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Benjy's

New American Restaurant, Lounge, and American Restaurant$$$$
University Place, Houston
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  • mai p.
    "HH pork potstickers and blood orange margaritas are my fave"(5 Tips)
    Julie M.
    "Crunchy chicken & Mom's cake are absolutely amazing!!!"(4 Tips)
    Sarah P.
    "Awesome happy hour with creative cocktails and delicious appetizers."(18 Tips)
    Kari M.
    "The Citrus Blossom cocktail is amazing."(2 Tips)
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  • Casa D.
    Casa DeleonAugust 20, 2014
    Everything we ordered was fantastic! Truly a 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 meal. I forget the name of the items we had and would not do it justice to just describe it as is, but everything we ate was superb!
  • Cara K.
    Cara KummerMarch 28, 2015
    Fun brunch environment. Excellent food and good service. Had the breakfast plate with chicken sausage, potatoes, French toast and I would have it again in a heartbeat
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    Benjy Levit has been serving some of the most creative modern American cuisine in the city since 1985. The Village location of Benjy's is remarkably small, but that's a part of its charm. Read more
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressNovember 6, 2014
    Benjy's Happy Hour has a stellar selection of $6 cocktails (think lychee fizzs, blood orange margs, and peach spritzers), $5 wines by the glass, and $3 beers! Read more
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundSeptember 27, 2015
    Benjy's is a great mainstay in Houston with solid food and nice staff, though the decor and atmosphere are just a little pretentious for what you get. The prices match this a bit too. Few beers
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LuoAugust 7, 2014
    Great food with a cool Asian fusion twist. The hay-smoked duck breast made my life. Plus, there aren't many restaurants in Houston with a better vibe for twenty- to thirty-somethings!
  • Julie M.
    Julie MinerboJune 19, 2013
    Crunchy chicken & Mom's cake are absolutely amazing!!! The warm & moist chocolate cake psired with the icy Mwxican Vanilla ucy ice cream is to die for! The Kale & peach salad was tasty too!
  • Cariña G.
    Cariña G.October 10, 2013
    One of Houston's BEST happy hour spots! Great food, great drinks, great rooftop deck & even better service! Get the Mom's Chocolate Cake...it is the bomb.com!
  • Marie N.
    Marie N.September 6, 2014
    Try the BBQ pizza and pot stickers. These happy hour appetizers are $6 along with cocktails. Blood orange margaritas are nice.
  • Wayne A.
    Wayne AJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the lounge during Happy Hour and enjoy great appetizers and drink specials. Their potstickers are amazing - better than any Chinese restaurant for sure.
  • Ed
    EdDecember 26, 2015
    The off-menu lamb chorizo special is awesome! Ask for it, what do you have to lose?
  • Desmond F.
    Desmond F.December 23, 2015
    Shrimp and grits are delicious. Also, you can always ask for more of the biscuits.
  • Ed
    EdDecember 26, 2015
    The Brussel sprout appetizer is an original twist on the classic dish. Not necessarily for sprout beginners, though.
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonJuly 14, 2011
    Head all the way upstairs to the patio. It may be cozy, but it gives a wonderful view of the Rice area while sipping on a blood orange margarita.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SkeesFebruary 21, 2014
    Had the saffron seafood risotto. Absolutely lovely. Great place to try something a little different. Chocolate Cake was soooo good.
  • Arnab M.
    Arnab MukherjeeApril 13, 2013
    Excellent desserts - blood orange sorbet was fantastic, and mom's chocolate cake was lovely. Try the blood orange margarita.
  • Ed
    EdAugust 11
    Pirate-style free popcorn was an interesting twist! The salmon was a very solid lunch choice.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesNovember 7, 2014
    Creative specials. Brussels sprouts were creative appetizer. Pork shank and grouper were delicious.
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The steak and eggs is really something special. One of the tastiest cuts of meat in town!
  • Kim S.
