Houston >Food & Dining > Irma's Restaurant
22 N Chenevert St, Houston, TX | Directions 77002-130229.760221 -95.352046
Monday To Friday From 08:30 AM To 03:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
We had a great lunch here. They had a lot of unique and interesting dishes, and I'll definitely be coming back. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this place to check out.
Completely taken advantage of! – I struggle with this rating for the following reason: the food at Irma's, in my opinion, is GREAT! However, the prices and lack of information are ridiculous! At a table of 6 - we were told to "just pay $19.70" per person. This is when 5 of the 6 people had enchiladas! We had two orders of guacamole that were the smallest portions I have ever encountered - for $7 a pop! We were argued with when we asked to split the bill with the following rebuttal "no one does that here". I am so disappointed in the lack of professionalism and prices of the small portioned dishes, that I will not return. Very unfortunate due to very good food. Irma even followed us out to "chat" asking repeatedly if we were charged the right prices - we all assumed this was a guilty conscience. Sad, sad experience.
I will be dinning there more often. – I don't know what planet some of these critics come from? Planet Whiner I guess. We celebrated a Saturday dinner with my family for my sister's 60th birthday. They pulled together some tables to seat 17, four of them children. The food was great. No one complained and believe me these are not easy to please folk, they have visited good restaurants not just here, but around the world. The lemonade (fruit punch) was excellent. One of my sisters brought a cake and Irma helped her employees cut and serve the cake! Yes it's a little on the pricey side and you don't get a plate the size of a '75 Fleetwood Cadillac's hubcap—but then I don't like going home with styrofoam containers in my hands. Maybe that's why I'm not overweight. Some people have bad experiences and some don't. You always hear from them. In a world of negative reproach, when I have a good time I like to share. Thanks Irma.
SYSCO-fied Mexican food for two...$42!!! – *** If you value your stomach as well as your pocketbook, you would do best to steer clear of this tourist trap. No menu's, no prices except for the daily specials which are sent to you telepathically if you're on receive.
Long story short, this place is the dumpers and if you want to continue helping Irma pay for her fleet of BMW 5 series and commercial property purchases, then have yourself a heapin' helpin' of $7 guacamole and $8 lemonade.
HORRIBLE SERVICE/ WILL NOT EVER RETURN – A few friends and I were looking for a nice place to have a few drinks and appetizers before going to an Astros game. We saw this little restaurant near where we parked and decided to check it out although we had never heard of it. BAD IDEA! When we sat down I asked if they had a Happy Hour (as most places do in the afternoon) and the waitress told me "yes". We didn't really know what to order because there were no menus or item lists anywhere. A boastly woman from the counter shouted out to us "What are you having?!?". We all look around at each other perplexed as to how she expected us to order when we didn't know what was available. Since it is a "Tex Mex" establishment, we opted for couple of margaritas and a plate of bean and cheese nachos to share. Nothing extravagant. When we were ready to get going, we didn't receive a bill. We were told to walk up to a register. The loud rude woman at the counter rang up a bunch of things and then yapped my total to me! Uh, a little TOO pricey for 4 Happy Hour margaritas and a plate of bean and cheese nachos. So I inquired if she had remembered to ring up the margaritas as happy hour...maybe that was it. But she YELLED at me that they DID NOT have a happy hour and the margaritas were $12 each!!! And these LOOKED like happy hour margaritas, maybe ____ ounces. I was astonished!! I told her I was told by the waitress that there was a happy hour and she responded by telling me not to listen to the waitress that they don't know what they are doing and it is her restaurant so she can do anything she pleases. WOW! What a TERRIBLE way to run a business! I went ahead and paid the stupid bill but will NEVER EVER go back to this place and tell everyone I know never to go there. BEWARE! THIS LADY IS CRAZY!
