The District

3.9
107 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The District offers Urban American cuisine in the heart of downtown Houston. Oyster Bar and Dry Aged Meats
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Oyster Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 10:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(713) 229-8611
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Let’s Make This Event Tasty! Successful Meetings run on satisfied appetites: We know what it takes to satisfy both taste buds and budgets. Offering Breakfast, Healthy Snacks, Light Lunches, and signature trays that are great for more substantial lunch or dinner events. Whether you need delivery or event space we’ve got you covered. Have a look at our Catering menu and get started today. Order By Phone | Email : catering@district7grill.com 713-229-8611
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Cross street
Texas
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Public transit
We're right down the street from the METRO light rail stop: Central Stn Main NB
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 107 People Are Saying
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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find, on rail line, just a few blocks from Jones Hall/theatre district! Casual with a separate but connected bar room next door!!! Very reasonably priced dinners, well prepared!!

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KF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was alright and the waiters were very nice, however the kitchen was sooooo slow. There were only three other patrons in the restaurant and we were all waiting for way too long. Would not recommend to anyone with anything to do later in their day.

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Tulsa
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Severely understaffed, horribly slow. Waiter was very nice and made a decent effort to keep us happy but two tables on either side of us got up and left without being served.

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LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Cute restaurant, great location. BUT...Terrible service. We saw 3 tables get up and leave .. never even got menus. We stayed because I am too polite for my own good. Food was just okay.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good, just lacked service. We were seated at a dirty table to start and then we moved after no action on that or drink orders taken. New area we moved to the waitress/bartender was super sweet and tried her best, but was overwhelmed! Too many others standing around. Note: the restaurant was not busy at all, so no excuse.

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EB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I wish I could say this was the worst service in Houston, but sadly it was not. We had a string of bad service at 3 restaurants in a row on our visit. At the District it took 30 minutes just to get drinks after being seated. We were there for an hour and half without the server ever taking our food order. I would not recommend based on the lack of customer service and timeliness.

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KF
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu, food was good, lots of choices. The atmosphere was ideal for a date, not too loud but still vibrant.

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SB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

server was great, food was really good as well as the wine and cocktails.....not sure why I didn't get any OpenTable points for making this reservation though.....

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AD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Stopped in for dinner during Houston restaurant week, the 8oz filet was right on point! It was a rainy night and very quiet, we were one of two tables running. Our server was amazing, made great recommendations and we enjoyed talking with her

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was a good value and tasty. Bill was very personable.

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HC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a food & Beverage Manager with a restaurant participating in Austin Restaurant Weeks. It was nice to experience HRW from the guest side. The food was incredible, service was great. I hope to return next time I’m in Houston.

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j
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow, they were not busy at all so it was a little surprising. Overall it was good, everyone enjoyed their meal. Was told the potatoes that came with the steak were very mediocre, on the flip side another friend said the brussel sprouts were great.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, only rivaled by the fantastic staff. Will definitely be coming back!

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DC
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I went with friends from out of town for brunch. The food was not cooked well, (eggs were undercooked and potatoes were burnt black). The server was friendly. This is another concept that will most likely fail in this great restaurant space.

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d
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Overall, great for our big group and service was good. However, the food was subpar.

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EY
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We sat and waited a long time to place an order even though the restaurant was almost empty on a Saturday night. Water was not refilled. Food was very good but the lack of service and minimal ambiance would keep me from going back

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

I had a reservation for outside and walked in to no hostess but was told we could sit anywhere so I decided to sit inside. The service was.... not great. The waiter was kind but he took the order and disappeared for 20-25 minutes in between everything. My appetizer didn’t come with the sauces listed on the menu and they ran out of the one dessert I wanted. My veggies/sides came out super cold but he re-made then for me when I asked. The GM was also very nice but came over to the table only after finding out my food was cold. No table touch although I made eye contact frequently and he saw we were there for awhile (which he mentioned on the table touch), I know it’s Houston Restaurant week and next door (the oyster bar) was packed but I expected so much more. At the end, I needed to use the restroom and it was FILTHY. Unusable. Worse than a gas station in the middle of nowhere’s restroom. I couldn’t stand being in there. I would love to return but necessary changes should be made.

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L
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walked in and was immediately greeted with a smile and pleasantly surprised with the restaurant week option ( I am here on a business trip and was unaware). The menu is accommodating for all palettes. The general manager and our server worked in perfect harmony throughout the night. The establishment in itself is beautiful and the food was delicious. I was actually surprised at how empty it was tonight. If I lived in Houston, this would be in my regular dinning rotation.

Cheers!

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BF
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was pretty good, the service was terrible. The one issue with food was the deviled eggs, somewhat tasty but sloppy presentation. The music was so loud I had to ask it to be turned down. The drinks took forever to get, bad location of bar in far back room of restaurant. I don't think the server knew the menu well or could hear us well for that fact. Tasty food but won't go back. The manager needs to kick it up with server training.

