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Voted Houston's Most Romantic Restaurant,

General Info
Voted Houston's Most Romantic Restaurant, Mark's American Cuisine is located in a 1920's renovated church. The golden ceilings and candle lit tables provide guests with an intimate escape from the outside world. Mark's boasts three meeting rooms: two private - The Cloisters, Mark's largest private room which was recently re-designed, seats 32 to 40 people, The Alcove, a tasting room for 5 to 8 people, and a semi-private room, The Loft, seats 20 to 24 people.
Hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm, Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sun 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Extra Phones

7135233800: (713) 523-3800

Services/Products
Dining at Mark's American Cuisine is a true epicurean adventure. Chef Mark Cox prepares not just one but four unique menus for his patrons. Houstonians and visitors will find food unlike that in any other restaurant. Mark's wine list, recognized by The Wine Spectator, offers each customer the opportunity to pair the perfect meal with enhancing wines. Marcus Gausepohl, Mark's Wine Director, selects vineyards and vintages by taste and value instead of by "brand name." Under the direction of Mark's General Manager, Nick Barton, let your server treat you to the ultimate in restaurant service. "Eating" at Mark's is truly a memorable dining experience.
Payment method
debit, cash, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$$
Location
Mark's is conveniently located in the heart of Houston in the Montrose District.
Neighborhoods
Central Houston, Neartown - Montrose
Amenities
Mark's boasts three meeting rooms: two private - The Cloisters, Mark's largest private room which was recently re-designed, seats 32 to 40 people, The Alcove, a tasting room for 5 to 8 people, and a semi-private room, The Loft, seats 20 to 24 people.
Categories
Bars, Fine Dining Restaurants, American Restaurants, Restaurants, Taverns
Other Information

Cuisines: Fine Dining, American

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CristinaC571

06/04/2012

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Honestly, I was expecting much more

Honestly, I was expecting much more from what I heard about. Not impressed at all. Just ok.Could be better nince the building is unique.

HappyTravels

04/20/2012

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Always a pleasure to dine here

We have dined at some of the best restaurants in the world and Mark's is right up there in rank. The service, the food and the atmosphere never disappoint.

diamayed

03/15/2012

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Went to Mark's for the first t...

Went to Mark's for the first time, two couples for a birthday celebration. The service was outstanding, waiter knew what he was doing. The food was good. The atmosphere is lousy. So many tables in a small venue that the noise was so loud we could not have a decent conversation around our small table. While the food was good, the value was a disgrace. The meal prices were somewhat high but the beverage prices were off the charts. A $55.00 bottle of wine at Spec's cost us $156.00 served at Mark's. Unfortunately our first time will be our last.

tbsmith

01/13/2012

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Overall
More Bad than Good

I've been to Mark's several times, but not in the last 2 years. It's always been great, but maybe they are getting cocky and resting on their success because this visit was an extreme disappointment.

The Good - some side dishes and the dessert was delicious, food was at proper temperature

The Bad - My entree (Pork) was bland, service was slow (took almost 10 minutes before a waiter showed up after we were seated), the table was wobbly like a cheap diner, the waiter brought and opened the wrong $90 bottle of wine, the bus boy was untrained and on top of that, we were seated in a corner next to a large table of noisy people.

The Ugly - An altogether unpleasant and forgettable experience, but it is hard to forget after paying $200 for the privilege. We won't be going back.

heartkelly

12/21/2011

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Overall
Love it

During my week of gastro-gluttony, I decided to spend a serious chunk of change at Mark's.

I started with the Lobster Bisque and it was full of lobster pieces and extremely rich and flavorful.

For my entree I went with the Chef's special: Half of a roasted Spiny Lobster tail, 2 large rock shrimp, a scallop and then popcorn shrimp strewn throughout.

It was delightful!

For dessert I ordered the in-house made truffles, and they too were decadent.

Even though I enjoyed my food, I seriously doubt that I will be returning. Why? Because although the food was very tasty, I really don't know that it was worth the price considering there are seafood restaurants that only serve seafood at nowhere near the price that Mark's is charging!