Terrible experience – We work in downtown area and decided to try something new. Being of Mexican origin everyone asked me to pick a decent Mexcian restaurant. I had never been to IRMA'S RESTAURANT but wanted to for a while so I had a party of 6 from our office for a nice afternoon meal. The OWNER, IRMA is a Crazy person. She is like a split personality and while trying to be polite with her customers was yelling at another sitting at another table, who happens to be my friends, for no apparent reason! Even the food was not great but was pricey! I WILL NEVER GO BACK OR RECOMMEND ANYONE THERE! Beware of the madness!
MOMMA DIDNT RAISE NO FOOL – I wonder if IRMA HAS EVEN TAKEN NOTE OF THE COMMENTS AND REVIEWS. This SHOULD GIVE HER A HEADS UP ABOUT HER DECLINE OF BUSINESS.
Who in their right mind would continue to go eat there, and feel violated & abused by her tactics. If she feels she can sleep at night, and one day she wll have
someone else to attest to.The might Dollar(666) is also stamped on her forehead and Her 5 series..She should be getting a Bentley next year with the crowds that keep coming in. I know better than to go eat there..
I know thePappas, and the Fertittas along with the Lorenzo's give you more for your dollar at their establishments.
not the way to run a business – I think Irma's is deceptive. It looks like your average Mexican place, and it serves perfectly acceptable Mexican food. The lemonade is pretty good as well. But there's no menu. This is an issue because prices aren't disclosed, and the bill is shocking. I've paid $19 for a three-course five star lunch at other places. At Irma's, it cost about $21.50 for a drink + one course of chicken fajitas without cheese, sour cream, or guacamole. I would have guessed it was a $9.50 meal.
Great Food ruined by Horrible Host – We go to Irma's twice a month. We went before a ballgame and the host did not recognize me with a baseball hat on. We were next in line for a table and a regular (they were on a first-name basis) walked in 10 minutes after us. The same host said he would take care of him. After 5 minutes, the "regular" said to us, "It sure does pay to know someone in here." Next thing I know, the host seats them before us. He then had the audacity to say the other group had reservations, which was clearly a lie. I don't mind a host being cordial to regulars, but to skip over our group to take care of him will not be tolerated by our corporation. We at 701 Louisiana, will NEVER go back to Irma's because of his error in judgment.
Stay Away – Two buddies and I went to Irma's on a Fri before an Astros game. We were surprised that there was no menu, but we figured it was a mom and pop type of place, so no prob. Nothing about the location, decor, or anything else would lead you to believe it was overpriced. I had the pork enchiladas, as did one of my friends and the other had the chicken mole. We all agreed the food was good, but definitely nothing special. Between the 3 of us, we had 3 magaritas and 4 beers. So when we get the bill, there's no itemization what-so-ever. The only thing written on the white piece of paper was "$90". We looked at eachother and thought surely that meant something else. We thought a high end estimate of each entree cost should be $10. So we get up to the counter and the woman indeed says, "$90". We asked her how that could be, and she pointed to a sign hanging over the register that said, "Prices subject to change based on attitude." We'd noticed the sign and just thought it was one of those joke signs that you often see in casual restaurants. I couldn't help but let her know that we felt ripped off. It's not just the money, it's the fact that it all seems to tie together to their benefit, not having a menu AND it just so happens the food is over priced. We asked her to split it up 3 ways and we started telling her what we each had. Mine was $30, one friend's was $23, and the other friend's was $27. Now, add up those numbers and tell me what you get. I got $80. So what happened to $90? We asked why they originally said $90. Regardless of whether it was intentional or not, you'd think the response would be, "We're sorry, we must have added it up wrong." But instead they chose to basically ignore the question. So I told the woman behind the counter that they should really let their guests know what they're prices are. She said they'd been doing it that way for 20 years. I told her that she was looking at 3 people would never come back. She didn't seem to care and we got out of there. So, unless you like paying about $16 for a plate of food that really is worth about $8 and is about as good as a Los Tios, then STAY AWAY.
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