Joyce's Seafood & Steaks

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104 reviews
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Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks is a neighborhood bistro experience in Houston that has become a favorite with locals ever since opening the doors in 1997. Known for the freshest Gulf seafood and mouthwatering steaks, Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks has been given kudos and awards galore, including from Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Saveur Magazine and the Houston Chronicle.



House specialties at Joyce’s Seafood & Steaks include lobster and shrimp enchiladas, seafood gumbo, fresh fish, and Texas Gulf oysters . For something other than seafood try the filet mignon. Just be sure to save some room for dessert because the white chocolate bread pudding with pecans and bourbon sauce is to die for.


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j
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood seafood restaurant. Always delicious food!

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H
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Joyce's always has great seafood. We especially love the cold fresh oysters and the red snapper special topped with crabmeat. The salads are always tasty and fresh and the vegetables are cooked perfectly. Service was friendly, responsive and with just the right amount of attention.

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y
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this neighborhood gem and we were delighted with the food and the ambiance. You get treated like you are family. We will be back to taste other dishes that caught our attention. We went for the seafood of course.

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LF
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

WE have dined at Joyce's many times. Portions are good size , drink sizes as well food is always very good

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Meal and Service

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HR
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. Been eating here for a number of years.

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J
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, sat us in the back and it was very. Noisy

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TD
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Very friendly staff. Really good deserts

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SC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all had a wonderful time. Food was fantastic and service was good in spite of being very busy.
You go to Joyce's for the food, not the ambiance.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will be back next time I’m in town!!

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m
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good restaurant, good food and good service. Food is prepared very well

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LF
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The sauce for our fish was so heavy it made the fish nearly inedible. It was a heavy, Marsala, mushroom sauce that might have been ok on chicken or pork but it was dreadful on the light, fresh flounder.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a very pleasant dining experience.

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AJ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fried shrimp and oysters were outstanding!

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m
Houston
55 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Really good seafood restaurant with excellent food and great value

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FG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Our young men loved the oysters. Oh and the deserts.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food was perfect and the service flawless

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j
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food and service has been great on the past. Unfortunately there was a problem with a patron upon our arrival & the staff was stressed about getting this situation under control.
Our service was lacking but I believe it was due to these circumstances. Food is always fresh & fish delicious!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious fresh fried catfish fillet dinner and great bread pudding ..only lacking raisins :(
The ribeye was on tough side and cream brûlée not great .
Cdtfish and bread pudding -a hit !!!

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RB
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Service a bit slow. Very cold in side room where we were seated. They need to find a way to make it more warm in the winter & also not allow people to use the back door in the winter time.

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LO
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Our waiter was very attentive and kind. It was a nice experience. The food was good. The only thing that I did not like was the decor or atmosphere. It kind of reminded me of an old fashion kitchen/bar. I went because of the reviews I read online. I needed a place that had steak (my husband's favorite) since it was a birthday celebration for my husband. I wanted it to be more elegant, but it was so far from it. Other than the style and the decor, we enjoyed ourselves. The noise level was quiet; however, I figured it was this way because we went during lunch like around 2:00pm. There were about 4 other parties having lunch that day, about total of 12 people (including our party) during our time there.

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J
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, food was hot and delicious.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing!! Staff and manager are wonderful. Very accommodating especially with kids!! Our whole family loved this place! Thank you again for the food and the amazing experience.

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R
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good but not great. All four of our group ordered different fish dishes and they were tasty but a bit overpriced what what we got in my opinion.

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MF
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was good-shrimp was very good, but flounder only fair

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O
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We meet once a month and try to pick a restaurant we haven’t been to before! It was my turn to pick the restaurant so I went online to Open Table and checked out the Top 10 “hidden gems” in neighborhoods! I found Joyce’s Steaks and Seafood on San Felipe... it was a good location, so I booked it! THE FOOD WAS GREAT!! Each of us had something different and we all raved about it! Excellent choice!

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c
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great intimate venue. It's almost like something out of a novel. It's a neighborhood place. The folks running (and owning) the place came from the Ukraine. Love these people! Friendly, and really good food!

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O
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Joyce’s. It’s a neighborhood gem for us. The food is well-prepared, and the service is efficient and friendly. I highly recommend it!

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CJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

We had a Saturday night reservation, arrived a little early. We were seated at a terrible table - right in the middle of the restaurant - waiter path, exit path. Etc. We would usually ask to sit at a less hectic table, but the hostess was quick to walk away, even though no other guests were waiting to be seated. And one of the entres was delivered at about room temperature. Not warm or hot. The other meal was delivered much too hot to eat for 5-10 minutes. The food was good - we like the entree choice list. Just disappointed in tonight’s visit.

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m
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly this has very few handicapped spaces, (I only saw one) whereas lots of their clientele is older. But we just did a wheelchair instead of a walker for my mother in law and it was fine parking further away. Very special place.....food is great, individual attention given to diners, we had an 87 and 96 year old birthday and they did the candles. Very fun.

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BH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always enjoy our visits to Joyce’s. Food is always consistent. Very pleasant.

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C
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Saturday dinner during HRW and the menu was very generous. Very good value and delicious food! Older crowd from the neighborhood - right up our alley. Wish it was closer, we live in Bear Creek, but will definitely make the drive again. Service was very good as well, and the garlic butter is to die for! We both had the blueberry bleu cheese salad and red snapper with green beans. For dessert we had the crème brulee and bread pudding. Very much a do over.

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

Food and service was excellent! But, $36 for a lunch special was a little much.
However, Joyce's has the BEST bread pudding in town!

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P
Houston
82 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Joyce’s is like a little beach town restaurant. We dine there frequently. Food is simple but fresh and well prepared. Ambiance and decor remind you of something you would find in a seaside town, nautical and fishing village motif. Excellent oysters on half shell or try the oyster shooters-delicious! Good variety from fried fish and shrimp to broiled flounder and redfish. Also good salads like the lump crab salad with remoulade dressing. Service is attentive and friendly from all the staff.

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BK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was bland although our waitress was nice I don’t think I will be dining there again.

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RB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I had heard of Joyce's from a colleague and when I saw that they were on the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu, I knew that I had to give them a try. We decided to go there for my birthday dinner. All of the staff were very friendly and polite. The hostess gave me a birthday hug, I thought that was sweet of her. Our waitress and one of the managers sang happy birthday to me and put a candle in my dessert. The food was amazing. It is definitely a place I will visit again!

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DB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The Frog Legs are off the chain ! This is a can't miss place for fresh seafood.

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w
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The fish hand no taste or flavor. The green beans were not hot. The service was great!

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I visited Joyce's for their HRW menu offerings on Fri, August 10th. This was my first visit, and while my overall impression was positive, I would not recommend this restaurant. There are seafood restaurants in this same vicinity who have a more expansive menu, and whose offerings are tastier.
I selected the Surf'n Turf, and the steak was undercooked (I requested medium well), the sides (mashed potatoes and 2 asparagus spears) were bland. The shrimp were on the small side and not Jumbo as indicated.
While the service was very good, it's doubtful I'll visit again.

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was nice and the food was great!! I will definitely visit again!!

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