Houston >Food & Dining > Fuad's Restaurant
6100 Westheimer Rd Ste 144, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.738684 -95.490447
Neighborhoods: Westside, Great Uptown
The most amazing first date – My first experience here was amazing! From walking in a being seated immediatly, to having everything cooked the way you want it. When you are not worried about the cost this place is a good place to have fun and be able to talk one on one without people bothering you. The chef comes out ( mind, there are no menus) you can have whatever you want!! WHY NOT?!?!?!?!? I fell in love at this place and with this place. We loved it so much that we went back not even a week later for another bottle of merlot....
CAPS PIANO BAR - ALL, beware of the BARTENDER (JIMMY) – ALL, beware of the BARTENDER (JIMMY)
This guy is a SNAKE. DO NOT pay your tab with a CREDIT CARD. This GUY (JIMMY) will ROB your Identity and OVER CHARGE your CREDIT CARD. He (JIMMY, the bartender) has not only done this to me, he has done this to many TRUSTED CUSTOMERS coming in for a drink or two. Travis and his BAND are great, it's so ASHAME that this character (JIMMY, the bartender) is allowed to work this type of environment?
Fuad's is a big huge scam – First, some lunatic on the internet listed this as a restaurant with two dollar signs - so we thought we were in for an affordable meal. I should have known, when the chef came to our table and laughed in my face at my request for a menu. We both started off with salads and the house red wine. The wine was fine, but not much better than the $12 bottle we buy at Randalls on most Saturday nights. The salads were also fine, but nothing spectacular, especially not when you're paying what we ended up paying for them (keeping in mind, of course, that we were duped into thinking it was a $$ place).
When the meals came, we were again disappointed. My salmon was so drenched in sauce that it was like eating salmon soup. Personally, I don't like salmon soup. My boyfriend's steak was all right, but - were we at Outback? No. How did we know? Because the place was dark and dingy, and the waiters would not leave us alone. We were having a conversation. You know, one of those things you have when you go out to dinner. But because we were talking and eating slowly, we were harrassed by the waitstaff. One by one the four or five waiters came to our table, literally every five minutes, until both of us were starting to feel irate. Finally, the chef himself came out and asked, "What happened?" "We're fine," my boyfriend said, but the chef didn't leave. So I told him we were "eating" - as though it were a foreign concept.
Both of us teach kids for a living, and being at this restaurant was just like being back at school. It was not the escape we'd wanted that night. Do we like when our students ask questions? Sure. Do we enjoy it when T, U, X, Y & Z continually ask if we're all right, when we're clearly trying to enjoy a slow and quiet meal? No.
In case you decide to go (don't): Steak: $33, salmon: $22, salad: $9, wine: $9. We had to order another glass to get those waiters off our backs. It was really annoying. I will never go back. Here's to knowing what you're getting into.
A Houston Landmark – Fuad's is an excellent place to go to have a 1st class dining experience. I've been going there for years and the food and service is always second to none. No menu and a personalized service with the chef gives you an unique experience foreign to Houston. If you are trying to impress a potential client or that special someone, then Fuad's is the place for you. It seems that many of the complaints I have read on this site seem to come from people who have not been to a multi-course Continental restaurant (I could be wrong). Let me offer some advice so that your Fuad's experience is not an awkward one. First off, order an appetizer, soup or a salad and don't be afraid to ask questions. The staff knows there is no menu and will have multiple suggestions. I suggest the Stuffed Mushrooms and Quail which is incredible. As for soups, try the Bisque (made with real crab meat). If you are looking for something a little cheaper than try the Onion soup or tabooli (They also have classic dishes: Shrimp Cocktail, Escargot, etc.). They have a Caesar Salad that they make at your table that is excellent. Next you order your entree; the chef is your guide, but you have to tell him what you are in the mood for. A good way to do this is to tell him the main ingredient you want: Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pasta, Steak, Lamb, etc. From there, he will throw out some suggestions, and I suggest to keep asking until you hear something you like. If you still have room, get a flaming dessert, you'll thank me later. One last thing: I've heard a lot of people complain about not knowing the price, which is a valid concern. However, if you have to ask the price, then you probably don't belong at Fuad's. Sorry if that offends anyone but Fuad's is an establishment and is like no other. Yes, the inside is dark, and a bit 'dingy', but its got loads of character and the staff does their best to make you feel like a king. Don't be scared off by the non-believers.
