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The Lymbar - The Lymbar, Houston, TX

The Lymbar

4.8
4.8
44 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
A neighborhood craft cocktail bar and restaurant by @davidcordua.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    Midtown / Montrose

  • Cross street

    At the ION

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Menu

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us for dinner on Valentine's Day for a special 3-Course Menu | $85/person excluding tax & gratuity 1st Course (choice of): Ceviche | Chicken Chicharrones | Churrasco Bites 2nd Course (choice of): Pato Poblano | Stuffed Chicken Ballotine | Beef Tenderloin Tacos Arabes | Pan Seared Snapper | Gemelli Pasta 3rd Course (choice of): Tres Leches | Foie Doughnut Holes | Sweet Corn Flan | Hazelnut Chocolate Torte Vegetarian Menu Option will be available

What 44 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Hot spot

  • Houston

    Hot spot

  • Houston

    Good for special occasions

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  1. G

    Goodhotelrestaurant

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Entrees came out at different times but otherwise we loved it. The empanadas are amazing.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday, amazing experience
  3. HS

    HemiSam

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Super spot and you have to love the Cordua's....they give back a LOT to the H-town community. The drinks were excellent. The food was very good. The ambiance / buildout is fun and comfortable. I very much enjoyed the jazzy band, but it did get awfully loud at times when we were trying to converse with our friends.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I like this new restaurant in the Ion. It’s upscale enough for a nice business lunch with clients or colleagues, and it’s also perfectly fine for meeting friends or family for a bite to eat. I’ve only had lunch there, but the Lymbar definitely has a nice vibe for happy hours or cocktails in the evening. It has that beautiful decor of dark red leather booths, subtle ambient lighting, and dark wood tables and accents with a pretty bar and backlit bottles. The restaurant opens by sliding glass doors into the Ion, so it has good airflow and an openness that’s adds a bit of “cafe vibe,” as well. The three meals I have tried have all been absolutely delicious. The burger is just the right size for a lunch that is not heavy, and it’s accompanied by only a few steak fries. The pasta with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes in cream sauce is rich, but it makes for great comfort food and was perfect on the cold day I ordered it. The beautifully-served trio of empanadas was out of this world perfect! You can order a mix of whichever ones you want, but I got one of each as there are three options. They were all excellent. I highly recommend the trio! The pricing offers something for everyone and a spectrum of occasions. You can order dishes under $20 just as easily as you can order steak or seafood for $45. As for dress, I’ve gone in business casual, but anything goes. The restaurant is in a Tech-focused building, so you could see jeans and sneakers or a group of men and women in suits. I would say come as you are with the budget you have and enjoy the original dishes of well-though-out, Latin-inspired unique offerings for entrees!
  5. KD

    KimmyD

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service to food was top notch! Especially loved the empanada trio and cucumber salad ❤️Yumo!! Will definitely be back 😍
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Staff was young and inexperienced. Wine list is small, and they had run out of a few types. Meat dishes were lacking seasoning. Wanted to love this place but was not impressed.
  7. TD

    TravisD

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sampled 3 starters and a main dish. All were prepared to perfection and very delicious. I will be back to try the other dishes soon!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening at chef’s table-the food was fabulous and service impecable!
  9. KH

    KathyH

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really liked the Lymbar. We ordered the previously raved about twinkies and churrasco bites and loved them. Had the duck and pasta ( subbed octopus for chicken) entrees and both were yummy. We had theatre tickets so we were on a schedule. Our waiter timed everything perfectly for us. The restaurant stamps your valet ticket so there is no charge for parking. Made for a great night. We will go back.
  10. C

    Chris

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to take clients and friends! Had a great time and Denisse provided excellent service!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant from the cordua family. Super
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Only complaint was that I ordered a cocktail with a large craft ice cube, but the cube wasn’t tempered before coming in contact with the drink, so it cracked and wasn’t clear in the end. : ) New place, new crew, so I imagine they will teach their bartenders how to work with craft ice. Otherwise great atmosphere, great food and great cocktails. Keep it up!
  13. j

    jchambers

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally everything we ate was amazing, up until dessert. We tried the flan (weird texture) but could have been a personal preference, the tiramisu was good but really sweet. The cookies were a hit though. Light with mild sweetness. Our waiter went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience and that we would return. It was a group of old college friends and we had the empanadas (beef and spinach), the chicken chicceranos, ceviche, lamb, and beef tacos. The marigold, an old fashioned, a beautiful cab, literallly all delicious!!! It’s our new monthly hang! The music (piano and sax, playing jazz) was loud but what do you expect on a Friday night! Lol Loved the red sofas although I can see them losing shape and feeling sunk in pretty quickly. I’m “old” so I may need a chair next time! Will be back, you should try it too!
  14. T

    Tucker

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and varied creative menu.
  15. AH

    AlexanderH

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is amazing!
  16. JG

    JGrib

    Houston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner with my hubby. It was a little awkward finding the entrance so more signage could be helpful. Cara was our server and she was amazing! Bartender told her the bottle of wine we ordered was out but she kept looking for it and found it for us. Really enjoyed the live music as well. :)
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the live jazz Music. Ambiance is gorgeous. Get the sweet potato beet dish, and the empanadas (especially the Monte Cristo)!
  18. o

    oliversax

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, great service, great food! Red couches were super lux to help the convo flow. Awesome new addition to H-town dining scene.
  19. PD

