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“What the owners initiated as a charming ambience was ruined by a waiter that should never have made it past the register at McDonald's.”
“To finish us off he brought out home made cashew brittle and cranberry bread pudding with fresh whipped cream.”
“would imagine that if you told Andrew that you had pending theatre reservations, he could speed things up for you, but for me and many others, it is just a place to relax that happens to serve food in concert with my favorite wines.”
“Deeeelicious italian food, gorgeous decor, and an attentive, wonderful waitstaff describe it well.”
“The menu is slowly changing and improving and some of my favorites like the rabbit have disappeared, but the pasta with shrimp and artichoke hearts is sufficiently good to replace it.”
“Deeeelicious italian food, gorgeous decor, and an attentive, wonderful waitstaff describe it well.”
Intimate Dining in the Heart of Montrose.
Why You'll Love It:
*Intimate dining for any occasion
*Upscale fare and BYOB
*Secluded Montrose location
*Delicious food and it’s BYOB.
Once upon a time, passersby were intrigued by a little Montrose cottage marked only by a neon blue “1915.” Today, the secret’s out and Houstonians flock to this hidden gem for hearty comforts.
Cannelloni Florentine pairs exquisitely with crab cakes and ratatouille. An exclusive prix fixe dinner highlights inspired dishes ranging from braised short ribs to garlic shrimp pasta. The key lime pie, flour less chocolate cake and lemon beignets are delicious dessert options to be enjoyed will lingering over a cappuccino. Bring your own bottle of wine and toast to rustic cuisine and amore at this neighborhood gem!
My First Visit...Loved it!!!.
I had heard about Just Dinner, but had not tried it. We went last night to celebrate my birthday. It is in an old house and I found it to be totally charming. It is not easy to spot after dark, but it is next to the parking lot for The Guild on Dunlavy. There are no signs saying that you can park in the Guild lot, but the wait staff assured us that you can.
My friend had the brie soup to start and said that it was almost a religious experience. I had the wedge salad and it was fresh and good. She had the pasta puttanesca and said that it was yummy (but quite spicy). It was a huge portion which is more rare in restaurants these days. I had the trout in butter sauce and it was very good as was the parmesan risotto.
We declined on dessert, but since it was my birthday I was brought a scoop of homemade ice cream. I don't really like sweets, but this was one of the most delicious things that I have ever eaten.
Someone complained of service issues...Can't imagine what would please them if they had our server. He was attentive without being intrusive. I thought that he was charming and thoughtful.
Since it is BYOB, it makes the experience even more affordable. I loved it and will definitely return soon.
My Favorite Restaurant!. Just Dinner is amazing! Andrew the owner is friendly and warm and the atmosphere is cozy and unique. It is a small, intimate restaurant and you must have reservations to eat here! I had the best Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola. My husband had one of the delicious pasta dishes. We were very happy and we felt the food was definitely worth the price. We love the fact that it is BYOB! I love going to Just Dinner anytime we have ANYTHING to celebrate! The person who wrote negatively about it obviously has issues! Just Dinner is the best!
It was so relaxing. We planned to meet up with some old friends and have dinner. Once arriving at their house we proceeded to the restaurant. I had not been to Just Dinner but it was a favorite of friends and they said we would be impressed. When arriving, the owner showed us to our table. He took the wine we brought and came back with glasses and poured the wine. After an hour of visiting we decided to order. The menu was not large but plenty to make a choice. The atmosphere was relaxing and very comfortable to make catching up with old friends very enjoyable. Being my first (and not my last) visit, I was impressed. The food was good, service was enjoyable and the setting was relaxing. I have recommended this place to several people and will plan on going again soon. This is not a place to take your beer buddies for hot wings but a place to take good friends or someone special for a night of conversation and relaxation.
Friendly, Relaxing and Good Food Too.
I read the previous review and could not believe it was the same place i have come to know and love, so I went back to make sure.
The menu is slowly changing and improving and some of my favorites like the rabbit have disappeared, but the pasta with shrimp and artichoke hearts is sufficiently good to replace it.
Andrew and his wife still make everyone feel welcome and give as much time as they can whenever it is not too busy, and both are always delighted to take a sip of a wine you might have brought. However, if they get slammed by people turning up at the wrong time or just walking in, sometimes they can seem a little scarce.
The cozy and friendly atmosphere is still in place, and my date and I got talking with a table next to us, and shared food, wine and lifestyle stories, an unique aspect of Just Dinner that reminds me that I do not visit it enough.
The service is not fast, but that is not part of the focus or intent of the restaurant. I would imagine that if you told Andrew that you had pending theatre reservations, he could speed things up for you, but for me and many others, it is just a place to relax that happens to serve food in concert with my favorite wines.
