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181 Riverside Sq Mall, Hackensack, NJ 07601-6344
(201) 488-5667
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 29
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  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very popular local outlet for the Houston's chain

Houston's in Riverside Square Mall (now called "The Shops at Riverside") is a very popular restaurant, with long waits much of the time. Is it worth the wait? In general, yes. Food is excellent, service is professional, the atmosphere is pleasant, it's got a good bar scene. The menu is fairly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
pdclarry
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NYC Area
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Houston's in Riverside Square Mall (now called "The Shops at Riverside") is a very popular restaurant, with long waits much of the time. Is it worth the wait? In general, yes. Food is excellent, service is professional, the atmosphere is pleasant, it's got a good bar scene. The menu is fairly limited, but everything we have tried on it was... More 

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Garfield, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

One of the best chain restaurants. Short but excellent menu. Love their fish. Daily specials are always amazing. Very good choice of wines. Unfortunately it is hard to get in. There is always a long wait. Even if I call long ahead of time to make a reservation they will schedule it during the least desirable times. On the good... More 

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West New York, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We have coming to this location for years with the family - one of our favorites. Menu is smallish but everything on it is outstanding. My kids and wife swear by the grilled artichokes ( in season only a few months a year) and we will make a special trip just for those. For kids they have a very reasonable... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Artichoke Spinach dip is the best I've ever had. Ribs are tasty and the crab cakes have no fillers. Fish sandwich is always good and they always change type of fish which has helped me try different types. Brown rice and black beans are really tasty. Great wine list and Lemon Drops are delicious

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Wayne, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Where: Houston's Restaurant 1 Riverside Square Mall #181 Hackensack, NJ 07601 201-488-5667 Dish #1 What: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes Build: Lump crab meat, Pommery mustard sauce, hand-cut French fries, house-made coleslaw. Comments: These crab cakes compelled me to invent a new Acronym: TDF (To-Die-For). Not much else to say... just look at the photos and you'll agree with me based... More 

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I haven't been in a number of years as I always found this restaurant to have a limited menu. Boy have I been missing out. We were a party of 7 last night, which is difficult for them to accommodate, but after a wait, it happened. The manager, Todd sent over 2 appetizers, their spinach dip and guacomole complimentary and... More 

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great lounge atmosphere, impeccable service, and an incredible menu make Houstons in Riverside Square one of my wives and my absolute favorites! Every item on the menu is delicious. Although it is NOT an extensive menu and there are not many appetizers to choose from, it's kept simple and they have perfected each and every dish! You will pay over... More 

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Englewood, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I had to most happy time at my recent visit to Houstons. The places was crowed but the reception committee still treat me and my family special. They remebered my name and as we waited they come over a few times to see if we needed anything. Once seated the waiter/waitress were happy to see us and got our selections... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food and service here is always consistent...and GREAT! The atmosphere may be dark for some but romantic to others. The Chicago Spinach Dip is by far, the BEST I have ever tasted. It never disappoints. It is served with salsa, sour cream and chips...the chips by the way are made on site, not in a bag. My favorites? The... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Loads of choices, but the food was just average after a long wait. Big selection but just not special.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 181 Riverside Sq Mall, Hackensack, NJ 07601-6344
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Hackensack
  • Phone Number: (201) 488-5667

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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