Houston >Food & Dining > Tony's
3755 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7704629.731985 -95.435994
Neighborhoods: Greenway/ Upper Kirby, Central
The $17 lunch special is an xlnt value but if you're nobody they definitely treat u that way. New Exec Chef Grant Gordon is great however
Tony's New Chef is Outstanding – i recently dined at Tony's, WOW! what a great new chef! The braised short ribs were simply devine. The waiter suggested a bottle of Barbera D'Alba to accompany the short ribs and at $65.00 it was the perfect marriage. We will be back soon. The addition of the new chef has made Tony's better than ever!
Overpriced for what you get – We decided on Tony's based on their menu selection and looking for somewhere fancy to dine for our 5 year wedding anniversary. If you're looking for a pleasant anniversary dinner experience, this isn't the place to get it. There are much other restaurants that give you better service for special occasions.
Ambiance was nice. The guy in the suit who took our order I wasn't pleased with. Right off I could tell he knew we were new customers. We didn't even get an explanation of the menu. Later in the evening the couple next to us (regulars I presume) were given an explanation and even made small talk with them. Maybe it's because me and my husband look so young, but that's certainly not the way any customer should be treated.
For starters, we ordered the Lobster Bisque. This was actually pretty good. My husband ordered the Tenderloin saltimbocca...which was just OK. He wasn't impressed. I ordered the Sauteed Gulf Flounder. It was OK as well. At least the there was plenty of lump crab meat.
We read all the raves about their souflee. It was a huge portion and imagined it to be so for $12. It was pretty good. We did get complimentary strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. I'm assuming this was their anniversary gift to us.
I was disappointed of no acknowledgment of our anniversary despite my husband mentioning it to the hostess when he made the reservations. You expect to have a special dinner with exceptional service.
The tab came to be $124. We were willing to pay any price for dinner when it comes to our anniversary. The souflee was $12 x 2...wow $24...when they only cut out two pieces and took the rest back to the kitchen to be thrown away. We weren't even told Thank you as we got up and left.
Tony's is overpriced for what the give you and service is only exception to their regular crowds. Again, if you're looking for a romantic anniversary dining experience with exceptional food, Tony's isn't the place..
Expensive but best place to celebrate! Great food and you are treated like royalty! – My husband and I are in our early thirties and we eat out quite a bit. We've been to Tony's twice (both times were great) but it's been about 3 years. So, we went last night to celebrate our anniversary and had a fantastic experience! They treat you like royalty with many people serving your table, escorting you around the restaurant and making sure your food arrives at just the right time. The menu is always great with unique seasonal specialties and there are many great wine options by the bottle or glass. We splurged and had the white truffle appetizer ($130 but well worth it). Most entrees are around $30-$40. But, the best part about Tony's is that they make you feel special when it's time to celebrate. I've been let down before at other restaurants (Mark's) when I told them we were celebrating but they didn't even say "happy anniversary". That will never happen at Tony's. They will acknowledge your occasion and also treat you with their signature cotton candy dessert! Yes, you can spend a lot of money here...but for a memorable occasion...it's worth it!
Great Food; Snobby waitstaff – My husband and I went there a couple of months ago. The food was great and so was the wine. The waitstaff was very snobby. Yes we are a young couple in our late twenties but we were spending $300+. They were much more attentive to the older patrons next to us and we had to wait 30 minutes for our check. Others were asked how they were doing and our food was brought out to us then we sat there for 30 minutes until someone came back around. Good for old people but we will try other finer restaurants in Houston.
Great place to impress your date – We were pleasantly surprised to have a great dinning experiance with fantastic service. Owner Tori Vallone is working the floor making sure everyone is having a memorable experiance. Ask for table 1 if you are a couple as it is near the piano. The decore is stunning with lots of attention to detail. Be sure to save room for the Chocolate soufle; it is to die for. Our meal for two with a bottle of wine came out to 222 which we felt was a fair value. This is one of the top reastaurants in Houston and does 30,000,000 a year, so they are a big operation. Best to catch them on a non Friday and Sat if you want the good service. It gets plenty busy on the weekends and even on Thursday evenings. Great wine list. Definatly a must do experiance if you like fine dinning.
Bad service, overpriced – A group of 7 went to Tony's for a friend's birthday. The service was appalling, we had to wait nearly 1/2 an hour to GET MENUS and then another 20 minutes to order. My boyfriend had to order his drink 4 times before it came. The waiter offered me more champagne and then returned to tell me the bottle was empty. After the food finally arrived, my chicken was so salty I could barely eat it. I was so angry by the time I left that i could barely sleep.
Food is excellant, service is lacking – My husband and I recentley visited Tony's for my 30th birthday. This was our 3rd visit. The food was fabulous - but we left dissapointed about the service. We waited for quite a while for them to take our dinner order, we actually had to flag someone down and let them know we were ready to order. Twice they brought us the wrong drinks. We had to request bread and butter. We had to request that they remove the wine glasses from our table. There were 4 of us dining and we ordered 2 desserts. They only brought one of the desserts that we ordered. It was pretty much one bad mistake after another as far as the service goes. I will think twice before I spend $400 plus at dinner for bad service.
Great Fine Dining – My wife and I have dined at Tony's on a number of occasions now and have never been disappointed...until the last visit (Dec 07). Although the food was exceptional, wine was beautiful and the ambience great - the service was not up to normal standards. We were hurried thorugh our meal, I had ot get up and pour my own wine at one point and they "lost" the bottle of water we ordered. With a meal over $500 for 2, this is not what we have come to expect - one more chance because opf their track record!!!
Culinary delight! Great Experience, Fantastic Service – The food at Tony's was a breath of fresh air. I went to Tony's after a friend showed me their review in Esquire magazine rating them a top 20 restaurant in America. The menu was very thorough accompanied with a separate menu listing the specials featuring items that are the first in season. I was suprised that a French/American restaurant had several sushi dishes that were both original and incredibly fresh. I had the the Kona Kompachi, a Hawaiian yellowtail, that was accompanied with oranges. I loved the mixture of sushi with fruit. I also had the Sea Bass with black rice as my entree and it was very light. There was nothing heavy about these dishes unlike many restaurants who try to cover their fish in heavy sauces. The waiter we had was very attentive, bringing out cotton candy and miniature cupcakes compliments of the chef, as the waiter knew we were celebrating a friend's birthday. I was able to see the kitchen through the glass window that opens up into the main dining room which is great because it makes every table feel as if they are able to view what's going on in the kitchen. I'm not sure about the previous user's experience, as it didn't desrcribe anything in detail, but our party had a great time and and the chef looked like he was in his early 30's. This surprised me given the skill of his cooking and the expansiveness of his menu. It is apparent that a great deal of thought went into creating our entire experience and I will definitely be returning!
Get with the culinary trends – My Wife & I went to Tonys about 2 weeks ago & let me tell you this place should just close!! We went on a recomendation from a friend who said Tonys is a Houston land mark. If this is the best Houston has to offer we will just rather eat at Taco Bell. The food is so old school. They must have a old French chef who only knows how to use butter & cream. Hey owners, hire one of these "young gun" chefs so you can stay with the trends. The service is a whole other train wreck that I will not even bore you with. In short if you like old school flaverless food with bad service go to Tonys, but if you want something a little more exciting go to Marks, Vin or the new Monarch.
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