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Maize, Houston, TX

Maize

4.6
4.6
226 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Maize is an ode to Mexico nestled in the heart of West Houston. Chef Fabian Saldana has created a menu that is equal parts adventure and nostalgia, as his interpretations of traditional Mexican cuisines capture the country’s immense diversity and soul.

At Maize, corn serves as both an inspiration and an anchor: in every section of our menu, corn––maize––enriches at least one––but typically several––dishes or drinks. Gourmet coastal plates, elevated interior fare, and mouthwatering interpretations of street food: it is all here.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (346) 409-2733
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Chef Fabian Saldana
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion. We have 4 private dining rooms and one semi-private room. Our patio is also available for private events.
  • Private party contact
    Daniel Barbazita: (346) 409-2733
  • Neighborhood
    Westside
  • Cross street
    Located on Memorial Dr. between N. Eldridge and Dairy Ashford
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 226 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

226 Reviews
  1. Venk

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was mediocre for an upscale place such as this. Asked for the heater next to our patio table to be turned on, it was not operational. Seemed like the restaurant was not quite prepared for NYE service. Wait staff were awesome.

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  2. RebecaR

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Year’s Eve dinner and everything was outstanding!

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  3. Lauren

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maize is my absolute favorite restaurant. Everything I have tried there is too notch. Chef Fabian’s attention to detail and the high quality of all the ingredients makes each dish truly unforgettable. Highly recommend the flautas de puerco, churros, and flan.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious authentic food and superb service. My plate could’ve been a little hotter. Otherwise outstanding. Definitely will go back.

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  5. CesarBolano

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Mexican food. Happy Hour is a great value. Chef sent out a little gift to all while we were there(mini empanadas). Some of the best sason ribs and ceviche.

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  6. SophiesChoice

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love high-end Mexican food! Maize was phenomenal! Very unique dishes, beautifully presented. We live an hour away, but this will be one of our go-to restaurants!

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  7. Rosales

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Tables around us received their food promptly. The waiter was very friendly and talkative with the people dining next to us. Wish we would have gotten the same treatment. Food took over 30 mins to arrive.

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  8. mapmaker

    Houston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to the special dinner for Christmas Eve. The Prix Fixe menu was interesting and varied. There were 4 of us. Most opted for red snapper in a polblano sauce. It was absolutely delicious. There was on dark mole tenderloin, cooked as requested and also delicious. The salads were complex and huge. Lobster/crab bisque was good, but not as outrageously good as the other courses. Best appetizer, baked oysters, Excellent flavor and balance and the presentation was beautiful. Chocolate mousse cake - outstanding, bread pudding - OK and rum raisin ice cream -also tasty finished off the four courses. We'll be back

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Shrimp was awful…stopped eating it because we thought we would get sick. Slow service.

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  10. LaTonyaT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food selection to the palette far above the value. Attendees to our office holiday celebration were amazed their expectations were exceeded for the style of Mexican cuisine experienced. We may be dining here often as a group :-)

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  11. Dino

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Mexican, not Tex-Mex food. Not many places with this cuisine in Houston. Worth the drive to Memorial.

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  12. Los2818

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maize has quickly become my favorite restaurant. It's where I can find authentic Mexican food that reminds me so much of my family's cooking back in Mexico. The staff is accommodating and will guide you if it's your first time eating in a proper Mexican restaurant.

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  13. Jenat11

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fist time in and the food and services was wonderful. We will be back!

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  14. JeremyP

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best authentic Mexican food in Houston.

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  15. JonC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good but not great experience.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. All of it. The service was good but it took FOREVER for them to bring our check. Other than that, it was a great experience and we will definitely be back.

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  17. CarolynK

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Authentic Mexican. Great for a date night or occasion.

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  18. ElizabethB

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was incredible! Service was so lovely. We will be back!

