Hugo's

★★★★☆
  • 1602 Westheimer Rd

    Houston, TX 77006

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  • 713-524-7744

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My wife booked a brunch party of 9 for noon 06JULY2014 for She and I and 7 business associates/ friends at Hugo's restaurant @ 1602 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006. I was medivaced from Iraq in 2008 and retired medically from the

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My wife booked a brunch party of 9 for noon 06JULY2014 for She and I and 7 business associates/ friends at Hugo's restaurant @ 1602 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006. I was medivaced from Iraq in 2008 and retired medically from the

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by far my fav place in houston from when in business trips from europe.. i am never disappointed with a meal here

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by far my fav place in houston from when in business trips from europe.. i am never disappointed with a meal here

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Some of the best upscale Mexican food in the state.
They have been very accommodating to us and even let us order pitchers Don Julio ritas.

My favorites are the chicken taquitos on the appetizer side and the carnitas.

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★★★★★

Some of the best upscale Mexican food in the state.
They have been very accommodating to us and even let us order pitchers Don Julio ritas.

My favorites are the chicken taquitos on the appetizer side and the carnitas.

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Been there once whatsoever but definitely will come back for a lobster taco and a dessert.\r
I can't eat onion which is difficult when you think about Mexican food but waitress was super helpful and she managed to find sth for me which was

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Been there once whatsoever but definitely will come back for a lobster taco and a dessert.\r
I can't eat onion which is difficult when you think about Mexican food but waitress was super helpful and she managed to find sth for me which was

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After living in Mexico for almost 35 years, having traveled extensively in the country, with experience eating at restaurants where only locals go, and having good cooking experience, my friends ask for my opinion about some restaurants.

After requests from some of my friends I decided to go to Hugo's a couple of days ago. Before that I took a quick look at their published menu and saw ingredients used in Mexican food. I did not pay much attention to the plates. I wanted to see which ingredients they used. What I saw was encouraging.

The place is OK. Nothing to write about. We were promptly seated. Once we ordered the food we had to wait, and wait, and wait to be served.

The food is presented in a conventional fashion, not the Mexican style. The entrees were cochinita pibil and cabrito. I had not had cabrito in years, so I got excited about a restaurant serving "real /Mexican food" in Houston.

To say that the flavor was bland is a compliment. The cochinita, piglet plate from Yucatan, and the cabrito, a plate from northern part of Mexico were served in pretty similar plates. Both wrapped in banana leaves. You never do that to the cabrito in Mexico. The cochinita was just edible, but tasteless. Then do not know that there is a condiment called achiote, and do not know anything about the sour oranges or the other ingredients to prepare cochinita.

The cabrito was simply awful. It was something that I could not identify. It was either shredded beef or pork, deep fried, with no flavor at all. Cabrito is a plate that takes hours to prepare and does not use oil. What they brought me, wrapped in banana leaf as well as the Cochinita, was something disgusting.

I was tempted to order some nopales but after looking at the poor quality of the nopales in the cabrito plate I decided not to order the nopales. Also, both paltes, cochinita and cabrito, were served with the same sauce. Something that pretended to improve the taste but was just as bad as the plates.

We decided that maybe the desserts could save the day. No way!. The capirotada was really bread pudding and the chocolate mousse with pepper was bland and poorly done.

The food is not Tex-Mex. It is not Mexican either. A friend described it as really expensive Tex-Mex without the cheddar.

This place is expensive. Extremely expensive for the quality and work involved in what you get. They do not use authentic ingredients and the plates are not Mexican.

In short, save your money and your taste buds. If you want authentic, flavorful Mexican food keep looking. I shall do the same.

Avoid the valet parking. They parked my car really close to other cars. There were only six cars in the lot. I had to keep an eye on the driver so he would not hit my or any of the other cars. And then watch him "fly" for about 30 yards and slam the brakes in front of the restaurant and expect a tip. Enough said.

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★☆☆☆☆

After living in Mexico for almost 35 years, having traveled extensively in the country, with experience eating at restaurants where only locals go, and having good cooking experience, my friends ask for my opinion about some restaurants.

After requests from some of my friends I decided to go to Hugo's a couple of days ago. Before that I took a quick look at their published menu and saw ingredients used in Mexican food. I did not pay much attention to the plates. I wanted to see which ingredients they used. What I saw was encouraging.

The place is OK. Nothing to write about. We were promptly seated. Once we ordered the food we had to wait, and wait, and wait to be served.

The food is presented in a conventional fashion, not the Mexican style. The entrees were cochinita pibil and cabrito. I had not had cabrito in years, so I got excited about a restaurant serving "real /Mexican food" in Houston.

To say that the flavor was bland is a compliment. The cochinita, piglet plate from Yucatan, and the cabrito, a plate from northern part of Mexico were served in pretty similar plates. Both wrapped in banana leaves. You never do that to the cabrito in Mexico. The cochinita was just edible, but tasteless. Then do not know that there is a condiment called achiote, and do not know anything about the sour oranges or the other ingredients to prepare cochinita.

The cabrito was simply awful. It was something that I could not identify. It was either shredded beef or pork, deep fried, with no flavor at all. Cabrito is a plate that takes hours to prepare and does not use oil. What they brought me, wrapped in banana leaf as well as the Cochinita, was something disgusting.

I was tempted to order some nopales but after looking at the poor quality of the nopales in the cabrito plate I decided not to order the nopales. Also, both paltes, cochinita and cabrito, were served with the same sauce. Something that pretended to improve the taste but was just as bad as the plates.

We decided that maybe the desserts could save the day. No way!. The capirotada was really bread pudding and the chocolate mousse with pepper was bland and poorly done.

The food is not Tex-Mex. It is not Mexican either. A friend described it as really expensive Tex-Mex without the cheddar.

This place is expensive. Extremely expensive for the quality and work involved in what you get. They do not use authentic ingredients and the plates are not Mexican.

In short, save your money and your taste buds. If you want authentic, flavorful Mexican food keep looking. I shall do the same.

Avoid the valet parking. They parked my car really close to other cars. There were only six cars in the lot. I had to keep an eye on the driver so he would not hit my or any of the other cars. And then watch him "fly" for about 30 yards and slam the brakes in front of the restaurant and expect a tip. Enough said.

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The man across the table from me was staring into my eyes with the steely resolve that only an abundance of hard years in a hard life can bring. I returned his gaze, trying to instill as much determination into my own. I knew he meant business, but so did I. My jaw clenched, I loaded up; praying to all the gods I knew that he would back down, the clatter of steel against ceramic let me know that I would not be so lucky. The tension and testosterone, so thick in the atmosphere, could almost be seen. The dame in the low cut dress next to us started blabbering incoherent sentences, dames usually are.

"Oh my god! you can see the legs!"

"The faces! Look at the faces! How can you do this?!?!?"

I reached for one of the two guns that I keep on me at all times; one, a .45, I keep it loaded. The other, vodka, it keeps me loaded. The shot of liquid courage hit the back of my throat with the fine caress of a sledgehammer but did nothing to calm my shaking hands. I knew it was now or never. My honor had been called to question, and in my line of work, your honor is all you have. I raised my hands, full with the instrument of death, never taking my eyes off the man mirroring my motion. I brought it my mouth, and for the first time, closed my eyes; it would all be over soon.

I expected the crunchiness, but the nut-like flavour took me by surprise. Across from me I saw my father carefully bring his napkin to his mouth and spit out the crickets, declaring, "I can't do this, I can't get over the texture!". Victory was mine! It was quickly followed by copious amounts of vodka in an unsuccessful attempt to erase the memory from my brain.

