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The Grove

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(102 Reviews)

1611 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

(713) 337-7321

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Regular Hours
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Phone: (713) 337-7314

Primary Phone: (713) 337-7314

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Houston, Downtown Houston
Categories
American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Bars, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Steak Houses
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Cuisines: Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Dessert, Ice Cream, Steakhouse, Seafood, Bar & Grills

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Cocktails, Full Bar

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good for Kids: Yes

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briantx

04/18/2012

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Overall
2 strikes

I can't go to The Grove anymore. Twice now. TWICE - I've witnessed rudeness to the point of hostility from the bar staff.

If you enjoy having to watch your polite happy group of ADULT friends being subjected to a two minute long red-faced, slobbering tirade from a complete stranger, come here. This is how I've seen the staff here behave on two separate occasions.

We arrived here yesterday to quickly toast a friend’s birthday before she was off to her next celebration. Someone in our little group gave her a small box of chocolates. She opened the box and shared. The bartender rushes over screaming unintelligibly about not eating outside food. So were all standing there chewing like a bunch of fools while this belligerent fellow reads us the riot act. Someone in our group apologizes, it sounds sincere enough, but he continues. We finish our bit of candy, hide the empty box and he is still going strong - the guy is working himself into a frenzy. We were here for a total of 25 minutes. It was unreal...

We finally had to shuffle over to a corner to get away from him. Nearly ruined the toast...For all I know he's still raising hell about it.

The time before that it was something similarly as invasive (different bartender didn't like the subject of a conversation he was NOT a party to) and his response equally as asymmetrical and belligerent.

I think the management must be beating these poor employees, they are NOT happy and they seem to want everyone to know it.

If you like being monitored like children and occasionally embarassed beyond words by hostile service workers, come here, bring a date!

momony15

01/05/2012

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Overall
Horrible Food! You cannot call this a restaurant

This place would get a 0 star. I dont know how this place even got higher than this. Party of 25 people and 20 people hated the food.

The Grove Burger - Tasteless and no flavor $15, had a better burger at Mcdonalds for $1

NY Strip - Flavorless, rubbery, hard, disgusting steak. Worst steak I have ever had. Had better food in an airplane and these guys have a full kitchen

Filet Mignon - Tasteless, but tender, you cannot call it a steak though.

French Fries is the best thing they got, not bad for $600 bill.

How this place can call them a restaurant is beyond my understanding. STAY AWAY!

Mysticbillybob

10/29/2011

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Overall
Elegant, beautiful views, well prepared food

Located in a 12- acre park and near the Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center the elegantly designed dining room has beautiful views of the park.

Service was brisk and efficient. Food was interesting and well prepared; served hot. Roast chicken was a little dry; pork loin and roast pumpkin was delicious. (should count as dessert!) Raspberry cobbler was wonderful.

Parking in and around the park is difficult but I'll definitely be back.

AEATCH

10/16/2011

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Overall
I could not tell

WOW! the only thing they have going for them is the view. The food was horrible. the service was even worse. Our server was ""DENNYS"" quality.....and stupid me I picked it to have a nice brunch for our 25th Anniversary. The appetizer of meat balls soaked in BBQ sauce and put on a bed of ranch dressing was enought to gag a maget. The entrees were about the same. My glass of ""house quality"" champagne that cost $16.00 was about the same quality. I can usually find SOMETHING good about any restaruant....but sorry NOT HERE!

Alain H.

06/17/2011

Overall
I am in agreement with other r...

I am in agreement with other reviewers on several recurring issues including the service which can be slow, and the high prices for small portions of food prepared competently yet without real inspiration. The menu itself is also somewhat limited in choices, particulalry for dinner.



Executive Chef Ryan Pera is the inspiration behind the kitchen of The Grove. One of the best times to visit the restaurant is during its famed Sunday Brunch. It is when the natural lighting is at its best and is perfect for a front seat to the weekend festivities downtown. The restaurant offers a variety of creative spirits that set the mood for an urban relaxed lunch. One of the only places in Houston to offer a Clear Spicy Bloody Mary, The Grove has recently added a Banana Margarita to its drink list, which includes herradura silver tequila and coconut crunch, accentuating a fruity kick to brunch.



