Zula Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 705 Main St

    Houston, TX 77002

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  • 713-227-7052

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Let me tell you the food was cold and nasty I'll never come back...\r
Palma de Cera is way better rated one of the top 5 restaurant in Houston woohoo. Best restaurant ever.

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★★★★★

Let me tell you the food was cold and nasty I'll never come back...\r
Palma de Cera is way better rated one of the top 5 restaurant in Houston woohoo. Best restaurant ever.

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Very beautiful decor, but when we came by, the place was full so we asked to make reservations for the next day!! \r
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But, then we found out that they don't make any vegetarian dishes :(\r
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Very beautiful decor, but when we came by, the place was full so we asked to make reservations for the next day!! \r
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But, then we found out that they don't make any vegetarian dishes :(\r
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Lady is a fraud, says she needs promoters, gets you to pay $5 parking to meet her up, tells you to promote for her, never replies on the phone, does not know who is calling her 3 times in a row, totally unprofessional

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★☆☆☆☆

Lady is a fraud, says she needs promoters, gets you to pay $5 parking to meet her up, tells you to promote for her, never replies on the phone, does not know who is calling her 3 times in a row, totally unprofessional

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The food was mediocre, perhaps 2.5 star worthy (out of 5). I ended up ordering the pork chop, which I found well cooked, but the accompanying side dish was over salted.

The most annoying aspect of dinner was our waiter, Tony. He interrupted our conversations, talked down to my friend by calling her "Sweetie" and "Honey", and lacked any remote sense of class. He was pushy about whether or not we wanted to order drinks, but when my friend ordered a mojito, he came back 5 minutes later to tell us they didn't have it available.

I originally wanted to order veal. Tony made a face and said he did not recommend the veal chop because even though they had veal in stock, it was not fresh. If you have poor quality meat, you should get rid of it, NOT tell your customer "Hey we have under-quality produce that I would not recommend you eat."

Last, Zula would not honor a certificate I had from Restaurant[dot]com, claiming they never gave Restaurant[dot]com those rights. However when I called Restaurant[dot]com, they stated all certificates posted have had the approval of the restaurant owner.

I emailed all my grievances to the general manager of Zula (Johnathan V.), and I have copied his response (verbatim and with all its grammar mistakes) below. I believe he should have partially compensated us for our bad experience, not spend over half of his email arguing about the Restaurant[dot]com issue. Obviously either he or Tony is being dishonest, since both [1.] the great quality of food according to the general manager and [2.] the unfresh veal according to Tony cannot both be true.
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Dear Madam:

I was shock reading your email. I also spoke with our server Tony about this matter.

Our POS system were down yesterday and is in the process of getting fix asap.

I can assure you our food are the top grade quality or we don't offer at all to our customers. We never had any item that is not fresh nor at our standard.

As regard to the Restaurantcom We don't know how they have our restaurant on their system. We have never agreed with the $25 gift certificate, we have never done business with them. Therefore, we cannot honor and nor accept any offer from this web site. I would recommended for you to contact them direct if you have paid for this coupon online. I sincerely sorry for this inconvenience.

Again, on behalf of entire staff at Zula and Tony himself, I am so sorry that you were upset especially with the Restaurantcom issue. If there is any thing I could do, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely;

Johnathan V
General Manager

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was mediocre, perhaps 2.5 star worthy (out of 5). I ended up ordering the pork chop, which I found well cooked, but the accompanying side dish was over salted.

The most annoying aspect of dinner was our waiter, Tony. He interrupted our conversations, talked down to my friend by calling her "Sweetie" and "Honey", and lacked any remote sense of class. He was pushy about whether or not we wanted to order drinks, but when my friend ordered a mojito, he came back 5 minutes later to tell us they didn't have it available.

I originally wanted to order veal. Tony made a face and said he did not recommend the veal chop because even though they had veal in stock, it was not fresh. If you have poor quality meat, you should get rid of it, NOT tell your customer "Hey we have under-quality produce that I would not recommend you eat."

Last, Zula would not honor a certificate I had from Restaurant[dot]com, claiming they never gave Restaurant[dot]com those rights. However when I called Restaurant[dot]com, they stated all certificates posted have had the approval of the restaurant owner.

I emailed all my grievances to the general manager of Zula (Johnathan V.), and I have copied his response (verbatim and with all its grammar mistakes) below. I believe he should have partially compensated us for our bad experience, not spend over half of his email arguing about the Restaurant[dot]com issue. Obviously either he or Tony is being dishonest, since both [1.] the great quality of food according to the general manager and [2.] the unfresh veal according to Tony cannot both be true.
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Dear Madam:

I was shock reading your email. I also spoke with our server Tony about this matter.

Our POS system were down yesterday and is in the process of getting fix asap.

I can assure you our food are the top grade quality or we don't offer at all to our customers. We never had any item that is not fresh nor at our standard.

As regard to the Restaurantcom We don't know how they have our restaurant on their system. We have never agreed with the $25 gift certificate, we have never done business with them. Therefore, we cannot honor and nor accept any offer from this web site. I would recommended for you to contact them direct if you have paid for this coupon online. I sincerely sorry for this inconvenience.

Again, on behalf of entire staff at Zula and Tony himself, I am so sorry that you were upset especially with the Restaurantcom issue. If there is any thing I could do, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sincerely;

Johnathan V
General Manager

Pros: Quiet atmosphere

Cons: Obnoxious waiter, incompetent and rude general manager

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We love this place! My husband and I first came here for a restaurant week deal and was truly impressed. It has a great ambiance, excellent servcie and amazing food. The restaurant is dimly lit and has a live music with Jazz and Blues music.
For all the food we got, I love every single dish from the spinach avocado salad , River trout, best Scallops I ever had, to my citrus creme brulee. If you want to impress someone, that is the place to go. Try they Pre-fixe menu for $40 per person. it worth it.

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★★★★★

We love this place! My husband and I first came here for a restaurant week deal and was truly impressed. It has a great ambiance, excellent servcie and amazing food. The restaurant is dimly lit and has a live music with Jazz and Blues music.
For all the food we got, I love every single dish from the spinach avocado salad , River trout, best Scallops I ever had, to my citrus creme brulee. If you want to impress someone, that is the place to go. Try they Pre-fixe menu for $40 per person. it worth it.

Pros: Food, service, ambiance

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We went before a concert. My drink had soap in it (not that big of a deal...really), but the waiter argued with me and told me that I was wrong - even though there were actual suds in it. The shrimp was over-cooked and rubbery. The seafood cocktail app was so spicey it was inedible. The crab cake was decent with a very nice sweet sauce. Overall, if it wasn't as pricey, I wouldn't have been as critical. But, I had 2 drinks (just gin/tonic) and 2 apps for $46...not worth it.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went before a concert. My drink had soap in it (not that big of a deal...really), but the waiter argued with me and told me that I was wrong - even though there were actual suds in it. The shrimp was over-cooked and rubbery. The seafood cocktail app was so spicey it was inedible. The crab cake was decent with a very nice sweet sauce. Overall, if it wasn't as pricey, I wouldn't have been as critical. But, I had 2 drinks (just gin/tonic) and 2 apps for $46...not worth it.

Pros: Bread was good...

Cons: Food was just ok and service was terrible

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My husband and I went here for our anniversary and we were both very disappointed. The food was uninspired and trying to hard to be something grand and failing miserably. I ordered a filet medium well, which did not arrive medium well. It was covered in butter and rather fatty, which just confirmed what I was thinking this is not a good filet cut. I won't be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went here for our anniversary and we were both very disappointed. The food was uninspired and trying to hard to be something grand and failing miserably. I ordered a filet medium well, which did not arrive medium well. It was covered in butter and rather fatty, which just confirmed what I was thinking this is not a good filet cut. I won't be going back.

Pros: Easy to get a reservation

Cons: Food, price, parking

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DO NOT BELIEVE THE GOOD REVIEWS! ITS ALL THE MANAGEMENT.

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★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT BELIEVE THE GOOD REVIEWS! ITS ALL THE MANAGEMENT.

Pros: only nice decor. thats about it

Cons: EVERYTHING!

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Great service, Great steak!