The rest of the meal followed in a much less dramatic fashion, my parents and I enjoyed the haute Mexican cuisine that Hugo's offers, but we came away with the impression that the food did not quite command the steep prices they demanded. The drinks were pretty good though, and I thoroughly recommend trying some of the delicious tequilas that are stocked. The Don Eduardo Blanco is amazing in that velvety burn kinda way that only good tequila can deliver. If you're ever tempted to go way outside your comfort zone and try something different, the fried crickets are certainly different.

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★★★☆☆

The man across the table from me was staring into my eyes with the steely resolve that only an abundance of hard years in a hard life can bring. I returned his gaze, trying to instill as much determination into my own. I knew he meant business, but so did I. My jaw clenched, I loaded up; praying to all the gods I knew that he would back down, the clatter of steel against ceramic let me know that I would not be so lucky. The tension and testosterone, so thick in the atmosphere, could almost be seen. The dame in the low cut dress next to us started blabbering incoherent sentences, dames usually are.

"Oh my god! you can see the legs!"

"The faces! Look at the faces! How can you do this?!?!?"

I reached for one of the two guns that I keep on me at all times; one, a .45, I keep it loaded. The other, vodka, it keeps me loaded. The shot of liquid courage hit the back of my throat with the fine caress of a sledgehammer but did nothing to calm my shaking hands. I knew it was now or never. My honor had been called to question, and in my line of work, your honor is all you have. I raised my hands, full with the instrument of death, never taking my eyes off the man mirroring my motion. I brought it my mouth, and for the first time, closed my eyes; it would all be over soon.

I expected the crunchiness, but the nut-like flavour took me by surprise. Across from me I saw my father carefully bring his napkin to his mouth and spit out the crickets, declaring, "I can't do this, I can't get over the texture!". Victory was mine! It was quickly followed by copious amounts of vodka in an unsuccessful attempt to erase the memory from my brain.

The rest of the meal followed in a much less dramatic fashion, my parents and I enjoyed the haute Mexican cuisine that Hugo's offers, but we came away with the impression that the food did not quite command the steep prices they demanded. The drinks were pretty good though, and I thoroughly recommend trying some of the delicious tequilas that are stocked. The Don Eduardo Blanco is amazing in that velvety burn kinda way that only good tequila can deliver. If you're ever tempted to go way outside your comfort zone and try something different, the fried crickets are certainly different.

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If you are looking for tex-mex and want tex-mex prices, don't go to Hugo's. However, if you are looking for excellent service, flavorful regional Mexican dishes, and a superb dining experience, Hugo's just might fit the bill.
The setting is elegant, a large brick building covered in ivy, with looming floor to ceiling windows, and old-world cast iron chandeliers and wrought iron accent throughout. The first time I came here, the space almost felt medieval, but now I find the decor is part of the charm.
Our latest dining experience could be classified as excellent from start to finish. We had mojitos and sangria ($5 during happy hour) at the bar, and ordered a green ceviche. The mojitos were excellent, the sangria fresh and fruity, and the green ceviche was tasty and tangy, just the right starter for the evening. Our bartender was attentive and provided great service even though there wasn't a single empty seat at the bar. An auspicious start to what turned out to be a wonderful culinary journey.
We were seated promptly when our party members arrived and started our meal with one of the entrees. The costillas de cerdo (pork ribs), were abundant (it looked like an entire rack of ribs), flavorful, tender, meaty, and finger licking good (see picture). We polished it off with gusto, looking forward to what lay ahead. Our entrees soon arrived looking very artful in their presentation with mounds of rice shaped like pyramids. The scallops over cornbread-like cake was the best dish of the night - the seasoning and the marriage of flavors a brilliant, winning combination. The shrimp over mole was also very good, my baby pork in banana leaf also very good if not as good as the scallop dish. The desserts were also a revelation - the queso flan (I ordered it with the sauce on the side) was part flan, part cheesecake, light and airy and so-so good. The crepes with caramel sauce a la mode were also perfectly executed as a finishing touch to what could only be classified an excellent meal all around. The meal came out to about $75 per couple before tip. Considering we all had cocktails and 3 courses (shared the appetizers and desserts) this was an excellent value for the quality of the food we sampled. The food IS worth what you pay. And I could not ask for better service of waitstaff that obviously take pride in their restaurant.
People know good food, and if the crowd tonight was anything to go by (the entire restaurant was packed to the hilt on a Friday night), they know they will find it at Hugo's. I certainly did.

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★★★★☆

If you are looking for tex-mex and want tex-mex prices, don't go to Hugo's. However, if you are looking for excellent service, flavorful regional Mexican dishes, and a superb dining experience, Hugo's just might fit the bill.
The setting is elegant, a large brick building covered in ivy, with looming floor to ceiling windows, and old-world cast iron chandeliers and wrought iron accent throughout. The first time I came here, the space almost felt medieval, but now I find the decor is part of the charm.
Our latest dining experience could be classified as excellent from start to finish. We had mojitos and sangria ($5 during happy hour) at the bar, and ordered a green ceviche. The mojitos were excellent, the sangria fresh and fruity, and the green ceviche was tasty and tangy, just the right starter for the evening. Our bartender was attentive and provided great service even though there wasn't a single empty seat at the bar. An auspicious start to what turned out to be a wonderful culinary journey.
We were seated promptly when our party members arrived and started our meal with one of the entrees. The costillas de cerdo (pork ribs), were abundant (it looked like an entire rack of ribs), flavorful, tender, meaty, and finger licking good (see picture). We polished it off with gusto, looking forward to what lay ahead. Our entrees soon arrived looking very artful in their presentation with mounds of rice shaped like pyramids. The scallops over cornbread-like cake was the best dish of the night - the seasoning and the marriage of flavors a brilliant, winning combination. The shrimp over mole was also very good, my baby pork in banana leaf also very good if not as good as the scallop dish. The desserts were also a revelation - the queso flan (I ordered it with the sauce on the side) was part flan, part cheesecake, light and airy and so-so good. The crepes with caramel sauce a la mode were also perfectly executed as a finishing touch to what could only be classified an excellent meal all around. The meal came out to about $75 per couple before tip. Considering we all had cocktails and 3 courses (shared the appetizers and desserts) this was an excellent value for the quality of the food we sampled. The food IS worth what you pay. And I could not ask for better service of waitstaff that obviously take pride in their restaurant.
People know good food, and if the crowd tonight was anything to go by (the entire restaurant was packed to the hilt on a Friday night), they know they will find it at Hugo's. I certainly did.

Pros: Authentic Mexican Cuisine (not tex-mex)

Cons: Valet parking

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Hugos is considered to be Houston finest Haute Mexican restaurant. Honestly, I don't think It lived up to the hype. Yes, it has some pretty good food, and it even has some pretty obscure offerings, such as the fried crickets. But once the novelty wears off, you find that Hugo's isn't really the kind of place you feel comfortable parting with $40 a head of your hard earned cash. Yes, the fajitas are good. Yes, the enchiladas are flavorful and elegant; but no, they're not worth the $20 Hugo's charges for them.

What Hugo's does have that is vastly superior to anything in the city is a great Tequila list. You'll find tequilas that will transform your preconceptions of the drink. These are meant to be sipped not chugged. The velvety burn that only a good tequila can give you is achieved amidst beautiful decorations in a very hip part of town, but does nothing to hide the fact that you feel a little gipped when the time comes to foot the bill.

