The General Public - Houston

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The General Public is a spirited neighborhood restaurant and bar committed to wholesome food and warm hospitality. We are devoted to rewriting familiar recipes using only the freshest ingredients from farmers and suppliers we know personally. And we are committed to always keeping you in good spirits.

Specials

$5 Bourbon & Burgers

Enjoy $5 bourbon, cocktails & burgers from our Bourbon & Burgers Happy Hour menu, Monday - Friday, 9-11pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 5, 2019

Ends: July 6, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 9:00PM-11:00PM

What 260 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
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3.9
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4.2
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very lovely time. Great ambiance and great food! Wait staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs.

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vipelbrujo
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the fist time at the General Public. This time, service was slow and food was so-so. Menu is very limited. Good for drinks and grab a bite, but nothing special to do for dinner, not even lunch. There are a lot of better options around

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PaulW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience4

Two of us. One ordered chili as a main, the other shrimp & grits. Chili came out, and server apologized that the kitchen was behind. My wife’s dish (shrimp & grits) came out no kidding 20 minutes later. Off to a horrible start. Grits were lukewarm at best, shrimp was like rubber, overcooked.

Waiter was aloof and got the manager who we described the meal to. She did great at responding, we got a comp replacement meal (and they comped our entire bill, which was not expected).

Service from the waiter was horrible. Asked three times for refills, no attention to customers. He should never allowed one meal to come out without the other close behind. Where was the expediter? Absent this evening I’m assuming. If you don’t have one, get one.

Manager Major West was incredible. Kudos for his first night leading the pass.

Won’t be returning. First impressions are killers. Far too many new restaurants to try to go back to a place that left this impression.

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vipNancyD
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Super loud here, all hard surfaces. Conversation impossible. Tortilla soup so salty we had to send it back, and we are salt hounds. Inedible. Crab hush puppies are divine but it's not enough to save the meal.
Brussels sprouts hardly cooked at all, nearly raw. Not our expectation. Enchiladas good, chile chicken cheese sandwich good, salads good. Not great on all counts, except the hush puppies. Probably won't return as super loud and food not outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the shrimp and avocado salad. It was just the right size and the salad dressing was delicious!!

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vipRoyYoung
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu selection is not as big as some of the other places, but the dishes we ordered were all uniformly outstanding. Service was good and the noise level is moderate, makes it easier to have a conversation without shouting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Would have preferred a table vs a booth by the bar. It was extremely noisy from music and the TV’s.

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vipJamesBond
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, our server and bartender was awesome and attended and anticipated our needs.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food, drinks, and atmosphere were great, but our server was not. She was slow, not friendly at all, and barely checked in on us. This is definitely a one off because all of my servers on previous visits have been great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Just wasn’t impressed

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NeilLoader
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round.

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DeniseD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance! We really enjoyed our food and the overall experience was wonderful! Service was a little slow at times but it was also NYE so we expected some of that.
Definitely looking forward to going back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Seemed really long between order and food Defoe a lunch. We did expand our reset from 8 to 12 so maybe it was our fault. When food came it was deli yams the chef came out to check. We will be back.

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TexasYankee
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Some have listed as a good place for a business meal. Drinks with colleagues- sure, great option. Actual business dinner- no way! Too loud and too “bar”. Would go back for a casual dinner.

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kjlewis
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Only 2 other tables occupied at 6 pm on Sunday. Service was abysmal. In order to get a 2nd cocktail, I had to go to the bar myself, it took just under 45 minutes to get our dinner order, and when it arrived, 75% of it was cold to lukewarm. Will never go back.

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LCChappy
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went on a Tuesday evening. Restaurant wasn't very crowded, had open tables and booths and from the time we set down it took us 25 minutes to get our drinks. Our food took another 40 minutes and then only 2 of the 4 entree's came out. The other 2 entrée's came out about 5 minutes later. The food was o.k. This was the second time I have been to the restaurant and the service and quality of food has definitely gone down. I will not be going back. Very disappointed. Staff was friendly but very slow, not sure if that was due to understaffing as I saw a handful of waiters etc. I watched the tables around us and they had same service delays.

