The General Public - Houston

4.1
273 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The General Public is a spirited neighborhood restaurant and bar committed to wholesome food and warm hospitality. We are devoted to rewriting familiar recipes using only the freshest ingredients from farmers and suppliers we know personally. And we are committed to always keeping you in good spirits.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 273 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
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3.9
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4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BillyGGruff
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The good: The General Public (TGP) still has the same inviting atmosphere, the same great service, & is located adjacent to the super-deluxe bowling alley for which they're also known. They've clearly made an effort to keep staff & patrons safe by limiting the number of available tables, etc.
The disappointing: unfortunately, TGP is now offering only a limited menu. Most - if not all - of the menu items that we went there for are no longer available. The ones that are left - while tasty - are carb-intensive. And the one dish that our server described as "not to be missed" (loaded tots) was, 1) Not loaded, & 2) something I wish I'd missed.
These are challenging times with the CCP virus & all, but I don't see why it warrants a limited menu.
TGP set the standard for gastro pubs when they came on the scene a few years ago, & it's the reason we chose to come there for our company get-together. I hope on our next visit they'll have finessed the menu with some of the favorites for which they're known.

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MeouchaM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG it was amazing my friends and I had the best time ever, were evening planning a xmas white elephant brunch!
The food was amazing and the staff so very professional!!
Go with a friend or a great date night@

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food5service2ambience5

The server. Wss

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TabithaM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very relaxing place to hang out with friends. The area we sat at was very cozy and comfortable. Our server was really friendly and attentive. He was open to chatting with me and guests, which I think was nice. The food was great and I love the choices in alcoholic drinks.

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roshellec
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The crab hush puppies omg!!!! I’m going back just for those! We tried the Brussel sprouts, fish and chips and the grilled cheese! All heaven!

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Txcutie
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As someone who works in the restaurant industry. I find it absolutely annoying that companies want to force the QR code reader instead of a menu. Everyone doesn't have a QR reader and my grandmother would never ever eat here again due to that fact. The food was delicious, our server was amazing and offered me a Rum Punch that should be on the menu. Lloyd was very personal, professional, and extremely helpful. The staff did everything to help with C19.

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Anon
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great spot for work lunch!

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Estelle
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the atmosphere! The food was good. The Happy Hour was good but limited! The drinks were a little high but expected in that part of Houston. I recommend! My only complaint is City Centre parking - it can be complicated.

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Luncher
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal. Good Service. Relaxing Atmosphere. I will go back.

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RobertE
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the best dining experiences I’ve had. The service was stellar & could only be beat by the taste of the food. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

100% trash!!!!! I’ve had better food service at gas station.
5 min to see a server, no apology
An additional 10 min to get water, no apology
Saw her walking about and talk to other customers and servers.

My wife and got up to leave and she said “ok”

Be avoid this place

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AraceliZ
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The packets pace is nice I like the big windows they day I was there the weather was cool and the windows were open it felt great, the only thing I didn’t like was that it seemed short staffed there was only one waitress for the entire dinning room and bar
It took a little while for her to came back with our orders specially the drinks. Over all. Enjoyed the food and drinks -would definitely consider returning and trying out other menu items

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Their where only four brunch items to choose from...so the selection was not that big at all...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very lovely time. Great ambiance and great food! Wait staff was very friendly and attentive to our needs.

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vipelbrujo
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the fist time at the General Public. This time, service was slow and food was so-so. Menu is very limited. Good for drinks and grab a bite, but nothing special to do for dinner, not even lunch. There are a lot of better options around

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PaulW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience4

Two of us. One ordered chili as a main, the other shrimp & grits. Chili came out, and server apologized that the kitchen was behind. My wife’s dish (shrimp & grits) came out no kidding 20 minutes later. Off to a horrible start. Grits were lukewarm at best, shrimp was like rubber, overcooked.

Waiter was aloof and got the manager who we described the meal to. She did great at responding, we got a comp replacement meal (and they comped our entire bill, which was not expected).

Service from the waiter was horrible. Asked three times for refills, no attention to customers. He should never allowed one meal to come out without the other close behind. Where was the expediter? Absent this evening I’m assuming. If you don’t have one, get one.

