Houston >Food & Dining > Farrago
318 Gray St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.751962 -95.376762
Monday To Wednesday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Thursday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South Central, Midtown
Rude, Unacceptable Behavior – At about 8:30PM on Saturday, July 18, 2009, our party of 7 arrived at Farrago’s for dinner. We were looking forward to sampling some international cuisine, while celebrating the birthday of one of our family members.
Upon arrival, we found the restaurant to be less than half full; in contrast to some other neighborhood establishments that were overflowing with customers, many standing outside, waiting to be seated. As we walked in, we found 4 or 5 customers being led by an attendant, with no hostess at the entrance for several minutes to even greet us. We waited patiently until someone, who appeared to be the maitre d’, casually shuffled in. His first words, with no opening greeting or welcome, were “what do you want?” He was arrogant, swaggering, rude, unwelcoming, and entirely too casual. There was no graciousness in his voice or in his demeanor. In these depressed economic times, one would have presumed that customers (especially 7 in one shot), would have been received with a courteous smile, warmth, and enthusiastic hospitality. Right there, we concluded that our entertainment dollars would be much better spent elsewhere - and we walked out, only to patronize another near-by restaurant, where we were accorded the correct welcome and service.
Not only will we not patronize Farrago in the future, but being business folks, we will actively encourage other corporate associates and friends of ours to do likewise.
Trendy Vibe and great Salads and Pizza – I went with my husband about a month ago and was super dissappointed with my food AND the service. My favorite Goat Cheese Brulee salad that I used to love and in fact wrote a good review about on citysearch was nothing even close to what it was. My pizza was just blahhh and the service was terrible. They burned my pizza the first time and the cook (I think?) came and apologized and gave me another for free but it took like 20 minutes to get our food. I asked if there was a change in ownership and the waiter said that it had just changed hands in the past month so that would explain the terrible experience and complete change in quality of food.
This was my previous review:
I crave the salads at Farrago. They have a Goat Cheese Brulee Salad that I love and they have an awesome Cesar Salad. My husband likes their sausage Pizza.
threw up all night – service has always been slow and scarce but the food every now and then made up for it (especially brunch). however, after spending the entire evening with violently ill i'm threw and i don't think you should risk it either. my case was 100% traceable back to the lunch i ate at farrago. i'll spare you the gruesome details, just trust this warning.
Chuck is back!!! – Thankfully Chuck is back, and the food and service have improved drastically. My daughter, and a party of about 20 went for dinner New Year's Eve, and everyone raved. My daughter has declared the pizza crust the best in town, and we're going back tomorrow.
I raised her right, so if she says the crust is fantastic, I believe her. I was born and raised in NYC, so I pride myself on my pizza standards.
I have had most everything on the menu, and as long as Chuck is running the show, it has been perfection.
Let's all give a big cheer that "Chuck is back in charge!"
Mixed feelings – The food was pretty good. I had Tenderloin Migas for Brunch [haven't been for dinner]. They were alright- but the guacamole was great.
It was very busy, it was sort of like a douchey mid town club just spilled out into the place.
One of the few places I know that has bottomless mimosas [for $9 with an entree].
I'll try it again for sure.
But they've got a great brunch menu that deviates from the norm.
Solid, trendy American – No complaints. Try the specials; they're typically the best on the menu. Brunch can get hectic, and you definately need reservations for it.
Awful food and service – We had an awful experience. The service was non-existent. My food was awful and the server NEVER came back to check on us. She actually looked right at me and turned around twice. I finally went up to the host stand for assistance. The manager came over and apologized. The server FINALLY came back over and refilled our drinks. This was after the rest of our party had finished eating. We left our check open with cash and credit cards showing. She walked by several times before picking up the check for us. I wouldn't recommend this place.
these other reviewers are nuts. – hi. the food is well flavored and fantastic. i love the spring rolls, the goat cheese salad, the fish and chips, the jerked pizza and more. the place is cute and the food is different. brunch is badass. great cajun benedict, polenta, stuffed french toast... i will say the service can be on the slow side.
Ruined Birthday – We were celebrating my best friend's 49th birthday witha party of 22. Very close to 1:00 P.M., the hostess came up to our table and loudly proclaimed that she needed our tables because a party of 25 was coming in. We quickly sang happy birthday, cut the cake, and people began to leave soon after. A few us hung around the bar because we weren't quite finished with the bottomless mimosas. After a bit, I went to the restroom and noticed that our table for 22 had been split into several tables. That made me very angry. I waited way past 3:00 P.M. for the arrival of the party of 25 that never showed. I went to the manager to complain. He seemed genuinly concerned, but our party was already gone. There was no way to get them back into the restaurant. If they wanted us to leave earlier, it might have been better to assign more than one waiter to our table of 22. I don't whether they asked us to leave because half our party was African American (I hate to use the race card, but I am baffled as to why they would ask such a large table to leave, especially a table that was spending lots of money) or if they simply wanted to get rid of us (we weren't stupid drunk). Either way, they party was ruined. The hostess was wrong!
Sunday Brunch and the Bottomless Mimosas are Fantab-ulous! – I have never eaten at Farrago for anything but Sunday brunch but out of about 8 restaurants on my Sunday brunch list this is in the top two. The orange juice they use for their mimosas (did I mention they are bottomless?) is the best flavor I have tasted in a mimosa. I don't know what they use but it is delicious. The cheeseburgers are fantastic, the chicken sandwiches are delicious and even better if you have it made like the cheeseburger because the steak sauce they use on the burger is a perfect accompaniment. All of the breakfast food is great but my favorite is the plain old eggs, sausage and potatoes because the sausage is amazing and the potatoes are really like shredded potato pancakes. Yummy- though a little on the greasy side, which is kind of the charm and taste. The atmosphere for brunch is energizing and fun and a little patience can go a long way - the place gets busy and it's nice on a Sunday morning to be a little more layed back and give someone a minute to wait on you. The bartender that is there most Sundays is always on top of things but can't do everything all at once. It is her demeanor and attitude and never missing my glass or forgetting it's bottomless that keep the bar area loose and fun. Enjoy the food, the scene and the drinks! I do plan on getting there to try dinner one of these days, just haven't made it yet unfortunately. I hear from friends that dinner is very good but the atmosphere is much different than the brunch atmosphere - they say much calmer and quieter at night.
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