We went to the Zula Restaurant this past Saturday night and had a great time. The service was great, as was the wine list and overall atmosphere. We had a 7:30 reservation and were seated promptly.
My husband had Calamari which he said was very good. I ordered the Lobser ravioli appetizer. It tasted good, We both had the bluecheese salad and rib-eye steaks. The steaks were cooked perfectly and tasted terrific. They were delicious!!
All in all we had a nice time, with great food.

I would definitely recommend Zula Restaurant!

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★★★★★

Great service, Great steak!

We went to the Zula Restaurant this past Saturday night and had a great time. The service was great, as was the wine list and overall atmosphere. We had a 7:30 reservation and were seated promptly.
My husband had Calamari which he said was very good. I ordered the Lobser ravioli appetizer. It tasted good, We both had the bluecheese salad and rib-eye steaks. The steaks were cooked perfectly and tasted terrific. They were delicious!!
All in all we had a nice time, with great food.

I would definitely recommend Zula Restaurant!

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My folks took me here for my birthday after a friend of mine recommended this place to me a billion times. I love steak and found the steak to be on the good side. The potatoes, which were also mentioned were okay. but aside from those two things, the rest of the meal.....WOW. The salad, steak sauce and especially the rasberry bread pudding were without a doubt the best i've ever had. The steak sauce was so good, that i practically smothered my steak in it (we even purchased a bottle for home) the bread pudding was so good, i was licking my fingers after i was done it was so tasty. couple that with some of the best service i've had at a restaurant, and you have a place that will be seeing us again.

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My folks took me here for my birthday after a friend of mine recommended this place to me a billion times. I love steak and found the steak to be on the good side. The potatoes, which were also mentioned were okay. but aside from those two things, the rest of the meal.....WOW. The salad, steak sauce and especially the rasberry bread pudding were without a doubt the best i've ever had. The steak sauce was so good, that i practically smothered my steak in it (we even purchased a bottle for home) the bread pudding was so good, i was licking my fingers after i was done it was so tasty. couple that with some of the best service i've had at a restaurant, and you have a place that will be seeing us again.

Pros: Service, Food, Steak Sauce

Cons: Appetizers are on the average side

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I must say I am very disappointed in Zula Restaurant!

I made reservations for 28 well in advanced of our scheduled December 15, 2008 dinner. Our reservations were for 7PM and most of our staff was there by 7 but some showed at 7:15pm. When finally seated, about 30 minutes later, there was still a wait, no one came and took a drink order or offered water to the guests. Some folks did not get desert because by 10pm they really did not want it at that point. One of the gentleman was celebrating a 40th birthday and I asked them to have a cake with candles on it and they brought out a cupcake with a sparkler. The waiter dropped an entire tray of food and by 10PM half of our guests had still not been served. When some of the entrees did arrive the meat was not cooked to order and the sides were cold. AND there were only three other people in the restaurant! This is EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING!

I emailed and talked with the restaurant manager Julie Vo and was told nothing but lies and they would not work with me at all. I was told our first guest did not arrive until 7:23pm because they have a video. Excuse me, several of those individuals are always prompt and when they say they showed up before 7, I tend to beleive them. Julie also indicated that I Tony, their head waiter asked my boss said the service was fine. I think not Julie. In regards to the cold food I was told that it's hard to get that many dinners our and all be hot. Excuse me, that's the restaurant business. The food wasn't even warm it was COLD! Then Julie tried to blame me stating that I made the decision to have off the menu instead of a set menu but we never talked about having a preset menu.

The most disturbing part is when I called, and I was as pleasant as I can be, she immediately started pointing fingers. If anything dinner should have been free since most did not get theirs and when they did it was horrible! This was a CEO taking out his direct reports and their significant others out for a nice or what should have been nice holiday dinner! Iam horribly embarrassed as I was the one that suggested ZULA.

When folks asks for a recommendation, I immediately tell them where not to go!!! Don't go to ZULA!

I had to give it one star because otherwise I couldn't publish my review but I wouldn't give it any!

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★☆☆☆☆

I must say I am very disappointed in Zula Restaurant!

I made reservations for 28 well in advanced of our scheduled December 15, 2008 dinner. Our reservations were for 7PM and most of our staff was there by 7 but some showed at 7:15pm. When finally seated, about 30 minutes later, there was still a wait, no one came and took a drink order or offered water to the guests. Some folks did not get desert because by 10pm they really did not want it at that point. One of the gentleman was celebrating a 40th birthday and I asked them to have a cake with candles on it and they brought out a cupcake with a sparkler. The waiter dropped an entire tray of food and by 10PM half of our guests had still not been served. When some of the entrees did arrive the meat was not cooked to order and the sides were cold. AND there were only three other people in the restaurant! This is EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING!

I emailed and talked with the restaurant manager Julie Vo and was told nothing but lies and they would not work with me at all. I was told our first guest did not arrive until 7:23pm because they have a video. Excuse me, several of those individuals are always prompt and when they say they showed up before 7, I tend to beleive them. Julie also indicated that I Tony, their head waiter asked my boss said the service was fine. I think not Julie. In regards to the cold food I was told that it's hard to get that many dinners our and all be hot. Excuse me, that's the restaurant business. The food wasn't even warm it was COLD! Then Julie tried to blame me stating that I made the decision to have off the menu instead of a set menu but we never talked about having a preset menu.

The most disturbing part is when I called, and I was as pleasant as I can be, she immediately started pointing fingers. If anything dinner should have been free since most did not get theirs and when they did it was horrible! This was a CEO taking out his direct reports and their significant others out for a nice or what should have been nice holiday dinner! Iam horribly embarrassed as I was the one that suggested ZULA.

When folks asks for a recommendation, I immediately tell them where not to go!!! Don't go to ZULA!

I had to give it one star because otherwise I couldn't publish my review but I wouldn't give it any!

Pros: NONE

Cons: Food, staff, everything

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The restaurant smelled musty. Our food was cold and was not great. We won't be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant smelled musty. Our food was cold and was not great. We won't be going back.

Pros: We had a good waiter

Cons: Lots

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i have never written a restaurant review before but felt compelled to warn other people. this was the worst dining expereince i've ever had. the atmosphere was depressing, waitstaff was clueless, and the food was AWFUL. everything was oversalted and tasted unfresh. i think our waiter and chef were the same at one point. the only other people dining here were high school kids before some special event. this was on a weekend night. i do not know how this place stays open. i think the positive reviews here were planted.

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★☆☆☆☆

i have never written a restaurant review before but felt compelled to warn other people. this was the worst dining expereince i've ever had. the atmosphere was depressing, waitstaff was clueless, and the food was AWFUL. everything was oversalted and tasted unfresh. i think our waiter and chef were the same at one point. the only other people dining here were high school kids before some special event. this was on a weekend night. i do not know how this place stays open. i think the positive reviews here were planted.

Pros: nothing whatsoever

Cons: too many to name

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Food was so terrible! I will never EVER return to this place. I wonder about the chef here! Don't go there for food. You will regret it so much!! Everyone on the table had a terrible dish! I regret that I paid for the food! I'm extremely surprised to see that this place got a good review! This restaurant needs to reconsider their chef!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was so terrible! I will never EVER return to this place. I wonder about the chef here! Don't go there for food. You will regret it so much!! Everyone on the table had a terrible dish! I regret that I paid for the food! I'm extremely surprised to see that this place got a good review! This restaurant needs to reconsider their chef!!!

Pros: nice interior

Cons: everything else...salty food, service...yuk!

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i have never been treated so rudely in my life!! my prom gorup and i went to zula's for prom dinner which is suppossed to be one of the best nights of your life. first of all we had reseved a private room but when we got there they forgot to set it up. then they told us that they would not split our check for a group of 22.. the wouldnt even split it in half. when we made the reservations we were told that we would not have a set menu but when we got there a set menu was on the table... after speaking to the OWNER about theses mistakes we were told we could order anything off the set menu and only be charged for what we ordered (the full set menu price was $40 and not the whole group wanted to pay that)... no one ever took our drink orders they assumed we wouldall be happy with water.. when the food finally came each half of the table got their food at different times(one side would be eating salads while the other would have their main course)... then we were handed a check for around $600 and we were fine with that we all paid our part...then over half an hour later the manager gave us a new check for over $700 dollars... we were outragged and asked them to honor the first check but they refused... the manager then got mad at us for asking him to honor the first check and walked away from us, locked the doors, and treatened to call the police if we didnt sit down... i have never been so disrespected in my life... i ended up paying $60 for a piece of chicken they charged us over the set menu price... one girl in the group only ordered mac n cheese and french fries and she paid $40... even those of us who did order dessert never got it...

