1800 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411137.805968 -122.404966
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Fisherman's Wharf (North Waterfront), Fisherman's Wharf
Good, solid food - a great place to take your parents when they visit – Whenever my parents come to town, it is a dilemma. They are the small town, salt of the Earth types who want straighforward dishes served in a comfortable setting. Most of the SF restaurants I love are too small and too chi-chi for their style. Houston's to the rescue! Everyone loved it, including my hard-to-please parents. Of course they ordered the ribs. But, Houston's isn't just for those parental visits - I like to go there on a Sunday, sit at the bar, have a glass of wine and order their hacked chicken salad. You can watch the game, and look out onto the Embarcadero and watch the world go by.
Excellent ambience and all around experience – I try to come here once every few months. It starts with the friendly hostesses and well-trained service, then there's waiting for your table, either outside with a drink and warm fireplace, or inside at the bar at cozy tables. The seating is mostly plush booths with another fireplace in the back of the dining room and live (non-obnoxious) jazz at certain times. The lighting (artichoke lamps!) and dark wood interior are romantic and create a super warm and comfortable environment. The food is super rich and flavorful, while not being too much of a good thing. This is one place that always puts me in the mood for a nice sultry glass of red wine. A favorite I've taken everyone out to at some point.
best veggie burger and service – I'm a vegetarian and was in San Francisco in Jan 2005 loooking for a veggie burger. Heard good thing's about Houston's so wandered down one night at around 7.30....only to find the placve packed. The young waitress told me that teh wait would be an hour or so, but as I was leaving said she could squeeze me in. I declined the offer, instead heading to a nearby irish bar for a few pints before returning around 9.
The veg burger was flame grilled and sensational and teh service top notch. The place had quitened a bit and the staff were very friendly and chatty - with plenty of ideas for placed to go in the city.
Good for just about anything! – Great restaurant with a good bar scene. Hey the outside patio isn't bad either. The food at Houston's is always top notch and the portions are generous. You might be interested to know that they don't charge a corkage fee! That's big news in this city where even the real local spots want to charge. So bring your favorite bottle of wine. The bar is a great place to eat. You won't be along as most of the patrons at the bar are eating.
Pretentious hostesses sent us away – We tried to go here for lunch but were refused because only 3 of our 4 were present, even though it was quiet and there were many empty 4-spot tables. Hostesses refused to budge, flying in the face of common sense, blindly adhering to "our policy" and dripping with pretense and a cold attitude. Customer service obviously takes a back seat to self-importance of the waitstaff here!
Simple, Succulent, Consistant, Excellent – Those are a few word I would use to describe Houston's. I've been going there for over 6 years and consisently get great food.
Spinach Dip- Perfect
Prime Rib Sandwich- Awesome
The Ribs- Fall off the bone tender
Drinks- a little pricey but worth the money
This is an all around great place that doesn't disapoint.
Thu, Fri, Sat nights are a little tough to get a table.
Nice Place – Went for lunch on Sunday. Good steak, artichoke appetizer was great. Nice little place. Definitely recommend it. Nice selection at the bar. Nothing bad to say about it. I ordered the filet mignon which was very good but I also tried some ribs from my sister's plate. The ribs were very good and fall off the bone.
Rude. – I went to Houstons last night for dinner. I have been going to Houstons for many years. The Houstons in SF is by far the worst I have ever been to. The wait staff is rude and fake. And they are not even good at pretending they like you. They act as if they are working at Chez Panis. Get a clue it is a chain restaurant with decent food. Anyway, last night won the award for the worst service with rude to top it off. I have to give props where they are deserved; the artichokes and spinach dip are the perfect nosh food. Entries are decent. Anyway, I DO NOT recommend the Houstons in the SF area unless you are going to eat appetizers and amuse yourself with how the wait staff must be overcompensating for lack of self-esteem.
Not the steak – I was here a couple of months ago for dinner with my parents and we got lucky with getting seats quickly. The restaurant was extremely noisy but it would be a cool place for happy-hour. I had the ahi tuna salad and was delighted with the flavours. On the other hand, the prime rib that my dad ordered was not very good. It was overcooked and not tender enough. If you need to wait for a long time to get a table, not worth it. But if you're just strolling around Embarcadero and looking for an office-casual place for an early dinner, then go for it.
JUST PLAIN HORRIBLE – First of all they don't let you make reservations, once you get there you have to wait 30 minutes to an hour plus. I've tride this place more than once hoping for better results. It's really not worth it. The waitress' take forever to take your order and by the time you get your food it's cold, which doesn't make any kind of sense for the price that you pay. They say they don't take phone orders but i've done it before and I think they are bias as to who they let place these orders. I just wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. You're better off going across the street or eating on the pier.
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