Roost

4.8
85 Reviews
$30 and under
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.”

Safety precautions

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 85 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my dad here for an impromptu Thanksgiving dinner and we both ordered from chef’s tasting menu. All food was delicious, but coconut shrimp salad was by far my favorite dish!

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vipRielRavingReview
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love Roost! The menu is always amazing, stellar service and so quaint.

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JulianaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, great service, good value. Will definitely be returning soon!

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vipScarabsan
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem

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Stephan
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service. All around great experience.

ML
MatthewL
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, warm, inviting space.

HP
HaapP
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond reproach, the service was flawless, and the atmosphere could only be rivaled by a smokey bar with a singer that would be the reincarnation of Billie Holiday. Needless to say, a visit here would be only regretted if it was missed.

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ZackB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roost is a go to and always love going there! Dolores was fantastic as usual and the food didn't disappoint!

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vipFreddyW
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Loved the new Bibb lettuce salad and the pistachio crusted Gulf fish!

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vipschneiderr
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been in awhile, due to COVID. They had set up tables outdoors, besides the normal picnic tables they usually had. We sat outside. Our waiter was great and very helpful. Friendly, but not too friendly to be annoying. Food was as delicious as we had remembered. Bottle of sparkling rose was not overpriced and we really enjoyed. it. It was a lovely evening. Can't wait to return.

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AyseS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday dinner, had the birthday boy stunned with how wonderful everything was. The food was delicious, the interiors were gorgeous (almost reminded me of a converted house), and the drinks were superb! I also love how they change their menu every 6-8 weeks! So every time you go you can get something else!

Also, it was a relief that they don't sing to you!

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WhitneyO
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my husband’s birthday. Everything was absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipChrishele
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roost is always fantastic. So glad they’re doing reservations now. The restaurant is so cute and quaint. Great service. Amazing menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for completely unpretentious yet totally cerebral food. Fresh, creative, and high quality eats in a warm and relaxing space made for the perfect girls’ night out. (Adorable date spot too!) Loved each and every thing, including the perfect service and high attention to detail. The guest experience is clearly something obsessed over. Will be back again and again!

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vipFreddyW
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We consistently have terrific meals at Roost. Friday we brought some great friends who had not eaten at Roost before, and they loved it!

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weyus
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Roost is always a great spot. Simple, unassuming, yet extremely carefully thought out cuisine with great service.

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Anonymous
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

High expectations for this restaurant. Service was great. However, the food was below par. Fish entrée not cooked thoroughly, chicken entrée overcooked and peaches in the peach salad were hard. Nice location for a neighborhood restaurant. Maybe it was just an off night.

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NandiniB
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Creative and tasteful cuisine served up with smiles and LOTS of (maybe too much :-)) water.

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DebbieB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed are meal with you; the food was delicious. Thank you.

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vipRobertH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Did not have a menu. Smartphone with application needed. My smartphone does not have application.

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CavinW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Roost is definitely a hidden gem! My wife an I were able to relax and enjoy a nice conversation. Food was seasoned very well and wasn't overbearing. The customer service was wonderful and VERY attentive. Will recommend!

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ASprout
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our first outings since the pandemic began...and it did not disappoint. Besides fantastic food, we were very impressed by their safety precautions. Even in such a small space, they maintained adequate social distancing between tables, staff was masked at all times, and they used QR codes for their menu. Everything was delicious and the whole evening was a treat. I highly recommend making a reservation and visiting Roost!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun. Great family dinner

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vipAndicole
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a magical and romantic experience, with delicious food and drinks brought to us by Roost’s dedicated small staff. We were delighted by all the HRW options, and surprised by the generous portions. Also, the wine list was great and offered many perfect pairings, which just added the extra touch to our dining experience. We can’t wait to join the staff again!

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KellyL
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Everything was fresh and made to order and dining felt safe in the covid era.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went with my wife for our anniversary. Although I noted that in the reservation, it was never mentioned by the wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friday night restaurant week. Flexible Menu choices and had GF for my spouse. Cauliflower + Gulf Fish (flounder) + Key lime pannacota - excellent. Paired with a nice Napa wine at a fair price. Definitely would recommend.

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TimothyV
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic meal, and I can't wait to go back with friends.

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vipFreddyW
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific food and service; Dolores and her team take great care of our family!

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DaveG
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Overall the Roost did not meet expectations. For HRW, you would have thought they would put out a showcase menu. But my pork chop was dry and the steak was chewy. This was our second visit to the Roost and wanted to give them another try. But we will not go back.

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vipLoyalAg
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great value for what you get on the HRW menu. The peach salad and fried cauliflower are really good, with the right mix of seasonings. The redfish was very fresh and placed over delicious corn and fresh, pickled vegetables. The warm apple cake was a fine finish to the meal. Kevin does a great job with his recipes and is very generous to donate $5 of each HRW meal to the Houston Food Bank.

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carlyM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must try the fried cauliflower. It was so good. They turned something boring into something extraordinary yet still simple.

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vipMp6561
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Participated in Restaurant Weeks menu and it did not disappoint. Everything we tried was a hit! From the peach salad to the apple cake for dessert. Really good service too. We had Andy and he was really friendly and helpful. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipClaire
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent, with a very cozy, family feeling. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, quaint ambiance and great customer service

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AlyseG
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for Houston Restaurant Week - great options and everything was wonderful as always!

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EugeneS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service, even during these weird covid times. So glad to be able to enjoy Roost and hope to do so for years to come.

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vipdguet
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our favorite neighborhood place. Very attentive to the COVID situation, so we feel very comfortable when we go. Miss the scallops! Can't wait to see the new menu when it comes out. BTW, the crab cakes are yum!

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vipAlisonF
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable food - loved the cauliflower and pork chop, great service and very personable chef / owner! Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Server did the absolute bare minimum, my tea was old and tasted moldy. I told my waitress and she said nothing, took it and walked away and moved on as if nothing happened. No new tea or different drink or apology. My pork job was good but my wife’s food was partially cold. They looked like they were having trouble managing everything but their is no excuse for poor service from the waitress.

FAQs

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

Roost is rated 4.8 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

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.