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Mai's Restaurant

Vietnamese Restaurant and Noodle House$$$$
Midtown, Houston
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  • Katie E.
    "Vietnamese fajitas were amazing."(7 Tips)
    CultureMap Houston
    "Get some spring rolls, and share a Banh Xeo and the garlic beef."(5 Tips)
    Andres N.
    "Try the BBQ pork vermicelli bowl with egg rolls!!"(3 Tips)
    Michael C.
    "The chicken pho and beef fried rice are amazing!"(10 Tips)
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  • Gregory R.
    Gregory RivineAugust 7, 2016
    Great clear broth seafood soup. Service by this young girl was mediocre.
  • Stacy L.
    Stacy LindseyApril 22, 2016
    Love the Vietnamese Fajitas!
  • Del O.
    Del Ovalle-MartinisMarch 11, 2016
    The rice plates and bowls are jam packed with meat.
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GarciaFebruary 23, 2016
    The chicken spring rolls are great!
  • Terrence H.
    Terrence HaggertyJanuary 27, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    One of myFave late night eat's. Love there garlic chicken & beef. Plus you must get the Vietnamese eggs rolls! 😋 If you go late nights hour be prepared for a wait.
  • Erin
    ErinDecember 20, 2015
    Garlic chicken & st toasted tofu are my favs!
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SNovember 17, 2015
    Vermicelli bowls!
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KrohNovember 8, 2015
    My favorite salt toasted tofu and the best peanut sauce.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 5, 2015
    Great place for a late night meal. Try the BBQ pork vermicelli bowl with egg rolls!!
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakSeptember 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great late night spot. Sometimes you'll spot Houston Dynamo players here after a game. Soft shell crab, Vietnamese Fajitas, Hot & Spicy Beef soup - all winners!
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick PageAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Point at something you probably won't go wrong! Love this place! Try #34, #36, Mongolian beef, #16#17 (for Phô lovers) fried rice, the list goes on and on
  • Jomar B.
    Jomar BerriosAugust 16, 2015
    Pho was delicious
  • Chris O.
    Chris OlbeksonApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Vietnamese coffee rocks
  • Clifton M.
    Clifton MMarch 22, 2015
    Meh. Better Asian food closer. Ok but nothing special.
  • Snow R.
    Snow RunnerMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Open Late!
  • Jamia S.
    Jamia StaggersFebruary 9, 2015
    One word Garlic Beef.... well that's two and the egg rolls!
  • Tara G.
    Tara GrodaFebruary 1, 2015
    Still after 20 years my favorite spring rolls and peanut sauce.
  • Diana R.
    Diana RamirezJanuary 21, 2015
    Amazing general tso tofu!
  • Michael C.
    Michael CalderoneJanuary 14, 2015
    The chicken pho and beef fried rice are amazing!
  • Eric
    EricJanuary 4, 2015
    Any vermicelli bowl is really good. #34 if you want something simple but delicious
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa JordanDecember 6, 2014
    Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab
  • Victoria E.
    Victoria ElizondoNovember 26, 2014
    After club/bar ritual!
  • Betty D.
    Betty DriverNovember 23, 2014
    Chilling w my babies! Pho Tai Beef is awesome on a chilly night.
  • PreVon T.
    PreVon TatesNovember 2, 2014
    Chinese egg rolls!!!
  • Nik K.
    Nik KOctober 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the wonton soup - best I've had in Asian cuisine
  • Shon W.
    Shon Witherspoon-ColbertOctober 12, 2014
    everything!!
  • Ivonne G.
    Ivonne GonzalezSeptember 28, 2014
    Pad Thai is the best I've ever had!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DangSeptember 16, 2014
    Had the spicy beef noodle here, it was decent.
  • Paul Michaels
    Paul MichaelsSeptember 13, 2014
    Great late night drunk food
  • Miko T.
    Miko T.September 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food here is not bad. Opens really late.