A word of advice –be sure to use the restaurant’s convenient and fast valet parking services when downtown is busy. Parking in and around the park can often be hard, if not impossible, to find, depending on the festivities going on at the time.

AlainHarvey

06/17/2011

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Overall
Bringing the Green Spaces Indoors

I agree with the overall impression other reviewers regardng the current state of The Grove. I would offer that Executive Chef Ryan Pera is the inspiration behind the kitchen of The Grove, and his extraordinary culinary experience shines through in all of the dishes on The Grove’s menu. One of the best times to visit the restaurant is during its famed Sunday Brunch. It is when the natural lighting is at its best and is perfect for a front seat to the weekend festivities downtown. The restaurant offers a variety of creative spirits that set the mood for an urban relaxed lunch. One of the only places in Houston to offer a Clear Spicy Bloody Mary, The Grove has recently added a Banana Margarita to its drink list, which includes herradura silver tequila and coconut crunch, accentuating a fruity kick to brunch.

My only quibble with The Grove are the relatively high prices demanded for small portions of competently prepared but uninspired food.

A word of advice –be sure to use the restaurant’s convenient and fast valet parking services when downtown is busy. Parking in and around the park can often be hard, if not impossible, to find, depending on the festivities going on at the time.

AlainHarvey

06/17/2011

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Overall
Offering Casual Elegance in a Natural Setting

Discovery Green is a 12- acre park that opened in the spring of 2008. It is conveniently placed in close proximity to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center. The park has quickly become a natural green space in the Houston Downtown arena and offers natural, recreational, art, and dining eco-friendly features.

Passing by the area on any given weekend, one can observe children playing in the park’s water grounds, public art displays, miniature sail boat races on the one-acre lake, and even big screen features for lawn picnickers, perfect for viewing events like the World Cup.

Nestled in the center of all of this green urban space is The Grove, an urban-sheik dining experience that offers a first class seat to all of Discovery Green’s festivities. The restaurant is constructed from glass, wood, and steel and spans a space of 10,000 square feet. The restaurant is one of the most green-friendly restaurants in Houston.

Designed by Larry Speck, the former Dean of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, The Grove essentially brings the green urban space of Discovery Green inside, embodying an earthy natural ambiance while maintaining the essence of green living and commercialization. With the floor to ceiling glass windows that makes up the majority of the restaurant’s walls, patrons can watch all of Discovery Green’s festivities while enjoying their meal.

Executive Chef Ryan Pera is the inspiration behind the kitchen of The Grove, and his extraordinary culinary experience shines through in all of the dishes on The Grove’s menu. One of the best times to visit the restaurant is during its famed Sunday Brunch. It is when the natural lighting is at its best and is perfect for a front seat to the weekend festivities downtown.

The restaurant offers a variety of creative spirits that set the mood for an urban relaxed lunch. One of the only places in Houston to offer a Clear Spicy Bloody Mary, The Grove has recently added a Banana Margarita to its drink list, which includes herradura silver tequila and coconut crunch, accentuating a fruity kick to brunch.

Start the meal with a fresh basket of hot baked goods such as the Pecan Sticky Bun, Buttermilk Biscuits served with house made strawberry jam, Banana Bread, and Coffee Cake. Sophisticated dishes such as the Locally Salmon Plate combine fresh smoked salmon with capers, argula and crème fraiche and is a perfect beginning to a posh brunch.

For a more hearty breakfast, sample the Meyer Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes, served with maple syrup and sweet cream, and the restaurant’s delicious Brioche French Toast, made with fresh berry compote. Each bite is a reminder of breakfasts past and is infused in unexpected flavor. For a non-traditional dish, order the Shrimp and Grits with Poached egg, garnished with leeks, tomatoes, and bacon.

The mix of soul food with unique twists is amazingly sheik. For those looking for south of the border flavors, try the Skirt Steak & Eggs, served with tomatillo sauce and queso fresco. Combined with the Clear Spicy Bloody Mary or the traditional Mary Mary, the skirt steak truly brings home a taste of the state’s southern neighbor.

