The Tasting Room River Oaks

★★★☆☆
  • 2409 W. Alabama

    Houston, TX 77098

    Cross street: Revere Street

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  • 713-526-2242

About The Tasting Room River Oaks

Hours
Mon-Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 3pm-1am, Sun 3pm-10pm

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I think the food here is really good and especially for the price. Plus, with any entre' you can get a fairly large bowl of soup for a dollar. They always have 2 soups de jour, and because each is just a dollar I always try both. They have a small menu, but that's probably what enables them to keep the cost of the food low. The burger is good, the pizzas are good, and the sandwiches are good. It's worth checking out for lunch!

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★★★★☆

I think the food here is really good and especially for the price. Plus, with any entre' you can get a fairly large bowl of soup for a dollar. They always have 2 soups de jour, and because each is just a dollar I always try both. They have a small menu, but that's probably what enables them to keep the cost of the food low. The burger is good, the pizzas are good, and the sandwiches are good. It's worth checking out for lunch!

Pros: Inexpensive. Yummy Soup

Cons: Smaller Lunch Selection

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it is what it is, a place where they bring the best wineries to you. the staff is friendly and knowledge which they should and great for you in case you don't know too much about wine or want to learn more about new wines. is a great place to explore and taste some wine while enjoying cheeses & crackers among friends. Highly recommended.

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★★★★☆

it is what it is, a place where they bring the best wineries to you. the staff is friendly and knowledge which they should and great for you in case you don't know too much about wine or want to learn more about new wines. is a great place to explore and taste some wine while enjoying cheeses & crackers among friends. Highly recommended.

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Terrible experience!!! I planned to have a party there for my wife's birthday, so I called and tried to make reservation like a week in advance. I first called the uptown location, they don't take reservation, so I called these River Oaks location. The lady was nice and marked down the reservation for me since a had a fairly large party, she explained to me she will reserve a separate area for me, so I was all set. When I got to the bar that night, I talked to the bar-tender saying I called in and reserved the table. I definitely saw the area the lady described to me while I made the reservation. The bar-tender told me they DON'T take reservation. I was like....ok.... so I asked her if she has a table for me. Then she gave me all kind of attutide, saying well, it is pretty much open sitting, you can sit wherever you want. Obvoiusly I didn't see any single table available. I left right away, I mean I don't need to take those attutide, if you don't take reservation, then tell me on the phone. Don't screw me up. This is DEFINITELY a WORST wine bar I have ever been. DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMANDED!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Terrible experience!!! I planned to have a party there for my wife's birthday, so I called and tried to make reservation like a week in advance. I first called the uptown location, they don't take reservation, so I called these River Oaks location. The lady was nice and marked down the reservation for me since a had a fairly large party, she explained to me she will reserve a separate area for me, so I was all set. When I got to the bar that night, I talked to the bar-tender saying I called in and reserved the table. I definitely saw the area the lady described to me while I made the reservation. The bar-tender told me they DON'T take reservation. I was like....ok.... so I asked her if she has a table for me. Then she gave me all kind of attutide, saying well, it is pretty much open sitting, you can sit wherever you want. Obvoiusly I didn't see any single table available. I left right away, I mean I don't need to take those attutide, if you don't take reservation, then tell me on the phone. Don't screw me up. This is DEFINITELY a WORST wine bar I have ever been. DEFINITELY NOT RECOMMANDED!!!

Pros: NONE

Cons: BAD SERVICE, TERRIBLE ATTUTIDE

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While the food was good, the service was quite terrible. You have to order all food and wine from the bartender inside, and although there are "servers" that carry the food out, you are otherwise on your own. We ordered appetizers with our wine, and after 40 minutes, they brought out the wrong order. No one brought us plates, silverware or napkins. When we mentioned to the server that we were given the wrong order we were told that we had to go inside and speak with the bartender. They didn't give us an ice bucket with the white wine, and when we asked for one we were again told to check with the bartender. Our appetizers finally came out almost an hour later. I'm not typically high maintenance, but when you're paying a corking fee with every bottle of already-marked-up wine, i expect a little better. I will definitely not go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

While the food was good, the service was quite terrible. You have to order all food and wine from the bartender inside, and although there are "servers" that carry the food out, you are otherwise on your own. We ordered appetizers with our wine, and after 40 minutes, they brought out the wrong order. No one brought us plates, silverware or napkins. When we mentioned to the server that we were given the wrong order we were told that we had to go inside and speak with the bartender. They didn't give us an ice bucket with the white wine, and when we asked for one we were again told to check with the bartender. Our appetizers finally came out almost an hour later. I'm not typically high maintenance, but when you're paying a corking fee with every bottle of already-marked-up wine, i expect a little better. I will definitely not go back.

