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“Great Dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Benjy's Restaurant

Benjy's Restaurant
Ranked #110 of 8,115 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kelvin
Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to this restaurant with friends while we were in Houston. Thankfully, they have valet, so parking is not a problem. We had made reservations, and were seated immediately upon our arrival. We had drinks, appetizers, a range of different main dishes, and dessert. Everything was delicious. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and makes dining a pleasure!

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Houston, TX
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A step above great.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

Benjy's was truly a fabulous dining experience. The wood-fired ovens create a unique smell upon entering, but not to the point of being distracting. The service and taste of the food make up for any issues the wood smoke might create.

Visited July 2014
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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great happy hour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Travel to Houston every few months and look forward to stopping at Benjy's for their happy hour. They have great appetizer and drink specials. Go to the upstairs bar. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable with the menu.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Michael M
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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great service, delicious & creative food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014

On a whim we ended up in Rice Village, and decided to eat at Benjy's based on some on-line recommendations. Our waiter was great, very friendly, made good suggestions, and checked back with us appropriately. The caramelized cauliflower appetizer is very flavorful! While the cauliflower is cooked, it has good integrity and texture, holding up to the sauce well. I love it! The best cauliflower I've had in a restaurant in a long time! I had the pumpkin seed crusted salmon salad, which is lightly dressed with the right amount of vinaigrette to match the spiciness of the fresh arugula. The salmon piece is a good size, and is moist inside with a great crunch outside. My friend ate the lamb burger, which he said was the best he's had in a long time. Also moist & flavorful, with a delicious aioli for a touch of coolness. We don't usually have dessert, but the White Chocolate Cornbread Cake was too interesting to pass up. And it was completely worth it! Also, the cocktails were quite tasty. Looks like there are a few (5?) spots to sit at the bar to enjoy cocktails or have a meal as well.

Having just recently moved to Houston about 1 month ago, we have been trying new restaurants about 5 times a week. We both agree that Benjy's ranks among the top 3 meals we've had since we've been here. We will definitely make this a regular destination on our dinner circuit!!

Of note, dress is nice, somewhat casual for lunch, but expect a more nicely dressed crowd in the evenings. Also, the air conditioning was going full force while we were there, and I'm sure the regular Houstonians are used to this, but I needed a sweater to keep from shivering.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Houston, Texas
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171 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Cocktails on the deck”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

It's been awhile since I have been here. The upper level cocktail deck has always been a crowd pleaser. Happy Hour is from 4pm-7pm. The cocktails are definitely above average. The happy hour food has always been a big draw. The pizza crust is light and thin. A favorite of mine is the BBQ pizza. It is very good with jalapeños and a fried egg on top. The tofu and cauliflower is very good. I also love the salad, but ask for chicken on top. Moms chocolate layer cake is light, moist, and flavorful. Their classic martinis are also a very good size.

I was not a fan of their version of Moscow mule. It was too sweet.

If you are not in the mood for a happy hour crowd, I would probably suggest eating downstairs at the restaurant and coming around 8pm.

The service is very good as well.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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