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★★★☆☆

Hugos is considered to be Houston finest Haute Mexican restaurant. Honestly, I don't think It lived up to the hype. Yes, it has some pretty good food, and it even has some pretty obscure offerings, such as the fried crickets. But once the novelty wears off, you find that Hugo's isn't really the kind of place you feel comfortable parting with $40 a head of your hard earned cash. Yes, the fajitas are good. Yes, the enchiladas are flavorful and elegant; but no, they're not worth the $20 Hugo's charges for them.

What Hugo's does have that is vastly superior to anything in the city is a great Tequila list. You'll find tequilas that will transform your preconceptions of the drink. These are meant to be sipped not chugged. The velvety burn that only a good tequila can give you is achieved amidst beautiful decorations in a very hip part of town, but does nothing to hide the fact that you feel a little gipped when the time comes to foot the bill.

Pros: Obscure offerings, great tequila list

Cons: Overpriced

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DONDE ESTA EL POZOLE Y TACOS A LA HUITLACOCHE EN SU MENU?.NO LO EST, ENTONCES NO ES TAN AUTENTICA COMIDA MEXICANA.LA RACIONES MUY PEQUE?AS.ORDENAMOS TOSTADAS DE POLLO SOLO SIRVIERON 2 ,TAMBIEN GUACAMOLE Y LA PORCI?N EXTREMADAMENTE PEQUE?A .EN RESUMEN : LA COMIDA ES BUENA PEROOOOOOO

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DONDE ESTA EL POZOLE Y TACOS A LA HUITLACOCHE EN SU MENU?.NO LO EST, ENTONCES NO ES TAN AUTENTICA COMIDA MEXICANA.LA RACIONES MUY PEQUE?AS.ORDENAMOS TOSTADAS DE POLLO SOLO SIRVIERON 2 ,TAMBIEN GUACAMOLE Y LA PORCI?N EXTREMADAMENTE PEQUE?A .EN RESUMEN : LA COMIDA ES BUENA PEROOOOOOO

Pros: "NO ES "TAN AUTENTICA" COMIDA MEXICANA

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Had reservations for Sat, 11/7, to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival was told the facility had been rented for a wedding reception and my reservation was invalid. No phone call advising of this, not apology from anyone, not even a "we are sorry" was heard. This was to be our first time to dine here, and certainly was the last. To add insult to injury, when writing a note to them in the comment section of their website, the comment would not be sent because the e-mail address was picked up as being "gibberish" and blocked sending. Beware of people who treat others like this. Spend your dollars with them if your chose to. However, they will see none of my dollars!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Had reservations for Sat, 11/7, to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Upon arrival was told the facility had been rented for a wedding reception and my reservation was invalid. No phone call advising of this, not apology from anyone, not even a "we are sorry" was heard. This was to be our first time to dine here, and certainly was the last. To add insult to injury, when writing a note to them in the comment section of their website, the comment would not be sent because the e-mail address was picked up as being "gibberish" and blocked sending. Beware of people who treat others like this. Spend your dollars with them if your chose to. However, they will see none of my dollars!!!

Pros: Facilities look nice from outside

Cons: Reservations cancelled with no notice

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My family and I went to Hugo's for my brother's birthday and absolutely loved it. The food was authentic and delicious, and the service was great. We went to the bar while we waited for a table and the bartender even came out from behind the bar to take our drink order (we were standing because the bar was full) and made great suggestions. Because I come from a Hispanic background I don't like to pay too much for something my mom can cook at home, but Hugo's was well worth the cost. If you really like wine then you should definitely check it out and be sure to save room for dessert because the menu is awesome!

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★★★★★

My family and I went to Hugo's for my brother's birthday and absolutely loved it. The food was authentic and delicious, and the service was great. We went to the bar while we waited for a table and the bartender even came out from behind the bar to take our drink order (we were standing because the bar was full) and made great suggestions. Because I come from a Hispanic background I don't like to pay too much for something my mom can cook at home, but Hugo's was well worth the cost. If you really like wine then you should definitely check it out and be sure to save room for dessert because the menu is awesome!

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Hugo's, the brunch is the best. it features regional Mexican cuisine at its finest. Starting with Bloody Marias/Mary or a pomegranate mimosa my favorite,and enjoy the live music coming from the upstairs balcony before venturing to the elaborately decorated buffet. It contains an incredible variety of delectable dishes. Start out with a soothing corn soup; then try the sweet corn pudding or the delicious ceviche (another favorite) or the salad de nopales and there's more but you may wish to go straight to the dessert station; ooala! tres leche the best, and a rich, traditional hot chocolate, which, along with churros, is not to be missed.

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★★★★★

Hugo's, the brunch is the best. it features regional Mexican cuisine at its finest. Starting with Bloody Marias/Mary or a pomegranate mimosa my favorite,and enjoy the live music coming from the upstairs balcony before venturing to the elaborately decorated buffet. It contains an incredible variety of delectable dishes. Start out with a soothing corn soup; then try the sweet corn pudding or the delicious ceviche (another favorite) or the salad de nopales and there's more but you may wish to go straight to the dessert station; ooala! tres leche the best, and a rich, traditional hot chocolate, which, along with churros, is not to be missed.

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first class place. wow the food is looks appealing and appetizing. truly creative and artistic. excellent food. you want fine Mexican food got to Hugo's. my wife loves the lamb fajita style and the avocado & mango salad. i like the appetizers tostadas. beef and the sangria is plenty reason to come back.

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first class place. wow the food is looks appealing and appetizing. truly creative and artistic. excellent food. you want fine Mexican food got to Hugo's. my wife loves the lamb fajita style and the avocado & mango salad. i like the appetizers tostadas. beef and the sangria is plenty reason to come back.

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Fantastic authentic upscale Mexican dinning experience. This is NOT Tex-Mex! Enjoy the stuffed beef and homemade mole that is full of delicious flavors. Great place for a first date or dinner with group of friends.

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Fantastic authentic upscale Mexican dinning experience. This is NOT Tex-Mex! Enjoy the stuffed beef and homemade mole that is full of delicious flavors. Great place for a first date or dinner with group of friends.

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First, let me start off by saying that we are food snobs. So, for us to give this restaurant a 5 is truly a compliment indeed. As already stated, this is not tex-mex. We have been traveling to various cities in mexico for the last ten years, so you can trust that we recognize the real deal. We had pan de cazon, sopesitos, baracoa, and fire roasted eggplant puree. All top notch. Margaritas are home made. Also very good. We were there early for dinner, so they were not busy when we arrived. Service was pleasant, but seemed to take a long time for the entrees to arrive. Parking on the street is bad so use the valet. we plan to make the hour drive back on a regular basis.

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First, let me start off by saying that we are food snobs. So, for us to give this restaurant a 5 is truly a compliment indeed. As already stated, this is not tex-mex. We have been traveling to various cities in mexico for the last ten years, so you can trust that we recognize the real deal. We had pan de cazon, sopesitos, baracoa, and fire roasted eggplant puree. All top notch. Margaritas are home made. Also very good. We were there early for dinner, so they were not busy when we arrived. Service was pleasant, but seemed to take a long time for the entrees to arrive. Parking on the street is bad so use the valet. we plan to make the hour drive back on a regular basis.

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Have loved coming here numerous times before for the fantastic flavors and tender meat. Was disappointed this last time, however, due to the obscene noise level. It was so painfully loud, I couldn't wait to leave. It's a shame, because the cocoa is to die for. Also, stick with the margaritas -- the palomas are just too grapefruity (? Needed more lime and tequila) for my taste.

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★★★★☆

Have loved coming here numerous times before for the fantastic flavors and tender meat. Was disappointed this last time, however, due to the obscene noise level. It was so painfully loud, I couldn't wait to leave. It's a shame, because the cocoa is to die for. Also, stick with the margaritas -- the palomas are just too grapefruity (? Needed more lime and tequila) for my taste.

