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“Take your next date here!”
Review of Just Dinner

Just Dinner
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Ranked #389 of 8,283 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Austin, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Take your next date here!”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

I absolutely love this hidden gem in Montrose! If you don't know it's there you'd probably miss it as it's located in a cute little bungalow on Dunlavy. The menu changes seasonally and reservations are highly recommended as it is very intimate and tables are limited. For wine lovers- you can bring your own bottle with just a 10 dollar cork fee! Our last meal was off the charts- the rack of lamb was scrumptious. I highly recommend the blue cheese polenta, skip the baked brie appetizer- it's just ok. Overall, the service is impeccable. If you're not a drinker- the hibiscus iced tea is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Houston
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing.”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

A friend and I went to Just Dinner last night. We loved the BYOB aspect and thought the entire place was charming. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and described the dishes so well that we wanted everything on the menu. We started off sharing the foie gras appetizer - and it was delicious and unlike anything I had ever had. I got the short ribs and my friend got the lamb special. Both dishes were perfectly prepared. We split the lavender crème brulee for dessert. We both exclaimed how lovely of a night it was and how we for sure will be back!

  • Visited April 2014
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
485 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Based on a recent PBS TV show, One Square Mile - Montrose, that featured this small neighborhood restaurant, we booked a dinner and gave it a try. The small house has been beautifully restored/remodeled. Contrary to other reviews, the service was excellent. We were greeted promptly and shown immediately to our table. The feel is of having dinner in an intimate home setting with family and friends. The wait staff were very knowledgeable and enjoyed sharing the details of the menu, ingredients and preparation of each dish. We loved the warm brie starter which came with small crackers, fruit, nuts, and honey/jam. This was followed by salad and soup, which were very fresh and lovely. For the main course, we enjoyed the special dinner that evening which was lamb with a wonderful olive based mediterranean sauce that was to die for. NOTE: This is a BYOB place, so be sure to bring your favorite bottle of wine (or other spirits). Reservations are a must.

  • Visited April 2014
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Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“amazing service, ok food”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

My husband and I went to Just Dinner for a Friday date night. We were impressed by the excellent, attentive service. Our server immediately knew our dining preferences that we had noted on our reservation and was prepared for us the moment we walked in the door.

We were also happy with the ambiance of the restaurant. We felt like we were dining in someone's home, and the atmosphere was relaxed and romantic.

The disappointing part of the meal was the food. At $20-$25 an entree, we expected great food. Instead, we got ok food. Nothing was spectacular or stood out. We tried a vegetable appetizer, the fish special, the quinoa stuffed chard rolls, and the sorbet trio, and none of it wowed us. Also, we somehow missed that the restaurant is BYOB. We noted the corkage fee on the menu - $8 a bottle seemed rather high to us, but that may be standard.

If you want excellent service, check out Just Dinner. If you want an amazing meal, I would suggest going somewhere else.

  • Visited March 2014
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Houston
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Worth waiting all those times we couldn't get a reservation!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

My wife and I have tried to go to this restaurant for months, but finally struck gold when we went to celebrate some good news. First, it is refreshing to sit in a restaurant that is full and still be able to speak in a low normal voice and hear each other! Extra romance credits right there. The waitstaff certainly took their time with us, but on the other hand we certainly didn't feel rushed. Each item was delicious and quite special. I had braised short ribs; the meat was succulent, and the portion size more than generous. My wife enjoyed the special pot roast slow cooked in beer...fabulous dish. Split dessert as we were quite full already. As it was BYOB and a special occasion, we polished off a Brunello while we slowly feasted. Will be back...if we can get back in!

  • Visited February 2014
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