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Reviewed May 17, 2024

FRIDAY FOOD REVIEW...HOUSTON'S (again)...5/17/24! It's a given that when you're in Pasadena, you MUST go to Houston's!!! I had my usual, their UBER DELICIOUS Grilled Artichoke, and their EQUALLY DELICIOUS Prime Rib French Dip with their yummy skinny fries, and their AWESOME spicy garlic aioli...mayonnaise!!! That mayonnaise seriously needs its own food category!!!! For dessert, we split their YUMMY Key Lime Pie! Other than having OUTSTANDING food, the dishes are cleared off the table immediately, and the service is fast and friendly!!! If you are anywhere near Pasadena, DEFINITELY go to Houston's...you'll be glad that you did!!!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed March 29, 2024

FRIDAY FOOD REVIEW...HOUSTON'S (again)...3/29/24! After getting all of my glass, we had lunch at Houston's, located at 230 Arroyo Pkwy, which is BAR NONE, the BEST restaurant in Pasadena!!!! I had their New England Clam Chowder, which is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, and the best that I...have ever had!!! Then came the UBER FAMOUS Grilled California Artichokes...these are TO-DIE-FOR DELICIOUS, with their remoulade for dipping the artichoke leaves in!!!! Then I had their Famous French Dip Au Jus, with skinny fries, and their YUMMY spicy garlic aioli mayonnaise, which seriously needs its own food category!!!! This is the BEST EVER French Dip that I have ever had!!!!! And to top it all off, I had their WONDERFULLY DELICIOUS Key Lime Pie for dessert. And as always, it was TOP NOTCH!!!!! The servers here are awesome, as right away, they take dirty plates off of table, which I very much appreciate!!!! This restaurant is always packed, which truly speaks for itself!!! All in all, there is no question, Houston's is THE restaurant to eat at when you are in Pasadena!!!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed January 12, 2024

Probably a great restaurant but the person who answered a call for reservations for Sunday was abrupt and rude. Those that recommended Houston’s and dine there regularly were taken back by the treatment and were certain the justification provided was at best incorrect.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed August 27, 2023

Houston’s Restaurant doesn’t accommodate toddlers. We came for my grandmothers birthday lunch & was surprised to find out that they do not have child booster seats or high chairs. I’m posting this as an awareness post for new moms and the lack of support from...places on the parenting community. I’d understand if this restaurant had a strict age restriction, but they don’t have one enforced and therefore not having the accommodations for infants, toddlers and you g kids is appalling to me. To my knowledge they have restrictions on their website listed, but the wording is misleading: “Our restaurants are generally not the best environment for young children. We welcome families, but we ask parents to keep children at the table and calm vocal infants or youngsters outside of the dining room. We do not offer child seating nor do we allow strollers in the dining room.” Kids will be kids and yes we can walk them outside as parents, but their dining guidelines are clumsily written. if you don’t want them, just say NO children, we only allow 16 and older or whatever. We mentioned we had a toddler in our party and nothing was mentioned to review their dining restrictions on their website and there was no mention of not having high chairs. The manager was not helpful and our conversation was disappointing. He left me feeling upset and discouraged. He told me about the guidelines on the website but no one said anything beforehand! Also , there were infants in strollers (even though on their website they say no strollers in the dining area) and older kids in chairs, but nothing to accommodate toddlers. My child also couldn’t sit in the booth because he kept standing so his shoes remained in my lap. We had no choice but to get our orders to go or for me to just hold him on my lap while we eat. On top of that we ended up getting to-go but also ordered a few quick bites but was clearly trying to be pushed out because we had ordered our main dish to-go. I’m disappointed and it feels discriminating. They clearly need ti rework their child policy. I understand and respect clearly outlined policies of not wanting kids but just say no we don’t allow kids or make an age range restriction. I’m disappointed by how the manager took my feedback and how he had me leave upset.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 22, 2023