Pros: Food was fairly good.

Cons: Service was borderline offensive.

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I've been to Corkscrew a couple of times and met the owner once, he's pretty arrogant. The service was horrible. Last time I was there the bartender spent more time fixing her hair and putting on make up than she did serving people. They did have live music once that was okay, but someone brought their baby into the bar (it was after 10:00) and it really ruined it to hear the baby cry. The wine selection is okay, but a little more pricey than what I've seen at other places. I'm not a fan and probably won't go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been to Corkscrew a couple of times and met the owner once, he's pretty arrogant. The service was horrible. Last time I was there the bartender spent more time fixing her hair and putting on make up than she did serving people. They did have live music once that was okay, but someone brought their baby into the bar (it was after 10:00) and it really ruined it to hear the baby cry. The wine selection is okay, but a little more pricey than what I've seen at other places. I'm not a fan and probably won't go back.

Cons: Service, Atmosphere

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In my experiences as a wine taster, I don't think I will find a better atmosphere to get me in a greater mood. The staff is very knowledgeable of their wines. Their pizza is a great addition to their cheese plates. Oh, and THE BAND they have on Friday nights are untouchable! Imagine having world-class musicians playing exclusively for you where you can still have perfect conversation with your friends. I think they said that they were a nuevo flamenco group ( totally awesome!!). Parking was kind of rough, but that's Houston for you.

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★★★★★

In my experiences as a wine taster, I don't think I will find a better atmosphere to get me in a greater mood. The staff is very knowledgeable of their wines. Their pizza is a great addition to their cheese plates. Oh, and THE BAND they have on Friday nights are untouchable! Imagine having world-class musicians playing exclusively for you where you can still have perfect conversation with your friends. I think they said that they were a nuevo flamenco group ( totally awesome!!). Parking was kind of rough, but that's Houston for you.

Pros: Ambience, Music is perfect!

Cons: Parking

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The staff was there. The selection is lacking. Not good for groups. Nothing really popped out! I would rather sit through a Tax Audit!

0
★☆☆☆☆

The staff was there. The selection is lacking. Not good for groups. Nothing really popped out! I would rather sit through a Tax Audit!

Pros: people watching

Cons: the service

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This was a pleasant suprise. Quite pleasant and comfortable. Obviously a great selection of wines and a suprisingley good cheese plate. Overall we had a nice time (Happy Hour with the girls).
Will be back for sure!

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★★★★☆

This was a pleasant suprise. Quite pleasant and comfortable. Obviously a great selection of wines and a suprisingley good cheese plate. Overall we had a nice time (Happy Hour with the girls).
Will be back for sure!

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The staff is fun and friendly, the prices are reasonable, but the selection is lacking. I recommend this as a stop-in when you are in the area, but don't drive across town for it.

2
★★★★☆

The staff is fun and friendly, the prices are reasonable, but the selection is lacking. I recommend this as a stop-in when you are in the area, but don't drive across town for it.

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I LOVE IT!

Being in the industry, I've heard so much about the place but had never been.. I met with a few friends last night and it was OUTSTANDING! I'm still fairly new with the drinks, however they did a spectacular job picking out just what I liked. I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the girls personally- very nice, and beautiful young ladies. I'm looking forward to coming again soon!

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★★★★★

I LOVE IT!

Being in the industry, I've heard so much about the place but had never been.. I met with a few friends last night and it was OUTSTANDING! I'm still fairly new with the drinks, however they did a spectacular job picking out just what I liked. I had the pleasure of meeting a few of the girls personally- very nice, and beautiful young ladies. I'm looking forward to coming again soon!

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I just recently took a very good friend of mine and a couple our closed friends out to the tasting room for her birthday. It was great! The staff was great. They helps us find the best wines for our evening. The only bad part is that they just are opening later. I recommend this place to anyone!

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★★★★☆

I just recently took a very good friend of mine and a couple our closed friends out to the tasting room for her birthday. It was great! The staff was great. They helps us find the best wines for our evening. The only bad part is that they just are opening later. I recommend this place to anyone!

