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The Lymbar - The Lymbar, Houston, TX

The Lymbar

4.7
4.7
167 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Our family's story in Texas begins on Lymbar Drive where Robert and Dora Cordua moved from Managua, Nicaragua. There, multiple generations and parties with wine, whiskey, rich food, music and chimichurri perfumed the walls. We invite you to experience our heritage, our hospitality and our roots in the city of Houston. We are an all day neighborhood craft cocktail bar and open theatre kitchen specializing in latin and mediterranean small plates and shareables. No rules. Good greenergy. Buenas vibras.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Mediterranean, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (713) 485-6230
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    David Cordua
  • Neighborhood
    Montrose
  • Cross street
    At the ION, entrance is on Fannin
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

What 167 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

167 Reviews
  1. RollwithRuger

    Houston

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the space, but not the location. Did not feel comfortable parking the car there at night. The live piano music was very nice. The service was meh. Our waitress had the personality of a fence post. We had to wave someone down several times to get our water glasses refilled. Ordered a martini and asked for no vermouth. When it came, it had vermouth. Another ordered a gin martini with onions and it came out with olives. The shrimp in the paella was overcooked. The lamb chops and the red fish were good. The ceviche was the only thing we ordered that was delicious. It would have been nice if it came with some kind of chip to eat it with. Had to spend $8 to get the chips. Will not be going back.

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  2. bren

    New York City

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous in every way! Will definitely return which I rarely do.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Garrett was an amazing server and the Justin was wonderful! We enjoyed our evening so much. The burger was great and the tres leches cake also!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the ambience and the appetizers very much. After being pleasantly surprised with the flavors of the tapas style appetizers, was somewhat underwhelmed with the flavors of the entrees. To be more specific the steak bites appetizers was much more tender and flavorful than the churrasco - which is advertised as the larger version of the former. The chicken pasta was quite underwhelming. The hamburger was pretty good. Overall I would return to this place since we enjoyed the ambiance and appetizers’ flavors were quite unique.

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  5. JcNYC

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always! Brought some friends from OOT and they enjoyed it so much! The dishes are inventive and even a simple salad was out of this world freshness! Absolutely loved the empanada's, couscous, hamburger & truffle fries were all fantastic!

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  6. Leeo

    Houston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was nice but the food was just ok. Nothing spectacular..

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  7. SerinaB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to The Lymbar a few times, and it's always a wonderful experience!

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  8. johnb

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very enjoyable and creative. Had a lot of the smaller plates to get a good variety. Recommend highly!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time guest. Ordered the lamb chops. Expected a flavorful experience. They were a tad dry and underseasoned. Veggies, drinks and appetizers were good.

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  10. TiaA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed an intimate dinner with family, comfortable seating and warm mature ambiance. Food and drinks were great. As a local I am enjoying this still hidden gym.

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  11. lovestoeat

    Houston

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Lymbar is so artful and creative---the food is wonderful, the environs encourage visiting with dinner companions. there was a piano player who added that final layer of soft music to the experience

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  12. MichaelB

    Houston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed the food, there was a lot of creativity and fusion of different cuisines and cultures. The noise level range from soft to loud, particularly when the live music came on, but was nonetheless enjoyable. The service was exceptional. The decor and ambience are fantastic.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Happy hour was a great value. And the live piano music helped set the mood for a beautiful, relaxing evening!

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  14. RobertL

    Houston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great restaurant in the Ion Building. Easy parking, great decor, food, and service.

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  15. AlexandreR

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant, the food is really top notch, the service is attentionate, and very knowledgeable in the drinks and food. A perfect experience

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  16. Drew

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Both of the appetizers (Chicken and the Rosespuds) were delicious. The empanadas were all uniquely different. Tasty. Did not care for the raspberry vinegrette served with the monte cristo. The dip needs to be sweeter to match the ingredients. You kept being left with a vinegar after taste that wasn't pleasant. Overall though... the meal was quite a suprise and very well presented. Would go again.

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  17. Chuey

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met friends there for hamburgers, tapas, and cocktails, margaritas and cosmopolitans were excellent, food was excellent, thumbs up 

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  18. EduardoT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place and great ambient. Would highly recommend the ceviche and paella.

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  19. AmyM

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & service. Love the variety and fusion of flavors.

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  20. THCARR

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and with another couple we got to experience several different items on the menu. Our waitress was terrific and provided great advice on the food.

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  21. JasonF

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great atmosphere. Perfect place for after work happy hour or date night cocktails.

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  22. Chris

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and attentive staff, great food, wonderful ambiance.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was phenomenal, from the ambiance to the decor and the seating, to the first greeting and excellent service that continued throughout the night. Each bite was perfectly seasoned and delicious and each recommended dish and beverage were excellent.

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  24. ScooterJ

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious. Plenty of free parking. We tried all the empanadas and scallops, churrasco steak, and the hamburger. All were delicious and the Singapore Slings were really delicious. Highly recommend.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cozy place! Parking wasn’t an issue since they have valet parking on the Yellow Lot and it’s complimentary. They had a lady playing the piano which was nice. Denise took care of us for the night, attentive and nice. She recommended the Pisco Punch for me and it was good! Also ordered the smoking Old Fashion. We ordered The Rosespud, nice presentation but a little too salty. For my entree, Beef Tenderloin Tacos Arabes, the meat was tender and delicious. Denise recommend the Tres Leches for dessert, she said it was one of their most popular ones, just a little too sweet for me, the italian meringue was just as thick as the cake but I like that it has sprinkles of sesame seeds. Will definitely recommend to others to try the restaurant.

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  26. Zorro

    Houston

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time here. Everything delicious and enjoyed live piano music. Decor is great m

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  27. sec75

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of food as expected was the best. Excellent attention from the chef and his team.

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  28. tawnyfall92

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had no expectations of this restaurant. However, this place was great!!!!! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. I am returning!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the food, service and drinks! I’ll be back and I recommend it!

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  30. EileenS

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great creative food. The lamb chops were fantastic.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and decor and service! Order the steak! And the scallops and the ceviche!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best cocktails, food, environment and service!

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  33. DarlaH

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the restaurant week lunch menu, and it was perfect. The strawberry vinaigrette (served with the monte christo empanada) is like a dessert, so yummy! Service was perfect as always, everyone so friendly and accommodating. Beautiful place! Cozy and interesting. Great vibe even at lunch

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  34. kjshaw

    Houston

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Cara was outstanding! The food was all delicious. We each ordered something different and shared. And the tres leches … yum!

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  35. JoniL

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food! Unique interesting menu! Great service!

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  36. CynthiaA

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was unique and delicious. Service was excellent. Denise was our waitress. Attentive and very knowledgeable about all aspects of the restaurant and the food as well as the owners. Will be back.

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  37. MarissaG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed it! Great decor and vibe. Food was really good

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous! We would love for you to bring the plantains to Lymbar!

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  39. Kelly

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service!! Good food! Free parking! It was a tad bit loud and I would have preferred a different table so I didn't have to look at an empty parking lot bc the restaurant is very pretty. I'd definitely return. Pricing is average for this sort of place.

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  40. Timothy

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cocktails, wine list, and menu. The ceviche was outstanding. The schwarma tacos are delicious and presented in a fun and unique way. Not to be missed.

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FAQs

The Lymbar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 485-6230.

The Lymbar is rated 4.7 stars by 167 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Lymbar

4201 Main St, Houston, TX 77002-9620

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    At the ION, entrance is on Fannin
  • Neighborhood
    Montrose
  • Hours of operation
    Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Mediterranean, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    David Cordua
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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