Houston's has lost its touch and flavor. I will not be returning. The sides were oh so healthy and bland. Not what I expected based on previous visits. They added Sushi to the menu for what? I will give them kudos for a tender steak.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 2, 2023 via mobile

Fabulous food with fabulous service from Carla. We are huge fans of Houston’s & a return visit to this outlet after many years did not disappoint. We started with cocktails at the bar & followed up with dinner of ribs & Hawaiian ribeye. Both dishes...were delicious & the loaded baked potatoes were just the best. Cheese toast too was a great starter to share. Won’t likely be back in the area but would return here in a heartbeat. Just Love Houston’s.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed March 26, 2023

We've eaten at other Houston's when traveling and this location was just as great as ever. Love the consistency! Our server Stephanie was exceptionally helpful and the wine pairings were spot on. Will be on our short list for when we return.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed January 13, 2023

An incredible experience from start to finish. We were immersed in attention and overall staff interaction. Every concern, desire, and question was addressed, delivered, and answered. Upon entering we were greeted by no less than 5 staffers including the GM. I was talked into the...french dip despite my hesitation. Because I wanted the filet, we ordered one for the table so that I would be appeased. Never have I had such an incredible sandwich. The prime rib was sliced thin and plentiful. But the real secret was the bread. Soft and delicate and was the perfect texture for the french dip! The filet was perfection! We cut it with a fork!! I also recommend the sushi, ribs, and the rib eye burgerMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed August 31, 2022

We arrived - with a reservation - and while we saw many people waiting, we were shown to our table within a few minutes. I had a asked for privacy and was given a booth - perfect. Service was as professional as could be. The...food and drinks came quickly, but at a comfortable pace. The food was excellent, and everyone was very pleasant. They also have their own parking lot - so that stress was also removed. A wonderful experience….More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2022 via mobile

Highly recommended. Rib eye CA burger Sushi Home made ice tea All sweets Perfect service .Very friendly staff. Great atmosphere

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 2, 2022

We remembered Houston's as one of our favourite restaurants when we lived in CA. So after 10+ years we returned to have a taste of our favorite dishes, to assess whether they changed or not. And if they did change, it was for the better....Fantastic service and absolutely the highest quality of food. If you chose to go there, ribs is your choice ! Pls remember that baked potatoes are served only after 5pm. Kudos to the entire team, and we certainly shall be backMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 12, 2022 via mobile

A bit pricey for a run of the mill Steakhouse. Nothing like the old Monty's Steakhouse down the road. Kind of a Yuppie height up place. I think it's more popular for drinking than eating. Still, they have decent food. Just not worth the price

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed January 27, 2022

The sushi wasn't great but heavily recommend the baby back ribs. The service was exquisite. Reasonably priced and everybody there was nice. Would heavily recommend it.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed November 20, 2021 via mobile

I’ve been here several times but never was won over by their food. I don’t think the food is that great and not worth the price. It’s not cheap but the ambience and decor is nice. It’s supposedly upscale and their menu and prices reflect...that. It’s not a huge menu, certainly not many vegetarian dishes. I only got side dishes. The staff were very friendly and service was good. As far as Covid protocol, masks were worn but tables were not socially distanced. It was fully packed so definitely not regulating the social distancing rules. I wouldn’t dine here again as I don’t care for the food but would maybe have a drink at the bar. It’s very overpriced for mediocre food.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed February 24, 2021

The atmosphere is not the usual given there is outdoor seating, the service was good. However I was disappointed with the food and value. The mashed potatoes tasted like they were instant and bland .The ribeye was overcharged, I understand it's marinated but I have...eaten here for years. I always boasted it was one of the few places that cooked a great well done ribeye. There was a cook name Hector that was awesome. The brownie seemed to be half it's size , while skimping on ice cream. I learned they added cherries to the recipe. I was so disappointed .More

Date of visit: February 2021
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As far as I know, they don't take reservations. I always go mid to late afternoon, even on Mondays. They are jammed but worth the wait. I'm in LA all the time and this is my favorite restaurant. Especially the burgers... More
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Houston's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4