Be sure to save room for the restaurant’s wonderful deserts, pictured below. A word of advice –be sure to use the restaurant’s convenient and fast valet parking services when downtown is busy. Parking in and around the park can often be hard, if not impossible, to find, depending on the festivities going on at the time.

Liquidgold

04/19/2011

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Overall
Disappointing

Having had an excellent dining experience in this establishment some years back, it was with great excitement that I was able to return yesterday for a business dinner, for which I was hosting.
Sadly however, it is no longer the top rate restaurant it once was. The barman had no knowledge of even the most basic of cocktails, and the waitress, later in our evening, had even less knowledge about anything related to wine. Twice I was corrected on my pronunciation of Rioja, and more than once I was told a particular wine was not available by the glass, when (according to the wine list) it clearly was.
Sadly as the evening came to an end, I overheard two waiters mimicking my guests accents and laughter, which was thoroughly embarrassing.
The food was nothing special, the steak was cold, and the portions pretentiously small, with big prices.
It was a combination of the lack of wine savvy from the staff and the tepid food that has resulted in my decision not to return to this restaurant again.
I would suggest that if the owners of the Grove are going to offer an expensive range of wines, at least take the time to educate staff into which wine best suits which dish.
In its favour, The Grove is clean, spacious, relaxing and welcoming.

reagan8189

06/28/2010

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Overall
We will not go back

The Grove's view and location are its only redeeming qualities; as for the food and service, it was mediocre at best. I ordered the Sunday roast ($19), which consisted of bland, overcooked beef, tasteless mashed potatoes, and eggplant that was mushy and left me wishing it was tasteless, too, because it did not taste good. My wife had the spaghetti and meatballs ($14), and while hers was not objectionable, it was by no means tasty. Our server was surly and unwelcoming to boot. I was tempted to leave no tip but thought that he would think we merely forgot; instead, I left a measly 8%. We will not go back.

HappyEatering

06/10/2010

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Overall
Not good at all

Overpriced place to eat with bad service. There are much better options in town. For $48 a head with a glass of wine and a main course I expect a lot better.

It starts with the drinks. ""What sparkling wines do you have?"". ""Mumm California NV Champagne"" comes the answer. Not sure about that, so we'll have prosecco instead. We then check the wine list to find out they have Piper Heidseck Champagne...... real Champagne! Why didn't she offer us that? Maybe they're trying to get rid of California sparkling wines tonight?

Next I asked the waitress for bread. She was baffled with that. ""Just bread with some olive oil"" I say. Confused at this, she bought burnt buttered toast.....with olive oil. When asked again if she could bring ordinary bread she wondered if this was possible without apparently knowing that toast is....well.... toasted bread! And the concept of dipping it in olive oil..... ""really, you're going to put it in olive oil..... really?"".... apparently not knowing that the whole of southern Europe does it this way. Why on earth is a supposedly top restaurant serving buttered toast anyway? I expect that for breakfast with jelly! And if it were my kitchen I would throw away the burnt bits too!

Anyway then I ordered halibut and this comes with ""BABY LEEKS + ASPARAGUS + FAVA BEANS + SAFFRON"" to quote the menu. So, I ordered mashed potatoes to go with it. The dish arrives and the halibut is sitting atop a huge pile of roasted potatoes. In fact, 50% of the meal is potatoes. Of course, she also delivered an equally robust pile of mashed potatoes, so now my $35 meal consists 80% of potatoes! Why didn't she tell me when I ordered the mashed potatoes that I wouldn't need them? My guess is that maybe it's because she's not a very good waitress and doesn't have much in the way of thinking ability???

For dessert, I can't comment, it might have been wonderful, but I'll never know as I was brim full with potatoes by that stage!

Concluding, the view from the restaurant is, in fact, crappy, the food is mediocre, and the service is inept. Thus, I don't recommend it.

By the way, the HickChick reviewer below had skewered vegetables which she notes were pretty disappointing. However, she doesn't mention that these are $19. Who on earth charges $19 for vegetables and couscous? What a rip-off!

food snobs

06/06/2010

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Overall
All we needed was a hammock

We went on a Sunday after church. I love Oak Trees, and have been wanting to check this place out.

The open concept and huge windows make you feel like you are sitting outside. The server (Roark) understood that we may want to actually enjoy our drinks (bottomless mimosas) and take our time before placing our order. He didn't hover, but was always there when we needed something.

