Canyon Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 5000 Westheimer Rd 250

    Houston, TX 77056

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  • 713-629-5565

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This is located in the Galleria area. Having frequented the area it looked like a neat place to try, and when we looked it up on our phone, it was tagged with "vegetarian" so we headed there.

The chips + salsa are awesome. Our waiter was

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★★★★★

This is located in the Galleria area. Having frequented the area it looked like a neat place to try, and when we looked it up on our phone, it was tagged with "vegetarian" so we headed there.

The chips + salsa are awesome. Our waiter was

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The chips are very good and it looks really neat but that's about it. Maybe the waiter was new but he seemed really nervous and hardly checked on us. I got a chicken salad and it tasted bad and it's a hike to get to the restroom.

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★★★☆☆

The chips are very good and it looks really neat but that's about it. Maybe the waiter was new but he seemed really nervous and hardly checked on us. I got a chicken salad and it tasted bad and it's a hike to get to the restroom.

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So, first time I go to this Place... My first thought is Yum... since I moved to Houston I have always wanted to visit this place... So, as we come upstairs we are greeted by this very unprofessional, raggedly staff... we are seated outside, the weather was perfect! But the ambiance was very disappointing (tables were dirty, chairs were everywhere, and well it just didn??t look right)? The waiter that came to attend us seemed to be very nice? as a matter of fact he was very courteous? so our first appetizer arrived; I only have one word YUCK! Their Sonoma spring rolls had a hateful taste? Our second appetizer came and well to have asked for Carne Con Queso I kept wondering where was the ??Carne?? So my companion??s plate arrived he had requested the Tequila Trout Dinner Special? OMG tasteless fish, how can you mess up a fried fish??? The rice was disgusting, and the presentation said it all? My plate arrived I decided to go for simple Tex-Mex Beef Fajitas and well? I swear it tasted like 100% Worcestershire sauce? the Tortillas were RAW and guacamole wasn??t green it was brown ,the rice was so not appetizing, and the beans? I couldn??t find them? So? I kept wondering what was good in this restaurant? As our waiter noticed our discomfort he sent the manager to our table who was kind enough to apologize and remove all the charges from our check? I would NOT try this place again? the only way you can ENJOY this food is after you have drank 2 pitchers of their so famous Margaritas!

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★☆☆☆☆

So, first time I go to this Place... My first thought is Yum... since I moved to Houston I have always wanted to visit this place... So, as we come upstairs we are greeted by this very unprofessional, raggedly staff... we are seated outside, the weather was perfect! But the ambiance was very disappointing (tables were dirty, chairs were everywhere, and well it just didn??t look right)? The waiter that came to attend us seemed to be very nice? as a matter of fact he was very courteous? so our first appetizer arrived; I only have one word YUCK! Their Sonoma spring rolls had a hateful taste? Our second appetizer came and well to have asked for Carne Con Queso I kept wondering where was the ??Carne?? So my companion??s plate arrived he had requested the Tequila Trout Dinner Special? OMG tasteless fish, how can you mess up a fried fish??? The rice was disgusting, and the presentation said it all? My plate arrived I decided to go for simple Tex-Mex Beef Fajitas and well? I swear it tasted like 100% Worcestershire sauce? the Tortillas were RAW and guacamole wasn??t green it was brown ,the rice was so not appetizing, and the beans? I couldn??t find them? So? I kept wondering what was good in this restaurant? As our waiter noticed our discomfort he sent the manager to our table who was kind enough to apologize and remove all the charges from our check? I would NOT try this place again? the only way you can ENJOY this food is after you have drank 2 pitchers of their so famous Margaritas!

Cons: Horrible Food, Horrible customer service...

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Nice to be able to eat outside if the weather is cool enough.

Inconsistent waitstaff-some are horrible-some really care and provide a good experience.

Food is NOT good. I don't think it is prepared here. Maybe it comes frozen or something.

Margaritas are decent, but kinda expensive.

Parking can be a hassle.

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★★☆☆☆

Nice to be able to eat outside if the weather is cool enough.

Inconsistent waitstaff-some are horrible-some really care and provide a good experience.

Food is NOT good. I don't think it is prepared here. Maybe it comes frozen or something.

Margaritas are decent, but kinda expensive.

Parking can be a hassle.

Pros: Good Margaritas

Cons: Bad Food

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Ive gone to Canyon Cafe a dozen times and have always left 100% satisfied. The service is always wonderful and enjoy the rustic and woodsy environment. I love their food, its spicy, zesty and authentic. Their chips and white chocolate after dinner sticks are things I always look forward to when Im there. I like that their food is influenced by a native american flair as well. Their prices are affordable and they give generous portions.

