Houston >Food & Dining > Shade
250 W 19th St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700829.802911 -95.401152
Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm and 5-10pm; Sat 9am-3pm and 5-10:30pm; Sun 9am-3pm and 5-9pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Greater Heights
You haven't had quiche until you've tasted the "better than your momma can make" quiche at Shade made with bacon, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and cheddar cheese. You can order it at lunch and during their weekend brunch.
For the ladies who lunch, this is a perfect place to visit! Ok, even for those who aren't lunching ladies. I enjoyed a lovely Sauvignon blanc with one of their surprisingly reasonably priced salads. If its a nice day, request their hidden patio!
Refuel while shopping at this casual, yet elegant restaurant.
Alway's a Favorite! – This place has always been our close to home favorite! The staff is incredibly great and kind. For lunch my favorite is the pork chop topped with a delicious peppered jelly! The dinner options are always great!
The atmosphere is almost perfect, not too quiet and not too loud. It's also not too fancy and not too casual.
P.S. Make sure to let them know it's your birthday and have a delicious dessert on the house!
Definitely a moderately priced favorite in the Heights!
Blah Blah Blah – This used to be one of my favorite Heights restaurants. Last night’s dining experience changed that. I took my boyfriend there last night for a nice meal out since we had spent the holidays apart. While the food was good we had the worst service experience ever.
After we were seated, one waiter brought us water another some bread and another menus. We finally asked one of the waiters if he was our waiter and he replied, "one of them." What exactly does that mean? There were two big tops, us and two other small tables. I also had to ask for a black napkin because apparently the black dress I had on was not a big enough hint.
Our "one of them" waiters was in fact our waiter. He was however completely focused on his big top as I am sure he knew a much larger tip would be coming from a table of 14 than just us two.
Service was non-existent....and the manger even brought over our first round of drinks from the bar since the waiter apparently forgot about them. We had to ask for a waiter to take our order as nobody even bothered to try to take it. We ordered a second round of drinks when our entrees arrived and our drinks did not show up to the table until after we were done with our meal. Apparently, they don't serve dessert or coffee here either as we were not offered any.
We asked to speak with the manager who stopped by and admitted that she witnessed the poor service the entire night we received. Strangely she did nothing about it. She even had the gall to admit she thought about transferring the table to another! Obviously she didn’t. (BTW there were several other servers just standing around the entire time.) She apologized for his poor service but made excuses for him since he had a big top and was “one of her best waiters”. I sure would hate meet the “worst” waiter, would he stab you in the eye with a fork?
Since we had received a $25 gift card from Restaurants com there was an automatic 18% gratuity added which we wouldn’t mind paying 20% for good service. We asked her to change the amount of tip since we did not feel he deserved an 18% tip. She refused to change the amount of the tip. We therefore asked for the tip to be given to another waiter who stopped by at the end of our meal and asked if there was anything else we needed. Hopefully he got it.
In summary, if you see a big top…Run!!!!
Save a Lamb and Don't Order the Chops – We ordered take out. If I had been dining in, I would have sent it back. I still ate everything.
My sister's mashed potatoes were instant, and I had the fattiest lamb chop that was nothing but bone. My pasta was delicious and the bread was average.
The patrons are always nicely dressed, and I heard the owner is nice.
Unhappy Valentine's – All dressed up and no place to go! Saturday, the day before Valentine's Day. I and 5 other friends had a nice dinner planned at Shade. Reservations were made well in advance. As the first two, of the 6 in our party arrived, one of them ordered an appetizer. Let me tell you, this person who ordered the appetizer, also happened to be an employee at Shade, but this was his night off. Neither I, nor a few others in our group had been, and he was eager to show off the place that he works at, always speaking highly of their food. As we were nearing our arrival, we get a call from this employee (my close friend), and informed that he was reprimanded by the manager on duty. The manager informed him that, being an employee, he should not have visited the establishment during a night like Valentine's (Eve, in this case). Now, here it is 6 p.m., Saturday evening, we are no longer allowed to enjoy a dinner at Shade because the manager felt it was inappropriate? What exactly was inappropriate? Was it the fact that an employee actually wanted to show off the place that he worked? Was it inappropriate that we were all going to pay FULL PRICE for our meals. We weren't asking for special treatment, we just wanted to have a nice dinner with friends. The decision of that manager not only affected that one employee, but also affected the 5 other people who were going to be joining him. Thanks to that inconsiderate manager, we were forced to find another restaurant on Valentine's Eve. Thanks to that inconsiderate manager, we were forced to wait in excess of an hour and a half to have dinner at another locaton. Thanks, once more, to the manager for having some of us miss our plans. Is this common practice? Do you let the employees know in advance they can't visit the place they work on special occassions? Thanks for a WONDERFUL Valentine's. Thanks to the 1.5 plus hour wait in the cold (because the inside of the place we ended up at was so crowded.