I had the burger and my boyfriend had the tacos. Both were equally great, but we were partial to each other's dishes. I really loved the tacos, they were so fresh and light. I like the fact that they support local farmers and organic, fresh foods.

I want to go back when the upstairs deck is open and check out the ""tree house"" and view.

HickChick

03/10/2010

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Overall
Very so so food

First visit to this place for lunch. Loved the setting and can see how attractive it will be in the spring and summer. Food was very mediocre, however. Had the soup (tomato parmesean) which was not very hot and not good enough to have more than a few bites.
Main course was the ""roasted vegetable skewers"", which were a huge disappointment. First, they came slather in a sauce that made for a generally unappealing presentation. You also could taste nothing but the sauce. I sent it back. The next round had the sauce on the side, which made for a more attracive plate overall, but the ""vegetables"" consisted of potaoes, lots of onions, and a lone slice of yellow squash on each of the two skewers....hardly the grilled vegetables I was envisioning.
Will probably go back there for drinks on a pretty day but doubt I will eat there again.

pirsch

02/23/2010

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Overall
Better than expected

From the reviews I have read here and other online websites, I have been reluctant to try this unique spot. I don't know of another restaurant in town where reviews vary so greatly. Finally bit the bullet and gave it a try. First off, what a great atmosphere. I was surprised at how small the actual dining room is. It's small, but very comfortable. Nice sized tables, with plenty of room. We started with the picnic platter, which had some great house cured meats, and the pate was excellent. We also tried the deviled eggs, and while the chorizo they garnished with was great, the eggs themselves were so so. They were good enough, but something was missing. Next was the tuna and oxtail small plate. This was truly a great dish. The tuna was done perfectly, and the beefy tender oxtail really went well. I would go back just for that dish. Before dinner, we had drinks at the bar, and here is where the service was curious. It wasn't bad. Drink orders were taken quickly and made well, but there was ZERO personality from either of the men tending bar. That's when I noticed something. Almost everyone there was an obvious conventioneer/conference attender. I may be wrong, but I think that's why locals feel the service is off at this place. The vast majority of the customers are one-timers on an expense account that the staff will most likely never see again. The same could be said with table service. It was adequate; punctual, attentive enough, orders were correct. There was just no personality. Don't get me wrong. I don't want my server hanging around, boring me with small talk. I don't really want any talk at all. Just be personable and don't act like you hate life quite so much. We also had two bottles of wine with dinner. Both a 2007 Amancaya blend that retails for around 16 that they mark up to 40. Not a horrible wine list, but it ain't great. Really heavy on 60 dollar retail bottles they are selling for 150. No restaurant in town beats Ibiza for wine lists and prices. Over all, we liked it. We'll try it again. You can't find a place in town that has a better view, with Discovery Green just outside the window. When the weather is right, it'll make you feel like Houston as a city finally is getting some things right.

stevenstonetx

02/19/2010

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Overall
Really good

I got the Grove Cheese Burger cooked medium rare. It was juicy as can be and came with big thick cut bacon, chiles, and avocado on it. It turned a little messy but there was a good flavor to it. The menu changes possibly seasonally and I've found some better things on it, but the cheeseburger's not bad.

Event Coordinator

10/23/2009

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Overall
Events Coordinator is Aweful - Food Mediocre

I am an event planner who formerly worked as the catering and events manager at a fine dining restaurant in the Galleria.
On the request of my client I booked a private event in the primavera room.
I have hear from others that they were not very impressed with the food so I was hesitant to have such an important dinner with them.
From the moment I called to plan the event the Events Manager Ivonne was always rushed and did not try work with me on the menu but I accepted that and moved on because my client wanted to do the event with them. We arrived and the room looked lovely and the service staff was excellent. However, that is where anything I have good to say stops.
The salad soup combo was mediocre and served on a small plate and the presentation was nothing to write home about. We served the choice of a fish or filet to our guests. Another events coordinator ordered the fish and I ordered the steak. She said her fish was aweful and my steak as well as everyones at our table was severly undercooked. I personally did not want to complain because I did not want to cause a scene at such an intimate dinner but I was higly embarassed. I just had a few bites and left it.
The only good thing about the dinner was the chocolate cake for dessert.
The next morning my other event coordinator was so sick she was in the bathroom half the day. The other meting planner was so sick she threw up.
We had a 12 hour conference that day so I was too busy to even call and talk to anyone.
However, after working an event the last two days and barely getting any sleep I returned to the office to check my e-mails this morning and recieve a bill from the restaurant as we were having it direct billed to our account. I decided to call Ivonne, the events coordintor and she was very defensive and told me that she was in the kitchen watching them plate the food.

