White Oak Kitchen + Drinks

4.2
348 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
White Oak Kitchen + Drinks has been known for its locally curated collection of fresh ingredients and how our Chef, Tony Castillo is a masterpiece and creating some of the most delectable food you will find in Houston. Our food and service will definitely invigorate your entire dining experience.

White Oak Kitchen + Drinks is conveniently located at the Houston Galleria Mall and offers complimentary Valet at The Westin Oaks Hotel.
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Sun 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:30PM

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YT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our food took a long time to come out (over 45 mins). No one noticed until we complained and the excuse was that our order didn’t get to the chef. Clearly, the waiter covering our table should have noticed. The noise level was extremely high (maybe because it was Easter) and the place just didn’t feel organized (seats were dirty, etc).

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HT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Table wasn't ready when we got there. It took about an hour to order our food after repeatedly asking to do so. Food was about average. The restaurant was about half full. They also brought the wrong drinks to our table; our waiter even apologized when dropping them off saying they were made poorly, but I'm wondering why they were even brought out to begin with if the waiter didn't think they were done right. I could have had a better experience elsewhere for that kind of money. Not a horrible experience, but not good enough to go back either.

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IP
Houston
129 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has changed - and gone down the tubes. SO SAD!
Prices increased while selection shrunk . Portion size is smaller as well.
This is no longer one of our favorite spots to do a business meal.

So sad

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PW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Could not track down a waiter at any time, ours or any other tables. They would appear every 15-20 minutes with a drink refill, or to take an order. Food was decent, but could not make up for the inability to get a server to stop by the table. All wrapped up with another table's check after being told our iced teas (~$5 value) had been comped due to the slow service. Ended up paying the other tables bill instead since I knew I wouldn't see a waiter again for another 15-20 minutes.

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SB
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Go for the Happy Hour.

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SG
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very attentive! My favorite dish was the shrimp and chicken pad Thai. I will definitely visit again!

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KC
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff excellent food!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We had high hopes, but right from the start we weren’t even greeted by our waiter for almost 10 minutes. We saw two other tables just walk out from not being helped.

The food was decent, but my side salad that was $5 upcharge was the decrepit romaine lettuce, a couple slices of tomato and a couple slices of carrots. I took one bite and stopped and the waiter didn’t even ask why I didn’t eat it/if I wanted something else.

He only checked on us once. The rest we had to flag down and even had to ask twice for just water! He was unfriendly and quite sad actually. He looked like he hated being there and it showed to his tables.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, but when it came time to check out, took a bit longer since we were on lunch hour from work. Definitely come back for the waffles and chicken.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the place. I loved the atmosphere and the food.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing and the staff provides superior service. This is the perfect place for brunch, a glass of wine and especially fresh baked cookies!

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I have eaten at White Oak Kitchen approximately 4-5 in the last 5+ years I have worked in the Galleria area. The food is decent, but the service has always been slow and lacking. This visit the hostess did not seem with it and it took her over 5 minutes to find some menus. The server took over 10 minutes to greet us. Plus, $4 for a glass of iced tea is insane and the most expensive I have seen yet. Not sure why restaurants think plain tea should be charged as much as a bar drink.

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KZ
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We'll be back for sure! Fried chicken was great.

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JY
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was good, mostly brunch type food. The service is TERRIBLE. We had to ask for our server to do everything and they werent that busy.

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T
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Although the "farm to table" menu was very appealing when reviewing the menu prior to making a reservation, the farm freshness was very lacking. This is a hotel restaurant. The salmon bland and far from fresh. The veggies were previously frozen. Everything but the salmon was edible, but not as advertised. We were disappointed .

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K
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Whit oak kitchen is a good place for a business lunch. Not too noisy and the food is good and reasonably priced

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was lacking. The food was lacking for the price. The ratings and comments in opentable were inconsistent with our experiences we won’t go back.

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IP
Houston
129 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Love having my girl out for lunch date, we loved our lunch - fresh and delicious, and as always loved the service.

