Taste Bar + Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Taste Bar + Kitchen, located in Midtown at 3015 Bagby, offers globally inspired comfort foods & craft cocktails in an energetic, casual dining environment. The concept was inspired by Chef Don Bowie and entrepreneur Kevin Kelley and their international travels, resulting in the fusion of ethnic flavors with a menu of southern staples.
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The food was Luke Warm. This was my 3rd visit and the worst. It seems like everyone is confused on the procedure of working in a restaurant. How can food come out cold served in a skillet?? Let’s not forget to mention staff eating while working. I can officially say “Bad Taste” in my mouth. I doubt I’ll be back!!

KD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server, Royal, was SUCH a pleasure! The food is fantastic! We ordered the Vegan Fried Cauliflower & Waffles, the Chicken & Waffles, the Shrimp & Grits w/fried lobster tail, and Lobster Mac & Cheese. While everything was delicious, we had a couple of minor hiccups. There was a hair in our Mac & Cheese. And the menu is very misleading. The Shrimp & Grits entree states “add Lobster + $8.” We asked the server and she recommended adding the fried lobster tail to the shrimp & grits. When we received the bill, the fried lobster tail showed a $20 charge. After speaking with the manager, he explained that the $8 added lobster was actually sautéed lobster, but fried is $20. There is nowhere on the menu that specified that there are different lobster ovations (sautéed vs. fried) and that there are different costs. There is also nowhere on the menu that mentions fried lobster and a $20 cost to order separately. After a lengthy discussion, the manager made an adjustment. But overall, we enjoyed!

JT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All i can say is it was amazing and i absolutely love the atmosphere

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place . Not a huge restaurant so I can’t imagine the wait they have on weekends for their brunch which they are popular for . The food was amazing and so were the drinks ! I’ll definitely be coming back

D
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Hostess wasn't really nice but the food was amazing!

SG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with Taste Bar and Kitchen. Good food, great prices and outstanding customer service

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

This was our fourth time here, the food is amazing as usual... however there is a decline in service each time we come.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever!!! Rescheduling again for next month.

L
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food. Our table ordered 3 different versions of Chicken & Waffles and all three were outstanding. Mac and Cheese and Collard Greens were top notch. We washed it all down with a carafe of Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa.

CG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food! AMAZING wait staff! AMAZING dining experience! Will definitely be back soon!

LI
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lengthy wait for food, but worth it for fresh- from scratch delicious food!

BT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere. Good crowd. Very intimate setting

LY
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place was very ghetto, and unprofessional. It seems like every guy there had their was wearing their pants sagging like I was on the corner with thugs. I was shocked to see even the waiters were presented the same way. Our table was wobbling the whole night. I really regret taking my wife over there for her birthday. The drinks were horrible, and the glasses were filthy.I have never seen a ghetto place of business like this in my life. I will never step foot in that place ever again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a party of 4 and we got together to celebrate our birthday month (November). We had reservations and therefore we were seated promptly. Our food came out with minimal wait time not to mention it was DELICIOUS.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, food was unbelievable, drinks were on point! Music was great and the atmosphere was jumping!!

KL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!!! The ambiance was great and the servers were awesome!!!

JN
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations and will definitely be returning.... The food was great and Kaylah was an outstanding server... I made reservations and everything went smoothly

M
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long wait for the food. But worth it . I’m coming back

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

food was amazing. wait was lengthy. but taste of food was overall worth it.

GD
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Our experience was not very good(as it was our anniversary) and the experience seemed to be more with management(or lack thereof) than the other things. Below is also the review my wife wrote on Yelp.

Tonight was supposed to be special. My husband and I have tried too many times to count to get a reservation here and have always been unsuccessful up until recently when we were able to secure a reservation on our anniversary. Our reservation was set for 8pm CST. We arrived at approximately 7:46pm CST so we were a little early but it was cool and we were seated upstairs.

Once seated, our waiter CiCi greated us and brought water to the table without having to ask us.She was very kind and had a bubbly personality throughout the visit. We ordered the lamb-chop appetizer and the rest of our food.

The sides came out first which was surprising because we ordered an appetizer which generally comes out first. Instead of the appetizer coming out first, the sides of greens and yams came out and nothing else. We asked the guy who brought the food out “ what happened to the appetizer?” He said “I’m sorry I’m just the messenger. We are slow today so the food is coming out fast.” All I could think was that I just really wanted my appetizer first. After all, what is the point of asking for an appetizer that supposed to come out first. An appetizer ,according to my understanding, is a small portion of food that is supposed to come out first while you wait on your entrees to come out. The messenger (kitchen staff) kept making faces as if we were wrong for saying anything.

