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About Line & Lariat
Line & Lariat specializes in modern Texan cuisine. Located within Hotel ICON, the historic former Union National Bank building, our intimate alcoves and vaulted ceilings are sure to offer a memorable dining experience.
Experience Line & Lariat for a quick bite before the ballet or ballgame; New Happy Hour featuring wine, beer, and specialty cocktails from 4pm - 6pm Monday through Friday. Celebrate a special occasion with dinner and drinks in one of the city's most unique turn-of-the-century venues.
Houston, TX 77002
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 11:00 am
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 11:00 am
Daily 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Daily 5:30pm - 10:00pm
L&L Bar Hours
Daily 11:00 am - Late Night
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call 832-667-4468 to book your special event.
Valet is $6 when dining with us and is located on Congress Street entrance.
We are conveniently located just north of the Metro Rail's Preston Station on Main St. We are at the corner of Main Street and Congress.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Line & Lariat Ratings and Reviews
We arrived at 6:02pm for our 6:00pm reservation. There was no one at the hostess stand and not one waiter in the place. We waited until 6:17 and still no one showed. The hotel concierge was rude and not interested that no one was in the restaurant. So we went to the bar and ate there. Ed the bar tender was great! I’d skip the restaurant and hit the bar from now on.
Very limited menu - even though we could not get reservations at the time we requested, the restaurant was EMPTY - only 1 other table occupied!
Rolls were awful - obviously placed in microwave to warm up and were so tough they could not be bitten!
Food was so-so - certainly nothing to recommend.
The Line & Lariat was good. It had the trappings of a hotel restaurant however-- an overly formal dining room, too quiet and therefore too much awareness of the conversations at adjacent tables, and a relatively safe menu.
The meal was well-prepared, and was welcome to save me the trouble of going out during my stay at the hotel.
My wife, one of our friends and I had a very pleasant dinner at Line & Lariat before the symphony. Our friend had just a Cobb salad but it was a dinner sized portion and he enjoyed it. My wife had a cup of chicken tortilla soup and I the gumbo. We then split the redfish entree. All were tasty and prepared properly with fish cooked just right; they also served our split entree on two plates.
Made Mother's day reservation for the brunch...arrived with mom excited, valet parked, walked in and they had CANCELED THE MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH due to low reservations. I never received a call. I was LIVID AND EMBARRASSED. The waiter Tilman and the Front desk manager was our saving grace. That's why I rated the service. They help make situation better by giving us grilled chicken and turkey wrap with dessert. Hotel Icon has changed. New ownership and it's horrible. The entire spirit has changed. Used to be one of the top hotels in Houston....that is of the past. Never again!!!!
Our server was very nice, I felt bad for him since he can't be making very much money as there were only a few tables in the whole restaurant and when we went there was only one other table occupied.
We read really good reviews and had high hopes however we were worried as soon as the stale bread came out. The menu was very small and we wanted to try the cheese plate, a staple of ours for fancy date nights. We got it and the grapes looked amazing, the pita bread was warm but also not fresh-likely from a bag and the cheese left a LOT to be desired. The portion was large but each of the three cheeses were indistinguishable. Each was nearly the same texture and was not good quality. We had planned to order the sliders but decided to leave early and go to another restaurant. We spent nearly $30 on one glass of okay wine and a horrible cheese plate.
I would not recommend this restaurant when there are so many incredible places in Houston at around the same price point, serving the same style cuisine with FAR FAR superior food.
The dining room is nice, but was not decorated with any flowers or Easter décor. The buffet was too high for the kids (although found this place on a top 10 kid friendly brunch list) and did not offer plain waffles or pancakes. The waffles were mixed in with jalapenos and the kids did not want to eat them. The website had promised an Easter bunny, but none appeared. The price was expensive for the quality and variety of food offered.
This was a pre-theater meal on Sunday afternoon. Restaurant is in a hotel lobby, but don't let that scare you off. The food and service were very good. Portions were large. Each course was large enough to be the meal. We will go back and eat here for dinner.
Husband and I stayed in Hotel Icon 8 or so years ago and loved lunch at the L&L which was a lovely nouvelle cuisine, very elegantly and well done. The restaurant has gone waaaayy downscale now to have just a few sandwiches, soup and salad. Big disappointment. We will not be going back.
Read some great reviews on this restaurant...but it is nothing to write home about...tables are essentially in the lobby of a hotel. Our table was the only table ocupied when we arrived and only two others by the time we left. If I was staying at the hotel I might eat here...but otherwise no.
Ambience is simply amazing, as the Restaurant is set in Historic 1911 Union National Bank with marble columns and the original vault still intact. The bartender started me off with a fresh twist on French 75, one of my favorites! Enjoyed the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection, along with caprese salad, and mouth watering chocolate mousse cake. The wine recommend was superb! My first time and I will definitely be returning!!
Line and Lariat again gave us what we bargained for. We sometimes want a quiet, elegant place as opposed to popular bustling hot spots. Of course the food must be good but we'll settle for less than the latest and greatest to get other amenities. Line and Lariat consistently delivers.
