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2991 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612-0623
+1 949-833-0977
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Irvine, California
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120 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the past service has always been rushed. That has seemed to slow a bit. Over the years the menus has evolved into an range of dishes from Sushi to Steak and fish in between all served with gear sides. Not a real good place for kids but a excellent place to have good wine great dinner. Price is up... More 

Thank James S
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I find Houstons to be an upscale restaurant with an easy, relaxed atmosphere, the food is wonderful with a special tip of my cap to the Babyback Ribs. They are to die for...Honestly! The bar makes a great drink and I have found the servers to be fun and professional. I just like the ambiance of this place and I... More 

Thank Tom V
Rhode Island
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second meal here at the bar while traveling solo for work. Both meals have been delicious. It is lively and social without being a pickup scene or creepy. Great energy and people-watching. I will definitely be back again!

Thank tripgirl123
Irvine, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good news is that food is very good. I ordered Hawaiian rib-eye and it tasted very good and was cooked just as ordered. Bad news is that the servers are quite aloof, bordering on arrogance. When the plates came out, the server basically threw them on our table and walked away. For a restaurant that serves steaks in their price... More 

Thank SSY1227
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Two stars just because the appetizers were good. My girlfriend and I went to Houston's and sat at one of the bar tables with our laptop to book a hotel. The server took our appetizer and drink orders while the laptop was already open. While we were having our drinks, the shift manager, Michael, came to our table and said... More 

Thank Behzad S
San Clemente, California
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402 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Incredible ribs if you don't mind getting a little messy! Salads and chicken are always goo too. I usually come here for lunch. It gets very crowded so get reservations and get there on time.

Thank JimW551
Dana Point, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I always order the ribs at dinner. No hands needed. Just fork and knife. Chicken salad was also good. Thinly sliced chicken breast makes a little different but tasty. Spinach artichoke dip was decent but the accompanying chips were blah and tasted like something from a bag (I'm picky about chips- I like them house-made. Dessert choices limited to 3:... More 

Thank CapoBeachCat
Newport Beach, CA, USA
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Houston's has excellent ribs..in fact my fave! I come back here over and over for them. I believe they're Danish baby-back ribs . Aside from the ribs the service is amazing.

Irvine, California
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Have been going to Houstons for 8 or so years. Consistently good food and service. Good place for a couple or a family celebration. Do a nice lunch but have been mostly fo dinner. Generous portions, must try prime rib and the Brussels sprouts when they have them..

Thank 4buffalo
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My partner and I went here for his birthday dinner. I ordered the Baby Back Ribs which were great but the fries for some reason stick with me. I liked the thin cut, how crisp they were and the spicy ketchup that accompanied them on the plate.

Thank Kristian A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2991 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612-0623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-833-0977

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?