    Kim SophiaAugust 12, 2011
    Get here early for happy hour or else youll have to sit out in the heat. Either that our pay full priced for drinks and appetizers which basically pays for their AC.
  • Christian E.
    Christian EspanaMay 7, 2014
    The halibut was great! Sat at the bar, service was excellent, super friendly! Highly recommend.
  • Nik B.
    Nik BannisterJuly 4, 2013
    The Cornflake Crusted Gulf Shrimp & the Red Mule will do wonders for your pallet!
  • Alkeisha S.
    Alkeisha SOctober 25, 2016
    One of the best happy hours in Houston!!
  • CultureMap Houston
    CultureMap HoustonNovember 29, 2011
    Also, Mom's Chocolate Cake is still made by Benjy's mom, and is hands-down the best chocolate cake around.
  • Ed
    EdDecember 26, 2015
    The shrimp and grits are excellent and compare favorably with the best in town.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RisteffJuly 12, 2013
    Food and service were both incredible. They take amazing care of you!
  • Bud S.
    Bud ShortJuly 20, 2014
    Everything was good and im not just saying that cause the name of the place is Benji's
  • Greta S.
    Greta SkudraMay 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemon drop martinis are delicious! As are the happy hour pizzas :)
  • Katy I.
    Katy IrvingNovember 30, 2010
    Must try the goat cheese appetizer! Delicious Asian salad with the most delicious soy vinaigrette! Worth a visit!
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PasquesiNovember 22, 2014
    Awesome happy hour with creative cocktails and delicious appetizers.
  • Jide A.
    Jide ApenaJune 17, 2014
    Good spot to go on a Sunday, sit upstairs indoors or outdoors on the deck.
  • Susanne D.
    Susanne DenkAugust 9, 2013
    The big couch in the middle is a great place to start talking to people!
  • Houston Press Street Team M.
    Head on over to Benjy's for a superb three-course prix fixe brunch!
  • Desireé
    DesireéAugust 20, 2016
    Try the Beef tenderloin with glorified mashed potatoes with green beans
  • Eva K.
    Eva K.March 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Elderflower Elixir and Goat Cheese Cakes, get there by 5:30 to get a table outside!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin D'SouzaAugust 23, 2013
    Awesome hh menu! Only at the bar though.. So big groups might have a hard time.
  • Kari M.
    Kari MFebruary 15, 2012
    The Citrus Blossom cocktail is amazing. Also, love the Cheesecake!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    Check out Benjy's' Happy Hour on the Go Time Happy Hour App! Download for free on iphone, android and blackberry! http://bit.ly/NkNt2M
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonMay 13, 2014
    Awesome spot for brunch on Sundays! Friendly waitstaff.
  • Josh M.
    Josh McNameeMay 14, 2011
    Brunch is some of the best in Houston. Shrimp and Grits...top notch
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongApril 9, 2015
    Try the Spicy Jambalaya Risotto {Half Order) - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Mark K.
    Mark KristenAugust 28, 2012
    Smoked Sashima Salmon and Pork Potstickers were so delicious.
  • Irena
    IrenaNovember 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    the tofu is amazing and on the HH menu! the calamari n pizzas also super good!!
  • Samantha Mae
    Samantha MaeJuly 19, 2015
    Happy hour is good with excellent cocktails!
  • David D.
    David Die Jr.January 18, 2014
    Love this place. We try to stop here every time we make it to Houston
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Quite possibly the best restaurant in Texas. Try the tofu!
  • Wayne A.
    Wayne ADecember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The happy hour potstickers are the best I've ever had!
  • Sachin S.
    Sachin ShahSeptember 17, 2016
    Great brussel sprouts and goat cheese cakes!
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 19, 2014
    Best scallops I've ever had.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly Boyd-BallaOctober 26, 2013
    Incredible brunch. Make reservations.
  • Kim T.