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★☆☆☆☆

i have never been treated so rudely in my life!! my prom gorup and i went to zula's for prom dinner which is suppossed to be one of the best nights of your life. first of all we had reseved a private room but when we got there they forgot to set it up. then they told us that they would not split our check for a group of 22.. the wouldnt even split it in half. when we made the reservations we were told that we would not have a set menu but when we got there a set menu was on the table... after speaking to the OWNER about theses mistakes we were told we could order anything off the set menu and only be charged for what we ordered (the full set menu price was $40 and not the whole group wanted to pay that)... no one ever took our drink orders they assumed we wouldall be happy with water.. when the food finally came each half of the table got their food at different times(one side would be eating salads while the other would have their main course)... then we were handed a check for around $600 and we were fine with that we all paid our part...then over half an hour later the manager gave us a new check for over $700 dollars... we were outragged and asked them to honor the first check but they refused... the manager then got mad at us for asking him to honor the first check and walked away from us, locked the doors, and treatened to call the police if we didnt sit down... i have never been so disrespected in my life... i ended up paying $60 for a piece of chicken they charged us over the set menu price... one girl in the group only ordered mac n cheese and french fries and she paid $40... even those of us who did order dessert never got it...

Pros: none

Cons: never go here

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My friends and I decided to try some place new to eat and celebrate my birthday . I checked out some of the reviews on citysearch and found Zula. The same evening, we decided to try it, instead of our usual spots. I am so glad we did! It was a group of 19 and the restaurant did a fabulous job w/the drinks& food! All of my friends really enjoyed waht they ordered & the service was great. I chose this place b/c of the reviews ( both possitive and negative) it got on Citysearch, but the great help & service over the phone won me over! They were very accomodating & it was totally no hassle. I HIGHLY recommend Zula .

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★★★★★

My friends and I decided to try some place new to eat and celebrate my birthday . I checked out some of the reviews on citysearch and found Zula. The same evening, we decided to try it, instead of our usual spots. I am so glad we did! It was a group of 19 and the restaurant did a fabulous job w/the drinks& food! All of my friends really enjoyed waht they ordered & the service was great. I chose this place b/c of the reviews ( both possitive and negative) it got on Citysearch, but the great help & service over the phone won me over! They were very accomodating & it was totally no hassle. I HIGHLY recommend Zula .

Pros: Reasonably priced. Good food, amp; service

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First of all we made reservations for Valentine's day my fiancee and I, it was $80.00 per person, which we were will to pay for great food and service. Service when we arrived was horrible, we were sat at our table and left there for 15 min without at least someone taking our drink order or something. Finally they came and took the drink order i ordered a Apple Martini, they came back with something that taste like lemonade???? I told him i'm not sure what that is, but it's not a apple martini, no alcohol at all. The waiter said okay i will get you another one i'm sorry, this time i will have the bartender make it. I'm thinking hmmmm.....did the bartender not make that last one??? He comes back and it's pretty much undrinkable from too much alcohol like the bar tender was trying to be smart or something. We did that one more time and i finally just gave up on the drink. Next we're still waiting our food it's been about 30min since we ordered and people who came in after us had already gotten their first course ( it was a 4 course meal). He decides to just bring our first and second out together because they forgot to bring out our salad. Worse service. And to top it off the food was horrible as well. I would never recommend this place to anyone i know. Waste of money.

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all we made reservations for Valentine's day my fiancee and I, it was $80.00 per person, which we were will to pay for great food and service. Service when we arrived was horrible, we were sat at our table and left there for 15 min without at least someone taking our drink order or something. Finally they came and took the drink order i ordered a Apple Martini, they came back with something that taste like lemonade???? I told him i'm not sure what that is, but it's not a apple martini, no alcohol at all. The waiter said okay i will get you another one i'm sorry, this time i will have the bartender make it. I'm thinking hmmmm.....did the bartender not make that last one??? He comes back and it's pretty much undrinkable from too much alcohol like the bar tender was trying to be smart or something. We did that one more time and i finally just gave up on the drink. Next we're still waiting our food it's been about 30min since we ordered and people who came in after us had already gotten their first course ( it was a 4 course meal). He decides to just bring our first and second out together because they forgot to bring out our salad. Worse service. And to top it off the food was horrible as well. I would never recommend this place to anyone i know. Waste of money.

Pros: The restaurant is really decorated nicely

Cons: The staff has horrible customer service and the food is not worth the money

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My wife and I recently made the transition from Los Angeles to Houston. Our first two nights, before moving into our new place. were spent in a nearby midtown hotel. Our second night, after much needed rest, was to be an " out of town night/exploration" of the area. The hotel conciege ( a very cool, gracious and down to earth young woman) insisted on Zula Restaurant. The food was VERY good ( my wife used, "Rocked") The ambiance reminded my wife IMMEDIATELY of places she use to frequent in Vegas... I shared the same sentiment, but from a different coastal perspective. It was our second night in town and that sealed it for us. Food (10) Service (10) Ambiance (10) Can't wait to come back

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★★★★★

My wife and I recently made the transition from Los Angeles to Houston. Our first two nights, before moving into our new place. were spent in a nearby midtown hotel. Our second night, after much needed rest, was to be an " out of town night/exploration" of the area. The hotel conciege ( a very cool, gracious and down to earth young woman) insisted on Zula Restaurant. The food was VERY good ( my wife used, "Rocked") The ambiance reminded my wife IMMEDIATELY of places she use to frequent in Vegas... I shared the same sentiment, but from a different coastal perspective. It was our second night in town and that sealed it for us. Food (10) Service (10) Ambiance (10) Can't wait to come back

Pros: All Good, Food, ambiance, Service

Cons: Nothing to complaint about

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Classy place in Houston

I recently dined here with my family and I was very impressed by the food, ambience, and service. The menu was very impressive with many choices from seafood to steaks. I had the grilled shrimp pasta for a starter and it was great. Overall this is a very nice restaurant and i would recommend it to anyone from a group, to a couple or family with kids.

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Classy place in Houston

I recently dined here with my family and I was very impressed by the food, ambience, and service. The menu was very impressive with many choices from seafood to steaks. I had the grilled shrimp pasta for a starter and it was great. Overall this is a very nice restaurant and i would recommend it to anyone from a group, to a couple or family with kids.

Pros: Classy Restaurant/ Clean and good Food

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I have been to Zula restaurant twice this year already and everytime go there , we have a such a wonderful time and make us come back again. The food, service and vibes are excellent and different from all other downtown or midtown restaurants. I dont know why people left hungry? dont know why people said the rest rooms were dirty, it was fine to us at the time, Well, Zula is not an one plate dish fills you up place. it is more like a fine dining restaurant you go there to order appetizer, main and dessert plus cocktail and wine. so I dont you to expecting to go there to get an over potions one meal south style dish and sprit the dish with friend. We love to go there for Thursday 1/2 price wine deal night! They got a great wine selection too.

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★★★★★

I have been to Zula restaurant twice this year already and everytime go there , we have a such a wonderful time and make us come back again. The food, service and vibes are excellent and different from all other downtown or midtown restaurants. I dont know why people left hungry? dont know why people said the rest rooms were dirty, it was fine to us at the time, Well, Zula is not an one plate dish fills you up place. it is more like a fine dining restaurant you go there to order appetizer, main and dessert plus cocktail and wine. so I dont you to expecting to go there to get an over potions one meal south style dish and sprit the dish with friend. We love to go there for Thursday 1/2 price wine deal night! They got a great wine selection too.

Pros: Clean and Outstanding Food and service,

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Amazing Service and delish Seafood!

I recently met friends for some dinner and drinks at Zula Restaurant after work for happy hour and had a wonderful experience. Our waiter was really helpful on what to order since we'd never been so I tried the Salmon Ravioli and Wedge Salad. The food was so fresh and delish!! The atmosphere is idyllic for a nice post-work cocktail to relax-I felt like I was on a little getaway! I would highly recommend this spot if you enjoy a nice service, great food, great drinks and a beautiful atmosphere. This is my new fave spot!

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Amazing Service and delish Seafood!

