About The Pass
Bringing the essence of the kitchen to each table, chefs will serve, describe and answer diner's questions, creating an authentic experience for each customer while placing emphasis on the process behind transitioning food to plate. Similar to dining at a chef's table, diners will be able to connect with the local and global inspiration and experience of each chef and behind every dish, in an upscale, casually elegant atmosphere, complimented by a thoughtful international wine list.
American, International, Modern European
Hours of Operation:
Seatings on Tuesday-Friday (6:00pm-9:00pm)
Seatings on Saturday (5:00pm-9:00pm)
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer both self-parking and valet service
DALLAS ST @ TAFT ST on line 018 KIRBY LIMITED NORTHBOUND
Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner
Private Party Contact:
Angela Moore/ firstname.lastname@example.org: 7136289020
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Pass Ratings and Reviews
A great foodie experience in Houston. Ve ...
A great foodie experience in Houston. Very interesting varied diverse wines with pairing. Also has a beer and cocktail pairing. Spare minimal decor which I liked with an open wall to the kitchen, signifying this is all about the food. Great service.
Our third time at the Pass and it always ...
Our third time at the Pass and it always delivers. Incredible food and I consider the it best restaurant in Houston. The menu is always somewhat playful and that comes through in the beverage pairings too. The staff is very good at what they do and very professional.
Great meal. The only issue we had was wi ...
Great meal. The only issue we had was with the wine. The wine was very good and we were paying $200 a bottle, but the third bottle recommended the price was not disclosed until the bill came it was $500. Not good.
The 9 item tasting menu at The Pass was ...
The 9 item tasting menu at The Pass was everything that one would want in a very well thought out dining adventure. The food and service were exceptional. It is good to know that there are places in America where craftsmanship, service and creativity can be found in the form of a simple dinner.
This was our second time there. The fir ...
This was our second time there. The first time the dinner had a theme "breakfast" and their food combinations were quite clever plays on the the theme. The food was excellent. No theme this time and the food was not quite as spectacular as the first time, but still 4+ stars. Not an everyday restaurant.
The nine-course dinner was uneven. The ...
The nine-course dinner was uneven. The opening course I initially thought was too small, but by the end of the nine-courses, we were full, and I have to say it was just right, leaving us wanting more and eager in our expectations. The dinner really peaked, however, around the middle courses, 3 through 5. The sixth course was a halibut that was cooked too long (dry), the seventh course an outstanding duck dish, and the eighth course a lamb shoulder again cooked too long (medium to medium well, whereas it should have been done no more than pink, and preferably medium rare; if they are uncertain as to patrons preferences, they should have asked). The dessert, a frozen buttermilk and berry concoction, that might have pleased some foodies, but I thought was overdone (exotic but lacking in flavor). The rhubarb meringue that followed was much better. The sommelier's and wait staff's suggestions for pairing of wines was spot on and excellent, and excellent value. The menu descriptions of each course were too terse, and did not do justice to the complexity of the dishes' preparation. Meal price was very fair. We'd try it again, but would only recommend it to others with our disappointment toward the meal's conclusion being duly-noted.
We went to The Pass for date night. The ...
We went to The Pass for date night. The doorway entering the dining room was so unique and special that it immediately gave you the impression you were in for a treat! The waiter we had was outstanding, he knew a lot about each of the dishes and the beer/cocktail pairing that he added an extra element to the experience. The courses all came out continuously but at a pace we could enjoy each one. There was not one dish I didn't eat, but there were a couple of favorites and the cocktail pairings were unique and delicious! We are already scheming an excuse to go back!
Wonderful experience. Excellent service. ...
Wonderful experience. Excellent service. Private, intimate dining room. Dishes are presented well, but not all courses were memorable, as expected as this price level. I would still recommend it for the gastronomic adventure.
While some of the dishes in this 9-cours ...
