Hearsay Market Square

4.4
1486 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Hearsay Market Square is conveniently located in Houston’s Historical Market Square on the corner of Travis and Congress. Housed in the 2nd oldest building in Houston, this Chic Antique venue is home to this one of a kind restaurant and lounge serving up delicious American inspired sandwiches, salads and entrees. We feature an extensive wine list, numerous beers on draft and premium liquors with a focus on Scotch Whiskey. Specializing in Handcrafted Specialty Cocktails, Hearsay Market Square is a destination for both food and cocktail enthusiasts'. Open late night and serving up small and large appetizers, Hearsay is a great place for a late night cocktail and bites.

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Sip, Savor + Shake.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am-12am (serving Small Plates from 3pm-4pm and Dinner 4pm-12am)
Friday - Saturday: 11am-3pm (Saturday Brunch only) (serving Small Plates from 3pm-4pm, Dinner from 4pm-12am, and Small Plates from 12am-1am)
Sunday: 10am-3pm (Brunch Only) Dinner: 4pm-10pm (serving Small Plates from 3pm-4pm)

Jan 27 - Feb. 6, 2017
Jan 27: 11am - 2am
Jan 28: 11am - 2am
Jan 29: 10am - Midnight
Jan 30: 11am - 2am
Jan 31: 11am - 2am
Feb 1: 11am - 2am
Feb 2: 10am - 2am
Feb 3: 10am - 2am
Feb 4: 10am - 2am
Feb 5: 10am - 2am
Feb 6: 10am - Midnight
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Phone number
(713) 225-8079
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Nunez
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Catering
Hearsay Gastro Lounge offers limited special catering services ranging from lunches to off-site dinner events. Our staff is eager to work with you to design and create the perfect experience. Please call us to place your catering order. Minimum order required. Delivery fees apply.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress
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Parking details
Parking options include front door valet service after 6pm, street parking and downtown parking lots. Please obey street signs and all local, state, and federal traffic laws. We are not responsible if you violate city parking rules. Valet is not associated with Hearsay Gastro Lounge and any disputes related to valet should be taken up with their company.
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Public transit
METRO Rail Stops nearby: UH-Downtown, Preston, Main Street Square
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Entertainment
The restaurant features live music every Wednesday for Ladies night and during Sunday Brunch.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Hearsay Gastro Lounge offers the finest craft cocktails, new American dishes, and a chic-unique dining experience in historic Downtown Houston, TX.

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What 1486 People Are Saying
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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and great food. Fries came out a little cold but they were really good still. We would come back.

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HB
Houston
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch, dinner, brunch or late night! Service is great and the food is fantastic!

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a
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was okay but I found it overpriced and very small portions. I probably wouldn’t run back there but a fabulous atmosphere.

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CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fiance and I went for lunch, I ordered the french toast. It was decent, but the eggs are powdered. The hash was good. Ok overall but nothing fancy.

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great salads for lunch. I loved the interior look and feel of the restaurant.

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AG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE this place more and more with each visit.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Chose this restaurant for its proximity to a concert venue and for its good reviews. The food was good (calamari and shrimp appetizer was excellent, salmon entree was very good but too salty). The seating was very cozy (almost too cozy, the tables were crammed so close together). What killed the experience however, was the waiter who was MIA most of the time, and the fact that they were out of coffee (how is that possible?!) and out of one of their dessert options. It ended up being a moot point however, since the waiter took so long to return to our table, we were going to be late for our show and just asked for the bill. The hostess was very nice and accommodating, however, and the valet was excellent. It's worth a try if in the area for a show, but not worth a special trip.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was bad. We felt ignored/forgotten. Got our food before we got our drinks. Part of our order was missing. Waiter never came by to check on us; we always had to flag him down. After we finished our meal, we sat for so long waiting for a dessert offering that we simply got tired of waiting, so we flagged him down to get us our check. The service ruined our night out.

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CW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! And our server was so attentive and knowledgeable.

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LG
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Beautiful room, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Only complaint is food was very salty.

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MH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed. Had a 6pm reservation for a Friday .. they were not busy multiple downstair tables available however we were taken upstairs and sat right next to another table. The other table looked like they were having a business meeting and the area did not look open. Went back to hostess and requested to be sat downstairs which they finally accommodated. Ordered a glass of Chardonnay... it was served warm.
Sent it back and watched a waitress swirl multiple ice cubes into the glass... she brought the wine back several minutes later claiming it had enough time to “chill”... it had obviously been cooled with ice cubes. So now it was watered down too. I kept the wine and said nothing... at some point it’s not worth the effort.

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great unique, delicious food and service that matched the food with a good value on top of that. A gem in downtown Houston!!!

