Houston >Food & Dining > Spindletop
1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.756860 -95.369483
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Overrated, over-priced and terrible service – My wife and I dined here on the recommendation of a colleague. We were absolutely underwhelmed. The evening started poorly when we were told by the young lady that met us at the entry that our table would not be ready for an hour later than our reservation. I reminded her that we had made the booking almost a month earlier and that we were celebrating my wife's birthday, whcih was met with a "so what".
After 15 minutes, I asked her for an updated dining time and she told me she didn't know when we'd be seated (not even able to confirm her original 60 minute estimate was still valid). I asked for the manager, who was mildly more helpful and found us a table quickly (only 30 minutes later than our reservation).
The food was passable but overpriced for the quality and the rib eye I had was not cooked as requested. Te much raved about view from the restaurant was obscured partly by very dirty windows. To top it all off, I was charged an exhorbinant valet fee (a communication mix up with the valet I was told by the parking manager) but still left with a $20 fee. Never again, and I have since declined business meals here based on the one experience.
Great all the way around, but hold on to your teeth when the bill comes – The atmosphere was perfect for my 6th wedding anniversary. I researched to find "The" place to go. We dressed up, valet parked, and stepped into this lovely room over looking the skyline. How special. Dinner was amazing, steaks cooked to perfection. When placing the reservation we were offered the "romance package". Who could say no? For $85 bucks, great food, rose petals on the table, wonderful. We don't always spend a lot for meals, but my husband and I agreed this is worth it. My husband was all proud and several times mentioned how pampered he felt, UNTIL. The bill arrived and not only does a glass of tea not come with the meal, the waiter added his own tip and the $85 dollars for the romance package was for each person. I was shocked and felt violated that we had been scammed for an anniversary. $225 dollars later we had to cancel all the remaining plans and head for home and not in a very good mood after this. Not the end we hoped for. Be aware that you may only get half the story when you call and the "romance package" will destroy the mood fast. We literally were shocked and pretty disappointed. Food was good, but not that good. This really ruined the anniversary experiance and we will not go back. How many individuals ask for the romance package? Usually for romance it takes 2, usually. They should have quoted the real price. I can not recommend them. I can get just a great of a steak at my local Texas Land and Cattle or Texas Road House and not pay that price. The romance left the building as did my husbands cash roll.
Most Exclusive Restaurant in Houston – My boyfriend and I chose Spindletop to celebrate our anniversary, and we couldn't have been happier anywhere else. The food was wonderful, the service - very prompt and professional. We also had an amazing view from our table: we could see the sunset and then beautiful night lights of Houston. We enjoyed our special night there very much and definitely recommend Spindletop for everybody. Even though you have to wait for a while for your food, it's well worth it, and you probably are not in a hurry on your special night anyway. The complimentary valet parking was also very nice and convenient and we liked the downtown location of the place. We will definitely be back to Spindletop again!
Don't Spindle your Money!!! – I recently visited the Spindle top for a special occasion and needless to say the previous reviews were right on point. When I first walked in I was somewhat greeted by the hostess if you call a 10 sec. staring contest a greeting. She was not at all social and lacked personality. Once we were seated the view was breathtaking. As far as the food goes you will have a 30-45min wait for your food to arrive. That's about 2 complete revolutions around the downtown scene. I hope you are not thirsty while you wait for your food to arrive because the wait staff only does table visits once you are 1st seated and when your food arrives. The food was very average and the portions were less than desirable. The best thing going was the dessert. All in all it was an experience but not one that i would look forward to making again.
Pretty good food, but what's going on with the wine list?! – Headed out to the Spindletop last night after a couple of years absence. Things have changed. I used to love it there for a "special" dinner out. The food is still fairly good but has definitely gone down hill. My major beef is the wine list. The vast majority of it is Californian, which is fine if you have a bit of variety and something out of the ordinary. However, if people are out for a meal in which entrees are around $30, I don't think they want to see R.H. Phillips and Beringer on the wine list for $45 a bottle. Surely they can get hold of better stuff than the $7 a bottle in the store range!?
It's still a nice place to go for a different dining experience but I think they've become lazy. They shouldn't rest on the fact that there's a nice view.
Very Romantic – Spindletop was one of the most romantic restaurants I've ever had the pleasure of dining. The food is of the highest quality and presentation exceeded my expectations. The service was exceptional, friendly and very professional. The view of downtown Houston was spectacular and very romantic. I couldn't think of a more perfect setting for a marriage proposal or any other special occasion to celebrate with the one(s) you love.
ROMANTIC_ Now I'm engaged to the love of my life. – To be honest, I was nervous at first. I wanted to do somthing special for my wife to be. I had to do something great, her expectaions were high. I called for a reservation & they prepared everything for me. When I arrived there were rose petals on the table with a special menu. We both enjoyed but then I knew it was time to propose. When dessert came out the server gave me a nod. I gathered all of my courage & knelt on one knee & I did it. She said yes. She cried, ok I teared up a little too. She said that she was surprized and happy. We want to make it a tradition going back for every anniversary.
romantic – Worst meal ever. $80.00 for the toughest lobster with cold butter I have ever had. Even the wonderful view could not make this meal okay.
An Original Restuarant! – Now it's been some time since I've been to SpindleTop, but I've gone three times...so far :-) Yes, the menu is a tad pricy (Ranges from $15-$35 a plate), Yes, there's not a large amount of food to match its price, and Yes, the servers are quiet, but there are plenty of upsides! How many revolving restaurants do you know of? I never once felt annoyed by the servers. They came at just the right moments. Never over-doing it so I could have my space. I don't eat large amounts of food in one sitting, so the portion worked out in my favor. I ALWAYS have to take home leftovers. You're paying for the restaurant's originality, their decor, and the experience! I WILL...be going again :-)
Lets put a review on the front page, Yeah, how smart are these people – Look, we tried it and were very dissapointed all the way from service, to food taste and especially portions. i really disliked the pricing. You dont get what you pay for. I'll never forget my experience, the fact that you have such a great concept, and well thats it. It's like a looking at a brand new ferrari and then finding out there is no engine or transmission. Please take your concept and sell it to someone with passion to really exploit the good points of houston fine dining circle.
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