Just Dinner

★★★☆☆
  • 1915 Dunlavy St.

    Houston, TX 77006

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  • 713-807-0077

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Was a really neat little place but not worth the price in my opinion at all. 18 bucks for an egg plant parmesan, really? Service was nice but not worth the extra cost.

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★★☆☆☆

Was a really neat little place but not worth the price in my opinion at all. 18 bucks for an egg plant parmesan, really? Service was nice but not worth the extra cost.

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We planned to meet up with some old friends and have dinner. Once arriving at their house we proceeded to the restaurant. I had not been to Just Dinner but it was a favorite of friends and they said we would be impressed. When arriving, the owner showed us to our table. He took the wine we brought and came back with glasses and poured the wine. After an hour of visiting we decided to order. The menu was not large but plenty to make a choice. The atmosphere was relaxing and very comfortable to make catching up with old friends very enjoyable. Being my first (and not my last) visit, I was impressed. The food was good, service was enjoyable and the setting was relaxing. I have recommended this place to several people and will plan on going again soon. This is not a place to take your beer buddies for hot wings but a place to take good friends or someone special for a night of conversation and relaxation.

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★★★★☆

We planned to meet up with some old friends and have dinner. Once arriving at their house we proceeded to the restaurant. I had not been to Just Dinner but it was a favorite of friends and they said we would be impressed. When arriving, the owner showed us to our table. He took the wine we brought and came back with glasses and poured the wine. After an hour of visiting we decided to order. The menu was not large but plenty to make a choice. The atmosphere was relaxing and very comfortable to make catching up with old friends very enjoyable. Being my first (and not my last) visit, I was impressed. The food was good, service was enjoyable and the setting was relaxing. I have recommended this place to several people and will plan on going again soon. This is not a place to take your beer buddies for hot wings but a place to take good friends or someone special for a night of conversation and relaxation.

Pros: Small But Comfortable

Cons: None on this trip

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Small funky house that serves "Just Dinner". Service was good and food was simple. Surrounding and atmosphere were interesting. The prices were expensive for the food that was served.

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★★★☆☆

Small funky house that serves "Just Dinner". Service was good and food was simple. Surrounding and atmosphere were interesting. The prices were expensive for the food that was served.

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I read the previous review and could not believe it was the same place i have come to know and love, so I went back to make sure.
The menu is slowly changing and improving and some of my favorites like the rabbit have disappeared, but the pasta with shrimp and artichoke hearts is sufficiently good to replace it.
Andrew and his wife still make everyone feel welcome and give as much time as they can whenever it is not too busy, and both are always delighted to take a sip of a wine you might have brought. However, if they get slammed by people turning up at the wrong time or just walking in, sometimes they can seem a little scarce.
The cozy and friendly atmosphere is still in place, and my date and I got talking with a table next to us, and shared food, wine and lifestyle stories, an unique aspect of Just Dinner that reminds me that I do not visit it enough.
The service is not fast, but that is not part of the focus or intent of the restaurant. I would imagine that if you told Andrew that you had pending theatre reservations, he could speed things up for you, but for me and many others, it is just a place to relax that happens to serve food in concert with my favorite wines.
To those not familiar with it, do not try and walk in and expect a table. Make a reservation at least a day in advance to be sure of a weekday night and good luck trying to get a table for 4 at the weekend.

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★★★★☆

I read the previous review and could not believe it was the same place i have come to know and love, so I went back to make sure.
The menu is slowly changing and improving and some of my favorites like the rabbit have disappeared, but the pasta with shrimp and artichoke hearts is sufficiently good to replace it.
Andrew and his wife still make everyone feel welcome and give as much time as they can whenever it is not too busy, and both are always delighted to take a sip of a wine you might have brought. However, if they get slammed by people turning up at the wrong time or just walking in, sometimes they can seem a little scarce.
The cozy and friendly atmosphere is still in place, and my date and I got talking with a table next to us, and shared food, wine and lifestyle stories, an unique aspect of Just Dinner that reminds me that I do not visit it enough.
The service is not fast, but that is not part of the focus or intent of the restaurant. I would imagine that if you told Andrew that you had pending theatre reservations, he could speed things up for you, but for me and many others, it is just a place to relax that happens to serve food in concert with my favorite wines.
To those not familiar with it, do not try and walk in and expect a table. Make a reservation at least a day in advance to be sure of a weekday night and good luck trying to get a table for 4 at the weekend.

