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
It was perfect!
What an esthetically pleasing restaurant! The service was excellent and the food very good. I would definitely go back again.
I had breakfast at Safina. Instead of the nice, but fairly typical hotel buffet, I had the Lebanese breakfast off the menu, which was outstanding (and a better buy for the amount of food compared to the buffet). Warm pita, lebneh, za’atar, onions, mint, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta. I also had the very good overnight oats with nuts and currants. Overall, an outstanding breakfast in an area with limited choices.
The place was great! It's a hidden gem in the Medical Center. The food and service was fantastic!
We had a magnificent meal at Safina last night. The lentil soup as an appetizer was so delectable. The soup just brimmed with flavors and warmth. So comforting after a day at the medical center if that's where you've been. My wife had a salmon entree and I had the short rib brisket. The salmon was delicate and suffused with flavor. It couldn't have been better presented. My short rib brisket was so soft you could eat it with a spoon. The taste was outstanding. Chef Wicks came to speak with us during our meal. You could tell that this man was dedicated to helming this restaurant to continued greatness.
Food is delicious!! Customer service is one of the BEST in the Houston area! You MUST try the brussel sprouts... a must appetizer with lunch and dinner.
Howard, their Dir of F&B was very gracious and the waitress, Andrea, very knowledgeable about the menu choices and was spot-on with her suggestions.
The food is amazing! Presentation is one of a kind and service is top notch!
Beautiful place for breakfast or lunch, not so great for dinner. We enjoyed two breakfasts here and one dinner. We went for dinner because our first breakfast was good and had good service (don't miss the Eggs Benedict or Overnight Oats). Dinner was O.K. but the atmosphere was much like one was dining at a breakfast place (this is the ONLY place to dine in the hotel): brightly lit, not at all intimate and the service was not as good as one would expect at a neighborhood breakfast place and clearly NOT at an Intercontinental Hotel level. The server was unscrewing the top on the wine (nice $50 bottle priced at 4 times retail) as he was approaching the table. He then poured a testing glass first for the husband then another, unsolicited, for the wife. At one point with my wife's fork in-hand poised over her entree to get another bite, the waiter literally whisked the plate from under her fork and returned it when politely informed that she was not through dining. Throughout the meal at least five different people were involved with us--on one occasion we were interrupted by a lady who was apparently some sort of management person who asked how things were and yet another time by the hostess with the same sort of inquiry. After this second visit for dinner we decided to again enjoy a good breakfast. Our second breakfast was very different from our first. After confirming our orders (we both ordered toast) the food was prepared and delivered. We received no toast. When we inquired, he server said that it was on its way--it was; there was a 5 minute interlude while they prepared it. When they delivered it they placed one order between the two of us (one diner on each side of the booth). When informed that we EACH ordered toast another interlude while it was prepared. In all three visits, I was surprised when the bill was presented face up so both diners could see the amounts. Maybe this is the stylish method but not terribly discreet.
This was our first experience with Safina and it was very good. The food was delicious - the humus was very fresh and the braised short ribs and mushroom risotto were superb. We will come back again the next time we are in Houston.
What a gem! It’s so nice to have a nice option convenient to the med center that’s so bright and open. Lovely ambiance, first rate service and amazing food.
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!