Pros: Flavorful food.

Cons: Huh?

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I was so proud of how impressed my attorney was for my choice of a place to meet for lunch. A lover of Mexican food he was speechless almost until the last bite, claiming to never had had such a savory dish. I explained to him that Authentic Mexican cuisine is beyond comparison to the more common assumption of what is taqueria food or 'tex-mex'. (Although, those types can also be very appetizing.) Hugo's offers spectacular entree selections, consider that these are the creme de la creme - delicacies - from Mexico. We had the exquisite crabcakes and the camarones enchipotlados. The sauce accompanying the succulent shrimp is indescribably delicious. Furthermore, at all levels the service is most friendly and accommodating. This place knows what they're doing! A jewel in the community and the entire Houston. I look forward to returning soon as I wish to try every dish on the menu! Caballeros, los felicito de corazon; Hechenle ganas compadres!

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★★★★★

I was so proud of how impressed my attorney was for my choice of a place to meet for lunch. A lover of Mexican food he was speechless almost until the last bite, claiming to never had had such a savory dish. I explained to him that Authentic Mexican cuisine is beyond comparison to the more common assumption of what is taqueria food or 'tex-mex'. (Although, those types can also be very appetizing.) Hugo's offers spectacular entree selections, consider that these are the creme de la creme - delicacies - from Mexico. We had the exquisite crabcakes and the camarones enchipotlados. The sauce accompanying the succulent shrimp is indescribably delicious. Furthermore, at all levels the service is most friendly and accommodating. This place knows what they're doing! A jewel in the community and the entire Houston. I look forward to returning soon as I wish to try every dish on the menu! Caballeros, los felicito de corazon; Hechenle ganas compadres!

Pros: Impressive Chef talent. Superb service, very pleasant experience. Highly commendable.

Cons: Please do not expect large portions, we are talking quality here!

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I spent the better part of the 90's living and working in Mexico. My wife is Mexican. I am very familiar with mexican food.

This is the MOST AUTHENTIC Mexican food I have had on this side of the border. I have eaten in San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio, and El Paso. Hugo does a great job of combining some of the regional favorites from around the country. This reminds me of leaving Mexico City to spend the weekend in Cuernavaca and being served this at a restaruant in town. The seafood "coctels" are jazzed-up versions of street food in Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. Some of the Gulf seafood can be traced to Vera Cruz and the Yucatan.

No kidding here, folks. This is the real deal. Do yourself a favor and shell out the $25 for brunch and then don't eat all week. Then you'll REALLY get to try a little of everything.

La Fonda San Miguel in Austin, TX is the only other place I've had real Mexican food in the US. What we are used to eating here is really a fusion of border food. You can find some of the dishes like a chimichanga (deep-fried burrito) in Monterrey or Nogales, but not much further south. "Fajitas" doesn't exist in Mexico. It's simply called flank steak or skirt steak and comes as one piece that you put into your own tortilla. Chile con Carne is cowboy/vaquero food and made it's way into the cheese and enchiladas between San Antonio and Laredo. Speaking of cheese, yellow cheese or "cheddar" cheese is sold in Mexican grocery stores but almost never makes it's way into smothering a whole plate of melted tortillas and sauce.

I am not saying one is better or worse. I LOVE Tex-Mex. But if you eat at Hugo's be prepared that it not at all like you will expect if you come from that point of view. Chef Hugo has done an amazing job of procuring local growers to supply him with specialty items found primarily in Mexico. So be prepared. Some of the fare is "fine dining" in Mexico. Some is street food dressed up. ALL OF IT IS AMAZING.

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I spent the better part of the 90's living and working in Mexico. My wife is Mexican. I am very familiar with mexican food.

This is the MOST AUTHENTIC Mexican food I have had on this side of the border. I have eaten in San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio, and El Paso. Hugo does a great job of combining some of the regional favorites from around the country. This reminds me of leaving Mexico City to spend the weekend in Cuernavaca and being served this at a restaruant in town. The seafood "coctels" are jazzed-up versions of street food in Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. Some of the Gulf seafood can be traced to Vera Cruz and the Yucatan.

No kidding here, folks. This is the real deal. Do yourself a favor and shell out the $25 for brunch and then don't eat all week. Then you'll REALLY get to try a little of everything.

La Fonda San Miguel in Austin, TX is the only other place I've had real Mexican food in the US. What we are used to eating here is really a fusion of border food. You can find some of the dishes like a chimichanga (deep-fried burrito) in Monterrey or Nogales, but not much further south. "Fajitas" doesn't exist in Mexico. It's simply called flank steak or skirt steak and comes as one piece that you put into your own tortilla. Chile con Carne is cowboy/vaquero food and made it's way into the cheese and enchiladas between San Antonio and Laredo. Speaking of cheese, yellow cheese or "cheddar" cheese is sold in Mexican grocery stores but almost never makes it's way into smothering a whole plate of melted tortillas and sauce.

I am not saying one is better or worse. I LOVE Tex-Mex. But if you eat at Hugo's be prepared that it not at all like you will expect if you come from that point of view. Chef Hugo has done an amazing job of procuring local growers to supply him with specialty items found primarily in Mexico. So be prepared. Some of the fare is "fine dining" in Mexico. Some is street food dressed up. ALL OF IT IS AMAZING.

Pros: Original/Authentic fare not seen by the average diner unless they travel to Mexico often

Cons: Nada!

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Had lunch there on Sat and shared several small plates. The shrimp and snapper ceviches were well prepared and very fresh. The seafood did not suffer from being marinated too long in the citrus and you could still taste the freshness of the seafood. The lobster taco and shrimp tostadas were fabulous. These dishes certainly are not amongst the more adventurous offerings here but they were very satisfying. Excellent caipirinha cocktails also (not a margarita drinker). I had been to Hugo's a while back and realized this Sat that I had waited much too long to come back.

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★★★★★

Had lunch there on Sat and shared several small plates. The shrimp and snapper ceviches were well prepared and very fresh. The seafood did not suffer from being marinated too long in the citrus and you could still taste the freshness of the seafood. The lobster taco and shrimp tostadas were fabulous. These dishes certainly are not amongst the more adventurous offerings here but they were very satisfying. Excellent caipirinha cocktails also (not a margarita drinker). I had been to Hugo's a while back and realized this Sat that I had waited much too long to come back.

Pros: Freshness of seafood

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Although a bit pricey for Mexican food the value ($27.00) of the sunday brunch is fantastic. Great service, atomsphere and everything we tried was splendid. They have 2 seatings for brunch at 11 and 1. Make reservations; you wont be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Although a bit pricey for Mexican food the value ($27.00) of the sunday brunch is fantastic. Great service, atomsphere and everything we tried was splendid. They have 2 seatings for brunch at 11 and 1. Make reservations; you wont be disappointed.

Pros: Food and atomosphere

Cons: None for the sunday brunch

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We had amazing experience here. I went here for the first time in May, and in addition to the wonderful food, I just have to say we loved our waiter. We were interested in trying different things, and he would push us just to be a little more adventurous. All his recommendations were spot on. My favorite restaurant remains Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, but this is a close second, and is my friend's current number one favorite.

2
★★★★★

We had amazing experience here. I went here for the first time in May, and in addition to the wonderful food, I just have to say we loved our waiter. We were interested in trying different things, and he would push us just to be a little more adventurous. All his recommendations were spot on. My favorite restaurant remains Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, but this is a close second, and is my friend's current number one favorite.

