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Reviewed 29 September 2020

Not Easy to Find, But Worth the Effort In February, we were in Houston for my wife to attend several meetings at the Texas Medical Center. We were staying at the Marriott, and decided to walk to dinner at Third Coast. Luckily, we started out...early, as our walking software, kept taking us into parking garages, dead ends and then an Emergency entrance at Children’s Hospital. Finally, we found 6550 Bertner Ave, and the John P McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons, but the search was not over yet. We saw Third Coast signs outside the building, and at each entrance. Once inside, however, no signs, that we could find. We ended up in a closed food court off of the lobby, and called. We were given instructions to turn around, enter a small hallway, and there we would find an elevator. That we did, and exited the elevator to the Third Coast signs, and entrance. Whew, we were on-time, and rather hungry from our walk. We were promptly seated, in a dining area, to the right of the bar. There were only a few groups of people in this very large restaurant, and it looked like they were having either very late business lunches, or very early business dinners. Third Coast is an interesting venue: it is comprised of about three large dining areas, which are only visually separated from each other, in that there are not walls, but the décor is different enough, that they do appear to be somewhat separate. Off of those large areas, there do appear to be private, or semi-private dining areas, as well. Then, there is a bar, with more seating + booths and a dozen TV sets hanging from the ceiling, and finally an outdoor dining area, but this patio was not open in February, and especially with the poor weather. It appeared to be very nice, and would be ideal for the Spring, or Autumn - though not this rainy Winter night. The interior is very attractive, but was a little less “formal,” than I had expected for a fine-dining restaurant. Well, Third Coast seems to be a bit of a chameleon, in that it serves different purposes: it is a breakfast and lunch restaurant for the entire Texas Medical Complex, and especially the John P McGovern Texas Medical Center building. It is an after work bar, and also a place for meetings, and then becomes a fine-dining restaurant in the evening. I saw mention of it being available for large groups, and can see how much of the open dining area could be reconfigured for those. looking around, I did see several 8-tops, plus one of the groups dining/meeting, looked to be a party of about 12. There is also a grand piano in one area, near a lovely, contemporary fireplace. The décor and interior architecture are beautiful, as is the lighting. An attractive and interesting place. I had the wine list in hand, along with the menus, and began doing my reading. We were at a large, comfortable 4-top, and as we were walking, my first order was the wines - besides, in looking around, I saw several wine storage displays in the walls. Yes, time for wine! I ordered the Ceritas “Peter Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ‘14 to start. However, our server returned and apologized - they were out. OK, off to Plan B - the Failla Keefer Ranch Russian River Chardonnay ‘14. He had brought our some rather small-bowl glasses, when he was looking for the Ceritas, and I asked for larger bowls, for the big Chard. He had those on the table very quickly. The stemware was very nice. We did an eclectic blend of shared dishes for dinner: Jumbo Lump Crab w/ avocado, Fiji apple, tomato and ginger orange vinaigrette - Quite good, with succulent crab meat, and some interesting flavors and textures. Rice Flour-crusted Calamari w/ chili lime aioli - Excellent, and the calamari were both flavorful and tender. Crab Cake w/ jumbo lump crab, corn, spinach, shiitake mushrooms and lemon butter - OK, we were getting our USDA Daily Minimum Allowance of crab, but we now live in Arizona, having moved from the Gulf Coast, so we can be excused. Besides, we were sharing, remember. Redfish, which was pan-seared, and rubbed with guajillo w/ coconut & cilantro rice, roasted corn, black bean, mango & avocado salsa and jalapeño cream - This Main Course was also shared, and was adequate for two, with our split Appetizers, and then the added Mashed Kennebec Potatoes, which were nicely done. Reading over the menu descriptions, I was a bit worried that Chef John Buchanan was just throwing ingredients together, as most dishes had quite a few, and some which seemed incongruous. However, they all worked from a textural, as well as a flavor standpoint - nicely done! We added a few wines from the B-T-G selections: Baileyana “Firepeak Vineyard” Edna Valley Pinot Noir ‘17 Jax Vineyards Y3 Taureau Napa blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah) ‘16 Now, the wine list is not that long, nor that deep. Yes, there are a few of “the usual suspects,” but more are quite interesting wines, and not commonly seen. I was impressed with our older Chardonnay, but it seemed to have been beautifully stored. The B-T-G list was as interesting, as was the B-T-B list. Someone really cares about the wines, and it showed. Our service was very good, though the pacing could have been just a bit better. Yes, we were doing several Appetizers, but they were coming a bit too quickly - as though we were a party of four, with each person ordering a separate dish. However, during the entire night, that was my only quibble, and a minor one at that. I also think that the small dining crowd might have thrown the kitchen off a bit - it had begun to rain hard, and the weather outside was just not nice, at all. I think that after the two business tables cleared, there were only two other couples, in the large room. We found the noise level to be virtually non-existent, but remember, there were few diners for dinner, beyond the two groups, and they were conducting business. The lighting is very good - and attractive. The table spacing was excellent, and we could easily have had private conversations, even if the room had been filled. Now, getting back to our hotel, just a few blocks away, turned into another adventure, but that is another story. It had turned out to be a miserable night, weather-wise, but I am so glad that we dined at Third Coast. As my wife meets at the Texas Medical Center fairly often, we will return. Actually, when we exited the building, and looked back, she recognized that she had attended two meetings there, on a previous trip, but had not noticed Third Coast - well worth seeking out.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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philp1839, General Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2020

Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to see you again when we re-open.

Reviewed 5 January 2020 via mobile

Met a number of colleagues for a business lunch and post holiday get together. Had not been here since it was Trevisio’s and what a pleasant surprise. The space is much nicer and wears its upgrade well. And the Menu was pretty great as well....Had the pork tenderloin with shaved Brussels sprouts and spaetzle which was very tasty. Actually better than that and ate very bite. Had a few service issues, but in all nice place, good food and the whole group seemed to be satisfied with their meals.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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philp1839, Owner at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2020

Thank you for your review and sorry for the service issue. We will do better next time.

Reviewed 17 December 2019 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal. Shared a classic shrimp cocktail (5 ginormous shrimp but cooked just right). Then each had a 5 oz filet with au jus and chives. Cooked perfectly ( go a little rarer than your normal due to quality) with a large serving...of seared asparagus. Service was superb but go early. We had a good wine and it was excellent. Shared a great, rather large creme brulee with fresh berries and coffee. All and all a very satisfactory meal. Waiters (plural) were fun if you talk with them. The restaurant had been closed to the public the day before (300 people) and had 266 person events Saturday night so call to make sure they can accommodate you before you go. Understand they regularly serve breakfast and lunch during the week. They have a nice menu that isn't represented by what we ordered but several fish dishes (redfish with shrimp looked particularly good). We just wanted a simple classic meal but they had good variety that looked like they specialized in a variety of top quality soups, Salids, and entrees without trying to meet every taste on the planet. We'll definitely return next time in Houston even though Houston beat the Titans out of the playoffs.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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philp1839, Owner at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2020

Thank you

Reviewed 6 December 2019

Third Coast Restaurant was the most magical place to host our Wedding Reception – NO REGRETS… THE BEST!! It is an absolutely GORGEOUS venue with great ambience and it doesn’t hurt that you can customize the lighting to your liking – an extra bonus! We...worked with Jennifer Burgos there and she is AMAZING!!! She was patient, quick to respond to my MANY emails & calls, and literally made our dreams come true within a short time frame of only 2 months – she worked magic!!! She was so hands on and involved, she worked with all my vendors (DJ, Florist, Cake, etc) to make sure everything ran smoothly and it just made everything so easy for us. We were also able to set up and deliver ALL of our decorations early, not that we needed many as they provided a LOT (linens, candle votives, a backdrop, TV’s, sound system, etc.) Being able to use the WHOLE venue was a huge plus too. We used the Conference Rooms as our Cocktail Hour, the Main Dining Room as the main reception area; which included a large dancefloor, the Wine Room as our Photo Booth Room; which I thought was really nice being separated, and the night time view of the Houston Medical Center from the Balcony was just exquisite. Last but not least was the food and it was DELICIOUS; we received so MANY compliments from all our guests. Compliments were in regards to the taste of the risotto, the freshness of the salads, the steaks were done to perfection, etc. We had TONS of food and NOTHING bad was said!! Definitely check this place out and ask for Jennifer… she will NOT disappoint! Happy Wedding!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2019

Thank you for your review and congratulations!