Fade in the Shade – We came here because my daughter wants to take us to restaurants in the ‘hood. (Trendy neighborhoods) Those bohemian lifestyle eateries as it were. We came on Saturday around 11 AM. The wife & daughter had eggs benedict, granddaughter the waffle. I opted for the eggs over medium, toast & something called “crispy potatoes”. I will only detail my experience as my family members found the fare adequate. The eggs were quite small, almost if they were chickens crossed with quall. Remember?, eggs over medium. Sorry, the edges were crispy on the edges (burnt) and the yolks and much of the white was runny. A single small piece of cold, dry toast (2 ½ x 2 ½) decorated the plate along with the “crispy potatoes.” The potatoes were more like little hockey pucks, dry, shriveled and tasteless. I almost forgot, behold the obligatory fresh fruit. Two grapes, a chuck of pineapple, ½ strawberry and three blueberries all placed in what I call a nice little cat food bowl.
Needless, I told my server this was unacceptable. They were nice about it, but “you know the look.” I asked to replace the egg thing with the house hamburger. Better, but not much. I was told that the meat would be cooked medium as if by looking at me (and the egg thing) that I would need it cooked to death. That is probably just what the guy in the kitchen was thinking, because over cooked was the way it came. Dry and tasteless again. It is served with a homemade bun. Homemade by Bimbo Bakeries Co. The bun was completely unremarkable, as in it tasted like newspaper. One piece of limp nasty iceberg lettuce garnished the bun along with, red onion, tomato slice and a couple of pickle segments. Condiments, again in even smaller cat foot dishes included a pale green item a red (spicy ketchup) and yellow (mustard). The green I found out later was Arugula mayonnaise. Unfortunately I had no tableware to avail myself of these little lovelies. The fries were reasonably fresh, unlike the potato pucks. All for around $11 bucks. Tasteless is the optimum word here, for all that it encompasses.
I was not charged for the eggs and to my surprise the hamburger was gratis as well. But, to the hostesses’ credit, she had to display her total grasp of the obvious and announce to one and all that the hamburger was no charge. How magnanimous of her. (As if I were oblivious or should have fawned over the offering. I would say, they know the value of the product.)
I believe that if a dim lit restaurant uses a plethora of little dishes to serve side items, they get to call themselves “Hip” ”minimalist” Eclectic-New American, “destination” ---- OMG - Blah, Blah, Blah. This place is sterile, insipid, uncomfortable and pretentious. Yes, pretentious, as in the wine list is their big “claim to fame.” If eggs and burgers are this difficult to produce, I will not be “shading the threshold” of this establishment again.
Incredible Place For Birthday – Called Will, the pastry chef to ask if they had any cake for our daughter's birthday. Will said his carrot cake is one of his signature desserts and he would make it with organic carrots. WOW! It was fantastic. AND they packed up the rest of the cake to take home.
Special not so special – I was there Sunday before noon and ordered the "special cajun shrimp sandwich" with special Shade potato chips. The chips were a bit stale and the shrimp were tasteless. I was afraid there were going to be too spicy. I should wish.
Shady to say the least... – Are you flipping serious cultivating a $27 tip for a $23 meal on my debit card? Never in my life have I had such overwhelmingly, great food and service that I've felt compelled to even dream of offering a tip in excess of 100%. Rest assured it wouldn't have come even remotely close at this establishment.
The water exhibited signs of foreign, white, filmy matter floating in it. I didn't ask, nor did I want to know what it was. It shouldn't be there regardless.
Soup & sandwich, not a foreign concept. But chili as a soup staple on the menu in the hot, humid summer heat of Houston? Chili was overly salty, in my limited opinion designed from a package. Curried tuna salad was interesting. Not exactly a great pairing with chili. Dining companion complains that hamburger not the best and fries just "okay.
Overall ambiance was nice, and quaint. Would have been nice to have some sort of "shade" for the large window panes emitting direct light into the establishment. Annoying flies beating themselves up against the panes only distracted and did not aide in dining experience...
Terrible Food – Went here based on a friend's recommendation and I don't know what he was thinking. The appertizers were alright and our entrees, none of them were good. My porkchop was salty and the veges that came with it was overcooked. The angel hair pasta with scallops was sloppy. The red snapper was ordinary . The size of the chicken breat was a joke and the mac and cheese that came with the chicken was SO salty. The dessert was the only thing they have going for them but that could very well be because everything before that had been terrible. I would not go here again even if it was free.
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