The Pass

4.5
686 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Bringing the essence of the kitchen to each table, chefs will serve, describe and answer diner's questions, creating an authentic experience for each customer while placing emphasis on the process behind transitioning food to plate. Similar to dining at a chef's table, diners will be able to connect with the local and global inspiration and experience of each chef and behind every dish, in an upscale, casually elegant atmosphere, complimented by a thoughtful international wine list.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, International, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Seatings on Tuesday-Friday (6:00pm-9:00pm)
Seatings on Saturday (5:00pm-9:00pm)
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Phone number
(713) 628-9020
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner
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Private party contact
Angela Moore/ events@passandprovisions.com: (713) 628-9020
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McKinney
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Parking details
We offer both self-parking and valet service
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Public transit
BUS:

DALLAS ST @ TAFT ST on line 018 KIRBY LIMITED NORTHBOUND
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

In celebration of NYE, we will be offering a 9 course tasting menu for $175.00. Beverage pairings will be available for $125.00. Please note because of the special menu, dietary restrictions cannot be modified this evening and a vegetarian option will not be available.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 686 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was delicious and super creative. I loved being able to see the kitchen and how well it was run.

I think the restaurant was understaffed that day at the front of the house. We had food served to us without explanation. My wine glass also sat empty for an entire course. The part of the meal I really wanted to enjoy with my wine... I had to flag down a food runner to get another glass. It was also our anniversary and they didn’t do anything special besides print “happy anniversary” on our menu card. Maybe my expectations were too high?

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MK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very special but the food wasn’t exquisite. A lot of it was overlooked or just tasted off. Very interesting ingredients.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service. A little pricey if you add the extra 2 dishes and the pairings, but you know what to expect in regards to price. The service was extremely fast once a dish was finished there was a comfortable amount of time before the next was served. All wines paired perfectly with the dishes, the staff was very educated in the sourcing of the wines. A definite must try if your looking for a truly unique experience.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here. They truly make food and dining interesting and every experience here is truly unique. The staff are very courteous and very knowledgeable as well which makes the experience very worthwhile.

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H
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a nice place for your special event. The food is great. The place is quite. The service is excellent.

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B
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend to The Pass for her birthday. It was our first time there (we had eaten at Provisions before). The Pass was an amazing experience. Excellent and warm service from the staff. Quiet atmosphere. The food was better than I could have hoped for. Delicious and filling. The drink pairings made it an even more unique experience. I have zero regrets. My gf and I wish we could dine there every night. We felt kind of bad that we were the last ones in the restaurant, but the staff was still respectful and kind.

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SS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best experience!!! The food and wine were excellent!!! Looking forward to returning.

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OT
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary with the Tasting menu consisting of 7 different tastings to include the wine pairings for me and cocktail pairings for my wife. The Grille Oysters were delicious and the Summer Salad was delightful. Next we had the Butternut Squash Bread which had Reading Raclette cheese melted in the center and it was undoubtedly the best squash we have ever had. We calmed down with Chips and Guac containing Avocado, smoked Trout roe and Picked Red Onion, then had the Tagliatelle with Uni and Abalone along with Miso and Seaweed. The latter tasted much better than it reads. We finished the main meal with the Duck Breast tasting containing Chanterelles. Finally we ended our meal with the desert called Coconut which was made of Vanilla, Kaffir, and Grilled Pineapple. Now each course had wonderfully matched wines or cocktails so we were very satiated and satisfied by the end of our meal. Great food and service with the kitchen very transparent so we could watch the pros making these delicious tastings. We highly recommend THE PASS and note that the tastings change all the time so you won't get tired of the same food each visit..

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OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exceptional. A meal beyond all expectations. Expensive - but worth every single penny.
A dining experience not to be missed.

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DB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the ambiance to the staff to the food was excellent. The attention to details was clearly visible. This was our first time at The Pass, and I hope it won’t be our last.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pass is a pleasant experience all around. Noise does not carry over from The Provisions. The tasting menu and wine pairing are excellent. My only negative is the tables were a bit large so it was hard to hear my date.

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HC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an experience this was! Highly recommend this hidden gem. Great service and fantastic food!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good for fine dining and date night

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J
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delightful! Perfect service and the food was amazing. This is a great place to celebrate and enjoy culinary perfection!! Highly recommend.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know this place has been around for awhile (5/6 years) but with a 2 and 5 year old at home, we are a bit out of the loop these days (literally and figuratively.) A work friend suggested this place to celebrate my recent birthday and I am so glad they did. Dining here was AN EXPERIENCE. The service was, hands down, top of the pile. I was also delighted with the menu which was unique. My favorite things were probably the goat cheese, watermelon, tomato salad & the coconut ice cream vanilla dessert. Without reservation, I would also recommend adding the wine pairings to your meal. Loved kicking off our dinner with the Champagne and Oysters as well. Can't wait to come back and discover what other treats the chefs/owners have in store.

