Zutro Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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American
For parties of 8 or more, additional reservation times, private and semi-private events, please call Zutro directly at (346) 330-3446. It will be our pleasure to be of service.

Zutro Restaurant & Bar has quickly become one of the city's most sought after reservations, whether for a visit to the Illy coffee bar, breakfast, a business lunch, or an intimate dinner. Executive Chef Troy Deano's simple southern cuisine, warm hospitality, and a friendly and professional service team helps create the quintessential Houston dining experience for Houstonians and visitors alike. Experience cuisine that’s constantly evolving in a setting that’s forever inviting, with locally sourced ingredients like the Duck and Andouille Gumbo , Crab Ravigote and Redfish Scarlett.

Come enjoying the lively atmosphere of the Zutro Bar which offers innovative cocktails as well as locally crafted beer, and an extraordinary wine list.
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
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3.9
service
3.7
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3.8
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vipSlafferty97
Houston
42 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Same interior as before, excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place and amazing for the price

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Where do I begin?

This place is the most overpriced diner you’ve ever been to. And the reason I say diner rather than restaurant is because that’s the vibe. It feels like you’re sitting in a diner.

When we arrived, there was no one at the hostess stand and we were not greeted or even acknowledged upon arrival, even though we had a reservation. We waited and waited… and when we were finally seated, our table had just been wiped off and still had standing water residue and our place-settings were not set. Moreover the wet table caused water to seep onto our paper menus. When we asked for place settings, we received one placesetting that had no fork.

With respect to the waitstaff, get ready to be upsold. Every recommendation that was made… and there were only two ... were the most expensive entrée and the most expensive bottle of wine on the menu. A total turn off. It seemed obvious that the waitress was interested only in maximizing her tip.

We were so hesitant based on on our initial experience when we arrived, that we told the waitress that we were going to wait to see about the quality of our cocktails before we decided whether or not we were going to stay for dinner. We strongly considered over a period of 20 minutes going someplace else for dinner; and in hindsight, we probably should have.

I must say, however, that the raspberry lemon drop martini that we ordered from the bar was fantastic. And the food was actually quite good. In addition, the interior design of the restaurant is well ordered and quite interesting… In terms of artwork, color and texture. Unfortunately all of the other aspects of the dining experience overshadow the venue itself.

It’s a shame that a chef with such promise is working in an environment that is less than desirable to those looking for a fine dining experience.

Never again.

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ToriL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Worst experience ever in a restaurant wasted my Valentine’s Day

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JoseJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible, and the quality of the food was definitely not worth the price. However, our waitress (who wasn’t even a waitress, she was a hostess who had wait on us because no one else would) noticed that we were not happy and comped our entire check. Which we were very grateful for. Overall, not the best experience. The managers need to fix something because this restaurant is not cutting it.

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ptinner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

World-class food, service was great if a bit smothering, and every menu item could stand to be $5-10 cheaper.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst place not professional will not go back

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Vlada
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was suppose to be a night to celebrate New Year, but didn't go as planned.
When we walked in all we can smell was sewage, the atmosphere was boring and not celebratory at all ( there was not even one single balloon blown up to indicate any kind of New Year celebration). Our table was not set up and my husband basically had to step in and assist putting tables together for a party of 6.
Once we set down, waitress took a while to bring the menus. When asking questions in regards to the set menu she didn't seem to be knowledgeable at all and kept saying she will have to ask or find out... couldn't give us a definite answer on anything we asked. Finally, we ordered two bottles of wine and ..... never got them. After waiting for about 20 + minutes just to get our wine we decided to walk across the street to Pappas Bros across the street.
To sum it up, the restaurant and roof top bar can have so much potential with the right management. Not sure who runs this place but they are not doing a good job. Personnel seemed not knowledgeable and place lacked character/atmosphere.

P.S. When someone called to confirm our reservation the night before, I asked if there was a set menu and that person told me that there was not a set menu. Upon arrival we learned there Is only a set menu. Just goes to show lack of management and well trained staff.

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CLyde
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We happened to be only one of two tables the evening we dined and our service was excellent. Kiera(so) took excellent care of us. The food was great! Nice twists on some southern/Louisiana classics. I had the wedge salad thinking I wasn’t that hungry and this would be something small and relatively plain. NOT! It was large and extremely tasty! Loved the experience and will definitely be back.
Thanks!

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DayleG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The restaurant was a ghost town on Friday night, never a good sign. We ordered martinis as soon as our waitress greeted us. She came back to take our appetizer order and we still hadn't received drinks. Our appetizers arrived, the oyster caesar salad and gumbo were pretty good...still no drinks. One martini arrived 25 minutes later, with a fruit fly in it. The entrees were mediocre at best but the kitchen obviously doesn't check the quality before sending a dish out to the table. The ribeye was not cooked to the ordered temperature and the au gratin potatoes were still raw. Our waitress was friendly but untrained, bartender had no right to be serving drinks with her lack of efficiency and training. There is an obvious lack of management at Zutro and we will never return or recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

So disappointed. Many parties in the hotel resulted in short staff. Loud bar turning into fight, customers leaving by droves. Very slow to get a drink and then told they don’t have ingredients for one of their 8 only cocktails. Disappointing food too. We told our apologetic waitress but she was helpless as the rest of the staff.

