State of Grace

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
State of Grace is a coastal, South Texas neighborhood restaurant in the refurbished Lamar-River Oaks Shopping Center. Elegant but casual, its elevated comfort food by executive chef Bobby Matos is executed at the highest level in a welcoming, beautiful space. The jubilant medley of old favorites played with new spice, accent, and freshness lends itself to southern, American, Latin, Gulf Coast, German and Asian influences. Chef-owner Ford Fry’s first venture outside of Atlanta, State of Grace is located in the neighborhood where Ford grew up and nods to his childhood memories fused with Houston’s evolution into a melting pot of cultures and cuisines.

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HL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Delicious food. Wanted to try everything but alas that is not physically possible for 2 people. Would definitely come back to try the rest. :)

LQ
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! We were greeted with two glasses of champagne by our server Lily for our anniversary. The manager even came up to say hi to us at one point! Food was absolutely amazing and the ambience was spectacular!

SM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience! It was my girlfriend's birthday and they treated her like royalty. Very classy. I will be back often

BL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was too salty and too spiced. Staff was terrific however.

GP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, great waiter, Paul and food was amazing. Celebrated my birthday and of all place last, State of Grace was the place that I new would make my day even more special.

d
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Some interesting flavor combinations. Loved the octopus and the blackened tuna. Some appetizers are a little heavy to start with so order wisely. Loved being in the smaller room but had to ask to change to normal height charts so we did not feel like 10 year olds.

WT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful we had a great time

j
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went on a Sunday with no idea they did not have their regular menu. If it was just my wife and I we would hav left but was out with a client. Disappointment all around that we have the limited Sunday menu. Apparently we were supposed to be advised but were not. Anyway, to much restaurant competition for me to come back here.

F
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for celebratory brunch for one of my best girlfriends who lives in Houston. It was quaint, and everything was delicious. But what made our ENTIRE experience was our server Dominique. He made outstanding recommendations for apps, drinks, and entrees and desserts! He made the celebration and was by FAR the best server I have had in a LONG time! State of Grace, he’s a keeper!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Please add some gluten free options.

t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable food and flawless service. Exception value.

JP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything superseded my expectations. The server was amazing and thoughtful.

IF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

BC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner experience! Always love State of Grace. Desirae was our waitress and was outstanding. We will be back very soon!!

m
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything. Redfish was delicious!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Pricey, not my cup of tea

ET
Houston
33 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Our waiter was available when needed and not overly so. Food was great. For appetizers, we had hush puppies (which were amazing) and crab fingers (very nice). Entrees were scallops (incredible) and pork shank (cut with a fork tender). No complaints at all on service or our meal. This restaurant's only drawback is their dessert menu....too small, not enough variety, unimpressive in every way. We were celebrating our anniversary and neither of us was interested in any of their desserts. Otherwise, a great place!

MC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that it is put up to be "A very special dining experience."

GM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing meal with even better service! Great brunch overall.

MG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I have taken out of town friends to State of Grace twice for Sunday brunch and they always love it. The tables are roomy, the service is prompt, friendly and informative, and the food is great. We love the roasted oysters and the hush puppies are out of this world (I have not been, heretofore, a fan of hush puppies). We can hear each other talk in a light, bright, elegant room where no one rushes you. I will definitely be back.

k
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ordered cocktails and they were good. We had oak grilled oysters and crawfish hushpuppys for appetizers. The oysters were good. The hushpuppys were very good. From this point on the flavors went downhill. For entrees we had Berkshire pork shank and grilled Mahi with grits and brussels sprouts. The pork, Mahi and grits were very bland. The pork was also very plain (it looked like boiled meat with carrots and a little bit of very thin sauce). There was salt on the table but it was very coarse and not well suited to seasoning food after the cooking process and there was no pepper available. For dessert we ordered the blueberry pudding with vanilla basil ice cream. From the description we didn't realize the pudding was actually bread pudding. While we both love bread pudding neither one of us were very impressed with their version however the ice cream was very good. The staff was attentive and the service was great but for the price the complexity of flavors was disappointing.

TX
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food (starters, main course, dessert, delicious martinis were all very very good and even great expresso) excellent service and knowledgeable server. Every person we encountered working there was friendly, kind, fun and pleasant. Elegant decor without being overly formal. We’re planning to return for sure!

WM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Oyster Bar portion of the restaurant for the first time, it was busy but the atmosphere was fantastic. The wait staff and Restaurant Manager did there very best to make sure we enjoyed out date and time at there... Ready to go back for another evening. PS, the Oysters were outstanding....

JM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Goose is a fantastic waiter.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend State of Grace. The food was amazing!!Our waitress was exceptional!! I recommend the seafood tower for an appetizer. For dessert we had the blueberry pudding cake it was so good!

SK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner and the service was good. But the duck carnitas came out burned and i strongly suspect that the meat was chicken. The strip mall location was also a bit disappointing.

CA
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely impeccable. It was a wonderful first experience.

ER
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant In Houston because of the food, stellar service and great ambiance.

G
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Mahi Mahi and redfish on the half shell. The blueberry pudding cake and chocolate creme brule were both delicious.

TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing, so professional and attentive.

We found the food to be very salty unfortunately but it’s such a nice restaurant that we’ll probably give it a second try.

g
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server, Danielle was very polite, friendly and could recommend dishes on the menu with ease. We were there for brunch which the food choices were all amazing. We enjoyed ourselves so much cause Danielle made it so inviting, that we continued to order more food and drinks. The manager Andrew was so nice and accommodating. Ambiance is very inviting and great for brunch, family gathering, date night or recommended first date.

TY
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch is excellent.

SM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious - hushpuppies, beignets, cinnamon dunkers, steak, pancakes and surprisingly the fried green tomato Benedict.

CS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! Great food and those drinks were perfect.

AG
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm and friendly environment and great staff.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Biscuit ham and the jelly was good. Standard oak oyster was marvelous, but the entree was mediocre at best. The service and environment was fabulous!!!!

CR
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day and tried the fixed price menu. The food was amazing, the service was quick and attentive. Will definitely come back!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience from the moment you step in the front door. Some of the best dishes in Houston and by far the best hospitality and environment. We are regulars.

WB
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

State of Grace is, flatly, my favorite restaurant I have ever been to. How fortunate I am to live in the same city as that place. The food is phenomenal and the cocktails are great but the service staff is by far and away what makes the experience sublime. My girlfriend and I have gone about half a dozen times over the last 3 years and they always remember our dietary restrictions and go the extra mile to make your experience memorable. I truly cannot speak highly enough of this place.

EG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Beautiful inside. Overpriced for what you get. Made the mistake of going on Valentine's. Cramped into a tiny room with other tiny tables also filled by couples. Most of the food was good. A lot was either overcooked and rubber. I really wanted to like this place. Quality shouldn't go down because of a holiday.