Merlion Restaurant

4.8
1042 Reviews
$31 to $50
Thai
You'll be enchanted by this cozy haven nestled in Historic Seabrook - a quaint, yet lavishly appointed Thai destination. The menu offers a culinary tour through Thailand, carefully prepared and executed by Chef Andrew Lobeck, a second-generation virtuoso Thai chef. Expect an impressive wine selection that varies regularly, a lively lounge stocked with a full-bar, and a knowledgeable & friendly staff that will recommend the perfect pairing. The atmosphere is sultry, and an aura of understated elegance prevails. Merlion is a top choice whether you are seeking a romantic dinner for two or for a larger group for a special event.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1042 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFernandoO
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always spectacular. Staff is so cool and attentive !

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding, never had a single complaint. I will always be ready to come back as soon as I leave.

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TravisG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and specialty drinks. Fun and friendly service. Great place to have a date night.

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SandieS
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most enjoyable evening meal in a very long time. Outstanding !

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vipJRUH
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance and a surprisingly good wine list!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall a great restaurant for a date night. Our server was excellent. We had high expectations after reading all of the reviews. We really enjoyed the Kao pad, Dragon Fire dumplings, and the butter pecan pound cake. We were disappointed in the calamari and the pad thai- both were pretty bland. You can tell they use high quality ingredients though. The pad thai may have been better if we had ordered it at a higher spice level (we ordered level 1). We will be back to try more!

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DougH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars were the cocktails. They weren't bad, just kind of 'meh'. And despite all the open tables they kept seating everyone right next to each other. Seemed odd. But I can't recommend the food enough. It is excellent.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time to Merlion. The food was awesome. The service was a little slow but it was 6:30 on a Saturday night. Overall was a great experience!

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PartyOf4
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Merlin. I love that is is a local place with outstanding food. Don’t come here and expect your food on the table in 15 minutes. They don’t start cooking until you order, but when it arrives it will be as you ordered and fresh! Order the corn cakes as soon as you sit down, you will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar and restaurant! Our server, Bernice was amazing as always!

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HowardS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Thai food in the world. Excellent service and variety of food, fresh and the flavor is perfect. I would recommend that you try it even if you've never thought about eating Thai.

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TracieC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter helped us make great selections. The food was delicious! My martini was fabulous! My husband loved the lager beer as well. Absolutely wonderful! It was very crowded so it took longer than what we like but again, the food and drinks were magnificent!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Jake, made my sister’s birthday celebration memorable. Small touches that meant so much, from the dessert and centerpiece to the champagne. Yes the food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We plan to return next month.

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AlisonC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is ALWAYS excellent at Merlion...never had anything I didn't like. Got my favorite, Pad Med Mammung with sirloin and the dragon fire dumplings...YUM!
Our server, Madison, was super attentive, friendly and helpful!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except due to large party at restaurant it took abnormally longer to get food. But staff was honest about the delay and kept us informed which eased the wait.

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Stephe
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Merlion is a delightful restaurant, to enjoy a Saturday evening meal.

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JackG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I made our second visit hear for our 10 year anniversary dinner after eating here for the first time and loving it about a week prior. The service and food were great, and they went above and beyond to make our anniversary special. The great food and service has made loyal customers out of us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This place is beautiful and it smells wonderful. I can’t understand why food is served that you cannot eat because of the spice level. I asked for .5 and my husband asked for one and he’s Cajun and a regular Pepper Belly. We both felt it was entirely too spicy. To be fair the waitress did warn us that the peppers were running hot but if you’re not an experience to eat or you really don’t know what that means I can’t imagine somebody eating at five and surviving. We did not sit in the bar area I did not realize it was not one big dining room so I was a little disappointed because the bar is the draw. So make note of this also the appetizers were the best things that we ate. He had the coconut shrimp and while it was spicy it was delicious but nothing out of the ordinary or extra special in my opinion. I had beef salad with the sauce on the side. It took so long for our food to come out but I didn’t dare ask them to send it back I hate it but I regretted it the next day. I would recommend going during happy hour and eating appetizers at the bar. We sat the two of us next three or four very large parties and we could not hear each other for most of the time. The decor is absolutely amazing well appointed and we couldn’t of asked for better service. It was a treat and I will definitely try it again without any spice added to my meal.

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RobertP
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Lobster & got cheese dumplings and Por Pia were great appetizers and the Suara’s Fried Rice and Raad Prick with the buffalo ribeye were amazing. To top it off they gave us a lemon raspberry bundt cake for our anniversary. Highly recommend!

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RevrendDr
Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Thai food in the U.S. Try to move out of your comfort zone and don't just order the Pad Thai or a chicken curry. Everything on the menu is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and helped us immensely with all of the questions we had since this was our first visit. She was extremely knowledgeable and helped us make the perfect selections. I truly cannot say enough about the food. We had the Dragon Fire Dumplings, Panang, and the Raad Prick. All three were seasons impeccably. We did a level 2 on the curry dishes and it was a perfect amount of heat without overpowering the food. We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been there in quite a while but Brooke and Andrew remembered us and came by to see us. Wendy was an awesome server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

I’m assuming Merlion is struggling with hiring wait staff due to COVID just like every restaurant, but our service was horrific. We were in the back corner and the bartender was our waiter. Every time we needed something we had to ask the busser to find our waiter.

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vipPATTIP
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant makes every visit a special occasion. I usually get the thai goat cheese salad and the Tom Kha soup. Last night I added the lamp chop lollipops off the menu special and they were divine. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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dfgalvy
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Merlion!

We went for a birthday celebration this time. They were a bit short staffed, but it ran as smoothly as one could imagine. Everyone (bartenders, waitstaff, and owner) were pitching in for all jobs with smiles and happy to do so. Our waitress, Christina, was great and ready to communicate that the kitchen was a bit backed up and our order would be slightly delayed. We appreciated that as we all understand that it's challenging times due to recovering from the pandemic.

As always the food was outstanding!

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DungL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and pricing for the experience. It was very busy, thus a hit loud in dining area. Groups of 4 and up were seated at tables. Couples are side by side along the wall, thus a bit cozy. Overall a great place to dine.

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AdrienneT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our evening out at Merlion. Our waiter, Michael, was amazing! We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our go to date night spot and we love sitting at the bar! Great service and amazing happy hour specials!

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GretchenW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience whether in the dining room or the bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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CaitlinD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bernice was amazing!!!!! Food was unreal. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Never disappoints!

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sarak
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, servers were gracious, food was delicious. Will go back.

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NatachaC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as always! Curries, apps, and fried rice on point. Unique offerings, great umami in dishes. Waitstaff helpful and personable.

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vipBrendaF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! The cocktails were so-so, but in all a great experience!

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vipJeanMarie1017
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Same as always…consistent! The wine list is awesome!

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Jenn
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merlion never disappoints. It was a birthday night celebration for my best friend and I. From the rose petals on our bar seats to Pedro making amazing adult beverages to the food and dessert, everything was perfect. I highly suggest the Pop Rock & Drop it drink!

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BeckyM
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter for a dinner out without her kids. Merlion did not disappoint. It was incredible as usual.

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Bigdude1
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly gourmet Thai food with craft cocktails. Happy hour is the bomb. We are fast becoming regulars. The off the menu crab bisque is perfect. It is hard to stop ordering we always seem to take home leftovers.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Merlion Restaurant using the Order Online button. Merlion Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 385-9975.

Merlion Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1042 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.