HonestNellie

10/30/2011

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Overall
Overpriced

I will not be returning to this restaurant. I visited Mark's with 4 girlfriends. We were all astounded by the prices so we were expecting quite a fabulous meal. My meal was sub standard. The meat was almost all fat and I should have sent it back. The waiter was somewhat arrogant at times. I give them an A+ on atmosphere, but the total package is not worth the effort.

semperfidelis

05/31/2011

Overall
The food was excellent but the...

The food was excellent but the service was not good. One should not have to struggle with ones server nor should the server lecture the guest about wine. Our server was not forthcoming with information and his response were monosylabic at best. He ruined an important evening. We usually have our anniverary there each year. After last Saturday we will likely find a different restaurant such as DeMarcos

CasieLynn

05/05/2011

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Overall
Decent Dinner

I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary dinner, and to tell you the truth, it wasn't as what I expected. It was nice, cozy and it is actually pretty cool the fact that the restaurant was an old church. but I was bit disappointed because the day that we went there for dinner, their choices on the menu were mostly seafood which my boyfriend does not eat. But other than that, our server was nice and funny and he did take care of us. It was just a little weird to me because I have been to many fine dinning in Houston and When they give out a steak or when they serve the food, they usually ask us if the meat is cooked the way how they want it before they leave, but they didn't at Mark's. It was not the greatest service I have ever had, but it was good enough.

Over all, our server was sweet, the food was good and we had a quiet and decent dinner.

Tinman10

12/17/2010

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Overall
not impressed

Took a date there last year for what was supposed to be a great meal at Houston's most romantic restaurant. we were seated near the kitchen door and had constant traffic by our table. Service was slow and not very attentive. Quite dissapointed.

MikeS02

09/30/2010

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Overall
Great place, great meal

This was my first trip to Marks and it is my new favorite restaurant. The menu choices are unique and outstanding while the service was fast and efficient. We had several entrees and appetizers and each was prepared and served flawlessly. The wine list was impressive and was not priced too outrageously. I can not think of anything that was less than excellent about our experiences.

ny2tx

08/28/2010

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Overall
houston's finest dining

After moving 3 years ago from NYC to Houston, we finally decided to try Mark's and now im so upset we waited so long!
The food,service and ambience is excellent. I can't think of one negative thing to say, just perfect.
We started with the oysters, foie gras, and scallops with soft shell crab. The apps were done to perfection with flavor and presentation.
We had chilian sea bass and kobe beef for dinner and it was amazing!!! The meat melted in your mouth and the fish was the best i have ever had.
Finally a restaurant I can proudly recommend to my friends who come from out of town.
Cant wait to go back!!!

TXFoodie

06/09/2010

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Overall
Great Food, Terrible Service ... Will not return

Strong: Kitchen turns out AMAZING food.

Weaknesses - sorry to be so long: Front of the house management is simply dreadful. We arrived on a Tuesday night, waited about 5 minutes for a valet which is not terrible. And that was the highlight of the service experience.

Hosting was manned by two college age people. Neither of which could read the reservation system or table list. They had to go find a manager to choose a table for us to sit at. And from there, it simply devolved into sloppy and lackluster service throughout the meal.

Since we dine out a lot, we slowly graded Mark's service and downgraded the restaurant from an ""A"" for food to a ""B-"" and being unlikely to return. There are so many great new restaurants popping up in Houston, they need to pick up the pace on their service. When you spend $250 on dinner for you, you should get an experience.

FoieGras

03/24/2010

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Overall
Bad experience on a celebratory day!

