Monsoon Wok & Lounge

★★★★☆
  • 1200 Mckinney, Suite 103

    Houston, TX 77010

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  • 713-571-7253

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My husband and I were excited to finally try this restaurant, as it was many on our list. We really liked the decor but surprised how dead it was on a friday night. We ordered our drinks, I had a fruity martini, which was good, and my husband had a Mojito, which he did not enjoy since the mint was minced so fine it kept getting stuck in his straw. I cannot handle a lot of spice, nor did I want anything deep fried, so I ordered Mandarin Cashew Chicken, as it did not indicate it was either of those things as some of the other dishes had (tender chicken breast . . . . .with garlic sauce). When I got my meal the chicken was deep fried and the sauce was spicy. The server did not seem to care that I was disappointed considering what the menu had said, but she finally spoke to a manager who explained to us that the menu was indeed wrong and had been for some time. He did give us dessert for free, which we really appreciated. However, when we received our Chocolate Monsoon (chocolate cake), it was the driest cake we've ever had. So unfortunately our first experience here was not a good one. I wish ours had been as positive as the rest. I say try it, but question the menu and avoid the cake.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I were excited to finally try this restaurant, as it was many on our list. We really liked the decor but surprised how dead it was on a friday night. We ordered our drinks, I had a fruity martini, which was good, and my husband had a Mojito, which he did not enjoy since the mint was minced so fine it kept getting stuck in his straw. I cannot handle a lot of spice, nor did I want anything deep fried, so I ordered Mandarin Cashew Chicken, as it did not indicate it was either of those things as some of the other dishes had (tender chicken breast . . . . .with garlic sauce). When I got my meal the chicken was deep fried and the sauce was spicy. The server did not seem to care that I was disappointed considering what the menu had said, but she finally spoke to a manager who explained to us that the menu was indeed wrong and had been for some time. He did give us dessert for free, which we really appreciated. However, when we received our Chocolate Monsoon (chocolate cake), it was the driest cake we've ever had. So unfortunately our first experience here was not a good one. I wish ours had been as positive as the rest. I say try it, but question the menu and avoid the cake.

Pros: decor

Cons: service

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This great resturant is a dramatic improvement over the one that it replaced in this location. With hip decor, a mixed asian menu, and a charming staff this downtown destination is a favorite of mine both for after-work drinks, weekend dinners, or a quick weekday lunch. Try the salt and pepper calamari - you'll love it!

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★★★★★

This great resturant is a dramatic improvement over the one that it replaced in this location. With hip decor, a mixed asian menu, and a charming staff this downtown destination is a favorite of mine both for after-work drinks, weekend dinners, or a quick weekday lunch. Try the salt and pepper calamari - you'll love it!

Pros: Great staff, interesting food

Cons: Have to pay for parking

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(I am from TX so I want to spend my Birthday with friends and family)

So this is a Pre-Review, I am coming from Los Angeles to Houston to celebrate my 25th birthday, (My BEST Friend wants to take me here) But from some of the reviews on the night life (NOT THE RESTURANT) it is making me a little hesitant. Who wants drama on there Birthday? Hopefully if I go Management and the door staff wont be bad as the claims and I will be able to compare it to some of the popular clubs here in Hollywood like Hyde, Teddy's, Goa, Opera, and Les Deux. Come back for my full review on Monsoon.......

The Club Critic

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★★★☆☆

(I am from TX so I want to spend my Birthday with friends and family)

So this is a Pre-Review, I am coming from Los Angeles to Houston to celebrate my 25th birthday, (My BEST Friend wants to take me here) But from some of the reviews on the night life (NOT THE RESTURANT) it is making me a little hesitant. Who wants drama on there Birthday? Hopefully if I go Management and the door staff wont be bad as the claims and I will be able to compare it to some of the popular clubs here in Hollywood like Hyde, Teddy's, Goa, Opera, and Les Deux. Come back for my full review on Monsoon.......

The Club Critic

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I work across the street from this restaurant so I was excited when my friend said she would be partying here for her 25th birthday party on a Saturday night. Management was rude and staff was unprofessional. After paying about $700 for 3 bottles of alcohol and waiting over an hour for one of them to show up, we were upset. First bottle was $300 and it was paid for in advance yet we didn?t get it while others got served. We ordered the second bottle at the bar waiting for the first and ended up waiting for a manager for both bottles. It was packed and the line was long. Doorman was picking people out of the line while others that had been there for a long time waited. It is a restaurant so the dance floor is very small. The DJ was lame and overall not the best place to spend your Saturday evening. Save your money and enjoy another club with your friends.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I work across the street from this restaurant so I was excited when my friend said she would be partying here for her 25th birthday party on a Saturday night. Management was rude and staff was unprofessional. After paying about $700 for 3 bottles of alcohol and waiting over an hour for one of them to show up, we were upset. First bottle was $300 and it was paid for in advance yet we didn?t get it while others got served. We ordered the second bottle at the bar waiting for the first and ended up waiting for a manager for both bottles. It was packed and the line was long. Doorman was picking people out of the line while others that had been there for a long time waited. It is a restaurant so the dance floor is very small. The DJ was lame and overall not the best place to spend your Saturday evening. Save your money and enjoy another club with your friends.