Manager Major West was incredible. Kudos for his first night leading the pass.

Won’t be returning. First impressions are killers. Far too many new restaurants to try to go back to a place that left this impression.

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vipNancyD
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Super loud here, all hard surfaces. Conversation impossible. Tortilla soup so salty we had to send it back, and we are salt hounds. Inedible. Crab hush puppies are divine but it's not enough to save the meal.
Brussels sprouts hardly cooked at all, nearly raw. Not our expectation. Enchiladas good, chile chicken cheese sandwich good, salads good. Not great on all counts, except the hush puppies. Probably won't return as super loud and food not outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the shrimp and avocado salad. It was just the right size and the salad dressing was delicious!!

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vipRoyYoung
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu selection is not as big as some of the other places, but the dishes we ordered were all uniformly outstanding. Service was good and the noise level is moderate, makes it easier to have a conversation without shouting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Would have preferred a table vs a booth by the bar. It was extremely noisy from music and the TV’s.

JB
vipJamesBond
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, our server and bartender was awesome and attended and anticipated our needs.

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Nikki
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food, drinks, and atmosphere were great, but our server was not. She was slow, not friendly at all, and barely checked in on us. This is definitely a one off because all of my servers on previous visits have been great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Just wasn’t impressed

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NeilLoader
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round.

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DeniseD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance! We really enjoyed our food and the overall experience was wonderful! Service was a little slow at times but it was also NYE so we expected some of that.
Definitely looking forward to going back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Seemed really long between order and food Defoe a lunch. We did expand our reset from 8 to 12 so maybe it was our fault. When food came it was deli yams the chef came out to check. We will be back.

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TexasYankee
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Some have listed as a good place for a business meal. Drinks with colleagues- sure, great option. Actual business dinner- no way! Too loud and too “bar”. Would go back for a casual dinner.

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kjlewis
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Only 2 other tables occupied at 6 pm on Sunday. Service was abysmal. In order to get a 2nd cocktail, I had to go to the bar myself, it took just under 45 minutes to get our dinner order, and when it arrived, 75% of it was cold to lukewarm. Will never go back.

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LCChappy
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went on a Tuesday evening. Restaurant wasn't very crowded, had open tables and booths and from the time we set down it took us 25 minutes to get our drinks. Our food took another 40 minutes and then only 2 of the 4 entree's came out. The other 2 entrée's came out about 5 minutes later. The food was o.k. This was the second time I have been to the restaurant and the service and quality of food has definitely gone down. I will not be going back. Very disappointed. Staff was friendly but very slow, not sure if that was due to understaffing as I saw a handful of waiters etc. I watched the tables around us and they had same service delays.

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vipChrisO
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was okay, best thing was probably the tater tot appetizer that we ordered on a whim. Drinks were good. Food took forever to come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Took 20 minutes to get water

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vipquynhspins
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and drinks here. Erin and Mike are awesome!! Sad to see the old Happy Hour changing!!!!! Looking forward to what the new HH will be. Thanks Erin for your wonderful service ALL the time!! and Mike is great waiter as well!!!! Q&L

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Mark
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with friends on a Saturday night. Parking is a pain, but that's City Centre in general. The tuna nachos appetizer was fantastic, as was the rest of the meal. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service was good, staff was attentive, and food and drinks were good.

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FUChungle
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place for drinks and a casual meal with adult friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meet up spot for family and friends!

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Lulu
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Food was ok but not much to select from. Prices are reasonable and our waiter was great. Although they had several wines on the menu, only 2 were available SMH

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SevC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Autumn was an excellent server!!!

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melissag
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All in all everything was great. Casey was our waiter and he was very attentive. He made sure we had everything we needed. Food was good. The mimosas were all orage juice and a drop of champagne. They need to be better balanced. At one point they turned the music/volume up on the TVs in the middle of the room then back down. That was very disturbing and unnecessary. They do not need them there. It is not a sports bar. Other than that we really enjoyed the place.

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Vaun9622
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing and ambience was great however, service was not the best.

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The General Public - Houston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 690-4450.

The General Public - Houston is rated 4.1 stars by 273 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.

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