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonAugust 28, 2014
    Vegetarian heaven. Best fried tofu.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 12, 2014
    Mai's has been serving bowls of pho & Vietnamese fajitas since 1978. Stay away from the mixed drinks at the flashy bar & stick with classics like bun or com dia with Mai's seasoned Cornish game hen. Read more
  • jeremy m.
    jeremy munnerlynAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    All about the crispy egg noodles with seafood and veggies.
  • Meg
    MegAugust 9, 2014
    I just love their Vietnamese fajitas.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    canh chua ca and ca kho to are a solid combo to order!
  • Adam C.
    Adam CooperAugust 6, 2014
    Goi Ga, late night, Vietnamese Fajitas
  • Local Houston Magazine
    The Spicy Chili Lemongrass Tofu is dynamite, and it will probably be brought to you by the same waiters that have been there for as long as you can remember the place ever being open. Read more
  • William P.
    William PleasantJuly 26, 2014
    Rice plates are a great deal!
  • Tina K.
    Tina KoshimotoJuly 11, 2014
    Portions are HUGE! Be prepared to share and still take some home.
  • Amber G.
    Amber GonzalezMay 27, 2014
    Great late night & after hours place to eat. Food is great! Loved their noodles!
  • Kellie M.
    Kellie M.April 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place for people watching. From the theater crowd to the clubbers, it's a very diverse crowd.
  • PONCHOgg
    PONCHOggApril 12, 2014
    OMGosh!!! So really Delicious! This Garlic & Spicy Beef #97 is a must try!!! Rock* :D 👏
  • Sami J.
    Sami JihMarch 30, 2014
    Slowest service ever on weekends. Called in a to go and it took 45+ min.
  • Local Houston Magazine
    Local Houston MagazineJanuary 14, 2014
    Try the wonderful Spicy Chili Lemongrass Tofu at Mai's after a night out in midtown or during lunch! Read more
  • Vonia
    VoniaJanuary 4, 2014
    Not the roll appetizers.. Make your own "Vietnamese Fajitas"!!!!!..
  • ♠🍺Steven K.
    ♠🍺Steven Kurta🍺♠December 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try everything
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I loved the chicken and asparagus! They say it's a little spicy but it's really not.
  • Terrence H.
    Terrence HaggertyOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It's all about the Garlic Chicken and the Vietnamese eggs rolls. You must try, you will thank me later.
  • tania m.
    tania maldonadoOctober 8, 2013
    Love this place!! Open 24hrs!
  • Christina G.
    Christina GarzaSeptember 12, 2013
    The food was great as always but we had to wait ages for my grandmothers food. Not happy!
  • Sheryl
    SherylAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No 42 all-time fave
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJuly 25, 2013
    Vote for the 2013 Best of Readers Choice for your favorite Houston Pho! http://readerschoice.houstonpress.com/ Issue hits stands October 10th!
  • Amber C.
    Amber CampiseJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the garlic beef! The asparagus crab soup is not very good though.
  • Garrick P.
    Garrick PiñónJune 30, 2013
    The spring rolls here are a must have!
  • Debbie P.
    Debbie PhamJune 27, 2013
    Bo luc lac is amazing and the beef is so tender
  • William A.
    William AlbizuresJune 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Number 64 good bowl
  • Tricia L.
    Tricia LestarjetteJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    So much nicer since the fire. The food and service is still the same. Food is awesome; service is mediocre. Who cares though, we do not come here for the service! Get the spring roles!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RamirezMay 18, 2013
    I recommend NOT ordering the Pad Thai that resembles the taste of ketchup.
  • MC K.
    MC KaneApril 11, 2013
    Great wings!!!
  • Aleeta B.
    Aleeta BureauApril 2, 2013
    WARNING: Appetizers are meal-sized. Order one or the other, but not both unless you are really hungry! :-)
  • William A.
    William AlbizuresMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Pick number 34
  • Dean L.
    Dean LowryMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great as always
  • Jay R.
    Jay Ro JFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Honestly.... My favorite drunk food. Make sure you call a taxi.
  • Robbie W.
    Robbie WatsonFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome!! Love the staff and the salt toasted tofu!!! Our family spot!!
  • Candace K.
    Candace KJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I've never been disappointed, but I'm partial to the bun with grilled chicken. And I cannot come here without getting shrimp spring rolls and Vietnamese egg rolls.
