Houston >Food & Dining > Bonnie's Beef & Seafood Co
6867 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX | Directions 7708729.705487 -95.299924
Neighborhoods: Pecan Park, Eastside
Back in the 90's this was a great place. Went there regularly with clients for business lunches and was never disappointed but that was 14years ago. Happened to be in the area on a weekday with my wife at lunchtime on 7/19/12 and I remembered Bonnie's so we went there for lunch.
As we walked up the sidewalk in front of the restaurant I noted the rotted wood siding and window frames and general run down look of the building. Walking into the entry way where there is a small outdoor seating area my wife remarked on the musty and mildewed smell that was very strong. I hoped it was due to the heavy recent rainstorm but it had me wondering if I had made a bad choice.
On our way to our seats we passed the glass front refrigerated case that in days of old displayed the prime steaks and from which you could pick you own. Now the case was empty and in place of the steaks was a dirty white napkin or towel.
After being seated at a somewhat sticky table we both ordered steaks and were told we should go to the salad and soup bar. The salad plates were in a chilled compartment in the salad bar. There were two types available. Worn, a bit dirty and warm or worn, dirty and frozen to the plates underneath. One of the plates had a small winged insect frozen to it. The tossed lettuce and greens were largely wilted and my wife pointed out a bug crawling around in the lettuce. She then picked up a few pieces of spinach from the next bowl and dozens of bugs came flying out of the spinach.
That was all we could take and we headed towards the door. We stopped at the host desk and told them about the bugs. To their credit they looked displeased to hear about the bugs.
This was once a great place to eat but those days are gone. Now it is more like one of those horror restaurants on the food network shows. We will never return.
Very Poor – Went second week in September 2011. We had some visitors in and since they are close to Hobby Airport thought we'd wine and dine our customers. Big mistake! Bonnie's used to be a first class restaurant but they have gone down hill big time. The Blue Cheese dressing was watery. Our order was late and we consumed a whole bottle of wine waiting for food. Oyster appetizer was horrible. When our food arrived it was cold. Had to send it back to get "steamed" or so they said. I think they probably microwaved it. They did knock some off the price for this debacle which was nice and I must say our waiter was very apologetic and we tipped him on what would have been the full price. But it was an embarrassment to us with our customer and a bad way to end an otherwise successful evening. I hope Bonnie's will consider their patrons again as they did years ago when I used to eat there regularly. I don't think I'll be back anytime soon if ever again!
Terrible. – We went in July 2011 and the place has gone so far downhill, it is not funny. The carpet was so old and dingy and worn out. The corn chowder soup was tasteless. They used to have a clam chowder that was good, but this was the cheapest, tasteless stuff I have ever had. I tried the salad bar, which was fresh, but nothing had any flavor, including the macaroni salad and the salad blue cheese dressing. The rib eye steak that I ordered was thin and not something a restaurant shoudl serve. I get much thinker and better quality steaks from Sam's Club stores. This place needs a Robert Irvine-Restaurant Impossible makeover on the decor and the food. Yuck. Never again.
Great food + wonderful customer service + Great Live Music – In the vanishing world of "no service," Bonnie's is a STAR. All of the employees were genuinely kind and helpful. I was highly satisfied with my filet mignon, asparagus, and baked potato (took most of it home). The salad bar was excellent. High quality live music, performed by a multi-talented gentleman, was an added bonus.
Never go back. – My friend and I came there last night. It is close to my house, but I haven't been there before. My friend ordered a glass of white wine, which he said he could barely drink it, and it was $10. Then he switched to red wine. He got a Louis Martini glass, thinking that it would be a better wine since it was $15. No such luck. The wine arrived in a very small glass. It was definitely not worth $15. My friend drinks a lot of different types of wine, and he could tell it was just a cheap wine. We got NY strip steak for diner. On the menu, it said that every entree comes with a salad AND a soup. We share one entree and we told the waitress that my friend would have a salad, and I would have a soup. Well, she didn't tell us that she would charge us $6 for the soup which I had to go to get it myself. It was ridiculous. We asked her when we got the check, and she told us that because I ate that soup, not my friend ate it. My friend asked her what the difference was if who ate it, and that we were supposed to get a salad AND a soup as it metioned in the menu. She said they couldn't do this (?), and told us she would call the manager to come and talked to us. We waited there for 10 minutes, and nobody came. She just totally ignored us. We were very upset, and left her zero tip. The whole dinner was more than $80. Totally ripped off. Never come back to this place again.