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EB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The building is the best thing about this restaurant but pictures online can do just fine. I would not recommend eating here if you expect even average service. The waiter seemed annoyed the entire time and everything took twice as long as it should have. Food was cold when it arrived and pork not cooked through. Drinks were good but refills were hard to come by. Honestly, you could enjoy those same drinks from the grocery store. Sad but true. This could be a cool place if the service and food matched the ambiance.

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H
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service was very slow. 30 minutes for 1st drink is unacceptable.

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BC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th visit-never disappoints! Interesting cocktail selection. Appetizers were delicious. Had the French Dip sandwich-YUM!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ve been to Hearsay several times, and had been satisfied . Last two visits have been unfortunately disappointing. Food was over cooked, service was very slow.

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MB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took relatives from out of town there and were lucky enough to sit upstairs where it is a bit less noisy. Eclectic menu and we all enjoyed it.

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BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

There was a seminar going on upstairs, with a loud microphone, that never stopped the entire time we were there. The service seemed very slow. Our server was nice but not attentive. The food was just OK. I would not recommend this restaurant or return.

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place! Beautiful ambience and delicious cuisine.

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G
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and great atmosphere. Outstanding drinks

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The ambiance and live music was great and the food was good but i was very disappointed with their service. We were seated upstairs and our server disappeared for extended periods of time. I was given the wrong order, and it took 40 mins for them to bring me my correct order! Meanwhile, i watched from above as people came in, ordered and received their food. All I received was a quick, “sorry”. This was AFTER we went downstairs to track down our server. I really wanted to love this place but this was the worst service I have received at a restaurant in Houston.

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G
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too loud very business lunch! Service was fine but no one willing to cut music volume down so bad choice for lunch desiring conversation.

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N
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The ambiance is great and the food makes up for what is otherwise spotty service

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Normal, exposed brick, wraps and burgers affair... functional. Nothing special. Nice building.

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D
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent and the food & drinks were great. I was annoyed with the TVs playing the Simpsons during our nice evening dinner. If I had known it was going to be half sports bar and half nice restaurant, I would have chosen a different place.

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PS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrated my husband's bday. We had a great time. Live music was awesome and we didn't even know there would be love entertainment. Food was great!

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really great. Place was very busy but service was still good, very friendly. Definitely would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I ordered Seafood pasta after the server mentioned they ran out of pork chops. Worst decision, the pasta was something that could have come from the frozen aisle section.

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HB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was great. We sat down and the table was so wobbly that we we’re scared to put our drinks on it. We asked to move, but we’re told the table next to us was taken. After asking a second time and showing the server how bad the table was, she moved us and a gentleman took the table away, fixed it and brought it back.
My husband had orzo with shrimp and lobster that was very good. I got the pork chop and ordered it medium. It was extremely dry and no juice was left in it at all. I had to gut it out because we had tickets to an event and didn’t have time to ask for them to fire another. My husband ordered a drink and the garnish was a grapefruit peel that was also super dry and starting to shrivel up. It would have been better to not garnish the drink at all. The drink tasted good, but we eat and drink with our eyes. I was given a free margarita by our server. Someone ordered it and changed their mind. That was a nice touch considering the other snafus of the evening. We expected more from the Hearsay.

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LK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was righteous. One of the best HOUSTON has to offer. Outstanding

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful atmosphere with good food and service. Would definitely come back and recommend to others.

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DG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had originally tried to get reservations at the sister location at Discovery Green but was booked for an event. Wound up here and was delighted. The venue is somewhat cramped (my friend and I were stuffed into a small high top in the upstairs corner) but the ambiance is warm, the service outstanding and the food wonderful. Had the jalapeño drink and it was to die for. High recommend!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was extremely slow service due to not enough wait staff. The guy did the best he could but for the price service did not match

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AW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible customer service. Reserved a certain table twice and when arrived both times they gave it away. First time we went they did not check us in to open table. Staying away.

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PK
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I dined at Hearsay to celebrate a special birthday. We all had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic, as was the service provided. Although it was a hike for us, Hearsay was worth it! We will definitely be back again (hopefully soon)!

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MW
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a very good experience

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CF
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food, and great drinks! Highly recommend!

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 4 in our party. My son and Daughter in law . Visiting from Birmingham. Great food and excellent service

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HT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok food but good service

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NB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sebastain the bartender was great! He was very friendly with a really good sense of humor. We felt welcomed the moment we walked through the door. I have visited the restaurant before, but it was very busy that day and the hostess curt. I didn't plan on coming back, but i was in the area and wanted to have lunch with a friend and im happy we did! The food was awesome and the drinks were good.

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