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I liked it. Atmosphere great. Location great. Drinks great. My partner and I eat out at a LOT of restaurants in Houston and we have also dined in large cities all over the country including New York city. I believe I know what I'm talking about when I say this is great Mexican cuisine. I was never seated badly and the wait staff was always attentive. The only con is that the lighting is so low you have to strain to see the menu. I never use valet parking because I don't like other people driving my car, but if you do use it you have to know it won't be free. Come on whiners, get real!

I am concerned about the health inspection thing!!!

2
★★★★☆

I liked it. Atmosphere great. Location great. Drinks great. My partner and I eat out at a LOT of restaurants in Houston and we have also dined in large cities all over the country including New York city. I believe I know what I'm talking about when I say this is great Mexican cuisine. I was never seated badly and the wait staff was always attentive. The only con is that the lighting is so low you have to strain to see the menu. I never use valet parking because I don't like other people driving my car, but if you do use it you have to know it won't be free. Come on whiners, get real!

I am concerned about the health inspection thing!!!

Pros: Atmosphere, location, food

Cons: Poor lighting in dining room

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First of all, DO NOT make online reservations. I had a reservation through open table, brought the print out and everything. The hostess took the print out, and there we stood, waited 20 mins to find out they had no clue they took reservations this way. We waited a total of 45 mins after our reservation time. For the price, the waiter should've been a little more involved, but just did the basics, brought the food, never refilled drinks, never asked about dessert, then left the check. The sad thing is, the food was pretty good, but I can make the food at home without the added attitude and cost.

1
★★☆☆☆

First of all, DO NOT make online reservations. I had a reservation through open table, brought the print out and everything. The hostess took the print out, and there we stood, waited 20 mins to find out they had no clue they took reservations this way. We waited a total of 45 mins after our reservation time. For the price, the waiter should've been a little more involved, but just did the basics, brought the food, never refilled drinks, never asked about dessert, then left the check. The sad thing is, the food was pretty good, but I can make the food at home without the added attitude and cost.

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Terrible service, seems to be an ongoing issue from the people I've talked to

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I have been to Hugo's on several occasions. I paid for the best and found out today I received the worst. Channel 11 News just aired a "dirtiest restaurants in Houston" special and Hugo's was on it for health code violations. Being a former prosecutor for the city and knowing alot about these violations made my stomach turn even more. I cannot believe I trusted them to prepare food that was put into my family members mouths. Simply put, aweful and a hazard to your health.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Hugo's on several occasions. I paid for the best and found out today I received the worst. Channel 11 News just aired a "dirtiest restaurants in Houston" special and Hugo's was on it for health code violations. Being a former prosecutor for the city and knowing alot about these violations made my stomach turn even more. I cannot believe I trusted them to prepare food that was put into my family members mouths. Simply put, aweful and a hazard to your health.

Pros: None

Cons: health code violator

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I was told that my spouse and I would enjoy this place, but from the start with the valet it was awful, then to go in and complain to a female manager who barely spoke English and defends the valet for trying to charge me when there's no sign anywhere that there's a fee to valet!?!? Go figure, needless to say, they should have managers that are a bit more concerned with what the client has to say, and that can communicate readily. I would not go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was told that my spouse and I would enjoy this place, but from the start with the valet it was awful, then to go in and complain to a female manager who barely spoke English and defends the valet for trying to charge me when there's no sign anywhere that there's a fee to valet!?!? Go figure, needless to say, they should have managers that are a bit more concerned with what the client has to say, and that can communicate readily. I would not go back.

Pros: The food.

Cons: The service

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yummy, yummy, yummy! I just ate there last night for my anniversary and it was delicious as usual. The cabrito is the best, the beans are delicious....I don't know how they put so much flavor in them. If you like smokey mescal then you have to try the Oaxacan margarita. Oh, and the hot chocolate is the best I've ever had, and I don't even usually like hot chocolate.

2
★★★★★

yummy, yummy, yummy! I just ate there last night for my anniversary and it was delicious as usual. The cabrito is the best, the beans are delicious....I don't know how they put so much flavor in them. If you like smokey mescal then you have to try the Oaxacan margarita. Oh, and the hot chocolate is the best I've ever had, and I don't even usually like hot chocolate.

Pros: food, ambiance, great service

Cons: not much really

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As a native Houstonian I've grown up loving Mexican food. I love it all: Tex-Mex, Mexican, Cali-Mex (although not Mexican, I even love Spanish tapas). I love the sting and fire of all the different types of chilis and the smooth as silk cheeses. I have been to several taquerias and high-end Mexican fare eateries, alike. I usually have something good to say about every one of them even if I didn't love everything on my plate. Then there's Hugo's. Even if I wanted to, I couldn't find anything to complain about! This has to be the best food, not just Mexican, that I've had. It's squash blossom season. You must go! Get the goat cheese stuffed blossoms. Fabulous, to say the least. The grouper (grilled in a banana leaf) was perfection, as was the habanero sauce on the side. I traded the rice for corn pudding - please, if you try nothing but one thing, get the corn pudding! I will try, most likely in vain, to make my own so I can have this every day. My boyfriend had the in-season soft shelled crab. In our five years, I don't think I've seen him finish that much crab. He looked like he wanted to lick the plate. For dessert we had the churros. Again, I can't say it enough, FABULOUS! What a perfect ending to a perfect dinner! Oh, and the churros came with the best cup of hot chocolate I've ever had. I suggested they make a granita out of it. I hope they do. And the best part of our evening? Tom E., our server. He was so gracious, courteous, and knowledgeable of the whole menu he really made the evening. When you go, and you will, ask for Tom. I don't think I could have as great a time without him. And Tom, if you're reading this, thank you! I will be coming back many times and I hope to see you there every time; consider me your groupie.

2
★★★★★

As a native Houstonian I've grown up loving Mexican food. I love it all: Tex-Mex, Mexican, Cali-Mex (although not Mexican, I even love Spanish tapas). I love the sting and fire of all the different types of chilis and the smooth as silk cheeses. I have been to several taquerias and high-end Mexican fare eateries, alike. I usually have something good to say about every one of them even if I didn't love everything on my plate. Then there's Hugo's. Even if I wanted to, I couldn't find anything to complain about! This has to be the best food, not just Mexican, that I've had. It's squash blossom season. You must go! Get the goat cheese stuffed blossoms. Fabulous, to say the least. The grouper (grilled in a banana leaf) was perfection, as was the habanero sauce on the side. I traded the rice for corn pudding - please, if you try nothing but one thing, get the corn pudding! I will try, most likely in vain, to make my own so I can have this every day. My boyfriend had the in-season soft shelled crab. In our five years, I don't think I've seen him finish that much crab. He looked like he wanted to lick the plate. For dessert we had the churros. Again, I can't say it enough, FABULOUS! What a perfect ending to a perfect dinner! Oh, and the churros came with the best cup of hot chocolate I've ever had. I suggested they make a granita out of it. I hope they do. And the best part of our evening? Tom E., our server. He was so gracious, courteous, and knowledgeable of the whole menu he really made the evening. When you go, and you will, ask for Tom. I don't think I could have as great a time without him. And Tom, if you're reading this, thank you! I will be coming back many times and I hope to see you there every time; consider me your groupie.

Pros: sangrita, ambience, service, friendly

Cons: valet parking only

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OK - so I have been here three times. Every time I have been the hostess has been surly and has managed to find the worst seat in the restaurant (two out of three it was next to the bathrooms), in spite of their being plenty of seats open. The food was bland, and quite frankly lacking in flavor, and the service was abysmall, I had to ask for more water twice, the waiter never did the "check back", and he frankly lied to us telling us that everyone was ordering the grasshoper appetizer (we heard him say that to at least half a dozen other tables, who all reacted the same way: "whatever").

