decent food, favorite steak place, fantastic ca burger, bad service, recommend houston, admittedly good thai chicken salad, juicy hawaiin ribeye
Best Burger in town but pricey and long wait. I have consistently loved devouring the juicy CA burger w/my BBQ sauce on the side. I haven't been to some of the new haunts touting burgers but I've been pretty satisfied with this burger, despite its steep price and tediously long waits to get it. I usually go either super early or super late, say after 8:30-9pm to avoid long lines. I've also had the thai chicken salad, which is excellent but not sure how healthy it is b/c of its sheer size and stuff that goes in it. I think the CA burger beats other famous burger joints in santa monica hands down. I would stick to the meats and salads. Not sure I would order sushi and other things they're not known for. enjoy!
Oh, how the might have fallen.
Ohhh, how the mighty have fallen. I have been to different Houstons at least 50 times. And I considered myself a huge fan over the past several years. But after my past 2-3 visits, I will never go back.
The simple, tasty fare USED TO BE a consistent staple. Now the menu has changed unexpectedly. Gone are longtime classics, replaced with sushi and quasi-fancy cuisine that fall way short?!?
The service used to be top notch, customer first. Now it's corporate and full of rules.
The ambience and decor are still nice. But the bar has a limited selection, and has been out of stock on notable brands my last 2 visits!
Pricey but the food is good. Houston's is one of those places where you do not leave satisfied unless you ordered a couple of beers. If so it's a great steakhouse. It tends to get busy on Friday nights and the wait could exceed 45 minutes and then just when you are finally seated, you're almost ready to leave.
I would recomed it more for an important business lunch where you can call ahead and get on time rather than for a night out.
Depends on Your Mood. If you're looking to avoid the food court, this place is great for a before or after movie meal. The atmosphere was relaxed, yet classy. For what you are paying, the service could have been better.
Very overpriced, but decent food. My date and I came here after a movie once for a bite. I got some gumbo which was admittedly good, and a chicken salad. My date got a turkey sandwich. I had some lemonade which was good and she had the iced tea. We expected decent to excellent food and got it; but then came the bill. Wow. $40 for not even having an entree? Dang. I'd come back after I win the lottery and have money to burn. I don't mind spending alot of money on phenominal food, but $28 just for a soup and salad? C'mon...
Stuffy and uptight. Houston's was where I went with my wife for our 6 year anniversary this year. As soon as we were seated, the pushy waitstaff asked us over and over if we wanted to order appetizers. Then we were read the specials and were repeatedly told that the specials would be a great choice. They give you no room to breathe! If you're a regular joe going out for a romantic up-scale dinner, this place will leave you intimidated and you'll feel pressured to order their expensive items for fear of being looked down upon for the rest of your meal. The waiters are more like salespeople than waiters. The food tasted great, but a $25 appetizer the size of my fist is anything but a good value.
Great burger, bad service. Had heard about how great the burger was here - but every time we went the wait was too long. Well, we finally got in... to mixed results. The CA burger is fantastic, it really is (although not as great as Father's Office - seriously). But there were turn-offs. Their menu is pretty simple and incongrous (and they don't even tell you about their famous Chicago dip - which isn't on the menu. Staff is slightly snobby - but cmon, its closer to Cheesecake Factory than The Ivy. Lastly, they only allow women to wear hats - which is irrational and irritating.
what a disappointment. went to the houston's at the century city location for valentines. i was anxiously awaiting to order the juicy hawaiin ribeye, but as soon as we got the menu it wasn't available. so i ordered the filet mignon. at $31, i expected this piece of meat to send me off to heaven.. but alas, it was just an ordinary steak. on the plus side, the filet was very tender. on the negative side, it wasn't worth $31.. the flavor was nothing special. what a huge disappointment! houston's use to be my favorite steak place, but i guess i have to look elsewhere.
Best steakhouse in Los Angeles. I went to Houstons and was very impressed with the great atmosphere, they have tall booths that create much privacy. The service was fantastic and the waitress was extremely knowledgable of the menu. The steak was to die for and cooked to perfection. The bar area was very roomy and was a very pleasant place to have a drink while waiting a short while for our table. I would recommend Houston's to anyone who is trying to impress their guests and wants a great meal, our server Tiffany was outstanding, I will definitely ask her to serve us again, and you should try the veggie burger, its great for those who don't eat meat.
Worth it. I walked into Houstons and i thought it would be very expensive and not worth it. Man was i wrong, for an appetizer we i ordered a spinach dip which was amazing. For my lunch i ordered the best chicken sandwich in the world. My friend ordred a spicy tuna sushi plat and all that was under 40 bucks. The service was great too but its all about your meal. I recommend it if you wanna spend a bit.
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