Houston >Food & Dining > Cafe Annie
1728 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7705629.749720 -95.461388
Monday From 06:30 PM To 10:00 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 06:30 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 06:30 PM To 10:30 PM Saturday From 06:00 PM To 10:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Westside, Great Uptown
Rep is stronger than experience – Can't really say anything that bad about the place. Service from my waiter was impeccable, but the menu, particularly the desserts, are just flat.
Probably would eat at the bar next time; better menu, and less expensive.
Reputation stronger than my experiences – My wife and I have been to Cafe Annies now on a number of occasions, purely based in the strength of recommendations from Houston natives. Although a gewat restaurant, and one of the better ones in Houston, it doesn't deserve the world class accoldaes we've seen heaped on it recently.
Our most recent experience was in Sep 07 when we dined with business colleagues. I had Sea Bass and my wife tried the veal. Both were very good and well prepared, but not spectacular. The prices charged demand a little more than was delivered here. The wine list was great though and we were helped to select a benchmark bordeaux.
Nyeh! – I had a meal here in 1998, every bite a symphony. My meal on 11/3/07, a Saturday night, was also a disappointment. There was no magic at all. I had the chicken-fried shrimp and foie gras appetizers and the toasted pound cake dessert. The pound cake had an unpleasant bitter/tangy taste. My friend and I were dressed down in an Austin kinda way, and I had the feeling we were being rushed along.
Huge disappointment! – My husband and I come to Houston on a regular basis, most of the time to enjoy the restaurants. We have some favorites (Da Marco's and Tony's specifically) but like to try out new spots. We had resisted trying Cafe Annie mainly because we thought it was probably just a trendy place with no substance. I hate to say we could not have been more correct. After visiting this past Saturday night, we walked out wondering how it manages to stay in business if that was a typical night. The food was bland and, in the case of the shrimp dish I tried, too hard to eat. I expected fresh seafood and knock your socks off flavors. The tables were situated too close. Da Marcos manages to pull off a similar seating arrangement without making you feel like you are sitting on top of the neighboring tables. I will say the margaritas and the caramel custard (aka flan) were good but not worth a second trip.
1st time the last. – Last night was our first time to Cafe Annie and I'm sorry to say we were both disappointed. Absolutely, no comparison to Mark's or Ruggles. The food was bland, seating close, service "snooty", and all of this for $200! I definitely expect A LOT better for a supposedly upscale restaurant. Sorry Cafe Annie, but we won't be returning.
great food, great service – No complaints on our first visit. The service was great. Our food was great. The wood-grilled flavor took us by surprise and had us questioning it at first, but by the second bite all doubts were gone. The shrimp appetizer, the steaks, pecan pie, berry custard, wine...all was great. We will surely be back.
Awsome – The food was great, the service was very good and the atmospher was relaxed/upscale. The flavors were well balanced of everything we ate exept the chilled avacado mango soup. The crab salad is a must have. I love lamb and the lamb was perfect. Desert my date and I shared the caramel custard with cinnamon churro along with our port. They had a nice wine list. Upscale with nicely blended southwest flavors done right will eat here again.
My fav restaurant in Houston – The food is always exquisite and the service is always impecable. Definitely worth the trouble of making reservations and getting dressed up. Don't miss out on the people watching.
Excellent Food, Faltering Service – Two of us went to Cafe Annie for lunch mid-week, with reservations made in advance. The tortilla soup, crab meat salad and fried chicken salad were wonderful. After delivering our order our waiter seemed to disappear. There were several bus boys, but no waiter. The manager finally came to check on us. When we ordered dessert (from the manager), I requested our check. The "warm" chocolate cake wasn't warm - it had a crusty re-heated taste. But the check was delivered with our dessert - again, from the manager. I wouldn't go back for lunch if I had time constraints.
New Year's Eve – What an exciting start to 2006. A friend told me what Cafe Annie does when the clock strikes 12 and he was not wrong. The balloons ( the whole restruant was covered) party favors, champagne, hats, menu, etc. were just wonderful, they even had a few people outside with silly string. I will be there next year.
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