State of Grace

4.7
1269 reviews
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Contemporary Southern
While the modern world churns, here is a place where life slows down, stops, takes us back through memory. Opened in the classic, refurbished Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center, State of Grace is a place pulled from recollections. Executive Chef Bobby Matos strums a jubilant medley of old favorites played with new spice, accent, and freshness: southern, American, Latin, Gulf Coast, German, and Asian.
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RN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server was spectacular in every aspect of our dining experience. Her knowledge of the menu items was very helpful . The food was over the top- We over ordered AND ate every morsel of 2 appetizers plus a full entree. The entire experience was exceptional !

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S
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was superb. When we asked to change tables because the A/C was too much, our waiter and the manager addressed it immediately and turned it down. Food was fabulous too.

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B
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Lobster too was great and so was blue crab hush puppies. Just really good

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J
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Dinner - plenty of food options within the family style format and an amazing value. Everything we had was excellent, and Harris was a great server.

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AM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is in a fabulous location and has great ambiance. However, our food this past Sunday was very disappointing. Several of us had the fried chicken which had been over fried was dry and distasteful.... very disappointing. The chicken fried steak could not have been more bland. The biscuits and jam were the best part of our meal and were very good. Our server was great and the place was lovely the food.....unforutnately was a turnoff.

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RP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Was really looking forward to trying their Sunday Supper but left disappointed. Terrible service, even though the restaurant wasn’t super busy when we dined at 5 pm. Food was just average (chicken, fish, and sides) except for the cupcake dessert which was really dry and stale. We let the server know and she just shrugged. Disappointing.

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i
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Something happened to our main course in the kitchen but it took us a while to realize once it became clear one of us actually received the meal ordered from the menu. The rest of us had ordered the same thing but was largely meatless compared to the menu and one of our guests. In retrospect, the sauce likely all wrong as well. My opinion is a neophyte amateur was preparing/serving the meals from the kitchen and totally screwed it up. Overall, this restaurant has really slipped compared to when it started. The floors were dirty with food and the overall ambience was a disappointment. However, they did have a engaging Easter Bunny.

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j
Houston
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

State of Grace has the best interior design of any restaurant in Houston. The space is beautiful and fun and the food is even better. It is a go-to brunch place for us! Love the variety of food offerings and the bar program.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was great!

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TT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food as always. We had a fantastic waiter. Very enjoyable!

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DB
Houston
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The roasted oysters, sea bass and redfish were excellent. The wait staff was experienced and professional. Only distraction a little noisy. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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R
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - wonderful food

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WB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was diverse and interesting. We enjoyed our selections and would recommend them to anyone. The staff was courteous and responsive. The ambiance was enjoyable. We enjoyed our evening with State of Grace.

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CG
Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a fantastic experience. The food and service were fantastic! I recommend the hush puppies. Great liquor and wine selection. We will be back!

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DS
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conveniently located right on Westheimer. Limited on parking, however, they have a great valet service. They have a great lunch happy hour! The service was also splendid.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails. Beautiful space. Awesome Tx food.
Below average desserts. With a good pastry program this would be Houston ‘s top spot.

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KW
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening with friends! The cozy room to the left made our evening complete.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Over the moon about this place! Took my husband there for his birthday, it was our first time there. Our waiter was amazing, very knowledgeable (I wish I could remember his name!) and treated us like we were his only table. In fact, everyone on staff was incredibly nice. The free foods that they give out...I would pay for...they are delicious. We are big oyster lovers and these were quite possibly the best oysters I've ever had (we had the parmesan garlic ones from the app section). We also had the kale/boquerone salad, the red snapper, the pork schnitzel and the HUSHPUPPIES (!!!) All, to die for. Husband said red snapper was one of the best fish he's ever eaten. Get to State of Grace now, you won't regret it. And do yourself a favor and do not forget the free homemade gingersnap sandwich on your way out!

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TD
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing restaurant. It is so refreshing to eat at a restaurant that takes pride in the quality of good, quality of the staff and ensuring their customers are 100% satisfied. This place provided service with a smile and after a few bites of the food - you are sure to smile as well.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goose was great! Fabulous food, great music, and outstanding drinks for Sunday brunch!

