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Main Kitchen Dining Room - Main Kitchen, Houston, TX

Main Kitchen

4.4
4.4
184 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Main Kitchen Restaurant and 806 Lounge indulge guests with a variety of classic cocktails and lively American fare in an intimate atmosphere where the downtown vibe is palpable. Newly appointed Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez has developed locally infused, seasonal menus, founded on the freshest ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 237-1111 ext. 3700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rafael Gonzalez

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Rusk

  • Parking details

    Options: $8 Valet Parking when dining in Main Kitchen, Street Parking and Walker Garage (Public Parking Garage)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Great for Lunch

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  1. JP

    JonathanP

    Austin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. More expensive than it needs to be. We got 3 dinner salads, 2 orders of fish tacos, and 2 appetizers. Total was $180 pre-tip. Only good for a business lunch at those prices, but I expect they know that and have priced accordingly. I'm not going there for a lunch I cannot expense.
  2. TB

    TeeBone

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent small lunch menu with plenty of variety. Great location in the heart of downtown, walking distance to anything, and decent valet parking as well. Tastefully decorated and excellent personable service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    It was great to find an open restaurant in Houston after 9 PM… The menu looks good but it is not so well prepared. Pasta was far harder than Al dente, shrimps overcooked… the waitress was not kind, correct but not nice.
  4. LF

    LoveFood

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. We sat at the bar for cocktails, appetizers and dinner. Wonderful ambiance and decor. Very classy.
  5. H

    Houstonite

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Decent lunch venue, but don’t expect anything special. Waiter service was however very good.
  6. CA

    CARFP

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Theater in Houston
  7. L

    Lola

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience !!! Will definitely visit again.
  8. JJ

    JonathanJ

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food and the drinks were awesome! Highly recommend.
  9. RP

    RyanP

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was good, food was adequate...not wowed but decent place for a business breakfast/lunch.
  10. T

    Thoreau

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This is a great option. Good food. Good location. For some reason, however, it takes a long time to get seated (ie no one at the host stand) and a long time for your waiter to come by for your order. I’ve eaten here several times. This isn’t a new problem. I don’t know if it’s due to poor staffing or inattentiveness. Once you’re seated and have seen a waiter, service is smooth without any delays. They really need to work on that front end transition. Love the food and the atmosphere. Absolutely will come back.
  11. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We got reservations which is hard to do and the restaurant was fairly empty when we arrived for lunch I. Sunday. But the service was great and the food delicious. The gumbo was particularly great
  12. K

    Katie

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was not good. The service was not great. Not good value for money.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was enjoyable
  14. A

    Ajay

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Overall slow service and overpriced and not the food. There were just a lot of weird fee added to the bill. If the service had been good, then I wouldn’t mind. But overall the worst dining experience I’ve had in a while. The chef was easily the brightest aspect of our visit and cheers to him.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Great Great Great Great
  16. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A bit pricey but the fish tacos were worth the price.
  17. LD

    LarryD

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food quality did not live up to cost
  18. VA

    VirtuAl

    Houston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each of us ordered a different entree (two of whom were pescatarians) and shared appetizers. Food preparation nevertheless, she was a delight and very professional! We experienced a perfect dinner fraught with awesome ambiance.
  19. l

    luncher22

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a great, central spot for a business lunch. The portions are also relatively generous. The taco salads are also FABULOUS.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Location is great if you are going somewhere downtown. Great venue, conveniently located. The food was OK and definitely overpriced.
  21. TT

    TexasT

    Houston

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Easy walk from. GF apt downtown good comfortable sofas Ambiance lively early going No NFL on TV only soccer and flooding show?? Service lackadaisical but ok Expensive
  22. DM

    DanaM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great business professional lunch spot, good selection on lunch menu and everything came out perfect. Service and food on point and in a beautiful space.
  23. CK

    ChristopherK

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I’m a big fan of your Almond croissant. The service was spot on too!
  24. CW

    CarlW

    Houston

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    We really can’t speak on the food after looking at the menu we left. Way over priced and the restaurant was empty
  25. AP

    APHouston

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I took my friend for birthday lunch and we really enjoyed our food. The burger was very good and we loved the gourmet grilled cheese. Fries were crispy and hot. The server was friendly. Prices are high, but it's a hotel, so not surprised.
  26. MS

    MonikaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The quality of food definitely isn’t what it use to be.
  27. C

    Charmgirl13

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Main Kitchen was fantastic! Four of us enjoyed lunch there. We started with the guac (so good and spicy), and we got the Soba noodles salad, the Taco salad, the Turkey Panini and the Grilled Cheese, and everyone loved their dish. Two of the people with us were celebrating birthdays and they brought out full pieces of their cheesecake, pecan bar and chocolate layered something. They were all fantastic and such a nice touch. Loved our lunch!
  28. c

    ceke

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    wine list, steak frits mediocre. Steak was very, very salty.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We go for lunch often. The s’mores cheesecake is scrumptious!
  30. c

    christocino

    Houston

    250 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    250 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Good food but this is the second time in a row where I could not get my server’s attention when I needed it. It took 15 minutes to get a check plus another 10 to get my credit card back. If you want to attract business people you need to be more attentive
  31. DA

    DonnaA

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant for business or everyday dining with food service by staff. Tasty menu selections too.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Main Kitchen is one of the best spots for lunch in downtown Houston.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Online did not communicate there was only valentines menu available so we had to eat bar menu cause we went for the bone in ribeye.
  34. M

    Miracle

    Atlanta

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are great. Nice bar and the vibe is good. The view of the streets at night is a nice touch.
  35. S

    Shirls

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly located downtown Houston. The restaurant is sophisticated without the stuffiness. Great atmosphere, service, settings, excellent and delicious dishes, the menu is versatile and changes with seasons. It offers choices for food lovers, healthiness, or just casual hardy plates as well. Value is appropriate. I highly recommend this place for private or business settings.
  36. RC

    RussC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Was a Saturday night and the service was very slow. Waitress was very friendly but drinks took forever... First round was almost 30 minutes...
  37. FL

    F00dieL0ve

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food is great, but service was slow and inattentive. The hostess needs to be replaced.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Nice ambiance and food but the server could have been far more attentive. We arrived for our 5:30pm dinner reservation and were rushing out the door gulping down our dessert at 7:40pm to make it to the theater in time for curtain.
  39. GA

    GoodAmericanFood

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our food was delicious. The presentation was very unique and fun. Not very busy when we were there (6pm on a Saturday)
  40. JN

    JenniferN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We had reservations at 11:00 AM, and ordered at 11:15 appetizers, we were told it's 15 minutes before they will begin making appetizers and won't get them until that time. After that they got an order wrong, and offered to fix it but it would be another 15- minutes. We took what we got, but the did not offer a discount on the order. I have been there 25-30 times before this and have never had this level of service

    Main KitchenResponded on November 25, 2019Jennifer N. We greatly appreciate your review, as we are always looking for better ways to improve service. I have spoken to our culinary department and management team. Please ask to speak with a manager or supervisor on your next visit. We would like to make it up to you. Have a wonderful day. Main Kitchen Management.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Main Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 237-1111 ext. 3700.

Main Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Main Kitchen

806 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rusk

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Options: $8 Valet Parking when dining in Main Kitchen, Street Parking and Walker Garage (Public Parking Garage)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Rafael Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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