Though, eek, the tuna thing freaked me out, Im so sorry that happened to the reviewer before, yikes.

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★★★★★

Ive gone to Canyon Cafe a dozen times and have always left 100% satisfied. The service is always wonderful and enjoy the rustic and woodsy environment. I love their food, its spicy, zesty and authentic. Their chips and white chocolate after dinner sticks are things I always look forward to when Im there. I like that their food is influenced by a native american flair as well. Their prices are affordable and they give generous portions.

Though, eek, the tuna thing freaked me out, Im so sorry that happened to the reviewer before, yikes.

Pros: great service, the best tortilla chips EVER, and tasty food

Cons: only one in the city

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I had the tuna and it was delicious. About an hour after I left I got nausea and my face and chest were splotchy red. I then started having trouble breathing, so I went to my doctor. Turns out I had scombroid po isoning, AKA histamine poisoing. When certain fish, including tuna, are not kept at under 40 degrees F, they are susceptible to a natural process that makes them dangerous to eat. So basically, someone left this fish out and then cooked it (even cooking fully does not get rid of this). When I called to restaurant to let them know (they should throw away their tuna) the manager said, "Oh yes, I have heard of that before. Someone else got sick not very long ago". I regret not reporting them to Health and Human Services, because other people have probably gotten sick.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had the tuna and it was delicious. About an hour after I left I got nausea and my face and chest were splotchy red. I then started having trouble breathing, so I went to my doctor. Turns out I had scombroid po isoning, AKA histamine poisoing. When certain fish, including tuna, are not kept at under 40 degrees F, they are susceptible to a natural process that makes them dangerous to eat. So basically, someone left this fish out and then cooked it (even cooking fully does not get rid of this). When I called to restaurant to let them know (they should throw away their tuna) the manager said, "Oh yes, I have heard of that before. Someone else got sick not very long ago". I regret not reporting them to Health and Human Services, because other people have probably gotten sick.

Pros: Food was good.

Cons: Dirty

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Intriguing entrance. Warm atmosphere. Exceptional food. Exceptional service. Our waiter (Matthew) provided the best service above and beyond the norm. I was with an out of town guest and was very proud to have your restaurant leave such a favorable impression. Not only will I be back, I will recommend you to as many as I can. Thank you very much.

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★★★★★

Intriguing entrance. Warm atmosphere. Exceptional food. Exceptional service. Our waiter (Matthew) provided the best service above and beyond the norm. I was with an out of town guest and was very proud to have your restaurant leave such a favorable impression. Not only will I be back, I will recommend you to as many as I can. Thank you very much.

Pros: Excellent service, food, atmosphere

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The atmosphere here is interesting, a little less rusticity and a bit more sophistication would make it even better.
Service was fast and friendly, and that might have something to do with the lack of customers and the poor waitstaff that are trying to make rent.
The food and margaritas are disappointing, I was expecting at least mediocre tex-mex and a great margarita. Sadly, the margarita tasted strongly of mass produced "pre-mix", the salsa tasted like it had been sitting out all day, and the food was questionable.

Don't waste your time, skip Canyon Cafe and go straight to Pappasito's.

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★★☆☆☆

The atmosphere here is interesting, a little less rusticity and a bit more sophistication would make it even better.
Service was fast and friendly, and that might have something to do with the lack of customers and the poor waitstaff that are trying to make rent.
The food and margaritas are disappointing, I was expecting at least mediocre tex-mex and a great margarita. Sadly, the margarita tasted strongly of mass produced "pre-mix", the salsa tasted like it had been sitting out all day, and the food was questionable.

Don't waste your time, skip Canyon Cafe and go straight to Pappasito's.

Pros: Fast Service

Cons: Food, Margaritas, Value

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I went there with a co-worker for lunch. We were greeted and seated quickly. Nice, cozy, casual atmosphere. Food was good, but portion sizes are on the small side (co-worker had fajitas and got 5 pieces of meat). Fast, friendly service. Entire lunch only took 30 minutes!

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★★★★☆

I went there with a co-worker for lunch. We were greeted and seated quickly. Nice, cozy, casual atmosphere. Food was good, but portion sizes are on the small side (co-worker had fajitas and got 5 pieces of meat). Fast, friendly service. Entire lunch only took 30 minutes!