The food was well prepared, but the service was distinctly second-rate. The waiter obviously knew nothing about wine and appeared bewildered when asked a few basic questions. Set in a very large lobby, the ambiance is anything but intimate. But it has a great-looking bar. I'd recommend this restaurant, but not too enthusiastically.
My husband and I have been here 4 times. The first time was during Restaurant Week a few years ago . The restaurant was relatively busy and food was good. We've gone back and consistently enjoyed our meals. Our other visits have been much less crowded. We love the ambiance and decor.
Only criticism on the food is that it's sometimes over sauced (too much dressing on the salad, too much sauce on the steak). If that bothers you, I recommend just having it served on the side.
I have been here regularly. The last time the service was slow which was unfortunate as we were tight on time and had to rush the food. Also the wait staff that served us wasn't appropriate for a restaurant with the ambiance and the price paid. Too casual by far.
I had a lunch here during the week with some colleagues. I expected it to be stuffy and boring, but I was pleasantly surprised by the décor and comfortable feeling. There were five in my party and we sat a round table with huge cushioned wingback chairs, which made for a feeling of privacy. There are huge windows to provide natural lighting and high ceilings that make it feel open and airy.
The food was great! We started off with the Texas caviar (pimento cheese) from the bar menu. It comes in the form of sandwich; we didn’t expect that since most of us order sandwiches for our entrée. Someone opted to build their own salad which allows for as many items as you can imagine in a salad. I chose the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. The soup was tasty and the grilled cheese was huge Texas toast that I could have shared with someone. As for the service, I expected better since this was hotel restaurant, but wasn't terrible.
I will definitely come back and recommend this place for a group lunch.
I hoped to be more impressed by Line & Lariat, but my expectations were clearly underwhelmed. I ordered the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and mixed veggies, which seems a quintessential American meal by all standards. The meatloaf was a power punch packed with explosive flavor while the mashed potatoes and vegetables lacked any distinct flavors at all besides bland. The meal felt vastly unbalanced with an over-flavoring of the bacon-wrapped, sauce-smothered meatloaf and tasteless side dishes. Reasonable service and an ambient atmosphere were nice though.
Our meal was good, the appetizers were better than the entrees. The service was really poor. Our waiter just didn't seem to have any sense of urgency and didn't even know the menu very well. And we were the only group there. Terrific looking place, however.
So very romantic and quiet. Nicely tucked away from the noise of downtown Houston. Food was divine, drinks were bubbly, and service was wonderful. We tried the duck sliders just for the heck of it, and how amazingly surprised we were, they were mouth watering. Can't wait to go back!
We went for restaurant weeks because the menu looked interesting. Did not realize it was in the Hotel Icon. The restaurant was very attractive. Service was attentive. The food was wonderful, but their regular menu is more casual. We are going to try it for lunch before the ballet. It was lovely and quiet. We were a group of 6 and could actually hear each other without shouting. Had a good visit.
My wife enjoyed the fixed price Houston Restaurant week menu. I ordered a wedge salad and meatloaf. The texture of the meatloaf was unlike other's I have tried. No doubt due to the fine grind and the inclusion of the lamb and chorizo. Very interesting and quite tasty. The green chile mac and cheese was decadent with a hint of hot. All in all, thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the former bank building with the great pillars.
The crab-stuff portabello mushroom is a meal in itself - seriously, order it with a salad and you're good to go. We also had the filet, which was very good but not the quality of cut you will get at Eddie V's or Capital Grille. The apple cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream was just okay. We had a good California wine for about $40, so very reasonable. Service is prompt and attentive. We were there on a Friday evening from about 7:00 - 8:30 and there was only one other couple there. I didn't understand that at all, unless people just don't think to go to a restaurant in a hotel. Trust me, it's a great meal and worth your time, especially since you can finish dinner and stroll through Market Square and the Theater District after. Valet parking is half price ($6) once the restaurant validates your ticket. We enjoyed dinner and would dine there again.
We came back to try out the restaurant for Restaurant Month in Houston - and boy was it a disappointment. We came for the filet with cheese/bacon and crawfish only to find out they ran out and we were offered a Ribeye - anyone knows they are no the same. So I settle for the ribeye and was still charged the FULL 45$ for a ribeye vs the Filet....very disappointing. To top it all off a couple next to me order AFTER I did and after further persistance they DID receive a Filet as described on the menu. I will never return here for dinner very disappointing - not mention the service was very SLOW for 930p reservation and only about 3 tables occupied when we arrive.
We tried this for Houston restaraunt weeks. Their menu for it looked great. The earliest reservation available for 5 on a Friday was 8:30. When we arrived there were only a couple tables. The entire dinning process was slow. Bringing menus, taking drink orders, bringing drinks and most importantly the food. The food was great but they were out of a couple items on the special menu. They did substitute. We did not leave until 11:15 pm. The place was not busy and we were not given a reason for the wait. There are plenty of other places with better atmosphere and service.
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