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Reviewed January 22, 2020

We made reservations online a few weeks before as we were travelling to Houston for the Marathon. The views were amazing and the service was excellent. The menu was a limited menu. The food was very good though and the dessert was even better! It...was a bit on the high end price wise but the view made up for it!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

Went for Sprindletop three times. Great food, especially the steak, blackened tuna and pork belly. Friendly service. Bring a coat as it is slightly chilled on the top floor. Highly recommended the hotel and the restaurant.

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Reviewed January 2, 2020

While visiting family in Houston they took us (the out of towners from Canada) to the Spindletop to treat us. They had not eaten there previously. View is quite nice, but we all discovered that the service was poor and the food was below average...to terrible. We would have had a better experience at MacDonald's...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 13, 2019

We had a very nice dining experience at the Spindletop! The host was extremely nice! Our waitress was also very good. We started with the Seafood Mac and Cheese appetizer. I wish I had just ordered this as a main dish! It was amazing! We...ordered the Seafood Pot for 2. A ton of food! I have to say, neither of us were impressed. It was just not that great. A picture of it on their website or in the menu would really help. Was not sure exactly what to expect. By the way Pineapple Mojito was also out of this world! Will go back, and probably just get the Seafood Mac and Cheese!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 29, 2019

I spend time in Houston every May for my Birthday, a gift from my son. What amazing food that town has! For the last 3 or 4 years one of the highlights of my stay is going to Spindletop! What a relaxing evening, beautiful view!...This past trip we were greeted by Damien who recognized us! How nice! Our server, Manuel, could not have been nicer! Went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of. Thank you to both of them! I will be back!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2019 via mobile

This place is gorgeous. Take the elevator to the top for a 360 degree view of Houston. However, their “seafood” designation as a restaurant is just not true. The menu is pretty limited and no seafood is fresh or the catch of the day or...anything like that. Your “surf and turf” is a steak with brown sauce on it and three shrimp. The appetizers are tiny and $20 average. The drinks are double what you’d pay elsewhere. It’s fine if you want the ambiance and view, and our waiter was very attentive, but the $200+ we paid for our anniversary dinner would have yielded much more somewhere else. Look at the menu online and see what you think for yourselves. We won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 4, 2019

We were there for our anniversary dinner. Our waiter Joe, was very friendly and helped us decide between a few different selections from the drink menu as well as the dinner menu. All of his suggestions were good. The menu is limited due to the...small kitchen, but the food was better than we expected. It’s pretty pricey, but you are paying for the incredible view from this rotating restaurant. For an appetizer, we shared the avocado dome. It was wonderful! I had the salmon entree which would have been better without the sauce poured over the top. It was also a little over cooked. My husband had the surf & turf, which was steak and shrimp. He loved it; especially the garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert Joe recommended the lemon creme brûlée cheesecake. I hesitated because I’m not a lemon fan, but he assured us that it was the best. He was right! It was delicious and came decorated with a Happy Anniversary chocolate.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019