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don and Calvin at the bar are awesome! Amazing service and just cool dudes (they're brothers too).
  • Ruth M.
    Ruth MilorJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You must try the caramelized catfish. It is so good! I get it practically every time.
  • David W.
    David WarrenNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp spring rolls rock!
  • Katie E.
    Katie E.November 27, 2012
    Vietnamese fajitas were amazing. So much food for so little $
  • Keddy B.
    Keddy BrownNovember 25, 2012
    Food is great. Service is deplorable!
  • Onku Shitai D.
    Onku Shitai DesuNovember 4, 2012
    i felt hungry just looking at these pictures..... Read more
  • Cracker
    CrackerSeptember 23, 2012
    Bo Luc Lac....!!!
  • LB
    LBSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not gonna lie... Everything is pretty amazing!!!
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca ArnoldSeptember 5, 2012
    Great: #2 and#97!! Bad: #32 with shrimp... Tasted like ketchup... And it wasn't even fancy ketchup!
  • Yvette A.
    Yvette AyalaJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Spring Rolls with lemon pepper sauce!!
  • Angela R.
    Angela ReedJune 9, 2012
    The Vietnamese Coffee is to die for!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressMay 31, 2012
    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best New Building. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: http://bit.ly/JCaGyR Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SmithMay 13, 2012
    Salt toasted tofu for life!
  • Kassidy M.
    Kassidy MenaceMay 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing service! They always remember me at the bar.
  • Tuyet D.
    Tuyet DorauApril 14, 2012
    Food is ok. Definitely not the best restaurant Vietnamese food. The place is really loud but the staff is nice.
  • Steff C.
    Steff ChaconApril 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The pork spring rolls & the garlic beef is a must try!
  • Sean K.
    Sean KimMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Spring roll heaven!
  • Henry C.
    Henry CadenaMarch 24, 2012
    Pho after hours
  • Richard C.
    Richard CastanedaMarch 14, 2012
    After fire... Portions are smaller and prices are higher. I'll just go to Van Loc.
  • Jo H.
    Jo HendersonFebruary 26, 2012
    Bo Luc lac #97 is the BOMB
  • theChad
    theChadFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Great Vietnamese Food. Since they reopened the prices seem to be higher, portions to be smaller and the quality isn't quite what it used to be.
  • Khai T.
    Khai TranFebruary 23, 2012
    #13 and #48 are the bomb!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChanFebruary 20, 2012
    Best of Houston 2011 - Top 5 Late-Night Eats - #2
  • Jaehne D.
    Jaehne DillardFebruary 18, 2012
    Try the Vietnamese eggrolls & Vietnamese coffee! Sooo yummy!
  • pgc
    pgcFebruary 5, 2012
    The Mais is Nice!!
  • Vincent Y.
    Vincent YimFebruary 2, 2012
    snow pea leaves were my favorite veggie dish there..
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonJanuary 25, 2012
    Best tofu ever. If you're a vegetarian, come here!
  • Audrey L.
    Audrey LeonDecember 27, 2011
    The garlic tofu changed my life.
  • Eva K.
    Eva K.December 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredible VEGETARIAN pho and I'm not even veggie!
  • Stone B.
    Stone BeeDecember 14, 2011
    Real nice inside. Love that it's in midtown and not that expensive. Also pretty cool that they're open till 4am! Never seen so many people at 2am.
  • Aleeta B.
    Aleeta BureauDecember 9, 2011
    Smaller portions my butt! LOL Chicken pad thai grew in my bowl and was delicious every bite. Excellent service...
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BureauDecember 8, 2011
    Who said "smaller portions " obviously did not order a traditional "pad Thai" it was like the never ending player 5 stars on taste!
  • GlenntheGreat
    GlenntheGreatNovember 24, 2011
    The Pho soup here is delicious! Add plenty of cilantro and twist of lime...enjoy!
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    DJ Latin Prince ✔ November 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spring Rolls are the best!! I get me a few orders!
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KellyNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tofu spring rolls!!!
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