Across the street from the Four Seasons Hotel Houston exists Massa’s Seafood Grill. If the name sounds familiar, that’s probably because you’ve heard of the company’s first downtown Houston eatery named Massa’s Restaurant located at 1160 Smith Street across from the Hyatt Regency. That location is a more formal, fine dining seafood, pasta, and steak establishment, while Massa’s Seafood Grill is more informal
offering a wide array of signature culinary creations and relaxed dining without forgetting the meticulous details only family-owned Masssa’s restaurants are known for.
Entering Massa’s Seafood Grill, there are numerous seating areas to suit your needs. An offset white-walled dining area greets your arrival as you enter the establishment, while the main dining room explodes with simplistic decor and a large wall mural depicting an under-the-sea adventure. That aquatic theme is carried over onto the covers of the restaurant menus, and is consistent with the wide assortment of the eatery’s culinary selections.
Crawfish Etouffee, Chardonnay & Fresh Baked Breads
We began our lunch with a couple of glasses of the Santa Barbara Sandhi Chardonnay. Light and crisp, these were the perfect pairings to accompany the entrees by which we were about to satisfy our palates. Massa’s Seafood Grill’s full bar will also accommodate most any cocktail yearning you desire, but make sure you take a look at the wine list as it is extremely satisfactory.
The fresh baked bread offering was enjoyable. Arriving at our table immediately after our glasses of vino we’re presented, the cornbread muffins were hot and hearty, while the slices of multi-grain bread were equally appealing.
The Crawfish Étouffée that I just had to sample proved to be a comforting choice as a starter to our meal. Not too spicy, yet just the perfect addition of seasoning to enhance the ingredients. The bottle of hot sauce on our table glared at me throughout my enjoyment of this item, however I never found the need for it.
Chicken Kale Salad
I relished in the Chicken Kale Salad special, which encompassed the likes of herb-marinated grilled chicken breast atop a field of fresh crisp healthy kale. The citrus vinaigrette it was tossed in was house made, and its savory quality burst through, yet not too much to overpower the dish. Accompanied by sweet dried cranberries and crunchy sliced almonds, this was a satisfying indulgent salad with no guilt whatsoever.
Pecan Rainbow Trout
My husband went straight for the Pecan Rainbow Trout. Seafood most definitely is one of Massa’s Seafood Grill’s specialties, and that fact was made clear to us upon the first taste of this dish. A sizable fillet of Rainbow Trout was crusted in crunchy chopped pecans, then sautéed and topped with a lemon butter sauce. The sautéed vegetables and homemade mashed potatoes that joined the fish entree paired nicely with the seafood presentation. Each bite seemed to melt in our mouths while embracing the many incredible and memorable flavors and textures it possessed.
INSIDER’S TIP: Don’t forget to register your e-mail address on the Massa’s website for a free dessert on your next visit!
When in the downtown area of Houston, make a point to stop in at Massa’s Seafood Grill on Lamar Street. The restaurant hosts it’s weekday Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM as well, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try. Offering a varietal assortment of American seafood classics, Southern specialties, Mediterranean spins on more than a few dishes, succulent pastas and so much more, this culinary establishment will convince you that when you’re seeking divine quality cuisine, Massa’s Seafood Grill is where you need to be.
- ESTABLISHMENT / DECOR: Massa’s Seafood Grill embraces a relaxed Mediterranean-esque decorum. Spacious dining rooms offer relaxed enjoyment, while a large colorful wall mural depicting a beneath-the-sea enchantment will awe you as you dine.
- FOOD / DRINK: We were quite pleased with the fresh and visually enlightening presentations we received from the kitchen. From seafood favorites such as Fried Seafood With Steak, Redfish Pontchartrain, Pecan Rainbow Trout, Mediterranean Style Fish, and Beef Tenderloin Marsala in addition to an ample salad and appetizer selection including Crab Cakes, Crispy Calamari, and Massa’s Dark Roux Gumbo, we felt that the menu displayed many varied options for most anyone’s taste. A spirited wine menu and full bar also accommodates those looking for something chilled and refreshing to pair with their meal. Gluten-free and vegetarian items are also available.
- LOCATION: Massa’s Seafood Grill is conveniently located downtown at 1331 Lamar Street in Houston, TX 77010 directly across from Four Seasons Hotel Houston.
- HOURS: The establishment is available for lunch service Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM, while dinner offerings are served Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
- SERVICE / STAFF: The busy lunch crowd that we found ourselves entangled in as we dined became a bit loud at certain intervals. However, that didn’t slow down the exceptional service that was rendered. The restaurant appeared well-staffed and the servers proved knowledgeable and confident about their suggestions.
- PRICE / VALUE: Locally known for being a reputable power lunch locale for the downtown Houston business area, the establishment caters to those who yearn for delicious fare at unexpectedly reasonable prices.
- CORKAGE FEE: Unfortunately, no outside alcohol is permitted inside the eatery. However, the restaurant houses a full bar as well as a fine collection of wines to select from. Additionally, Massa’s offers half-priced bottles of wine on Friday and Saturday evenings with your dinner selections excluding house wines.
- CONTACT INFO: Phone: (713) 655-900, Website: www.massas.com
- PARKING: If you’re close enough, you may simply walk to the restaurant from your downtown hotel as we did, but validated parking is available in the Houston Center Garage as well.
- PRICING: We refreshed ourselves with a couple of glasses of chilled Santa Barbara Sandhi Chardonnay with lunch for $15 a glass, while we were delighted with the Crawfish Etouffee starter for $4 per cup. My Kale & Chicken Salad was fairly priced at $16, while my husband delighted in an amazing preparation of the Pecan Rainbow Trout at a reasonable $21.
*Menu and prices subject to change without notice.