The Blue Fish - Bayou

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The Blue Fish serves the finest sushi, sashimi and rolls with an emphasis on quality and freshness. The Blue Fish also offers an array of Asian inspired hot dishes, salads and artisan desserts. Compliment your meal with uniquely crafted cocktails or with a selection of fine wine, sake and beer. Exceptional service in a lively atmosphere gives guests an unforgettable experience that has made The Blue Fish an award-winning restaurant for 20 years.

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4.3
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4.1
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4.0
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KellyB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

There aren't that many options for a very nice place to eat near the Hobby Center - which is extremely disappointing! When you use Open Table, you use it make reservations because you assume this place is busy and you NEED to make reservations. Also, you would, again "assume", that when making a reservation you are treated a little better. If a person went to the trouble to make a reservation that obviously means they have done some research and want to make sure they have a nice place to dine. After dinner I realized that making a reservation gained us nothing! 1) There were plenty of empty tables. (Reservation was at 6pm). 2) The hostess was not friendly. She seated us at a small table with no view. The table next to us was for 4 with a great view. I almost requested it but thought they must be saving it for a larger party. Stupid me for not being assertive because less than five minutes later she sat a couple at the larger table AND they didn't have reservations. 3) Why oh why do you bother asking online if we are celebrating anything if you aren't going to recognize it?! Delete that question if you aren't going to care!! Pro: The food was good - especially the tower but $2.00 for the chips was too high for how many chips you get - 4. That was ridiculous! The waiter, Chase, was very good and we tipped him well. Next time we will go some place else even though we will have to park two different times to attend an event after our dinner. And, I am confident that the only reason they are slightly busy is because there is only two alternatives near by.

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AbbieM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful food but our table was next to a pole and the bathroom it was rather inconvenient. Besides that everything was wonderful and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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RosaW
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chris was our service provider and he was fabulous.

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vipDidiG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our favorite is the tower....one of my favorite dishes in Htown!

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vipPhilip
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre- show meal with excellent sushi.

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vipparrish1006
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was delightful. The only small improvement needed is the tofu small plate they offer. It was rather bland.

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Robert
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal being going to the Wortham. Seafood poke bowl for my wife and several vegetarian options for me. Excellent food, above-and-beyond attentive service, and right across the street from the theater with no over crowding. We'll do this again!

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Jose
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

What is the point of making a reservation if when you arrive to the place they give another a better table to a couple that has just got to the place and instead I got one next to the trash? Very disappointing.

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MelindaT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. The 121 roll was amazing, the thin sliced tuna and salmon were divine. Everyone was nice, friendly and our food was brought out quickly. Yet we were sat in a high traffic area, during a busy time, so it was a bit chaotic. Other than that I give it 5 stars.

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Janet
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food, but if you are there prior to attending a theatre production, let them know when you will need to leave! Service is not good. We often waited 20 minutes to receive something we had ordered. Fortunately, we had allowed 2 hours for our meal prior to our production at the Wortham.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Bar service was great. We got to our reservation early, so grabbed drinks and an appetizer for happy hour. Went to our table 30 minutes later. Ordered drinks with our server Mark. He came back a few minutes later to take our food order. After waiting 20 minutes, our food came but our drinks never did. We had to flag down multiple people to ask for our drinks, which came in different intervals. The follow up was poor and we barely saw our server again to ask for anything else. At the point, we gave up and only wanted our checks once we saw him in the dining room. Party of 6 at 6pm on a Saturday. Won’t be back to this location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Didn’t get greeted as expected. No happy birthday to my girlfriend no detailed receipt.

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vipTony
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Some of the food was very spice. The waiter made an error and the short rib was more bone than meat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Slow service, the slid the food across the table. Terrible food, will not return.

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vipPhilip
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent suchi etc. we go there for pre- theatre dining and it is definitely the best among the few nearby.

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vipScott
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food is awesome. The server stopped by every 3 minutes to interrupt our conversation to ask how our meal was. Half way through the meal they cranked up the music so we couldn't talk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was only fair. The salmon wasn’t great and the sashimi was large and extremely poorly cut. In general things were just so so.

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TSter
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I ordered a hand roll, but was charged for a full roll. If the server had told me the price was the same, I would have gotten the full roll. More open communication with the customer would be appreciated. Delicious food.

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Fong
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The particular server we had was not very experienced and failed on many levels to provide great service. He was never rude, but just overall was not very attentive to our table.

But we go because we have theater tickets that are set to Sunday evenings in our subscription. The great thing about this place is that Sunday evenings are half price bottle wine nights. So that helps.

