Roost

4.7
217 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Taking his passion and the experience he gained staging at Picholine in NYC and Madrona Manor in Napa along with his work at Brennan’s, Haven, Soma and most recently as consulting Chef for Saint Genevieve in West Ave, at 26-years-old Kevin Naderi opened his first restaurant, Roost in December, 2011. Roost’s 50-seat space is cozy and unpretentious amid walls paneled with old shutters and Edison-like light fixtures fashioned from gutter drains. Roost’s rustic and diverse menu is revised every three weeks, inspired by local availability of farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and flavors of the world including the American south, Asia and from the Middle East, taking advantage of Naderi’s Persian heritage. Says Naderi, “I’ve taken a little bit from everywhere I’ve worked. It’s a good showcase for what we do.”

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 217 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Roost!

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AlanR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very small place with great service.
Casual dining

JH
JohnH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. I had the pork skewers and peanut butter pie. It was all very tasty.

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vipBrittany
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food. My salad (there's only one on the menu) was fresh and delicious. The slow dough bread and fried cauliflower were also very good. Not the best atmosphere and service was lacking. But that seems normal post-pandemic.

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Arkiegeli
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great, food okay; we had higher expectations based on the food prices. It took a really long time to get our food for an 8pm reservation.

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Glamourous
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly with simple but imaginative food! We love Roost!

PB
PaulaB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place for Friday night dinner with family. We loved the farm to table menu and yummy wine choices. We particularly enjoyed the cauliflower appetizer (which could easily be a shared side with dinner) and the salmon entre. We didn't have time or room for dessert, but look forward to a return trip to try them out.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Lively atmosphere and attentive staff. We appreciate Dolores and the rest of the team for their work and attention.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was a non-event. I had been there previously and loved it. This time it was totally disappointing. No flavor and really bad service. Clearly understaffed.

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Beabea
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Fabulous food and Dolores did a great job considering there were only 2 servers. Noise level is so loud , you can’t hear the person in front of you and it was super hot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

food was great. overcrowded noisy room was horrible. packed in as sardines

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vipFreddyW
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal at Roost! Dolores took great care of our family as always. Great to see Kevin in house as well. Highlights were the pork chop, chicken and dumplings and garlic bisque.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and the menu offers a broad selection. The servers are always top notch. I’ve never been disappointed here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible first experience at ROOST. amazing waiter - Andy - great food, great drinks and overall great experience. Andy was the best waiter and so knowledgeable! Will definitely be back.

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vipEllenY
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the friendly, homey feeling while eating at Roost! Like being with family!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food; a crowded and busy Saturday night; noisy!

WC
WensieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had heard many positive and enthusiastic reviews about Roost. Unfortunately, our experience was less than expected. We came for the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu of three courses. The first course was pretty good (cauliflower was tasty and well cooked; the polenta and sauce were nicely done). The second course was less stellar (chicken and dumplings was too salty and the chicken was very dry; the crusted gulf fish lacked depth of flavor and the combination of hot fish on top of a lukewarm beet/orange salad was not a good pairing). The last course was nice, we both ordered the mango sorbet with assorted small fruits of lychee and berries was refreshing. Overall, the dinner was just ok. I'd say the food was underwhelming. The ambience was intimate and nice lighting. For being indoors, it did become a little too warm and the humidity inside at times felt a bit stifling. The wait staff was incredibly courteous and attentive.

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heathero
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the 1st time during Houston RW. The food was delicious! Service was outstanding! Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is easily one of the best spots in Houston. Excellent and creative. Get the cauliflower, bread service, and some proteins.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had read positive reviews of Roost and were not disappointed. Food was creative and extremely well prepared. I had the salad greens with strawberries and candied pecans along with the pan-seared grouper with fennel and fresh herbs. Perfectly prepared and such wonderful flavors! My husband had the pork chop with rice and a sorghum-soy glaze. It was incredible. I had the mango sorbet for dessert which was the perfect ending to the meal. We’ll definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food. Don’t pass on the cauliflower!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for HRW and the food was impeccable (as it always is). Highly recommend Roost to anyone looking for an amazing meal with great ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and impeccable service. Staff was fantastic.

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Food4four
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The AC was not working and that honestly impacted the entire experience.

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vipRielRavingReview
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of five and the BEST time with the BEST food. The staff are amazing and friendly and this is truly a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic is the word that comes to mind. Andy was a fantastic server. The food was fantastic. Will absolutely be back. Top of our list now!!!!

SJ
vipSJPTX
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered from the Houston Restaurants Week menu. Both my husband and I had the fried cauliflower and pistachio crusted gulf fish. Both were amazing! For dessert he had the donuts and I had the chocolate leches. I tried both and didn’t really have a favorite. We are so much food from the first and second course that dessert just wasn’t appealing! We highly recommend Roost. We will definitely return!!!

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Trapper
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good
I am a return customer
Will be back

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CHIRANTHAM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was awesome

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KCFore
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Roost is a favorite or ours. The crusted gulf fish and seasonal strawberry salad were amazing. A must dine in if in the area.

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vipHoustonFoodie
Houston
100 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to Roost, we wonder why we don't come every week. Creative food, really nice service staff, just an overall reliable enjoyable meal. We always leave happy. Kudos to ROOST! Enjoy!

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BeckyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique place with unique menu. Very enjoyable. Our waiter was very helpful. Will go back n

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ClaireC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was stellar. The only drawback was their AC wasn’t working properly. That’s tough during summer in TX. Place was packed, it’s so good to see people out and about again. Our server, Abby, couldn’t have been nicer. Overall, a nice date night for my husband and me.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

I’ve been to ROOST about three times. The food and service has always been good; however, they need to upgrade their A/C system. We ended up leaving after we were seated because it was so hot. I’ve been wanting to go back to ROOST since the pandemic. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. Waitress was pleasant and understanding. She asked we write the review because the staff had brought this up to the owner multiple times with no results. Felt bad for the wait staff. They were actually sweating through their clothes. I guess I’ll try again in the winter. What a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only complaint that I have is that it got a little hot ( not warm) but hot . The place was packed , so the air needed to be on higher …. Everything else was perfect !

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vipJglover
Tallahassee
15 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Illinois. Very good meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good and service were good. It was hot inside

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ErikaP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the absolute best! Knowledgeable in the food and best wine to accompany what we were ordering and even sold us on wonderful mango sorbet!

WC
WesC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and superior service. We will definitely be back.

FAQs

Roost offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 523-7667.

Roost is rated 4.7 stars by 217 OpenTable diners.

Roost does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://iloveroost.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.