Pros: Ambience, decor, owner interaction, BYOB

Cons: Parking

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We recently ate at Just Dinner for the first time in months. In the past we had no complaints, but this last visit completely altered our opinion of the place. First of all the food has not changed in the year and a half since its opening. Even the nightly specials are exactly the same. Though we?d like to see some changes there, we never wanted anything else to change. Unfortunately, for everyone, it has. The service was formulaic and lacked character, which honestly ruined our whole experience. For us, it was always the service, the mature crowd, and of course Andrew, the owner/chef, that made Just Dinner a charming neighborhood restaurant- where everyone felt like part of the family. I remember how Andrew would make his ?rounds- checking on each table, occasionally sitting down for part of your meal. He truly made you feel welcomed. This past trip I barely caught a glimpse of Andrew, and his presence was sorely missed. Our waitress did nothing to fill the void. She was cold, rude, slow and disrespectful. She did not make us feel comfortable or welcomed there- which is what Just Dinner used to be about! She didn?t pay much attention to us; in fact we didn?t interact once with her after she took our order. She was too busy flirting and drinking (yes wine!) with a man at the bar. Another girl who seemed to be doing the bulk of her work took, care of our needs and our somewhat generous tip was intended for her. The place seemed crowded and loud, with workers and guests alike. What was once a tranquil spot for the sophisticated and the romantic, has turned into an immature ?scene? filled with chaos and noise. It has lost its vibe, its charm and its intimacy. Just Dinner was once a paradise, that is now lost. Hopefully, for all us supporters of the ?old? Just Dinner, Andrew closed this month to hire and train new staff so we can see more of him and less of that offensive waitress.

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★☆☆☆☆

We recently ate at Just Dinner for the first time in months. In the past we had no complaints, but this last visit completely altered our opinion of the place. First of all the food has not changed in the year and a half since its opening. Even the nightly specials are exactly the same. Though we?d like to see some changes there, we never wanted anything else to change. Unfortunately, for everyone, it has. The service was formulaic and lacked character, which honestly ruined our whole experience. For us, it was always the service, the mature crowd, and of course Andrew, the owner/chef, that made Just Dinner a charming neighborhood restaurant- where everyone felt like part of the family. I remember how Andrew would make his ?rounds- checking on each table, occasionally sitting down for part of your meal. He truly made you feel welcomed. This past trip I barely caught a glimpse of Andrew, and his presence was sorely missed. Our waitress did nothing to fill the void. She was cold, rude, slow and disrespectful. She did not make us feel comfortable or welcomed there- which is what Just Dinner used to be about! She didn?t pay much attention to us; in fact we didn?t interact once with her after she took our order. She was too busy flirting and drinking (yes wine!) with a man at the bar. Another girl who seemed to be doing the bulk of her work took, care of our needs and our somewhat generous tip was intended for her. The place seemed crowded and loud, with workers and guests alike. What was once a tranquil spot for the sophisticated and the romantic, has turned into an immature ?scene? filled with chaos and noise. It has lost its vibe, its charm and its intimacy. Just Dinner was once a paradise, that is now lost. Hopefully, for all us supporters of the ?old? Just Dinner, Andrew closed this month to hire and train new staff so we can see more of him and less of that offensive waitress.

Pros: decor

Cons: service, ambience, noise, crowded

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I made the mistake of waiting to the last minute to try and get a reservation on Satrurday night. As Andrew the owner says, it's a teni tiny restaurant and fills up quick. So with a weeks notice we finally got in. Oh, what a wonderful little restaurant. Cozy, romantic, friendly.
Having it be BYOB is the best. The food was very generous with it's portions. We had gazpacho straight from Andrew's garden in the back. I had rainbow trout with parmasean risotto. My date had the roast, everything was so delicious!'
Everyone is very friendly, sharing wine, stories, conversations. This restaurant is truly a Houston secret.

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★★★★★

I made the mistake of waiting to the last minute to try and get a reservation on Satrurday night. As Andrew the owner says, it's a teni tiny restaurant and fills up quick. So with a weeks notice we finally got in. Oh, what a wonderful little restaurant. Cozy, romantic, friendly.
Having it be BYOB is the best. The food was very generous with it's portions. We had gazpacho straight from Andrew's garden in the back. I had rainbow trout with parmasean risotto. My date had the roast, everything was so delicious!'
Everyone is very friendly, sharing wine, stories, conversations. This restaurant is truly a Houston secret.

Pros: byob, friendly, good food

Cons: hard to get a reservation

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Update to the previous review. We've now been banished from Just Dinner. The Chef/Owner has asked our friends to never bring us back after reading our review below. This is not a problem. We would rather patronize a chef who prefers feeding people more than his own ego. We willl happily spend our exile at Lucio's....................
Went with friends that love the place. Had reservations for a tasting dinner @ $50 each. Pricey, but bringing our own wine thought it would be worth it. They put us in the noisy room open to the kitchen. After four tiny courses, the chef tried to send dessert - a tasty cured salmon amuse-bouche (one bite), a small ramekin of gazpacho (good), tortellini (average and due to the small portion we thought it was an appetizer) and a small field green salad with nothing but a rasberry vinagrette (awful - i could have done better. Since we were still hungry and expecting a real main course, the chef delivered a mediocre osso bucco which dripped off the 5" salad plates used for each course. Never refilled the rolls which we scarfed down, to fill the hunger. We felt really duped. Will not go back regardless of the BYOB and friendly chef & his wife. It's just not good enough for Houston.