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OT
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been back to the Pass, for some time, but I’m scratching my head as to why that is. Food, service, ambiance were all top notch. Nice view into the kitchen is always fun. Quality and creativity of the food were excellent. Tasting menu was not too much food and we left “just right.” We tried the cocktail pairing (actually not just cocktails on it) and it was spot on. Room was great for conversation.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Friend’s birthday but they had nothing special for her— not even a candle for her dessert.
The manager seemed to be a bit arrogant when I told him the pasta was a bit salty although the dessert was great. If you don’t mean it, don’t ask about how the meal was.

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B
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best dining experiences ever.

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C
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The wait was unnecessary long in that we got the district impression that drinks were obligatory. As we’re not drinkers, it was a rather long 35 minutes. Following, we did get a good table and the menu printed with Happy Anniversary was a nice touch but, the service was again slow. Oddly, we lost our server mid meal which was awkward. Had to ask for bread which was, the highlight of the meal.

Tasting menus are generally small in portions and The Pass did not disappoint our expectations here either. Small yet very challenging dishes that were well prepared and presented.

All in all, it’s a nice facility, the food is creative and the atmosphere is young and lively. It’s easy to see why this place has been lauded and praised but, after all the waiting and confusion during service, it’s not likely we’ll make it back soon.

Lastly, by the time my wife and I got home, we were both in early stage gastric distress. Not good. Not sure what it was/is.

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v
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second experience was just as good as the first time we visited. Consistently good dishes on the tasting menu paired with excellent wines.

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CR
Oklahoma City
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Meticulous service, insightful guidance, wonderful pairings, and exquisitely crafted ambiance. The entry doors, calm kitchen, and cocktail pairings were memory creators. The oysters and halibut were stand outs in a dinner of stars. The tagliatelle preparation was the best I’ve had anywhere, including top restaurants of Tuscany.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pass is always a fantastic experience. Every time I go, I am blown away by everything. The staff is incredibly professional, polite, and personable. The food is always stunning, innovative, and, most importantly, delicious. The whole experience is amazing!

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j
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Well crafted tasting menu and wine pairings Service was exceptional However the entrees were the not as good as the other offerings

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HM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a remarkable way to spend our anniversary. The only thing better than the food was the service, being taken care of by 4-5 well versed and hospitable people really made the experience for my husband and I. The take home item at the end of the meal also put a smile on my face and find memory in my mind.

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a
Mississippi
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre with very little flavor. It felt like they tried too hard to make the food and wine pairings work.

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h
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a special occasion. Expecting it to be an expensive meal - which it was - but worth it. Very creative, inventive but delicious menu options, great attentive service, open kitchen adds great ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was great! Service was also very good. We wanted to take the night a little bit slower than the server did but that’s okay. Food was a bit overrated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

I think because the service was so good/fair it’s worth rating. But the portions were so ridiculous small

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

The Pass has a super cool atmosphere and very good food. You order a certain number of courses. The food is gorgeous and the presentation is amazing. The food is tasty, but it's a very small amount of food, and I always leave a little hungry (but it's better than leaving so full you can't move). I think everyone should try it at least once, but you won't come here more than once a year.

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OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was very good. There were many in training which caused some troubles but we were happy.

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PH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

My husband and I went to The Pass to celebrate my birthday. We opted for the full tasting menu (vs. the HRW shortened version). Not sure if we just hit it on an off night since I had heard so many good things but our reservation was delayed, then the service was super slow. We didn't have a single person waiting on us instead it was always someone new so we always felt a little forgotten between courses. The food was good but not great. Loved the wine suggestion, that was the highlight!

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ML
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Went for Houston Restaurant Week. Interesting and tasty! Service is impeccable. We were able to take our time and relish every bite. The cocktail and wine pairings were also top-notch. And a surprise to take home.

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j
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and wonderful food. I felt the service was impeccable! We felt well taken care of and the food was delicious!!! Thank you for making my Birthday wonderful!!!!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great first time! Will definitely come back when the menu changes

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Valiant effort to make creative food for restaurant week. But I'd pass on the Pass.

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GM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Houston! Terrence and Seth are amazing chefs.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Excellent ambiance. Good service. Mediocre, at best, food.
I expect that their rating are going down throughout HRW. Thats because the experience is totally overrated. I've dined in pretty much all the top restaurants in town and I can tell you this has been a disappointment. A mere fact that the presentation is unusual does not defy the fact that the food is tasteless. One does not need to create the opposite consistencies of food to get something good and unusual out of it. All I can suggest to the chef is take out all the sodium from the food, taste it, then re-evaluate it.

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

My husband and I chose The Pass for a special occasion. We’d been waiting for over two years before an ocassion appropriate enough arose. We were expecting more intimacy and more interaction with the chef/team than we received. Our expectation was a dining experience rather than just dinner. We didn’t get that and were fairly disappointed, especially since we’d “saved” the visit for such a big moment. It felt like any other dinner, although the food (of course) was far better and creative than elsewhere.

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CH
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had been to the Pass before and really enjoyed it, but did not enjoy our experience this time. It might have been due to it being restaurant week, but it was noisy and we felt rushed through our meal. We didn’t enjoy the food much, especially for the price. I likely won’t return which is disappointing since we enjoyed it so much the last time we went.

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K
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overrated and high inprice

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