    PeterD

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner at Lymbar. The service (our waiter was Ariel) was excellent, not only prompt and courteous but also helped us navigate some of the best options on the menu. The ambience was relaxing and at the same time interesting. The food was superb, interesting combinations of flavors and presentations. A great new addition to our dining options
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    I never am one to vent online but that was the absolute worst service we have gotten in years! Food was tasty and good but the service ruined the entire experience.
  21. LM

    LauraM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a magical spot! Unparalleled food and service paired with top notch jazz musicians. I hope to return again and again.
  22. SM

    SeeM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great first experience at Lymbar. The service was consistent and strong, the food was incredible, and the ambiance was very cool. All the cocktails we ordered were delicious. Did dinner we had a variety of their large plates and ate every bite (burger, beef tacos, snapper). The star of the show was the dessert — the flan and tres leches — I’m not sure which one liked more. Get both.
  23. ML

    MitchL

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hot new place in H Town. You must Go! and enjoy a wonderful experience,
  24. RH

    RosiH

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at The Lymbar. The menu was eclectic and fun, it had plenty of choices and there wasn’t a dish we didn’t like. The decor was retro, with wonderful details all over, like old pictures of the grandmothers of the owners and the staff. Definitely try the truffle twinkies, the empanadas trio, which had a refreshing Mediterranean twist on the Latin cuisine classic, the snapper with rice and the alfajores as well as the corn flan for dessert. New Year’s diet resolutions be damned - The Lymbar was a culinary experience worth experiencing to kick off the year!
  25. M

    Marshap

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David and his crew deliver a very nice product, with a great ambience and wonderful food. Lots to choose from too.
  26. A

    Alabama

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and loved the atmosphere. Looking forward to returning!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Food, amazing service, great experience for any occasion. Can’t wait to come back soon
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was amazing , the ceviche and corn lamb chops delicious , so were the empanadas . Great ambiance , except for the bright that shone into the restaurant from the Icon office building . Definitely need a solution for that distraction . But we will be back ,,,,
  29. SN

    SydneyN

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single thing I ordered from this restaurant was beyond my expectations, the food is absolutely outstanding!!!!
  30. M

    Mimi

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was fine but not worth it for the price.
  31. NO

    NormaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambiance, and superb service! Will be dreaming with that ceviche!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and beautiful space.
  33. DS

    DeborahS

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great flavors, unique twist with delicious Twinkies! Great cocktails and abundant and creative entrees~ Don't miss Lymbar!
  34. J

    Jennifer

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Vibe was excellent. It was overall a fun experience. The food was delicious. The drinks were good but a tad sweet, but that a preference. I like fresh, minty or spicy drinks. If you like that sweet you’ll love it. It was a fun place to go. The concept is brilliant.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the service, food and decor was amazing. We visited as a group of six and loved the comfortable setup. David Cordua and his team left no detail of the Lymbar to spare. Everything we tried was amazing, including favorites from his previous concepts. Can’t wait to visit again!
  36. SR

    ScottR

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic new restaurant that brings many of the staples from the old days back and adds a whole new lineup of excellent dishes. Atmosphere and service are both top notch. Great addition to the ION.
  37. N

    Nick

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lymbar is chef David Cordúa’s debut solo restaurant, and it hits all the notes from food to design and ambience. Its Latin-Mediterranean menu is inspired by the chef's upbringing in Houston with Nicaraguan parents (including his dad, chef Michael Cordua, who founded Churrascos and Americas restaurants), his wife Sara's Lebanese-Mexican heritage and his own culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The restaurant was designed by Gin Braverman, who was David's babysitter as a kid (he lived on Lymbar Drive in southwest Houston). I love the greenery and nostalgic design touches in the space. My personal favorite entree is the pan-seared snapper with saffron arroz a la tumbada (sort of like paella), followed closely by the build-your-own beef tenderloin tacos arabes. The chicken shawarma tacos arabes are also outstanding. Other go-tos include the Rosespud, Truffle ‘Twinkies’, Chicken Chicharrones, Sweet Potato + Beet with labneh, and empanadas (spinach/feta with halloumi, Monte Cristo and beef kofta). Try the Sweet Corn Flan and incomparable Tres Leches for dessert. They have a very approachable wine list and cocktail selection, and for the non-drinkers like me, a nice selection of mocktails including a non-alcoholic chai tea old fashioned. This is a really interesting new restaurant and bar, and I'm excited to see it continue to evolve.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Still working out some minor first few weeks kinks. The salt level could be amped up a bit also. I will try again when it’s been open a bit longer or for happy hr.
  39. H

    Hasti

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was so excited to try out this new concept from Chef David Cordua and I can confidently say I was not disappointed. The flavors were incredibly unique. The space was beautiful and inviting. The service was exceptional. It’s definitely a must-try. I’ll be going back again soon for dinner.
  40. B

    Bfof

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a phenomenal meal. The food was fantastic, and cocktails were amazing. Such a neat restaurant.

FAQs

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

The Lymbar is rated 4.8 stars by 44 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 21 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Lymbar

4201 Main St, Houston, TX 77002-9620

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    At the ION

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown / 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

  • 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, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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