Pasadena >Food & Dining > Houston's_pasadena
320 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110534.140246 -118.147102
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
the best – quality is #1. hawaiian rib-eye, spinach artichoke dip, 5 nut brownie with ice cream on top is the way to go. i love this place. service is excellent. atmosphere is real nice and dark. this restaurant never takes reservations and also never advertise but always crowded. trust me and try this restaurant.
Excellent Place for Excellent Food – I highly recommend Houston's for any occasion. From first date to Retirement parties, as long as you're of age, let the drinks pour and eat to your heart's content. The food is excellent. I highly recommend the Hawaian Steak if you're really hungy or if you're in the mood for the other white meat, try the double portion pork chop. It is definitely to die for. They also serve one fo the best martini's in town. Try the Melon martini, it simply wonderful.
Babyback Ribs melt in your mouth – I went to Houstons in Pasadena for Mother's Day and I had the babyback ribs. The meat just fell off the bones and the BBQ sauce was scrump deli umptious. I won't wait for Mothers Day to go back for seconds!! Absolutely yummy.
Awesome food, Awful wait! – Oh, I am so conflicted about Houston's. One thing's for sure - the food is incredible! From the salad to the seared ahi to the fabulous brownie sundae for dessert - no complaints there. Unfortunately, I went with a party of eight and apparently their accomodations for large parties are lacking. Everyone loves the atmosphere so turnover is slow and we waited over TWO HOURS! REALLY! I also found it interesting that they wouldn't take a reservation for a party of six or more but they had no problem tacking on a mandatory tip without warning. If they're going to do that, then they should take a reservation. The service was acceptable and friendly, but I got the feeling our server was a bit overwhelmed.
Scrumptious! – This is probably one of the best meals that I have ever had from the appetizers, to the prime rib, to the dessert, to the service. The entire experience was awesome. I highly recommend it.
THE Best Ribeye – I first took my girlfriend here over a year ago, and we both fell in love with this place so much, we make it a regular outing... every appetiser on the menu i have had was wonderful. I admit that I am stuck on the Hawaiian Ribeye, it is just about the best steak I have ever had. The waitstaff is always courteous and very Professional.
Few items on menu, but good food – I've been going to the Houston's in Pasadena for a while now. They've been consistently good with the Babyback Ribs and the Seared Ahi Tuna. Be warned, you can't make reservations at the Pasadena location which translates to a long wait on some evenings. But after a martini or two, the wait doesn't seem so bad.
Impressive, especially for a chain – Houston's is one of the few establishments that rises above its chain nature to excel as a restaurant in its own right. Large portions of impeccably prepared beef, pork, and chicken await heartier diners, while veggie burgers and other lighter menu items can be had for those with more moderate tastes. The sides and salads are also uniformly of good quality. A few words of warning though: my brush with seafood at Houston's was not a good experience. The broiled salmon fillet was possibly the worst I've ever had--mushy and overcooked. I suspect Houston's expertise lies mostly in grilled foods though, so tuna might be a better choice. When you go, keep in mind you'll have to wait if you haven't made a reservation...unless you come early on an off night. But even waiting isn't so bad when the expansive bar waits around the corner from the greeting station.
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