Reviewed 11 November 2019

Once you get the food, you will love it -- as you would expect from Jon Buchanan, but it takes so long you lose interest by the time you get it. Upon arriving, we ordered a bottle of wine for the table. After the third...request about where it was, it was finally delivered, just before dessert! Same with the meal -- food was not delivered at the same time, so 2 of the 5 people had food while the others didn't. Awkward for sure. The cold tomato soup was really delicious and quite filling -- since I had to wait quite a while before the falafel with beet hummus and tzatziki, cucumbers, baby heirloom tomatoes, and a spray of sesame was finally served. Since I am a vegetarian, this was a great option and artfully presented. The key lime pie was delicious, but I must say that by the time it was delivered with the wine, it did not compliment either dish. Maybe a little bit more effort needs to be spent on service so that you can enjoy the food.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2019

Hi Lester, So sorry to hear to hear that you had a disappointing experience with us. I would like to know more about it if you feel you could contact me by email at: pperinot@tmc.edu

Reviewed 8 November 2019 via mobile

We read about this restaurant and decided to try it since we had a doctor’s appointment in the Medical Center five minutes away. It was wonderful!

Date of visit: November 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2019

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 24 October 2019 via mobile

I have been coming to Houston annually for a conference immediately adjacent to this restaurant. I had no idea of its existence until this year and searching on the Trip Advisor app. The meals of all 4 people were beyond delicious and so beautifully presented....The ambiance was lovely.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2019

Thank you! We are glad you found us and glad you enjoyed your meal with us.

Reviewed 10 September 2019

Third Coast in the Houston Medical Center is a treasure. Not only is the food excellent, but the ambiance is wonderful. It is very calming and great place to unwind after a hard work day.

Date of visit: August 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2019

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 28 August 2019

everything is wonderful. You travel through a closed down food court to enter the restaurant. Everything is labeled clearly and easy to find. I hosted a small reception on a Tuesday evening. It was quite and not busy. The food and drinks were delicious. The...staff was so accommodating and kind.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2019

Thank you. Glad to hear that you had a great time with us.

Reviewed 24 August 2019

Third Coast remains a good choice for medical Center workers and visitors. Its location gives an excellent view of the complexity of the huge Medical Center and it is a little oasis in this concrete jungle. The food, while somewhat limited in terms of selection,...is of good quality, fresh and flavorful. Portions are generous. Service remains mediocre. Prices are quite reasonable, especially considering the location.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear that the service was not up to your expectations. Could you please get in touch with me at pperinot@tmc.edu.

Reviewed 23 July 2019 via mobile

We had a large group and we could not have been treated better. We kept adding to the number of attendees, and they were so cordial. Every detail was taken care of. The food was amazing! Make your event carefree and keep your guests happy!

Date of visit: July 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

Thank you so much. We are glad you and your guests enjoyed the event!

Reviewed 17 July 2019

some friends brought us here on a Saturday evening and we were surprised at the place being tucked into a major medical center. parking (underneath medical building where place is located) was covered and close to elevators and route from parking to greeter was direct...and quick. nice bar with local craft beer, good wine selection, great meal, and really good customer service make this a place we'll remember on our next visit.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2019

Thank you. We are glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

This upscale sports bar is very cool. A little hard to find parking in the cramped little parking garage but they do have a few reserved spaces and they validate which is nice! I had the burger for lunch and it was absolutely delicious and...cooked to perfection. I definitely recommend this place to anyone in Houston!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2019

Thank you SidneyPJ. Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

It’s not that easy to find, located in a building that houses the executive offices of the Texas Medical Center and a parking ramp. It’s all brand new and they validate parking. I’m guessing it serves the executives and business meetings for the surrounding hospitals...and the Texas Medical Center executive staff. The day we were there, the furniture in the center of the venue was removed for a business group meeting. In another room (they’re glass enclosed around the outside perimeter of the building) there was a smaller meeting. I had a club sandwich and it was perfect, except you have to order chips or something with. They brought out hot bread. My wife had the Cobb scrimp salad. Both were fantastic. Staff was excellent and attentive even though they were transitioning from the large group that had just left. Really had a great experience; a really welcome alternative to hospital food if you have family in one of the downtown hospitals.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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philp1839, Hospiltalty manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2019

Thank you for your nice review!

Reviewed 16 May 2019

Restaurant was open for this special Sunday! Ladies were all greeted with flowers, which was a very nice touch. Very nice bruch buffet with plenty of stations and variety. Overall quality of food was excellent. Staff was attentive and friendly. We enjoyed it very much!

Date of visit: May 2019
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philp1839, Hospitality Manager at Third Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2019

Hi Dell, Thank you for the review! We are glad we've had a great time with us.

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