Pros: fast, attentive service

Cons: small portions

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We had our son's rehearsal dinner here and they did an outstanding job. Christina, the event planner was very helpful and gave great customer service. Oliver is a great waiter, always ask for him. The room was decorated nicely with their menus printed with their names and date on it. Everyone was having a great time, it was hard for us to get them to go home.
They let us try everything that we wantrd to serve and more. It was hard to make a decision, it was all so good.
A big issue with my husband was that there were enough servers, he did not want people waiting for drinks or dinners and they supplied enough waiters that theyservice was very prompt and courteous
We have returned many times.

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★★★★★

We had our son's rehearsal dinner here and they did an outstanding job. Christina, the event planner was very helpful and gave great customer service. Oliver is a great waiter, always ask for him. The room was decorated nicely with their menus printed with their names and date on it. Everyone was having a great time, it was hard for us to get them to go home.
They let us try everything that we wantrd to serve and more. It was hard to make a decision, it was all so good.
A big issue with my husband was that there were enough servers, he did not want people waiting for drinks or dinners and they supplied enough waiters that theyservice was very prompt and courteous
We have returned many times.

Pros: Great service and food at good prices

Cons: non

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The food is good but we go here to sit on the patio and drink margaritas. I do miss the breadsticks that use to be served.

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★★★★★

The food is good but we go here to sit on the patio and drink margaritas. I do miss the breadsticks that use to be served.

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I've been here a few times now and it's been great everytime. Friendly service, great location right next to the galeria, good food and the margaritas are great! I recommend the Blackened chicken avacado salad. All in all a great experience! One of my new favorite places in Houston.

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★★★★★

I've been here a few times now and it's been great everytime. Friendly service, great location right next to the galeria, good food and the margaritas are great! I recommend the Blackened chicken avacado salad. All in all a great experience! One of my new favorite places in Houston.

Pros: Food, Margaritas, service

Cons: none

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This is an excellent dinner and date spot. The service was nice and the atmosphere was comfortable yet upscale. The chips far exceed any I've ever had at a Mexican food restaurant...a mix of blue and yellow corn chips, apple chips, and a crispy sweet n spicy chip. YUM! It made me excited to open up the menu! The menu was eclectic, but I would have liked to see some more healthier options. The calamari was the BEST I've ever had with the tasty cornmeal coating and spiced up dip. They cooked my tuna exactly to order and that's something that I have found is very hard to come by. The banana taco dessert was good, but I wouldn't get it again. They have an interesting array of margaritas. The 2 I had were GREAT and packed quite a punch! This is a new Galleria area favorite of mine.

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★★★★★

This is an excellent dinner and date spot. The service was nice and the atmosphere was comfortable yet upscale. The chips far exceed any I've ever had at a Mexican food restaurant...a mix of blue and yellow corn chips, apple chips, and a crispy sweet n spicy chip. YUM! It made me excited to open up the menu! The menu was eclectic, but I would have liked to see some more healthier options. The calamari was the BEST I've ever had with the tasty cornmeal coating and spiced up dip. They cooked my tuna exactly to order and that's something that I have found is very hard to come by. The banana taco dessert was good, but I wouldn't get it again. They have an interesting array of margaritas. The 2 I had were GREAT and packed quite a punch! This is a new Galleria area favorite of mine.

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Even though the food is a little different than what you would get at most places (chicken picata? picata I thought meant butter sauce and capers), if you keep an open mind and accept that the cooking style may be different than the other same old places then you would love this food. The food has a light and healthy feel. Not too heavy with tons of sauce or salt that take away the flavor. I am addicted to the Baja shrimp tacos with pumpkin seeds and Cole slaw. Pricing on the average is not super cheap but nowhere near expensive. Nice to large sized portions (not too big) might give you a nice lunch the next day unless you totally pig out (in my case). Did I forget the chips and salsa, or the sweet white chocolate tamale wraps that are complimentary!

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★★★★★

Even though the food is a little different than what you would get at most places (chicken picata? picata I thought meant butter sauce and capers), if you keep an open mind and accept that the cooking style may be different than the other same old places then you would love this food. The food has a light and healthy feel. Not too heavy with tons of sauce or salt that take away the flavor. I am addicted to the Baja shrimp tacos with pumpkin seeds and Cole slaw. Pricing on the average is not super cheap but nowhere near expensive. Nice to large sized portions (not too big) might give you a nice lunch the next day unless you totally pig out (in my case). Did I forget the chips and salsa, or the sweet white chocolate tamale wraps that are complimentary!

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Everything was just average at this place, except for the drinks, which were pretty good. I also wasn't a fan of their seasoned chips. There are alot of places I would go before here. I doubt i'll return.

