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The Tasting Room - Uptown Park

4.0
211 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Notable Wine List (240)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (174)
  • Good for Groups (159)

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About

Welcome to the Tasting Room at Uptown Park. Originating more than 10 years ago as a small wine café and retail shop, the Tasting Room Uptown Park has truly blossomed since its inception and now stands at more than 9,000 square feet, making it one of the largest wine bars in the nation. Tucked into the retail mainstay of Uptown Park, the Tasting Room is a wine café of a different cut. As our motto states, “A comfortable place to get serious about wine,” we offer a multitude of dining experiences to offer our guests not only an exceptional culinary experience, but a comfortable yet vibrant atmosphere. With more than 150+ wines to our name, and more than 5 million glasses poured since our inception, we average 1 million glasses poured a year ranging from unique and exotic wines, to creature comfort brands and specialty labels crafted through partnerships with wine makers from around the world.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday – Wednesday: 11AM – 12AM
Thursday – Saturday: 11AM – 1AM
Sunday: 11AM – 11PM

HAPPY HOUR
Monday – Friday: open – 6PM

LUNCH
Monday – Friday: 11AM – 3PM

DINNER
Daily: 11AM – close

BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 3pm

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Phone number
(713) 993-9800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jonald Veneracion
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Private party facilities
The Tasting Room at Uptown Park is located near the Galleria in the Uptown Park Shopping Village. This is our original location with over 7,600 square feet which offers a variety of spaces and configurations for up to 600 guests.
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Private party contact
Events Team: (713) 622-4477
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Catering
The Tasting Room takes all your social and life events to a higher level. Planning a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, birthday or just a fun family gathering? Our events team can create menus and wine selections to match for everything from casual get-togethers to the most sophisticated of parties. For more information contact us at infoUptown@tastingroomwines.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Post Oak Blvd.
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Parking details
In addition to valet, guests can park in the public parking lot.
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Entertainment
Nightly live music performances.
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Special events & promotions
Check our website's Calendar of Events page for details on our upcoming events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Blarney (Houston)
1.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

The Tasting room (Uptown Park) is a wonderful place, EXCEPT . . .

The ENTIRE parking lot is coned off for valet . . . if you want to park your car yourself, it's NOT an option (except for a few street spots in front)! When I asked a manager about that, he said that the valet company is a separate entity from The Tasting Room. Either a very lame answer, or they need to get some control over valet because it's part of the overall "customer experience".

I chose to sit on the patio with a friend. After about 15 minutes, I ended up going inside to get served. They supposedly have staff that covers the patio, but the only ones I saw were clearing tables.

Very dissappointed with the experience at this location.

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vipbhencey (Austin)
1.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

They were out of two cocktails and four of our wine choices. Not much "tasting" possible with such poor inventory management. The pulled pork sliders were great, but the accompanying vegetables not very pickled. The pizza was SUPER bland and lacking any salt.
Despite the reservation, there was no hostess, so just wandered around. The bartender said they didn't take reservations and we just needed to wait for a table. Waters were never refilled and waitress had limited wine knowledge.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

I met a group of friends for a Sunday night dinner and wine. I tried this place on a recommendation from a friend. I believe the menu that was offered online was different from the menu options we were offered. The wine list was good and we enjoyed several bottles of wine. Most of the food was very good although the selection was limited to appetizers, pizza and salad. A gluten free pizza option was offered to a member of party that required that however it was over-baked and it was returned to the kitchen. It also seemed that the wait staff did not really understand gluten free since they said the crust was darker due to it being whole wheat, obvisiously not gluten free. We were not offered any wine tasting or any specials either so I'm actually not sure why it's called the Tasting Room.

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Overall an incredible wine list and an elegant menu. I especially liked that our server was able to provide us with a taste of one of the wines sold only by the bottle - it was perfect and we sincerely appreciated him going that extra step! We did indeed purchase the bottle and truly enjoyed our evening. The only drawback is that the service dropped off somewhat as the restaurant became busier but the second server brought in to assist the first one was able to meet our needs. Overall an excellent experience with great wine, a well thought out menu, and excellent atmosphere!

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vipfoodie1 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2017

The food was great! Service was lacking though and there was no one there. This could be why there lunches are slow.