While some of the dishes in this 9-course, wine-paired meal were good, others, such as burnt tempura and burnt lentils didn't work. The service was clinical, robotic and uninterested in any discussion other than the rote info they shared, impatiently, as they rushed us through our meal. Even asking a question about the courses seemed to be an imposition, and no time was allowed to relish the courses we did enjoy, to discuss the wine-pairing, to even savor what was left of the wine. Nine paired courses crammed into a 2-hour period is unacceptable and left a poor impression of a restaurant we had looked forward to visiting for several months.
Elegant, flawless service. The choreogra ...
Elegant, flawless service. The choreographed synchronised delivery of dishes, two at a time, is a pleasure to observe. Attractive, intriguing and delicious food with clear explanations of ingredients and their origins. A very enjoyable evening.
First of all, it is expensive....however ...
First of all, it is expensive....however, you have to think of it as a production. The food was amazing. The entire staff was wonderful. Someone is always waiting on you and making you feel as if you are the only one in the restaurant. Intimate setting. Refreshingly quiet, with the exception of the hurried noise of the kitchen. We even had a lesson on single malt scotch vs blends! In short...go!
Very special restaurant -- fit only for ...
Very special restaurant -- fit only for a unique, special occasion. We were celebrating a birthday, and they printed the name of my wife on the menu header. Great service, never a need to nudge or ask for the server, as the meal just keeps coming out. It's a pretty special place, start to finish.
The Pass is a beautiful space with an at ...
The Pass is a beautiful space with an attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. The set nine-course menu is good, logically assembled and inventive. The whole process is entertaining, but the dishes themselves and the cocktail and wine pairings are far from being well integrated and thought through. The dishes are imaginative and innovative, and some were outstandingly great (example: a subtly spectacular squash and rabbit dish called Zucca, whose blend of flavors and aromas are particularly attention getting)...others really missed the mark. At this price point I would expect a more consistent achievement.
Three out of ten food courses were excep ...
Three out of ten food courses were exceptional, with the rest just OK. Only two or three wine and food pairings were exceptional. The rest were just so-so, with several wines drinking better alone than with their corresponding food course, and one completely undrinkable. Overall, this $400 meal failed to meet expectations. We will not return.
One of the best Houston restaurants. Th ...
One of the best Houston restaurants. The tasting menu was well paired with elegant wines, but we both wished that the menu was more balanced. Seven out of nine courses were paired with white and one rose, leaving only two courses with red. Next time we will not have the wine pairing, just choose from the wine list.
Very disappointing compared to previous ...
Very disappointing compared to previous visits, which were outstanding. I love the move to a flat 9 course tasting--but 2 of 8 savory dishes were inedibly fishy smelling/tasting. I ate only half of a very small kohlrabi & pickled shrimp thing, and one bite of the squid "chicharone" was too much. Unacceptable when you're paying over $400 for dinner for two.
Good, not great
Went here for a special occasion. It was listed as #1 restaurant according to Houston Chronicle this past year. This restaurant is actually two restaurants in one--The Pass-- and then Provisions. This review is for The Pass. This is the higher end of the two restaurants. There is a prefixe menu. Depending on the day, it can range from a 5-course meal to an 8-course meal. Tonight it was a 9 course meal for a set amount of dollar. You can order drinks, additional cost. Or for an extra nominal amount, you can have wine pairing with the courses (trust me, not cheap). Each dish is a small, delicate appetizer size plate. But don't worry, you will be full by the end of the meal. Being a foodie and a frequent traveler, I felt the food was okay. I have had better. And for the price, I've definitely had better and cheaper. Even when the food was not cheaper and the cost was more--ie, Alinea--in Chicago, IL--I felt it was worth it. The food here, not so much. The ambience is nice. The noise level is just enough-not too quiet, not too loud. The service, however, was excellent. No complaints there! So in all, I think try it for the experience, but know there are other places with better food for the value. Service, however, is second to none.
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