    Kim ToNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crunchy French Toast - nut crusted + three fruit coulis + berries
  • mai p.
    mai phamOctober 13, 2011
    HH pork potstickers and blood orange margaritas are my fave
  • Martin S.
    Martin SaaJanuary 27, 2013
    Asian salad is amazing. Sonia the chicken and waffles
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanAugust 16, 2012
    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Half-pound Burger
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HunzekerAugust 25, 2010
    The HH is great! Drinks and food for only $5. Not the well crap either. The good stuff.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BodeepongApril 9, 2015
    Try the White Pizza! - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SvihlaJune 8, 2013
    Brunch is nice and late for late sleepers
  • Tocus T.
    Tocus TinocoMarch 15, 2012
    The citrus blossom is fantastic!
  • Scot G.
    Scot GallaherAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for popcorn at the bars
  • Russo V.
    Russo ValenzuelaAugust 14, 2013
    Mushroom Pizza is muy taco bueno:-)
  • Nate R.
    Nate ReffellJune 8, 2013
    Excellent, innoovative menu
  • Ger G.
    Ger GonzalezAugust 16, 2014
    The BBQ Pizza was delicious. A bit too spicy.
  • Yuqing L.
    Yuqing LeiNovember 16, 2015
    Love this place!
  • marilyn s.
    marilyn seymourDecember 28, 2012
    Blood orange margaritas are the best
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan Churchill-SandysDecember 18, 2010
    Order the Steak and Eggs, it's really great!
  • Kim T.
    Kim ToNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Homemade Muffins
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GarciaOctober 29, 2011
    The french toast is a must have.
  • Xtine
    XtineFebruary 18, 2011
    Fabulous happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Delicious food $5 appetizers & pizzas.
  • Gary D.
    Gary DOctober 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Brunch on the Planet!
  • Christopher S.
    The ahi tuna burger is on point. A must have.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MaiselMay 3, 2011
    Presentation is great. The fries are perfect!
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MApril 3, 2011
    Crunchy Chicken and Mom's Chocolate Cake, ftw!
  • Monica J.
    Monica JonesJuly 2, 2011
    See Kiko the bartendar makes a good drink and so sweet!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BrownSeptember 23, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Benjy's and order the crunchy chicken - it's an awesome, upscale, southern dish
  • Jewelz C.
    Jewelz CodyOctober 1, 2013
    Lunch? Try the amazing kale salad!!
  • .
    .January 15, 2012
    Blood orange marg is delicious!
  • John W.
    John WallerAugust 13, 2014
    Happy hour is awesome.
  • Megan N.
    Megan N.February 26, 2011
    Awesome shrimp and sweet potato grits
  • Culema B.
    Culema BrandonAugust 19, 2014
    Oh my goodness...
  • Todd W.
    Todd WilsonAugust 3, 2011
    Crunchy chicken was very good!!
  • Tam .
    Tam 🎈December 27, 2012
    Salads are great!
  • Anuradha K.
    Anuradha KoliSeptember 25, 2010
    They have happy hour on the weekends! $5 or less
  • Saf an
    Saf anFebruary 6, 2013
    Awesome happy hour
  • Sachin S.
    Sachin ShahSeptember 17, 2016
    Great happy hour!
  • Jenn
    JennJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome weekend brunch!! :)
  • EPeezie F.
    EPeezie FoSheezyNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Three words: Blood. Orange. Margarita.
  • Laurie
    LaurieMay 5
    Burgueses. Drinks
  • Wayne A.
    Wayne AJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow. Everyone clears out at 7:01 LOL
  • Mazanin F.
    Mazanin FMarch 8, 2015
    The drinks were very good. The food was mediocre and the service was bad.
  • John R.
    John RoachSeptember 10, 2013
    Mediocre food. Decent service
  • Fernanda F.
    El perfecto getaway de la oficina un Jueves por la tarde. Happy hour de 4-7 pm, añade un toque chic a tu vida con mixología a $6 US, empezando con una refrescante ronda de Blood Orange margaritas.
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