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KC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

State of Grace is one of my favorite restaurants in Houston. Delicious food, great wines and the best oysters I've had in Houston. The experience was great as it always is.

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GQ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Goose was an excellent server! So knowledgeable about menu items and wine pairing.
Also, I want to mention Desiree. She recognized my husband and I at our last visit and came over. She was also such a great/knowledgeable and personable server.
The hush puppies are a must.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Kitchen is sooo slow, as is service in general. No oyster forks given with oysters. When requested, was told they were probably out. Kale salad was terrible. This is the 3rd time in a row the service has been extremely slow and subpar. I won’t be back anytime soon.

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CS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our visit. Chris recommended a great wine while sitting at the bar. Ended up having dinner there. Loved the hush puppies and the soft shell crab. We will definitely go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun place! Food and service is ALWAYS 100%.

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F
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The restaurant was very busy at 6:30 pm so I took that into consideration. The worst part of the experience was the indifferent welcome from the young folks manning the reception. They then took us to a banquette-type, booth table where you are practically sitting on your neighbor's laps and having a private conversation was impossible. When we asked to be moved to a real table (due to the height of the table) the reaction was immediately negative. Later the manager did come over to explain and that helped soothe the rumpled feelings, but the damage was done and the poor seats put a damper on the whole dinner. On a positive note, the server was delightful and the food was well-prepared. The menu was not a diverse as I expected. Expect a casual, bistro menu with crowds, noise and stress.

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T
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the physical restaurant, easy parking, amazing food and great service!

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JO
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had Sunday supper here and was also first time eating here. We opted for the fried chicken which came out overdone. The side biscuit was burned and uneatable The Mac and Cheese was made with Velveeta, which I'm not even sure is cheese. The service was very good and the restaurant is quite charming, but the best way I can describe it that they are just trying to hard to be different, for the sake of being different, but it all just doesn't come together. Dinner with a bottle of wine $126.00

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AB
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot. Loved the Felix enchiladas. Service was impeccable. Highly recommended it

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CA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole place was awesome! We had reservations but decided to eat at the bar. Bartenders were great, suggested great cocktails, Oyster samplings, and main course. People were dressed nice and the place was just welcoming.

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S
New Orleans
61 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second time to SoG and we were again very pleased. There is something special about each dish that goes above their completion--for example--Wild Boar Bolognese!! Only disappointment was the the berry crostada was only lukewarm and the dough was mushy.

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KM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always an outstanding experience!

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R
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit(wife had lunch here a couple of times). Wow! I was impressed! Firstly, the restaurant has a super cool ambiance. We had a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. Then the amazing service begins. There are waitstaff everywhere and they support each other all night. Our waitress was awesome! We would place an order with her, then someone else would bring the order to the table as soon as it was ready. This applied to drinks, appetizers, and everything else. We had 7 different people serve us.
The food: oh my. We had three appetizers, hush puppies, enchilada, and queso. These were all excellent but the hush puppies are truly unique and a must have! Entrees ranged from a hamburger, a pasta dish, and a seafood tower. Food was amazing. There are several more dishes we will try in future visits. And on the way out, they gave us ginger snap cookies that were divine.
This restaurant is now in my top 3 for Houston because of all of the above. It is very well managed. We'll be back for sure!

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PD
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was really good, the waiter was so attentive and made sure it was all perfect.
The food was delicious and full of flavors

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E
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything that we ate was very good but quite expensive. Our waiter did an excellent job
and was extremely personable.

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KT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love State of Grace, wonderful food, exemplary service. My only grip is that the seats in the booths are very low if you're at all short.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, beautiful atmosphere!

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K
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful concept, loved the decoration, the R&B music, the Southern food, great cocktails, beautiful oyster bar. Will definitely return and recommend.

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DK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always impeccable, but you have not lived until you have had their hush puppies.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The perfect date night. Would come back in a heart beat!

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