Great food. Was trying to dine at Houston's for the first time and didn't realize the name has changed and is now Bartlett's (the owner of Houston's for 20 years) until I made reservations. Our party had swordfish, sockeye salmon, steak, crab cake. Sides options were sauteed spinach or broccoli. The steak side was a Greek salad. The entrees were very good without tons of spices or sauces to smother the natural flavors of the meats and vegetables sides. The portions are appropriate but not large, room for dessert. Our deserts were fluffy cheesecake, key lime pie and apple cobbler with blue bell homemade vanilla. The coffee aroma filled the air and tasted great as well. Our group didn't leave a even a morsel on our plates. We enjoyed it all. The service was very conscientious and almost formal but the atmosphere was still warm.
Our favorite restaurant in Austin!. Moved to Austin in 1997 - including family, friends, and business clients have been to Houston's over 300 times. Not once have I left unsatisfied. Everything on menu is awesome. Love the spinach artichoke dip, the salads are excellent, Hawaiian Ribeye, filet, the WORLD FAMOUS ribs are best in Austin, key lime for dessert. Eat at the bar, get food to go, eat in main dining room, it's all terrific. The veggie burger is awesome too. Our favorite waiter is Matt. He's a very tall, dark skinned, young looking fellow. One of the top 3 servers that has ever taken care of us; ever. You feel like your at home eating the way this guy communicates with the table. I highly recommend taking your out of town guests or clients to Houston's.
Awesome food and service.
This is hands down one the best restaurants in Austin. I love Perry's and Truluck's and Houston's is on par with these big boys of food. I've travelled the world over and assuredly say Houston's is among the best for steak and seafood.
If you ask for Sandy as your server, you won't be dissapointed with his service and attention to your detail!
Actually the best restraunt in austin. I love Houstons, the service is perfect and the food, no matter what you order is superb, hands down, I highly recomend this restraunt to everyone.
A great unique little find. My friend and I happened across Houstons quite by accident. As we parked and walked up to the resturant the smell was intoxicating. Walking in we were promptly greeted and had a drink at the bar as we waited for a table. We were told to expect about a 20 min. wait but were ready to be seated in less than 10. The lighting is dark and cozy with touches burning throughout...what to make a good impression? Everyone looks great in this lighting. I had on a pair of jeans and a blouse and was rather casual but it did not make me feel underdressed in any way although if I had dressed up that would have been great is well. The food...omg...the steak was amazing..I think it was hickory? but the flavor was well worth it. Not a lot of extras served other than potatoes but you can add sides if your appetite desires more. What you get for the money....Ambiance...very tastefull food...great wines...and accomidating service....better wine glasses, china and silver....a nice suprise will definately go again....by the way I had the ahi salad with a side of asparagus,amazing....tantalizing treat....just what I was hoping for that night.
Over priced for what you get..... First off the food was good. Second, the price is ridiculous for what you get and over priced. A lunch for three ran $90 and to tell you the truth I could have gone to Conan's pizza which is next door for a lunch that was the equivilant in quality and service for around $12. Houston's is a fu fu joint - people go there over dressed looking and acting as if their S--- don't stink.
BEST BUTTER IN TOWN!. We stopped by on a random evening to enjoy a good steak (my guest preferred a salad) and were pleasently suprised. Steak was good, the sides good. My guest's salad had tasty seared tuna with a little too much dressing, though they did love the taste. Romantic and quiet, the atmosphere was perfect for a night out on the town. However, the star of the evening, and I'm not kidding, was the butter! I would say that I am a butter 'freak' and not just your every day enjoyer of a little fat and salt mixed in yellow perfection. Houston's was the best I've had ever and is the reason I will be going back tonight. I may even sneak a bit out in my guest's purse for later.
Roomy banquettes and hefty portions typify this polished American grill that's popular for business deals and special occasions..
Burnished brass and stained wood complement roughly mortared brick and the occasional plant. Amid ubiquitous earth tones, corporate types and small parties (celebrating or simply living large) occupy deep booths done up in fine upholstery and lit from above by pin spotlights. Burgers, prime rib and steaks are the specialties of the house, but the menu also includes salmon, salads, pork chops and roasted chicken.
Excellent food; wait staff a little too uptight. The steak was amazing. The Hawiian seasoned ribeye was perhaps the best seasoned steak I have ever eaten. My only complaint would be that the wait staff not take themselves quite so seriously. I am all for fine dining, but that doesn't mean the wait staff should be overly pretentious. I also don't think you need to tell people what the waiters should receive as a tip as they do on the menu. The service should make it obvious that the wait staff knows their stuff and are deserving of a good tip.
Great food and accurate make sure to try spinach dip!. I highly recommend Houston's, I use to be a server there during my college years. Houston is consistent, everything there is made from scratch down to the ketchup! Houston's is reasonably priced when you take in mind the quality of ingredients and food they use. If the best you can come up with is they don't give free bread or salads well then maybe you should stick with chili's and different places like that who get frozen products in bulk and simply microwave there pre-made meals. There are a lot of dirty restaurants and I sure made my way around a lot of them when I was young. Houston's is the only restaurant I wouldn't be scared to lick the floor! The staff there works really hard to maintain Houston's a clean and a pleasant place, and the servers for the most part make it welcoming and are worth tipping at least 15% if not 20%!!! My advice and this is in the most honest way with out trying to be rude, is if you are cheap or don't feel you should pay for a good quality meal do not go to Houston's because you will be miserable.
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