Poitín Bar & Kitchen

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257 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
Just as the City of Houston opens its doors to immigrants from around the world, Poitín welcomes all-comers. Here we celebrate Houston’s diversity and its inclusive spirit. Our food and drink menus are a culinary embodiment of that diversity, with a modern Irish cocktail bar, a modern Southern kitchen, and global influence throughout.
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l
Austin
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4/21/19 easter brunch with family was delicious and delightful with an excellent view, menu selections certain to please as well as wonderful service

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l
Houston
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We went here for Easter brunch and it was my 3rd time to visit. The space is amazing and the view of downtown can't be beat but that's where it ends. The staff is very nice but super uneducated about the menu for both food and drink. Every question we asked the waiter was met with confusion and questions answered with questions. I asked about a beverage and he described it as a beer...turns out it was an iced coffee. The restaurant was only partially full and for Easter that says something. The menu has complex ingredients that the staff needs to know and be able to explain and that didn't happen. The service was super slow and our apps continued to come out during the meal....and they were deviled eggs. Our poor waiter had tables outside and way at the front of the restaurant and every time he would come by he would say "oops I haven't checked on y'all in a while"....also, couldn't order anything from lunch menu only brunch and several people wanted to try the burger. We do group brunches often and this one scored the lowest for our table over the last 10 restaurants. This place can't survive in this restaurant environment for more than 6 more months. I hope I am wrong.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Service was awesome. All the food was under seasoned and a few things had to be sent back (first time ever sending something back). Probably just because it was a holiday. Will give it another shot because the staff was so great.

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p
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting unique menu. Nice view of downtown. Extensive cocktail menu.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was empty on a Friday evening so we were waited on very quickly. Although the restaurant was pretty, food was on the pricier side and unfortunately, my gnocchi was basically inedible. The other dishes were okay. Will not return or recommend.

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and we had to ask several times on our requests, even with restaurant being 1/2 full. Small plates were fine but entrees like pork belly (much more fat than meat) and cajun mixed grill (very chewy meat) were not worth the cost.
The ambience and vibe of the restaurant was great. We wanted to like it, but several important aspects fell short of our expectations

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m
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent day/night for the patio, great view of downtown. Food and drinks matched the view.

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N
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quite offputting to tell a table “We don’t do anything special for birthdays.”

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RW
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It took a long time for our drinks to arrive, but the waitress was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations. I had the pork belly which was phenomenal but a bit small for dinner.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I went for Sunday funday and my waiter was fairly new. She was very informed on things but socialized way to much with me and my friend. Also I checked my bank account the next morning and she charged my card twice for two different transactions. Which is not paying attention to the job. Not sure if I want to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere but felt the service and food was nothing to write home about

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b
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Original menu and a cool place with a great view of downtown. Service just ok, had to keep asking for coffee and water refills. All in all, super brunch experience.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The location and view is the only thing the restaurant has going for it. The service was painfully slow and I had to actually get up and search for our waitress to get our check so that we could leave. Food was ok, but not worth the price. The menu is also weird and doesn’t offer enough variety. We won’t be back anytime soon.

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R
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

very disappointing. Dirty mushroom appetizer was weird consistency and served in a bowl with no serving utensils or bread and tasteless. Chicken was moist and ok, greens excellent but served with no spoon to share, mac & cheese tasteless.

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Dubai
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Food quality was average, I had ordered the steak benedict and the steak was chewy

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ET
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, one of the few restaurants where you can have a group and carry on a conversation

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect table with amazing view
Satisfying and chic food
Was a great choice for our dinner with Irish guest. The owner cane over to introduce himself... very attentive.

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G
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was delicious
Outdoor dining fun

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Nice, unique wine selection. Food was good but not great—each of our entrees (duck and flank steak) lacked ideal flavor combinations. Their signature dessert (served in a mason jar) is worth a try for novelty's sake!

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JB
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Food was underwhelming and way overpriced. Would not recommend

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SD
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Bartender was great. Would recommend to anyone.

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BG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was poor. Waitress took me to table and said she would come back to split the tables since there was only to be two of us. My date showed up 5 mins later so I split the table myself and brushed off crumbs from previous diner. Sloppy service and attention to detail. Waitress came back eventually to take order but never noticed. We also ha to ask multiple times for lemon for the water. After serving us, she took forever to get us check and to pick up my credit card. Wasn’t even all that crowded. I ended up flagging the bartender or manager and they took my card. Not impressed at all with service. Hope someone actually reads this and coaches their service staff to be better.

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L
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The dining area was comfy and perfect for a group and private dining. We enjoyed our first experience!

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RH
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great dinner option, the menu includes a wide variety of choices for every palate, including wild game and a Smoked Fried Chicken that is unlike anything I’ve every had. The Mixologist will craft a Smokey Old Fashion that is worthy of a visit by it self. If you are visiting Houston or are a Houstoian looking for some place different - this is the place. A must try.

