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Saldivia's South American Grill
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Ranked #205 of 8,288 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: South American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Lovely atmosphere with warm colors, beautiful bar and private room for parties.
Darlington, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Never judge a book by its cover”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

OK ... if you want to be seen by people eating a meal looking swanky ... this is not the place for you ...

If you want to have a fantastic meal with great wine and friendly service ... then this is the place ...

TBH ...we were in disbelief ... ranked high in Houston it was like ... why ?

We had to try ...

Straight away the server was talking ... Liverpool, strikers, world cup ... friendly ...

OK bread was white ... try the sauce in the middle of the table ... OMG what is in that ... delicious ,..

Starter : Blood Sausage ... changed the other meat sausage to blood sausage .. no problem ... OMG what is in that ... delicious ...

My main was fish ... salmon came ... slightly overcooked for me ... but delicious and veg was cooked well ...

My colleagues both had steak and they both stated it was one of the best steaks they had had,

Wine .. we took the servers recommendation ... there are Chilean, Argentinean and Uruguayan wines ... very smooth wine ... and OK value ...

Having being amazed at the quality of the starter and the main ... I had to try a dessert ... I am not a dessert so when I order I normally have a mouthful and pass it around but leave half ... not tonight ... I was almost licking the plate clean ...OMG what was in that ... delicious ...

Then to sum it all off ... we came out ... it is raining ... I went back in to ask them to ring for a taxi .. OK ... the server comes out and drives us across the road to the hotel (it was literally across the road) .. .but even so ... come on ...

THAT IS SERVICE ...

This is a great place ... I am going back ... but next time there will be more than three of us ...

Thanks for a great evening ...

  • Visited February 2014
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English first
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I ate here last night and every bit of the experience was excellent! It is very small and in a strip mall, but don't let that mislead you. It was a Saturday night and they had a nice gentleman in the back singing. Very nice ambiance! The waitstaff was excellent, more than one stopped to check on us and offered refills, suggestions, etc.... The green olive oil spread is available on each table and is DELICIOUS. Especially when you put it on the crusty outside/soft inside bread that is brought to the table on your arrival, so good! I had the Steak Nicole, yummy skirt steak covered with cheese/peppers/onions, excellent. Finished with the ?Tres leches? For dessert, moist and sweet, superb! Will definitely be back if we are in the area again!

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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Of Course, I will be Back.”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Saldivia's receives a rare 5 star review on the first visit.

First the basics:

adequate parking is available in the mall area.
Parking is well lit.
No Smoking.
Clean Restaurant and clean bathrooms.
Staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

Second the food.
Well presented Meat dishes that sizzle and dazzle with different textures, spices and tastes.
Appetizer soups of Lentil looked delicious. (I held out for the meat.)

The drinks: wine and Beer are available. The beer includes Cusequeno, a favovite since Cusco.

The Price:

The value is there. For 4 adults with 4 entrees, 3 appetizers ( I wait for the meat), one bottle of wine and tip $120.

Return Rating;

Yes. Green Light. Go

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank James T
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised! ”
Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were in Houston for our anniversary. My wife was hesitant before I took her to Saldivia's but not any more. Her dish was the Milanese Capri and she loved it. I had the grilled short rib and it was awesome. The dessert Tres Leches was to die for. The owner, Gus, even came out to give me a tip on how to cook the short rib at home...LOVE SALDIVIA'S!

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Thank Tarponblock
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Bentonville, Arkansas
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Empanadas”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Food and service were both very good on Sunday night.i ordered the brochettas medium rare and the meat was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Empanadas were incredible ,perfectly cooked , not greasy and a generous portion. Plate was served with grilled and roasted potatoes . Chimi churri was delicious. Daughter had the cheese ravioles which she rated as 1st class . Only criticism is the wine list could be improved with more Argentine choices ! We would definitely go back again
Prices were very reasonable and decor adequate for a nice dinner out .

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank jdatwoo
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