Houston >Food & Dining > Fuad's Restaurant
“OK, if your date thinks baseball is romantic.”
“Jose makes the best drinks in town, J.R. will make sure your every desire is taken care of.”
“ive been there only once and my god its was the best food in all houston.”
“No menu and a personalized service with the chef gives you an unique experience foreign to Houston.”
“It's nice place, but not pretentious.”
“Service was friendly & quick.”
“The waiter became rude and inpatient when we asked about the price of entrees.”
“Service was friendly & quick.”
So... Umm, yeah....
Ok, we went here for V-Day 2012 just like these peeps below (or above) us in these comments.
First off, we were also a little shocked by the bill. It wasn't too bad, but not really worth what we got. Mark's on Westheimer@Dunlavy is about the same price, but Mark's food/service is way better (at least when we were there).
Fuad's has been in Houston for a long time, a lot longer than Mark's. It's kinda got a "locals only" vibe to it. Very romantic, very eclectic. We definitely did NOT feel like one of the crowd and felt a little out of place. We usually drop around two bills on V-day, and don't usually feel like we're not welcome. The regular patrons must drop at least $300. a visit. That's the type of place this is. Oil tycoons. Old money. If you're not either of these, then think twice about eating here. The food was great. The service was ok. We didn't have a bad experience, but we didn't have a great one. For $200. for a couple I should want to come back. We won't be back. We watched the owner pass out roses to the ladies. When he came to us, he laid the rose on the table not even looking at my wife. Eff you dood.
Worst Dining Experience Ever. My worst dining experience ever was at Fuad's last night (2/14/2012). I eat out a lot, and have extensive experience dining at expensive restaurants all over the world. I believe in the old adage that "you get what you pay for". However, last night, I certainly did not get anywhere near what I paid for. First, the person that took our order was rude when I asked if the menu for Valentine's day was at a fixed price for the evening. He told me "I was wasting his time even asking." There were no prices on the menu and in order to not make a fuss in front of my boyfriend, I did not ask the prices. I figured that possibly my boyfriend had already checked the prices when he made the reservation (he didn't). We ordered lobster for the main course, two appetizers and soup. We ordered four glasses of wine and no dessert. The wine was cheap and very bad. The bisque was good, but needed sherry in it to make it taste right. The lobster main course was bathed in a tasteless salty sauce. The side dish of vegetables that came with the entree were inedible. They tasted as if someone had dropped their cigarette ashes in them. The shrimp cocktail was fair, with 4 good sized shrimp, although the tomatoes that accompanied the shrimp were under-ripe and tasteless. Well, in short, the food was not very good. When the check came, by friend and I were in shock. The check was nearly $600!! We expected a bill in the range of $300, but not anything in the range of what they charged. This place is a rip-off. Thank heavens we have the means to pay for something like this. I feel really sorry for some poor, unknowing person of modest means who may have dined there last night, and received an outrageous bill such as that, as it could really wipe out a modest budget. I really don't know what this place is trying to accomplish in gouging people like that.....it seems to me that it would lose customers in the long run. The owner should be ashamed of conducting business like that. Obviously, I will never go back to Fuad's and I will tell everyone I know about this horrible experience.
Sticker Shock on V-Day.
First, I have really liked Fuads over the last few years that I have been going. I often will take a first date there for an mature dining experience where the food is usually good to excellant. I enjoy that they remember, not only my name, but my drink. As a matter of fact, on my first visit when I asked for my favored Bourbon and they didn't have it, they showed up about ten minutes later with a bottle they went and purchased.
There "no menu" policy has a certain intrigue that adds to the experience when the chef comes, sits with you, and asks "what do you want to eat tonight", and then makes it.
However, ya knew it was coming, I took a young lady to dinner there for Valentine Dinner last night (2012). Ok, Fuads is not cheap and with no menu or price list it is a bit of a crap shoot. I have usually spent around $120.00 for dinner for two and have "trusted" fair/consistant pricing.
Last night though I had sticker shock when the check was presented and the price was almost 300% more than usual. Well over the mid $300.00's + tip (not mention if tip was included due to a holiday premium). Interestingly, there WAS a menu last night with several choices. I can understand that on a night that had the place full...however, no pricing listed. We ONLY had the entre, a small steak and a very small lobster tail x 2(and the hot veggie platter which is always served), no desert, appitizer etc. We had three adult beverages, tea and a soda.
When I go out, usally price is not my main concern however, my date laughed at the look on my face that I allowed to slip at my suprise. I was not alone, my date, the gracious lady she is, pointed out she saw/heard a couple of other patrons that appraoched the matrede', JR, expressing their supprise as well. She said they too had the same blood rushed out of their face pale look that had flashed across my face.
That being said, we had a very nice time in this romantic, ecletic "known by the inner Houston crowd" that most would never go to unless taken by a loyal patron. Ok, here is the real rub. I am a loyal and vocal fan of Fuads, but, I really feel betrayed and a bit disrespected and do not feel there was any sharred loyalty. I can understand a mark up for this type of holiday but this seems extreme. When I called to make reservations nothing was mentioned at the change for the night.