At the risk of being a lone voice, you would have to be insane to like this place. The food: awful. The service: awful. The ambience: awful (unless you like eating next to the bathrooms).

0
★☆☆☆☆

OK - so I have been here three times. Every time I have been the hostess has been surly and has managed to find the worst seat in the restaurant (two out of three it was next to the bathrooms), in spite of their being plenty of seats open. The food was bland, and quite frankly lacking in flavor, and the service was abysmall, I had to ask for more water twice, the waiter never did the "check back", and he frankly lied to us telling us that everyone was ordering the grasshoper appetizer (we heard him say that to at least half a dozen other tables, who all reacted the same way: "whatever").

At the risk of being a lone voice, you would have to be insane to like this place. The food: awful. The service: awful. The ambience: awful (unless you like eating next to the bathrooms).

Pros: great if you're incontinent

Cons: not so good if you like food

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If you want top-notch food, margaritas, service, culture, and ambiance - Hugos is the place for you. From the moment you step in you feel as if you have entered a Mexican hacienda. The Mexican-inspired decor and ambiance delightfully compliment the delicious entrees. To start, you should have a Margarita to cool you off from the Houston heat. For your appetizer choose guacamole and salsa (chips and salsa are not included - this is a tex-mex thing - but order them, they are great) And you must also have the Taquito de Langosta (Lobster Taco) - cooked and seasoned to perfection - it's tenderness and flavor will melt in your mouth! With the wide variety of dishes to choose from, it's hard to decide - but do pick either the daily catch - which you cannot go wrong with - or the Chile Rellenos. I have never been into Chile Rellenos, but this is a MUST-TRY dish! With the sunflower (pipian) sauce draped over the chicken and cheese stuffed bell-pepper, it's just mouth-watering. For dessert - try authentic Mexican hot cocoa and churros with ice-cream. With the scrumptious eats and attentive service (thanks Carlos and Isidiro!) you must try this charming spot!

2
★★★★★

If you want top-notch food, margaritas, service, culture, and ambiance - Hugos is the place for you. From the moment you step in you feel as if you have entered a Mexican hacienda. The Mexican-inspired decor and ambiance delightfully compliment the delicious entrees. To start, you should have a Margarita to cool you off from the Houston heat. For your appetizer choose guacamole and salsa (chips and salsa are not included - this is a tex-mex thing - but order them, they are great) And you must also have the Taquito de Langosta (Lobster Taco) - cooked and seasoned to perfection - it's tenderness and flavor will melt in your mouth! With the wide variety of dishes to choose from, it's hard to decide - but do pick either the daily catch - which you cannot go wrong with - or the Chile Rellenos. I have never been into Chile Rellenos, but this is a MUST-TRY dish! With the sunflower (pipian) sauce draped over the chicken and cheese stuffed bell-pepper, it's just mouth-watering. For dessert - try authentic Mexican hot cocoa and churros with ice-cream. With the scrumptious eats and attentive service (thanks Carlos and Isidiro!) you must try this charming spot!

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Upscale Mexican, full of happening chic people and very good at slinging drinks.
This place has a great menu selection, good location, that ridiculous forced valet parking, and is overall a great spot to try.

2
★★★★☆

Upscale Mexican, full of happening chic people and very good at slinging drinks.
This place has a great menu selection, good location, that ridiculous forced valet parking, and is overall a great spot to try.

Pros: drinks, menu, service

Cons: a bit loud at times

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I really enjoyed Hugo's. The food was excellent and the margaritas were good. I couldn't help but notice that the waiter charged us for guacamole he brought with our chips which we never asked for. Had he asked if we would like some, we likely would have said yes; but we found charging for unordered food a bit deceptive. So, we removed the cost from his tip. Other than that, the restaurant would have gotten two thumbs way up.

2
★★★★☆

I really enjoyed Hugo's. The food was excellent and the margaritas were good. I couldn't help but notice that the waiter charged us for guacamole he brought with our chips which we never asked for. Had he asked if we would like some, we likely would have said yes; but we found charging for unordered food a bit deceptive. So, we removed the cost from his tip. Other than that, the restaurant would have gotten two thumbs way up.

Pros: food, location, atmosphere

Cons: deceptive waiter

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I went to lunch at Hugo's with co-workers to celebrate my birthday recently. I had never heard of Hugo's, but the second I stepped into the restaurant I was completely in love! The Mexican decor, high ceilings, tall windows, great smooth music playing...ALL you could ever want in a classy Mexican restaurant! The food was simply amazing with jaw-dropping presentation. The service was absolute perfection as my party's glasses never reached half empty and the waitress was very helpful in entree selections and knowledge of preparation. The prices are about the medium to high-range but the experience is definitely worth every cent. I now recommend this restaurant to all friends and family. Visit and enjoy!!

2
★★★★★

I went to lunch at Hugo's with co-workers to celebrate my birthday recently. I had never heard of Hugo's, but the second I stepped into the restaurant I was completely in love! The Mexican decor, high ceilings, tall windows, great smooth music playing...ALL you could ever want in a classy Mexican restaurant! The food was simply amazing with jaw-dropping presentation. The service was absolute perfection as my party's glasses never reached half empty and the waitress was very helpful in entree selections and knowledge of preparation. The prices are about the medium to high-range but the experience is definitely worth every cent. I now recommend this restaurant to all friends and family. Visit and enjoy!!

Pros: Valet Parking, Service, Food

Cons: None!

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Like most very popular restaurants, the best time to experience this place is anytime that isn't peak hours, otherwise you might find yourself elbowing your neighbor. If you're entertaining visitors from out-of-town, especially from up north, take them here and show off your Border-State culinary sophistication by ordering a pomegranate margarita and anything with huitlacoche (pronounced weet-la-koh-chey) in it. Huitlacoche is the Mexican version of truffles, utterly delicious, and impossible to find. I think the chefs could stand to spend a little more time visiting tables, but they are delightful people who will indulge an exploratory diner with tastes from Oaxaca, Mexico City and many other places in Mexico that are hard to pronounce. This is an interesting restaurant, in that it attempts haute cuisine in a genre that is normally associate with copious amounts of cheese, sauce and jalapenos, but they make it work. Just don't have too much tequila, or it will ruin your palate for the subtle tastes of dishes like Pumpkin Flower Soup.

2
★★★★★

Like most very popular restaurants, the best time to experience this place is anytime that isn't peak hours, otherwise you might find yourself elbowing your neighbor. If you're entertaining visitors from out-of-town, especially from up north, take them here and show off your Border-State culinary sophistication by ordering a pomegranate margarita and anything with huitlacoche (pronounced weet-la-koh-chey) in it. Huitlacoche is the Mexican version of truffles, utterly delicious, and impossible to find. I think the chefs could stand to spend a little more time visiting tables, but they are delightful people who will indulge an exploratory diner with tastes from Oaxaca, Mexico City and many other places in Mexico that are hard to pronounce. This is an interesting restaurant, in that it attempts haute cuisine in a genre that is normally associate with copious amounts of cheese, sauce and jalapenos, but they make it work. Just don't have too much tequila, or it will ruin your palate for the subtle tastes of dishes like Pumpkin Flower Soup.

Pros: interesting food, good location

Cons: noise during crowded periods

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Four years in Houston. Unless I am out of the country I am at this fanatastic place every week. Every single item on the menu is fantastic. Great value for the money. Fantastic margaritas. The only issue - put the pumpkin seeds back in the peanut mixture. It has been going down over the last two years and finally none were in the little bowl three nights ago. Decor is getting close to needing a redo. Otherwise, despite no reservation, even on busy night, we are always setted promptly and the moles are fantastic. This is my secret from my trainer....

