Houston >Food & Dining > Mockingbird Bistro
1985 Welch St, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.748157 -95.407821
Sun: 11am-3pm, Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
The decor at this neighborhood bistro is crazy-gothic, but that's part of the charm & food is solid. My fave is their Kobe Burger. The long bar (renovated a few years ago to accommodate more people) is perfect for single diners; happy hour specials and drinks are also solid.
Well Executed food & Stellar Service – When I want well executed food & stellar service I think of Mockingbird, They also have one of the best bar menus in town, I always order the burger.
Best happy hour in town, no question. Great cocktails, very good food (braised short ribs, roasted eggplant, Caesar salad), all for $5.
Don't Waste your time... – This place is absolute garbage:
1) Lying to guests about the ingredients: they are NOT serving Kobe beef, you just can't get Kobe outside of Japan and why don't you look up the prices for Akaushi beef, which is available in the U.S. and see what I mean? They are not serving kurobuta pork, or even prime pork for that matter. These are just the clearest examples, they regularly lie to guests about what they are being served in a host of other dishes.
2) Marriage: they pour wines and liquors from an older bottle into a new one. This is not only reprehensible from a sanitation standpoint, it's also illegal. On a more general note, it's a sign the employees at the restaurant don't care.
3) Sanitation: no concept of cleanliness in preparation, plating, or disposal of consumed food; none. I saw, I didn't think I saw something that somewhat resembled...I SAW fish being prepared on the back of a metal pan that was sitting on top of a big grey trashcan.
This is not an opinion of Mockingbird, these things I know because I saw them with my own two eyes; caveat emptor: consider this a public service announcement and forget about this place.
food poisoning – Food poisoning
The only food that I had since lunch and I had the only different meal at the table. Severely sick starting the next morning. I had fever chills and sever GI problems, I started about 10 hours after the meal and lasted about 12 hours. I wanted them to know that they had a problem and much to my surprise I was verbally abused by the manager ?no one gets sick from eating in my restaurant?.
Fantastic! – This is a quaint neighborhood restaurant with a varied menu, warm atmosphere and excellent service.
I had the Mediterranean mussels and the gruyere onion soup and both were perfect!
The wait and support staff were professional and efficient.
I will be returning very soon!
First Impressions Aren't Everything – First impressions are everything. The valet were gentlemen and were friendly. The atmosphere was dark, warm, and charming with antiques. I was ready to have a nice time at a happy hour tasting.
The Republic wine rep was fantastic and personable; however, I was dismayed by the unprofesional behavior of the restaurant's bar manager. She was eating in front of guests and standing in line before guests to get wine for herself. When I walked up to her and another manager, she completely ignored me, gave me no eye contact, and continued her personal conversation.
After two attempts to speak to her, she finally treated me as a guest. When I saw her tongue ring, I stopped taking her behavior personally. She never offered me a happy hour menu, but she did offer me the food pairings. There were no serving utensils, and they looked picked apart like it was a community dish. I had one bite of an appetizer and it was subpar and did not taste fresh.
After my unappetizing experience, I left in the middle of the tasting and went to a real happy hour where they have fine dining experience.
loved it...will come back:) – I have recently been there for a Sunday brunch and I loved everything about the place - the location, design, wonderful staff (really great!) and super delicious food.
Definitely will come back for a romantic dinner (interior is really nice) or again for a Sunday brunch:)
Mockingbird should be the state restaurant – We had the Duck Trio appetizer (special), it was great.
We ordered the wine of the month, but since they were out, they gave us a better bottle for the same price, which made me happy.
We both ordered the dinner specials (halibut and steak). I could not stop eating my steak dinner with shitake mushrooms and onion leeks. The sauce was delish and the season on the steak was perfect. His halibut good too, but my steak definately stole the show.
You have to have the ceasar salad. Potatoe croutons and other yumminess is involved, it's award winning.
dessert was good but I was so full byy that point, I could not enjoy it.
great food but bad service – The food was excellent. The service was not. Our waitress was condesending (when she managed to stop by the table which wasn't very often). Some people should not be in the service industry. Friendly, helpful, nice.... not words we would use to describe our server. It's a shame. The space is great and food even better, but I'm not going to pay someone to treat us like an inconvenience. Word to the wise; with all of the GREAT restaurants offering GREAT service in Houston, why settle for this???
romantic - in cellar room – lambshank was great juicy and flavorable. need to go again to try another dish to fully rate this place.
wonderful – always great for a special occasion. food is so fresh and flavorful and perfectly cooked! main dining room is very charming. definitely a place to go back to over and over...
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