I do not think if I would have gone to "The Palm (in the same strip center) I would not have had this type of suprise . My dad used to own a handful of restaurants around Houston back in the 70's and while it is a tough business, loyatly to dinners can make a difference. My guess would be that Fuads stays open only on word of mouth as its "hole in the wall location" is not likely to have folks just go into.
Will I go back....likely so, however, I will be keeping my ears and eyes open for a simaliar type of place that I can enjoy the atmosphere and conversations with my date. Fuads has been my "go to" place for several years if I wanted romance and, yes, a place to impress for its ecletic, continental charm, but now I am in the market. Suggestions??
Great Food and Service. This place is great! The food is excellent and the service is outstanding! There is no menu, so you order what you want....scalloped potatoes, walah! Chicken with cream sauce, fresh fish, rack of lamb...all of their food is delicious. I would recommend this place to couples, or a larger group either way. They treat you special! The prices are not too too high. We usually share a dish, and they give you plenty. Unforgettable dining experience!
rediculous. My friend ordered a refill on water at the bar and was given complete attitude. Yes she knew she had her fill in wine (before coming to Fuad's), which is why she was odering "hello" water in the first place and now (OMG) asking for a refill (OF WATER) - the rudeness that you could throw her out and for her to hold her horses and not serve her even water was unbelievalbe, it was not like she even demanded it, it was a pleasant request, regrets you can't multi-task - I could understand if she came in wasted, well then you should have just asked her to leave if that was case, but it wans't. I had not been there very long (could see the "service" writing on the wall) and will not be returning anytime soon (I mean at all). If they felt she should not even be served water (for a second round at that) then they should have refuseed service for the water at the bar on the front end. What exactly does Fuad's really sell - food, bar - given the service and atmosphere created, it must be something else in order to stay in business. Can anyone enlighten me on this?
Extraordinary. Order what you want - but I'm not a chef, so it helps for Chef to help me create my meal. What a great experience, and service, and great food! Though I can't afford it too often, it's always a memorable treat.
Most Unique and Entertaining Restaurant In Galleria Area.
My wife and I have been going to Fuad's for years!!! It is by far the best restaurant in the Galleria area and a contender for best in the city. I love the fact that there is no menu. If I want something they can make it, and they can make it good! They have everything from Filet Mignon, Chilean Sea Bass, Cordon Bleu, Rack of Lamb(My personal favorite). Also surprisingly they also have items like pizza, quesadillas, tabooli, humus...even grilled cheese lol! This place is great! Dont forget to try the Banana Foster...they flame it at the table and its wonderful for a romantic night out.
This restaurant may be a problem if you are indecisive or lacking money but if you are neither this will be a hit!
Has not changed in 5 years.... $120, that I expected to pay at a place like that.
Avoid like the plague!!.
I stopped by for a late lunch (3:00pm) with a girlfriend that I hadn't seen in awhile, so we wanted to 'try something new' when we entered the restaurant, it was completely empty except for a couple of men at the bar picking up a catering order. We were told it would be dinner prices.
We were warned it was Continental, guess he thought I was dressed too casual. I had an Entertainment coupon($13.00), so I naively thought it would cover most of one entree. . I didn't mind choosing without a menu, but not knowing the prices made me nervous, but I thought, how bad could it be? haha (Famous last words)
We ordered the shrimp cocktail to share ( 2 large apeice); 1/2 order of Lamb (5 pieces);grilled snapper w/crab sauce. They served a side of bland vegetables to share. The lamb that was ordered Medium was good, but the thickest parts was raw. Snapper w/crab was delicious!!
While eating, men starting coming into the bar and were very loud, granted it was late afternoon, but one man walking by our table told us to "SHUT UP" and started laughing. It sounded like a bunch of sailors were at the bar and we thought of leaving, but had already placed our order, so we tried to grin and bear it. To our surprise, the bill was $98.00!! Thank goodness, they deducted $18.00 (dinner discount) so we got out of there with $100 including tip. Without any cocktails! I would never go back to this restaurant, don't know how they are still in business....Maybe it's better at night, but I don't see those people at the bar getting more civil into the evening.
Fuad's Is Not For Everyone.
The place may impress some due to the fact that there is no menu or prices, and this peculiarity may give the air of being cool and different. This is not impressive to me......it is annoying to not know what choices are available and how much I am paying for those choices. You will hear that they can make anything you want. This is true, but they may not be particularly good at it.
I will admit most of the food I did eat was of a high quality and well prepared. However, I must say that for the price I paid I have had better food elsewhere.
If you have a meal for two plan to spend between $90-$140 dollars. The bottom line is the overall experience was not worth the price.
Of course those who think that they may gain the appearance of "being unique and cool" , or "being in the know" in front of a new date or friends at this peculiar rip off.....then have at it.
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