Relish Restaurant and Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Relish Restaurant & Bar is a neighborhood eatery serving up classic American food with Mediterranean influences. At Relish, we aim to create an environment where absolute guest satisfaction is our highest priority. Through a shared commitment to excellence, we are dedicated to the uncompromising quality of our food, service, and people, while taking exceptional care of our guests and staff. We simply believe food should be uncomplicated, delicious and something to be relished!

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Only problem was dessert was served scorching hot and burnt tongue very badly. Manager was very concerned and addressed problem very professionaly
Will return

CD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the spicy crab dip as a starter! It's enough for an entire meal. Service was perfectly attentive!

r
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

This was not our 1st time @ Relish. The food was excellent as always. The service is usually excellent as well but not this time. The service started out very attentive. As the meal progressed the service declined. We had to ask for proper knife & additional silverware because someone in our party didn't have any. We ordered after dinner decaf coffees plus a mixed drink. The mixed drink came right away but we waited at least 10-20 mins. for the coffees only then to be told that the decaf was unavailable/out of order. The person drinking the mixed drink was already finished by the time our 2nd order of after dinner coffees arrived. Our waitress seemed disorganized & overworked.

W
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really pleasant atmosphere for a neighborhood restaurant to go have a nice meal in a cosy setting. I really enjoyed it for a relaxing night out. We were there early, so I think it was quieter. Good meal. A little pricey for a quick night out, but I enjoyed it!

j
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The new crab dip and the lamb meatballs were fantastic!

HD
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with new menu items that are a hit. Loved the new crab dip and lamb meatballs. Desserts are awesome and were loved by the whole table.

MC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Food is always outstanding, great service and great ambiance. Went there for my birthday and had a wonderful time.

MS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious as always and the service was so wonderful. Everyone was so helpful and provided wonderful recommendations. I love the deviled eggs and I look forward to the next time I have dinner there.

OT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great , service was not the usual

j
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner at Relish. The restaurant is warm & friendly. Our server had a number of tables... so it took a bit to get going, but once things settled down, the service was fine. The food was very good. We started with the charcuterie board, which had a lovely variety of items. Each of us enjoyed our meals. The portions were just right for us, and the flavors were rich & developed.

TW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Have been several times prior and enjoyed. However, our food was subpar at best, service was somewhat over attentive.

R
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu. The bbq shrimp with creamy polenta is a nice take on the “shrimp ‘n’ grits” genre. Desserts were outstanding.

L
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was sporadic. Food and drinks were exceptionally slow coming out when it was very apparent that it was a slow evening for them. Upon going to the bar to inquire about our missing drinks, my husband was given a horribly snotty comment from the bartender. The manager came at the end to comp our desserts when after 25 minutes we were tired of waiting for them and that did nothing to change our minds that it was a horrible experience and not one we wish to do again.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was not good and the food needs a lot of improvement.

F
Houston
102 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

First time visiting. Saturday night reservations at 7:30.

Service was slow. When I asked waiter about specials he said they had a NY Strip but only had one left. Three out of the four of us ordered gazpacho for appetizer - they only had enough left for two portions. When they brought out desert menus, there were 7 options - however, they were out of four of them.

I’ve never experienced anything like this before. On a Saturday night - which should be your busiest service, you are not well provisioned???? Pretty pathetic.

Food we were able to order was good.

L
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun dinner with friends. Lively atmosphere, tasty food and wonderful service. My friend said a good judge of a new restaurant is how they make a martini and she said hers was amazing! We started with the grilled artichoke which was fabulous. I had the snapper which was good, but my husband had the scallops which won the flavor contest. Unfortunately they were sold out of the carrot cake for dessert, so we had the light berry dessert which was very good. We would definitely go back and based on the hopping atmosphere, it is a popular spot in the upper Kirby area.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorites. It never disappoints.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They were out of Malbec wine and another white Wine.... the waiters didn’t know the answers to menu questions. The house red wine was NOT drinkable. The gin cocktail was excellent. The food was good and the service was terrible.

WU
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great cocktail and dinner menu, friendly spot-on service and good neighborhood-feel ambiance.

BR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent!

LG
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We enjoy Relish but the service was horrible. The manager had to take our order so you think after that it would have gotten better. NOT! We wanted to order dessert but the waiter never came to the table. We even had to ask the busboy to take our check.

JT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Out of Shiner Bock was the only issue.

h
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible, will return!

M
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice meal at Relish, this was our second time. For appetizers we chose the green fried tomatoes and the smoked beef carpaccio, both were great.
For our meal I had the crab cakes which are awesome, better than any fancier restaurant I’ve been too.. My husband had the pork chop and that was great too. Service was great too!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great!
It was a very pleasant evening!

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dinner! You definitely need to try the deviled eggs. So scrumptious! Excellent service and food!!

LE
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Apparently Relish is operating under a new management. It shows, and not for the better. There is something afoot making all of the servers unhappy. We ate at the bar and never had such awful service. It was SLOW, had to ask several times for things and attitudes were sour. Whatever you are doing Relish management, it isn't good! This is a "go to" place for us but perhaps not anymore.

E
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner. The waiter could have been a bit more friendly but the managers were very nice. Although I had mentioned it was my birthday celebration no notice was taken

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff, and cool vibe in the middle of River Oaks.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Wasn’t impressed as a foodie...service was a little over barring when after almost every sip my water was refilled. Best part of the meal was the chicken deviled eggs. My drink tasted like toothpaste.

MC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really great service and overall wonderful food. Had the hangar steak dish and it was amazing. Definitely get it with the Brussels. My dad thought the fried chicken was good but nothing super special. The biscuits they start you off on are really delicious too.

RS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience was awesome, from food to service and ambiance. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

r
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thought the wine was over priced. Everything else was excellent.

AB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and perfectly prepared and the cocktails are the best! I love their snapper dish and the Italian seafood soup is without equal in all of Houston. The prices are reasonable and it's a lovely restaurant. We enjoy eating here very much and come often with friends. One of our favorites!

TM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If you are not a foodie, you will enjoy Relish. If you are a foodie - don’t expect to have an amazing food experience. The ambiance was nice. We had reservations at 8:30. We arrived at 8:15. We were placed within 5 minutes. There were several menu items that were unavailable. Annoying. I ordered a mocktail. I had a huge sip and realized that the bartender added alcohol. Thank goodness I was not a reformed alcoholic who was practicing sobriety. The waiter was attentive.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Staff was so friendly and helpful

AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was mediocre at best and our server forgot about us halfway through the meal. Will not be returning.

JR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Our group of 7 had an amazing evening, our waitress suggested great options for appetizers and entrees. Not one plate was disappointing, we can't wait to return! The lavender cocktail is a must!

J
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Astonishingly good and very big portions,too. Excellent service but a bit noisy.

FD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great craft cocktails and excellent food. My wife had the lavender cocktail which was delicious. Very friendly bartender gave us tips on how to make it. We will be back!