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★★☆☆☆

Update to the previous review. We've now been banished from Just Dinner. The Chef/Owner has asked our friends to never bring us back after reading our review below. This is not a problem. We would rather patronize a chef who prefers feeding people more than his own ego. We willl happily spend our exile at Lucio's....................
Went with friends that love the place. Had reservations for a tasting dinner @ $50 each. Pricey, but bringing our own wine thought it would be worth it. They put us in the noisy room open to the kitchen. After four tiny courses, the chef tried to send dessert - a tasty cured salmon amuse-bouche (one bite), a small ramekin of gazpacho (good), tortellini (average and due to the small portion we thought it was an appetizer) and a small field green salad with nothing but a rasberry vinagrette (awful - i could have done better. Since we were still hungry and expecting a real main course, the chef delivered a mediocre osso bucco which dripped off the 5" salad plates used for each course. Never refilled the rolls which we scarfed down, to fill the hunger. We felt really duped. Will not go back regardless of the BYOB and friendly chef & his wife. It's just not good enough for Houston.

Pros: BYOB

Cons: no parking, quality of food doesn't meet price

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I went there recently and had the most romantic time of my life! a friend had recommended this houston secret to me and just by hearing her description it made me interested in checking it out. Just Dinner is a cozy little place in the heart of Montrose. Deeeelicious italian food, gorgeous decor, and an attentive, wonderful waitstaff describe it well. Its a BYOB, you cant ask for anything more. I felt like i was in NYC or San Francisco or somewhere very far from Houston. As you step into Just Dinner, it takes you away with the aromas from the kitchen and places you inside a romantic little house that makes you feel relaxed.

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★★★★★

I went there recently and had the most romantic time of my life! a friend had recommended this houston secret to me and just by hearing her description it made me interested in checking it out. Just Dinner is a cozy little place in the heart of Montrose. Deeeelicious italian food, gorgeous decor, and an attentive, wonderful waitstaff describe it well. Its a BYOB, you cant ask for anything more. I felt like i was in NYC or San Francisco or somewhere very far from Houston. As you step into Just Dinner, it takes you away with the aromas from the kitchen and places you inside a romantic little house that makes you feel relaxed.

Pros: byob, decor,

Cons: none!

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Well, this restaurant does not like large groups; so why they have a large table for 10.....who knows? Yes, we were loud and had a good time while ordering the priciest items on the menu. What would you expect from a table of 10? The ogre of a waiter snatched my plate from under me while I was still chewing with food on my plate. Further, he collected our credit card receipts immediately upon signature and proceeded to stomp around the table like a grump. What the owners initiated as a charming ambience was ruined by a waiter that should never have made it past the register at McDonald's. Finally, we were told as half our group had left that they woule love to have us back as parties of two. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! And I'll tell everyone I know to avoid this place.

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★★☆☆☆

Well, this restaurant does not like large groups; so why they have a large table for 10.....who knows? Yes, we were loud and had a good time while ordering the priciest items on the menu. What would you expect from a table of 10? The ogre of a waiter snatched my plate from under me while I was still chewing with food on my plate. Further, he collected our credit card receipts immediately upon signature and proceeded to stomp around the table like a grump. What the owners initiated as a charming ambience was ruined by a waiter that should never have made it past the register at McDonald's. Finally, we were told as half our group had left that they woule love to have us back as parties of two. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! And I'll tell everyone I know to avoid this place.

Pros: owner

Cons: waiter, location, attitude

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My wife and I went into this place last night for an early dinner. The first thing that grabs you is the Owner. Andrew is a super friendly guy that makes you feel right at home. My wife had the grilled salmon. It must have been pretty good because she wouldn't give may any, salmon that is. I had the pork tenderloin with grilled vegetables. It was supposed to come with squash, but when I asked Andrew what else could come with it he said that he could grill up some vegetables. I was expecting broccoli, cauliflower and squash. But what I got was a grilled threesome of sweet yams, quartered white onions and a halved tomato!!! How do you grill a halved tomato? Delicious!! To finish us off he brought out home made cashew brittle and cranberry bread pudding with fresh whipped cream. A real diamond in the rough.

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★★★★★

My wife and I went into this place last night for an early dinner. The first thing that grabs you is the Owner. Andrew is a super friendly guy that makes you feel right at home. My wife had the grilled salmon. It must have been pretty good because she wouldn't give may any, salmon that is. I had the pork tenderloin with grilled vegetables. It was supposed to come with squash, but when I asked Andrew what else could come with it he said that he could grill up some vegetables. I was expecting broccoli, cauliflower and squash. But what I got was a grilled threesome of sweet yams, quartered white onions and a halved tomato!!! How do you grill a halved tomato? Delicious!! To finish us off he brought out home made cashew brittle and cranberry bread pudding with fresh whipped cream. A real diamond in the rough.

Pros: BYOB, Great Food, Friendly Staff

Cons: Tricky to find

 

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