I have worked in this industry for 12 years and have experience as a Restaurant Events Manager and if I had been at the restarant i would have greeted my client and not just stayed in the kitchen

She did not seem to care that several people were ill and proceeded to tell me that the restaurant does not have a general manager and that they had 300 people in for lunch and everyone was too busy to talk to me.

I have never had to write a bad review before but I feel that this is an instance where it was very necessary.

If you like dealing with rude events coordintors who apparenlty don't care abour repeat business or your guests - take them here!

jftvette

09/18/2009

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Overall
So-So

Certainly a place I will not patronize again. Shrimp Brochette was poorly presented and tasted very fishy. Very small portions (3 medium sized shrimp).

krai

08/20/2009

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Took way too long for a business lunch

I was really disappointed in my experience at lunch today at the Grove. Our food order (table of 4) took an eternity to come out. We walked over our from office at One Houston Center and needed to get back to work. We spent a total of 2 hours in the restaurant. If you're serving a nice dinner, a 2 hour meal is fine, but if you're serving a business lunch, you've got to speed things up. I cannot afford to spend so much time at lunch, and neither can most people who stop by during their workday. I won't be going back for lunch.

joystevens1

08/18/2009

Overall
Much improved

The Grove got mixed reviews for service in the beginning and they have fixed it all. They sent us a reminder email and call. We walked right in with no wait or attitude, our waiter was very attentive and my dessert had Happy Birthday on it. Drinks were served quick and the food as always is exciting and delicious. I think the reviews and the raving about the restaurant as a hot spot hurt the staff in the beginning because they were overwhelmed and so new. Now they seem like a well oiled machine. Love the atmosphere and the walk around Discovery Green after dinner. Thanks for a great night, Joy

cseger

07/05/2009

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Overall
Lovely Place, Great Food

Five discerning diners had a Sunday night dinner at The Grove and found it exceptional. The food was uniformly delicious, the service was flawless, our waiter (Wayne) was helpful and courteous, and the ambience was lovely in a minimalist, very inviting room with a smashing view of the park and Discovery Green.

The wine list was lengthy and reasonable, while the individual dishes were creative and well received, including starters of Gulf Shrimp, Arugula Salad, Tomato and Eggplant Soup, and main courses of Cornish Hen, Alaskan Halibut, and Grilled Skirt Steak.

The starters and soup arrived in very short order and were piping hot. The main courses were served in good time and were all superb. My halibut was cooked to perfection, meaning tender, moist, slightly flaky, and with a bit of crust, served on top of baby leeks, roasted potatoes, and garnished with clams. A tasty piperade sauce was on the bottom of the dish in just the right amount.

We five shared three desserts, including Goat's Milk Flan,a Peach Crostada dish with yogurt on the side, and a Chocolate Cake. The desserts matched the main courses in variety and irresistability.

We found nothing in this restaurant that wasn't beautifully cooked and served with care. The priciest entree was the Halibut at $28, but salads and soups were $9 and $7; the total bill for five of us, including a generous tip was $47 a person. Not bad for some really fine dining in lovely surroundings.

breanna_dawn

04/23/2009

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Overall
Very nice but still a chill place

I went to The Treehouse for a first date and the ambience was perfect. Whether you sit inside Grove or at the rooftop bar, you will have a good view of the park. The design of the place is perfect - trendy but not snobby and very comfortable for eating or socializing. The specialty drinks were delicious and they had my favorite whiskey, which most bars don't stock. I will definitely go back to try some of the food because it looked delicious! I am already planning to have my next Girls Day Out there! Oh, and an extra bonus, the bartenders were very nice and quite attractive too. ;)