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★★★☆☆

Everything was just average at this place, except for the drinks, which were pretty good. I also wasn't a fan of their seasoned chips. There are alot of places I would go before here. I doubt i'll return.

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I was very disapointed with Cayon Cafe. The prices were high, the food was bland and the service could be much better. Our entrees came out at different times and the waiter decided that my friend needed a shower so he poured all the water on top of her!!!! what a disaster, i had better expectation since it is located right in front of the galleria. I had always heard good things about this place, or maybe i went in a bad day. there is something i must admit, the decorations are very nice, the restaurant was clean and the batrooms some of the best i've seen.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was very disapointed with Cayon Cafe. The prices were high, the food was bland and the service could be much better. Our entrees came out at different times and the waiter decided that my friend needed a shower so he poured all the water on top of her!!!! what a disaster, i had better expectation since it is located right in front of the galleria. I had always heard good things about this place, or maybe i went in a bad day. there is something i must admit, the decorations are very nice, the restaurant was clean and the batrooms some of the best i've seen.

Pros: clean, classy, nice

Cons: , slow service, too spicy

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I simply love this place! I have introduced several friends to this restaurant, an we have never been disappointed. The top shelf margaritas are potent (limit 2), complimentary appetizers are fabulous (but I do miss the bread sticks w/ chile flavored cream cheese, that stuff was addictive) and always changing. Luckily, the complimentary dessert (if you don't try their divine cheese cake) of white chocolate w/ pecans wrapped up to resemble a tamale is sooo good!~

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★★★★★

I simply love this place! I have introduced several friends to this restaurant, an we have never been disappointed. The top shelf margaritas are potent (limit 2), complimentary appetizers are fabulous (but I do miss the bread sticks w/ chile flavored cream cheese, that stuff was addictive) and always changing. Luckily, the complimentary dessert (if you don't try their divine cheese cake) of white chocolate w/ pecans wrapped up to resemble a tamale is sooo good!~

Pros: Fabulous service, Good parking, Great food

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We went last night and had GREAT food and good service. Southwestern food- not Mexican food. No breadsticks- as mentioned in other reviews- but great assorted tortilla chips, apple chips. There was a cinnamon, sugar. chili powder tortilla chip that was to die for. The salsa was chili powder spiced. I had the Black and Bleu Quesadillas- wonderful. My husband had the Tuna- good- and very good with the addition of my chipotle mayo I had put on the side. We weren't in a margarita mood- so we'll try those next time.

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★★★★★

We went last night and had GREAT food and good service. Southwestern food- not Mexican food. No breadsticks- as mentioned in other reviews- but great assorted tortilla chips, apple chips. There was a cinnamon, sugar. chili powder tortilla chip that was to die for. The salsa was chili powder spiced. I had the Black and Bleu Quesadillas- wonderful. My husband had the Tuna- good- and very good with the addition of my chipotle mayo I had put on the side. We weren't in a margarita mood- so we'll try those next time.

Pros: food, ambience, service

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This is one of the best restaurants in town. I have never had a bad meal here. Relatively quiet, excellent and fun atmosphere, complimentary breadsticks, and absolutely delicious food. I usually get the chicken fried steak which is huge and deliciously flavored with southwestern spices over awesome mashed potatoes. My husband loves the homestyle meatloaf, which is also huge. They have these "banana burritos" drizzled in chocolate and caramel that you must try for dessert. You can't go wrong here.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best restaurants in town. I have never had a bad meal here. Relatively quiet, excellent and fun atmosphere, complimentary breadsticks, and absolutely delicious food. I usually get the chicken fried steak which is huge and deliciously flavored with southwestern spices over awesome mashed potatoes. My husband loves the homestyle meatloaf, which is also huge. They have these "banana burritos" drizzled in chocolate and caramel that you must try for dessert. You can't go wrong here.

Pros: Delicious, Location, Ambience

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my server was brian sinclair. he was a true colorado boy, that knew his stuff! my wife was so taken with him, that she told him that she would take him home for dessert! i was jealous. anyway, the food was good, the service was excellent, and my me cago dessert was delightfull. thanks again,
gary robles

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★★★★★

my server was brian sinclair. he was a true colorado boy, that knew his stuff! my wife was so taken with him, that she told him that she would take him home for dessert! i was jealous. anyway, the food was good, the service was excellent, and my me cago dessert was delightfull. thanks again,
gary robles

Pros: service, food, drinks!

Cons: few women servers

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I love this place. My fiance and I come here often. We both get the chicken fried steak. It comes with a jalapeno cream gravy that is delicious, and their tortilla soup is a must try. I can hardly wait to come here again.

