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
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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

F
Houston
100 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorites. It never disappoints.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent!

LG
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

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
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

h
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible, will return!

M
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

r
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

AB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Staff was so friendly and helpful

AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

FD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

A
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow at the start and waiter was not very personable

Very hard to hear him, spoke very quietly

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good time

KK
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff/ servers are always polite and accommodating. Excellent food and quick service!

JB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, drinks, and service. Tables are rather close together and the concrete floors can make it loud during dinner.

JA
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - attentive, friendly and informed. Welcoming ambiance - elegant but comfortable. And, the food is excellent - I have tried almost everything on the menus and have always had a excellent, well thought out and well prepared meal.

CP
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been to Relish but we will be back. The cheese tray was very lovely and a nice selection. We loved the biscuits! I had fried green tomatoes with shrimp - very good.

S
Houston
70 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved that hard boiled eggs. They were delicious as was the fried chicken. We keep coming back to Relish because of their great menu. Lots of different options.

d
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice find in the River Oaks area. Very attentive staff items we ordered for all prompt and tasty. Good wine list I could’ve used a few more choices. We would definitely recommend it to others.

RA
New Mexico
41 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite spots in Houston. I’ve been multiple times and the food & Service is always consistently good. I highly recommend Relish! 💕

MC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Relish is always consistently wonderful!

E
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good as always. Great variety of high quality food choices. A go to place.

H
London
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The noise level was not just "energetic" - it was excruciatingly loud! My guest and I were sitting next to each other and literally had to shout at times in order to be heard. Everything else was fine but I would never return based on that alone.

RB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

It was disappointing that the staff made is clear that they were shutting down the restaurant at 9:30 pm. This was a Saturday night and our dinner started at 7:45. We enjoyed the drinks and the menu items but did not feel welcome as they started to close.

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