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State of Grace

4.8
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1862 Reviews
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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Clyde
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We can’t say enough good things about this charming neighborhood establishment. Rustic sophistication defined. Hearty dishes that always please. We had move away for a few years and yesterday was our first time back since our return. The swordfish is now prepared medallion style with an olive topping that is absolutely mouthwatering. Dominique provides excellent service! We’ll definitely be asking for him on our next visit!

Enjoy!

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BudC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we had a great time

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TedS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was exemplary. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful and even brought us champagne on the house to help us celebrate our countdown to marriage.

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Steve
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at the State of Grace. The food, service, and ambience is always excellent. Our favorite restaurant in Houston.

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GailO
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

had chicken salad. The presentation was beautiful! Substance mediocre. Mostly lettuce, very little chicken. Certainly not chicken salad. Would call it a green salad with chicken.

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Francie
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. The food was wonderful, the staff wonderful. If there was anything to complain about it would be that we couldn't see the menu to order without our phone flashlights~

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vipJason
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience

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vipMattj
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed date night. Food was amazing. My wife had the red fish and it was unbelievable. Also really liked the roasted oysters. Service was fantastic. Tables were spaced out.

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vipGeorgiaPeach
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting our son and daughter-in-law in Houston. Being from Atlanta, we know well Chef Ford Frye and his excellent reputation. We were excited to try his Houston restaurant and we were not disappointed. The cocktails and wine were amazing, perfectly complementing each dish. We had the octopus and several other starters. All were excellent. For dinner, we all tried something different: the chicken, the steak, the redfish and the pasta. We all shared bites and each dish was amazing! When the waiter found out we were celebrating our son and daughter-in-law's 6 month anniversary and our 36th year anniversary, he brought out champagne and dessert on the house! Mitchell(?) went above and beyond to make this a special evening. If you are from the Houston area, you have got to try this restaurant! If you are ever visiting Houston, this needs to be one of your destinations! We'll be back!

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ChellyJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant so I brought two of my girlfriends in for a nice dinner. Everything was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriend’s birthday. He loves this place now. Lol

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vipChrisD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome customer service!! And as always, the food was fabulous!!!

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Eddie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again State of Grace doesn’t disappoint. We had a great brunch date. Our server remembered us from our first visit and even remembered the items we ordered and how we liked them. The food is great, but you have to limit to once a week for the sake of not over indulging. Yes, the food is that good. The ambience is great and the restaurant practices great social distancing measures so it’s a safe and enjoyable dining experience. The manager came over to check on us during both of our visits and the even the valet worker is friendly and on point (make sure you tip)

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James
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Eclectic menu. Never disappoints. The smoked oysters are incredible. So is everything else. Make sure you have dessert too.

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TiffanyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great time. I really only go to the Oyster room so that is what I have to review. Great time. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best in Houston

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LynCast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly, and restaurant was clean. The food tasted great, will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our experience was amazing! We never have anything but first class service and food. Our favorite restaurant in Houston!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining experience in every possible way. We love State of Grace!

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic as always and very, very quiet on a Sunday night. Safely spaced and observing all standard COVID precautions. Enjoyed a huge fresh oyster spread plus a few appetizers. Squash salad was a standout. One of our favorite restaurants in town.

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vipCypressSue
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for celebrating our 30th anniversary during Covid times. Good social distancing, excellent wait staff, delicious meal.

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vipLove2eat
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

State of Grace never disappoints. It is our absolute favorite choice in Houston or for that matter anywhere. My wife and I after a long covid period of not eating out made a reservation and were lucky enough to grab 2 seats at the bar (our choice as we had a table) for a wonderful evening. Before dinner drinks were perfect and I think we tried every appetizer on the menu paired with a wonderful bottle of Cab Franc wine selected by Matt. Every dish from the smoked oysters to the squash blossoms were prepared and served to perfection. I have dined at State of Grace several times and each visit continues to amaze us. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipWarrenT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! I love the selection of oysters and fabulous tasting food. With such a great ambiance and service, we will continue to come back again and again!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were attentive, the surroundings plush but welcoming, great food.

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JDAM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy State of Grace! Never lets us down and wonderful food, drinks, atmosphere.

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TammyD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

State of Grace treats its guests like family. Always checking in on our table but never over-hovering.

They always remember our favorite menu preferences, but also offer new suggestions. The oyster happy hour That includes colder region oysters was spot ON this week, btw.

I was able to entertain and do business with a team director for a member of the U.S. Senate and talk shop in a relaxing, quiet space.

Thank you, Matt and Sofia, form your awesome help and for keeping the dining room elegant yet super-clean!

Love y’all bunches—Tammy D.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Texas
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The service was okay, the food and ambience were great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We try to dine there whenever we’re in this part of town which is seldom because we live in Sugar Land. We always enjoy our experience there primarily because of their exquisite comfort food and outstanding service.

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JillianO
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Houston. I love their new food, but did miss the hush puppies.

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Foodielam
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday dinner.

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vipKris
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a date night. Love this place. They are following the covid protocol to a T! Felt safe. Everyone was distanced appropriately. And on top of that, the food was fresh and amazing!!

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NatalieN
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and wonderful service!

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AnaP
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and decadent food. Our waiter was very nice and patient.

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ShelleyB
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to spot for special occasions or just when a relaxing, friendly meal out is needed. Thank goodness for State of Grace!

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SandraW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and staff, nothing was too much for them to do. Reminded me of a little piece of Scotland in Houston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time—missed our favorite spot. The new social distancing measures make you feel comfortable, while enjoying the best oysters and food in Houston.

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vipMikeM
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to State of Grace in a while but our experience was excellent. Our server Sophia was fantastic; she answered all of our questions, made suggestions and was very pleasant throughout our visit.
Thank you,
Mike M

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Simi
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our anniversary and were treated to a truly memorable evening. Goose was our server and he was attentive and proactive. We started with 2 dozen happy hour oysters. Fresh and great flavor! The seasonal Texas Peach appetizer was off the charts with a depth of flavors and the redfish had an outstanding presentation coupled with another round of flavors. Stuffed squash blossoms and eggplant were a perfect compliment. Chef Bobby Matos displayed his talent in every dish. This is a must for any food lover.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The venue was quiet when we first arrived so we had our pick of tables.

Was served promptly and the oysters were excellent as well as the cocktails.

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Leila
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely choice for an evening out after adhering to pandemic rules since March. My first nice night out restaurant since then and I wasn't disappointed. Very comfortable seating.

FAQs

State of Grace offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 942-5080.

State of Grace is rated 4.8 stars by 1862 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.