State Fare Kitchen & Bar

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$30 and under
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State Fare Kitchen & Bar is located in the heart of Memorial City on Gessner Road. Join us for lunch, dinner, and Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3pm-6p, and weekend brunch and enjoy our take on seasonal Texas comfort food in an upscale-casual atmosphere. Whether out on the patio or catching a game inside at our open and inviting bar, the 40 craft draft beers, seasonal craft cocktails, and expansive wine list we offer will surely have something to please everyone.
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r
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Made a reservation still had to wait not the food was over priced for what it was the server was great it was just the hostess ladies at the front that did not set off the good experience. Manager was doing a great job though she was running things but the hostess was super slow

HN
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!! They have a pickle dip with Bar-B-Q chips made in house and it’s sooooo good! We had brunch and it was all so good. They actually seated us a little early even though they were packed. Would definitely recommend😉

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibe/experience. Will definitely be back again.

RH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was AMAZING!! We will definitely be back! The service was a little slow but the food made up for it!

T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is above average especially the hot fried chicken. Interesting menu very appetizing. The day we went the service was slow. Like an hour wait for the food to come out slow. The server was friendly enough but the kitchen was way behind and it wasn’t that busy. We actually got our food before the 6 top next to us who were storing around waiting when we were seated. The manager did apologize and checked on us after the food showed up. Could be just an off day. Obviously a salad shouldn’t take that long.

NH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food, especially their brunch menu is one of the best in Houston. The drinks (flights) are a must to try but the Ocean Water margarita is the best in my opinion.

C
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch, had the mimosa flight and the chicken fried steak breakfast. Everything was good

JC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was quick. Will definitely be going back.

SH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience2

Service and staff are great. The noise level is too high to have conversation.

TV
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Got there a little early for our reservation, checked in and went to the bar. The bar was understaffed and seemed to be out of glasses and it was obvious the two bartenders were t communicating with the bar-backs or each other ... they were not ready for Valentines Day, of even a regular busy Friday night. Took the bar more than 10 minutes to even come take our drink order ... and our table was ready before we got a drink.

They sat us in the “kid room”, which was odd considering there were plenty of open tables in the main dining room.

Within minutes, we had screaming kids two tables over - I know it’s not their fault, just bad parenting - which really made what should have been a nice relaxing dinner a less-than enjoyable experience. After about 10 minutes of screaming, I went to ask the manager to intervene or move us, neither happened ... though there (still) were plenty of open tables.

We loved the food, the table service was good, but you could tell they were short too.

Not sure what’s changed at State Fare, but I hope they get a handle on it so it gets back to the solid service and attention to detail we can again enjoy for our date nights.

j
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

State fare was an amazing place to go for a valentines date with my girlfriend. The food was great the service was amazing especially for a crowded night and the atmosphere was vibrant. Would definitely recommend

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being a Valentine’s Day dinner it was a nice dinner with excellent service and food was delicious. Have dined there before but it has been awhile.

B
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We decided on going here for Valentine’s Day and felt like it would be a great place to go. Reviews looked promising online. We were seated quickly and also got our drinks pretty quickly. Appetizers were okay, but nothing amazing. I found that my dinner was pretty good, but not worth the amount of money we spent. All in all, I think I would come back solely because of the amazing service that they provide, but it will be because of drinks and not food.

F
Houston
77 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and service. Please turn the volume down on the music. It's way too loud and there's enough noise from the diners talking, TV, kitchen.

SA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Crab cakes were doughy, not much crab. Could not hear the person sitting next to me noise level was so high and the restaurant was not even full.

State Fare Kitchen & Bar
Responded on February 15, 2020

Sammie, thank you for the review and honest feedback. I will let the Chef know about the crab cakes!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food quality was good. Nothing seemed spectacular but we all enjoyed our dishes. My husband loved his HTOWN fried chicken. The drinks from the bar were fine - martini's aren't their specialty.

It is noisy so I suggest going during off-hours if you want to have a conversation.

G
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

AC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Everything was great! My girls and I really enjoyed ourselves.

m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and vibe. Grilled salmon and ribeye steak were cooked to our specifications. Lots of veggie sides - brussel sprouts, garlic spinach and grilled asparagus were outstanding. The server was attentive without hovering. Appreciate the option to self park in the garage.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best CFS in the area. Good selection of Texas and southern fare. Well done!

State Fare Kitchen & Bar
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thank you for the great review!! Make sure to check out our brunches on the weekend!

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent. great options and great flavor.

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really liked State Fare's food and menu variety. I hosted a party of 12 and they have great group accommodations if you don't mind being out in the main dining area. The restaurant is pretty loud when full, and it was when we were there. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, but not present enough for a party of 12.

I
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was delicious, nice atmosphere will definitely be dining here again

KA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Make reservations for sure on Saturday. Friendly service ! Highly recommend.

LL
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the time we walked in, TOTALLY different experience from when we were here a year ago. The new owners have really turned this restaurant around. Drinks were good, food was delicious, and the bar staff were polite and professional. We will DEFINITELY be back!

JE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Could stand to use greater number & attentive waitstaff during lunch rush

SR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The breakfast was delicious!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Texas hot chicken. Great stuff!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Service was very slow. Our waiter walked by several times and paid attention to all of her other tables.
The food was underwhelming and the drinks were just okay.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I loved the atmosphere.

JT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My office staff really enjoyed the ambiance, and the food was delusions! The selection is varied, the service outstanding.

a
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing! With a reservation your seated immediately. Waitress as very kind and nice and knew the menu. French toast stuffed with bananas was AMAZING. Will be going back for dinner soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun! Great food and atmosphere! Great cocktails!!!

AS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - great service. TOO LOUD! Lower the music - Sunday morning at 9:30 we want conversation with our coffee!!!!!

OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent all around

CF
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great comfort food! Since it was my first time there, I had a tough time choosing between the Fried Chicken and the Braised Beef ribs. So my friend and I each ordered one and shared. The beef was out of this world, fantastic. Tender enough to cut with a fork and no rib bones. It came with mashed potatoes and spinach which were cooked to perfection.
I am always trying to find the world's best Fried Chicken and unfortunately did not find it here. While the chicken was just average, it wasn't too bad. They serve two breast portions which were a little dry. It was a tad overcooked. I needed a lot of ketchup to put the moisture back in. The cheesy potatoes that come with it weren't too bad.
Service was very good. And the prices were reasonable.
I look forward to coming back to try their macaroni, salmon, and meatloaf.

NG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

All in all it was a super pleasant experience. I was not a huge fan of my chili but I did have bites of other people’s dishes and they were great

We had a larger party and the service was pretty good.

I’d certainly give this place another go. It had a fun atmosphere

PH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always- the music was a bit loud for a lunchtime business meeting but overall it was another great meal.

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Overall slow service. Menu is great. Food delivery poor. Disappointed first visit.

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