Pros: downtown

Cons: staff

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I really like this place. I have had consistently good experiences there since last Summer, and want to commend their manager, Lewis, in particular. We had a really good law firm event here (happy hour). The manager really did his best to ensure that it was everything that we requested, and that we were comfortable. In addition, we use this place for take out pretty regularly, and they are prompt and extremely polite. This spot is absolutely worth a try- the drinks are very very good. The bar staff has a good sense of humor and the hamburger egg rolls are something else. Don't understand the poor reviews AT ALL. Walk in with confidence.

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★★★★★

I really like this place. I have had consistently good experiences there since last Summer, and want to commend their manager, Lewis, in particular. We had a really good law firm event here (happy hour). The manager really did his best to ensure that it was everything that we requested, and that we were comfortable. In addition, we use this place for take out pretty regularly, and they are prompt and extremely polite. This spot is absolutely worth a try- the drinks are very very good. The bar staff has a good sense of humor and the hamburger egg rolls are something else. Don't understand the poor reviews AT ALL. Walk in with confidence.

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Monsoon WOK & Lounge has a great location. The waiting line is long. The food tastes good, but the portion size is relatively small. The atmosphere is great, however the price is quite expensive.

3
★★★☆☆

Monsoon WOK & Lounge has a great location. The waiting line is long. The food tastes good, but the portion size is relatively small. The atmosphere is great, however the price is quite expensive.

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So many people had negatively reviewed this restaurant. I will say this, I can't wait to go back! My husband and I attended the restaurant during happy hour...around 3 so there was absolutely no wait, the atmosphere was very chic and the service...outstanding. That steak over the chitake mushrooms & asparagus...mmmmm.....WONDERFUL. The martini's....Some of the best I've ever had! The owner came over to greet us and that made us feel really special. The next time we attend, we'll be bringing our friends...we haven't stopped talking about this place yet!

2
★★★★★

So many people had negatively reviewed this restaurant. I will say this, I can't wait to go back! My husband and I attended the restaurant during happy hour...around 3 so there was absolutely no wait, the atmosphere was very chic and the service...outstanding. That steak over the chitake mushrooms & asparagus...mmmmm.....WONDERFUL. The martini's....Some of the best I've ever had! The owner came over to greet us and that made us feel really special. The next time we attend, we'll be bringing our friends...we haven't stopped talking about this place yet!

Pros: Really good food, don't know what others are complaining about!!

Cons: closed on the weekend

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Great location downtown. Our food was excellent for a business party of 4; service was prompt & courteous for a quick lunch-hour get-away.

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★★★★★

Great location downtown. Our food was excellent for a business party of 4; service was prompt & courteous for a quick lunch-hour get-away.

Pros: Great menu selection and presentations

Cons: Closed on Sunday

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I was not impressed w/ the quality or quantity of the food. I ordered a few appitizers and entrees to go and had a variety of menu selections. Nothing was anything to brag about - very bland flavors. The portions were very small - each container was lined w/ shredded lettuce as a filler. I'm not sure how the portions are dining in the restuarant, maybe they're a bit more, but take out was a total rip-off. I Would never go back - too bad it's not Twisted Fork anymore...

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was not impressed w/ the quality or quantity of the food. I ordered a few appitizers and entrees to go and had a variety of menu selections. Nothing was anything to brag about - very bland flavors. The portions were very small - each container was lined w/ shredded lettuce as a filler. I'm not sure how the portions are dining in the restuarant, maybe they're a bit more, but take out was a total rip-off. I Would never go back - too bad it's not Twisted Fork anymore...

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The NYE Party was $100 pp for VIPs. Food and drinks were not included. There was a lot of confusion about what the $100 was for. The appetizers were limp and greasy (store bought ?, frozen ?) and sorry. Music was so-so. Lookin for a different place to bring in 2009 !!

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★★☆☆☆

The NYE Party was $100 pp for VIPs. Food and drinks were not included. There was a lot of confusion about what the $100 was for. The appetizers were limp and greasy (store bought ?, frozen ?) and sorry. Music was so-so. Lookin for a different place to bring in 2009 !!

Pros: Decor.