This restaurant is located on the 34th floor of the Hyatt Regency Houston. The concierge said to find the elevator with the picture of the restaurant. That was pretty straightforward. I thought the restaurant name came from its design which appears to be somewhat of...a spindle shape. The restaurant revolves once every 45 minutes. Spindletop opened in 1972 and quickly gained notoriety for its revolving dining room, the first of its kind in the city. The "Spindletop Express," is the hotel’s glass-enclosed elevator which takes guests up the 34 stories to the restaurant. The name Spindletop isn’t only about the shape of the revolving restaurant. On January 10, 1901, Spindletop Hill in Beaumont, Texas, burst with black gold, creating the biggest oil boom in America. We actually drove to Beaumont from Houston for a day trip. I asked the concierge for a nice table they outdid themselves. The service at the Spindletop Restaurant is exceptional. If you are a guest of the hotel, you should use the concierge or other staff to assist you in getting a nice view. I didn’t see a table, however, that did not have a nice view. Some were adjacent to the window and some looked down over the other diners. The menu is smaller than some other restaurants you might have dined at. Some people are put off by that but we felt there was something for everyone. I wanted to try the seafood and was intrigued by their Spindletop’s Seafood Pot. This dish seemed intriguing, almost like a southern version of French styled bouillabaisse soup. The chef definitely knows what to do with this dish and I loved it. I thought it might not be enough food for dinner. However, it wasn’t soup at all. There was a sauce with peppers and wine that served as the broth at the bottom of the pot. The pot was chock full of fish. There were mussels, crab, lobster, red fish, whitefish, etc. You can get a side of rice which I enjoyed to help soak up the broth. What a terrific dish. It had plenty of food as an entree so you will definitely feel full after eating their signature dish. My wife had the surf and turf selection which included the filet and Shrimp Scampi. She loved it. Our server, Mario, took very good care of us all evening. He was very engaging and told us he has not been with Hyatt officially for a very long time. He’s young so that made sense. However, he said he started in food service and hospitality because of his Mom. His Mom was with Hyatt for more than 40 years and she is still quite active. I think Mario received a lot of good instruction at home and knows good food because his Mom is a great cook. Speaking of the cook, we were lucky to meet Chef Joey who took time out from a very hectic evening to say hello and talk a bit about how some of the food is prepared. He said he mixes 3 or 4 different peppers together to make the broth for the Seafood Pot. It has a warm and spicy feeling but not a hot burning feeling. It was very tasty and I know I can’t make it like Chef Joey so I’ll have to go back. We’ve eaten here twice and I had the Seafood Pot both times – it’s just too good! We also had Mario as our server both times. This is a great place to come – perhaps more for a special occasion but we will come back here every time we stay in Houston if possible. If you are not staying at the hotel, you can valet park and the restaurant will validate it for you.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 24, 2019 via mobile

My friends and I came here last Saturday night and 3 of them were birthday celebrants. We were a group of 7 with 2 children (5yo & 7yo boys). Service was kind of slow; but we all agreed (even the kids) that our foods were...delicious. 3 of us got herb crusted rack of lamb (mine was cooked medium well and it was perfect, flavorful and very tender), 2 got blackened Atlantic salmon, 1 got gulf shrimp & spicy lobster ravioli and a mac and cheese for the 5yo. The boys were hungry when we got here so we asked if their orders could be served first, for which our server happily did. Bread was served while waiting for our orders and I must say it was really good, almost as good as my favorite brown bread of Outback Steakhouse. The roasted pepper tomato soup was also delicious. As for the view, I am not too impressed when there was still daylight; but once it got dark, it was a little better seeing the flickering lights of the city of Houston. When we finished our dinner, our server brought 3 miniature cakes with a candle, one for each celebrant in our party; we were surprised and appreciative of the nice gesture. Too bad I didn’t get the name of our server; but he was really attentive to us and took good care of us during our whole stay and we all had a great time.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

For a such a limited menu, you would think the food would be more fresh and better prepared, but that was not the case. The service was very poor. They were not attentive and we had to work to get the attention of the waiter...and the additional table assistant more than once for simple refills and basic salt and pepper, etc. Our reservations were early enough, and it wasn't crowded at first, so I can't understand why service was so poor. When it did get crowded, it was worse. The bloody mary cocktails were poorly made with too much ice and watered-down tomato juice, and little spice other than pepper if any. We had to have them redone. The appetizers were good. Only the signature crock entrée was reasonable in flavor and preparation. The other entrees were just bad. The grilled red fish was baked or boiled, not grilled, no flavor. The striped bass almadine was old, overcooked and dry, and the salmon was poorly covered with some kind of flavoring mask. The vegetable sides were all poorly prepared and presented. Other than the view, it's not anything to recommend, and crazy anyone else thinks otherwise. They must not have had to pay for it!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Kschezv
August 30, 2017|
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Response from Prisc A | Reviewed this property |
I called the same day and made reservation. It was during the weekday. I dont know how it is on the weekend... I would recommend to download the app open table and it makes it easy to make reservation. Hope i helped :)
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Response from AngloAmerican3333 | Reviewed this property |
They have a full menu, its not limited to seafood.
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Response from Lee T | Reviewed this property |
Not really. Smart casual I suppose.
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