Houston >Restaurants > 17 at Alden Hotel Houston
1117 Prairie St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700229.759886 -95.360383
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
My new favorite spot! – I heard and read a lot about the Alden and the *17 . Finally I made arrangements to take some friends for dinner for my BDay! I couldn't choose a better place! So beautiful and romantic! It is shocking how beautiful it is! I had the snapper, my friend had the rib eye-can't express myself to say how delicious the food was! I learned that all the food is right from the market-to the grill and to the table! Fresh, homemade and absolutely outstanding presentation! The service was impeccable! We will definitely go back and recommend it to all of our friends! You NEED to try it!!!
Amazing! – My wife and I finally decided to check out this restaurant after hearing from our friends how good it is. They were right! We had tickets to go to see "Rock of Ages" and wanted to get something to eat prior to the show. We chose 17 since they provide a shuttle service to the theater. As soon as we walked in we were impressed. The restaurant is gorgeous. Our waiter was Tony and he took great care of us. Attentive but not overpowering. He made great suggestions with the food. We had a wonderful dinner and got to our show with plenty of time. We will definitely be coming back!
Great food, So Romantic! – Had dinner with my husband and was just blown away by the food and service. Diana made us feel so welcome and taken care of! We both had the tasting menu and it was amazing! Both my husband and I are foodies so expections were high and they were definatly met!
best meal I had in Houston. Thanks to Patrick – The snapper dish was impeccable. Service was flawless. Thanks to Diana & her Team. Great extensive wine list. Patrick GM surely knows how to pair my dish.
Just okay – My spouse and I went for New Year's Eve and were disappointed. There was a prefixed menu with two choices for each course. My spouse and I ordered one of each so we could try everything. The food was just okay and our server was forgetful. A gratuity of 20% was added to our meal (for a party of 2 who received just okay service) so we ended up with a over $240 dollar meal.
Great service and atmosphere, food so-so – We visited during Restaurant Week, where you pay a fixed price of $35 for 3 courses. The food was just okay for the price. Out of the 6 entree choices provided for restaurant week, we ordered 5. Two were pretty good and the other 3 were less than great. Not much flavor. Nothing was bad, but for a high end restaurant, I expected more. The service however, was excellent and the setting very nice. Nice bar as well. My recommendation for the same type of experience with better food is to try Voice inside Hotel Icon.
I know no one responded to your criticism last year concerning *17. Since your last visit there have been several changes. The hotel is under new ownership and management. *17 has retained it's servers, which you seemed to enjoy, replaced the chef, and has a new experienced General Manger.
That would be me Patrick Dorrian.
I know it is a aggravating when you are excited to go and spend hard earned money and be let down. I believe we have truly turned around, as witnessed by this years Zagat ratings.
I hope you will join us again, and introduce yourself.
General Manager *17
A hostess ding dong for dessert? – i asked for a ceasar salad, which they served in the bar, and the server made it seem like it was such an ordeal. He had to ask the chef if he would make it, which he did, but i think he forgot the dressing. i asked for a malbec and the manager brings me 3 other types of wine to choose from, because they have a limited selection. he then choose one for me, which sucked. they serve some sort of paste with bread before the appetizer, it tasted like bean dip. only gives you one roll, which was actually good. salmon looked as though it had been sitting in the heat lamp for a while. oh and don't even try the mac and cheese. OMG it was absolutely disgusting. the only word that comes to mind is clumpy. my dates steak was chuy and bland.
the server was bitchy. and to end the evening, the dessert was seriously a ding dong, but more dry. waste of money.
Fall from Grace – It's sad when one of your favorite restaurants slips but fortunately there are others to take it's place. On my first vist back to 17 after the change in chefs I was dissapointed with the dinner. It was for restaurant week but really it should always be right... there shouldn't be an excuse. From what I heard, most of my dinner companions were also dissapointed. I may have gone back to give it another try had I not heard from other friends who dined with smaller parties on regular nights and had a negative experience as well.
I agree it is sad when one of your favorite restaurants slip and falls form grace. Americans, however, love a comeback.
In the past year The Alden was purchased by a small group of investors. The hotel is under new management and has made several changes. *17 has a new chef Sam Beier, the same servers, and a new General Manager.
That would be me Patrick Dorrian.
I believe that as a team we have been able to return *17 to some of its old glory with some new touches in place and big surprises on the way. We are currently updating our wine list and it will be completed for the new year.
If you loved us once, every spoiled child deserves a shot at redemtion, give us another shot.
If you do return, please take the time to introduce yourself.
Wonderful Experience – My husband and I have been fans of *17 for several years. Unfortunately, we have not been to dinner there since they had gotten their new Chef earlier this year. We had read lots of great reviews so I decided to take my husband there for his birthday prior to going to a concet in downtown. The restaurant looked amazing as they had changed the furniture in the room around. The large white chairs were quite comfy. The waitress knew we were on a time schedule due to the concert and made sure all 3 courses of our dinner were served in a timely manner. From our appetizer to our dessert, everything tasted incredible. I highly reccommend the Butternut Squash Soup and the Banana Creme Brulee. My husband and I both had two seperate fish dishes which were both flavored to perfection. We will definitely not be waiting so long to return.
Not a Good Night – We hadn't been to 17 in several years, but had been reading it was getting good reviews, so we booked a table. Disappointing evening. 2 couples went to celebrate an anniversary (17th!). The food, although very well presented, was nothing special, mainly because the food was not hot (my husband did like his scallop special.) Even the cappucino was lukewarm. Staff seemed inexperienced. Our waiter, a new employee, tried his best but did not know much about the menu. The waitress in the bar did not know about the sparkling wine on the table list I asked about, and the service was lazy. No one acknowledged the fact that we were celebrating an anniversary (they were told when we made the reservation; we also mentioned it to the waiter.) On our way out, we stopped by the front desk to ask if we might see of the hotel's rooms. The young lady there unapologetically said no one was available to show us one. For the prices charged, we wont be returning.
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