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JimD (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

We visited this restaurant with a friend to celebrate a belated birthday and to talk. It is a mix of bar and eatery, skewed a little toward the bar scene. On the plus side, the food was tasty and appealing and consisted of sampler-style plates to share and mostly light entrees. The wine list is extensive and varied. On Saturday when we visited, there was live music that was pleasant and not too loud, so that we were able to talk comfortably at first (7 pm). Later as the bar scene picked up (9 pm), the music was louder and conversation was difficult. On the down side, the attractive outdoor seating, where we first sat, allows smoking in accordance with Houston ordinances, and after moving indoors we still occasionally could smell cigar smoke from the outdoor area. The wines were on the expensive side, even those on the short list of barrel wines. So this is a good place to visit to sample a variety of wines while listening to music and nibbling on food, but not if smoke bothers you or you are looking for more of a dining scene and less of a bar scene.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Very disappointing meal. The meatballs, sauce and French onion soup was burnt. The Bruscetta had no flavor it was really a terrible meal considering all the dining options in houston. Go elsewhere

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

I made reservations but there was no hostess so we went straight to the bar.

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vipFoodieNHouston (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2017

Had a nice meal. Value priced lunch options available. .

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vipEatsAlot (Houston)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

It was the first time we had been there and with a large group I figured the service was slow but this place exceeded my expectations. The drinks and food were excellent. We will be going back in the future.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

I truly appreciate the staff and management accomodating my party despite the busy season. I LOVED The Vintage Room and so did my friends. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2016

Good wine. Must have been off night for service. Food great.

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vipHoustonBuyers (Houston)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Good eine selection, great outdoor seating. Service not so good.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2016

My date and I had trouble ordering a drink because of the three choices she selected (between white and chardonnay) and the one (malbec) I chose seemed to not be available. We will return for a second dinner, hopefully our drink choices will be in stock next time. Overall great ambience, food and service.

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vipSerge (Houston)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2016

everything was good, pizza is superb, wines are good with lots to choose from

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

Enjoyed our outing and glad we chose The Tasting Room for my daughters birthday. The service was good but I think they need more help. We were on the patio and someone was smoking! Not good !!! Otherwise we enjoyed our visit but it was very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

Great for live music on Friday night with a late dinner. Loud enough to be lively but not to the point of preventing continuous conversation. Crowded but in a good way. Good, prompt service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2016

Truffle fries!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

The experience was great, went for the Myoa live show and was treated outstanding. Small venue but caring hospitality and super energy. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for good food (the burger was terrific ) and great spirits. The staff really tried to make sure everyone was satisfied and having a truly unique experience . Thanks for the great time!

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Arts (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Really Loved the setting of this place. Customer Service was great, Food and wine was awesome. We will definitely be back.

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vipMoni (Houston)
1.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

I'm not sure what's going on @ TTR lately, but service and food quality have gone down hill. I used to enjoy going there on Sunday for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

A wonderful gem in uptown park. All staff extremely knowledgable regarding wine and food and exceptionally friendly. Diverse and inventive wine options. Option to sit inside or outside. Reasonably priced. Manager, Roderick, checked in on us and offered samples of wines we wanted to explore. Staff made our entire family, including our kids, feel comfortable and welcome.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Very confusing when you walk in as to where to go to be seated. No hostess and no one to greet you. Odd bar scene when you walk in with loud music. Had to flag someone down outside to see how this worked. Food was bad. My husbands seafood dish tasted awful and my dish was overcooked. Just down the street from our apartment, would not go back. We did have high hopes

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

Great food and wine. So glad you participated in HRW. We will continue to support you. Thanks

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vipJakeB (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2016

Ate from their restaurant weeks menu and everything I had was done perfectly. Oysters with three different preparations, Caesar salad, short rib, and dessert. I would go back and have the same meal tomorrow. Kudos.

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Yummy21 (Houston)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

Service was slow and there was only about 5 tables taken. I asked for salt and never got it. Food was great.

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LonnieW (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

The food and service were exceptional. The location is great, and the ambience was great. I heard they play music at a certain time didn't experience that, but overall very nice

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workinsugarland (Houston)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

HoustonRestaurantsWeeks2016...did brunch, it was really good, quick friendly service
The food was EXCELLENT!! will definitely go back even if not for restaurants weeks.

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Moose (Houston)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Excellent service and the food was simply outstanding! We went during Houston Restaurant Week to check it out. Vegetarian options are excellent also. Will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 7, 2016

Atmosphere was very nice but service was not so good. Waited 15mins for a glass of water. Had reservations and waited 30mins for a table (bcuz they gave ours away and we were on time). Then took another 30mins to get food and it came to the table half hot and half cold. Overall, not a good experience. I would go back to try the wine!

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