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ChrisO
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was okay, best thing was probably the tater tot appetizer that we ordered on a whim. Drinks were good. Food took forever to come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Took 20 minutes to get water

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vipquynhspins
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and drinks here. Erin and Mike are awesome!! Sad to see the old Happy Hour changing!!!!! Looking forward to what the new HH will be. Thanks Erin for your wonderful service ALL the time!! and Mike is great waiter as well!!!! Q&L

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Mark
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with friends on a Saturday night. Parking is a pain, but that's City Centre in general. The tuna nachos appetizer was fantastic, as was the rest of the meal. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was good, staff was attentive, and food and drinks were good.

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FUChungle
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place for drinks and a casual meal with adult friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meet up spot for family and friends!

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Lulu
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was ok but not much to select from. Prices are reasonable and our waiter was great. Although they had several wines on the menu, only 2 were available SMH

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SevC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Autumn was an excellent server!!!

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melissag
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in all everything was great. Casey was our waiter and he was very attentive. He made sure we had everything we needed. Food was good. The mimosas were all orage juice and a drop of champagne. They need to be better balanced. At one point they turned the music/volume up on the TVs in the middle of the room then back down. That was very disturbing and unnecessary. They do not need them there. It is not a sports bar. Other than that we really enjoyed the place.

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Vaun9622
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing and ambience was great however, service was not the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. We love it here. $1 mimosas, and I know I already have some of y’all. The food is amazing, good service, tv’s with games but not a sports bar vibe if you’re not into that, it’s our literal go-to brunch spot.

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vipJKM2000
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great appetizers l, especially the loaded tots and crab hush puppies. I was a bit disappointed by their Old Fashioned, especially since they seem proud of their bourbon offerings.

Solid main courses as well - I was impressed by the quality of the tuna in the Asian salad as well as the freshness of the crab and shrimp roll.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience.

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Butterfly
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour!!!!

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GerardoEnrique
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was really nice, better is you going in happy hour

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stevej
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The General Public has a good vibe and lively crowd even on a weekday. The food was good, not great. The service was pretty good, fairly attentive. The noise level was high making conversation challenging. Over-all, a good meal at a lively place.

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BeverlyG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Everything was great. It was a bit louder than I would have liked.

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StephenW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food selection and dishes. Ambiance was pleasant and clean. Our server, Michael (from the bar) was great! For anyone in the area I recommend to stop by and try it our. The lunch selection has a nice variety.

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vipantiqueroselover
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel took good care of us. Loved the brunch! Will definitely be back.

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YooperGirl
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time I had been there and enjoyed the ambiance and food. The wine selection is a bit lacking and the noise level is a bit much but the noise level is less than the Tasting Room. Service both times I went was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Restaurant is a cute place to go with friends or out for a chilled date. The food is okay the service wasn’t that great and I actually felt like I was a pain to the server. The bartender was bringing food over to a table I thought but the food I saw him bringing wasn’t food from off their menu so I had to stop and ask him about what was being served. So apparently they cater food to bowl and barrel the bowling spot next door and let me tell you that food looked absolutely scrumptious! The bartender was kind enough to give us two 30 minute free bowling sessions since we hadn’t been there before. I thought it was pretty cool of him to do that and it’s definitely a smart move on their part to offer that. Will definitely check them out. Not much to say about the food or drinks they served we had a charcuterie board that was pretty bland they offered a really crunch bread that almost seemed like a big crouton. The shrimp and grits that I ordered was good and I liked the cauliflower grits but really do prefer regular corn grits. The Moscow mule I ordered was super sweet but tasty. Overall I wouldn’t go back for dinner maybe for drinks and I would like to try their birthday cake it looked really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BRANDON!!!!

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RebeccaW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Good experience with exception of our waiter being “absent”. The other waiters and service personnel helped us far more then our actual waiter. Would go back, but would not be comfortable with the same server.

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