Pearl Restaurant and Bar at The Sam Houston Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The Pearl Restaurant & Bar is located in the historic SAM Houston Hotel in downtown Houston. Chef Ed Guizar has created an amazing menu based on seafood with offerings such as East Coast oysters on the half shell, shrimp and grits, short ribs with Brussel sprouts, and much more.
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Houston
62 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It was a seafood night in the Peal Restaurant, so our two entrees were grouper and scallops. The grouper was significantly over cooked and the scallops were like rubber. We mentioned to the server. It was extremely surprising as we were the only ones in the restaurant. We had a drink in the bar before eating and later after the theater and the service was great. The bar tender mixed the slightly dirty martini perfectly. I would recommend the bar but not the restaurant. There are plenty of good restaurants in the CBC area.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vibe. Delicious food. Highly recommend.

LP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

1st visit and won’t be our last. Server Meghan was a delight and helpful regarding the menu and personally speaking. Our food: bouillabaisse and short ribs w/Brussels sprouts/spaetzl were some of the best tasting fresh food we have eaten in a long time. We purposefully saved half of each entree so we could eat as a leftover and get dessert: white chocolate bread pudding, which was wonderful, and gladly, not heavy.

JV
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night out with friends, food and wine were great, perfect way to kick off an evening

JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience3

The Pearl Restaurant was found CLOSED when we arrived on time for our reservation, despite multiple confirmations through Open Table. Luckily, the hotel bar was open and the kitchen was staffed (to handle hotel room service) and the bartender Santos scrambled to accommodate us and two other parties in the bar. Santos did a great job under the circumstances, even though he was the only person handling the room... It seemed very strange that a Hilton property would close a restaurant when the hotel is open AND not communicate with Open Table.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service from Amy who was very accommodating when we wanted to sit in the bar area instead of restaurant so we could watch the Astros game. The food we ordered was excellent and my husband cleaned his plate with “the best shrimp and grits” he’d ever had (which is an extensive list!) We will definitely be going back!

OT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. The tables and chairs were nice and the service was good. Like all hotels restaurants the prices were a little inflated but it was worth the time.

QR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I'll keep it simple, don't bother. You will find better and more interesting literally a block away in any direction.

J
Charleston
98 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was somewhat disappointed in the facility ( several burnt out lights, most tables empty, employee who asked my wife how old she was.)

AW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A bit salty

VP
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff are outstanding! A hidden gem in the downtown area! Ask to view their venue for special events! New bar menu is very welcoming.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shrimp and grits was great! On the spicy side so be prepared. Short ribs were a winner. Corn chowder soup also excellent. Service was attentive without being to bothersome. Overall a great experience.

JR
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at the Pearl....the short rib was fantastic and so were the shrimp and grits!
Nice atmosphere, great service, good food....what more could you ask for!

KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Jeffry was our waiter and he was FABULOUS! Excellent service and well crafted martini. I was a little s disappointed that there were no other customers with us, the place was empty. Jeffry explained that it is hit and miss during the week but that on the weekends they are always busy.

JV
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff, great value. Will go back again.

WB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Breakfast was good. Everything was as ordered, hot, and tasted good. It was not out of this world. Service was good, but I had to wait a couple of times for our server. The ambiance was very good.

TL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Wish this place was better! The service was great but the food was just mediocre at best. Steak overdone, oysters flavorless, rest of food just okay. Cocktails were good though so I’d recommend the bar!

l
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We had a wonderful time, and will hopefully dine here once (or so) a month.

SB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is among the best I have ever experienced. The waitperson was very personable and accommodating. The food was excellent. Highly recommend the chowder.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This food is some of the best I’ve had in Houston. Also, service is impeccable every time.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! The server David was on top of everything the whole time. The cook Robert did an amazing job and the food was delicious! Will be back again and will be recommending!

FT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent and inventive take on bouillabaisse with seafood tasting straight out of the ocean, and the freshest salad I've eaten. Served with intelligence and cheerfulness in a quiet and pleasant place. What could be better?

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

You should designate on your reservations the the restaurant is not open on Sunday. When the reservation was made it gave no indication that the only seating available would be in the bar area.

EA
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had the NY Eve fixed menu. The food was only mediocre

FC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were not open when we got there.

VP
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short Ribs are to die for- excellent! Seafood - excellent!
Salads - average. Overall - enjoyable!

m
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I loved this place. Great food, friendly staff, fancy atmosphere.

IS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hotels was so beautiful nice rooms enjoy my stay the Restaurant enjoy dinner and breakfast and the bar so much fun

JD
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow

JD
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious soup and salad

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointing. The good reviews were not an accurate account of our experience. Billed as a romantic setting, came off more like a country club feel. We were the only people in the place and for good reason. My friend ordered the sea bass, but 10 minutes later we were told there was none available. I know restaurants run out of items, but the server should have know. Unfortunately, the blackened grouper was awful. The blackening spice was mostly chili powder which completely killed the flavor of the fish. She ate only a few bites. We didn’t complain and the server didn’t question. Oh well, off the find something much better.

CC
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was subpar for a Houston. Low on flavor. Creative options but just no flavor. I was expecting better.

Service was excellent.

There were only 2 customers in the restaurant on a Saturday night. This really says a lot.

SP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amy was amazing! Knowledgeable and paid attention to every little detail. She recommended wine to pair with our entrees and offered a complimentary glass when the dessert we ordered wasn’t available. She made the experience WONDERFUL and we felt very taken care of! When we were leaving the hotel the next day she saw us and remembered us and waived and wished us a great day. She made our experience memorable for a great date night!

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Alot of meal delays. We were here early, but seemed there were a lot of miss steps on service here today for just 2 people ordering apps, drinks (no-alcohol), and meals. When food did arrive it was great. We were there about an hour and a half about double the time expected. One member was almost done with their meal while I was still waiting for salad. Food was great though and I'm hoping it was just an off day. Give them a try, as I said, food was great.

ML
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at our first visit to The Pearl. Our waitress was attentive, the food was fresh and cooked perfectly, and most importantly, delicious!

DG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to the pearl for my mother in laws birthday. We all loved our meals, service, and drinks! I will definitely return for a date night, or even just for cocktail hour at the lovely bar across the hall from the restaurant. Thank you for a great night!

ML
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentative staff, good food, nice atmosphere.

CP
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

IT.WAS.AWFUL.
The entire restaurant revolted.
Truly an abomination.

JE
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service. Did not even get our drink for >40 minutes