Cons: Food

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Because the place was having it's 1-year anniversary, they had a DJ playing in their cocktail lounge. Well, I'm getting old! It was too loud for me, and unfortunately the cocktail lounge is not divided by a wall. The appetizers were half-off, so we tried the lettuce wraps, calamari and veggie spring rolls. And we also tried the scallop entree. The food is just okay; I've had better. Okay, I get that it's not true chinese but rather asian-fusion, however, the flavors should fuse. The scallops were tender and the veggies with it were not overcooked, but the flavors were a bit off, like they only used salt & pepper. It's inexpensive. Service was good. Place was clean and nice decor. I will probably go back for happy hour.

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★★★☆☆

Because the place was having it's 1-year anniversary, they had a DJ playing in their cocktail lounge. Well, I'm getting old! It was too loud for me, and unfortunately the cocktail lounge is not divided by a wall. The appetizers were half-off, so we tried the lettuce wraps, calamari and veggie spring rolls. And we also tried the scallop entree. The food is just okay; I've had better. Okay, I get that it's not true chinese but rather asian-fusion, however, the flavors should fuse. The scallops were tender and the veggies with it were not overcooked, but the flavors were a bit off, like they only used salt & pepper. It's inexpensive. Service was good. Place was clean and nice decor. I will probably go back for happy hour.

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My husband and I loved the design and atmosphere of Monsoon. The service was perfect - just the right blend of letting us to ourselves but never letting us wonder "where is our server" ? They are obviously going for more modern fusion American-Asian cuisine so people who are wanting super authentic Chinese food should not go in expecting that - I used to live in Asia and VERY few places in the US actually have that which ARE trying for it! That said we had several sushi and the Asian BBQ Shrimp and enjoyed everything immensely. I tried one of their unique cocktails which was also quite tasty. If you want to go somewhere in the middle of downtown for a fun unique and trendy-romantic atmosphere I would definitely recommend Monsoon.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I loved the design and atmosphere of Monsoon. The service was perfect - just the right blend of letting us to ourselves but never letting us wonder "where is our server" ? They are obviously going for more modern fusion American-Asian cuisine so people who are wanting super authentic Chinese food should not go in expecting that - I used to live in Asia and VERY few places in the US actually have that which ARE trying for it! That said we had several sushi and the Asian BBQ Shrimp and enjoyed everything immensely. I tried one of their unique cocktails which was also quite tasty. If you want to go somewhere in the middle of downtown for a fun unique and trendy-romantic atmosphere I would definitely recommend Monsoon.

Pros: Atmosphere, Service

Cons: Some prices

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At this place, you do not get treated like a customer. No. You are treated like royalty. Upon rave reviews from many of my friends and co-workers, I went there for a happy hour. I asked for a beer that they did not carry (Guinness Extra Stout). And so, I had a glass of chardonnay. The next time i went back, the manager did not only have a cold bottle of Guinness waiting for me, he guaranteed that there will always be Guinness Extra Stout there. Now, that my friends, is service. Sara, the bartender, is quite attractive. She keeps the drinks flowing, and smiles all the time, even at jerks. Hilari, is absolutely georgous, without being arrogant. Her services alo spactacular. If you've been in there more than once, it is almost guaranteed that Tristan knows your preferences. Down side to Monsoon? Short wine list. But they make up for it with awesome sushi, great wings, and reasonable appetizers.

2
★★★★★

At this place, you do not get treated like a customer. No. You are treated like royalty. Upon rave reviews from many of my friends and co-workers, I went there for a happy hour. I asked for a beer that they did not carry (Guinness Extra Stout). And so, I had a glass of chardonnay. The next time i went back, the manager did not only have a cold bottle of Guinness waiting for me, he guaranteed that there will always be Guinness Extra Stout there. Now, that my friends, is service. Sara, the bartender, is quite attractive. She keeps the drinks flowing, and smiles all the time, even at jerks. Hilari, is absolutely georgous, without being arrogant. Her services alo spactacular. If you've been in there more than once, it is almost guaranteed that Tristan knows your preferences. Down side to Monsoon? Short wine list. But they make up for it with awesome sushi, great wings, and reasonable appetizers.

Pros: Royal treatment, daily drink specials, friendly staff

Cons: Short wine list

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My co-workers and I have been to happy hour on several occasions and each time we have had SUPERIOR service . Sara does a great job keeping our drinks filled and the conversation flowing.

2
★★★★☆

My co-workers and I have been to happy hour on several occasions and each time we have had SUPERIOR service . Sara does a great job keeping our drinks filled and the conversation flowing.

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I had a lunch meeting at Monsoon this week and the food and service were GREAT! There was a large number of us in the party and our server did a great job of juggling our party as well as a few other tables! We had an assortment of appitizers as well as drinks and there wasnt one that I wouldnt reccomend. There was nothing bland on our table whatsoever.