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Houston
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

What a great Sunday surprise! Didn't about this place but did a search of best brunches in Houston and it came up. So, being adventurous we booked a table and we are so glad we did. From the moment we walked in we knew we were going to enjoy this place. The ambiance that greeted us was warming and inviting. We greeted graciously and seated promptly. Our server arrived in a timely manner and recommended serval options for cocktails. The smoked old fashioned was amazing, and delicious very clever. Brunch was delicious we enjoyed the creamy burrata salad and I had the BBQ Shrimp and Grits and my partner the TX Steak Benedict. Both were amazing in both taste and presentation. We can not wait to return when the patio doors are open and the spring weather is upon us in Houston!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre. The collard green risotto was just “ok”. It needed salt. The presentation was really lackluster for the price. It was just sort of...brown. Served on a brown plate. A bit unappetizing. My date had the cauliflower and it was basically small piles of brown veg, served again on a brown plate. Look I sound like I’m being picky but we eat with our eyes too and the plates there aren’t exactly a bargain. We both left hungry. Service was ok when they finally came to our table (took about fifteen minutes before we got a drink order). Which would be 100% excusable during a busy time, but the dining room was practically empty. I have zero desire to revisit this establishment, as there are so many good options in the city.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute atmosphere! The latte was delicious!

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g
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is outstanding (amazing actually) but neither the ambience (are the tables plastic?) nor the service match the food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, fabulous cocktails. Will be back!

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ER
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

One of the two brunch items we ordered was inedible. Literally, the bagel was so stale you could not bite in to it. By the time the server stopped back by, the other person had finished their meal. We ordered a duplicate of the “good” meal as a replacement, and it took 20 minutes for it to arrive. It was notably underwhelming in presentation compared to the first. Clearly inconsistent and poor food. Slow service compounded the situation. It was very slow on Sunday afternoon (maybe 2 other tables inside). May just be growing pains but there are too many other great options to leave so disappointed.

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

Had a fun evening with friends! We’ll be back!

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Got off to a poor start with the hostess seating us at ridiculous table in the middle of the dining room when the restaurant was empty. When we requested for a better table she said they were all reserved. Mind you this was at 4pm.
The food: we started with the soup that had no salt, then we had the duck and venison. Both were just about ok nothing I would repeat. The Liang greens were the only thing on the menu worth a mention.
Overall bad service mediocre food!

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OD
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food at Poitin is very good. We shared 3 appetizers, being the Louisiana blue crab, creamy burrata, and short rib. All were excellent. For dinner, my spouse had the flatiron steak and I had the duck. My duck came out medium rare and I enjoyed it very much. The flatiron steak didn’t quite measure up to the appetizers or my duck. The service was very good and attentive. The interior of the restaurant is in the current style with not much to absorb sound and a music system that, to my taste, was a little too loud. There is a nice view of downtown. And there is no valet parking, which is getting rarer at restaurants like Poitin and which I consider a plus.

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DD
Houston
97 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Inconsistent. Some food great (pork belly; crudo); other foods poorly executed (crab meat, carrots). Understaffed; server did best she could under the circumstances. Might return, keeping the limitations in mind. Needs to improve kitchen consistency & staff properly.

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c
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks and starters were superb. Only negative was the steak.

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H
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The drinks and food are good and it’s a great ambiance with a nice view of DTHTX. Their fries need a make over but they have good music!

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FD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was great and overall, it was a good meal. The problem with service is I SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED a table by the windows overlooking the bar area. I got a snarky response from the host dude that it was not available, yet the entire time we were at the restaurant it sat empty. This was my second time at the restaurant, so that is a very good sign as more than half the new places I try I don't return to. When I consider how much money I spend on dining out (top 1%er I would say), I expect to be treated in a commensurate manner. I did not feel treated appropriately as my request was not honored or respected.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Brunch was fabulous the DJ was great breakfast at Tiffany’s theme could have been a bit more but overall great first visit

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and the best service. I will be returning for brunch again.

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MN
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The restaurant staff and ambiance was phenomenal however the food was not the best on the brunch menu but the drinks are amazing
I ordered the FCS and it was tough over cooked and dry and not to mention the old cold fries that accompanied my dish that tasted liked they were cooked in in old oil
Needless to say I did not even eat my food and I am one of those people that refuse to send food back to the kitchen

My mom ordered the carrot pancakes bacon and potatoes. She indicated that the bacon was amazing however the potatoes tasted awful and the pancakes tasted like she ordered them from IHOP

We also ordered the special homemade pop tarts that she said was yummy

I love the staff and hostess who was very nice and we should have just brought in our own birthday cake because the restaurant did not have any candles in the entire place for the birthday desert I ordered for my mother and when I made reservations I specifically indicated that it was a birthday celebration and I wanted to purchase a birthday desert

I only ordered the cake Mud cake because of her birthday needless to say it was frozen and tasteless and did not have happy birthday on the plate no candle and not one mention of happy birthday

I was highly disappointed that I picked this place to celebrate her birthday celebration however she was thankful

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