2
★★★★★

Four years in Houston. Unless I am out of the country I am at this fanatastic place every week. Every single item on the menu is fantastic. Great value for the money. Fantastic margaritas. The only issue - put the pumpkin seeds back in the peanut mixture. It has been going down over the last two years and finally none were in the little bowl three nights ago. Decor is getting close to needing a redo. Otherwise, despite no reservation, even on busy night, we are always setted promptly and the moles are fantastic. This is my secret from my trainer....

Pros: Fantasatic food...isn't that what is is really about?

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I left Houston years ago, but every visit to town includes a meal at Hugo's. My wife and I count this among our top 5 favorite restaurants. Unlike many of the posts I see here, I have never had a problem with seating, service or food quality. As someone who travels in Mexico and loves to try their regional cuisine, and as someone who is quite picky about my food quality, I must say this place has never disappointed me.

I do park on the street to avoid the valet service.

For a great meal with Mexican flair, give this a try. If you want lots of chips and queso, go to El Chico.

2
★★★★★

I left Houston years ago, but every visit to town includes a meal at Hugo's. My wife and I count this among our top 5 favorite restaurants. Unlike many of the posts I see here, I have never had a problem with seating, service or food quality. As someone who travels in Mexico and loves to try their regional cuisine, and as someone who is quite picky about my food quality, I must say this place has never disappointed me.

I do park on the street to avoid the valet service.

For a great meal with Mexican flair, give this a try. If you want lots of chips and queso, go to El Chico.

Pros: Food , Service

Cons: Pay Valet, Loud

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I live in The Woodlands and have driven in to Houston twice in the last month, once for lunch and once for dinner. The food, margaritas salsa - fabulous. The service by the staff was great. Large selection of tequilas.

2
★★★★★

I live in The Woodlands and have driven in to Houston twice in the last month, once for lunch and once for dinner. The food, margaritas salsa - fabulous. The service by the staff was great. Large selection of tequilas.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: Parking, Little Pricey

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An upscale Mexican restaurant in an old warehouse. Our server described each dish in detail, showing both enthusuam and knowledge. The drinks, including Margaitas and Mojitas, were well above average. The food was superb -- unusual preparations and ingredients, beautifully presented. In fact, we so enjoyed our dinner, we returned with four other firend three nights later for another dinner. Again, we impressed with the quality and the fair prices.

2
★★★★★

An upscale Mexican restaurant in an old warehouse. Our server described each dish in detail, showing both enthusuam and knowledge. The drinks, including Margaitas and Mojitas, were well above average. The food was superb -- unusual preparations and ingredients, beautifully presented. In fact, we so enjoyed our dinner, we returned with four other firend three nights later for another dinner. Again, we impressed with the quality and the fair prices.

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Hugo's is a great experience - a must visit for a business dinner or a nice evening with family or friends. I've been with a large group and was pleased with the ambience, suggestions by our waiter and the prompt service. Recently, I went back to Hugo's with my family and we were completely blown away by the excellent food and the attentive service throughout our evening. Everything from our appetizers to the desserts and coffee was a culinary delight - both our girls said the quesidillas were best ever. We highly recommend the churros for dessert. A great choice for a special evening out.

2
★★★★★

Hugo's is a great experience - a must visit for a business dinner or a nice evening with family or friends. I've been with a large group and was pleased with the ambience, suggestions by our waiter and the prompt service. Recently, I went back to Hugo's with my family and we were completely blown away by the excellent food and the attentive service throughout our evening. Everything from our appetizers to the desserts and coffee was a culinary delight - both our girls said the quesidillas were best ever. We highly recommend the churros for dessert. A great choice for a special evening out.

Pros: Creative menu, Excellent margaritas, Good parking

Cons: Noisy, Not for young kids

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I was turned on to Hugo's by their sister restaurant Backstreet Cafe. Backstreet is probably my favorite place to dine in Houston, so I figured their involvment here had to be good. This certainly turned out to be true, while the service isn't as caring as Backstreet it was still very nice. The food was outstanding, I tried 3 different Mole sauces during my meal and each one was better than the next. The Mole Poblano was off the charts with this chocolate edge and really complex aroma. The most pleasant surprise was to see a first rate wine list. My date wasn't up for Margarita's as she is a bit of a lightweight, but she loved the Pinot Noir we tried. The atmosphere is really energetic and it there was a lively crowd the night we went. You have to give them high marks for the people watching!

2
★★★★★

I was turned on to Hugo's by their sister restaurant Backstreet Cafe. Backstreet is probably my favorite place to dine in Houston, so I figured their involvment here had to be good. This certainly turned out to be true, while the service isn't as caring as Backstreet it was still very nice. The food was outstanding, I tried 3 different Mole sauces during my meal and each one was better than the next. The Mole Poblano was off the charts with this chocolate edge and really complex aroma. The most pleasant surprise was to see a first rate wine list. My date wasn't up for Margarita's as she is a bit of a lightweight, but she loved the Pinot Noir we tried. The atmosphere is really energetic and it there was a lively crowd the night we went. You have to give them high marks for the people watching!

Pros: Good Parking, Wine List, Unique Food

Cons: Noisy

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although some servings were small, the taste and preparation were excellent...the decor is nice and the atmosphere is relaxed and eclectic...i would definitely try this place again and recommend it to friends.

2
★★★★☆

although some servings were small, the taste and preparation were excellent...the decor is nice and the atmosphere is relaxed and eclectic...i would definitely try this place again and recommend it to friends.

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This place is so good. I've been here twice for brunch and the food and service has been consistent. Yes, it is a little pricey, of course but it's definately worth it.

2
★★★★★

This place is so good. I've been here twice for brunch and the food and service has been consistent. Yes, it is a little pricey, of course but it's definately worth it.

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I just visited Hugo's over the weekend for a nice, after noon lunch with an old friend. The outside patio is private and adorable. You can't even hear the street noise from Westeimer. The service was wonderful! The managers Alfredo and Victor are friendly and knowledgeable. Last, but not least, the food was great. The seasonal menu has many great offerings. Try the fish of the day - it's excellent!

2
★★★★★

I just visited Hugo's over the weekend for a nice, after noon lunch with an old friend. The outside patio is private and adorable. You can't even hear the street noise from Westeimer. The service was wonderful! The managers Alfredo and Victor are friendly and knowledgeable. Last, but not least, the food was great. The seasonal menu has many great offerings. Try the fish of the day - it's excellent!

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The place is esthetically nice but too loud. However, the service is pretty bad. The waiter did not talk to me. He just talked to my boyfriend (explained to him what the specials were, etc.) and never looked at me or asked me! I ordered a margarita and he asked my boyfriend is I wanted it on the rocks! I felt as if I was in the 1500 chauvinist environment!
Food is average.

1
★★★☆☆

The place is esthetically nice but too loud. However, the service is pretty bad. The waiter did not talk to me. He just talked to my boyfriend (explained to him what the specials were, etc.) and never looked at me or asked me! I ordered a margarita and he asked my boyfriend is I wanted it on the rocks! I felt as if I was in the 1500 chauvinist environment!
Food is average.