I recently met friends for some dinner and drinks at Zula Restaurant after work for happy hour and had a wonderful experience. Our waiter was really helpful on what to order since we'd never been so I tried the Salmon Ravioli and Wedge Salad. The food was so fresh and delish!! The atmosphere is idyllic for a nice post-work cocktail to relax-I felt like I was on a little getaway! I would highly recommend this spot if you enjoy a nice service, great food, great drinks and a beautiful atmosphere. This is my new fave spot!

Pros: Great Restaurant for a Large Crowd, not to mention Amazing food!

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i went out with my friends over the weekend to this place, i didnt have a very good experience. originally the waiter that was waiting me was VERY RUDE! my friends are I were just talking amongst ourselves and we were getting loud because we'd been drinking and the waiter so rudely comes to us and says "baby your too loud" as if he'd asked us to keep it down a few times before. We called for the manager and had the waiter switched, the manager was awesome. the food however was not, i ordered the flattened chicken it was supposed to have cheese on it but you could tell it was valvetta for almost a 20$ meal without drinks i'd have better gotten real cheese...the only decent at this place is the manager and cheesecake but for 7$ your better off at cheesecake factory its a dollar less and doesnt taste like it came from the forzen isle at walmart

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★★☆☆☆

i went out with my friends over the weekend to this place, i didnt have a very good experience. originally the waiter that was waiting me was VERY RUDE! my friends are I were just talking amongst ourselves and we were getting loud because we'd been drinking and the waiter so rudely comes to us and says "baby your too loud" as if he'd asked us to keep it down a few times before. We called for the manager and had the waiter switched, the manager was awesome. the food however was not, i ordered the flattened chicken it was supposed to have cheese on it but you could tell it was valvetta for almost a 20$ meal without drinks i'd have better gotten real cheese...the only decent at this place is the manager and cheesecake but for 7$ your better off at cheesecake factory its a dollar less and doesnt taste like it came from the forzen isle at walmart

Pros: the manager (mike), very trendy interior

Cons: food, original waiter

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My girlfriend and I decided to go to Zula for Valentines day, and it was bad from the beginning. We arrived for our 7:30 reservation and the hostess did not welcome us or walk us to our table, she only said "you can go sit at a table upstairs." The menus was a special menu for the night, but was only printed on a cheap black and white printer. It took us 20 minutes to even flag down the waiter, and when we did he was not polite and seemed as though he did not want to serve us. He did not even introduce himself to us or tell us his name. The courses were rushed through, they did not wait for us to finish our salad before they brought out the appetizer. The food was ok, but not close to the $100 they were charging. They were out of the dessert that I wanted, but instead of letting me know and offering me another choice, they brought me out the other dessert option with now apology. As a previous reviewer stated the restrooms were disgusting. A 20% gratuity was included so we could not alter the tip for the terrible service we received. Then to end the night I was going to complain to the manager on the way out, but there was not anybody there to thank us for coming as we were leaving. This was hands down my worst restaurant experience ever. I will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I decided to go to Zula for Valentines day, and it was bad from the beginning. We arrived for our 7:30 reservation and the hostess did not welcome us or walk us to our table, she only said "you can go sit at a table upstairs." The menus was a special menu for the night, but was only printed on a cheap black and white printer. It took us 20 minutes to even flag down the waiter, and when we did he was not polite and seemed as though he did not want to serve us. He did not even introduce himself to us or tell us his name. The courses were rushed through, they did not wait for us to finish our salad before they brought out the appetizer. The food was ok, but not close to the $100 they were charging. They were out of the dessert that I wanted, but instead of letting me know and offering me another choice, they brought me out the other dessert option with now apology. As a previous reviewer stated the restrooms were disgusting. A 20% gratuity was included so we could not alter the tip for the terrible service we received. Then to end the night I was going to complain to the manager on the way out, but there was not anybody there to thank us for coming as we were leaving. This was hands down my worst restaurant experience ever. I will not be returning.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Below average food for the price, terrible service, rude staff, dirty

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My husband, several friends and I went to Zula one Friday evening before attending a performance in the Theater District; we were looking forward to the food after reading the mostly great reviews on Citysearch and checking out the restaurant's website. My husband and I, together and apart, have lived/worked in various major U.S. cities and overseas, and we both agree that Houston overall has wonderful restaurants with great quality and value. Without exaggeration, the food at Zula is by far the worst that we have had in Houston.

The service was acceptable (however we were the only seated table besides another table of customers at 7 o'clock on a Friday night) and the ambience/decor is reminiscent of 80's Las Vegas, but the food was simply unacceptable. The Boulevard Sashimi consisted of fair-grade sashimi tuna wrapped in nori, accompanied by a red-chili sauce that was cloyingly sweet. The Seafood Martini consisted of 5 rubbery-hard, overcooked shrimp thrown in some pureed stewed tomatoes with garlic salt and some sugar thrown in, accompanied by a few slivers of some sort of white fish. I had the Salmon filet, described to have been citrus-marinated and served with hollandaise; this dish had no hint of flavor, citrus or otherwise, and the hollandaise tasted like a simple amalgam of flour, water, and salt. My husband had the chili-rubbed Porkchop, ordered medium; it arrived very well-done, bone-dry and tasteless with a rub that had just a hint of chemical heat but no flavor. A friend had the ginger and wasabi tuna filet, again totally devoid of flavor...have you noticed a trend here?

Boiled-down description of our Zula experience: overcooked and flavorless. With all the wonderful reviews of Zula, I'm beginning to question their authenticity.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband, several friends and I went to Zula one Friday evening before attending a performance in the Theater District; we were looking forward to the food after reading the mostly great reviews on Citysearch and checking out the restaurant's website. My husband and I, together and apart, have lived/worked in various major U.S. cities and overseas, and we both agree that Houston overall has wonderful restaurants with great quality and value. Without exaggeration, the food at Zula is by far the worst that we have had in Houston.

The service was acceptable (however we were the only seated table besides another table of customers at 7 o'clock on a Friday night) and the ambience/decor is reminiscent of 80's Las Vegas, but the food was simply unacceptable. The Boulevard Sashimi consisted of fair-grade sashimi tuna wrapped in nori, accompanied by a red-chili sauce that was cloyingly sweet. The Seafood Martini consisted of 5 rubbery-hard, overcooked shrimp thrown in some pureed stewed tomatoes with garlic salt and some sugar thrown in, accompanied by a few slivers of some sort of white fish. I had the Salmon filet, described to have been citrus-marinated and served with hollandaise; this dish had no hint of flavor, citrus or otherwise, and the hollandaise tasted like a simple amalgam of flour, water, and salt. My husband had the chili-rubbed Porkchop, ordered medium; it arrived very well-done, bone-dry and tasteless with a rub that had just a hint of chemical heat but no flavor. A friend had the ginger and wasabi tuna filet, again totally devoid of flavor...have you noticed a trend here?

Boiled-down description of our Zula experience: overcooked and flavorless. With all the wonderful reviews of Zula, I'm beginning to question their authenticity.

Pros: Relatively quiet for downtown restaurant on a Friday night (which may be a con)

Cons: The food

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my wife and I celebrated our anniversary dinner at zula's on 1-11-09. Excellent wedge and ceasar salads.My wife ordered the salmon which she liked, and I ordered the flattened chicken. Chicken tasted a little dry, but I easily fixed by adding lemon juice on top. Atmosphere, decor ,and service was fantastic. We will return!!!

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★★★★☆

my wife and I celebrated our anniversary dinner at zula's on 1-11-09. Excellent wedge and ceasar salads.My wife ordered the salmon which she liked, and I ordered the flattened chicken. Chicken tasted a little dry, but I easily fixed by adding lemon juice on top. Atmosphere, decor ,and service was fantastic. We will return!!!

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My suggestion to the Manager when he asked how the food was; ?Fire Your Chef Immediately? The food had no flavor at all. I have eaten at places like The Mocking Bird, Brenner?s on the Bayou. Now these places are Five Star Restaurants with food to die for.

Zula really should learn to cook with spices and use fresh food. I was sick all night long after trying to eat at this place. Mind you I only ate a few pieces of my pork chop. This place was not good at all. The bread they served at the beginning was so tasty it was the best bread I have eaten. I thought it was a taste of what was to come; except Zula dropped the ball when it came to the main course. The food was uneatable and my guest and I left felling disgusted by what was trying to be passed off as a five star.