Then suddenly the appetizer come out in mid convo with the messenger and right behind the appetizer came the entree. At this point, the table has the appetizer, entrees and sides.

Jordan( possible shift manager) comes out and asks us what the prob is and we simply Said we just wanted to enjoy our appetizer first and to take the door backed because it didn’t make sense to have our food at the table getting c

T
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My husband and I visited Taste Bar + Kitchen for our anniversary. We wanted something different, and we were not disappointed! We had an amazing server, Ashleigh, and we were greeted by the manager Jordan. Both added something special to our dining experience. Ashleigh had impeccable recommendations for beverages and culinary delights! I indulged on the Cotton Candy, and my husband enjoyed the Lavender Blueberry Margarita. The Cotton Candy was a palate pleaser and unlike any beverage I had ever had before. The margarita was special and wonderful as well. Additionally, he raved about the lamb chops and multi-flavored waffle choices. Pecan Pralines were our favorite. We will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

With the reservation that I made on OpenTable for Sunday brunch hours, my party and I were immediately seated. The server, food and ambiance created a festive Funday vibe. Additionally, the manager, as she walked around to check on the guests, was warm and hospitable. Excellent overall service 👍👌👏

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time going to Taste Bar + Kitchen. Loved it! Will come back, glad I was able to find this place!

JT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great customer service and I’ll definitely be back to visit again. I hope they open a spot in dfw soon!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my Fiancé here for a birthday breakfast and it was absolutely amazing. The staff was very professional and attentive. The food was better than we could’ve ever expected.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was awesome. Everything was perfect!

CS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING. The service was great and f

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was excellent, but the service was extremely slow.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I met my wife here for her birthday dinner she arrived about an hour before our reservation. She had a couple cocktails and the mac & cheese. It took 45 minutes to receive the Mac & cheese but she said the flavor was good but the portion was really small for the price . She was seated at our scheduled reservation time and upon my arrival she had not been served anything or approached by a waiter or waitress . It took 20 minutes before we were offered water but still no waitress or waiter came to our table after 30 minutes we just decided to leave and go to another restaurant also there were other customers complaining about the long wait times before being served. I was truly disappointed because the restaurant has great reviews on the food maybe it was just a bad night there we will give it another chance.

UD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our First time there our kids kept telling us how good the food was. Most definitely will be back when we are in town again!

AA
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations for 3:30pm waited 15 mins to get seated. Got seated and waited an extra 30 mins. Once we got seated, the waitress took forever. She didn't bring water or nothing. She eventually comes, and we place our order and drinks. The appetizer comes out before our drinks. We finish the appetizers and still no water or drinks that were ordered. I look over at the bartender and she's taking orders at the table that came in after us and they received their drinks and everything. The worst customer service ever.

t
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

second time, good food but service could be better. Not really organized. they should create two separate line at the door for people with and without reservation, be ready before opening and add more personnel to the valet parking. Inside add more bartenders so people get their drinks before the middle of their meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff was great!! The food and ambiance was good. The card system was absolutely horrible, it would not take any of our cards and kept declining, finally the were able to override the system and get it to work. Our card has been working fine at every other establishment.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The service was excellent. My husband enjoyed the vegan waffles and vegan chicken. I had a cotton candy drink, fried chicken and waffles. We will definitely be returning.

IY
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was served hot and fresh. The chicken was everything. The service and atmosphere was amazing. I will revisit this location. Reservations are recommended.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! The food was amazing! Best chicken and waffle ever!!!

CS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always have a great time everytime I go. That's going to be my weekend spot!!!

AG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Taste bar on a Friday night. (In town for a wedding from New Orleans) We tried the fried cauliflower and lamb chops appetizers. Our Entree’s were pecan praline waffles Cajun chicken, general tso chicken, lobster Mac and cheese, yams, greens, shrimp and grits. EVERYTHING was DELICIOUS!!!!! The atmosphere was great! They had a live band playing upstairs that was added bonus. Our waitress was patient, funny and very informative. (I can’t remember her name) We will definitely visit again.

P
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. I suggest a reservation is made to insure a seat on the weekends for brunch or dinner. The only issue I had was the lack of parking.