Permanently Closed - Yauatcha Houston

4.6
1167 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum teahouse offering an all-day dining experience. It launched in Soho, London in 2004 gaining immediate critical acclaim and receiving its Michelin star within a year of opening, which it maintained through 2019. Yauatcha provides a unique dining experience, offering authentic dim sum with a contemporary influence. The menu includes a wide selection of dim sum and a list of over 30 types of tea. Yauatcha is also known for its hand-made petits gateaux and macarons. Yauatcha’s innovative cocktail program brings together Asian -inspired ingredients such as tea and lemongrass with fresh tropical fruits. The design offers full view of the kitchens allowing passers-by to witness the preparation of the expertly made dishes. Yauatcha is a part of Hakkasan Group, which has pioneered Chinese fine-dining globally through its Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan.
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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. I actually flew from out of town to have dinner here before the location closed.

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vipHoustonFoodAndWine
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a great experience. So sad to see my favorite restaurant close, though.

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vipDebH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous! So sorry this great restaurant is closing in 2 weeks!!!

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RayL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am sad to see this place go, but it was awesome while it lasted.

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DerekH
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! I hope it’s in Houston for years to come!

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vipPSSM
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food is good, service lackluster. I suppose they don't care since they are closing permanently soon

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Californiafoodiegirl
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yauatcha is a fun and vibrant restaurant with a diverse Chinese menu. We had tried to eat there one night and they weren't even taking walk-ins, as it was packed. We made reservations and found it to be such a nice surprise. Open kitchens, great atmosphere and excellent service combined with excellent appetizers and entrees. Try the Crispy Prawn Cheung Fun, we'd never had anything like it and we've spent a month in China.
Kung Pao Chicken was NOT the standard style, but fresh and tasty. And the Crispy Aromatic Duck was carved tableside and presented with a steamer full of pancakes and a tray of spring onion, cucumber and the special sauce, very reminiscent of Peking Duck in China.

Next visit, we will try the Chef's Tasting Menu and ask to sit at the red stools by the open kitchen to observe how the chefs master these intricate dishes.

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AliS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This place is horrible! Bad service, rude manger, rude staff, nasty food, and cheap drinks but everything is so expensive

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vipCheunger
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

going to be sad to see this place go. best chinese in houston imo. quality still great despite being less than a month from closing. try now before you cant.

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vipconstructive33
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sure hope they don't close the restaurant next month, stay open.

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Limama3
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I am guessing that because it is closing attention to detail was not a priority. We did not get all items Dr ordered.

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vipKarinJ
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I would recommend the servers space out the timing of the dishes so that your table isn’t crowded with lots of containers. A good servicer would know that 8 dishes cannot all fit on a small table for 2 persons. Plus the kitchen will not hold the items. Better planning by the server needs improvement. It is not just serving food but an overall dining experience.

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vipHighpockets
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Why closing? Think it bad their lease got taken. We don’t need another steak house. I can cook a steak but not their food. Will certainly miss?

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. I'm sad to see it go!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Excellent duck

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vipCathy
Houston
116 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite for sure! Delightful atmosphere and great food and drink.

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Suarez
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Delicious food, positive atmosphere, helpful staff, and brilliant service.

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Alicia
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such amazing food. The location is perfect as well and everything was clean.

Will be back for sure.

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vipDream
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the place . Sad to see it go .
It’s always a beautiful experience the quintessential dishes so elegantly presented .
Will visit again.
Just a shame we are losing such a gem of a place

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vipLisa
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very sad that this restaurant is closing. We have always had a wonderful experience here.

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EdaZ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great architectural creations made with delicious food.

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Pickykicky
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year lunch with family. Food quality is excellent and exquisite. Not the regular Chinatown dim sum quality lol.

Nice ambience, great service as well. Love love love the scallop shiu mai. My favorite every time. Wild mushroom dumpling is of course unique and delicious. Soft shell crab with lightly spicy and fried/saute shaved almond - a must. I’m very sad to read the news that they are closing the Galeria location soon. Hope they’ll stick around a while longer.

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SeanB
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was great.

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JustineS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really enjoyed our dinner. It’s a shame the rest is closing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am disappointed that they are closing in February😥😥
The best Dim Sum outside of Guangzhou, China.

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vipBillD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance and interesting menu. True Chinese.

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vipGingerA
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a FABULOUS meal. Quin is best server!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Loved the Crispy Aromatic Duck.

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Lesliefun
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dumplings And soup , flavorful and unique I would describe my experience .

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vipDisappointed
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

To say it was worth the $120 that we paid for dim sum, the answer is a resounding “no”. But the price comes with a clean and modern environment and tentative service. The food was over salted and very small portions. So if you’re use to the couple dollar prices for dim sum, be ready for a sticker shock. You’re not only going to pay at least 50% more, but you’re also going to get 25% less food, for a total loss of 63%. Given that this is for Chinese food, the finance doesn’t make sense.

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vipMarko531
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so sad bout the news you guys are closing. huge loss for the city.

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ellenP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were very excited to go back here. My daughter and her family were here for Christmas and we picked Christmas eve to make our reservation . They were from out of town so I really talked it up. I was embarrassed and apologized later. The service was terrible . We waited forever for our drinks . Our waitress was always nowhere to be found we were asking food runners for other drinks, silverware etc. the apps came before our drinks. The food was good but the lack of service and experience of being a non VIP made it not worth it . Maybe if it was just a so so dinner you just stopped by for without a reservation , it would have been OK but it was not a place you would go to feel important or make your guests feel important. As my daughter said “ wow there are so many restaurants in Houston , why did we go there ?”

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vipJohnY
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The service was very slow and no ambiance in the restaurant. The food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is good, however:
Dim sum will be out first, 5-10 minutes after order
Main course is slow, they will be out 25-30 minutes after dim sum

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Our waiter was great. I was disappointed that we got there and all the tables needed to be bussed. The one next to us the one behind. All over. Also, the drinks arrived after the food and we had to ask for them

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch. Was amazing. Service was good. I go to this restaurant often and love it!

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viphappycamper
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit. Outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

One of the worst dining experiences of my life, came for a special occasion and the service was terrible

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AmericoNonini
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of those places that’s pricey but definitely worth it.

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