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S
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The District is a very convenient spot to eat when attending an event in the Theater District. We are hoping they can correct their problems so they can be a great option. First, the menu and food are very good. Small plates, fresh salads and hearty mains give offer some great selections. The ambiance is good and the servers seem very willing to please. We arrived and were seated. A server approached and brought menus along with water. There was some discussion among the several severs but no one came to take our order for 15 minutes despite very few customers. Another server finally appeared and apologized. Then she brought the wrong bottle of wine. Then it took forever for the food to come out (not her fault). Then the restroom was a wreck with no toilet paper. It just seems the management is not paying attention to the details. We left a nice tip because the server was really trying. You just expect better than this when your tab is $100.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was good, but the service was extremely poor. The waitress kept apologizing for the device stating the problem was lack of staff. She said we should come back in a month when they have things worked out

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, fun restaurant, one of only a couple tables on a Friday which was very odd.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

There was no need for a reservation. Atmosphere was nice. The oysters were puny and not scraped properly and were mangled. Their version of"short ribs" were not at all short ribs. Best part were the Crawfish hush puppies. Will not be returning.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jacen (might be spelling it wrong) was super awesome! Everyone at the restaurant were super nice and very accommodating. The food wasn’t that good and one of the people in our party received cold and then reheated food but other than that great ambience

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great and accommodating

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W
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Service was well meaning, if somewhat lethargic. Food was very ok....not hot, varied from the menu presentation, very uneven. Drinks were very slow, and beer menu was spotty.

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Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

There was a concert at Minute Maid Park, and there were many more customers than normal for a Friday night. I had a reservation, but there was not a clean table when I arrived. I sat at the bar, which turned out to be the best option. I had a waitress on her first night and she was OVERWHELMED. The Manager and another waitress stepped in to help her. A couple sitting next to me did not get their meal until after we had finished ours. They had to inquire what the problem was. There were many upset people during this evening. The restaurant was poorly prepared for the large number of customers. Many tables were left uncleaned for an unacceptable period of time.

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SD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the food. It was a little overpriced I thought.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Do not go here. The service was horrible and the restaurant was not even that busy. We waited 20 minutes to get a beer. Ordered another one when we placed our food order and it did not arrive until we were almost done with our meal. We saw another party of 4 sit down; wait 15 minutes and no waiter showed up so they left. I don't understand how they stay in business.

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KG
Amarillo
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were there to go to a concert downtown thought it would be nice to try a new restaurant. It was not crowded. Food sat in the window for over 10 min just waiting on a salad and then come to find out they were out of the salad my husband ordered. Food was cold by the time we got it. We did get our meal comped however the manager didn’t seem to really care how bad our service was. Don’t plan on going back.

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KP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good local place with good service. Also convenient to the theater district for walking.

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AB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great little spot. Food was good, not great. The waitress appeared to be quite flustered despite a very calm and understanding table and nobody else in the restaurant.

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ML
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall this was a great place for a date. Good food and not too crowded for a Saturday night. Just wish restaurants would quit putting fennel seeds in some of their recipes. Not everyone likes the taste and it can make the food taste unpleasant. Just saying.

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The District was such a cute place with indoor and outdoor seating available. They play a lot of oldies music which just takes you to a whole other time. The prices for breakfast were great for the amount of food you get. We spent mothers day there this year and were very satisfied all around.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We made reservations for the District before going to see Hamilton at the Hobby Center on a Saturday night. We’re not from Houston, so we wanted to try something downtown relatively close to the show. Service was terrible. It took about 40 minutes to get our drinks, and the food took quite some time. The place was not busy. We were one of only a few tables taken in the restaurant. The food was good, but not so good to make up for the service. We were hoping to get dessert, but there just wasn’t time before the show. Also, the ambience wasn’t great. It felt more like a fast casual restaurant than somewhere that cost ~$100 for the two of us.

Maybe it was an off night for the staff, but it will be enough to convince us to dine elsewhere when we’re downtown.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was prepared incorrectly, sent back, and returned worse. Service was abysmal; management was obnoxious and belligerent. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

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LO
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Like the offerings. Everyone was able to find something to fit their taste

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

friendly staff and nice outdoor seating
oyster shots were great and shrimp and grits are definitely worth trying - order to share if you have a small appetite like me

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B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely ridiculous. Was there for almost an hour and never got served (not even a glass of water). We had to walk out...

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LM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Was very disappointment in total waited 2-3 minutes until I asked someone if we could have a seat? Not enough waiters, food took a long time to be services even thought I only had 3 tacos and my boyfriend had grits and shrimp. The mimosa was flat not good at all. We had plans to go back if the food was great but not now.

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