Safina- InterContinental Hotel Houston Medical Center
Seafarers ruled the Mediterranean bringing riches to empires. Coastal towns established fame for luxuries and for mercantilism that continue to exist to today. Without seafaring vessels, this would not have been possible. It is the simple invention of boats and ships that created the bounty of the Mediterranean and it is there we find inspiration in our name, Safina. Safina is Lebanese for “boat.” Beautifully humble in its simplicity, confidently assured in its purpose. This mix of humbleness and confidence is found in our food, service, and experience
After making the reservation on Open Table several hours earlier and requesting standard seating, we arrived to the restaurant with the table not ready despite the main restaurant looking about 50% empty. it took only a few minutes until we were seated at a high top table. There was a large party in the not so private dining area which contributed to a very loud noise level. I can only imagine the noise level when the restaurant is full.
Although very friendly, the waitstaff was slow. Not one dish was delivered to the person who ordered it. My salad never arrived. The wine list is very limited and on the expensive side for the amount of wine per glass.
The food was delicious. Our party of six had salmon, short ribs, and the ravioli. No one had a speck of leftover on their plate. Desserts were equally tasty and beautifully presented.
Throughout the meal several staff dropped by the table to see how things were going. This did not improve the overall service.
Seated by the very large windows overlooking Main street, by the end of the evening it was quite chilly requiring coats.
When leaving I asked several staff if the valet parking was validated for the restaurant and no one knew the answer. However there was no charge for the parking which was a nice surprise. I hope this is policy and not a mistake.
Its new, but they need to do some work on their presentation and atmosphere. We shared Brussels sprouts and they were very good. My colleague had a pasta dish that was OK. I had Branzinno that was actually well prepared and tasty. However, the wait staff didn't seem to be on point, kept forgetting things and the wine list is VERY weak - no significant variety in bottles.
Again, its new, but I expect better from restaurants in Intercontinental Hotels...
Such a beautiful setting and regardless where you are seated you will have a perfect 360 view. The decor is so clean and crisp. I had the pleasure to dine in for lunch with 9 colleagues today. I had the braised short ribs with risotto and requested added spinach. It was pretty good, very lite in seasoned but fulfilling. The hummus trio was a nice appetizer to try if you like chickpeas. Cute presentation and I recommend it.
Flavors and presentation out of this world!
BEST Mediterranean food in Houston!
It was absolutely fabulous! I loved the risotto. The ambiance and interiors are amazing. Can’t wait to go back.
WOW!! Talk about a stylish and seductive celebration of fine Mediterranean cuisine and culture... amidst tastefully appointed decor. Perfect for weekend brunch, lunch, dinner or having a drink at their beautiful sleek marble bar!
The scallops dish was just perfect!! GM Menno and staff made us feel welcome right away, and the attention to detail was incredible!
Beautiful Hotel! Congrats!