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.
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.
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.
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!
The food was great! Service was lacking though and there was no one there. This could be why there lunches are slow.
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.
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
I made reservations but there was no hostess so we went straight to the bar.
Had a nice meal. Value priced lunch options available. .
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.
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!
Good wine. Must have been off night for service. Food great.
Good eine selection, great outdoor seating. Service not so good.
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.
everything was good, pizza is superb, wines are good with lots to choose from
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.
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.
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!
Really Loved the setting of this place. Customer Service was great, Food and wine was awesome. We will definitely be back.
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.
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.
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
Great food and wine. So glad you participated in HRW. We will continue to support you. Thanks
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.
Service was slow and there was only about 5 tables taken. I asked for salt and never got it. Food was great.
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
HoustonRestaurantsWeeks2016...did brunch, it was really good, quick friendly service
The food was EXCELLENT!! will definitely go back even if not for restaurants weeks.
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!
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!
Great Brunch! Quick service and very easy to get to, good parking.
Myself and two friends went for brunch to try the Houston Restaurant Week Menu and we had a o.k experience but it took about 45 minutes to get each course and we only had two. They didn't have the bread pudding which was a bummer because the beignets one of us ordered were not that great. They were very hard and not doughy like we expected them to be. I had the Thai fried chicken plate and it was very good, could do without the curry fries. My friend had the egg sanwich which was excellent and her parmasean fries I wished I had on my plate. Overall I wouldn't come back until I was invited for the HRW and no we did not get any wine. But they should be prepared for brunch because it was so busy and have what is advertised on their menu.
The new oyster bar at the Uptown Park Tasting Room was wonderful. Their selection of northern, cold water oysters were delicious. Small, slightly briny, and mild flavor made them more enjoyable than the large gulf oysters we usually get here in Houston. They also had a selection of 3 different styles of grilled oysters, of which we tried the Asian and the traditional. The Asian style had pozou sauce, some crisp strips (maybe won-ton?), and just pinch of wasabi. The traditional style were reminiscent of Rockefeller style oysters one would find in NOLA. Both we quite tasty. Service was attentive and pleasant; the chef even came over to our table when we requested an explanation of the Asian-style grilled oysters. My wife particularly enjoyed the guitar player/singer who played a nice selection of classic to more modern songs, all at a very nice level, allowing for conversions to be heard easily. Overall a very pleasant evening.
Celebrated my birthday with a few friends and we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest. Good food, great wine and great company...what more could a birthday girl ask for?
The service was friendly and professional. Wonderful experience.
This was a great chefs experience. Very strong menu and expertly prepared. Highly recommend for a dining experience over a wine bar.
Wine selection is terrific, but there are better values for a similar experience!
Service was OK. Food was no big deal. Cute spot but nowhere I am eager to return to.
good outside dining / drinking area, good meal options, very good wine list, regular prices, service needs to improve.
I truly enjoyed the wonderful food and wine. Great girls night out!