To those not familiar with it, do not try and walk in and expect a table. Make a reservation at least a day in advance to be sure of a weekday night and good luck trying to get a table for 4 at the weekend.
Paradise Lost. We recently ate at Just Dinner for the first time in months. In the past we had no complaints, but this last visit completely altered our opinion of the place. First of all the food has not changed in the year and a half since its opening. Even the nightly specials are exactly the same. Though we?d like to see some changes there, we never wanted anything else to change. Unfortunately, for everyone, it has. The service was formulaic and lacked character, which honestly ruined our whole experience. For us, it was always the service, the mature crowd, and of course Andrew, the owner/chef, that made Just Dinner a charming neighborhood restaurant- where everyone felt like part of the family. I remember how Andrew would make his ?rounds- checking on each table, occasionally sitting down for part of your meal. He truly made you feel welcomed. This past trip I barely caught a glimpse of Andrew, and his presence was sorely missed. Our waitress did nothing to fill the void. She was cold, rude, slow and disrespectful. She did not make us feel comfortable or welcomed there- which is what Just Dinner used to be about! She didn?t pay much attention to us; in fact we didn?t interact once with her after she took our order. She was too busy flirting and drinking (yes wine!) with a man at the bar. Another girl who seemed to be doing the bulk of her work took, care of our needs and our somewhat generous tip was intended for her. The place seemed crowded and loud, with workers and guests alike. What was once a tranquil spot for the sophisticated and the romantic, has turned into an immature ?scene? filled with chaos and noise. It has lost its vibe, its charm and its intimacy. Just Dinner was once a paradise, that is now lost. Hopefully, for all us supporters of the ?old? Just Dinner, Andrew closed this month to hire and train new staff so we can see more of him and less of that offensive waitress.
I made the mistake of waiting to the last minute to try and get a reservation on Satrurday night. As Andrew the owner says, it's a teni tiny restaurant and fills up quick. So with a weeks notice we finally got in. Oh, what a wonderful little restaurant. Cozy, romantic, friendly.
Having it be BYOB is the best. The food was very generous with it's portions. We had gazpacho straight from Andrew's garden in the back. I had rainbow trout with parmasean risotto. My date had the roast, everything was so delicious!'
Everyone is very friendly, sharing wine, stories, conversations. This restaurant is truly a Houston secret.
Just not good enough!.
Update to the previous review. We've now been banished from Just Dinner. The Chef/Owner has asked our friends to never bring us back after reading our review below. This is not a problem. We would rather patronize a chef who prefers feeding people more than his own ego. We willl happily spend our exile at Lucio's....................
Went with friends that love the place. Had reservations for a tasting dinner @ $50 each. Pricey, but bringing our own wine thought it would be worth it. They put us in the noisy room open to the kitchen. After four tiny courses, the chef tried to send dessert - a tasty cured salmon amuse-bouche (one bite), a small ramekin of gazpacho (good), tortellini (average and due to the small portion we thought it was an appetizer) and a small field green salad with nothing but a rasberry vinagrette (awful - i could have done better. Since we were still hungry and expecting a real main course, the chef delivered a mediocre osso bucco which dripped off the 5" salad plates used for each course. Never refilled the rolls which we scarfed down, to fill the hunger. We felt really duped. Will not go back regardless of the BYOB and friendly chef & his wife. It's just not good enough for Houston.
most romantic, cozy, little italian place in Houston. I went there recently and had the most romantic time of my life! a friend had recommended this houston secret to me and just by hearing her description it made me interested in checking it out. Just Dinner is a cozy little place in the heart of Montrose. Deeeelicious italian food, gorgeous decor, and an attentive, wonderful waitstaff describe it well. Its a BYOB, you cant ask for anything more. I felt like i was in NYC or San Francisco or somewhere very far from Houston. As you step into Just Dinner, it takes you away with the aromas from the kitchen and places you inside a romantic little house that makes you feel relaxed.
Wonderful owner, rude waiter, marginal food. Well, this restaurant does not like large groups; so why they have a large table for 10.....who knows? Yes, we were loud and had a good time while ordering the priciest items on the menu. What would you expect from a table of 10? The ogre of a waiter snatched my plate from under me while I was still chewing with food on my plate. Further, he collected our credit card receipts immediately upon signature and proceeded to stomp around the table like a grump. What the owners initiated as a charming ambience was ruined by a waiter that should never have made it past the register at McDonald's. Finally, we were told as half our group had left that they woule love to have us back as parties of two. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!!! And I'll tell everyone I know to avoid this place.
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