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S
Houston
71 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Step above most mall choices. If you’re at the Galleria and you’d like to have a nice meal, WOK+D is a good choice. Somehow it’s connected to the Westin because you have to exit the restaurant to use the hotel’s common bathroom. We came for dinner, and the restroom looked like it had not been serviced since the morning shift. The kitchen tries with the food, but sometimes the attempts fall flat. Root vegetables that accompanied two plates were visually appealing, but lacked any flavor. Two chicken platters (fried and grilled with spinach, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes, were probably the best selections. We ordered the s’mores bread pudding dessert, and finally found luck there. There were several families with small children. Not sure if they were staying at the Westin and came down for dinner or were shopping after Christmas sales. If you’re looking for a non fast food meal and at the Galleria, this fits the bill.

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AM
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We went for brunch in a group of 5 and were very pleasantly surprised! Almost everyone ordered something different and it was all delicious! French toast was great, but the chicken and waffles was amazing! Best chicken wings I’ve ever had, I wish they’d have the chicken wings as an entree option or on the dinner menu because they are amazing!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of my top lunch spots when working in the Galleria area. I am yet to find a better Farm-to-Table restaurant with a good buffalo burger.

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D
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food is reliably good and atmosphere is quiet enough to talk

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LT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place, busy with holiday parties. The service was friendly but a bit slow, likely due to the parties. The redfish was quite good, however it was delivered with different vegetables than stated on the menu, and the root vegetables were overcooked to the point of being dry. I'd probably give them another try on a less busy night.

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CM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I ate late on Wednesday and the food was good. Cocktails were great! I would definitely come back when in Houston again- seems like a great neighborhood hangout!

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VT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing meal - great food, really interesting drinks. And friendly service throughout. Would definitely recommend it!

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BR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I ate breakfast here while in town for some appointments. Reservations during the week weren’t necessary. Our waiter was fantastic. He was kind and took great care of us. The food was awesome as well. I had the steak & egg migas. They were perfect. My husband had the marscapone French toast which was also delicious. Being inside the Houston Galleria is nice also (you can walk off that food 😉). We will definitely be going back.

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Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good value at Happy Hour, but you have to sit in the bar. Didn’t realize this was the Westin’s restaurant. Nice ambiance in dining room. Food prices outstanding

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MC
Houston
151 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had lunch here with mom and some of her friends. While the service was friendly, it was a bit slow and slightly inattentive at times. The food was pretty good though. The table shared those delicious zucchini fries and some calamari. Three of the four dishes were enjoyed. The fourth, the steak salad, seemed underwhelming. Overall, lunch as pleasant, the restaurant is clean, stylish, and quiet, and the location is great for some Galleria shopping.

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DV
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was nice. I would come back in the future.

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KC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food lived up to reviews and the wait staff was attentive and very accommodating. I recommend it.

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

If anyone has a nut allergy keep in mind they have pecan smoked bacon. We left it off our son's plate but unfortunately they didn't have a substitute like turkey bacon/ sausage or chicken sausage. Other than that were all had chicken and waffles which we all enjoyed. Plenty of food.

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PJ
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is AMAZING!!! The Pineapple Upside Down Waffle! 🙌🏾

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C
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The ambiance and environment was very nice. The service was poor; slow. The server was cordial but got orders mixed up; took long to take orders; forgot to bring things and disappeared. It wasn’t busy on a Sunday afternoon so we couldn’t understand why our sever took so long to host the table and why she disappeared for such long periods of time.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

That staff was helpful and professional. Would definitely dine there again.

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

Ambience was nice and location convenient being inside the Galleria mall. However, the brunch we had was mediocre at best. My girlfriends both ordered the marscarpone french toast, of which they both agreed it was underwhelming. I ordered the BLT steak salad - the salad and dressing was tasty but my steak, which should be the highlight of the dish, was bland and tough (I ordered medium well). Our server was polite and helpful but there’s nothing he can do about the food. For the price, you have many other restaurants options in the mall or in the vicinity. Also I didn’t get any points from Opentable for making the reservation.

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DW
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really enjoyed this place! We went before the crowd came so it was nice that it was quiet. Very nice wait staff. Would recommend to a friend.

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S
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Not sure why this place doesn't get more traffic. Great happy hour, excellent menu, and very quiet. Who can beat complimentary valet parking??

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IP
Houston
129 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

first of all. The service and food are top-notch. Its a Perfect escape from the hustle and bustle .. also a great place to watch the crowds go by...

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service, food was well price and good.
Our waiter was very attentive

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