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Ambrosia, Houston, TX

Ambrosia

4.4
4.4
646 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
An intimate space situated in Houston's hip Montrose neighborhood just minutes from the Museum District, Ambrosia Kitchen + Bar serves inventive small plates, perfect to share with your date or a group of family and friends. The space—formerly a residential bungalow—features an enclosed garden patio and sultry dining room that provide guests with a sense that they’ve journeyed beyond Houston to an exotic locale. A mix of signature and seasonal items, the menu playfully blends Southeast Asian flavors with European techniques and local ingredients. Pair dishes with a bottle of wine or craft cocktails from the full bar. Enjoy daily happy hour specials on on the lantern-lit patio on breezy evenings.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 17:00–20:30 Wed, Thu, Sun 17:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    (713) 393-7211

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Fernando Chantes

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining rooms available. Contact us for details.

  • Area

    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

  • Cross Street

    Shepherd Drive, just north of I-59 South

  • Parking Details

    Self parking in private lot ; street parking also available daily.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wine

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What 646 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Houston

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. T

    Trskrs

    Houston

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried a couple plates from every section and loved them all. Favorites of the table were the Brussels, the curry potatoes, lamb chops, the shrimp and the crab fried rice. Drinks were really good too. Both Sake cocktails were good as well as the New Old Fashion. We enjoyed our evening.
  2. B

    Bill

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We ordered the Brussel sprouts and they were absolutely tasty. Then ended up having the ribs for an entree, which just fell off the bone and they had a wonderful spice to it. For dessert was a delicious creamy cheesecake with fresh fruit. The food, service an location all are great. Acoustics are a bit intense in there. While we were there, in the beginning it was calm but as the time moved forward, more people arrived and we had to almost yell at each other to have a conversation because it was so loud. They did not have music on, which was a good thing because the groups of people eating were pretty loud with their conversations.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our special date night and they set the table with rose petals in a corner away from everyone. The service was excellent and the food was even better. I had the lamb lollipops which were 5/5 and she had her pork chops. Would go back
  5. JM

    JosephM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Server was amazing! The food was excellent! We had a larger party so we basically ordered a little of everything but the lamb was the star of the show!
  6. H

    Hungry713

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    We have been here before, a lot has changed definitely not the same, quality has suffered in a major way, understaffed as well. Also we had the squid and the crab fried rice. Ingredients were not fresh we also fell sick after eating. Chef needs to check quality of food and the owner meeds to stay on top of that as well. Until this is fixed i wont be back.
  7. TO

    TexasOilGirl

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always so delicious- even with the limited brunch menu. Must try the Brussels sprouts and wasabi shumai!
  8. RC

    RocC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We used to love this place before the pandemic. This was the first time we had the dinner at Ambrosia since 2020. The manus has changes and food have changed quite a bit. Korean pork chop is hard and dry without flavor. We used to love their flatbread, now it was terrible.
  9. NW

    NicoleW

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Restaurant gets really loud and is a bit dark. I only mention it because it was hard to read the menu! Parking on the street (limited) for free or valet.
  10. BA

    BrianA

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We came here for a double date. The food was good but the drinks were not the best. Our server was great and ambience was nice.
  11. NR

    NormR

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    Never eat here. Japanesian Brussel Sprouts $15.00 worth $6.00 as a side dish. Fried Rice $ 18.00 small bowel. You can't a whole Chinese dinner for less at any restaurant. Ordered another appetizer was suppose to cost $11.00. COST $28.00. Added $10.00 to reopen Kitchen because happy hour was over. Why could't they just say happy hour is over. AGAIN NEVER GO TO AMBROSIA The place is dark. I could not see my check. Only had little candle. The Entry foyer is really dirty. The inside is dirty, but cannot see how bad it is because it is dark. There where only (6) people in there plus us. You do not need a reservation.
  12. FH

    FallonH

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved our experience last night. From the service to the food, everything was phenomenal!
  13. e

    ehochbergtx2

    Houston

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ok, this place is fantastic! Run, do not walk to this restaurant! The food, the service, oh, and the ambiance! This truly is a neighborhood gem! The Rose Pedal Apple Crisp was “de” licious!
  14. VR

    VanR

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic!!
  15. A

    Amberkey

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Service was amazing! It was a very busy night and they were short staffed but everyone was so nice and accommodating. Food was excellent.
  16. NG

    NugGary

    Houston

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This was our first visit to Ambrosia and we had high expectations. The place is very dimly lit, which is kind a cool, except that I had to break out a flashlight to read the menu. The food was mediocre. Nothing too bad, just not great. Prices were reasonable and staff was very nice and accomodating.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was amazing and made sure we were always looked after … never felt rushed and we got to work our way through the menu
  18. z

    zachd

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety of dishes. Great cocktails and great staff!
  19. T

    Timely

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was very delicious! The wings, crab fried rice, rib eye and lamb lollipops were awesome!!! I will definitely put this in my dining rotation.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Nice intimate dining room
  21. H

    Heather

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Ambrosia! The drinks are imaginative and fun, and you can always count on the staff to offer helpful thoughts on which wine to pair with which meal. And the meals! Tasty, good-sized, and reasonably priced. This is a neighborhood gem.
  22. C

    Cassieb

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food, super pretty ambiance!
  23. AM

    AlfredoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Will revisit. The sercice was excellent, the food delicious.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Small dishes of frozen food. McDonald's would have been a better choice
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quiet. We were the only table at first. Good food, good atmosphere.
  26. j

    jannyh

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    the food was good- beautifully presented but the restaurant was in a bit of disrepair-the cushions on the seating areas were coming apart and the whole place needed a paint job the front patio entrance looked like a storage area- old outdoor furniture etc our waitress was very nice , personable and knew her menu she said they had been opened 6 years--hmmmm- dont think it has been updated since it opened
  27. v

    vivian

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I went here for the first time with a small group of friends for Houston Restaurant Week. The menu was Asian-inspired but they really missed the mark on a lot of things. For example, their papaya salad consisted primarily of lettuce and was bland. The Szechuan ribeye and dessert were the few good dishes but they didn’t make up for the experience we had. I also mentioned that the salmon had a spoiled taste but they blamed it on the tamarind...
  28. M

    Mylah

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    It was our first time eating at Ambrosia. Our group ordered different items on the menu for HRW and, frankly, we were not impressed. The papaya and ginger salads were okay, not much flavor to them. Same with the samosas. The calamari was flavorful. The fish in the ceviche tasted … fishy. I’ve had better ceviche at wholefoods. The brussel sprouts were the best thing on the menu. It was flavorful and cooked perfectly. The salmon was still raw in the middle and tasted like it was a week old. The ribeye was delicious. It was also flavorful. The desserts were decent. Again, I’ve had better at other restaurants. Overall, I’d give my experience a 4/10.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    The food looks nice in the picture, but the flavor is not as good as it looks
  30. D

    David

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Very loud in the restaurant. Hard to hear. Some sound absorbing panels would really help. Service was really slow, but may have just been an off night as only 2 servers were trying to cover the whole restaurant. Food was pretty good, drinks were great.
  31. K

    K123

    Houston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasting food and portions! The staff was attentive and friendly! There wasn’t many people there, but the table near me was very loud. Overall, great experience. I’d come back
  32. A

    Angielr80

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, cool place and service is outstanding!
  33. R

    Ronnie

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    So, the gallery pictures of the food is what sold me on this place, the food looked fabulous. They had scallops, steak, fish, wings...all sorts! Unfortunately, it fell very short of what was expected. There is no self parking option, it's valet or street parking. The outside seating area was quite disheveled, the fountain had propane tanks in it, and other junk. The seating was old and cushions were flat. The entrance door is really nice and rustic, but not super obvious on how to open it...just grab anything and pull, ha! Small dining area, maybe 20 tables. This has the appearance of a nice, quiet, romantic dinner. It was not. It gets very loud, very quickly. At one point, we couldn't hear eachother from across the table. Seating again, is basic, and the booth style seats are old and some spots held together with tape. If you're wearing shorts, or a skirt, the back of your legs will feel it. The staff is very nice, only two people taking orders, but they kept the water topped up, answered questions, made recommendations etc. Food comes out quickly, and the table is cleared just as quick. Now, the food...disappointing. The menu, images you see online and from diners, is very different. Plating and portions seem inconsistent, it seems there is now standards in the kitchen for this. The salmon starter was not worth the price, you get so little for what you pay. The wings were dry, and the dry rubbed version was tasteless. Szechuan steak..belongs in a cheddars. The quality of the meat was dire, and the sauce seemed like a basic BBQ sauce with some added spices. The crab fried rice, was very tasty, and the only thing that was worth the cost. Drinks though...very refreshing and tasty. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this place, nor would I return. It needs some leadership in the kitchen to take itself as seriously as it thinks it is.
  34. a

    awtx

    Houston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I'll definitely try them again, most of the food we got was outstanding. Only gave 4 stars instead of 5 because the samosas were bland and tasteless, no worth the money (or the calories). At times the room got quite loud, as sound tends to echo around in there. But overall it was a good experience and I look forward to trying them again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for my wife and I. We went during happy hour.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. Combine that with unique flavors and quality cocktails; we had a lovely time!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The atmosphere is pleasant, but the quality of food was not great. Even for happy hour prices, the quantity and quality just wasn’t ideal. Our server was very sweet and attentive, and our drinks were good.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Around 7 it is less crowded than later. Service was friendly. Food is delicious I tried the masala lamb lollipops, salmon crudo, pork wasabi dumplings, Brussels sprouts and Thai chicken flatbread. Drinks were good. Definitely a nice place to eat with good people.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Arrival: We had 7:30 PM reservations for Saturday night. Memorial Day weekend. Drive up and we are the only ppl here. I was third to arrive. One friend texted me and wrote, “it looks closed.” Hostess Greeting: Friendly. Prompt. She gave all she had. Ambiance: IDK when the website pics were taken, BUT when I tell you it is NOT an accurate representation of what we saw. If you’re expecting what you see on the website I terms of look, invite, appeal- you will be let down. Even the candles in the main dining area were battery operated. Food: The website describes this as a tapas style, it was- point there for accurate descriptive word. HOWEVER, and this a BIG HOWEVER, the best thing I tried was the Brussel sprouts. Paid $50 & sadly didn’t eat anything. Naan bread was actually pita bread or Matzah bread. Samosas- were heavy on curry and short on flavor. Final Thoughts: We stayed bc the wait staff were friendly & we weren’t sure we could secure another table elsewhere post pandemic & on a holiday weekend. After that tab we went and had pizza slices down the street.
  40. H

    Heather

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our meals at Ambrosia - the service is super-helpful and friendly, the food is tasty and attractively presented, and the setting is quiet enough to enjoy a conversation over a nice glass of wine.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ambrosia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 393-7211.

Ambrosia is rated 4.4 stars by 646 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Ambrosia

2003 Lexington Houston, TX 77098

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Shepherd Drive, just north of I-59 South

  • Area

    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon 17:00–20:30 Wed, Thu, Sun 17:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Self parking in private lot ; street parking also available daily.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Fernando Chantes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 393-7211

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining rooms available. Contact us for details.

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