Pros: close, ambient, parking

Cons: , food, too loud

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Yep, I love Tex-Mex, and I ain't ashamed to admit it. When it's done with care and attention to detail, I defy anyone to find better "comfort food." But don't confuse Tex-Mex with Mexican food. Since I've already stated that I love Tex-Mex, I cannot be accused of snobbery, but with little aside, Tex-Mex and Mexican food are pretty much mutually exclusive. So, ignore the loutish reviews of the "where were the chips and hot sauce?" and "no nachos? No thanks!" stripe and visit Hugo's with an open mind, where said mind will be blown, along with lots of your cash, but so what? Our dining experience was nothing short of magical - can one say that of Casa Ole? No way. But you get chips and hot sauce there.

2
★★★★★

Yep, I love Tex-Mex, and I ain't ashamed to admit it. When it's done with care and attention to detail, I defy anyone to find better "comfort food." But don't confuse Tex-Mex with Mexican food. Since I've already stated that I love Tex-Mex, I cannot be accused of snobbery, but with little aside, Tex-Mex and Mexican food are pretty much mutually exclusive. So, ignore the loutish reviews of the "where were the chips and hot sauce?" and "no nachos? No thanks!" stripe and visit Hugo's with an open mind, where said mind will be blown, along with lots of your cash, but so what? Our dining experience was nothing short of magical - can one say that of Casa Ole? No way. But you get chips and hot sauce there.

Pros: Everything

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The food and margaritas are amazing. We moved from Houston 5 years ago and tried it after some friends recommended it. We contemplated moving back over dinner. I'm glad they don't serve chips and salsa. The menu is too good to get full on that garbage.

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★★★★★

The food and margaritas are amazing. We moved from Houston 5 years ago and tried it after some friends recommended it. We contemplated moving back over dinner. I'm glad they don't serve chips and salsa. The menu is too good to get full on that garbage.

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This is our favorite restaurant in Houston. We've been to Hugo's many times and although our visits are usually spaced quite far apart (we don't live in houston) the manager always remembers us and where our "usual table" is. That helps, of course, but even without that this is the best Mexican food we've had outside of Mexico. It's not your usual tacos and fajitas, but creative, more gourmet cuisine, and it's not tex-mex (we view that as a positive thing!). The margharitas are outstanding. It's not cheap, but it's not really expensive either. They have great live music (not daily). It's a comfortable atmosphere, and the waitstaff is good. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

This is our favorite restaurant in Houston. We've been to Hugo's many times and although our visits are usually spaced quite far apart (we don't live in houston) the manager always remembers us and where our "usual table" is. That helps, of course, but even without that this is the best Mexican food we've had outside of Mexico. It's not your usual tacos and fajitas, but creative, more gourmet cuisine, and it's not tex-mex (we view that as a positive thing!). The margharitas are outstanding. It's not cheap, but it's not really expensive either. They have great live music (not daily). It's a comfortable atmosphere, and the waitstaff is good. Highly recommended!

Pros: good value, great food, valet parking or not

Cons: , can get "busy"

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I am from Mexico City, I love to cook and my family owned one of the best restaurants in Mexico City always ranked on the Top 10 Best restarants in the whole Country for many years..I heard that Hugo's was a great place to eat an authentic mexican..I went there beliving so..but when I saw the kind of food they had I knew it wasn't real authentic like they claim to be! ! I went with another mexican friend of mine, we were both shocked and ofended with this montrosus place! in Mexico we know how to eat and we don't commit such as crimes with food like eating lobster in a taco!! or duck with mole!! all the menu was a sacrilege! a trully ofense to any Mexican! ..you don't have to be an expert for not liking such a food! I cannot believe this place has clientele..

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★☆☆☆☆

I am from Mexico City, I love to cook and my family owned one of the best restaurants in Mexico City always ranked on the Top 10 Best restarants in the whole Country for many years..I heard that Hugo's was a great place to eat an authentic mexican..I went there beliving so..but when I saw the kind of food they had I knew it wasn't real authentic like they claim to be! ! I went with another mexican friend of mine, we were both shocked and ofended with this montrosus place! in Mexico we know how to eat and we don't commit such as crimes with food like eating lobster in a taco!! or duck with mole!! all the menu was a sacrilege! a trully ofense to any Mexican! ..you don't have to be an expert for not liking such a food! I cannot believe this place has clientele..

Cons: , expensive, bad service

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My man and I wanted to try a different restaurant, and we drove by Hugo's all the time. Service was okay, could have been more friendly. It is beautiful inside, but VERY loud. We were seated at a weird bench table that looks at the tables against the window. The waitstaff kept coming and standing next to me to make room for other waitstaff - that was annoying! Food was waaaay below what I expected. Very bland. Would recommend if someone else is paying.

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★★☆☆☆

My man and I wanted to try a different restaurant, and we drove by Hugo's all the time. Service was okay, could have been more friendly. It is beautiful inside, but VERY loud. We were seated at a weird bench table that looks at the tables against the window. The waitstaff kept coming and standing next to me to make room for other waitstaff - that was annoying! Food was waaaay below what I expected. Very bland. Would recommend if someone else is paying.

Pros: decor, prompt seating

Cons: , loud

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I recently visited Yankee Stadium for the first time, and my beloved Astros pitched a no-hitter. Since that magical night, I know now that anything can happen. Hugo's was a similarly exquisite experience. The mere fact that I'm moved to write this is proof that this is some powerful medicine. Why anyone would ever rate this less than a 9 is beyond my comprehension. The food, drink, ambiance, service and overall experience were absolutely fabulous. Easily the best margarita in town. The best ceviche I've ever had. Maybe I'm a hayseed, but I thought the menu was very creative. We were so impressed we asked Hugo to come out to receive our thanks. What a great guy! He couldn't have been more unassuming and accomodating. Do yourself a favor and spend an evening there - you won't regret it.

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★★★★★

I recently visited Yankee Stadium for the first time, and my beloved Astros pitched a no-hitter. Since that magical night, I know now that anything can happen. Hugo's was a similarly exquisite experience. The mere fact that I'm moved to write this is proof that this is some powerful medicine. Why anyone would ever rate this less than a 9 is beyond my comprehension. The food, drink, ambiance, service and overall experience were absolutely fabulous. Easily the best margarita in town. The best ceviche I've ever had. Maybe I'm a hayseed, but I thought the menu was very creative. We were so impressed we asked Hugo to come out to receive our thanks. What a great guy! He couldn't have been more unassuming and accomodating. Do yourself a favor and spend an evening there - you won't regret it.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service

Cons: None

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First off, peanuts are no substitute for chips and salsa. I can appreciate that they are trying to be original, but I missed my mexican food favorites, (i.e. they had crepes but not sopapillas). I had to refill my own water because the service was so slow, though the restaurant was relatively empty. I asked the waiter to make my enchiladas spicy, to which he replied they were already very spicy... they weren't... not even a little. Strangely, I wasn't surprised. The best part of the meal was that my boss was paying. There's too many other great restaurants in this area for you to waste your time on this one, unless you are bored of all of those and want to try something new.

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★★☆☆☆

First off, peanuts are no substitute for chips and salsa. I can appreciate that they are trying to be original, but I missed my mexican food favorites, (i.e. they had crepes but not sopapillas). I had to refill my own water because the service was so slow, though the restaurant was relatively empty. I asked the waiter to make my enchiladas spicy, to which he replied they were already very spicy... they weren't... not even a little. Strangely, I wasn't surprised. The best part of the meal was that my boss was paying. There's too many other great restaurants in this area for you to waste your time on this one, unless you are bored of all of those and want to try something new.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Modest Portions, Overpriced, Poor Service

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Though still a hot spot for Houston's hippest, Hugo's is settling into its stride as one of the city's best restaurants. Chef Hugo Ortega, also co-owner of Backstreet cafe, really shines here with the dishes from his homeland. Milder and…

 

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