For those of you giving this place a five star you either work there or you have never truly eaten at a five star restaurant. No Taste, Gross Food and management didn?t seem to care. Enough said!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My suggestion to the Manager when he asked how the food was; ?Fire Your Chef Immediately? The food had no flavor at all. I have eaten at places like The Mocking Bird, Brenner?s on the Bayou. Now these places are Five Star Restaurants with food to die for.

Zula really should learn to cook with spices and use fresh food. I was sick all night long after trying to eat at this place. Mind you I only ate a few pieces of my pork chop. This place was not good at all. The bread they served at the beginning was so tasty it was the best bread I have eaten. I thought it was a taste of what was to come; except Zula dropped the ball when it came to the main course. The food was uneatable and my guest and I left felling disgusted by what was trying to be passed off as a five star.

For those of you giving this place a five star you either work there or you have never truly eaten at a five star restaurant. No Taste, Gross Food and management didn?t seem to care. Enough said!

Pros: passing up this place

Cons: Food and bad Managment

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The waiters were wonderful here but every other detail was very poorly managed. Our meal there was a group event and it was the worst experience we've had in almost 15 years. Fortunately we have a great group of people and still managed to have a nice evening. Our reservations (made months ahead) were confused with those of another group. The group coordinator was completely disorganized, unprofessional and unresponsive to inquiries. She never conveyed important details like pre-selected menu selections or headcount to the waiters and they had to scramble to make up for her lack of attention to details. The restaurant was filthy throughout (everything including bathrooms and water pouring out of the ceiling) and the food was simply awful~ not fresh.

We've eaten at Mark's and Quattro in Houston (both exquisite) and Zula is not in the same category~ not even in the same universe. Can't drag us back there even for free food. I'm really tolerant because I have waited tables but this was just beyond anything reasonable. Ugh!

0
★☆☆☆☆

The waiters were wonderful here but every other detail was very poorly managed. Our meal there was a group event and it was the worst experience we've had in almost 15 years. Fortunately we have a great group of people and still managed to have a nice evening. Our reservations (made months ahead) were confused with those of another group. The group coordinator was completely disorganized, unprofessional and unresponsive to inquiries. She never conveyed important details like pre-selected menu selections or headcount to the waiters and they had to scramble to make up for her lack of attention to details. The restaurant was filthy throughout (everything including bathrooms and water pouring out of the ceiling) and the food was simply awful~ not fresh.

We've eaten at Mark's and Quattro in Houston (both exquisite) and Zula is not in the same category~ not even in the same universe. Can't drag us back there even for free food. I'm really tolerant because I have waited tables but this was just beyond anything reasonable. Ugh!

Pros: Great waiters! Really worked hard to please us.

Cons: Awful food, group coordinator awful, filthy restuarant

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Zula Rest. For me and my guest give this restaurant thumbs down. The food was terrible. The Trout they served was water logged and had no flavor AT ALL. My friend ate some of it but left over half her fish because she did not like the taste she tried to give it some taste with salt but nothing helped it. I had the pork chop and it had no flavor as well. The sauce they use for the topping was disgusting to say the least and the rice they served with it had no seasoning either it was like eating a piece of paper. I took two bites of my food and that was it. Yes it tasted that bad. My husband had the steak and he was unhappy with his meal as well. He said the gravy like stuff they poured over the steak did not taste good, he did not finish is meal. One of the guests I brought ordered pasta (which was over cooked and clumped together) but she said the grilled shrimp they served with it was good. 4 guest and all four walked away disappointed. Management did not seem to concerned when I mentioned the food tasted bad. Yes the restaurant decor was nice it seems they are shooting to be a ?fine dinning restaurant? and I have eaten at some very nice places were the food melts in your mouth. This place is far from it and there are not many items to choose from on the menu either. Save your self some money and time because this place was nice but we went for the food and the food was in fact disgusting.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Zula Rest. For me and my guest give this restaurant thumbs down. The food was terrible. The Trout they served was water logged and had no flavor AT ALL. My friend ate some of it but left over half her fish because she did not like the taste she tried to give it some taste with salt but nothing helped it. I had the pork chop and it had no flavor as well. The sauce they use for the topping was disgusting to say the least and the rice they served with it had no seasoning either it was like eating a piece of paper. I took two bites of my food and that was it. Yes it tasted that bad. My husband had the steak and he was unhappy with his meal as well. He said the gravy like stuff they poured over the steak did not taste good, he did not finish is meal. One of the guests I brought ordered pasta (which was over cooked and clumped together) but she said the grilled shrimp they served with it was good. 4 guest and all four walked away disappointed. Management did not seem to concerned when I mentioned the food tasted bad. Yes the restaurant decor was nice it seems they are shooting to be a ?fine dinning restaurant? and I have eaten at some very nice places were the food melts in your mouth. This place is far from it and there are not many items to choose from on the menu either. Save your self some money and time because this place was nice but we went for the food and the food was in fact disgusting.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food

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We finally tried this restaurant this past weekend, and were glad we did. The space is beautiful and the food was amazing. We sat upstairs which is very nice as its like a little mini lounge in itself. We started off with the Calamari and Crab cake which are some of the best I've had . For entrees, I had the River Trout and my husband had the Rib eye, both of which were delicious! We'll definitely be back !!!

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★★★★★

We finally tried this restaurant this past weekend, and were glad we did. The space is beautiful and the food was amazing. We sat upstairs which is very nice as its like a little mini lounge in itself. We started off with the Calamari and Crab cake which are some of the best I've had . For entrees, I had the River Trout and my husband had the Rib eye, both of which were delicious! We'll definitely be back !!!

Pros: Food , Service,

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I am a restaurant owner from California, I dont get the negative reviews on hosts in general. They have the most thankless job in the restaurant. If customers are not sat at once or offered a free drink, a big comp they are HOSTITLE. People get a GRIP they are juggleing several things at once, Restaurants have to deal with the guests that are seated, the guests that are arriving and flow of the entire place. Zula is a big place and I have seen the owner do the best juggling act in the business. People are late and have NO reguard for the next guests. If you went to the hair dresser or a beauty salon and you were 30 minutes late they would send you home, why restaurants dont practice this is just plain silly. We accomodate thats our business. Zula is a great place , a beautiful restaurant . The food is wonderful , the room exciting , the service excellent. People need to be more positive , it just seems we all look for the negative , if its not the host, then its the servers, if its not the servers then its the bartenders , if its, you get the point, for some people its always something. To those people STAY HOME and make yourselfs MISERABLE. Dine out and have fun. ENJOY. Zula is one of the BEST place in Downtown of Houston.

2
★★★★★

I am a restaurant owner from California, I dont get the negative reviews on hosts in general. They have the most thankless job in the restaurant. If customers are not sat at once or offered a free drink, a big comp they are HOSTITLE. People get a GRIP they are juggleing several things at once, Restaurants have to deal with the guests that are seated, the guests that are arriving and flow of the entire place. Zula is a big place and I have seen the owner do the best juggling act in the business. People are late and have NO reguard for the next guests. If you went to the hair dresser or a beauty salon and you were 30 minutes late they would send you home, why restaurants dont practice this is just plain silly. We accomodate thats our business. Zula is a great place , a beautiful restaurant . The food is wonderful , the room exciting , the service excellent. People need to be more positive , it just seems we all look for the negative , if its not the host, then its the servers, if its not the servers then its the bartenders , if its, you get the point, for some people its always something. To those people STAY HOME and make yourselfs MISERABLE. Dine out and have fun. ENJOY. Zula is one of the BEST place in Downtown of Houston.

Pros: Beautiful place, Excellent food, Amazing service

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I rarely ever feel compelled to review a restaurant on this site. Zula was horrific. We walked in on a Monday night, and stood at the host stand for 10 minutes before anyone even came to the front. Two guys went into the bar, and didn't even come over to welcome us. Finally, a manager came out to seat us with the three other tables of people there. We ordered salads, which came out in 10 minutes. The main dishes, however, took another 45. And this was after everyone else in the restaurant had left, and we were the only ones who had not been served (8:00 pm , by the way). We had to ask the manager what was going on, and poof, our food came out.

