Houston >Food & Dining > Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar - Houston
610 Main St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.759762 -95.362709
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Olive Garden downtown – Olive Garden has better italian food. The "sauce that came with the lobster ravioli's was like the tomato sauce drained from a can. The calamari (what little was on the plate) was not cooked correctly so it was to rubbery. The mussels were good, but so small. We had mash potatoes for a side that were cold. The lolipop tree was unique. The service was minimum and the waiter smelled like smoke. The steaks were decent. The server tried to convince us that it was Prime beef, but I highly doubt it was U.S.D.A. Prime. I guess you can get away with calling anything Prime these days. The martini's were short poured. There are too many great places both around that area and in the Houston area to waste the time and money here. Oh, and they had butcher paper on the tables, I was just waiting for the crayons. No class there.
Good food, Great Drinks, Snobby Bartenders – We stopped in for a quick drink and some appetizers a couple fridays ago. We were pleasantly surprised by the vibrant atmoshphere and beautiful decor of the restaurant. Not to mention the cool piano player and lounge singer. We went to the bar and ordered a couple drinks from their huge martini menu which had a lot of variety for you fruity martini drinkers. Right away we were greeted by two bartenders one of them mentioning that we would not be getting happy hour prices (not that we were expecting it) which we thought was odd. We also ordered an order of the sliders which was highly recommended from our friends. The bartender paused and said they might not be able to do them and a split second later said they would be able to make them but they would have to charge us more. I was a little confused because i didnt know why appetizers would cost you more at night then at lunch if they were the same thing. Nonetheless, the martini's and slider's were great. When the sliders came out my fiance requested ketchup. The bartender quickly told us that there was no ketchup in the house and he would have to find packets back there if we wanted. Now i dont know about you guys but it would be logical for a restaurant that serves fries and rings to serve ketchup. He acted like it was a big deal for us to ask for ketchup. So we see him walk behind the bar, grab a bottle of ketchup and pour it into a container for us out of our sight. By this point, we were pretty annoyed. All in all, we enjoyed our meal and will most likely come back and try the restaurant or sit down with a cockatail waitress. Definately will never go to the bar so we can be chased away again.
Had a great experience. – A friend and I went for a Friday dinner. The menu includes a great variety. You can order a few things to share or have your individual entrees. The list of different martinis makes it a lot of fun. Try a few, it's worth it! The service was fantastic. We had two waiters constantly helping us, and the manager would check in on us to ask our thoughts on everything.
Substandard Customer Service – Aside from the great company that evening, I had a horrible dining experience. The atmosphere was delightful, food was average, however the customer service was horrific. I'm still not too sure WHO our waiter was but the one who came to our table the most frequently was quiet aggressive. He kept pushing appetizers on us after we told him we were not interested and then pushed desserts on us. When we received our bill he over charged us, probably trying to pocket the cash & overcharging the credit cards. After looking at the itemized bill we noticed he charged us double the deserts. It took the manager at least 20 min to come to our table (our group and another table were the only ones in the restaurant) and when he finally did he came by and basically said he would accomodate us by re-running our credit cards. We were outraged that this is the only manner in which they would rectify our bad experience. I would NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone who expects to be treated with respect and to feel as a valued customer.
very unorganized and poor food – We bought a bottle of champagne at the bar and didn't finish it, it was moved to our table,asked to have it on a seperate bill and then was charged a 20% gratuity on both that bill and the one for the table. We were then over charged because the waiter forgot to apply the cash to our bill that some had paid seperate from credit cards, and we were charged for 2 desserts when we only had one. Our bottle of champagne was half done before anyone came over to put it on ice. Had to refill our own glasses with champagne. Food was overdone, cold and not very tasty, and I got one of the specials! They did try and make up for it with a free cocktail and adjustments to our bill after waiting for about an hour for them to work it all out. After all of that we all checked our statement and found that we've all been charged 2x!!!!!
It's pear-fect – I can't compliment the pear-fect martini enough! Wow, what a great drink....
So yes, the food is pretty awesome as well. I had steak and lobster and was really satisfied with the preparation as well as presentation. Order the onion rings, they're fun! Awesome location, in the heart of downtown. Great place to eat before drinks in the city.
WOW!! What Downtown has been looking for!! – We were wowed by Timpanos!! People, Service, Food, Atomosphere, its the total Package. First My girlfriend and I sat the bar where Kevin made us the most unique martini's. They were called Liquid Karma and the pear-fect. We then joined with a couple of friends for dinner. The service was perfect, something Downtown has been lacking for years. The Chef, Marcus, personally came out and created a special dish for our friend who has an alergy. We can't say enough about the music either. They have the best Jazz singer I have ever heard and it wasn't to intrusive!! WOW! I recomend this restaurant to everybody, The menu covers everything and we spent under $100 for two people. oh yeah, Dont forget the cheesecake lollipops!!
Editorial Review – Elegant Italian-influenced chophouse makes good on its martini bar, smoking lounge and jazz vibe.
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