FUN experience - WONDERFUL food!! Not for the decision-making adverse!! – Fuad's was a wonderful experience!! I had read mixed reviews, but my Dad had been years ago and swore by it. Apparently a ton of people in there were regulars, but it doesn't make you feel out of place. The place is quiet and dark and pretty small. On a week night, the place was pretty empty. There are no menus at Fuad's, but the chef himself came out when we were ready to order and sat down at our table. I told him that I was in the mood for fish and he described two different entrees that both sounded great. The chef did the same for the rest of my party. Everyone was extremely impressed with what the chef whipped up. Then, for dessert everyone in the restaurant was having Bananas Foster. They come out and prepare it at your table, and let me tell you - it was to die for. When the bill came it was a little pricey, but for experience - totally worth it. About $30 fish and steak entrees. Everyone of us will be going back and bringing others!!
Underwhelming – As advertised, there's no menu, you ask for what you want. The price will always be a surprise at the end of the night. There are a lot of regulars. I can't help but wonder if the regulars somehow are subsidized by the rookies. My spouse and I had salad + entree, no wine or desert, and it was $80. It semed a bit high for what we had just experienced.
Here's the experience:
1. low lighting, helps hide the filthy floors
2. adequate service, but as someone else pointed out, we did feel like being strangers at "Cheers". There seemed to be a lot of regulars
3. a couple of TVs showing sports were playing near the bar area; people smoked there, too. Looking for a romantic night out? OK, if your date thinks baseball is romantic.
4. no menu. Go to Fuad's with a good idea of what you want. Like something you really enjoy, but can't cook yourself. The chef is competent, but if you just say "beef" or "chicken" you'll get a hearty plate of good but uninsprired food.
5. on your first visit, you'll have absolutely no idea about how much anything costs. They could have come to us at the end with anything between $5 - $1million, we didn't know. $6 each for a green salad helped add to our bill. So did the $33 steak.
It just all felt very uncomfortable, like diving into a lake in the middle of a dark night. I guess that's a thrill to some people, but we didn't go away with a warm & fuzzy feeling. If there's a next time, I'll be diving into that lake --- with a flashlight.
Is this place for real? – No menu? No prices even listed? Was I in the twilight zone or what? After my girlfriend and I were seated the waiter/chef/owner came over to us and asked us what we wanted to eat? Excuse me but what are my choices? Again we were asked what we felt like having that evening, because he would "whip up" something special for us. After we had dinner and were presented with a bill of $140 I wasn't the least bit surprised since the entire evening was consistenly creative, and I don't mean that in a good way. I did recommend this place to one person and that was to my boss, and I hate his guts.
best food best service – ive been there only once and my god its was the best food in all houston.....im planing to propose to my girlfriend on nov. 22 2006 her and i enjoyed it so much that i figured it would be the best place for us to go and they can also serve me exactlly what we want since theres no menu....i was suppose to propose to her in jamaica in october but i was to rushed b4 leaving on the trip and didnt have time to get the ring....sooo i figured out a way to bring that memory back and thats by eating at fuads and having them cook the same exact last dinner her and i had in jamaica.....
Awesome!!! – I proposed to my girlfriend at Fuad's. I spoke with Josef prior to coming and he had everything planned with me perfectly. JR and Josef are great! The ambiance here is second to none. Perfect spot for a romantic dinner. The french onion soup was great. The crabcake was also wonderful. The filet mignon is the best in Houston (and I've been to all the top steakhouses in Houston). They really do cater to you at this restaurant and it's clear that most of the patrons have been coming back for years - as they are greated by JR and Josef with hugs when they walk in the door. Very reasonably priced as well. We will certainly become regulars!
watch your head! – My boyfriend and I decided to check this place out upon reviews for Valentine's Day. Seems like they tried to fit as many seats and tables in this restaurant to accomodate the high occupancy, but that didn't give us the opportunity to enjoy the place at all. While sitting, the servers and workers bumped us every time they walked by and nearly knocked our heads over with their trays. They seated us and didn't explain to us how their restaurant worked, took them 10 mins to get our water and then after that another 15 mins to get our bread and butter. And they also forgot to take our order. Seemed like they only cared for the people that frequently ate there. I felt like a stranger at Cheers. Definitely not a place to go on busy nights like Valentine's Day.
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