The weirdest part of the experience happened when one person ordered the flattened chicken. 45 minutes after the order, the waiter came out and said "the chef wanted me to let you know that we sold out of chicken." So, he ordered something else - again, 45 minutes after the original order. Then, another 5 minutes later, the waiter comes back out and says "oh, the chef wanted me to let you know that he got some more chicken, he just needs to cut it." Not only did this not make any sense, but it scared everybody as to where this chicken came from. When asked what the hell was going on, the waiter said, "we have a new chef, I don't know what's wrong with him."

After this nightmare, they offered us a free dessert, which we politely declined. No food was comped, and manager never came over to apologize or explain what happened.

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★☆☆☆☆

I rarely ever feel compelled to review a restaurant on this site. Zula was horrific. We walked in on a Monday night, and stood at the host stand for 10 minutes before anyone even came to the front. Two guys went into the bar, and didn't even come over to welcome us. Finally, a manager came out to seat us with the three other tables of people there. We ordered salads, which came out in 10 minutes. The main dishes, however, took another 45. And this was after everyone else in the restaurant had left, and we were the only ones who had not been served (8:00 pm , by the way). We had to ask the manager what was going on, and poof, our food came out.

The weirdest part of the experience happened when one person ordered the flattened chicken. 45 minutes after the order, the waiter came out and said "the chef wanted me to let you know that we sold out of chicken." So, he ordered something else - again, 45 minutes after the original order. Then, another 5 minutes later, the waiter comes back out and says "oh, the chef wanted me to let you know that he got some more chicken, he just needs to cut it." Not only did this not make any sense, but it scared everybody as to where this chicken came from. When asked what the hell was going on, the waiter said, "we have a new chef, I don't know what's wrong with him."

After this nightmare, they offered us a free dessert, which we politely declined. No food was comped, and manager never came over to apologize or explain what happened.

Pros: n/a

Cons: strange atmosphere, slow service, extremely slow food preparation, no attention to customers

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Had dinner here with a group of friends and loved it! We think this is a great place to dine, as well as party. What an awesome " Restaurant-that turns-into a Night club" if that is even a word?! The place is amazing! We were delighfully suprised by the delicious food and cocktails they had. We stayed throughout the night and partied way as the restaurant turned into a lounge. You have to try this place!!! if you are looking for a great time and amazing food, this is the place to be.

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★★★★★

Had dinner here with a group of friends and loved it! We think this is a great place to dine, as well as party. What an awesome " Restaurant-that turns-into a Night club" if that is even a word?! The place is amazing! We were delighfully suprised by the delicious food and cocktails they had. We stayed throughout the night and partied way as the restaurant turned into a lounge. You have to try this place!!! if you are looking for a great time and amazing food, this is the place to be.

Pros: Nice atmosphere and Food!! Great service , Clean

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I set up a lunch for 15 people to celebrate the completion of a project. First, we were there 2.5hrs for lunch and we had a reservation for when they opened at 11:30. Apparently, the kitchen decided that we were not worth the trouble as the other two groups got their food in a timely manner and had no issues (they were also larger groups and didn't send any food back, one group got there right before we walked in the door and were out before us.) We should have known it was going to be bad when the hostess turned to another worker and said they didn't have enough menus for us, we waited at least 15 minutes just to see the menu. We had to send two entrees back- one steak was ordered medium well and came back rare, when it was brought back out it was more like medium rare, but it was eaten since we had waited so long. The other meal was supposed to be a veggie burger, which came out as a buger with veggies, when we sent it back, we got a plate of veggies, that was sent back a second time and we asked for some pasta and sauce with the veggies with no mushrooms and add peas, we had no peas lots of mushrooms. The salmon was undercooked but people lived with it. My water glass was filled once the entire time, I snagged the extra water next to me as I was really thirsty. My dish was like licking a salt block, I won't need any salt for the rest of the month. When we finally asked for the check and the manager we were told the manager wasn't in. Two phone calls to the manager later, and the only thing they would do is take off our drinks- the tea and coke that about 9 people had ordered!!!! Several people went to the bathroom and said they were disgusting, like a typical club restroom. Apparently they make money by selling alcohol, so at night people get smashed and then they don't care what the food tastes like, if they ever get it. Moral of the story is don't bother unless you want to waste your time and money, or would like to help the kitchen staff cook your food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I set up a lunch for 15 people to celebrate the completion of a project. First, we were there 2.5hrs for lunch and we had a reservation for when they opened at 11:30. Apparently, the kitchen decided that we were not worth the trouble as the other two groups got their food in a timely manner and had no issues (they were also larger groups and didn't send any food back, one group got there right before we walked in the door and were out before us.) We should have known it was going to be bad when the hostess turned to another worker and said they didn't have enough menus for us, we waited at least 15 minutes just to see the menu. We had to send two entrees back- one steak was ordered medium well and came back rare, when it was brought back out it was more like medium rare, but it was eaten since we had waited so long. The other meal was supposed to be a veggie burger, which came out as a buger with veggies, when we sent it back, we got a plate of veggies, that was sent back a second time and we asked for some pasta and sauce with the veggies with no mushrooms and add peas, we had no peas lots of mushrooms. The salmon was undercooked but people lived with it. My water glass was filled once the entire time, I snagged the extra water next to me as I was really thirsty. My dish was like licking a salt block, I won't need any salt for the rest of the month. When we finally asked for the check and the manager we were told the manager wasn't in. Two phone calls to the manager later, and the only thing they would do is take off our drinks- the tea and coke that about 9 people had ordered!!!! Several people went to the bathroom and said they were disgusting, like a typical club restroom. Apparently they make money by selling alcohol, so at night people get smashed and then they don't care what the food tastes like, if they ever get it. Moral of the story is don't bother unless you want to waste your time and money, or would like to help the kitchen staff cook your food.

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Do not go to this restaurant. The food is inedible, and the restaurant is dirty. I ordered the tuna, but it was way overdone and tasted very fishy. I could barely eat it. As far as the atmosphere goes, the decorations were quite tacky and worn down. There weren't that many people dining there (even though it was a weekend night), and the other people who were eating there looked like they were going to the prom. There was also no valet at the restaurant, which is highly inconvenient since it is located downtown. Don't even get me started about the filthy restrooms. If they don't even bother to keep the restrooms clean, then I don't even want to imagine the kitchen conditions. I have no idea why this restaurant is rated the way it is. Maybe it has changed management and/or chefs. It is WAY past its prime. To summarize this restaurant in one word: depressing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Do not go to this restaurant. The food is inedible, and the restaurant is dirty. I ordered the tuna, but it was way overdone and tasted very fishy. I could barely eat it. As far as the atmosphere goes, the decorations were quite tacky and worn down. There weren't that many people dining there (even though it was a weekend night), and the other people who were eating there looked like they were going to the prom. There was also no valet at the restaurant, which is highly inconvenient since it is located downtown. Don't even get me started about the filthy restrooms. If they don't even bother to keep the restrooms clean, then I don't even want to imagine the kitchen conditions. I have no idea why this restaurant is rated the way it is. Maybe it has changed management and/or chefs. It is WAY past its prime. To summarize this restaurant in one word: depressing.

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything about the place

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Here's the scoop. The chef that got this restaurant those rave articles that attracted you to this place is LONG GONE. Who is left?

Apparently, someone who does not know how to cook a medium rare steak. First it was overcooked, then rare - with a cold center. To be fair, about 1/4th of the steak was cooked a bit for those who likes variety in a single filet minon. The asparagus is cooked in too hot heat so the center is raw and the outside stringy. Undercooked risotto. The crab meat is good for those who prefer pieces of shell in them. The Caeser's salad has the wrong lettuce and the wrong dressing. I've had better Caeser's salad at a hospital cafeteria. Some parts of the eating experience was okay. Bread has great seasoning if you don't mind that part of it is stale. Mashed potatoes where okay. The cook (cook, NOT CHEF) can cook the seafood at least. The crab cake is good, especially with the sauce that comes with it. The shrimp was... cooked. And the tilapia was even tasty if you ignore everything else that comes with it. If you are expecting to titillate your tastebuds into an org9sm, this is the wrong place to go.

If you have to try this place for yourself, NEVER order the specials. They cost almost twice as much as the most expensive thing on the menu. At least try the hideous food for less.

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★☆☆☆☆

Here's the scoop. The chef that got this restaurant those rave articles that attracted you to this place is LONG GONE. Who is left?

