Pasadena >Food & Dining > Houston's_pasadena
320 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110534.140246 -118.147102
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Great babybackribs – I just like dining there. I love their babyback ribs
This place rocks – The atmosphere here is second to none - lively but never noisy. Food is great and the wait staff is always amazing, the steaks here are very tasty
All around perfect! – My wife and I had another fantastic experience at Houston's last night. Every time we go, the food is excellent and the service is perfect. For drinks, try the Pomegranate Martini. I usually eat the Ribs, which are so tender they just fall right off the bone! And we finished with a home made key lime pie. This place can get a little noisy, but I'm sure it's just because it is always packed on the weekends. I think they take reservations now. All of the waiters are really nice and informative, last night Lance waited on us, and I recommend asking for him! Hope this review helps! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Prime Service - Poor Prime Rib – Excellent friendly service. Great Traditional salad, nice steaming baked potato. Avoid Prime Rib - Mostly fat and bone, small size and medium was bloody and well-done was very pink. Better prime at Carrow's or Black Angus. Very limited beer choices.
There are better places more deserving – We used to like Houston's for the Hawaiian Ribeye, and that alone, the baked potato, and drinks rounded off a good meal. A few years ago, we went back and no Hawaiian Ribeye on the menu, to me, taking away a signature dish is like Souplantations announcing they're no longer selling salad.
As with most reviews here, the staff are spread thin, so I'd recommend bring a ringing bell, the kind town cryers in the 1700's used in the day " 2 hours wait and all is not wellllll !"
It seems as if there's an ongoing space fight between the bar patrons and the eating customers, with Houston's catering to the former, It's too much of a "hip" place now for those of us over 30, it's the official cross over from the dancing clubs to mid-life bar scene, people still hanging on to their youth, and a real downer of a side show while eating your meal. It makes me want to scream "Come on already folks at 30 or 40 something you should already know that the only people you'll meet in a restaurant bar are alcoholics and psychotics!"
Save your money, or if you really want to do it up, check out Ruth's Chris, much better food selection and unlike the "I'm an struggling actor/actress" staff at Houstons, Ruth Chris's are professional and courteous.
**Eaters beware... WATCH OUT- Don't SLIP and FALL!!! – Houston's is one of my most favorite restaurants with an amazing chicken sandwich for lunch and knife and fork ribs... HOWEVER, there are slippery hardwood floors in the front area and around the bar that are highly waxed/polished. People walk with their beverages from the bar to their seat, spilling their drinks here and there. I am a very careful walker and I slipped and fell so hard that I had a bruise from my knee to the middle of my leg. The manager witnessed my fall and helped me up and asked if I was ok. I was told that I would be compensated with a gift card which to this day I have NEVER received. As a practicing interior designer, I advised that different flooring (something that was not as slippery when wet) would be a good idea so that others don't hurt themselves, I was told "well, we only have about 5 people slip and fall here per month"!!!! SO HAPPY EATING.... HAPPY SLIPPING!!! Eaters beware! Hold onto the elderly!
Houstons - Overpriced, Mediocre Quality Food, Overly Friendly Service – I try many restaurants in Pasadena and avoid Houstons like the plague (but had to go that night with another couple who "rave"). Had the $27 pork ribs- very sweet sauce, not smoked, just smothered. Lets face it - pork ribs should be about $15-$18 maximum at a restaurant. Not $27. What surprises me is how many people are Lemmings that go there? So many other great restaurants like Parkway Grill (a few more dollars for a meal and it is cooked by a chef and not a short order cook), Cafe Bijou (great meal, great prices, good service). The service is good, I go for the food and don't care about the "service" and how many people say "hi" and fake smile when I walk in. Also their sushi prices are ridiculous- $15 for a tuna roll. Chain restaurants exist for those who have no imagination and are unable to branch out and try other restaurants. This is unfortunate given that some great family run restaurants are losing business because of this mediocre corporate entity they call a "restaurant". I did try the Bass and it was $30 and good, not exceptional, not a $30 piece of fish. For alot less Cafe Beaujolais has a Halibut with parmesan and orange that is out of this world, not Mediocre. As for waiting to go to this restaurant that is by far the biggest joke- if it was worth it than I would say "sure" lets wait but there is not a single redeemable quality about the food at the restaurant and lets face it an alcoholic drink is the same wherever you go...that is a discussion for another day.....Lemmings go out and explore Pasadena and Eagle Rock and find those little great mom and pop restaurants....don't contribute to mediocrity and ridiculous pretention that Houstons is all about!!!!
Roomy banquettes and hefty portions typify this polished American grill that's popular for business deals and special occasions. – In Short
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.
Food average, service not so great – I ate here with my husband for a "date night" not too long ago and we went rather early so as to make it to a show in L.A. We walked right in, it was about 5pm, so that was perfect. We were seated by a window in a booth by a thoughtful hostess and our server visited our table a few minutes later. However, the steak I ordered was bland and needed a lot of salt and although the fish my husband ordered was tasty, he didn't care for the sides that came with it. Furthermore, the server did not come back to the table to check how the food tasted for about 20 minutes. So, although my filet migon was a bit overcooked and I would never have said anything about it, it still bothered me that I wasn't asked. Also, when I ordered my salad I asked that our wine we had selected accompany our entrees. That did not happen, we did not get the wine until we were nearly finished with our entrees, so my husband and I ended up having to stay longer to finish our wine. As a result, the server asked if we could pay our tab so she could leave since it was the end of her shift. I was less then impressed. However, we still tipped 20%. Really, I believe I would have overlooked the service issues if the food was better. I will overlook a lot if the food is great. I would also like to add that this restaurant does not offer food ordered to go, not even for their salads. I tried to order a salad for one of our friends meeting us at the theater since work ran late and even though we spoke to a manager, we were declined. So, I ordered a salad to our table and then had it boxed.
food okay; busy and noisy – This is my first-time message. I tried Houston's last Saturday night with a friend. First we were sat right next to the center kitchen area. We asked if we could sit somewhere else, and they led us to a table with very uncomfortable chairs. We had to sit next to three, noisy, small children. It's not very romantic. The food was okay. We ate a hamburger. It was nothing special. I don't know why it's so pricey. We're not going back.
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