Everyone is welcome – I never do this writing thing, but I come in this place as often as I can. That review was sooo wrong I cannot sit back and let it go. This place has great food and great people and they are not racist at all. I asked about that night and those white people that came in were the bartenders ride home. They play poker after work and they came to pick him up like they always do. Things are not always what they seem and people assume the worst. If those people called and the hostess was wrong, she needs to get her hours of operation straight and should be reprimanded, but don't hate the place because of one mistake by an hourly person. We should not ever look at color or assume our color is what is causing the issue. Look beyond that. He says he had a drink with the owner the first time, he needs to contact the owner, the owner cared enough about him as a guest the first time to sit with him, why would he think he did not care the other times??
Color Does Matter!! – Oh my good this was my second time at Bonnie's the first time was ok the owner came a had a drink with me and my wife. The second time Was a SET BACK for humanity. We called ahead to see if they were still open the hostess said yes. We arrive and we stand there for 10 mins before anyone comes. When someone does come he looks at us and goes behind the counter and starts looking thru papers. I had to say excuse me then he just looks and says Can I help you? I reply yes we would like to be seated . He says we're closed I told him we just called and she said come we're open. He says well I'm the manager sorry were closed folks. I respond ok then we'll just have a drink and he says the bar is closed too. I just said ok and we started walking out and as we were leaving 3 white men were coming in we told them they were closed and they kept walking we noticed that the manager sat them at the bar!!!!!!! I WILL NEVER COME HERE AGAIN!!! IF YOU ARE A PERSON OF COLOR THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!!!
Crap Steak House – I went to this place today hoping that all the negative reviews i read were wrong, thinking my luck might be better.
We arrive are promptly seated, and the waiter does what he does in his greeting. The server brings out the bread to our table, and it just happens to fall off the wooden board onto a menu then finally on the table with no cloth (no problem it happens i think to myself), he picks it up with bare hands and flops it back onto the cutting board, expecting my friend and i to eat it. (The waiter noticed and took the bread and replaced it).
Next we ordered drinks, which by the time we got them we were almost done eating bread (10+ min on Crown & coke, & a blue Hawaiian)
My drink was ok, my friends drink had a big lump of coconut creme floating in it which looked quite disturbing to the both of us, as if something had fallen into the glass and the bartender not noticing it. (at this point we contemplated on leaving and paying out tab, but thought we would definitely give this place another shot.... bad idea)
We Order our food: 2 steak dinners, 1 well done the other just over medium. My prime rib listed two (2) sides, baked potato, and horseradish sauce. I thought to replace the sauce with something a little more flavorful and was denied, and was told it would increase the price on the dinner if any items were replaced, so i left that thought alone....
my over medium was more like rare to medium rare, (not Medium), fully pink and cold prime-rib. I was still able to tenderize the steak if I wanted to, that is how badly unprepared it was on my end.
I mentioned this to the waiter we received no apology, no discount (not that i was looking for it), and absolutely no chance of making the the way it should have been.
I would not recommend bonnies to anyone after this event as well as reading the previous reviews. STAY away from Bonnies Steak and Seafood..
Go somewhere else!! – The hostess was very pleasant and we were seated promptly. That's the highlights. The drink orders were delivered incorrectly, the soup was bland, they ran out of bread AND baked potato, two of the overpriced steaks were overcooked and one was undercooked. Years ago this was our 'special place' restaurant, now I remember why we stopped going here. We will NOT be back. When I want a good steak, I'll go to Saltgrass or Texas Land and Cattle.
Great food even better service. – This is my first time writing a review but after having dinner at bonnies I thought it was worth writing about. My prime rib was excellent, the atmosphere was very cozy and comfortable, the salad bar was great, and our server was on point.
All in all it was a very nice experiance.
P.S: Ask for Anna as your server. She will take good care of you.
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