The District

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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The District Bar & Grill along with our Cellar 7 Wine Bar offers Urban American cuisine in the heart of downtown Houston. Oyster Bar and Dry Aged Meats.

Cellar 7 is in the heart of Downtown Houston providing more than just wine: join us for event tastings, wine dinners, or just a great place to get away. You're welcome to hang out with a glass or bottle of wine, artisanal cocktails, or a local Texas brew.

Join us before a baseball, soccer or basketball game, a night at the theater, or catching up with friends for a late night.

We welcome you to host your events and gatherings at our little oasis along with a nice full dinner at our adjoining restaurant The District.

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Complimentary specials

Eat Drink and Be Happy

Happy Hour 6 Drafts, $3 Domestic, $4 Imported

$6 House Red & White Wine

$6 House Bubbles

$8 Calls , Premium $10

$5 Bites

Extended Happy Hour on Monday 3pm-9pm

Enjoy $6 Red / White or Bubbles

Tuesdays 1/2 Priced Bottle Wine

Join us for every Tuesday for 1/2 priced bottle wine

$5 Bar Bites all week long

Enjoy $6 dollar Drink Specials

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was amazing. We had 2 happy hour hors d’oeurves - crawfish hush puppies and roasted Brussels and then split the mahi mahi tostadas (2) which we very tasty and huge!

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vipBeeMack
Fayetteville
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

No waiting for a table for brunch. Austin served our drinks but our table obviously was not assigned to his section. We quickly had another wait staff take our food order. Great brunch and lunch options, good presentation, tasted wonderful..... shrimp and grits were awesome (minus the egg). Big breakfast was very good. Great Bloody Mary too. I just hope our waitress was having a better afternoon than she did morning. Go for the food... it was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant was early empty except one large table of ladies who were so loud, that we had to ask to be moved to Cellar 7. The space in Cellar 7 was dirty. Looked as if the staff was prolonging to getting the tables cleared and space set back up.

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BrentS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for 8:45pm on Valentine’s Day. We arrived about 20 minutes early in hopes to have a few drinks at the bar. We were seated at a brightly lit, oddly placed bar & left alone for about 10 minutes. A server finally came over & handed us menus & proceeded to explain the specials. We politely stopped him & told him that we were just sitting wanting for a drink until our reserved table was ready. He left & never came back. Another employee came about 10 more minutes later & took us to a table. We sat down but soon realized the table they had seated us at was still dirty from the patrons before us. I had sat my purse on the table before I realized it was dirty. It had some sort of sauce on the bottom of it from the table. My husband & I were both very disappointed & more put off by the moment. We discussed it for a few minutes & decided to just quietly excuse ourselves. We walked a couple of blocks & got seated at the bar at Morton’s Steakhouse where we also enjoyed dinner. We had a great experience there. I can’t say the same for The District. The service, bar, timeliness & cleanliness of The District were all very disappointing!

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tpsace
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was just an ok experience for me. Went there for Valentines day, had an 8:15pm reservation, and I arrived at 8:13pm, they didn't have a table for us, so they sat us at a community table, then when a table came open, they gave it to a couple that showed up late but had a 8pm reservation. I thought that was odd. But we ended up getting seated just before 8:30p. Service was ok, I had to get up and get my own water twice. Food was decent. I think maybe it was a bad night. Food and environment was worth giving them a 2nd try.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food is tasteless, terrible, overpriced. Were out of several beers on the menu, served us hot champagne. Couldn’t believe this place was still in business.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

That place is Nice and they have a good Menu but one of their big items on the Menu are the Oysters and they didn’t have them available in Valentines day, I also notice my server was attending my table and another table all the way across the restaurant, that makes her work very hard because they can’t keep up with their customers and as a result as you end up getting poor service, in my opinion the problem is the management making bad decisions, the food was good and the restaurant has a great vibe and a awesome view.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent food, they messed up three times on my girlfriends order: gave her crab cakes when she wanted a salad, her steak was cold and the asparagus was way over cooked, and then gave her the wrong dessert

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Mentioned that it was my wife’s birthday and anniversary for the reservation. The reservation was not available so we waited in the bar area then no mention of birthday or anniversary and then the oysters that we ordered never came, didn’t find out until the end of the meal that they were out of oysters. The young man who waited on us was nice and worked hard to keep us happy but was seemingly trying to deal with poor management both in the kitchen and on the floor.

KM
vipKenM
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to The District as we are trying as many downtown restaurants with friends. This was Super Bowl Sunday so very quiet and slow, but the waitstaff was very attentive and we all enjoyed our meals. The charcuterie appetizer was perfect for the four of us and I certainly enjoyed the paella but was more than I could eat and did not leave room to try dessert. Next time...

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PattyO
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We made a reservation but it wasn’t necessary as you were free to pick your own seating. The food was very good-especially the oysters. Only downside is the parking which is basically non-existent.