One of the most overrated fine dining restaurants in all of Houston. Forget about any form of service if you are a young professional looking to go out and celebrate a special occasion. Mark himself came out and greeted everyone his own age but ignored two tables, ours and another occupied by young couples in their late twenties. The only time we were treated well was near the end of our meal right before the waiter brought us the check!

food snobs

12/26/2009

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Overall
I actually wanted steak sauce

Too many tables too close together. the veal and steak were bland with very little seasoning or flavor. they tried too hard on entrees and there was too much rosemary on the potatoes.

drewno

12/10/2009

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Highly Overrated, much better restaurants out there

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, had read the reviews and heard from friends that it was a good spot. Had a 7 o'clock appointment and had no trouble getting a table. The restaurant is beautiful, the wine cellar that is viewable from the restaurant is very impressive. But that is where my positive experience ended. I browsed the wine list, almost impossible finding something that is under $100. The wine we did have, Caduceus, was actually quite nice at $105, but I'm sure it can be found for less elsewhere. We started with the quail and foie gras appetizer, far from impressed. To many strange flavors that didn't compliment the dish at all. She had the Carribean Lobster special, I had the Shrimp dish. Both were topped with a heavy amount of sauce that completely took away any flavor you would get from the Lobster or Shrimp. Very sour and pungent taste that lingered far too long. She had the Creme Brulee which was the highlight of the meal, I had the Chocolate sampler which was far from memorable. Server seemed to be slammed, and his visits to the table were few and far between. Our table was terrible, against a wall and felt very cramped the whole time.

All in all, I do not understand how this place has gotten such wonderful reviews. Our bill was close to $400 and there are so many restaurants I would have rather gone to. I've eaten at some great restaurants in this city, and Mark's is close to if not THE bottom. Stay away from the Lobster if you do go, it was $94.95 and covered in cream.

cmk1126

11/19/2009

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Overall
maybe 3.5 stars on its best night (which was not tonight)

Well, I just purchased a $200 lesson for two. I'll dispatch with the good first. Dessert excepting, the food ranged from fine to very good (almost great in small parts). The flavors came more from spice and salt than the simpler flavors from the ingredients, which I thought was unusual for a place that seems somewhat chef driven. The foie gras was a little burnt, not seared, and everything I ordered had something sausagey involved. Cuisine, it was not, but it was generally enjoyable and there was a lot of it. Three and a half stars for the food.

With so few choices in Houston, I probably would have gone back were the service not so terrible. The waiter, an old fellow with a southern accent, was inattentive and showed no concern for the quality of the food. It took about 30 minutes to get the check after dessert was over and I'd run out of coffee (no refills offered). And the dessert itself was a BIG miss--four kinds of boring chocolate mousse and creme brulee on the lower side of middling. He had described a souffle, but I got mousse in a souffle cup instead. And three other kinds of strikingly similar mousse. I had about four bites, trying a little of everything. The busser cleared it without any concern that I had eaten almost none of it, and without asking if I was done (which is odd because it looked like it was just delivered). We mentioned to the waiter it was not enjoyed. He shrugged, walked off, and dessert remained on the bill.

Maybe you think the service was just off and you should go anyway. To you, I say that even if the service were 5-stars, the food, though usually good, was on the very low end of what one can get away with at the price charged. So best case scenario, you almost get ripped off but not quite.

QTPY

09/29/2009

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Overall
Excellent!

My husband and I wanted something special for our 9 yr anniversary. We have been to many restaurants in Houston and this was the best dining experience we have had. All the food was delicious; everything from the appetizer to the soup, salad, main course and dessert. The server was very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. We were there for almost 3 hours and never felt rushed. We even received a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. If you want a good dining experience where not a single detail is missed, I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

KingTumnus

08/05/2009

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Best Restaurant I have been to

Best restaurant I have been to in Houston. Two of my favorite meals of all time have both been at this restaurant. (and I have only been twice) Soft shell crab and kobe steak (8 oz of deliciousness) Also I had a blueberry tart here which was the best most simple dessert I have ever had. I don't understand how it was so good since it was just blueberrys (with blueberry muffin ice cream) in a tart but it was amazing!

desjardine

07/03/2009

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A Unique Restaurant with Ambiance

My husband and I have been going to Marks for years. Some times we rave about it and sometimes we really enjoy it but we are never dissappointed. It's an impressive place to take foks visiting since its an Old Church building converted to a restaurant and its not a chain plus you can count on great specials. Can't go wrong if you are looking for a special restaurant. The service is great too!

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