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★★★★★

I love this place. My fiance and I come here often. We both get the chicken fried steak. It comes with a jalapeno cream gravy that is delicious, and their tortilla soup is a must try. I can hardly wait to come here again.

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I love this place. My fiance and I have visited about 4 or 5 times and we both love the Canyon Carne Asada and Hannah's Roasted Chicken with BBQ sauce. My personal favorite though is the pecan crusted Salmon. It is served on a bed of spinach and creamy mashed sweet potatoes...a very unusual but tasty combination. If you eat dessert, try the bunuelos...a crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla served warmed with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce....delicious! You get a lot for your money here.

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★★★★★

I love this place. My fiance and I have visited about 4 or 5 times and we both love the Canyon Carne Asada and Hannah's Roasted Chicken with BBQ sauce. My personal favorite though is the pecan crusted Salmon. It is served on a bed of spinach and creamy mashed sweet potatoes...a very unusual but tasty combination. If you eat dessert, try the bunuelos...a crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla served warmed with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce....delicious! You get a lot for your money here.

Pros: Service, Bunuelos, Value

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We had dinner here early on a Saturday evening and it was so nice to just walk into a restaurant in this busy part of town. Our server was excellent. I wish I could remember his name as I would recommend you ask for him. Try the Santa Fe Stuffed Chicken Breast. Very different and very good. The prices are reasonable and the margaritas are perfect.

2
★★★★★

We had dinner here early on a Saturday evening and it was so nice to just walk into a restaurant in this busy part of town. Our server was excellent. I wish I could remember his name as I would recommend you ask for him. Try the Santa Fe Stuffed Chicken Breast. Very different and very good. The prices are reasonable and the margaritas are perfect.

Pros: Excellent service, Accommodating

Cons: Stairs

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I and my friend Lici went there for lunch on 1/03/03 and I will have to say the service was as lovely as my company (Lici). The breadsticks were great, although the dipping sauce could have used a little punch. We had the Chicken Enchiladas, which are only on the lunch menu, and they were great. If you like trendy upscale eating in a casual enviroment then I would recommend a visit! Plus you get a free white chocolate tamale after you pay your bill. Whoo Hoo
Cheers, Vinny from the Block!

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★★★★★

I and my friend Lici went there for lunch on 1/03/03 and I will have to say the service was as lovely as my company (Lici). The breadsticks were great, although the dipping sauce could have used a little punch. We had the Chicken Enchiladas, which are only on the lunch menu, and they were great. If you like trendy upscale eating in a casual enviroment then I would recommend a visit! Plus you get a free white chocolate tamale after you pay your bill. Whoo Hoo
Cheers, Vinny from the Block!

Pros: Good Service, Presentation, Dessert

Cons: Parking, busy location

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This is one of my favorite restaurants. The bread sticks are delicious, and I would highly recommend the crab cakes. They're the best in town. However, I ordered chicken pasta once, and it was very bland. That's the only thing I've ordered that I didn't love. You also get a complimentary white chocolate tamale for dessert... heavenly.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The bread sticks are delicious, and I would highly recommend the crab cakes. They're the best in town. However, I ordered chicken pasta once, and it was very bland. That's the only thing I've ordered that I didn't love. You also get a complimentary white chocolate tamale for dessert... heavenly.

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A creative and delighting menu, with lots to choose from. The service was excellent. Our party consisted of five people, and two of the orders were wrong, and our waiter was so nice in helping us get our food. The stuffed santa fe chicken is to die for. A must try.

2
★★★★☆

A creative and delighting menu, with lots to choose from. The service was excellent. Our party consisted of five people, and two of the orders were wrong, and our waiter was so nice in helping us get our food. The stuffed santa fe chicken is to die for. A must try.

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The most courteous and professional service I have received at any of Houston's many restaurants. They were accommodating on making changes to the order, and offered alternatives to the menu. The waiter removed our plates at the same time, when we were both finished (which is a practice not used by most restaurants down here). The manager even brought us a gift certificate, as one of the entrees' was a little spicier then expected. This was probably the best dining experience I have had since moving to Houston.

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★★★★★

The most courteous and professional service I have received at any of Houston's many restaurants. They were accommodating on making changes to the order, and offered alternatives to the menu. The waiter removed our plates at the same time, when we were both finished (which is a practice not used by most restaurants down here). The manager even brought us a gift certificate, as one of the entrees' was a little spicier then expected. This was probably the best dining experience I have had since moving to Houston.

Pros: Excellent Service, Good Location

 

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