like “plastic”... no flavor. We also tried the strawberry shortcake for dessert. Another disappointment. I just ate the strawberries on it. It was dry and no flavor. Very disappointed. The only good thing about this place is the seating area outside and the service. Will definitely not eat there again.