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Houston's

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2991 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 833-0977
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice for family gatherings.

Make reservations if dining on the weekend. I am glad we did. I like the whole 'team' approach, meaning everyone picks up and shares responsibilities. The kitchen was REALLY backed up on Sunday and the manager came over to apologize, they do things like that. This is why we continue to return for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Bonnie C
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Corona, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Love this place! Outstanding service, great menu and fresh food. (They have no freezers!!) They make their own veggie burger daily, it is wonderful. I agree with the other reviewer that the only thing missing is valet parking...it would be so helpful especially on weekends!

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Corona, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Make reservations if dining on the weekend. I am glad we did. I like the whole 'team' approach, meaning everyone picks up and shares responsibilities. The kitchen was REALLY backed up on Sunday and the manager came over to apologize, they do things like that. This is why we continue to return for our family celebrations!!! The food is good... More 

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Irvine, California
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Low lights and high quality food. Busy staff but relaxed patrons. If you want a nice place to eat, with great food, ambience, good service, and professional servers, make a reservation at Houston's. It's worth the higher priced menu. But I emphasize, make a reservation. Places this good are popular and without reservations, you can wait an hour or more... More 

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Laguna Niguel
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Nice ambiance, excellent service, and great menu. Only thing lacking is valet parking. Finding a parking spot can be so frustrating you'll want to go elsewhere.

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Lakewood, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This restaurant is very well done-decor, lighting, service, and food. Everything done right. The ahi is the best I have ever had- superb! For lunch try the Thai Steak Salad for an amazing harmony of flavors. The steak in this salad is incredible. The ambiance is classy-relaxed. Enjoy!

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las vegas
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were in town for the weekend and I found this place online. For a Saturday night they were busy, but we were able to get a booth right away. Service was good and nice ambiance. The tabolui, Hawaiian ribeye and sushi were very flavorful and portioned right. Cocktails were a little pricey for what we're used to. Two people... More 

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Irvine, CA
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Let's face it, most of the time when you go to an expensive restaurant you come out feeling that it was nice, but not really worth the extra you paid vs. your regular hangouts. This was one of the rare occasions where it was worth it. My wife and I went on a Monday evening and there was a full... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Over the years have periodically visited Houston and I have never had a bad experience. The wait staff are so well trained and help each other make your experience a good one. Food is excellent no matter your selection. A favorite of mine is the grilled trout and the kale salad perfect! In the evening the bar crow can be... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This place never stop to amaze me, everything on the menu is spot on, from appetizer to main course. I usually start with their Arthicoke dip or Smoked Salmon with the House Salad with Buttermilk Garlic dressing. On the main course their Hawaiian Ribeye is very nice as well as their Prime Rib. Service is top notch.

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Templeton, California
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Houston's is very consistent. The service is impeccable, and the food always well prepared. No problem with substitutions. They are there to please the diner!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2991 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: (949) 833-0977

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?