DH
DianeH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed the food and drink at The District. We just don't understand why they are always so few people there. The food is very good, service is so friendly, and it's in such a good location. We will continue to patronize The Dristrict.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The whole experience is best forgotten. While the restaurant did not seem to be busy - there were many empty tables - it was as if we were the last ones in on a night at peak capacity. The drinks were extremely slow in coming, and then came with a good ten minutes between those for one half of the table and the other. There was an equally long wait for the food. The appetizers we had ordered were forgotten and the mains came out, again with a delay between those for one half of table and the other. There seemed to be no willingness or capability on the part of staff to deal with these things, they were just accepted as unfortunate. The food was OK, the excellent fries offsetting some otherwise ordinary burgers. The Berkshire pork chop was delicious. The ambiance is a bit disappointing when not busy. The scraping of metal chairs on the bare concrete floors tends to echo.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Dylan was GREAT. We ordered the gulf oysters on half shell, crab cake and salmon. It was wonderful. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ENJOYED the entire ambiance here. My FIRST time and definitely not my last time. BRUNCH was AWESOME and cost was reasonable!

KB
KBrooke
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had two of the bruschetta; they were fine. I had the redfish tostada, which was pretty good. My husband had the redfish piccata, which was very good. We ate at The District before going to the Very Merry Pops concert; the proximity to the theater was the primary reason we chose it. I’d eat there before a concert again.

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Dizzydining
San Antonio
31 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything OK but nothing great

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was decent. It’s a little loud and bathrooms had toilet paper for paper towels but overall, decent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Two Christmas parties going on, not nearly enough staff. Very difficult to park.

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MichelF
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Sunday brunch before The Nutcracker. The were accommodating of our time but did not rush us. The food was excellent and the recommended Tiffany Mimosas did not disappoint. We will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations via Open Table for Thanksgiving and upon arrival, the restaurant was CLOSED. Tried calling earlier in the day to confirm, but, no answer. We figured being a holiday, they must be busy, so, wasn't too concerned, as the site was still taking reservations and even their Facebook page showed open. No contact from the restaurant at all regarding the unfortunate event.

MI
MelissaI
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couples dinner before a concert at Revention. Easy walk to/from. Food and service were excellent!!

RC
vipRonnyC
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Ordered small plates to share. Dishes had very little flavor & the food was cold! We were just one table of 3 in the whole restaurant, so no excuse for cold food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was really enjoyable (tuna tartar wasn’t the best), drinks were good, cool looking place, but absolutely no one was there on a Friday night @ 8pm which made us wonder.

The service was extremely slow, which is shocking since we were literally the only people in the restaurant. Overall I think it would be a great place to brunch or lunch, but complete ghost town for dinner.

JP
JimP
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Truly enjoyed dinner at the district. Good food, reasonable service; friendly & attentive wait staff.

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LisaV
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great open view of downtown with the large window panes. We went for Houston Restaurant Weeks and the food was good. Server forgot about one of our desserts but they eventually brought it when we reminded them.

MM
MikeM
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice dinner using the Houston Restaurant Weeks menu. Selections were cooked as ordered and service was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place!!

KW
KennethW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Worst Eggs Benedict I have ever had. Slice of bread, spinach, a slice of cold sandwich ham, poached egg and something resembling curdled jelly that was supposed to be Hollandaise Sauce. Service was equally bad!

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vipZeus
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The waiter was very nice and personable, however the service was extremely slow! When we first got there there was only one other table and things still took forever. We went for HRW. Overall the food was good but not great. Ordered a fillet very rare that came out medium, but still had good flavor. Very long time in between courses. Bread pudding was tasty, the crime brûlée was not bruleed. The tartare was very good.

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TramT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to thank Bill our server and the manager for the great service and hospitality. I was able to host a lovely baby shower with their help. The mother-to-be was very impressed with the location, food, service and ambiance of the beautiful bar room. My and husband and I love dining at all the District locations but this location has provided the most excellent service. All the servers are wonderful!!

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NatalieI
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall good, would go again, but the service was just pretty slow for it not being very crowded. Took longer than expected to just have a server come to greet us and get drink orders

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vipFoodieLove
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was great! We had 10 people and tried multiple appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks all was very good. The restaurant itself was lovely. Our server was super friendly but for being one of only three tables in the restaurant the service was slow. Make sure you have time but wnjoy all the menu has to offer in flavor.

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KenT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was ok. Service was good. Overall, not good enough to fight traffic to get downtown though.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly server and restaurant. Great brunch options

JJ
JimJ
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was very slow and quiet for Sunday Brunch. Given there were so few guests, the service was in fact slow.

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PaulA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Based on the menu, I was looking forward to trying this place before a play we were attending. It was Saturday, and the place was basically empty. Everything came out really fast. We started with the Calimari and Octopus - fishy and rubbery, and pretty much awful.
We ordered the Osso Buco and the Braised Short ribs as our main course. Both were bland, chewy, and had weird seasonings.
Then we went out on a limb and ordered desert. We had the Creme Brulee and the Banana nut cake - Both were fabulous, we loved them.
All and all, pretty disappointing, but with improvements in the food, it would be a great venue to hang out. Maybe their big crowd is the party kids late night. Not for my Wife and me.

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Ljnda
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Richard our waiter was outstanding. He was friendly, attentive and very helpful with the menu. Food was excellent and very reasonable.

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PeggyE550C
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our service started out lacksidasical...but improved.. Food was good, but not exceptional. I didn't realize it was such a casual place. I will give it another try when I'm downtown again.