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/ email@example.com: 7136289020
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Pass Ratings and Reviews
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.
Delicious food on great menu. 9 course (but small courses) menu that unfortunately we could not finish; we threw in the towel after 6. Highlights of the first 6 were: black truffles, sweet potato, octopus. I'm sure the 3 we didn't have were exceptional also. Wine pairings very good also.
Special occasion restaurant
The Pass has been our restaurant for special occasions since its opening. The food is delicious and always has a special touch. The pairing wines are fabulous too! We like this concept, because that's how we used to celebrate back home in Europe!
A few things we do miss though, are some little "amuse-bouches" that usually are served with a nice glass of Champagne (especially at the price it's served!) and it's a pity that The Pass has stopped their sweets cart at the end of the meal to accompany the coffee and tea...
The food was terrible and the waiters we ...
The food was terrible and the waiters were arrogant and inattentive. The wine pairing were horrendous and very unappealing.
Was very disappointed and wasted $500.
I could have enjoyed 5 to 10 nice dinners at any other restaurant including Provisions for what I wasted on the Pass.
The Pass is really like entering a different world. Quiet with simple decorations make the wine and food the centerpiece. Watching the kitchen is just an extra bonus! Fixed menu is delicious and I appreciate the vegetarian selection as well as the option of 5 or 8 courses. The wine pairing were different and introduced us to new ideas. Waitstaff is exceptional attentive AND very well informed about the food and the wines.
Delicious, unique, but expensive
Don't get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into before I went. And anyone else going should too. There is a set menu with a set price. The food is very good. The parings with wine or cocktails are fantastic for each course, bringing unique flavors out in every dish and drink. The service was on the mark, not missing a beat the during the 2.5 hour dinner. And despite having nearly every table full the place never felt crowed, loud, or conversely too quiet that you felt like the people at the table next to you could hear everything you said. I thought it was worth the visit, but probably just the one. Despite the good food I will spend that money elsewhere in the future. There are too many other places in Houston with great food for a better value. But, it is well worth the try.
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