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QuickBreakfast
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Zutro crew was very attentive during the restaurant dining and every need was met for breakfast. The wonderful staff even helped the busy valet team out.

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AimeeM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! was impressed with everything, the great price, the quality of food, and service. Definitely will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Would definitely go back again.

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DarylP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was great!!!! This place is definitely a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A last minute choice and we were very pleased. We'll go back.

MB
vipMonicaB
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Staff was outstanding, food was Tasty but not for its cost but presentation was good. The ambiance was not as expected for high priced food. The drinks were excellent. Both bartender and waitress made us feel so welcomed.

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vipVeryPleased
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food preparation and taste was excellent! Waitstaff was attentive, but support staff seemed a little overwhelmed. Pleasant experience, though. Mixed drinks were perfect.
Comfortable seating and ambience.

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MaryanneS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst service with worse food.

I had seen images of the rooftop bar for some time now and finally decided to check it out without looking at the reviews prior. We were waiting for the hostess for over 5 minutes- no one at the hostess stand. The bartender had to find someone to seat us. Once sat we were given menus and no waiter ever came to greet us or ask for an order. After over 15 minutes of waiting, I had to wave over a waiter. Off the bat he had a bad attitude and was rude. He blankly stared at us as if he was interrupted. I asked for him to take our order and he scoffed. Once our food was brought out we were never checked on. Both steaks were undercooked and the overall dish was seasoned terribly. I had to flag the same waiter down for more water and the check. When he poured the water he splashed it all over the food and just walked away. The bill came out to be over $90 for terrible food and service. I spoke with the waiter and informed him of all his bad service and he didn’t even seem bothered nor apologized. After asking for the manager, he stated they didn’t have one. Behind our booth was a dinner party of 20+ that all decided to walk out without paying as no one could check them out or take their orders. Another dinner party kept having to walk to the kitchen to get service as no one would come to their table. Five different couples waited at the hostess stand and left after not being helpedDONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!

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TxVisiter
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a mid week happy hour. Weekends it is the place to "BE" before House of blues

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter here to experience downtown dining and she loved it

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NewinAZ
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great smoked brisket with baked lentils. I was Leary to try in the middle of Houston when my smoked briskets usually found in dodgy places, nice size plate and powerful smoke flavor. Great cut of meat. The lentil, i wasn’t going to eat until i thought i would try,... fantastic. I finished it all off. Nice price and very nice server. Ill be back for more.

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vipAnnG
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was good but small portions for the price. The service was okay. We had to ask for water refill a couple of times. Could be better considering the restaurant was not too busy.

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Krystal
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter, Arthur, had great suggestions and the Burnt Ends appetizer was amazing! Definitely going back.

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vipCheunger
New York Area
175 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent spot for food in downtown. Very quiet on the weekends but good ambiance.

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vipBabetteM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I was very disappointed about the food. I had the brisket and the next morning, I woke up with a good poisoning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was ok. Not spectacular but just as expected. Had to wait a few minutes to be seated as there was no host. Other than that I would return.

DW
vipDavidW
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of sitting in the dining area facing the TV in the bar, as my waiter asked me to move to the bar area, despite the fact that only 4 other people were in the restaurant at the time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The bartender was SO slow but everything was delicious

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vipJudiW
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Except for the empanadas the food was great. The empanadas were so spicy hot our friend who ordered it couldn’t eat it. She likes spicy food but said they were intolerably hot. Everything else was great!

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SteveD
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Zutros is an excellent restaurant and bar for date night. The food and ambiance was 5 star and the noise level is low so you can easily converse with others at the table. I ordered a fried oyster caesar salad.
The oysters were cooked lightly and had lots of flavor. The Zutros bar on the 23rd floor rooftop has a phenomenal view of downtown and is an excellent place to have wine or beer with friends or your spouse. It also lacks the traffic noise of street level outdoor bars. Plenty of nearby parking especially evenings. Check out both the rooftop bar and restaurant in the same evening. You'll be glad you did.

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KellieR
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There wasn't anything wrong technically, just slightly underwhelming. We ordered the daily special lunch. I had the gumbo which was a bit salty. The cuban was good, but a little dry. Service was slow for it not being very busy. One of the servers had a very dirty vest.

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LauriP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant. Wonderful food! We also love the look of the restaurant. Modern and beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had the special, which was catfish courtboullion, and it was outstanding! The fried quail legs were the best my husband has ever tasted. Summer squash small plate was unique and very tasty. My husband had the turtle soup, which was extraordinary. We will definitely be back.

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vipRomanR
Houston
220 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice service.
Great Food !!
Suggestion: Have crackers or crunchy bread accompany the gumbo and wedge salad.

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FoodieLover
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service and the food!

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LaToyaR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband here for his birthday. Neither of us had ever he ever been. We loved the food, the service, the ambiance and the overall experience. We can’t wait to return.

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Diana
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! Had a wonderful time!
The food was amazing and staff members were really friendly! The drink I had for for my Birthday was very good!

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vipCarlF
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Everyone was very helpful. We had a wonderful time. We were celebrating an anniversary, they gave us a dessert and a bouquet of flowers. We will be back!

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vipGinaG
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were phenomenal. A hidden gem!
The pork belly appetizer and the long chop entree were outstanding.

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Zutro Restaurant & Bar is rated 4 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.