Apparently, someone who does not know how to cook a medium rare steak. First it was overcooked, then rare - with a cold center. To be fair, about 1/4th of the steak was cooked a bit for those who likes variety in a single filet minon. The asparagus is cooked in too hot heat so the center is raw and the outside stringy. Undercooked risotto. The crab meat is good for those who prefer pieces of shell in them. The Caeser's salad has the wrong lettuce and the wrong dressing. I've had better Caeser's salad at a hospital cafeteria. Some parts of the eating experience was okay. Bread has great seasoning if you don't mind that part of it is stale. Mashed potatoes where okay. The cook (cook, NOT CHEF) can cook the seafood at least. The crab cake is good, especially with the sauce that comes with it. The shrimp was... cooked. And the tilapia was even tasty if you ignore everything else that comes with it. If you are expecting to titillate your tastebuds into an org9sm, this is the wrong place to go.

If you have to try this place for yourself, NEVER order the specials. They cost almost twice as much as the most expensive thing on the menu. At least try the hideous food for less.

Pros: Service is very attentive when there is no one else in the restaurant.

Cons: Hideous food. Bad music.

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ZULA is THE place to go for steaks. We've done Ruths ( too expensive ,average steaks, small side dishes) Mortons ( great steaks, expensive, noisy ambience, dull side dishes) and Donovans( WAY too suffy) This place is ( like goldilocks said) " just right". The steaks are perfectly prepared, Asparagus must be grown specially for this restaurant because its aways crisp and very tasty, especially with the fabulous bernaise sauce. I'm allergic to seafood but my dinning companion often orders the Fish of the day and she say it's awesome. Zula has great wines to accompany any of their dishes. Their desserts, if and when you have room for them, are spectacular. FIVE stars every time!!!

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★★★★★

ZULA is THE place to go for steaks. We've done Ruths ( too expensive ,average steaks, small side dishes) Mortons ( great steaks, expensive, noisy ambience, dull side dishes) and Donovans( WAY too suffy) This place is ( like goldilocks said) " just right". The steaks are perfectly prepared, Asparagus must be grown specially for this restaurant because its aways crisp and very tasty, especially with the fabulous bernaise sauce. I'm allergic to seafood but my dinning companion often orders the Fish of the day and she say it's awesome. Zula has great wines to accompany any of their dishes. Their desserts, if and when you have room for them, are spectacular. FIVE stars every time!!!

Pros: Steaks, fish , wines, ambience

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After reading some of the earlier reviews , I was a little worried our anniversary dinner wouldn't be so great. BUT we were surprised . Our server, I think his name was George , was very attentive yet did was not over bearing. He asked us questions about what kind of wine we like, he listended and brough us a bottle we absolutely loved. Service was superb, right down to the plate presentation. My husband works in the industry and I am a veteren, so we know when we get good service and this was a definite. Food was delicious. Interesting flavor combinations. Some of the reviews said this place was not in good shape, absolutely not. Would go back and recommend to others.

2
★★★★★

After reading some of the earlier reviews , I was a little worried our anniversary dinner wouldn't be so great. BUT we were surprised . Our server, I think his name was George , was very attentive yet did was not over bearing. He asked us questions about what kind of wine we like, he listended and brough us a bottle we absolutely loved. Service was superb, right down to the plate presentation. My husband works in the industry and I am a veteren, so we know when we get good service and this was a definite. Food was delicious. Interesting flavor combinations. Some of the reviews said this place was not in good shape, absolutely not. Would go back and recommend to others.

Pros: Food was Delicious and Service was superb.

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I have to say I was a bit skeptical after reading most recent reviews online. I didnot know if we were in for a great meal or a noisy night of pertention. After reading the menu I was really worried- some of the ingredients sounded good but they were combined in such a way that I wouldnt normally choose any of the items. The food proved me wrong. Two things stand out: Our Rib-eye steak was incredibly tender , the service was superb , my wife main course was also awesome. Over all, the food was outstanding.

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★★★★★

I have to say I was a bit skeptical after reading most recent reviews online. I didnot know if we were in for a great meal or a noisy night of pertention. After reading the menu I was really worried- some of the ingredients sounded good but they were combined in such a way that I wouldnt normally choose any of the items. The food proved me wrong. Two things stand out: Our Rib-eye steak was incredibly tender , the service was superb , my wife main course was also awesome. Over all, the food was outstanding.

Pros: Food , Service

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We went on a Thursday night before the theater and we were the only diners in the place. Waiter served wine with cork in it. We got our appetizers/salads fairly quickly and then it was another 45 minutes before our entrees. We think the chef went upstairs to take a nap! We finally got our entrees with 10 minutes to spare. Guess you know what kind of tip he got. The weird thing is the food was really good. BUT the bathrooms were filthy and smelled of that sickeningly sweet stuff they spray to cover the real smell. The fabric on the banquet was old and worn out. All in all not a good experience. AND the music was so loud we had to yell at the waiter to get him to turn it down. And then he couldn't even figure out how. So sad.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went on a Thursday night before the theater and we were the only diners in the place. Waiter served wine with cork in it. We got our appetizers/salads fairly quickly and then it was another 45 minutes before our entrees. We think the chef went upstairs to take a nap! We finally got our entrees with 10 minutes to spare. Guess you know what kind of tip he got. The weird thing is the food was really good. BUT the bathrooms were filthy and smelled of that sickeningly sweet stuff they spray to cover the real smell. The fabric on the banquet was old and worn out. All in all not a good experience. AND the music was so loud we had to yell at the waiter to get him to turn it down. And then he couldn't even figure out how. So sad.

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I had been to this restaurant many times in the past and it had always been a great experience. However, I went there with two friends before the theatre last week and it was a big disappointment. I always liked the funky decor of the restaurant, but it now looks worn and tired. The bathrooms were also not in good shape and unkempt. The music was so loud that we couldn't hear each other and we had to ask to have it turned down. There was no one else in the restaurant and the service was very slow and not attentive. We had to hurry to finish our meal before the theater because it took so long to get our entrees. Once the food arrived it was actually pretty good, however, the rest of the experience ruined the evening and I will never go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

I had been to this restaurant many times in the past and it had always been a great experience. However, I went there with two friends before the theatre last week and it was a big disappointment. I always liked the funky decor of the restaurant, but it now looks worn and tired. The bathrooms were also not in good shape and unkempt. The music was so loud that we couldn't hear each other and we had to ask to have it turned down. There was no one else in the restaurant and the service was very slow and not attentive. We had to hurry to finish our meal before the theater because it took so long to get our entrees. Once the food arrived it was actually pretty good, however, the rest of the experience ruined the evening and I will never go back.

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I visited Zula with a friend after reading about it on both CitySearch and OpenTable. Upon arrival, we were taken upstairs to what looked like a storage area turned dining area for the evening. (We were told that the entire bottom floor had been rented out for a party.) Our table was so off balance that we were concerned it was going to fall off of the center leg, and after showing our waiter, he immediately "created" another table for us. It was so dark, that we could barely see our menus and ended up using the light from our cell phones to see them. It smelled very musky! The carpet was stained. Our waiter changed twice during our meal. The first one did not have a clue as to how to serve wine. He came to the table with the bottle, popped the cork, stuffed it in his pocket, poured a huge glass for my male friend, and then another huge glass for me, sat down the bottle at the opposite end of the table, and took off. We spent the rest of the meal filling our own glasses - as he never returned to do it for us. The only thing I can speak positively of was the food. It wasn't impressive per say, but it was good. To summarize, I was very disappointed and embarrassed. (It was my turn to pick a restaurant and I thought I had it in the bag) I was wrong. I'm sure Zula had their heyday at some point, but the present time isn't it.

1
★★☆☆☆

I visited Zula with a friend after reading about it on both CitySearch and OpenTable. Upon arrival, we were taken upstairs to what looked like a storage area turned dining area for the evening. (We were told that the entire bottom floor had been rented out for a party.) Our table was so off balance that we were concerned it was going to fall off of the center leg, and after showing our waiter, he immediately "created" another table for us. It was so dark, that we could barely see our menus and ended up using the light from our cell phones to see them. It smelled very musky! The carpet was stained. Our waiter changed twice during our meal. The first one did not have a clue as to how to serve wine. He came to the table with the bottle, popped the cork, stuffed it in his pocket, poured a huge glass for my male friend, and then another huge glass for me, sat down the bottle at the opposite end of the table, and took off. We spent the rest of the meal filling our own glasses - as he never returned to do it for us. The only thing I can speak positively of was the food. It wasn't impressive per say, but it was good. To summarize, I was very disappointed and embarrassed. (It was my turn to pick a restaurant and I thought I had it in the bag) I was wrong. I'm sure Zula had their heyday at some point, but the present time isn't it.