Pros: Great for get togethers

Cons: Closes earlier than normal bars

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I don't know who this person was that wrote the other review, or what planet they are from...but every experience I've at at the new tasting room location on W. Alabama has been exceptional. Anytime I've needed anything the employees were happy to help me and gave me good recommendations. I first went there for a tasting with some friends a few weeks back and it was very educational and inexpensive and the food was great. Everyone was friendly and I was well tended to although it was counter service, the employees there came repeatedly to check on me, bringing me more wine, food, water and whatever else I needed. I thouroughly enjoy the tasting room and firmly believe that not only the decor, but the employees make this place great. They are all very friendly and extremely helpful. Thus, I am a regular there and will go back frequently as do many of my friends whom I've recommended the place to. The live music, food, wine, and great service makes this much better than any other wine bar I've been to in town.
Corkscrew - Unfriendly staff,not knowledgeable and way too loud to have a nice relaxing time.
Cova - Pretentious, rude staff, and all the snobbishness that's I'd maybe expect in France, but not Houston, maybe it's because of the location in Upper Kirby/West U.

I will continue to frequent and recommend the tasting room to my friends. Very friendly, helpful, and convenient. Definitely Recommend it!

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★★★☆☆

I don't know who this person was that wrote the other review, or what planet they are from...but every experience I've at at the new tasting room location on W. Alabama has been exceptional. Anytime I've needed anything the employees were happy to help me and gave me good recommendations. I first went there for a tasting with some friends a few weeks back and it was very educational and inexpensive and the food was great. Everyone was friendly and I was well tended to although it was counter service, the employees there came repeatedly to check on me, bringing me more wine, food, water and whatever else I needed. I thouroughly enjoy the tasting room and firmly believe that not only the decor, but the employees make this place great. They are all very friendly and extremely helpful. Thus, I am a regular there and will go back frequently as do many of my friends whom I've recommended the place to. The live music, food, wine, and great service makes this much better than any other wine bar I've been to in town.
Corkscrew - Unfriendly staff,not knowledgeable and way too loud to have a nice relaxing time.
Cova - Pretentious, rude staff, and all the snobbishness that's I'd maybe expect in France, but not Houston, maybe it's because of the location in Upper Kirby/West U.

I will continue to frequent and recommend the tasting room to my friends. Very friendly, helpful, and convenient. Definitely Recommend it!

Pros: Great atmosphere , food, and wine

Cons: Could carry some more mainstream wines

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way overated! they recently bumped the corkage fee from $6 to $8. the owners should be happy they have our business in the first place and should stop gouging the prices. many owners of other wine bars like cova or the corkscrew already recognize that and have eliminated all corkage fees. it is touted as a "counter service" wine bar, but there is a giant tip jar on the counter and the bartenders stand behind the bar gossiping when they could be tending to customers needs at the tables. why the hell put a tip jar there in the first place if i have to go to them? their high-end wines are cheesy. a lot of it is something you can get at H-E-B. the bartender told me that the prices were competetive with spec's, but as i was looking around i recognized a few bottles that i've seen at spec's and the tasting room was far more expensive (even before the $8 corkage fee). the decor is about the only nice thing there. but honestly, if decor is the only thing that matters, then i'll bring a bottle of wine to a museum. this place pales in comparison to the wine bucket, cova, corkscrew, or any other of houston's many wine bars. at least at those places, when you walk in even the barbacks pamper you. try it out for yourself people, and i asssure you that it'll rank at the very bottom of your list of favorite wine bars.

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★★★☆☆

way overated! they recently bumped the corkage fee from $6 to $8. the owners should be happy they have our business in the first place and should stop gouging the prices. many owners of other wine bars like cova or the corkscrew already recognize that and have eliminated all corkage fees. it is touted as a "counter service" wine bar, but there is a giant tip jar on the counter and the bartenders stand behind the bar gossiping when they could be tending to customers needs at the tables. why the hell put a tip jar there in the first place if i have to go to them? their high-end wines are cheesy. a lot of it is something you can get at H-E-B. the bartender told me that the prices were competetive with spec's, but as i was looking around i recognized a few bottles that i've seen at spec's and the tasting room was far more expensive (even before the $8 corkage fee). the decor is about the only nice thing there. but honestly, if decor is the only thing that matters, then i'll bring a bottle of wine to a museum. this place pales in comparison to the wine bucket, cova, corkscrew, or any other of houston's many wine bars. at least at those places, when you walk in even the barbacks pamper you. try it out for yourself people, and i asssure you that it'll rank at the very bottom of your list of favorite wine bars.

Pros: BEAUTIFUL HAND-MADE CONFERENCE TABLE

Cons: THE FACT THAT THE TABLE IS THE BEST THING THERE

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Green wine-bottle lights dangle overhead and a magnificent, massive mirror anchors the bar. Industrial-chic touches like concrete floors and a lofty ceiling mix with large, heavy wooden community tables and wine shelves…

 

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