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Zelko Bistro

#198 of 7,363 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Greater Heights
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705 East 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008
713-880-8691
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quaint and delicious!

Ate here last week and we loved Zelko! Everything is fresh and they even use their own garden. Extensive wine list and a great variety of items on the menu. We had the fried pickles to start and I really liked them. Not as tart as some and theirs are large slices with a crunch when you bite into... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
Chaille
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Texas
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I was craving fried pickles for days, when I found out about this place having some of the best fried pickles in Houston I had to try it. First off parking is horrible, no it's atrocious. But after diving around for over 30 minutes we finally found parking. The indoor seating was full so we either had ro wait or... More 

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Texas
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Ate here last week and we loved Zelko! Everything is fresh and they even use their own garden. Extensive wine list and a great variety of items on the menu. We had the fried pickles to start and I really liked them. Not as tart as some and theirs are large slices with a crunch when you bite into them... More 

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Houston, Texas
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20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Zelko is an okay restaurant. The good tastes okay but there is nothing that distinguishes it from other restaurants. I have had spaghetti with a bolognese which was okay. I remember the taste of it but Zelko has not been able to replace this memory with this dish. I went there for lunch and only 2 other people were there.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I live in the same neighborhood as Zelko, and have eaten here several times. The food had been good, although sitting inside was also very noisy (sit outside if you want to hear the person next to you talk). It seems as of late though, the quality of the food has been very inconsistent. This past visit, I could not... More 

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Houston, Texas
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145 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Jamie Zelko's Heights establishment is a great tribute to Southern cooking. Try the shrimp and grits and the outstanding fried pickles. Lots of local sourced ingredients too. They also have Dublin cane sugar sodas.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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92 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a find! We always are trying new restaurants with our best friends, with Zelco Bistro the latest. The food was fabulous. We tried the Farmer's Chicken and Shrimp and Grits plates. Both were rally good. Save room for dessert too! We tried the Lemon Icebox and Chocolate Mousse offerings. Yummy! Servings are good size so you will not... More 

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Shreveport
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73 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Our previous visit to Zelko a year ago was excellent. Most recently, all that has gone lost. My wife’s glazed salmon was cooked to perfection, but served lukewarm, plated over risotto. The heavy dish was cool and rapidly cooled the risotto. I had the signature meatloaf over mashed potatoes. The best I can say is that the meatloaf was boring,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The challenge this weekend was to find an excellent and very much local restaurant in Houston that was not meaningfully pricier than a low-brow chain restaurant. Zelko seemed up to the task, and deity knows it delivered. Because we went at 4:30 on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was almost empty, so our experience may not fully reflect the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My son has been telling me to go there for about 2 years unfortunately every time we had tried to go it was closed until now. The food was fabulous amazing wonderful food it was worth the wait the fried chicken I hadwas the best! It didn't even taste fried it was so light fresh and crispy the green that... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I always enjoy Zelko and their wonderful food. It is a wonderful go to spot for the neighborhood for a casual meal or a celebration. Only wish would be for more vegetarian choices.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 705 East 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Greater Heights
  • Neighborhood: Greater Heights
  • Phone Number: 713-880-8691

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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