Pros: The food was ok

Cons: No valet at 7pm that evening, parking is across the street in a pay as you go lot

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My date and I went to Zula before an 8pm show at theater. We had a nice dinner
( salmon and steak from the menu) and a pleasant bottle of wine . Food was excellent, service was good , attentive and not intrusive. The waitstaff was well coordinated. I mentioned to my date that we would try a particular wine, and within a few minutes our waiter returned with three bottles to choose from. We were finished by 7:40 and on our way to the Theater. We will be back soon, many more.

2
★★★★★

My date and I went to Zula before an 8pm show at theater. We had a nice dinner
( salmon and steak from the menu) and a pleasant bottle of wine . Food was excellent, service was good , attentive and not intrusive. The waitstaff was well coordinated. I mentioned to my date that we would try a particular wine, and within a few minutes our waiter returned with three bottles to choose from. We were finished by 7:40 and on our way to the Theater. We will be back soon, many more.

Pros: good food, good service

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Restaurant that hosts dancing and good music on Friday and Saturday ( 10pm to 2am) Two good size wooden dance floors. Great choice for a date or a party of friends to hang out after dinner . Salsa Latin Night on Wednesday with door cover $10. 21+. Thursday Comedy dinner show , Friday and saturday night -One of Houston's most dynamic Night club .

2
★★★★★

Restaurant that hosts dancing and good music on Friday and Saturday ( 10pm to 2am) Two good size wooden dance floors. Great choice for a date or a party of friends to hang out after dinner . Salsa Latin Night on Wednesday with door cover $10. 21+. Thursday Comedy dinner show , Friday and saturday night -One of Houston's most dynamic Night club .

Pros: good music , relaxing and friendly atmosphere

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A really horrible experience. We were told there was a strict dress code and then when we arrived, people were in shorts and t shirts. The service was bad. There was only one (very unprofessional) waiter for the entire first floor. The food was bad, tasted like poor meat and cold. There was no wine list and when I asked what wines they had by the glass I had only one choice for a red wine (and it wasn't even good).

0
★☆☆☆☆

A really horrible experience. We were told there was a strict dress code and then when we arrived, people were in shorts and t shirts. The service was bad. There was only one (very unprofessional) waiter for the entire first floor. The food was bad, tasted like poor meat and cold. There was no wine list and when I asked what wines they had by the glass I had only one choice for a red wine (and it wasn't even good).

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Most recently I dined at ZULA prior to attending a concert. Simply put, ZULA is a reliable restaurant---consistantly good food, beautiful ambience, friendly and helpful service. The restaurant is moderately and fairly priced and especially so in comparison to other restaurants in the same category of dining. My friends and I have dined at this gem of a restaurant many times over the years ( I've twice dined at ZULA in the past two weeks) and we have always enjoyed our experience when dining there, without fail. Without hint of hesitation I highly recommend ZULA.

2
★★★★★

Most recently I dined at ZULA prior to attending a concert. Simply put, ZULA is a reliable restaurant---consistantly good food, beautiful ambience, friendly and helpful service. The restaurant is moderately and fairly priced and especially so in comparison to other restaurants in the same category of dining. My friends and I have dined at this gem of a restaurant many times over the years ( I've twice dined at ZULA in the past two weeks) and we have always enjoyed our experience when dining there, without fail. Without hint of hesitation I highly recommend ZULA.

Pros: Very good food, reliable and beautiful ambience

Cons: none

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Read the most recent review and Zula did not let me down! Seated promptly. The server covered each menu item with a description exceeding the well prepared menu. Every item peaked both our interest and our appetite. The steaks prepared and seasoned to perfection! I enjoy steaks rare and it had a nice charcoaled crust and a cool pink interior . Yes-one of the finest steaks that I have ever had in houston or anywhere for that matter. Our meal for 6 people was over $300 with the elegant wine-well worth the experience! and yes-The best steak in Downtown Houston! Thank you Zula!

2
★★★★★

Read the most recent review and Zula did not let me down! Seated promptly. The server covered each menu item with a description exceeding the well prepared menu. Every item peaked both our interest and our appetite. The steaks prepared and seasoned to perfection! I enjoy steaks rare and it had a nice charcoaled crust and a cool pink interior . Yes-one of the finest steaks that I have ever had in houston or anywhere for that matter. Our meal for 6 people was over $300 with the elegant wine-well worth the experience! and yes-The best steak in Downtown Houston! Thank you Zula!

Pros: superb service, great cuisine, wonderful wine, ambiance and perfect steaks and wonderful waitstaff.

Cons: should have free valet for dinners

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The pictures of this place are misleading. Although they are of the inside of the restaurant, you may be surprised to find that the inside looks like the gaming floor at casino royale. I found this depressing, especially in the daytime. Here's the good news: the food is decent. But it's not great. People keep praising the steak. The one I had was on the lower side of middling. This is probably not worth trying.

1
★★☆☆☆

The pictures of this place are misleading. Although they are of the inside of the restaurant, you may be surprised to find that the inside looks like the gaming floor at casino royale. I found this depressing, especially in the daytime. Here's the good news: the food is decent. But it's not great. People keep praising the steak. The one I had was on the lower side of middling. This is probably not worth trying.

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My husband and I ate here July 26th, 2008. We were worried at first because at 7PM. the restaurant was only about half full downstairs ( there was a private party upstairs) and its located in Downtown of Houston. My husband wanted some red wine ( a glass) and they only had merlot and cab to offer. The cab was no good, and the merlot was warm. Our waiter did let us try both first, then went off to chill the open bottle merlot and came back in a few minutes to offer a fresh, cool, bottle from their cellar. I ordered peppita crusted red fish taht was wonderful. my husband ordered their filet with blue cheese. The manager came when the food was delievered to be sure it was good. My husband steak was overcooked. They immediately took it back . They brought back a much better looking, less cooked steak, my husband cut into it and it was too rare-the manager immediately took it back without hesistation saying that he would get it right. The 3rd time it was perfect. We've had plenty of steaks in Texas and he said this was one of the best. In many restaurants these days that type of customer service just cannot be found! and the food was very good.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I ate here July 26th, 2008. We were worried at first because at 7PM. the restaurant was only about half full downstairs ( there was a private party upstairs) and its located in Downtown of Houston. My husband wanted some red wine ( a glass) and they only had merlot and cab to offer. The cab was no good, and the merlot was warm. Our waiter did let us try both first, then went off to chill the open bottle merlot and came back in a few minutes to offer a fresh, cool, bottle from their cellar. I ordered peppita crusted red fish taht was wonderful. my husband ordered their filet with blue cheese. The manager came when the food was delievered to be sure it was good. My husband steak was overcooked. They immediately took it back . They brought back a much better looking, less cooked steak, my husband cut into it and it was too rare-the manager immediately took it back without hesistation saying that he would get it right. The 3rd time it was perfect. We've had plenty of steaks in Texas and he said this was one of the best. In many restaurants these days that type of customer service just cannot be found! and the food was very good.

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I visited Zula the other night fro a business dinner and had a absolutely wonderful time. Our server was outgoing and very friendly. He also helped us choose a great wine, because we really knew nothing about wine. I had the crab cake and it was some of the best I have ever had as was the Market fish. After dinning, we moved to the bar were we got to watch the game on plastma TV . I will come back and bring friends next time.

2
★★★★★

I visited Zula the other night fro a business dinner and had a absolutely wonderful time. Our server was outgoing and very friendly. He also helped us choose a great wine, because we really knew nothing about wine. I had the crab cake and it was some of the best I have ever had as was the Market fish. After dinning, we moved to the bar were we got to watch the game on plastma TV . I will come back and bring friends next time.

Pros: Nice ambiance , attention to detail

Cons: couldn't find any!!

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Coolest atmosphere in town... menu changes each season, but always good. I had one of the BEST steak here. Will go back.

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★★★★★

Coolest atmosphere in town... menu changes each season, but always good. I had one of the BEST steak here. Will go back.

Pros: coolest atmosphere. Best steak

Cons: N/A

 

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