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★★★★★

I had a lunch meeting at Monsoon this week and the food and service were GREAT! There was a large number of us in the party and our server did a great job of juggling our party as well as a few other tables! We had an assortment of appitizers as well as drinks and there wasnt one that I wouldnt reccomend. There was nothing bland on our table whatsoever.

Pros: The service

Cons: none that I can think of

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I work just down the street from this place. Though proximity is a plus, pretty much everything else is a minus. The worst thing about this place is the food. It is probably the most bland, overpriced, unimaginative, inauthentic Chinese/Asian food I've ever had. You'd be better off grabbing a lunch box from Wok n Roll down the street then grabbing a beer at the 7/11.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I work just down the street from this place. Though proximity is a plus, pretty much everything else is a minus. The worst thing about this place is the food. It is probably the most bland, overpriced, unimaginative, inauthentic Chinese/Asian food I've ever had. You'd be better off grabbing a lunch box from Wok n Roll down the street then grabbing a beer at the 7/11.

Pros: location

Cons: everything else

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I work at Two Houston Center next door to Monsoon. The food is nothing spectacular. There are so many more authentic Chinese restaurants around downtown that are much better than Monsoon. Monsoon is all about atmosphere, with no emphisis on food. Had the Honey Chicken dish - bland. Don't bother with the sushi, not fresh. Their portions are rather small, so you can't split them like you do at a regular chinese restaurant. Service was no problem. Wouldn't recommend.

1
★★★☆☆

I work at Two Houston Center next door to Monsoon. The food is nothing spectacular. There are so many more authentic Chinese restaurants around downtown that are much better than Monsoon. Monsoon is all about atmosphere, with no emphisis on food. Had the Honey Chicken dish - bland. Don't bother with the sushi, not fresh. Their portions are rather small, so you can't split them like you do at a regular chinese restaurant. Service was no problem. Wouldn't recommend.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Bland food

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This place is amazing. The food was excellent. The drinks were amazing. And the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend if you are looking for a downtown hot spot after work or during lunch. We had a fantastic experience. Will visit again.

2
★★★★★

This place is amazing. The food was excellent. The drinks were amazing. And the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend if you are looking for a downtown hot spot after work or during lunch. We had a fantastic experience. Will visit again.

Pros: Happy Hour

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I recently moved from NYC to Houston and a friend recommended Monsoon Wok to my husband and I. We loved the atmosphere and the food. I would definetly recommend the restaurant. The food was to dye for, once you go once you will be hooked.

2
★★★★★

I recently moved from NYC to Houston and a friend recommended Monsoon Wok to my husband and I. We loved the atmosphere and the food. I would definetly recommend the restaurant. The food was to dye for, once you go once you will be hooked.

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Have heard about this place from a few friends who work downtown so decided to check it out. Love this restaurant! The dumplings were to die for!!! The sushi... EXCELLENT! If I worked downtown, I'd be eating there at least twice a week. Definitely will go back when I'm in the area.

2
★★★★★

Have heard about this place from a few friends who work downtown so decided to check it out. Love this restaurant! The dumplings were to die for!!! The sushi... EXCELLENT! If I worked downtown, I'd be eating there at least twice a week. Definitely will go back when I'm in the area.

Pros: Great food. Nice atmosphere.

Cons: Wish they had other locations!

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The allure of the restaurant is very appetizing, but the food is absolutely TASTELESS! It was the most horrible experience I've ever had in my mouth. My date had sweet/sour chicken -- I had honey chicken, and they both looked and tasted the same --- NOTHING! The sweet/sour chicken had chunks of canned pineapple, and some residue of the juice. The honey chicken had chunks of red bell pepper and no juices! The meats looked exactly the same! The rice was just a big bowl of cold blob! They should be embarrased to serve food like that. The local $5.99 places have much better taste and presentation. Don't waste your time on this place!

1
★★☆☆☆

The allure of the restaurant is very appetizing, but the food is absolutely TASTELESS! It was the most horrible experience I've ever had in my mouth. My date had sweet/sour chicken -- I had honey chicken, and they both looked and tasted the same --- NOTHING! The sweet/sour chicken had chunks of canned pineapple, and some residue of the juice. The honey chicken had chunks of red bell pepper and no juices! The meats looked exactly the same! The rice was just a big bowl of cold blob! They should be embarrased to serve food like that. The local $5.99 places have much better taste and presentation. Don't waste your time on this place!

Pros: The atmosphere is pretty

Cons: The food is tasteless.

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Chic décor (including a marble island bar, leather booths and dark hardwoods) highlights the upscale casual dining room in the heart of the downtown business district. The menu is dominated by Asian-fusion dishes…

 

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