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CindiT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience3

I was with a party of six. Service was somewhat slow. Table seated after us had food before us. Everyone at our table was served and I was told mine would be out right away. Waiter disappeared and when my family was more that halfway done eating my tempura plate came out from the kitchen. I’m not sure who brought it out but it wasn’t our server. Then when I took a bite it was cold. Since we were going to a play and had no time for them to recook something so I ate part of it. I didn’t want to make a big fuss in front of everyone else. Cold fried food is awful. When I went to the bathroom our waiter was standing against the wall on the other side of the restaurant. I’m not sure who’s fault the cold forgotten food was but I won’t be back. I should have told my husband as he tipped him $30.00.

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vipKeithW
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was seated at a roomy well positioned table. Food was very good and brought out timely. Service was good.

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vipBarbaraH
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous sushi and great service. Can’t wait to go back next tine in town.

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vipSuSu
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Lukewarm food and room temperature wine. The service was not very attentive except for the bus staff who kept our water glasses filled. The dessert, a wonton strawberry tower, was good.

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vipkellys
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food as always. Had volcano roll, 121, and tuna tower.
More staff than necessary and still not the best service. Won’t prevent me from coming back.

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vipKbrown430
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, good service. Noisy inside, sit outside if you have the choice

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MirzetaC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as always, waiter was very thoughtful and tending. This is my favorite lunch go to place.

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vipMichel
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We always like to go there before going to the orchestra. they are reliable and we know that we will be on time to assist the presentation . The food is always good

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Bobby
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and great food. The Tropical Salmon dinner was perfectly prepared and presented. The Ahi Tower is always a favorite, both the full tower for Mom and the mini tower from the happy hour menu for our daughter. The spicy salmon on rice cakes will be another favorite, as well as the Rain Forest roll. Francisco served us with professionalism and warm courtesy. We return as often as we can for a truly great dining experience.

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DebbieR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the set was great. Very friendly and attentive.

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LOLO2274
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

The restaurant was filthy. Immediately when we approached the front door I noticed how smudged and dirty the glass front doors were. It was obvious they had not been cleaned in a while. When we were seated there were napkins and food on the floor. When I went to the ladies restroom there was toilet paper all over the floor. It had not been checked on or serviced in a long while. The waiter rushed us to order because he said the kitchen and the sushi chefs were backed up, but then the food all came out all at once and quickly. We felt rushed. The manager came by to say thank you for coming, but did not ask how anything was. Did not pick up the napkins on the floor or attempt to sweep up food or dirt or delegate it to be done. The food presentation was great. Most everything tasted great, but the overall experience was just a let down.

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CZ2134
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Service was so slow even though there were less than 10 people in the restaurant. I let the manager know after 45 minutes. She never bothered to check back in with us. Food was good, but expect sub par service with management who does not really seem to care.

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sjskingwood
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

if you are going to the Theatre District downtown Houston, the Blue Fish is a convenient place for dinner. Sushi specialty and some other hot dishes are available. The food was good and reasonably priced. I did not give it a higher rating because the floor was sticky on way to our table and after I put my arms on table and my jacket stuck, my side of the table was not properly cleaned. Our server Jenna was very courteous and made sure we got out in time for our Houston Symphony performance.
Service in general was very good and we were well taken care of. We will probably go there again in the future.

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billyboy
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With our reservation, we walked right in to a great window table with a stunning view of Houston’s downtown skyscrapers.
The food, including tempura seafood, citrus salmon, dragon roll and dessert, was beyond delicious.
Our server was busy, but observant to a fault. I regret that I didn’t get his name.
It was a

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vipAnonymous
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

My wife decided to make the time to come meet me for lunch downtown and I opted to take her here. We were very happy with the food, but the waiter was curt, unfriendly, impatient and argumentative.

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GracieO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The sushi was average. Service was excellent. Our server accommodated our schedule before a show.

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vipBlueskies
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was still pretty busy on Sunday for lunch and the restaurant seemed to be understaffed for a crowd of people attending the Nutcracker. Nonetheless, the waiters tried to be attentive but it took a bit longer. The kids meal was poorly prepared. The short rib was overcooked. The sushi was good. I did not care for the summer rolls.

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vipLindaH
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Great service and food.

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vipPhilip
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Nice sushi. Crowded with theatre folks.

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KathrynE
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server was quite knowledgable about the menu, listened carefully to what we wanted, and gave excellent recommendations. He was attentive yet not intrusive; the food and drinks came out quickly. The house special rolls -- especially the Blue Fish cucumber roll - are outstanding! It was a little warm in the restaurant, increasingly so as it filled up, but certainly not unbearable. The Blue Fish has mastered the pre-theater crowd rush without sacrificing service or quality. Kudos!

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BethanyS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Poorly managed, waiting 20 minutes for someone to take drink order. Won’t be back

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The Blue Fish - Bayou does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Blue Fish - Bayou also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 225-3474.

The Blue Fish - Bayou is rated 4.2 stars by 772 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.