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  19. AaronS

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not bad, not the best. This was our first visit, so it's possible we just ordered the wrong things this time. Having said that, my wife ordered the Beso de Fuego, and when it came out, it was positively *overflowing* with ice. I ordered the Maize Old Fashioned, and as far as I could tell it was nothing more than whiskey on a big ice cube with chocolate bitters. I could not taste any of the other flavors, and there was absolutely no sweetness present. So the drinks were a fail. We ordered the oysters on the half-shell, and while those were definitely a standout, we were not offered a choice of portion size. 12 were delivered, when we would have preferred half that. Lesson learned, but the waitperson should have offered. For the entrees, the presentation was the best part. The fajitas were good and flambeed tableside, and the corn tortillas were hot and fresh. I ordered the prawn ravioli, which was rather unremarkable. I would guess that the chef did not do a final tasting, because they were sorely in need of salt, pepper, and some acidity to counteract the richness of the cheese. We ordered a chocolate cake for dessert, but had to ask for serving pieces, and the decaf coffee we ordered took another 6-7 minutes to arrive, which meant we had to spend a few awkward minutes staring at our dessert. All in all, I'd give 3 stars because the service was friendly (if disorganized) , the food was well presented and fairly good, but if we go back we will definitely be trying other things.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. We will definitely go back!

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  21. SameerM

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu is amazing. This chef is exceptional.

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  22. Eric

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing upscale Mexican restaurant with excellent service.

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  23. RickD

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place we have always had a great meal and service.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The price was about average for lunch. The food was ok nothing spatactular

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! ¡Mucho Sabor! The taste and complex blend of flavors, the presentation, the ambiance…. Although I went for lunch; however, i strongly recommend that you go for dinner if you’re in a rush to return to work during lunch. The food is meant to be savored. I can’t wait to return and work the menu…and try the very intriguing cocktail menu.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were outside so it was a bit noisy but food was great!

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  27. WillP

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious cocktails, guacamole and chips were excellent. Flautas, Tuna tostones, Enchiladas de pato and barbacoa de res were excellent. The highlight of the night is the corn tres leches which is incredible!

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  28. PhilipL

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was outstanding and friendly.

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  29. luisa

    Houston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Birthday dinner

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven’t been wowed by a restaurant in a long time. I was definitely wowed yesterday. Everything from the food to the service was AMAZING. I’ll be moving to the neighborhood soon and look forward to trying more delicious dishes! My compliments to everyone who had a hand in my wonderful dining experience!

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  31. Tania

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Ruby was very attentive and kind. Great private space for a party of 6 or more. Definitely try the Enchiladas de Pato. Yum. The only downside was the valet guy. It says “complimentary” valet but the guy requests the amount he wants you to tip.

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  32. ElaineL

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the special Mezcal menu and grill oysters. All of it was excellent.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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  34. FoodDude13

    Houston

    52 reviews

    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ambitious but did not meet expectations. Shrimp empanadas were to much dough, not enough filling. Ordered duck enchiladas but they were not available so ordered pig cheeks. They needed another hour or two to cook as they were a little tougher than they should have been and dish lacked depth of flavor. Same with the beef fajitas...meat lacked seasoning. Tortilla soup had nice flavor but was brought to the table luke warm. Glad I tried this place but would not go back.

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  35. RaulS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I would definitely return . Good quality very good flavor and great service.

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  36. RobS

    Houston

    125 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent night for a business meal. Quiet. Food was good, different and my out of town guests were intrigued. Menu was limited on favorites, which made it hard to choose! Some guests were vegetarian, and the choices were excellent. Drinks have too much ice in them. Recommend you provide/offer table side guacamole and dress it up a little! Still a favorite restaurant!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The service and quality of the food was great! However, quantity of food for the price: not good at all, disappointing!! Also, bartenders need more training and they are not listening to what you ask them for example: I asked for a stirred, gin martini with a lemon twist and he shook it then I reminded him I wanted it stirred so he threw it away and made the next one the way I wanted it, but if he had been paying attention it wouldn’t have happened and he wouldn’t have thrown a drink away .. again disappointed!! Not professional..

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  38. Foody45

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great from scratch Mexican food. Servers were attentive and lots of options to choose from. Will visit again.

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  39. VanessaC

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food! Traditional Mexican Food! Outstanding service! Fun night.

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  40. VincentG

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious Mexican food with a twist ! All of that for an affordable price. Absolutely recommended.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Maize using the Order Online button. Maize also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (346) 409-2733.

Maize is rated 4.6 stars by 226 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Maize

14795 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079-5239

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located on Memorial Dr. between N. Eldridge and Dairy Ashford
  • Neighborhood
    Westside
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Executive chef
    Chef Fabian Saldana
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (346) 409-2733
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion. We have 4 private dining rooms and one semi-private room. Our patio is also available for private events.
  • Private party contact
    Daniel Barbazita: (346) 409-2733
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